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  1. Updates on Wednesday 11 November 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather resumes on Thursday at 08:00

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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 Thursday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.  

    We hope you can join us then.

  2. Hundreds of weapons 'to be melted' for sculpture

    Almost 250 weapons were handed in to Cleveland Police during a two-week amnesty.

    Hunting knives, machetes and swords were part of the haul put in secure bins.

    Knife amnesty

    Now they are to be melted down by experts at the British Ironwork Centre and made into a sculpture dedicated to the victims of knife crime. 

    Chief Insp Tariq Ali said: "Each item handed in represents one less potentially dangerous knife which could end up being used to harm someone or used in other crime."

  3. Tonight on Look North: Region remembers war dead

    Carol Malia

    BBC Look North

    At the 11th hour, on the 11th day at the 11th month, the two-minute silence was observed this at war memorials, shopping centres, schools and railway stations. 

    Our cameras recorded the moment across the region including at the Kirkley Hall campus of Northumberland College.

    Also Armistice Day has been marked by a special ceremony on Teesside for a soldier who fought in World War One but has lain in an unmarked grave for nearly a century.

    Join us on BBC One at 18:30 or catch up on the iPlayer.

  4. Spell of hot nights breaks and rain finally clearing

    The spell of hot nights and unseasonable balminess is at an end.

    The temperature will finally dip to 10C although this is still mild for the time of year. 

    Cloud and any rain will soon clear to leave a mainly dry evening and night with clear spells and just a few showers. 

    Check the forecast where you live.

    Weather PM
  5. Mayor lays wreath at sombre Monkton Memorial ceremony

    Hundreds gathered at Armistice Day services held across South Tyneside to honour those who died in conflict while serving their country.


    A number of services were held to mark the sombre occasion with civic dignitaries, veterans and their families coming together for quiet reflection. 

    The mayor and mayoress of South Tyneside, councillor Richard Porthouse and his wife Patricia, led tributes in Monkton village with a parade from the Lord Nelson pub to the War Memorial for a service. 

    The Mayor laid a wreath at the village memorial. 

  6. BBC to show Hartlepool FA Cup match live on TV

    Hartlepool United's away match against Salford City's in the FA Cup second round will be broadcast live on BBC Two on Friday, 4 December from 19:30.

    Coverage of the match will be presented by Dan Walker.

    League Two Hartlepool defeated non-league Cheltenham in the first round.

    Northern Premier League Premier Division side Salford, who are part-owned by five former Manchester United players, beat Notts County to reach the second round proper for the first time.  

    "We are delighted to have the standout fixture of the second round live on BBC Two," said BBC football editor Mark Cole.

  7. Robbers spray toxic substance in victim's face

    A man needed hospital treatment after he was confronted by two robbers and sprayed in the face with a toxic substance.

    Police say the 43-year-old victim was targeted as he walked along Wagon Way in Shiremoor, North Tyneside, at 02:10.

    They also assaulted him before fleeing with his mobile phone down Earsdon Road.

    One of the offenders is 5ft 8in with a stocky build and a small moustache.

  8. Cyclist airlifted to hospital after crash

    A cyclist was hurt in a collision with a car in Durham.

    The Great North Air Ambulance was called to a roundabout on Leazes Road, Durham, at 14:15 yesterday.

    The man, aged 25, was flown to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle. 

    View more on twitter
  9. South Tyneside remembers the war dead

    Armistice Day services were also held in South Shields at St Stephen’s Church in Mile End Road, the Merchant Navy Memorial at Mill Dam and the War Memorial in West Park.

    They followed several services and parades held across South Tyneside to mark the day. 

    Parade through Monkton village
  10. Middlesbrough firm fined £1,200 for fake vodka hauls

    A firm has been fined after huge hauls of fake vodka were seized in raids across Middlesbrough. 


    More than 1,000 one-litre bottles of Glen’s Vodka were found at premises in the town during a probe by Middlesbrough Council’s trading standards team.

    CF Food Processing Ltd and its director Jonathan Holmes were found guilty of possessing counterfeit vodka for supply after a trial at Teesside Magistrates’ Court.

    The company, based at Hamilton House in Sotherby Road, Middlesbrough, was fined £1,200 with £956 costs.

    Mr Holmes was given a 12-month community order with 80 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay £837 costs.

    The case followed a three-week joint operation by trading standards and police, which resulted in the raids last May.

  11. Travel: One lane closed on A182 in County Durham

    BBC Travel

    One lane is closed on the A182 southbound in Murton between the A19 junction and the A19 junction because of a broken down vehicle.  

