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  1. Updates on Thursday 19 November 2015
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel from 08:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

By Lloyd Watson

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates for the north-east of England have finished for the day but we'll be back from 08:00 on Friday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates.

  2. On tonight's BBC Look North

    Jonathan Swingler

    The police are investigating after a stolen truck was rammed into a house in Darlington.

    It's the second time in a week a vehicle has been driven into a house in the town.

    I'll have the latest on this story on BBC Look North at 18:30 on BBC One.

    Damaged house in Darlington
  3. Weather: Clear spells with the odd shower

    Kawser Quamer

    BBC Weather

    Clear spells are expected this evening with the odd shower, mainly over the Pennines. It will turn cloudier later in the night with scattered showers developing.

    It will be chilly with the breeze easing overnight.

    Weather forecast

    Minimum temperature: 4C (39F). Check the forecast near you.

  4. Drug trafficking operation: Three arrested

    Three men have been arrested on suspicion of drugs offences after police executed 10 warrants in Sunderland, Peterlee and Middlesbrough.

    Two men from Peterlee, aged 27 and 39, and a 42-year-old man from Sunderland were arrested on suspicion of drug trafficking.

    A 43-year-old man from Middlesbrough, who was arrested prior to today's raids, remains on bail. 

  5. Safe upkeep of Redcar site could be £100,000 a week

    BBC Panorama

    Investigative TV show

    BBC Panorama asks what should be done with the old Redcar site?

    We understand the cost of keeping the site safe could be more than £100,000 a week.

    The bill for a complete decommission and decontamination of the site could cost up to £1bn. Watch the video here.

    Redcar steel plant
  6. Cyclist struck and killed by bus is named

    An elderly cyclist, who died when he was struck by a bus in Durham, has been named.

    Walter Heighley, 81, was hit by a single-deck Go North East bus on the B6532 near to the junction with Trouts Lane between Sacriston and Durham at about 11:15 on Tuesday. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Trouts Lane

    His family said in a statement: “We are so sad to announce the death of Walter; he was a loving and much-loved husband, father and grandfather, and will be sadly missed by all his family and friends.”

  7. Falcons hooker becomes special constable with police

    Newcastle Falcons rugby player Rob Hawkins has been sworn in as a special constable at Northumbria Police.

    The hooker will be dedicating some of his free time to the local community after joining Northumbria Police's special constabulary as a volunteer.

    Special constable Rob Hawkins

    His grandfather is a former superintendent with Avon and Somerset Police and he decided to become a special after hearing a presentation from Ch Supt Andy McDyer, as he was looking to widen his skills off the rugby pitch.

  8. Celsa steelworks: Newcastle man died in blast

    One of the two men killed in an explosion at a Cardiff steelworks was originally from Newcastle, it has emerged.

    Newcastle United fan Mark Sim, 41, who lived in Caldicot, Monmouthshire and Peter O'Brien from Cardiff died in the blast, which happened in the basement of the rod and bar mill at Celsa Steel UK on Wednesday.

    Celsa steelworks

    The company is working with the Health and Safety Executive and police who are leading the investigation to determine the cause of the blast.

  9. Man arrested after attack which leaves two in hospital

    A man's been arrested on suspicion of assault after an attack in Middlesbrough.

    Three people were assaulted in the incident, which broke out on Newport Road.

    Two men have been taken to hospital for treatment. A 34-year-old man has been detained.

  10. Eighth man charged in robbery probe

    An eighth man has been charged in connection with armed robberies at two jewellery stores on Teesside. 

    Market Cross Jewellers in Yarm was broken into on 10 November 2014 and the Middlesbrough branch was targeted on 13 January.

    A 19-year-old man from the Thornaby area has been charged with conspiracy to commit robbery.

    He will appear at Teesside Magistrates' Court on Wednesday.

  11. Drug-driver caught for second time in three months

    A man has been arrested for testing positive for cannabis and cocaine while driving.

    Durham Police say it's the second time the man has been caught in three months.

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  12. Junior doctor's diary gives insight into job

    A junior doctor working at the new Emergency Care Hospital in Cramlington, has warned she is already working flat out and that any proposed extension to her hours will simply mean she will not be able to look after her patients as well as she would like.

    Jo Senior, who works in obstetrics and gynaecology, made a video diary for BBC Newcastle to show the kind of pressures she faces.

    Junior Doctor Jo Senior

    Junior doctors in England have overwhelmingly voted in favour of going on strike in their dispute with ministers over a new contract.

    Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has warned that patient care will be put at risk if doctors go on strike in December.

  13. Stolen vehicle 'deliberately' driven into house

    Jonathan Swingler

    A recovery truck has been driven into a house in Darlington.

