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  1. Updates on Thursday 18 June 2015
  2. More updates from 08:00 on Friday

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By Lloyd Watson

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good evening

    Lloyd Watson

    BBC News

    That's all from BBC Local Live today. We'll be back from 08:00 on Friday. Len Smith sent us this picture of grey clouds rolling over Warkworth Castle in Northumberland.

    Warkworth Castle

    You can send your pictures by email: or tweet @BBCNewsNE and we may feature them on BBC Local Live tomorrow.

  2. On tonight's Look North

    Jeff Brown

    BBC Look North

    Nissan announces a multi-million pound investment in its Sunderland plant.

    The parents of five children who missed out on a school trip to Euro Disney say they've been overwhelmed by offers of support and eyes to the skies - as the organisers of the Sunderland Airshow promise a bigger and better display this year.

    Join me for these and all our other stories on BBC One at 18:30.

  3. Mostly cloudy and patch rain

    Paul Mooney

    BBC Weather presenter

    It will be a mostly cloudy night with a chance of patchy light rain developing after midnight, and mainly affecting the Pennines. Most places should remain dry with brisk westerly winds.

    Weather forecast

    Minimum Temperature: 8C (46F). Check the forecast near you.

  4. Council resurfaces road round car

    A council is seeing the funny side of a sticky situation after resurfacing the road round a resident's car when he failed to move it.

    Nick Dean did not have the keys to move his BMW when Middlesbrough Council resurfaced Sadberge Street.

    Tarmac around Nick Dean's car

    He said he tried to contact the council the day before the planned job, but as they did not respond he decided not to get the keys. The council said the road would be completed at a later date.

  5. Boro to launch 'away season ticket'

    Middlesbrough FC is to launch a limited number of season tickets for away games for its season ticket holders.

    The club said that Away Day Card Holders will also be guaranteed priority purchase for any away cup matches and a seat at every Boro away game in the 2015/16 season.

    The club is also launching a points system for season ticket holders who travel to away games.

  6. Banner thieves 'condemned'

    The Shields Gazette

    Banner thieves have been condemned for threatening the success of a charity fundraising fete in South Tyneside this weekend.

    Alison Mason and Peter Dutton
  7. Leaders Durham make it six wins from eight

    BBC Sport

    County Championship Division One leaders Durham completed a resounding 178-run win over Sussex at Arundel.

    Scott Borthwick

    Set a target of 514 to win, Sussex looked as though they may salvage a result as they progressed from their overnight 114-2 to 242-4 thanks to Luke Wells' first century of the season.

    But once Wells fell for 108, a collapse followed as the hosts lost six wickets for 93 runs to be bowled out for 335.

    Off-spinner Scott Borthwick (pictured) starred with the ball as he took 4-46.

  8. New lift problems 'minor'

    Middlesbrough Mayor Dave Budd described the problems with the new lift at the Transporter Bridge attraction as "minor".

    He said "To be absolutely certain you didn't get to the top and were left there we decided to postpone the opening to make sure it's absolutely right. And then there's the Environment Agency work - on reflection we should have waited until after that anyway."

    He added: "I'd rather not give a new date as there's always uncertainty about work like that, and we don't want to disappoint people again."

  9. New lift causes delay

    The launch of a visitor attraction at Middlesbrough's iconic Transporter Bridge has been postponed due to technical problems.

    New facilities, including a glass viewing lift, were due to be unveiled at a ceremony on Friday. However, there have been some issues with the lift's installation.

    Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge

    The official opening will now take place in a few weeks' time and coincide with the completion of flood defence work on the bridge's approach road.

  10. 'Absolutely baffled'

    Mr Stephenson, a 70-year-old community volunteer, said: "We are absolutely baffled. Why would somebody bury their relative's remains in a stranger's garden? Why not just scatter them?"

    Bill Stephenson

    He added: "It was a shock. At first I thought someone had played a prank and maybe it was just the top, stuck on the soil. Then I examined it, and it was a full one and as far as I can tell it is intact."

    For the time being the box cannot be moved as that would require the authority of the Ministry of Justice.

  11. Stranger's ashes found in garden

    A County Durham man was left "baffled" after a stranger's ashes were discovered buried in his back garden.

    Bill Stephenson's gardener unearthed a box with a plaque saying "Thomas Lawson Cox, died 15 June 2008". Mr Stephenson, who has lived at the same house in Chester-le-Street for 46 years, said he did not know the man.

