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Good afternoon. the late news at 10.15pm.
They've lived a life that's hard for many of us to comprehend.
But today, preparations were being made for families fleeing
the war in Syria to start a new life here.
Now local people are being asked to play their part in making
the refugees welcome ahead of their arrival in Cumbria.
The war in Syria has killed hundreds of thousands and displaced millions.
Many have fled abroad, seeking sanctuary and security.
Here, the British government has agreed to take around 20,000
refugees, and up to 300 could in time come to Cumbria.
Today, around 150 people keen to help turned up
We want to give people ideas about how they can help.
Whether that's coming along to the drop-in sessions
that we'll be running weekly, offering language support,
We'll be working with the local authorities
on these schemes, but we'd like to help sign up volunteers.
Speakers included those who'd fled Syria
in the past, and who continue to send help.
This is a very human moment when you see this number of people
who are welcoming new families to be accepted by the British
government to be resettled in Cumbria.
And it's sometimes the simplest acts that make
When you're forced to leave and come, and you are
depressed by what we have seen, little words make a big difference.
A nice good morning to them in the morning would make a big
difference to their feelings, to how they can start the day.
The first Syrian families to arrive in Cumbria
Newcastle city council has been given more than ?200,000 of Lottery
cash, as it looks into handing over its parks and allotments
Although the council says it would still own the city's 33 parks
and other green spaces, it wants to transfer
the day to day responsibility to a new charitable trust.
The scheme being considered would help tackle the financial challenges
In the last few minutes, the centrepiece of the new Wear
crossing in Sunderland has been lifted into place.
The A-frame is the largest structure to be raised in this way in Britain
It weighs more than 1,500 tonnes and is a hundred meters tall.
Obviously there are always things that are unforeseen.
But up to this stage, I can say, so far, so good.
This is the culmination of months of work,
but as the A-frame approached vertical, it was steady away to make
That's a bit of a juggling act because we need to keep
And at the same time let the cable out on the
But we also need to do that in a controlled way, so the
pylon doesn't take a leap forward any further than we need it to.
But this is about a lot more than just a bridge.
A huge regeneration project has been promised off the back
And when the engineering works are complete, this is going to have
to deliver a lot more than just a means to get from one side
Middlesbrough's Mima art gallery celebrated its 10th
birthday, with the launch of a new collection today.
It shows art and craft from the mid-1800s to the present
day, with works on display chosen by the people of the town.
Football, and Newcastle will try to secure their place
at the top of the Championship when they take on Wolves
Most of our other teams are in action right now.
There's full coverage on your BBC local radio station.
Good evening. We are expecting some wintry showers overnight feeding in
from the east, falling as snow on higher levels. Elsewhere, showers
falling into rain on lower levels. No risk of frost or ice. The warning
for snow is still in place until 3pm tomorrow. Further wintry showers
expected through the morning. A cloudy day. Bitterly cold.
Tomorrow, Sunday Politics is in Whitehaven
with all the candidates fighting the Copeland by-election.
That's tomorrow morning from 11 on BBC One.
We're back tomorrow at ten to six. Until then, have a good evening.
Good afternoon. An afternoon to snuggle up in front of the telly and
watch some rugby. It's been a cold winter's day. Not just for humans.
This shot was taken earlier. There was some sunshine in Scotland, here
a beautiful afternoon. That was the expectation for most. It's bleak out
there. A mixture of rain and snow on the radar. You have to go a long way
up the hills to find settling snow. Into the evening and temperatures
begin to fall again, we could see some of the white stuff turning up
again at lower levels across eastern Counties of England and quite a lot
of snow piling up over the Pennines in particular on a brisk wind, it is
going to feel cold wherever you are with temperatures hovering close to