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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday 19 June 2015
  2. News, sport travel and weather updates return at 08:00 Monday

Live Reporting

By Lloyd Watson

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good evening

    That's all from BBC Local Live today. We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday.

  2. Cloudy with some rain

    Jennifer Bartram

    BBC Weather

    Remaining rather cloudy into the evening, perhaps with some limited late sunny intervals. While many areas will stay dry, there is an increasing chance of seeing a little light rain overnight, with this perhaps becoming somewhat heavier in places by dawn.

    Weather forecast

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

  3. Access granted to crash black box

    Rebecca O'Neill

    BBC Newcastle

    A judge has ruled that prosecutors can have access to the black box from a helicopter crash which killed four people including a County Durham man.

    Duncan Munro from Bishop Auckland was killed in the crash off Shetland in 2012.

    The Lord Advocate had to apply to the Court of Session in Edinburgh for the voice and data recorders after crash investigators refused to hand over the information.

    Helicopter wreckage

    Prosecutors have been trying to establish whether anybody could be held criminally responsible for the accident and Lord Jones ruled today he was satisfied disclosing the data would have no adverse impact on current or future crash investigations.

  4. Man jailed for helping bury body

    A man who helped his murderer ex-girlfriend bury her boyfriend's body in a Newcastle park has been jailed.

    Lee Nicholson, 39, from Newcastle, was enlisted by Clare Humble to help dispose of Peter Hedley's body in Newburn Riverside Park in November.

    Humble, 50, was jailed for life in May for murdering Mr Hedley, 49.

    lee Nicholson

    Nicholson, of Lydford Court, was jailed for three years and six months after admitting perverting the court of justice at Newcastle Crown Court.

  5. Man jailed for raping sleeping woman

    A man who raped a sleeping woman at a house party while her baby slept in a cot beside her has been jailed.

    The woman had gone to bed after being affected by drink and drugs on 8 March 2014 then woke up and found Carl Heald raping her.

    Carl Heald

    Heald, 33, of Tithebarn Road in Stockton, claimed she consented but he was found guilty of rape after a trial at Teesside Crown Court. He was jailed for five years and placed on the sex offenders register for life.

  6. Tata Steel: 'Best deal we could get'

    The decision to suspend a strike at Tata Steel was taken at a meeting in London of 100 senior trade union delegates from across the company.

    Tata Steel sign

    Harish Patel, national officer for Unite, says: "Union action brought the company back to the table with an improved offer.

    "The British Steel Pension Scheme is so important to Tata Steel employees and we have managed to keep the scheme open and secure a deal around early retirement.

    "This is the best deal we could get and now our members get to decide. We will be urging them to vote for the offer on the table."

  7. Tata industrial action suspended

    Members of Community, Unite, the GMB and Ucatt were due to walk out for 24 hours on Monday at Tata Steel in protest at plans to close their final salary pension scheme.

    Unions are recommending that the new deal, which they say keeps the British Steel pension scheme open, is accepted.

    The unions says the ballot will take "no more than two weeks".

  8. Tata Steel industrial action suspended

    Steve Mackey

    BBC Tees

    A planned strike by workers at Tata Steel on Monday has been suspended after a new offer was made over pensions.

    Last ditch talks took place this afternoon between Tata Steel bosses and union officials ahead of next week's planned day of strike action.

    Steel workers

    TATA employs around 700 workers on Teesside. The action was "temporarily suspended" on Wednesday.

  9. 'Fraudulently marrying strangers'

    Home Office investigators were aware of the plot and arrested both fake couples as well as the fixers moments before the ceremonies were due to begin.

    Investigator Craig Hobbs said: "This was a brazen attempt to trample over the marriage and immigration laws.

    Preparing to get married

    "Hanif and Aslam and Mankos and Gerychova were in genuine relationships together, but thought nothing of fraudulently marrying people who were essentially complete strangers."

  10. Sham wedding swap couples sentenced

    Two couples who swapped partners to take part in sham marriages have been sentenced.

    Katerina Gerychova and Michal Mankos swapped partners with Huma Aslam and Muhammad Hanif in a scam organised by Waseem Shah and Ivan Holub (pictured left to right)

    Pakistani pair Muhammad Hanif and Huma Aslam, who were in the UK on student visas, conspired with Czech couple Michal Mankos and Katerina Gerychova.

    Hanif and Gerychova travelled from Tyneside to Gretna last July to wed, while Aslam and Mankos were marrying at Newcastle Civic Centre.

    They and six co-conspirators were caught by the Home Office. See the video here.

  11. Interchange plans unveiled

    Plans have been unveiled for the development of a new transport interchange in South Shields.

    The combined Metro and bus station will be built south of Keppel Street and include 14 bus stands, 1 coach stand and 1 drop off/coach point.

    Interchange plans

    If plans, going before councillors in the Autumn, get the green light then the development will start in 2017 and take 12 months.

  12. Keane found not guilty

    Former Sunderland and Republic of Ireland midfielder Roy Keane has been cleared of a public order offence.

