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  1. Updates on Wednesday 30 November 2016

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Nisha Joshi

    BBC broadcast journalist

    That's the end of our updates for today - thanks for joining us.

    We've been following a North East Ambulance Service crew on a shift and we'll leave you with this striking picture taken at South Tyneside District Hospital as they finished handing over a patient. 

    Ambulance outside South Tyneside District Hospital

    We might be done but you can still find the latest news online, on BBC Tees, on BBC Newcastle and on Look North.

    We'll be back with more news, sport, weather and travel from 08:00 tomorrow.

    In the meantime, if you want to get in touch you can contact us on TwitterFacebook, or via email.

  2. On shift with the North East Ambulance service...

    Today we're following a North East Ambulance service crew on their day shift.

    They've been emailing us updates throughout the day. 

    Within the space of five minutes we received these three updates, showing how quickly things change for paramedics :

    • Break's over and we're back out on the road, travelling to a patient with kidney problems  
    •   On our way to patient we've been diverted, now travelling on lights and sirens to patient with heart problems  
    • And we're diverted again, this time to someone with breathing difficulties
    Ambulance interior

    The crew told us: 

    Quote Message: Diversions happen when a new 999 caller needs an ambulance sooner than the patient we are travelling to. That can be why patients sometimes face a delay."
  3. A day in the life of a North East paramedic - red call alert

    Here's some more from the North East Ambulance Service crew we're following today:

    Quote Message: Our second patient of the day was a lady with a chest infection but we were diverted to a red call for someone with abdominal pain.
    Quote Message: Red calls are potentially life threatening and require an eight-minute response.
    Quote Message: We reached 134,948 patients within this target last year."
    The inside of an ambulance

    A BBC investigation has found that nationally ambulance services are struggling to reach seriously ill and injured patients quickly enough.

  4. Council confirms teaching assistants call off strikes

    Teaching assistants in County Durham have called off strikes following talks, the county council has confirmed.

    Both Unison and ATL members have agreed to suspend their industrial action.

    Councillors voted in May to dismiss the classroom assistants and re-employ them on term-time contracts from January 2017, with one year's compensation.

    Durham County Council maintains that action needs to be taken to reduce the risk of other staff making claims for equal pay.

    They've agreed to undertake a review of teaching assistants' roles, function and job description and no action over pay will be taken until that's completed by September next year.                                                             

    Durham County Council
  5. Indian orphan proves he is a cut above

    An Indian orphan taught hairdressing skills by a County Durham woman has travelled to the UK now he is fully qualified in his job. 

    Janet Maitland travelled to India in 2010 to train youngsters who had lost their parents to become hairdressers. 

    One of her trainees, a boy called Molen, is now a fully qualified and has visited Janet for the first time.  

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    Video caption: Indian orphan taught hairdressing by Durham woman visits her in UK
  6. The Sun claims Sunderland chairman Ellis Short is 'desperate' to sell the club

    The Sun is running an article today claiming Sunderland chairman Ellis Short is 'desperate' to sell the club.

    The Sun newspaper article

    It says he has enlisted the services of American company Inner Circle Sports to help find a buyer.

    It also claims that Mr Short has put a price tag of £170m on the club.

    BBC Newcastle's Sunderland commentator Nick Barnes said: 

    Quote Message: "It's no secret that Ellis Short would be prepared to sell the club at the right price."
    Ellis Short
  7. Durham teaching assistants call of strike action tomorrow

    Fergus Hewison

    BBC Newcastle political reporter

    A further planned strike by teaching assistants in County Durham has been called off, BBC Newcastle understands. 

    Members of the Unison and ATL unions had planned to take industrial action tomorrow over proposals to reduce their pay by up to 23% in some cases.

    But after talks between the two sides, the strike now won't go ahead and negotiations will continue. 

    Durham County Council will also suspend the dismissal and re-engagement notices issued to teaching assistants who had not accepted new terms and conditions.

    Durham teaching assitants protesting
  8. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A1068 Northumberland both ways

    BBC Travel

    A1068 Northumberland both ways severe accident, at The Butts.

