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31 October 2014 Last updated at 17:26

Wheelchair drag driver handed banCCTV of car and wheelchair

A woman who was caught on CCTV dragging a man in a wheelchair behind her car is handed a two-year driving ban.

KP factory in ConsettCrisp factory to close, union warns

A crisp factory in County Durham is "to close next year", according to the GMB union.

Durham Constabulary HeadquartersArrest over police website attack

A man is held under the Computer Misuse Act after the Durham Police website is hacked.

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    Sheltered housing units to close 17:33: The Shields Gazette Newspaper
    Police target hacker raided 17:27:

    The home of a suspected internet hacker who targeted Durham Constabulary's website has been raided, the force has said.

    A 21-year-old at a property on Halstead Place, South Shields was arrested under the Computer Misuse Act.

    A Durham Police spokesman said that, in the interests of security, the force could not give specific details of the offence, or the steps put in place to prevent a similar event happening again.

    Takeaway boss jailed 17:15: Newcastle Chronicle

    A takeaway boss who posed as a cabbie to kidnap and molest a drunk young woman has been jailed for 11 years.

    First Middlesbrough v Rotherham match since 1995 17:07:

    Middlesbrough and Rotherham will meet on Saturday at the New York Stadium for the first time since 1995.

    Rotherham United's New York Stadium

    Rotherham will be without left-back Joe Skarz, who serves a one-game ban after picking up a fifth booking of the term.

    Middlesbrough midfielder Grant Leadbitter will available again after returning from suspension.

    News on the hour 16:57:

    The top local headlines at 17:00 include:

    • BBC Tees: The Independent Chair of the Stockton Local Safeguarding Children Board has said sorry following a serious case review into the death of a nine-year-old boy from Teesside who took his own life
    • BBC Newcastle: A round up of the region's news can be heard with Jon and Anne
    Pub thieves steal £15,000 16:50: Hartlepool Mail Newspaper

    A gang of travelling thieves made off with around £15,000 after a brazen distraction raid at a popular village pub.

    Get in touch 16:39:

    Remember, if you spot something happening in your local area which you think we should know about - email or tweet @BBCnewsNE.

    We always welcome your comments and suggestions, as well as your photographs of the North East.

    Aldershot v Gateshead 16:30: BBC Sport

    Gateshead travel to Aldershot in the Conference tomorrow, with kick-off at 15:00.

    Follow updates on the BBC Sport website.

    Swimming against the tide 16:19:

    Are you feeling a bit Friday-ish? A bit tired and ready for the weekend (if you're not working, that is)?

    Fish in river

    Well, as Carolyn Farthing-Dunn from Consett proves with this shot from Hexham, it's much more of an up-stream struggle if you're a fish.

    Grave theft spate investigated 16:09:

    Police are investigating after the thefts from three graves in Durham Road Cemetery in Stockton it happened between 19:00 on Saturday evening and 22:00 on Sunday morning.

    News on the hour 15:57:

    The top local headlines at 16:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: A County Durham mother-of-two has told how she woke to find a hooded figure standing over her in a late night burglary at her home in Peterlee
    • BBC Tees: A serious case review has concluded nothing could have been done to prevent a nine-year-old boy from Teesside taking his own life
    Levy 'lowers crime' 15:50:

    Newcastle Council says a tax on bars and clubs opening past midnight has helped reduce crime in the city centre.

    Women revellers

    About £300,000 raised by the late night levy is used for street cleaning, crime and safety initiatives.

    Northumbria Police, which receives part of the levy, estimates it spends almost £2m a year policing Newcastle City Centre while the council spends over £800,000 cleaning it up.

    'Incredibly frightening' robbery 15:40:

    An elderly woman was robbed on Cleadon Street, Walker late on Thursday afternoon, police say.

    Cleadon Street

    She was pushed and unbalanced, but not knocked over and money was taken from her coat pocket. It was an "incredibly frightening experience" and the woman was left shaken, Northumbria Police said.

    Police are appealing for witnesses.

    Injury and sickness at Hartlepool and Newport 15:32:

    Hartlepool are expected to be without Matthew Bates again, as well as defensive partner Stuart Parnaby and midfielder Jack Compton in their League Two match against Newport on Saturday.

    But new boss Paul Murray said he was "confident there will be an improvement" on last week's performance.

    Hartlepool manager Paul Murray

    Newport County are struggling with a sickness bug and several new injuries. Adam Chapman, Danny Crow and Ryan Jackson are out, while Chris Zebroski, Mark Byrne, Yan Klukowski and Mike Flynn are doubtful.

