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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday 20 November 2015
  2. News, sport and travel resumes at 08:00 on Monday

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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 Monday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates.  

    We hope you can join us then.

  2. Allardyce expecting Cattermole to return

    Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce tells the media Lee Cattermole has trained today and he therefore expects a fully-fit squad to travel to Crystal Palace on Monday.

    "We're all in it together and we have to stick together. We have to get on with the job," says Allardyce, whose team are 19th in the Premier League on just six points.

    "There is a huge amount of experience in our squad so we need to go out and express ourselves."

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    There are warnings for wind and snow this weekend - tell us what it's like where you are with BBC Weather Watchers.

    Watch the video below to find out more.

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  4. Millennium Bridge celebrates 15th anniversary

    The Millennium Bridge is celebrating 15 years since it was floated up the River Tyne and carefully secured into place between Newcastle and Gateshead. 

    Back in November 2000, the world's largest floating crane, Asian Hercules 11, gently manoeuvred the main span of the bridge to its final position on the Quayside. 

    The £22m bridge, nicknamed The Blinking Eye, is now widely recognised as one of the most artistic structures in the world.Watch video of it arriving here.

    The Millennium Bridge
  5. Warning after sat nav thefts from Seat Ibizas

    A number of satellite navigation systems have been stolen from Seat Ibiza cars in Teesside.

    Police say that since September, there have been 11 thefts. There have been five in Ingleby Barwick and Stillington areas since 5 November.

    Det Supt Chris Moston from Cleveland Police said owners should remove the sat nav, which is mounted to the dashboard, when the car is not in use.

  6. Disruption in Northumberland Street now cleared

    The disruption in Newcastle's Northumberland Street is now over. Police said some loose fascia had caused part of the street to be cordoned off, and two workers in a cherry picker went up and fixed the problem.

    Northumberland Street
  7. Boro players pose topless for calendar to support steelworkers

    Middlesbrough footballers are stripping off for a calendar to support redundant steelworkers on Teesside.

    Defender George Friend came up with the idea of making the calendar with all the proceeds going to support the thousands who lost their jobs when the SSI plant closed down in Redcar earlier this year.

    Watch him talking about the calendar here.

    George Friend
  8. Roundabout traffic flow under scrutiny

    The public are being invited to have their say on plans to improve traffic and congestion on a key South Tyneside road. 

    The scheme on Leam Lane (A194), between the Lindisfarne and John Reid Road roundabouts will also include flood protection works.

    Traffic plan

    South Tyneside Council is holding a consultation event on 24 November, from 14:00 to 20:00, and another on 28 November, from 10:00 to 14:00, both at Simonside Primary School in Jarrow.

  9. McClaren: Newcastle have to keep grinding away

    Newcastle boss Steve McClaren has been speaking to the media ahead of tomorrow's match against Leicester.

    He said: "Ranieri has come in to Leicester and done a fantastic job. He hasn't tinkered too much and has adapted very well to the PL.

    "They have very good players, like Vardy, Mahrez and Drinkwater. That is why they are one point off the top.

    "We are trying to turn the corner. We are doing that slowly and have to keep grinding away." 

    Steve McClaren
  10. Northumberland Street disruption 'down to loose fascia'

    Here's a photo from a different angle - police say it's just a bit of loose fascia. 

    Primark in Newcastle
  11. BreakingShoppers 'evacuated from Newcastle city centre store'

    A cordon has been put up outside Primark in Northumberland Street in Newcastle.

    Fire engine in Newcastle

    An eyewitness says people have been evacuated from the building. We'll have more on this when we get it.

  12. Redcar grandmother on death row given temporary reprieve

    A Redcar grandmother on death row in Indonesia for drug smuggling has been granted a temporary reprieve as the Indonesian government says it will not execute prisoners in the near future.  

    Lindsay Sandiford, 59, has been in jail since 2012 after arriving in Bali from Thailand carrying drugs with a street value of £1.6m.

    Lindsay Sandiford

    She was sentenced almost three years ago and in September the government put a hold on executions until at least January.

    After talks with the Australian government, politics and security minister Luhut Binsar Panjaitan indicated there is little appetite for executions now.

  13. Winds strengthening and temperatures dropping

    Showers will become frequent and heavy, and increasingly wintry overnight.

    Feeling bitterly cold in strong gale force winds. 

    Weather
  14. Plastics firm merger 'set to create more jobs'

    A partnership between Blyth and Hartlepool-based plastic firms have formed the Omega Group, with the number of jobs set to rise from 80 to more than 100.

    The companies involved, Omega Plastics and Washington's Signal Plastics, will keep their current trading names. 

    Omega Group

    Omega Group managing director Dave Crone hailed the deal.

  15. Skills fair showcases job opportunities

    Former SSI workers are being invited to attend a jobs and skills fair in Middlesbrough.

