Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.

Summary

  1. Updates on Monday 29 February

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Get involved

  1. Our live coverage throughout the day

    Rebecca Turner

    BBC North East

    Updates for the North East have now finished for the day. We'll be back with more news, sport, weather and travel from 08:00 on Tuesday. We hope you can join us then.

    If you'd like to get in touch you can tweet us, email, or contact us through our Facebook page.  

  2. Tonight's weather: cold, cloudy, rainy

    BBC Weather

    Cloud will thicken to bring outbreaks of sometimes heavy rain, preceded by hill snow for a time.

    It will also become windy, allowing temperatures to slowly rise overnight  

    Video content

    Video caption: Weather: weather_northeast.avi

    Check the weather where you are.

  3. Artefacts taken from Durham museum part of raids which 'dwarfed' the Hatton Garden bank raid

    Fourteen members of an organised crime gang have been convicted over their roles in stealing artefacts worth up to £57m from museums and an auction house.

    A jade bowl and porcelain figurine (pictured) were taken from Durham's Oriental Museum.

    A jade bowl and porcelain figurine

    Lead investigator Det Supt Adrian Green, of Durham Police, said the thefts "dwarfed" the Hatton Garden bank vault raid in which items worth about £14m were stolen.

  4. Met Office issue yellow warning about snow and ice

    Just another reminder that the Met Office has issued a yellow warning - be aware - for snow and ice in the North East from 17:00 until 22:00.

    It says rain spreading from the west will fall as snow for a time on Monday evening, and there will be a risk of patchy ice where rain, sleet and snow fall on frozen surfaces.

    It says there may be some travel disruption as a result.

  5. Durham to host cycling event for eighth year

    Organisers of the Pearl Izumi Tour Series cycling event have confirmed that Durham will feature in this year’s race calendar.

    The event, now in its eighth year, will take place at 10 different venues between May and June.

    Cyclists race through Durham

    Organisers SweetSpot have confirmed that the Durham circuit, with its tough cobbles and climbs, will feature in round six of the series.

    Last year’s event brought a significant boost to the local economy, with spectators spending an estimated £281,310 during the event.

  6. Adam Johnson trial: Jury to consider verdicts tomorrow

    Peter Harris

    BBC Look North

    The jury in the case of former Sunderland and Middlesbrough footballer Adam Johnson is set to retire to consider its verdicts tomorrow.

    Adam Johnson

    Judge Jonathan Rose has spent the day summing up the evidence at Bradford Crown Court but told jurors he expects to complete that on tomorrow.

    Mr Johnson denies two counts of sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl.

  7. Angela Wrightson trial: Three possible causes of death, court hears

    Bethan Bell

    BBC News Online

    There were three possible causes of the death of woman whose body was found in her blood-spattered living room in Hartlepool in December 2014, a court heard.

    Two girls, then aged 13 and 14, deny the murder of Angela Wrightson. The older girl has admitted manslaughter.

    Home Office pathologist Dr Mark Egan said the possible causes of death were loss of blood, a head injury, or asphyxiation. He could not tell which of those was the case.

    Ms Wrightson had high levels of alcohol in her blood when she died which could have contributed to her injuries, Dr Egan said.

    "It would have made her more susceptible to falling or impaired her coordination. It can also worsen the impact of a blow to the head, but I would rule out any suggestion the level of blood alcohol was a fatal one," he added.

    The case, scheduled to last for five weeks, continues.  

  8. Angela Wrightson trial: Teenagers tried to start fire in her home, court hears

    Bethan Bell

    BBC News Online

    Two girls accused of battering a vulnerable woman to death also tried to start a fire in her home, a court has heard.

    Angela Wrightson, 39, (pictured) was discovered in her blood-spattered living room in Hartlepool in December 2014. 

    Photographs of the crime scene and of a variety of weapons allegedly used by the girls, then aged 13 and 14, were shown to Leeds Crown Court.

    The girls, who cannot be named because of their age, deny murder. The older girl has admitted manslaughter. 

    Forensic expert Dr Gemma Escott, who specialises in blood spatter analysis, said "A basic attempt was made to start a fire after the deceased was positioned on the sofa," 

    Earlier, Home Office pathologist Dr Mark Egan told the court that Ms Wrightson suffered "a bare minimum" of 103 cuts and bruises, including 15 slash wounds to her head. 

    Angela Wrightson

     The case, scheduled to last for five weeks, continues.   

  9. Theft gang's plot to steal from Durham Museum

    Fourteen men linked to an organised crime gang have been convicted of plotting to steal up to £57m of artefacts in a series of museum and auction house raids - including one at Durham's Oriental Museum.

    The two-month trial at Birmingham Crown Court heard that 10 other men had previously been convicted for their parts in the conspiracy, which included a bungled attempt to steal a rhino head from Norwich Castle Museum in February 2012. 