    Consett KP Snacks factory 'to close' 15:20:

    The GMB union says it was told a County Durham crisp factory would close next year at a meeting with the company's UK directors on Wednesday.

    KP Snacks factory in Consett

    KP Snacks announced in September it was considering closing its Phileas Fogg factory in Consett in an attempt to streamline its business.

    But a spokesman for the company denied the factory was closing and said the "consultation process had not finished yet".

    Time is money 15:10:

    Newcastle City Council is looking for someone to pay for repairs to the clock on the derelict park keeper's lodge on Nuns Moor, which is now being restored for council tenants.

    Former park keeper's lodge, Nuns Moor

    Wingrove councillor Nigel Todd said it would cost about £6,600.

    "It may be possible to find the money for the maintenance contract but we're having to launch a quick appeal to see if anyone would be interested in sponsoring or paying for the repairs," he said.

    News on the hour 15:00:

    The top local headlines at 15:00 include:

    • BBC Tees: Nothing could have been done to prevent a neglected nine-year-old boy from Teesside taking his own life, a review has concluded.
    • BBC Newcastle: Firefighters across the North East are to walk out on strike this evening, for four days, in a row over pensions.
    War hero who walked 600 miles home 14:54: The Gazette Newspaper

    A war hero who walked 600 miles home during the Second World War has had his bravery acknowledged at a reception in London.

    William Doyle

    Middlesbrough-born William Doyle fought against the Japanese, in Burma, in 1942, before being badly wounded and embarking on an epic, barefoot march to get him back home.

    Staying out and causing trouble 14:44:

    A "substantial" number of reports of anti-social behaviour and criminal damage were made last night despite Cleveland Police asking parents and carers to keep and eye on their children, the force says.

    Cars were damaged and, three streets in Middlesbrough, Thornaby and Stockton, cars were even overturned, it says.

    Supt Ian Coates said the behaviour officers dealt with "beggars belief" and was "completely unacceptable".

    Newcastle face Liverpool 'in form' 14:37: Mark Lawrenson Football analyst

    Newcastle - who face Liverpool at St James' Park on Saturday - are a team in form and, all of a sudden, Magpies boss Alan Pardew apparently knows what he is doing again.

    Alan Pardew

    It seems to happen every few months - a manager who is supposedly about to get sacked wins three games in a row like Pardew has done and he is a genius.

    Quarter-final four days before derby 14:20: Sunderland Echo Newspaper

    Newcastle United will face Tottenham Hotspur in the League Cup quarter-final four days before the first Tyne-Wear derby of the season, it has been confirmed.

    United will travel to White Hart Lane on Wednesday, 17 December for a 19:45 kick-off before facing Sunderland at St James's Park on the Sunday.

    Wheelchair car park prank caught on CCTV 14:10:

    A woman who was caught on CCTV dragging a man in a wheelchair behind her car has been handed a two-year driving ban.

    CCTV of car and wheelchair

    Maria Adams drove up and down the car park of Tesco in Roker, Sunderland, while her friend held on to a towel hanging out of the boot of her Nissan Juke.

    News on the hour 13:58:

    The top local headlines at 14:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: Firefighters across the North East are to walk out on strike this evening, for four days, in a row over pensions.
    • BBC Tees: Nothing could have been done to prevent a neglected nine-year-old boy from Teesside taking his own life, a review has concluded.
    Share your views 13:54:

    We've introduced BBC Local Live, which is written by reporters across the North East, to bring you the latest news, sport, travel and weather all in one place. Tell us what you think.

    Psychic photography 13:45:

    Not quite in the mood for Halloween yet? This should do the trick.

    Mysterious figure in photograph

    Tyne and Wear Archives has tweeted its album of spooky "psychic photography" but is warning you to watch out for ectoplasm.

    Swimming suspended 13:35:

    Spennymoor Leisure Centre's swimming pool has had to be closed today.

    Spennymoor leisure centre

    Management say the closure is due to "unforeseen circumstances" and that the pool will reopen as normal tomorrow.

    You can call reception on 03000 261 161 for more information.

    'Hand of God' stolen 13:22:

    Police are appealing for help in finding a sculpture which was stolen from a gallery in Newcastle.

    The Hand of God - worth about £7,000 - was taken from Castle Fine art gallery on 4 October.

