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  1. Updates on Friday 13 November 2015
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    Live updates for the north-east of England have finished for the day.

    We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates. Join us then.

  2. 'Willingness to be woken was not known', judge says

    A judge has criticised a hospital after the mother of a disabled man won her case over a .

    In his ruling, the judge at the High Court said that he was not satisfied that it was "other than practicable and appropriate" to have attempted to contact Mrs Winspear before the notice - which lasted for nine to ten hours - was put on her son's records.

    Mr Justice Blake said: "Although her willingness to be woken in the small hours was not known to the clinicians at the time, the fact that she had a telephone, had been Carl's carer from birth, had been in hospital the previous day and had kept in touch with nursing staff would or should have been known."

  3. Teenager charged after lit firework put through letterbox

    A 13-year-old boy has been charged with a public order offence after a lit firework was pushed through the letterbox of a house in Birtley.

    The firework was pushed into a property in Ravensworth Road on 3 November. It exploded in the hallway and caused damage to a carpet and furniture. No-one was injured.

    A 13-year-old boy from the area was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and will appear Newcastle Youth Court on 2 December.

  4. Sunderland trust has 'robust' policy for 'do not ressucitate'

    The mother of a man with cerebral palsy has won her case against the Sunderland hospital where he died.

    Elaine Winspear says she was not consulted on a decision to issue a "do not resuscitate" order on her son Carl, who died in 2011.

    City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust says it will "consider the content of the judgement carefully and consider any implications that it may have upon its current practices".

    It says it has a "robust" policy in place which is "in accordance with national guidelines".

  5. Weather: Heavy showers to continue through the evening

    Sara Thornton

    BBC Weather

    Scattered, heavy showers continuing through the evening, with strong, gusty winds.

    Both the wind and the showers will very gradually ease overnight, although it should remain breezy enough to limit frost over the Pennines. Becoming largely dry by dawn.

    Weather forecast

    Minimum temperature: 3C (37F). Check the forecast near you.

  6. Terror charge chef 'bought into Jihad'

     A chef from Sunderland "bought into the propaganda of Jihad absolutely", a judge has said as she jailed him for five years.  

    Mrs Justice Andrews said Mohammed Kahar had taken steps to go to Syria with the intention of going to fight for IS. 

    Kahar was convicted of preparation of a terrorist act and five counts of disseminating terrorist publications. He was also guilty of a funding offence and supporting a proscribed organisation.

    Mohammed Kahar
  7. Lord Heseltine appointment 'an insult' - GMB union

    It is an "insult" that Lord Heseltine will head up an initiative in the North East to try to find work for people affected by recent job losses in the steel industry, according to the GMB union.

    Michael Blench, GMB regional officer, said: "For Lord Heseltine to be parachuted in to the North is an insult. 

    "Just a couple of weeks ago it was Lord Heseltine who said insensitively that it was as good a time as any for UK steelworkers to lose their jobs.

    "It is all right for the inhabitants of rich parliamentary ivory towers to say that. In the real world Tory policy is creating a Northern Poor House."

  8. Northern Rock mortgages sold: Where does this leave me?

    Kevin Peachey

    Online personal finance reporter

    The vast majority of former Northern Rock mortgage holders have been unable to switch to a better deal because lenders have not been keen to take them on.

    Many have been paying a relatively high standard variable rate of 4.79%. Now thousands will be moved to TSB with unchanged terms and rates.

    However, existing TSB customers get a better deal - paying a variable rate of 3.99% if they took out a mortgage after June 2010, or 2.5% if they had one before then.

    "[New] customers will of course be able to speak to TSB about the options available to them, as they can do today," a TSB spokesman said. But there is no automatic switch to a cheaper variable rate.

  9. Lord Heseltine to chair 'inward investment programme' for Tees Valley

    Former deputy prime minister Lord Michael Heseltine is to chair a new inward investment programme for the Tees Valley following the closure of the SSI steelworks in Redcar.

    It is hoped the initiative will work to boost growth and create jobs and will have a specific remit to attract foreign investment.

    He said: "It is a great honour to be asked to help with the government response to the sad events in the steel industry in Teesside."