    The 43-year-old was at Manchester Magistrates Court today following an alleged altercation with a taxi driver.

    Roy Keane

    The district judge said prosecution case against Keane was had "inconsistencies".

  13. Latest headlines

    Lloyd Watson

    BBC News

    Here're today's top stories on Local Live:

    • A second man has been jailed after another man was stabbed to death in North Tyneside
    • The jury has been sent out to consider its verdict in the trial of a County Durham head teacher accused of having sex with two underage boys in the 1980s
    • A judge has ruled that prosecutors can have access to the black box from a helicopter crash which killed four people including a County Durham man
  14. Head teacher trial: Jury sent out

    Stephanie Finnon

    BBC Newcastle

    The jury has been sent out in the trial of a County Durham head teacher accused of having sex with two underage boys in the 1980s.

    Anne Lakey denies 13 counts of indecent assault over a three year period on a boy aged 13 or 14, and another boy aged 15. The jury at Teesside Crown Court is considering its verdicts.

  15. Plaque to commemorate soldier's life

    A plaque has been unveiled in Gateshead to commemorate the life of a solider killed in Afghanistan.

    Corporal Steven Dunn was patrolling a district of Helmand in 2010 when his vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb.

    2nd Battalion the Parachute Regiment

    The plaque, at Dunn Court in Kirkwood Gardens, is close to where he lived and was unveiled by members from the 2nd Battalion the Parachute Regiment.

  16. Airshow plans unveiled

    Details of some of the events in this year's Sunderland International Airshow have been unveiled.

    Since the event started 27 years ago it has become one of the biggest of its kind in Europe, with an estimated one million people flocking to the seafronts of Roker and Seaburn last year.

    Sunderland Airshow display

    Organisers are predicting this year's display will be the biggest and best yet.

  17. 'A legend and a genius'

    Rebecca Jones

    Arts correspondent, BBC News

    He has been described as a fashion god, a legend and a genius. Yves Saint Laurent was one of the most influential designers of all time.

    Now a major exhibition of his work is coming to the Bowes Museum in County Durham from 11 July to 25 October - the first of its kind. It will feature some of the designer's most famous outfits.

    Yves Saint Laurent

    I've been to Paris to find out more about the man who revolutionised the industry. Watch the video here - the report contains some flash photography.

  18. Shopping centre sold for £38m

    Sunderland Echo

    A shopping centre has a new owner after it was sold for £38m. Dalton Park in Murton has been bought by TH Real Estate's UK Balanced Funds from Peveril Securities.

    An image of what Dalton Park could look like once expansion work is complete
  19. Sham marriage gang members jailed

    Peter Harris

    Look North

    Members of a gang which organised sham marriages to cheat immigration rules have been jailed.

    Weddings were fixed with two Czech nationals agreeing to marry two people from Pakistan for cash.

    Home office officials raided the weddings in Newcastle and Gretna last July.

    Five people were jailed. Three others got suspended sentences at Newcastle Crown Court.

  20. Public transport failing older people?

    Anna Foster

    BBC Newcastle mid-morning presenter

    A new report claims England's public transport system is failing older people. More than half of over-65s either never use public transport or use it less than once a month, despite being eligible for a free bus pass.

    How much do you rely on public transport?

    Jan Galloway writes on Facebook: Last week using my bus pass, I travelled from Birtley to Blyth, via Newcastle, and walked to Whitley Bay, then caught the bus to Newcastle and then home to Birtley...enjoyed good weather and stunning scenery

    John Mills writes on Facebook: I stopped using the buses due them being unreliable, Quite often found they didn't turn up at all.

  21. Second man jailed after stabbing

    A second man has been jailed after a 43-year-old man was stabbed to death in North Tyneside.

    Uriel Moskwa of North King Street, North Shields, died in hospital after being found with a single stab in September.

    Stevan Newton, 22, of Stanley Street, Wallsend, previously admitted affray and possession of a blade and was sentenced to 30 months in prison at Newcastle Crown Court.

    Stevan Newton

    Previously, Scott Jefferson, 22, was handed a life sentence in March for Mr Moskwa's murder.

  22. WW2 medals sell for thousands

    Medals worn by a World War Two hero pilot from County Durham have gone under the hammer for more than double their estimated value.

    Squadron Leader Joseph Berry, from Quarrington, was dubbed the Doodlebug Champion for destroying twice as many V1 flying bombs as any other pilot.

    Medals

    The medal collection, which included the very rare Distinguished Flying Cross and double bar, sold for £17,500 at the Anderson and Garland Fine Arts sale in Newcastle.

  23. Spots of light rain

    Sara Thornton

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    It will be a mostly cloudy afternoon with any brighter intervals confined to the east. The thicker cloud will give a few spots of light rain or drizzle here and there, especially in the west.

    Weather forecast

    Maximum temperature: 15C (59F). Check the forecast near you.

  24. 'I want my team in by next week'

    BBC Sport

    New Newcastle United boss Steve McClaren is a bit of a maverick - he fancies getting his coaching team in place before the players return for pre-season training.

    It would be a lot to take on by himself to be fair.