    Hand of God sculpture

    Police have released CCTV images of a man they want to speak to in connection with the theft.

    CCTV footage
    Latest lunchtime news 13:10: Colin Briggs BBC Look North

    On this lunchtime's programme we'll be hearing that, ahead of another four-day strike by the region's firefighters, there are safety fears over this weekend's early bonfire celebrations.

    And we'll be finding out why South Shields has been given a title that it would love to flush away.

    Watch BBC Look North at 13:30 on BBC One.

    News on the hour 13:00:

    The top local headlines at 13:00 include:

    • BBC Tees: A serious case review has concluded nothing could have been done to prevent a nine-year-old boy from Teesside taking his own life.
    • BBC Newcastle: Firefighters across the North East are planning to walk out on strike for four days from tonight.
    Give us your feedback 12:45:

    What do you think of BBC Local Live? It's written by reporters across the North East and brings you the latest news, sport, travel and weather all in one place. We'd like your feedback about this service.

    Politics this Sunday 12:35: Richard Moss Political editor, North East & Cumbria

    This week we'll be looking at the review of drugs laws, with reaction from Durham Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg who has called for changes in the law.


    And, in the week Labour MPs said the government miners' strike cover-up was just as much a scandal as Jimmy Savile and Hillsborough, we ask where this leaves former pit communities trying to rebuild their economies.

    Watch Sunday Politics on Sunday at 11:00 on BBC One.

    Cleveland's new fire station 12:21:

    Cleveland Fire Brigade plans to unveil a new fire station today, as part of a multi-million pound programme of investment.

    The £830,000 Headland Fire Station in Hartlepool replaces the previous building in Durham Street which was over 50-years-old.

    News on the hour 12:00:

    The top local headlines at 12:00 include:

    • BBC Tees: A serious case review has concluded nothing could have been done to prevent a nine-year-old boy from Teesside taking his own life.
    • BBC Newcastle: Firefighters across the North East are planning to walk out on strike for four days from tonight.
    Suspicious cat deaths 11:50: The Gazette Newspaper

    Two families have been left devastated after three cats from a single street were killed in suspicious circumstances over a single weekend.

    Carole Noble of Marsden Close, Ingleby Barwick, was distraught when, over a single weekend, two of her family cats were poisoned with anti-freeze.

    Another cat on the same street was put to sleep after vets found high levels of anti-freeze in its system.

    Factory closure 'not definite' 11:35:

    The parent company of a County Durham factory has said it's still in talks over the site's future, despite a union claiming this morning it will close next year.

    The GMB union said KP Snacks had confirmed the closure of the Phileas Fogg factory in Consett would happen next year.

    But KP says no final decision has been made and consultations are continuing.

    Operation Sanctuary conviction 11:22:
    Hartlepool 'bombsite' garden 11:12: Hartlepool Mail Newspaper

    A big thumbs-up has been given to a new community space that has transformed an eyesore area of a neighbourhood.

    The former car park - previously branded a "bombsite" - at St Oswald's Church Hall, in Milbank Road, Hartlepool, has been converted into a community garden.

    News on the hour 11:00:

    The top local headlines at 11:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: Firefighters across the North East start a four day strike tonight as part of a long running dispute over their pensions.
    • BBC Tees: Nothing could have been done to prevent a 9-year-old boy from Teesside taking his own life, a serious case review has concluded.
    Lower Steenberg’s Yard designs on show 10:51:

    A public exhibition of designs for the £7.5m Lower Steenberg's Yard development at Ouseburn in Newcastle will be on display on Tuesday between 14:00 and 19:00 at the Cycle Hub.

    Artists' impression of Lower Steenberg's Yard, Ouseburn

    There are plans for 37 one bed apartments and family houses and a range of commercial units for business use.

    Man raped in Tyneside attack 10:41:

    A man has been raped in North Tyneside, police have said.

    The attack happened in the Waterville Road area of North Shields between 20:50 and 22:45 GMT on Tuesday. The victim was aged in his 30s.

    Wild claims of recycling 10:27: Mike Parr BBC Tees

    Some people recycle - and some people tell everyone they recycle while secretly sticking everything in the bin.

    A new survey suggests one in five of us in this country confess to exaggerating or lying about our recycling habits for fear of looking bad in front of other people.

    I'll be finding out how bad we are on Teesside. You can call BBC Tees on 01642 225511 or join the conversation on Facebook.

    Phileas Fogg factory to close 10:10:

    The Phileas Fogg Factory in Consett will close in 2015, the GMB union says.

