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Summary

  1. Wednesday 19 April 2017
  2. Murder accused had restraining order
  3. More victims come forward in sex abuse probe
  4. Body found after tower block blaze
  5. Concern for missing woman
  6. Girl's death 'accidental', coroner says

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  1. Missing woman 'could be in Edinburgh'

    Missing woman Catherine Garsed could now be in the Edinburgh area, Durham Police say.

    As we told you earlier, the 29-year-old from London was visiting friends in the Gilesgate area and was last seen on Montgomery Road on Tuesday.

    Officers now say they have information suggesting Catherine may have travelled north and they are liaising with Police Scotland in their search.

  2. Hartlepool MP will not stand for re-election

    Hartlepool's Labour MP, Iain Wright, has announced he will not stand in the general election on 8 June.

    Describing his time in Parliament as "an enormous privilege", he said he wanted to explore other interests having represented the area since 2004.

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    He's not the only MP from the region who will not be standing.

    As we reported yesterday, Labour MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, Tom Blenkinsop, has also decided to step aside.

  3. Death of four-year-old girl 'accidental'

    An inquest has heard a four-year-old girl died after being knocked down by her mother's pick-up truck.

    Ava Henderson was playing in a compound off Amos Ayre Place in South Shields last May, but was hit trying to stop the family's bulldog from running into the path of the vehicle.

    The inquest was told her mother was using her mobile phone at the time.

    The coroner recorded a verdict of accidental death.

    Amos Ayre Place
  4. Police 'concerned' for missing Durham visitor

    Police are becoming "increasingly concerned" for a woman who has gone missing while visiting Durham.

    Catherine Garsed, 29, who is originally from London, was visiting friends in the Gilesgate area of the city.

    Catherine Garsed

    She was last seen on Montgomery Road at 16:00 on Tuesday. 

    Catherine is described as 5ft 4in tall, of large build, with brown hair and was wearing a dark blue Oxford University-branded hoodie and grey trainers. 

  5. More sports club sex abuse victims come forward

    Helen Richardson

    BBC Newcastle

    Northumbria Police say 37 victims have now come forward as part of an investigation into historical child sex abuse at North East sports clubs.

    Operation Tide was launched in December after several former footballers said they had been abused by former coach George Ormond.

    Ormond was jailed in 2001 for 12 cases of indecent assault, but police say 10 possible suspects have now been identified involving 11 clubs in a range of sports. 

    David Eatock

    Several ex-Newcastle United players, including David Eatock (pictured) and Derek Bell are among those who claimed they were victims.

    More than 250 potential suspects and 560 victims have now been identified throughout the UK.

    Some 311 football clubs, spanning all tiers of the game, are involved in the inquiry, called Operation Hydrant.

  6. Cloudy to start, but brightening up through the afternoon

    Lisa Gallagher

    Weather presenter, BBC Look North

    It will be cloudier than yesterday, with a little light rain possible for a time falling mainly over higher ground.

    This rain will die away during the afternoon to perhaps reveal some late sunny intervals. However, it will feel chilly under any cloud. 

    Weather map

    Maximum temperatures probably won't rise above 11C (52F).

    We should see a fairly cloudy evening, with perhaps the odd spot of rain over high ground.

    Some clearer spells are likely to form by dawn, however, with minimum overnight temperatures of about 8C (46F). 

  7. Body found at scene of tower block blaze

    Andrea MacMillan

    BBC Tees

    A body has been found at the scene of an overnight tower block blaze in Thornaby.

    The top three floors of the 12-storey Anson House, on Weardale Crescent, had to be evacuated by firefighters.

    Ten fire engines were needed to control the blaze. No other injuries have been reported.

    No details of the dead person have so far been released. Police and fire investigators are looking into the cause.

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