    A1068 Northumberland - A1068 in Warkworth blocked and slow traffic in both directions at The Butts junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

    Check local traffic and travel reports for:

  9. Ex- Middlesbrough captain and manager Gareth Southgate named England boss

    Ex-Middlesbrough captain and manager Gareth Southgate has been named England manager.

    Did you know he opened the BBC Tees studios in 2007?

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  10. Concerns as fire crews come under attack

    North East firefighters say they are increasingly concerned about the number of attacks on crews.

    In the last six weeks there have been 11 attacks on firefighters, the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service says.

    The latest incident happened on Friday night in Newcastle when a crew came under attack from youths throwing missiles at their vehicle.

    The service says they are working with police and looking at CCTV footage of the incidents.

  11. A day in the life - more calls to patients whose lives may be in danger

    Today we're following a shift of a North East Ambulance Service crew and here's their latest update:

    Quote Message: "Now listening to BBC Newcastle on our way back to the station for our first break.
    Quote Message: "Patient on the phone saying he'd had a great service - great to hear lovely patient feedback!"
    An ambulance outside Sunderland Royal Hospital

    But it gets busy again for the crew as they receive red calls, which are for patients in life-threatening situations and require a response within eight minutes.   

    The crew added: 

    Quote Message: "Cleared from break and we're straight out to another red call, an elderly patient with suspected sepsis.
    Quote Message: "While on our way to the next patient, we're stood down and diverted to another red call, an elderly man with breathing problems."
  12. Newgate Street in Newcastle closed due to unsafe scaffolding

    Newgate Street in Newcastle city centre has been closed due to unsafe scaffolding at the redevelopment of the former Newgate Shopping Centre, Newcastle City Council says.

    Newgate Street, Newcastle

    A council spokesman said: "In the interest of public safety, the city council has agreed to an emergency road closure on Newgate Street so that the scaffold can be safely removed. 

    "We are sorry for the inconvenience caused to traffic, pedestrians and local businesses but we expect the majority of work to be completed within 24 hours." 

  13. How did Newcastle lose last night?

    Nisha Joshi

    BBC broadcast journalist

    When you look at the statistics, it seems Newcastle United should have beaten Hull in their EFL Cup quarter-final tie last night - but they lost on penalties after the match went to extra time.

    Match statistics graphic

    As this graphic shows, Newcastle beat Hull in most areas, but crucially not on goals.

    They had two thirds of possession, 32 shots to Hull's 12 and even 11 men to Hull's 10 for the last half hour.

    Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez said: "It's something you learn with experience. 

    "Maybe we will do a little better the next time we have this many chances."  

  14. A day in the life of a North East Ambulance service crew

    Today we're following a North East Ambulance Service crew on their day shift.

    One of the jobs the paramedics have to do is fill in the electronic patient record system.

    Ambulance worker updating electronic patient record system.

    The crew explained how it worked:

    Quote Message: It connects with the defibrillator and allows us to create a complete record of the care we’ve given to the patient for the receiving hospital.
    Quote Message: It also gives us live information from the 999 call and gives us access to clinical guidelines.
    Quote Message: Our system was recently updated as part of a £2.5m investment."
  15. Eric Bristow: Former darts champion apologises for football sex abuse comments

    Ex-darts world champion Eric Bristow has apologised for suggesting football sex abuse victims are not "proper men".

    It comes after he lost his role at Sky Sports and Newcastle United said they had dropped him from an event on 6 December and "will not work with him in the future".

    In a statement issued later today, Bristow described himself as a "bull in a China shop" and said he now "appreciated my wording was wrong and offended many people".

    "It makes me furious to think that an abuser can get away with it for so long, and to so many, when they should always be looking over their shoulder in fear, waiting to be confronted," he said.

    Eric Bristow
  16. Watch: Live from the North East Ambulance Service control room

    BBC Look North's Sharon Barbour is reporting live from the North East Ambulance Service control room:

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  17. From heart attacks to broken toe nails - calls to the North East Ambulance Service

    Sharon Barbour

    BBC Look North

    The North East Ambulance Service's control room says 999 calls in the last few hours have included a cardiac arrest, a road traffic collision and a broken toenail!