  10. Preview: Brive v Newcastle Falcons

    Newcastle Falcons have retained 11 players from their Premiership defeat by Worcester for the 23-man squad to kick off their European campaign tonight at 18:30.

    Chris Harris, Michael Young and Kane Thompson are among those to keep their places, while Mark Wilson is named captain on his return from injury.

    Newcastle Falcons fact graphic

    Falcons director of rugby Dean Richards told BBC Newcastle: "Brive's a different challenge, French sides don't play with the same intensity [as the Premiership].

    "The ball in play time is different - there's a lot of stop-start - but when they do have the ball in hand they play with a lot of fire and passion."

  11. Professionals 'must be held to account', says charity

    Charity Mencap says today's judgement is a "landmark" after the High Court ruled that a disabled man's human rights were violated after a "do not resuscitate" order was issued without consultation.

    Jan Tregelles from the charity said: "Too often families of people with a learning disability who lack capacity to make their own decisions about care or treatment are excluded from decisions. Despite the Mental Capacity Act saying they must be consulted. 

    "This can have devastating consequences. Families often have important knowledge about their loved one and it is vital that this is used when decisions are being made. 

    "The Mental Capacity Act is there to protect people who lack capacity and it is crucial it is followed. Professionals must be held to account when this doesn't happen."

  12. Disabled son's mother 'hugely aggrieved'

    A bereaved mother has won her High Court case over a "do not resuscitate" notice that was placed on her son's file without her knowledge.

    Mary Varney, the solicitor who brought the case, said Carl's mother Elaine Winspear was "very pleased" the High Court had found the hospital had a duty to consult her before the Do Not Attempt Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) notice was issued.

    Carl Winspear

    Ms Varney said: "He couldn't speak for himself, [his mother had] done that his whole life and she felt hugely aggrieved that she was left out of such an important decision."

    Carl, 28, who also had epilepsy and spinal deformities, died in January 2011 after he was admitted to hospital in Sunderland with a chest infection.

  13. Sunderland chef 'tried to get friends to join IS'

    More on the story we brought you a minute ago about a takeaway chef being jailed for spreading Islamic State's message.

    Newcastle Crown Court heard Mohammed Kahar, 37, from Sunderland, became interested in the terror group in October 2013.

    He then spread their message using multiple online accounts and tied to convince friends and relatives that they should support IS.

  14. BreakingFather jailed over Syria terror charges

    A father-of-six has been jailed for five years for trying to recruit fellow Muslims to fight for the so-called Islamic State in Syria.

    Abul Kahar, from Sunderland, was also convicted of preparing for terrorist acts by planning to go to Syria. 

    A jury at Newcastle Crown Court convicted him of 10 terrorism-related offences.

  15. BreakingDisabled man's human rights 'violated', high court rules

    A disabled man's human rights were violated when a "do not resuscitate" order was put on his records in hospital, the High Court rules.

    Carl Winspear, 28, who had cerebral palsy, died in 2011 at Sunderland Royal Hospital.

    He had the order put on his records at 03:00 without his mother Elaine Winspear being notified.

    The order was cancelled after it was activated and had no bearing on the death, the court heard.

  16. Weather: Windy with sunny intervals and showers

    Owain Wyn Evans

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    It will be a windy afternoon with sunny intervals but also a risk of blustery showers throughout.

    Some of these will be heavy with a risk of thunder, perhaps merging to longer spells of rain at times. Feeling markedly colder than of late.

    Weather forecast

    Maximum temperature: 7C (45F). Check the forecast near you.

  17. Travel: Road remains closed after crash

    BBC Travel

    The B6315 Spen Lane in Greenside remains closed with queuing traffic in both directions between the Lead Road junction and the Whitefield Gardens junction because of accident investigation work. 

    Police directing traffic. Two people were hurt in the crash and are receiving treatment at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

    View more on twitter

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

  18. Play along: Only Connect takes on North East dramas

    Lloyd Watson

    BBC Local Live

    It's Children in Need day today and we're playing along with Only Connect who made a special charity show.

    They had a missing letters round which focussed on dramas set in the North East.

    Did you get the first one we posed at 11:15?