    Up to 80 firms, including BAE Systems, Nissan, EE and Eddie Stobart will be taking part in the event at the Riverside Stadium tomorrow, and an expected 700 jobs will be available.

    It has been set up by members of the SSI Task Force to help former steel staff, supply chain workers and their families find new employment and retraining opportunities.

  16. Newcastle vs Leicester: Rob Elliot set to continue

    BBC Sport

    Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot is expected to continue in goal despite missing international duty with Ireland because of his ongoing thigh problem. 

    The home game against Leicester kicks off at 15:00 tomorrow.

  17. Hartlepool youngsters take over as Police and Crime Commissioner

    Five young people will take over Cleveland's Police and Crime Commissioner role today.

    It is part of a national initiative called Takeover Challenge to highlight the role young people can play in society, rather than being portrayed as "hoodies", a spokesman said.

    The pupils from St Teresa’s RC Primary, Manor Community Academy and Catcote Academy will shadow the PCC Barry Coppinger for the day and provide him with a young person's perspective on policing.

    Police and Crime Commissioner with five pupils
  18. Package blown up outside school 'not any risk'

    Police have confirmed a suspicious package blown up outside a Gateshead school was not any risk.

    Assistant Chief Constable Debbie Ford thanked those affected for their co-operation and patience.

    She said: "The public's safety is our priority and we were right to take this level of precaution and I thank everyone for their cooperation. We ask that the public do remain vigilant and any one with any concerns of suspicious activity should report it to police."

  19. Suspended sentence for crash driver

    A man cleared of the attempted murder of his ex-partner has been given a suspended sentence for causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

    Newcastle Crown Court was told that Pervaiz Mirza had two containers of petrol in his car, because he was planning to kill himself by setting himself on fire.

    Tracy Taylor, who was in the car, struggled with him, and was doused in petrol just before he crashed at 85mph into the central reservation of Newcastle's Central Motorway.

    She spoke up in court for him and said he had not intended to harm her.

    He was given a 15-month sentence, suspended for two years.

  20. Controlled explosion on suspicious item outside Gateshead school

    Northumbria Police say a controlled explosion has been carried out on a suspicious item found behind a primary school in Gladstone Terrace, Gateshead. 

    Staff and pupils were sent home as a precaution and a number of residents were moved from nearby houses.

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  21. WWE wrestler's Magpies tag-team dream

    WWE wrestling star Newville might now be based in the US, but he says being a Newcastle fan remains part of his "identity".

    The Newcastle-born 29-year-old has shortlisted which players he would choose as a tag-team partner.

    He told BBC Sport it would come down to a choice between Cheick Tiote, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Faustinio Asprilla.

    Neville

    Neville is nicknamed "'the man that gravity forgot" because of his amazing aerial moves.

    He said: "I'm not sure if you remember Asprilla's goal celebrations, but they are very similar to the ones I do in the ring so we would complement each other very well."

  22. Lee Ridley helps to present trophy to BBC New Comedy Award winner

    North East comedian Lee Ridley, who performs as Lost Voice Guy, will be helping to present the winner of this year's BBC New Comedy award today.

    Lee, who has cerebral palsy and performs with the help of a voice synthesiser, won last year's award.

    The winner will be announce on BBC Radio 2 from 14:00.

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  23. On Look North at lunchtime: Nearly 300 people are waiting for organ transplants and the 15th anniversary of the Gateshead Millennium Bridge is being marked

    Charlie Charlton

    BBC Newcastle presenter

    Nearly 300 people in our region are waiting for a desperately-needed organ transplant.

    A warning that lasting economic damage will be done to the Tees Valley by recent job losses.

    And the Gateshead Millennium Bridge will be illuminated tonight to mark the 15th anniversary since it was floated up the river.

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

  24. Weather: Sunny spells and scattered showers, with the possibility of some wintry showers

    Sunny spells and scattered showers this afternoon, with perhaps the odd wintry shower possible over the hills. 

    Despite the sunshine it will feel increasingly cold as the northerly wind begins to increase. 

    weather

     Maximum Temperature: 7 Deg C (45 Deg F)  

  25. Wrestler versus Lawro: Who will score with the tips?

    Newcastle-born WWE wrestler Neville might be a winner in the ring, but can he beat BBC Sport's football expert Mark Lawrenson when it comes to predicting the weekend's Premier League results?

    Neville - a die-hard Magpies fan - expects them to beat Leicester two nil. But will the reality bring "the man that gravity forgot" back down to earth?

    Neville
  26. North Tyneside to raise awareness of domestic abuse

    An annual awareness campaign to highlight domestic abuse and violence returns to North Tyneside next week.

    Last year there were 4,108 reported incidents of domestic abuse in North Tyneside, and more than half affected children, the council said.

    Civic leaders hope the week will encourage more men and women to report domestic abuse.