    It's thought it was done deliberately at about 20:30 last night. 

    The damage has been done to a house in Lynton Gardens and there are reports the vehicle was stolen. Nobody was hurt.

    Truck on Yarm Road in Darlington

    Durham Police say it's a targeted attack and there's no risk to the wider public.

  14. Cash boost secures 100 County Durham jobs

    Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has announced a £70m contract for Cook Defence Systems in County Durham.

    It means 100 jobs will be secured on the site in Stanhope, with many more in the supply chain.

    Defence Secretary Michael Fallon (centre) tours Cook Defence Systems in Stanhope, County Durham

    Mr Fallon hailed the deal as an "important sign that the Government is investing in the North East".

    Northern Powerhouse Minister James Wharton added the deal was "encouraging".

  15. Four attempted murder arrests after man stabbed

    Four men have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a man was stabbed multiple times in Hartlepool.

    The 44-year-old man was attacked in Sheriff Street at about 14:15 on Tuesday. He's in a stable condition at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.

    A 33-year-old woman was also arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender. The woman, along with the four men aged 22, 23, 33 and 47, have all been bailed.

  16. North East 'training fewest teachers'

    Schools are having to recruit all year round and share job hopefuls amid a "drastic" shortage of teachers, a BBC investigation has found.

    The North East region has the fewest number of first year trainees, figures from the Department of Education show.

    First year trainee graph

    NAHT president Tony Draper said: "Teachers are leaving the profession because of workload and stress issues caused by government policies but the biggest issue in this is that they haven't recruited enough teachers in the first place."

    The government says teaching "remains a hugely popular profession" with the highest numbers joining since 2008.

  17. North East footballers given England call-up

    Sunderland's Rachael Laws, Sunderland-born Jill Scott and Stockton-born Jordan Nobbs have all been included in the England women's squad for the Euro 2017 qualifiers later this month.

    It will be their first home game since finishing third at this summer's World Cup in Canada.

    Jill Scott

    The Lionesses face Bosnia in Bristol on 29 November (15:30) and will play Germany on Thursday, 26 November (17:00) in a friendly.

  18. Specialist military engineering fim signs £70m contract with MoD

    BBC Look North

    North East and Cumbria

    A North East specialist military engineering plant has signed a £70m contract with the MoD that will secure the jobs of 110 people on site and many more in the supply chain. 

    The Defence Secretary Michael Fallon (pictured) took a tour of Cook Defence Systems, in Stanhope, County Durham this morning where he made the announcement. 

    It will involve making tank tracks for the British Army.

    Michael Fallon at Cook Defence Systems
  19. On Look North at lunchtime: North East engineering plant wins £70m MoD contract

    Colin Briggs

    Look North

    A North East specialist military engineering plant has signed a £70m contract with the MoD that will secure the jobs of 110 people on site and many more in the supply chain.

    And a stolen lorry crashes into a house - it's the second such incident in a week.

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

  20. Photos: Surfer rides big waves at Tynemouth

    There has been some pretty windy weather in the last few days.

    Press Association photographer Owen Humphreys took this photo of a surfer riding the waves at Tynemouth.

    Surfer riding the waves at Tynemouth

    Have you been out and about with your camera? You can email us your photos, or Tweet us @BBCNewsNE

  21. Weather: Odd shower could turn heavy

    Kay Crewdson

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    Sunny spells and scattered showers this afternoon across the area, with perhaps the odd heavier shower possible at first, mainly across the Pennines.

    Weather forecast

      Maximum temperature: 10C (50F). Check the forecast near you.

    View more on twitter
  22. Boro to release calendar to help redundant steelworkers

    There's a chance to see the Boro squad as you've never seen them before - the boys are ditching their strip and going topless in a new calendar.

    It's to raise money to support redundant Teesside steelworkers. George Friend - or Mr September - came up with the idea.

    Watch an interview with him here:

    View more on youtube
  23. Work begins on bridge damaged in 2013

    Work has started on repairing a bridge that has been impassable for two years. 

    Gaskell Lane Bridge in Loftus was badly damaged during flooding in 2013.

    Gaskell Lane Bridge

    It left the small community cut off from the rest of the town. It will take seven months to complete.  

  24. Mayor set to switch on Christmas lights

    The Mayor of Gateshead is to switch on the Christmas lights tonight.

    North East band Jen Stevens and The Hiccups will be performing along with students from the Academy of Music and Sound and a steel pan band.

    The event will start at about 16:00 at Trinity Square before the mayor Councillor Alex Geddes turns the lights on at 18:00.