    Only Connect graphic

    We'll have another one shortly - It was of course:

    Byker Grove
  19. Date set for Open University staff strike

    Staff at the Open University are to strike in a row over plans to close regional centres.

    Staff in Gateshead are due to strike on Friday 4 December - as their centre is one of seven to close.

    The union is campaigning against plans to close seven regional centres, which it says puts more than 500 jobs at risk.

  20. Woman sexually assaulted in Middlesbrough

    A 24-year-old woman has been sexually assaulted after she left a nightclub in Middlesbrough. 

    She was approached by a man and pushed against railings and sexually assaulted in Albert Road at about 03:00 on 1 November.

    The victim managed to get away from the man and left in a black and yellow hackney taxi. Police are appealing for witnesses.

  21. Lumiere Festival brings 3D whale to Durham

    Fiona Trott

    BBC News

    A spectacular light show has brought a 3D whale and a giant worm to the city of Durham.

    The fourth Lumiere Festival showcases light installations from artists all over the world and organisers are expecting record visitors.

    For the first time the event will also be travelling to London. Watch the video here.

    3D whale at the 2015 Lumiere Festival in Durham
  22. Man in court charged with attempting to murder police officer

    A 28-year-old man has appeared in court charged with attempting to murder a Northumbria Police officer. 

    Michael Walker, from Cornhill in Newcastle, appeared before North Tyneside magistrates also charged with assaulting a police officer and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

    It comes after an alleged incident on a footbridge on the A1 in Newcastle yesterday.

    He was remanded in custody and will appear before Newcastle Crown Court on 27 November.

  23. BreakingMan charged with attempted murder of police officer

    A man has been charged with the attempted murder of a police officer.

    It comes after an alleged incident on a footbridge on the A1 in Newcastle yesterday.

    The 28-year-old has been charged with attempted murder of a police officer, assaulting a police officer and assault.

  24. Travel: A1 section to be closed for 34 hours

    BBC Travel

    If you're planning to travel through North Yorkshire this weekend, drivers are being reminded that the A1 will be closed from 20:00 tomorrow until 06:00 on Monday.

    They're demolishing a bridge and the road will be closed in both directions between junction 51 (Leeming Bar) and Scotch Corner.

    The bridge needs to be demolished to allow space for an extra lane to be added to the road, before being rebuilt at a later date.

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

  25. Man robbed at knife-point in Newcastle

    A man has been forced to hand over cash at kinfe point in Newcastle.

    The 19-year-old was left shaken after two men threatened him near The Gate complex in the city centre at about 03:30 this morning.

    They then fled the scene and the man was not hurt in the incident.

  26. Play along: Only Connect takes on North East dramas

    Lloyd Watson

    BBC Local Live

    The BBC quiz show Only Connect had a Children in Need special this week.

    One of the missing letter rounds focused on dramas set in the North East, so we thought we'd play along today.

    And of course, you can of course donate to Children in Need on the website.

    Only Connect screen grab

    Here's the first one to get you going - We'll give you the answer in about an hour. Don't phone, it's just for fun - play along with us by tweeting @BBCNewsNE or email your answer to: 

    Only Connect missing letters round
  27. Two injured in crash in Gateshead

    BBC Newcastle

    A person has been airlifted to hospital after being involved in a two-vehicle crash in Gateshead. 

    It happened just after 08:00 this morning outside the former post office on Spen Lane in Greenside.

    Another person has also been hurt - both have been taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle. 

  28. Latest headlines: Government sells Northern Rock mortgages and sink hole to be repaired

    Here are the latest headlines so far this morning:

    The government has sold £13bn of former Newcastle-based lender Northern Rock mortgages that taxpayers acquired during the financial crisis

    Work continues this morning to patch up a massive suspected sink hole that opened up yesterday on a street in Newcastle

    - Campaigners who want to restore an abandoned seaside swimming pool to its former glory are selling artwork inspired by the attraction

  29. Gossip: Newcastle 'eye centre-back Jannik Vestergaard'

    BBC Sport

    Here's a snippet from today's Gossip Column:

    Newcastle United are interested in signing 23-year-old Werder Bremen centre-back Jannik Vestergaard. (SportBild, via Chronicle)

  30. Police issue warning for wet roads

    After a number of incidents this morning on the roads across the North East, police are reminding people to take care on the wet surface.

