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  1. Updates on Tuesday 10 November 2015
  2. More news. sport, weather and travel updates from 08:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Lloyd Watson

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage throughout the day

    Live updates for the North East have finished for the day but we'll be back from 08:00 on Wednesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. On Look North this evening: Relatives of a family killed in a horrific car crash call for a public inquiry

    Carol Malia

    BBC Look North

    Relatives of five family members from County Durham who were killed in an horrific car crash are calling for a public inquiry.

    Councillors vote to close four middle schools in Northumberland and replace them with extended primaries.

    And a look at how Children in Need donations are makign a real difference in the region.

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

  3. Weather: A dry start but rain arriving through the night

    Many parts will start dry this evening. However, rain in the west will become more widespread overnight. 

    Some heavy rain will affect the Pennines. Remaining breezy. 

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      Minimum Temperature: 10C (50F)  

  4. Man charged with kidnap and rape

    A 52-year-old man has been charged over the kidnap and rape of an 11-year-old girl.

    A girl was reported missing from Ellesmere Port in Cheshire on Saturday and found in a village near Darlington, County Durham, on Sunday.

    A car was later stopped on the M6 near Preston, Lancashire, and a man was arrested, police said.

    Paul Ripley, of no fixed address, has been charged with kidnap, rape of a female under 13 and dangerous driving, and was due to appear at Chester Magistrates' Court earlier.

  5. Disabled children's computer 'lifeline' stolen

    A special computer to help children with serious disabilities communicate has been stolen from a school in Sunderland. 

    The Tobii Dynavox i12 tablet was taken from Sunningdale School sometime overnight on 8 November. 

    The tablet

    The tablet had been loaned to the school by the Regional Communication Aid Service to help young children. 

    Northumbria Police said the device is a "lifeline" to the children as it provides key communication.

  6. Knife-wielding robber attacks post office worker

    A post office worker has been injured after being attacked by a knife-wielding robber.

    Police said two men targeted the Benwell Grove Post Office, West Road, Newcastle just before midday. 

    The men escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash.

    The shop worker was taken to hospital and treated for minor injuries.

    Northumbria Police confirmed four people - two men aged 19 and 22 years and two females aged 15 and 22 - have been arrested in connection with the raid. 

  7. Alnwick middle schools to close in two-tier shake up

    All four middle schools in Alnwick are to close after Northumberland County Council's cabinet voted to replace the current three-tier system with two tiers.

    Lindisfarne, The Duke's, Seahouses and St Paul's middle schools will shut and the county's first schools will expand to take children up to 11.

    Branton Community and Embleton Vincent Edwards CofE first schools, previously proposed for closure, will instead expand to become primary schools.

    The Duchess Community High School being built in Alnwick will convert to a secondary school on one site and add 11 and 12 year olds to its current 13-18-year-old intake.

    Duke's County Middles School
  8. Condition of Romanian nightclub fire burns victims 'stable'

    The treatment of two of the victims of the Romanian nightclub fire at Newcastle's RVI comes after one of the doctors treating them flew out to help.

    Dr Sarah Pape (pictured), a burns specialist at the RVI, helped cooordinate the airlift of some of the victims back to various hospitals in the UK . 

     She said that although they were severely burned, their condition is now is stable. 

    Sarah Pape
  9. Bucharest blaze victims treated at Newcastle hospital

    Two men badly hurt in a fire at a Bucharest nightclub are being treated in Newcastle.

    The victims were injured when fire broke out at Bucharest's Collectiv club on 30 October - sparked by firework - leaving at least 45 dead.

    Twelve victims have since been flown by Nato to hospitals in the UK - including Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary, as well as Norway. 

    Nightclub fire scene
  10. Terror accused 'seduced' by Internet extremism

    Peter Harris

    BBC Look North

    A Sunderland man accused of trying to recruit Muslims to fight in Syria was "seduced" by extremist material on the Internet and supported Islamic State, a court hears. 

    Abul Kahar, from Sunderland, denies 11 charges including disseminating terrorist publications, attempting to fund IS and encouraging others to take up arms.