    Get the latest travel news for Tyne and Wear and Teesside.  

  12. Travel: Delays after dog gets on to A1

    BBC Travel

    There's slow traffic on the A1 Western Bypass northbound in Birtley between the A1(M) J65 junction and the A167 Durham Road junction, because of earlier dog on road. 

    All lanes have now re-opened.  

    Get the latest travel news for Tyne and Wear and Teesside.

  13. Controlling husband jailed for stabbing wife

    A controlling husband who fitted a tracking device to his wife's car and stabbed her when she came home after visiting her lover has been jailed for 11 years. 

    A jury at Teesside Crown Court cleared taxi driver Paul Temple, 48, of attempted murder but convicted him of wounding his 44-year-old wife Sharon with intent. 

    He knifed her in the chest in the kitchen of their home in Norfolk Street, Stockton, in May, causing her a collapsed lung. 

  14. Following life in Redcar after SSI collapse

    From now until Christmas, Panorama will be in Redcar to report on life after a century of steel making. Watch more

    You can follow this story on Facebook, search 'bbcpanorama' on Snapchat,and follow this live page.

  15. Mike Ashley set for court battle with Scottish FA

    The Scottish Football Association will defend itself after Mike Ashley lodged a court challenge to its approval of Dave King's appointment at Rangers.

    Rangers shareholder Ashley has asked for a judicial review of the decision to pass King as a fit and proper person to join the Championship club's board.

    Mike Ashley

    The case is due to be heard on 4 February after an initial date of 11 December was postponed.

    Ashley's petition will challenge the SFA's decision-making process.

    The Newcastle United and Sports Direct owner holds just under 9% of Rangers shares and his company has a retail agreement with the Glasgow club.

  16. Injury-hit ski star 'will prove her doubters wrong'

    After a year out recovering from injury, ski cross star Emily Sarsfield from County Durham says she will prove her doubters wrong.

    Emily Sarsfield

    She said: "I know there will be people who say Emily and the Olympics don't seem to fit, and I must admit there were times when things got really tough and my motivation and passion for the sport was sorely tested. 

    "But taking that time away from the sport really made me realise - first and foremost - why I love the sport, and why you shouldn't let all those political issues overshadow your ability and your confidence." 

  17. 'Fighting talk' from injury-blighted ski cross star

    Julie Cush

    BBC Newcastle

    After a series of debilitating injuries and two controversial selection snubs, Emily Sarsfield could be forgiven for admitting defeat in pursuit of her Olympic dream.

    Emily Sarsfield

    But as she prepares for another shoestring season on the international ski-cross circuit, the Durham 32-year-old is adamant she will gain a place a Pyeongchang in 2018. 

    Sarsfield's hopes of making her Olympic debut in Vancouver in 2010 were dashed.

    She was recovering from a broken leg only to find the single GB berth handed to Australian-born Sarah Sauvey. 

    But she has now returned and told Press Association Sport: "Injuries are never a good thing but taking last year off did allow me a little bit of a respite and allow me to gather all my motivation after everything that had happened."

  18. Acklam Grange pupils in poppy tribute to fallen soldiers

    Youngsters at a Teesside school have planted handmade poppies to mark the lives of soldiers from Middlesbrough killed in battle.

    Poppies at Acklam Grange

    Pupils at Acklam Grange have placed them in the school yard.

  19. Cleveland police officers remember war dead

    Cleveland Police officers gathered to stand in silence as the nation remembered its war dead.

  20. Reindeer parade followed by lights switch on

    Thousands are expected at the traditional reindeer parade through Middlesbrough followed by the Christmas lights switch-on.

    Middlesbrough Council says hundreds of children will lead Santa on his reindeer through the town on 29 November, culminating in the lights switch on at 16:00.

    A full programme of events for Christmas is now available. 

    Road closures and traffic restrictions will be in place so the public are advised to allow plenty of time to get into town. 

  21. Gateshead soldier killed at Somme 'properly remembered'

    The family of a soldier from Gateshead who perished on the first day of the Somme and who was only properly buried last month say they can finally pay him proper tribute. 

    Sgt Blakey

    Up until two years ago, the family of David Blakey had no idea what had happened to him until a road was widened and his remains were discovered.

    Last month he was reburied with full military honours in the presence of many of his family including his great grand-daughter Jackie Coleman. 

    She said the day was particularly sad because of those in her family who'd died before his body was found.

    But she added: "We stand at the Cenotaph for the silence thinking about David being buried, rather than usual thinking of that fact that he hadn't been found."

  22. Figures show impact of Let's Grow campaign

    Here's today's front page and a link to the full story.