    Casket found in Bill Stephenson's garden

    After failing to discover anything about Mr Cox, he asked Durham Police for help and they have now managed to traced the dead man's brother.

  12. Missing woman found

    A woman who went missing has been found safe, Northumbria Police said. Amanda Erickson had last been seen in South Tyneside on Friday.

  13. 'Bring about positive change'

    On becoming the Chancellor of Northumbria University paralympian Tanni Grey-Thompson said: "It's a great honour to be appointed Chancellor of Northumbria University. In my career I have tried to inspire young people to be the best that they can be, to take chances and to bring about positive change in society, so the chance to become closely involved in a major university is a wonderful opportunity to continue that work.

    Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson

    "Northumbria is known as a centre of innovation, of diversity and of research and I hope I can carry on the good work that Lord Stevens instigated in making Northumbria a known force in education at home and overseas."

  14. A68 closed in Darlington

    The A68 in Darlington is closed and there's slow traffic in both directions between the A1(M) J58 Burtree junction and the Burtree Lane junction because of an accident.

    Burtree Lane in Darlington closed in both directions between the A68 West Auckland Road junction and the Whessoe Road junction because of an accident.

    More on BBC Travel News for Teesside and Tyne and Wear.

  15. Baroness appointed chancellor

    Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson has described being appointed Chancellor of Northumbria University as a "great honour".

    Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson

    The 11-times gold medal winner succeeds Lord Stevens of Kirkwhelpington, former Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police and will take up the duties on 27 July.

  16. North East MPs become chairmen of backbench committees

    Richard Moss

    Political editor, North East & Cumbria

    Two North East MPs win chairs of backbench committees - Hartlepool MP Iain Wright becomes Business, Innovation and Skills Committee chairman and Gateshead MP Ian Mearns of the Backbench Business Committee.

    Here's the full list:

    Commons Committee chairs
  17. Knifeman jailed for brandishing blade

    The Chronicle


    A knifeman who brandished a blade at a dad moments before he was stabbed to death has been jailed for 30 months.

    Stevan Newton and Scott Jefferson
  18. Lunchtime at the cricket

    Martin Emmerson

    BBC Newcastle

    Durham need another six wickets to beat Sussex but have been facing resistance today.

    Luke Wells, who was dropped on 77, has reached the ninth century of his first class career. Most of his scoring shots today were boundaries. The century came in 216 balls and included 18 fours.

    The new ball is due in six overs. Sussex are 223-4 having been set 514 to win.

  19. On Look North at lunchtime

    Colin Briggs

    BBC Look North

    Driving ahead - more jobs and a longer production line at Nissan as they unveil a £37 million investment package and we have a sneak preview of this year's Sunderland Airshow.

    join me for this and all our other stories on BBC One at 13:30.

  20. Boro's season ahead...

    BBC Tees

    Our very own Ali Brownlee is looking forward to another season of following Boro every step of the way on BBC Tees. He spoke to about the five games he's most looking forward to.

    Ali Brownlee

    About the Sheffield Wednesday home game on 28 December, he said: "A lot of Boro fans who live outside the area will be here and there will be a special feel about the place."

  21. In the news today

    The Journal


    Here's today's front page and a link to the top story:

    Front page
  22. Some sunny spells

    Kay Crewdson

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    A fine and dry afternoon with broken cloud allowing some decent spells of sunshine. There will be a brisk westerly wind, and that may just take the edge off the temperature.

    Weather forecast

    Maximum temperature: 16C (61F). Check the forecast near you.

  23. Ramadan gets under way

    Thousands of North East Muslims have begun fasting as part of the Holy Month of Ramadan which gets under way today.

    Wajid Hussein a writer and poet from Newcastle and his 10-year-old daughter fasted for the first time last year.

    Ramadan in numbers

    He said: "She insisted on fasting during the summer holidays last year. I did try to convince her to do a half-day... and she said 'no dad'." Check out the BBC iWonder guide to Ramadan.

  24. 'I have a cannabis farm upstairs'

    The Gazette

    An arthritis sufferer who was visited in her home by police and asked if she had ever produced drugs told them "I have a cannabis farm upstairs".

    Wendy Stiff
  25. Counter-attacking Napoleon's men

    BBC Look North

    It's 200 years since the Battle of Waterloo and we're marking the anniversary with the story of one soldier whose great-great-great grandson lives on Teesside.