    Speaking of his plans to go to Syria, prosecutors said: "is it Beano boyish excitement or is he serious? We say he's serious."  

    The 37-year-old takeaway chef told the jury he had not been brainwashed, did not support violence and thought killing other Muslims was against Islam.

    The hearing continues. 

  11. Travel: A690 in Durham closed because of collision between car and cyclist

    BBC Travel

    The A690 Leazes Road in Durham is closed and there is queuing traffic in both directions between Leazes Bowl Roundabout and the Leazes Lane junction, because of an accident involving a car and a cyclist. 

    Also affecting New Elvet between Leazes Bowl Roundabout and Waterside Elvet and A690 Leazes Road at Walkergate.  

  12. Rob Elliot: Newcastle United goalkeeper jersey up for grabs

    BBC Sport

    Newcastle United goalkeeper Rob Elliot insists the number one shirt at St James' Park is still up for grabs despite his man-of-the-match performance in Saturday's win over Bournemouth.

    First-choice Tim Krul is out for the season, but Elliot still faces competition from Karl Darlow and Freddie Woodman.

    "We're in a strong position, it's open season," he told BBC Newcastle.

  13. Car parts extension creates 130 jobs

    BBC Look North

    North East and Cumbria

    Good news on the jobs front in Wearside. 

    A new £4m extension at a car part manufacturer in Sunderland officially opens for business today.  

    The company TRW, which became part of the German owned giant ZF Group earlier this year, is creating 130 jobs at its Rainton Bridge site over the next few years. 

    The floor space at the factory has been doubled to meet demand for new steering technology from international customers.   

  14. Mr Bean star's wife granted divorce

     Actor Rowan Atkinson's wife has been granted a divorce on the grounds of his "unreasonable behaviour". 

     The Mr Bean and Blackadder star was not present at the brief proceedings in central London.  

    Rowan Atkinson

     Estranged wife Sunetra was granted a decree nisi against the 60-year-old by a district judge at the Central Family Court. Atkinson married the make-up artist in 1990.

     The County Durham-born actor and his wife, who have two children, are reported to have split last year. 

  15. Terrorism accused 'energetic spokesman for IS'

    Peter Harris

    BBC Look North

    A Sunderland man accused of trying to recruit Muslims to fight in Syria was an "energetic spokesman for Islamic State", a jury has been told.

    Abul Kahar, from Sunderland, denies 11 charges including disseminating terrorist publications, attempting to fund IS and encouraging others to take up arms. 

    Newcastle Crown Court was earlier told he had watched IS videos of beheadings. 

    It is also alleged he posted extremist material on social media sites.

    The trial continues.

  16. Sunderland independent record shop to reopen

    A Sunderland independent record shop run by a local band Frankie and the Heartstrings is to reopen following a kickstarter campaign.

    Members of the public donated more than £14,000, when the original building housing Pop Recs was sold to developers.

    Watch the video here.

    Frankie and the Heartstrings
  17. In the lunchtime headlines: Four middle schools are to close in Northumberland and how some victims of a a nightcub fire in are being treated in the North East.

    BBC Look North

    North East and Cumbria

    Councillors have voted to close four middle schools in Alnwick as the school system changes from three to two tiers.

    And after an horrific night club fire in Romania, how some of the victims are being helped here in the North East.

    Join us for these and all our other stories on BBC One at 13:30.

  18. Bucharest nightclub burns victims in Newcastle hospital

    Two victims of the Bucharest nightclub fire which claimed more than 40 lives have been flown to Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary for treatment.

    The blaze at Bucharest's Collectiv club on 30 October - sparked by fireworks, which ignited foam on the walls - left at least 45 dead.

    The two patients on Tyneside are being treated by burns consultants Sarah Pape - who has just returned from a mercy mission to Romania - as well as David David Hodgkinson. 

    Nightclub fire

    They are currently being treated in intensive care and the Romanian government is flying their families to the UK, the hospital said. 