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  31. BBC radio stars to appear on Bargain Hunt

    BBC Newcastle

    You might see some familiar faces on a very special edition of Bargain Hunt today on BBC One.

    BBC Newcastle's Alfie Joey and Anna Foster, with a little bit of help from Pudsey, try to find the best bargains to go up for auction.

    Bargain Hunt

    If you miss this Children in Need special at 12:15 on BBC One you can catch up here afterwards.

  32. Travel: Durham Road closed after accident

    BBC Travel

    Durham Road in Chester-le-Street is closed and there's queuing traffic in both directions between Hermitage Roundabout and the Ropery Lane junction because of an accident. Police are directing traffic.

    The B6315 Spen Lane in Greenside is closed and there's queuing traffic in both directions between the Lead Road junction and the Whitefield Gardens junction, because of an accident. Police are also directing traffic.

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

    View more on twitter
  33. Newcastle hole in ground to be filled

    Workers are on site to start filling in a 30-foot deep and 20-foot wide hole that opened up in a yard behind houses in Gosforth in Newcastle.

    The gaping hole appeared at Craster Square in Coxlodge just before 11:00 yesterday. It revealed old mine workings in an area which used to have a number of pits.

    Scene in Newcastle

    The Coal Authority intend to backfill the hole, and the council has agreed to provide materials for this purpose to stabilise the collapse. 

    It will also investigate the cause of the collapse in order to establish a permanent solution.

  34. Sale of Northern Rock mortgages won't reduce deficit

    Robert Peston

    Economics editor

    The Northern Rock mortgage sale will reduce national debt by £13.28bn, says Treasury, though it will have no impact on the deficit.

    For anyone who hasn't been paying attention, the national debt is the total amount owed, the deficit is the amount borrowed each year.

  35. Pool revamp to benefit from art auction

    Campaigners who want to restore an abandoned seaside swimming pool to its former glory are selling artwork inspired by the attraction.

    Tynemouth Pool, filled daily with seawater with the passing of the tides, was once a popular visitor attraction but has lain derelict since the 1990s.

    Tyenmouth Pool

    The art exhibition has opened at the Old Low Lights Heritage Centre in North Shields to raise money for the pool.They'll be auctioned on 26 November.

  36. £13bn sale of Northern Rock mortgages

    The government has sold £13bn of former Newcastle-based lender Northern Rock mortgages that taxpayers acquired during the financial crisis.

    The portfolio is being sold by UK Asset Resolution (UKAR) to US investment firm Cerberus. The deal is thought to be the largest financial asset sale to date by a European government.

    Northern Rock

    UKAR was the "bad bank" set up in 2010 to run down loans made by Northern Rock and Bradford & Bingley. The mortgages are being sold for £280m above their book value.

    The government has now sold more than 85% of the assets of Northern Rock, which collapsed in 2007 and marked the start of the financial crisis.

  37. Weather: Windy day with sunny intervals

    Owain Wyn Evans

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    A windy day with sunny intervals but also a risk of blustery showers throughout. Some of these will be heavy with a risk of thunder, perhaps merging to longer spells of rain at times. Feeling markedly colder than of late.

    Weather forecast

    Maximum temperature: 7C (45F). Check the forecast near you.

  38. Travel: Debris and burst water main closes roads

    BBC Travel

    The A189 in Dudley is closed northbound between the Great Lime Road junction and the A1056 Killingworth Way junction because of debris on the road. A diversion is in operation via Great Lime Road.  

    Market Lane in Dunston is closed in both directions between the B6317 junction and the Clavering Road junction because of a burst water main and emergency repairs. Police are directing traffic.

    And the A1046 Haverton Hill Road in Portrack is closed and there's queuing traffic in both directions between Portrack Interchange and the New Road junction because of protest. Diversion in operation - via New Road. Police are again directing traffic.

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

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    Lloyd Watson

    BBC Local Live

    Welcome to BBC Local Live. We'll be bringing you news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the North East.

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