    Front page of The Journal, 11 November, 2015
  23. Two charged over post office armed robbery

    Two men have been charged with armed robbery following a raid on a Newcastle post office.

    Craig Hardy, 19, of Lonnen Avenue, Newcastle, and Gary Coates, 22, of Fenham Road, Newcastle, are also accused of attempted wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm following the alleged incident yesterday at Benwell Grove Post Office in West Road.

    They will appear at North Tyneside Magistrates' Court in North Shields this morning.

    A 22-year-old woman and a 15-year-old girl who were arrested have been released without charge.

  24. More on Newcastle Central Motorway crash

    As we told you earlier, there's been a four-vehicle crash on the A167(M) in Newcastle. One lane was closed but has since reopened.

    There are no serious injuries, according to Northumbria Police.

    View more on twitter
  25. Seabed machines on way to Papua New Guinea

    Two huge robotic machines which will be used to scour the seabed looking for valuable minerals such as copper and gold will leave Tyneside today for Papua New Guinea. 

    Part of one of the machines

    The machines have been built by Soil Machine Dynamics in Wallsend. It's an expert around sub-sea trenches for underground cables but this is the first deep sea mining vehicle it's designed and built.

    Environmental groups have expressed concern that sensitive marine life will be destroyed.

  26. Farmers set for Northumberland conference

    Hundreds of farmers will be heading to Northumberland for the sixth Northern Farming Conference today.

    The event, which is held at Hexham Auction Mart, will include a number of guest speakers explaining how they keep their livestock and crops in the vest condition.

    About 10,000 people are employed in agriculture in the North East.

  27. Cleveland Police set to reveal knives handed in

    Cleveland Police is to reveal the results of its two-week knife amnesty later today.

    All knife bins from across the force area have been emptied and the contents will be given to the British Ironwork Centre, which will melt them down into a statue dedicated to victims of knife crime.

    The Northumbria and Durham forces have also held a knife amnesty in recent weeks.

  28. GCSE results gap 'not shrinking'

    Sean Coughlan

    BBC News, education correspondent

    This year's GCSE results in England show few signs of a north-south divide getting any narrower.

    SchoolDash, an education data firm, has mapped the provisional results from this summer's exams.

    It shows that 4.7 percentage points more pupils in the south achieve five GCSEs including English and maths.

    Last week Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said it was a "sad truth" that many underperforming authorities were in the north of England.

    Exam results map
  29. 'Great-gran Jean collared intruder'

    The Gazette


    A great-grandmother grabbed a burglar, pushed him against the wall and told him “get out of my house” as he tried to raid her home.  

    Front page of The Gazette, 11 November, 2015
  30. Travel: Delays after four-vehicle crash in Newcastle

    BBC Travel

    There's been a four-vehicle accident between Sandyford Road and New Bridge Street in Newcastle.

    It's resulting in queuing traffic on the A167(M) Southbound.

    Keep up to date with all the latest news atBBC Travel.

  31. Latest updates: Armistice Day remembered, IS father trial continues, and more

    Today's top stories on Local Live:

  32. Police scenes of crime officer 'lied' about skills

    If you missed it last night, we've been reporting how a police scenes of crime officer lied about his qualifications, mishandled evidence and was generally poor at investigations.

    A scenes of crime officer at work

    Stephen Beattie worked for Northumbria, Staffordshire and Cleveland forces before being suspended in 2011 and later resigning.

    More than 350 of his cases, including suspicious deaths and arsons, have been reviewed. However, none of his actions significantly impacted the results of his investigations, the reports found.

  33. North East set to mark Remembrance Day

    Remembrance Day ceremonies will be taking place across the region at 11:00.

    The Armistice Day memorials mark the official moment the guns of World War One fell silent - 11 o'clock on the 11th day of the 11th month.

    For the first time, students at Northumberland College's new Military Academy will stage their own ceremony at the Kirkley Hall Campus near Ponteland. 

    There'll be a round-up of some of the day's events in Look North on BBC1 later.

  34. Weather: Get set for showers later

    BBC Weather

    Temperatures today will again be higher than normal for this time of year, reaching about 14C or 15C.

    Today's weather forecast

    However, we can expect showers across the region through the day with heavier rain in parts of County Durham.

    It will become drier with overnight lows of 8C (46F). Check the forecast where you are.

  35. Travel: A19 traffic light fault fixed

    BBC Travel

    A traffic light failure on the A19 at the Testo's Roundabout in Boldon led to slow traffic earlier but the fault has now been fixed.

    You can keep up to date with the latest news at BBC Travel.

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