  19. Weather: Continues to be exceptionally mild with some outbreaks of rain

    Exceptionally mild, despite a generally cloudy day with very limited brightness. 

    Outbreaks of rain will arrive, these mainly across the Pennines, with most places further east staying dry. 

    Windy, with gales possible at first, especially over high ground. 

    weather graphic

    Maximum Temperature: 17C (63F)  

  20. Disruption to trains around Hexham because of level crossing barrier problems

    BBC Travel

    Disruption on Northern Rail at Hexham due to a problem with a level crossing barrier.

    More travel informatuon on the  BBC Travel website for Tyne & Wear and Teesside.

  21. Hartlepool to play Salford City in second round of the FA Cup

    BBC Sport

    Salford City have been drawn at home to League Two Hartlepool United in the second round of the FA Cup.

    The Northern Premier League Premier Division side, co-owned by five former Manchester United players, defeated Notts County in the first round.

    Second-round ties will be played across the weekend of 4-7 December 2015.  

  22. Latest headlines: Decision due on Northumberland schools

    Here are the headlines this morning so far on Local LIve:

    - Northumberland County Council has voted to close all four middle schools in the Alnwick area and bring in two-tier education.

    A support service for victims of male rape has been awarded £204,000 by the Big Lottery Fund.

    - The owners of a trampoline park have pulled out of plans to open in Stockton.

  23. Weather: Temperatures well above average

    Owain Wyn Evans

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    The mild weather is continuing with today's temperatures well above the average for this time of year

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  24. Alnwick middle schools axed for 'two-tier' switchover

    Mark Denten

    BBC Look North

    Northumberland County Council has voted to close all four middle schools in the Alnwick area and bring in two-tier education.

    The move will see Seahouses Middle School shut but a number of primary schools expand to take children up to the age of 11.  

  25. Redcar 'agony aunt' on how the 'steel' town is coping

    Meet Karen and her husband John. She runs a sandwich store in Redcar. 

    They talk about the mood of the town after the closure of the SSI steelworks, and what the future holds for Redcar.  

    Agony aunt Karen

    Karen says: "“The people of this town won’t just let it die, we just want to survive." 

    BBC's Panorama is in Redcar, until Christmas, monitoring how locals are coping. 

  26. 'Serious concerns' for missing man after car found

    Officers trying to trace a missing Stockton man say they are "seriously concerned" for his welfare after his car was found. 

    Graham McInness, 38, was last seen on Saturday night. Police confirmed that his grey Astra car had been found in a car park in Seaton Carew and are focusing their hunt there and in the Hartlepool area. 

    Graham McInness
  27. Male rape lifeline charity gets cash boost

    A support service for victims of male rape has been awarded £204,000 by the Big Lottery Fund.

    Victim generic

    Someone Cares, based in North Shields, offers help to male victims of childhood rape, sexual assault and abuse in its Male Voices Heard project.

    The service said the number of men seeking help has risen by 200% in a year.

    The project chairman, Donna Lowden, said: "Society tells men to be macho and strong - but they need someone to listen to them too."

  28. Weather: Very mild despite a cloudy day with limited bright intervals

    Owain Wyn Evans

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    Exceptionally mild, despite a generally cloudy day with very limited bright intervals. 

    Outbreaks of rain will arrive, these mainly across the Pennines, with most places further east staying dry. 

    Windy, with gales possible at first, especially over high ground. 

    Owain Wyn Evans

      Maximum Temperature: 17 Deg C (63 Deg F)  

  29. Travel: Wind causing problems on the roads

    BBC Travel

    The Transporter Bridge in Middlesbrough is closed between the Vulcan Street junction and the A1046 Port Clarence Road junction, because of strong winds.  

    There are hazardous driving conditions on the A66 between Scotch Corner in Middleton Tyas and the A67 junction in Bowes, because of strong winds. Approach with care.  

    The B6318 Military Road is closed in both directions between Errington Arms Roundabout and the A6079 junction, because of a fallen tree. Diversion in operation - Using the A69.  

    More traffic information on the BBC Travel website for Tyne & Wear and Teesside.

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