  27. Uninsured drivers pay the price

    Northumbria Police has seized a number of cars during a crackdown on uninsured vehicles.

    As part of Operation Dragoon - which aimed to raise awareness of road safety - 11 vehicles were impounded and the owners reported.

    Seized vehicle

    A force spokesman said: "There are people who are driving on our roads without insurance and don't realise the dangers and seriousness this sort of offence could cause. 

    "They push up premiums for other motorists and often drive with no regard for other road users, so it is vital that we do everything we can to keep them off the roads."

  28. Middlesbrough groups can propose ideas for site

    Middlesbrough Council has asked organisations and community groups to put forward their ideas for Hemlington Recreation Centre and its associated buildings.

    Councillor for regeneration, Charlie Rooney, says the site has "enormous potential" to remain a "vital asset" in the community with the right proposal.

    Ideas must be submitted by Friday 4 December.

  29. Millennium Bridge's 15-year celebrations

    A light display on the Millennium Bridge will mark its arrival on Tyneside 15 years ago today.

    The 22-metre high hoop will be lit in every colour tonight.

    Millennium Bridge in 2000

    The bridge arrived on board the second largest floating crane in Europe on 20 November 2000.

  30. US-based wrestler's heart still with Toon

    BBC Sport

    WWE star Neville says his Newcastle roots mean he remains "black and white through and through".

    He told BBC Sport: "Having NUFC and being able to support them while I am overseas means the world to me."  

    WWE wrestler Neville
  31. Teesside protesters 'due to gather in Liverpool'

    The Liverpool Echo is reporting that demonstrators from Teesside are due to gather outside a Liverpool firm to protest against a contractor used by Merseyside’s recycling authority.

    The protestors, from construction union UCATT, are staging the demonstration over alleged payment practices of contractor SITA Sembcorp UK.

  32. Newcastle 'still eyeing move for Charlie Austin'

    BBC Sport

    Some news from the Gossip Column:

    Striker Charlie Austin, 26, is a target for several Premier League clubs, including Newcastle, Bournemouth and Aston Villa, but he is reluctant to leave QPR this January for a team battling against relegation from the top flight. (Evening Standard)

    Charlie Austin
  33. Lumiere volunteers in the spotlight

    Volunteers who helped about 200,000 people enjoy Durham's Lumiere festival  are to be honoured for their efforts.

    About 170 "festival makers" were involved in the four-day event, which attracted record crowds.

    Lumiere's 29 artworks included a colossal whale in the Wear, a ghostly fog below the cathedral and a tale of myth and fable projected on to the castle

    Festival volunteers

    The helpers will be thanked at a special event at County Hall.

  34. New appeal over man missing since 1999

    Police have launched a fresh appeal to find a man who disappeared more than 16 years ago.

    Gerald Quigley, from Walker in Newcastle, was last seen on 3 April 1999.

    Gerald Quigley

    Northumbria Police says it has carried out a full investigation and reviews to try and find him.

    Det Insp Helen Anderson said: "He may have gone missing or he could have been the victim of foul play - there is a chance that something criminal could have happened to him."

  35. Falcons rugby player becomes voluntary police officer

    Newcastle Falcons player Rob Hawkins has completed his first shift as special constable for Northumbria Police.

    The professional sportsman was inspired to consider a career in policing when he retires from rugby after hearing a presentation from Chief Supt Andy McDyer.

    Rob Hawkins
  36. Christmas 'parcel' to aid homeless

    A massive Christmas "parcel" to help homeless people is being unveiled in Wallsend.

    Shoppers at the Forum centre will be encouraged to donate gifts via a postbox-style slot on its side.

    All donations will go to the homeless charity Crisis, whose Skylight centre in Newcastle helps hundreds of homeless and vulnerable people throughout the year in Tyne and Wear.

  37. Newcastle United to fly French flag

    Newcastle United will show their solidarity with France in the wake of last Friday's terrorist attacks.

    The club has announced that prior to tomorrow's home game against Leicester, players and match officials will gather around the centre circle for the French national anthem, La Marseillaise. 

    The wording of the anthem will be displayed on the stadium screen.

    St James Park

    French Tricolour flags will also fly above the East Stand as a mark of respect to those who lost their lives, and United's players will wear black armbands.

  38. Big day for Millennium Bridge

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  39. Weather: Showers later, and becoming colder

    Kay Crewdson

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    Starting mainly dry with some sunny intervals, and just a few showers on higher ground. 

    These will merge and spread south during the afternoon, and it will become wintry on the hills.

    Weather

    It will feel increasingly cold as winds strengthen from the northwest.

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

  40. Travel: St James Metro Station closed

    BBC Travel

    St James Metro station remains closed until further notice due to essential maintenance.

    You can find more traffic information on the BBC Travel website for Teesside and Tyne & Wear.    

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