    Steve McClaren

    He told BBC Newcastle: "I'm looking for the best. It can be difficult because good people are always working elsewhere. No doubt though, I want my team in by next week, with a good week to 10 days to prepare."

  25. In the news today

    The Journal

    Newspaper

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

    Front page
  26. Where does 'Hoppings' come from?

    Throughout the years, the amusements have changed from steam driven, ornately carved and decorated roundabouts to faster and bigger white-knuckle rides, although old favourites such as the waltzer and dodgems remain.

    It is not known for certain where the term "hoppings" comes from, but many suggestions relate to terms for dancing.

    The Hoppings

    It could also come from the Anglo-Saxon word "hoppen", meaning funfair.

  27. The Hoppings is back

    What is believed to be the largest travelling funfair in Europe is opening on Newcastle's Town Moor.

    The Hoppings

    The Hoppings, which runs until 27 June and features more than 300 rides and attractions, is expected to attract tens of thousands of visitors.

  28. 'Mum's £20,000 payout'

    The Gazette

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

    Front page
  29. Your photos: Reflecting in Durham

    Alfie Joey

    BBC Newcastle

    I've been asking for your best photos for #PhotoFriday. Here's a lovely picture of the reflection of Durham Cathedral in the River Wear by David McConnachie:

    Reflection of Durham Cathedral

    You can send your pictures by email to northeast.locallive@bbc.co.uk or tweet @BBCNewsNE.

  30. Football gossip

    BBC Sport

    Here's a snippet from today's BBC Sport's gossip column:

    Chelsea's 21-year-old striker Patrick Bamford, who spent last season on loan at Middlesbrough, will report for pre-season training with the Premier League champions after turning down the chance to join Newcastle United. (Times - subscription required)

    Patrick Bamford

    Swansea and Newcastle want Watford's 26-year-old striker Troy Deeney, who is valued at £15m. (Daily Mail)

  31. Council resurfaces road round car

    Lloyd Watson

    BBC News

    A story that's been doing well on social media is about a council 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.

    Car on road

    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.

  32. Repairs close two lanes

    BBC Travel

    Two lanes closed northbound and very slow traffic on the A1(M) between J61, A177 (Bowburn) and J62, A690 (Carrville), because of emergency repairs in the roadworks area. Travel time is about 25 minutes.

    There's an accident on A690 Neville's Cross Bank in Durham at the A167 Darlington Road junction.

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

  33. In the news today

    Northern Echo

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

    Front page
  34. 'Dreadful consequences of punch'

    Amy Lea

    BBC Tees

    Durham's chief constable Mike Barton is behind Maxine Thompson's 'one punch' awareness campaign.

    He believes that more education and testimonies about the unforeseen effects of one punch could stop more attacks than prison sentences.

    He said: "A lot of the people who I know are the offenders are immediately full of remorse.

    "My sense is that it's not the sentence of imprisonment that will make a difference here, it's the certainty of being caught and it's the understanding of the dreadful consequences of the punch."

  35. Mother starts 'one punch' campaign

    Amy Lea

    BBC Tees

    A grieving County Durham mum has started a campaign with a blunt message: that a single punch can take a life and ruin countless others.

    One Punch North East was started by County Durham mum Maxine Thompson whose son Kristian died aged 19 - 10 months after being felled in a one punch attack.

    She said: "My life especially will never be the same without my son. I live with the constant nightmare of what the one punch can do.

    "Maybe this might make them think, 'I'm not going to raise my hand'."

  36. Latest headlines

    Lloyd Watson

    BBC News

    Here're today's top stories on Local Live:

    • A campaign's officially starting by a County Durham mum whose son died after he was punched just once
    • The one day international cricket match between England and New Zealand tomorrow will bring about £3m into the local economy, according to Durham County Cricket club
    • What is believed to be the largest travelling funfair in Europe is opening on Newcastle's Town Moor.
  37. Cricket international to bring in £3m

    Martin Emmerson

    BBC Newcastle

    The one day international cricket match between England and New Zealand tomorrow will bring about £3m into the local economy, according to Durham County Cricket club.

    The series is poised at two wins each and it will be the deciding game at the Emirates ground in Chester-le-Street - tickets sold out weeks ago.

    Durham's ground at Chester-le-Street

    Earlier this year the club were given planning permission to install 55 metre (180 ft) floodlights - which helped them secure international fixtures.

  38. Cloudy with bright intervals

    Sara Thornton

    Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    It will be a mostly cloudy day with any brighter intervals confined to the east of the region. Large amounts of hill fog further west, especially early, where the odd spot of rain is possible.

    Weather forecast

    Maximum temperature: 15C (59F). Check the forecast near you.

  39. Broken down vehicle

    BBC Travel

    There's slow traffic on the A194(M) northbound in Springwell between A195, Follingsby Roundabout and A194, White Mare Pool Roundabout.

    There's more slow traffic and a lane closed on A174 eastbound in Middlesbrough between the A171 Orchard Way junction and Greystones Roundabout because of a broken down vehicle.

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

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    Lloyd Watson

    BBC News

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