  25. Gossip: Allardyce eyes former NUFC player Andy Carroll

    BBC Sport

    Here are snippets from today's Gossip Column:

    Sam Allardyce wants to make West Ham striker Andy Carroll, 26, his first signing as Sunderland manager. (Goal)

    Striker Papiss Cisse, 30, has been assured he still has a future at Newcastle despite losing his first-team place to summer signing Aleksandar Mitrovic. (Star) 

    West Brom are preparing to lose striker Saido Berahino in January, with QPR duo Charlie Austin, 26, and Matt Phillips, 24, lined up as replacements. Chelsea, Newcastle and Tottenham are all keen on 22-year-old Berahino. (Express) 

  26. Corsa parts targeted in thefts

    BBC Tees

    There have been a number of thefts across Teesside targeting parts from Vauxhall Corsas.

    Cars have been targeted in Hemlington, Great Ayton, Marton and Redcar - police believe the thefts are linked.

  27. Junior doctors 'overwhelmingly back strikes'

    Junior doctors in the North East and across England have overwhelmingly voted in favour of going on strike in their dispute with ministers over a new contract.

    Both sides were privately acknowledging a "Yes" vote was a near certainty, before the ballot closed on Wednesday.

    Junior doctors infographic

    The dates for industrial action are: 

    • 08:00 1 December to 08:00 GMT 2 December (junior doctors to staff emergency care) 
    • 08:00 to 17:00 8 December (full strike) 
    • 08:00 to 17:00 16 December (full strike)
  28. Youth arrested over park rape inquiry released on bail

    The Gazette


    Three male youths arrested in connection with an alleged rape of a “young” girl at a Middlesbrough park have been released on bail.  

    Gazette front page
  29. Missing Hartlepool girl found safe and well

    Terri Mincher who was reported missing from Hartlepool has been found safe and well, Cleveland Police say.

  30. Two die in crash in Northumberland

    Two people have died in a crash in Northumberland.

    Their vehicle crashed between Paddock Hall Farm and North Farm in Guidepost at about 06:20. They were confirmed dead at the scene.

    The A196 is currently closed at the Guidepost Roundabout and diversions are in place.

  31. Latest headlines: 10-year-old boy in a coma after being hit by car and firefighters tackle blaze at former sports centre

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

    - A 10-year-old boy is put in a coma after being struck by a car outside a Northumberland primary school.

    - A report finds disruption on the Metro at this year's Great North Run was caused by an "intentional, sizeable reduction" in train numbers

    - About 40 firefighters tackled a blaze which broke out at a derelict sports centre in Wallsend.

  32. Great North Run chaos due to lack of trains

    Long queues, overcrowding and passengers left on Tyne and Wear Metro platforms during the 2015 Great North Run were caused by an "intentional, sizeable reduction" in train numbers by its operator, a report has found.

    Known driver shortages, power failures and illness caused by overcrowding meant "significant" delays, it said.

    Queue at a Metro station

    Service operator DB Regio Tyne and Wear (DBTW) apologised "unreservedly".

    Metro owners Nexus said it was working to make sure it did not happen again.

  33. Wallsend fire: About 40 firefighters tackle sports centre blaze

    About 40 firefighters have tackled a fire which broke out at a derelict sports centre in North Tyneside.

    Strong winds made it difficult for firefighters to get access to Wallsend Sports Centre on Rheydt Avenue last night but the fire was contained before spreading to the attached golf club.

    Fire crews are still there this morning but nobody was hurt and an investigation into the cause is under way.

  34. Boy hit by car: 'Induced into a coma on scene'

    More on the 10-year-old boy who is in hospital with serious head injuries after being hit by a car in Northumberland yesterday.

    Great North Air Ambulance Service spokesman Jim Entwistle said: "Such was the severity of the boy's injuries, he was induced into a coma on scene by the GNAAS doctor-led trauma team.

    "The North East Ambulance Service also treated the boy, with its rapid response road crews and specialist paramedics also involved."

  35. Boy, 10, 'put in coma' after being struck by car

    A 10-year-old boy suffered serious head injuries after being hit by a car outside a Northumberland school.

    The accident happened outside Horton Grange Primary School, Blyth, just after 15:30, police said.

    Cowpen Road

    The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) said the boy's injuries were so severe he was placed in an induced coma.

    He was airlifted to Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary where he is "critically" ill, GNAAS confirmed.

  36. Weather: Sunny spells with scattered showers

    Kay Crewdson

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    Some sunny spells across the region today, but with a scattering of showers, mainly across the Pennines. Windy, with gales likely on the hills in the morning.

    Weather forecast

    Maximum temperature: 10C (50F). Check the forecast near you.

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