    Private Harold Chisholm fought under Wellington in the 92nd Foot regiment during the battle, on this day in 1815.

    Philip Chisholm

    Descendant Philip Chisholm has researched how Harold and his comrades counter-attacked Napoleon's men at a crucial point in the battle. Watch the video here.

  26. Sussex v Durham final day

    Martin Emmerson

    BBC Newcastle

    It's the final day of the county championship match between Sussex and Durham.

    Durham go into it as huge favourites to record a sixth win of the season. Sussex are 114 for 2 in their second innings and need another 400 runs to record an unlikely victory.

    Click here to find the commentary link.

  27. Gossip column

    BBC Sport

    Here's a quick glance at today's gossip column:

    Tottenham have made a bid to sign former Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye, 29, from Paris St-Germain. (Times - subscription required)

    QPR striker Charlie Austin, 25, is wanted by Chelsea, West Ham United and Newcastle United. (Daily Express)

  28. 'Needs have changed'

    Grace House, set to open in September, will instead be a respite and short break centre for children with life limiting illnesses.

    It won't be a children's hospice though - much to the anger and upset of local people who helped raise the millions needed to build it.

    The charity's chief executive Karen Parry said: "Medical advances have come on massively. A lot of our children are expected to live into early adulthood and beyond. The family's needs have changed, so we need to change as well.

    "If we were to run as a hospice, 80% of our beds would be empty 80% of the time, which would be a criminal waste of money."

  29. 'Very hard decision'

    More than 12 years after a fundraising appeal was launched to build the North East's first stand alone children's hospice - bosses at Grace House in Sunderland say they'll open their doors in September.

    However, the decision to change the use of the building, from children's hospice to a respite centre for five to 18-year-olds with life limiting illnesses, has angered fundraisers.

    Julie Reay, who has withdrawn the £50,000 she raised in memory of her son who died in 2002, said: "It was a very hard decision. Nobody knew it'd changed over. That wasn't what we raised the money for. I've had lots of support and people back my decision."

  30. Respite centre to open

    Katie Cole

    BBC Newcastle

    After years of delays and £5m of fundraising, the team behind a Wearside respite centre says it's finally expected to open in September.

    Building work on the North East's first stand alone children's hospice Grace House began in 2011. Then it was planned as a children's hospice.

    Instead it will be a respite and short break centre for five to 18-year-olds with life limiting illnesses.

  31. Donor cyclist's heart inspires ride

    A heart transplant patient who found out his donor had been a keen cyclist is cycling to raise money for research.

    Kevin Mashford from Somerset, plans to cycle 342m (550km) from Bristol to Newcastle in July to raise funds and awareness for transplants.

    Kevin Mashford

    Two years ago, Mr Mashford was given months to live but last year he underwent a life-saving 13-hour heart transplant from an avid cyclist named John.

  32. Bridge paint 'complete by end of August'

    Amy Lea

    BBC Look North

    Stockton Council says work on repairing and repainting the Newport Bridge should be completed at the end of August.

    The project, which began last July was supposed to last just four months, but the bridge is still surrounded in scaffolding as the repaint from green to red and silver continues.

    Newport Bridge

    It was delayed after extensive corrosion was found - and last October it was revealed that the cost had risen from £1.6m to more than £4m.

  33. Nissan unveils £37m Sunderland boost

    Car giant Nissan has announced it is to invest a further £37m in its production plant in Sunderland.

    The cash will create an eighth press line - where car parts including doors and bonnets are produced.


    Work is under way on the extension, which will take the Sunderland site to more than 350,000 square metres - the size of 50 football pitches.

  34. Fine and dry day

    A fine and dry day with broken cloud allowing some decent spells of sunshine. There will be a brisk westerly wind throughout, and that may just take the edge off the temperature.

    Weather forecast

    Maximum temperature: 16C (61F). Check the forecast near you.

  35. Traffic building

    BBC Travel

    The traffic is building up on the A171 Cargo Fleet Lane northbound in Middlesbrough at the Longlands Road junction.

    Swing Bridge in Newcastle is busy but moving outbound between the Quayside junction and the Pipewellgate junction.

    More on BBC Travel News for Teesside and Tyne and Wear.

  36. Good morning

    Lloyd Watson

    BBC News

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