  10. North East workers clock up £750m of unpaid overtime

    The Journal

    Newspaper

    Workers in the North East did more than £750m worth of unpaid overtime last year, according to new analysis by the TUC published at the end of last week to mark our annual Work Your Proper Hours Day.

    Beth Farhat

    Beth Farhat (pictured) of the TUC has talked about how to encourage staff to take a proper lunch break and leave work on time.

  11. BreakingGang convicted over museum raids

    Fourteen men linked to an organised crime gang have been convicted of plotting to steal a rhino horn and Chinese artefacts worth up to £57m in a series of museum and auction house raids.

    A jury today convicted four of the gang's "generals" who helped to plan and oversee a string of offences, including break-ins at Cambridge's Fitzwilliam Museum and Durham's Oriental Museum in 2012.

    Although jurors heard that exhibits stolen in Durham and Cambridge were valued at about £17m, detectives believe they may have fetched up to £57m on the "booming" Chinese auction market.   

    More follows.

  12. Video: Concerns over Sunderland lollipop patrols review

    Concerns have been raised about plans to reduce lollipop patrols at busy crossings in Sunderland.

    Sunderland City Council said it was having to make difficult decisions to meet cuts in its overall budget, and the 60 lollipop men and women currently cost the authority about £300,000 a year.

    It has started a review of the patrols and is now considering recruiting volunteers instead or asking businesses to sponsor them.

    Lollipop patrol
  13. Preparing for tomorrow's Sunderland match

    Nick Barnes

    BBC Newcastle's Sunderland commentator

    Following their weekend defeat at West Ham, I've been preparing for Sunderland's match against Crystal Palace tomorrow.

    Sunderland match preparation sheet

    Victory would give the Black Cats back-to-back league wins at home for the first time since May 2014.

  14. Warning over unlicensed taxis in Newcastle

    People are being warned about the dangers of getting into unlicensed or 'fake' taxis.

    The warning comes after officers and council staff noticed an increase in the number of people offering their services as taxi drivers on social media sites like Facebook.

    Taxi sign

    Northumbria Police warn that unlicensed taxi drivers won't have been checked and vetted, which could be dangerous. 

  15. Met Office issue yellow warning about snow and ice

    The Met Office has issued a yellow warning - be aware - for snow and ice in the North East from 17:00 until 22:00.

    It says rain spreading from the west will fall as snow above 200 tp 300m for a time on Monday evening, giving a risk of temporary snowfall accumulations of 1cm to 2cm and perhaps up to 5cm over high ground above 400m. 

    There will also be a risk of patchy ice where rain, sleet and snow fall on frozen surfaces. It says there may be some travel disruption as a result.

  16. Comedian Chris Ramsey arrested in his underwear in mistaken identity case

    Geordie comedian Chris Ramsey was arrested in his underwear in a case of mistaken identity.

    The 29-year-old, from South Shields (pictured) was in his hotel room ahead of his show at London's Lyric Theatre, when officers broke down his hotel door on Sunday night.

    Chris Ramsey

    He was forced against a wall and handcuffed by an officer, in what turned out to be a case of mistaken identity.

    A  Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said officers were called to a "racially aggravated" incident involving a man threatening hotel staff with a knife. 

    She added that officers returned at 00:36 , when they mistakenly detained - and later released Mr Ramsey.

  17. Work starts on £30,000 project at Sunderland seafront

    Sunderland Echo

    Newspaper

    Work is starting on further improvement work at Sunderland seafront, including a new toilet block and changing facilities.

    Marine walk
  18. Adam Johnson trial: Lies merely a 'panicked response', court hears

    Adam Johnson's trial continued today with Judge Jonathan Rose summing up the evidence.

    The judge reminded the jury that Johnson had admitted lying on eight occasions. He said the prosecution's case was that Mr Johnson told these lies in an attempt to conceal his guilt.

    But he said the defence's case was that "such lies as he has told are merely the panicked response of a man who had done wrong by his family".

    He told the jury it must not assume Mr Johnson is guilty just because he has admitted to lying.

    Adam Johnson

    Mr Johnson has previously admitted to grooming and kissing a 15-year-old, but denies two counts of sexual activity described as "more serious."

    The trial continues.

  19. Man held over County Durham crash death

    A man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after one of his passengers was killed in a car crash in Crook. 

    The Vauxhall Vectra was travelling on the B6299 from Tow Law to Sunniside when it crashed at 18:30 on Sunday. 

    Rear passenger Shane Dowson, 22, from North Bitchburn, near Crook, was pronounced dead at the scene.

    The driver, a 22-year-old man from Willington, was taken to hospital with back and wrist injuries. He remains in custody, Durham Police said.