    The union's regional organiser, Suzanne Reid, said it was a "devastating blow" for the workforce and their families.

    The union said parent the company KP had confirmed the closure but added talks were continuing about possible redeployment opportunities at the Billingham and Tanfield sites.

    News on the hour 10:00:

    The top local headlines at 10:00 include:

    • BBC Tees: A serious case review has concluded nothing could have been done to prevent a nine-year-old boy from Teesside taking his own life.
    • BBC Newcastle: Firefighters across the North East are planning to walk out on strike for four days from tonight.
    Halloween horrors 09:58: Jonathan Miles BBC Newcastle

    All this spookiness is giving us goosebumps and we want to know how you're celebrating Halloween.

    Have you ever had any ghoulish experiences? Tell us!

    Get in touch on 0191 232 6565 or join the conversation on Facebook.

    Illegal bonfires and unwelcome callers 09:51:

    Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service tweets a timely reminder that illegal bonfires can be reported and removed.

    Cleveland Police suggests a "no callers" notice to deter unwanted trick-or-treaters.

    Car hunt in attack probe 09:43:

    Police investigating an attempted murder on Teesside believe the victim's car may have been stolen.

    Brookside, Boosebeck

    The man, 66, with found with serious head injuries at his home in Brookside, Boosebeck, on Saturday night. He is in a critical condition in hospital.

    Two men, aged 37 and 40, have been arrested in connection with the incident.

    Hartington Interchange closure 09:31:

    An inspection chamber cover on the A66 eastbound at Hartington Interchange collapsed overnight meaning the nearside lane has had to be closed.

    The eastbound carriageway will be completely closed after rush hour for repairs, Middlesbrough Borough Council says. Diversions will be in place.

    Rare Tudor coins on display 09:20:

    A hoard of Tudor coins unearthed in Northumberland is going on show later after a fundraising campaign to buy them met its target.

    Lindisfarne hoard of coins

    A jug was found on Lindisfarne in 2003, but it was not until 2011 that 17 coins were discovered inside.

    Time to move on? 09:12: Alfie Joey BBC Newcastle

    Labour MPs say recently released documents prove Margaret Thatcher's government had a secret plan to close down much of the industry.

    Conservatives says Labour only want to talk about the past - when many former mining areas have had a positive future.

    On the breakfast show we'll be asking whether we're still living in the past or if this is an historic scandal which needs to be investigated.

    News on the hour 09:00:

    The top local headlines at 09:00 include:

    • BBC Newcastle: On one of the busiest weekends of the year firefighters across the North East are planning to walk out on strike for four days from tonight.
    • BBC Tees: A serious case review has concluded nothing could have been done to prevent a nine-year-old boy from Teesside taking his own life.
    'Lavish praise' unhelpful 08:52:

    Teachers who give struggling pupils "lavish praise" could make them even less likely to succeed, research into classroom tactics has suggested.

    Teacher praise

    The study, produced by Robert Coe of Durham University, said teachers needed to know what was "most likely to be effective".

    It said that pupils who are "presented with anger" have a less positive association with performing badly.

    Top headlines
    Rush hour traffic 08:40:

    There are no serious incidents on the roads so far this morning.

    A small amount of disruption on Washington Highway and the usual congestion elsewhere.

    Check out the latest with BBC Travel.

    Ambulance delay risk for baby 08:30: Northern Echo Newspaper

    A family who waited more than 45 minutes for an ambulance were told their five-month-old baby could have died had he been left any longer.

    North East firefighters to strike again 08:22: Newcastle Chronicle

    Firefighters across the North East are to strike for four days in a row over pensions.

    Members of the Fire Brigades' Union will walk out from 6pm on Friday until 6pm on Tuesday, November 4, the eve of Guy Fawkes night.

    More power to us? 08:12:

    Is it time to give "More Power to the North?" - Carol Malia presents a BBC Look North special on Wednesday 5 November on BBC One at 22:35.

    BBC Look North's Carol Malia being filmed

    Join the debate on Twitter using the hashtag #northwhatnext

    Very mild Halloween 08:02: Kay Crewdson Weather Presenter, BBC Look North

    After a cloudy start it will be a very mild day for the time of year.

    Weather map

    There'll be some sunshine later, though it could stay hazy.

    Good morning 08:00: Francesca Williams BBC News

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    If you'd like us to feature your comments or pictures, send them to us by email, tweet us @BBCNewsNE or join our Facebook page.

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