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  1. Julie Parkin murder: Police renew appeal for information

    BBC Newcastle

    Police investigating the murder of a woman in Sunderland last month are making another appeal for information.

    Teacher Julie Parkin, 29, was discovered stabbed to death in a house in Kirkwall Close on Tuesday 27 June. A man has been charged with murder.

    Police are now asking to speak to anyone who saw a black five-door Mazda 6 saloon car in or around Sunderland Marina between 22:00 and 00:00 on 26 June.

    It's believed a man and woman in their 30s were with the vehicle and it's possible they may have parked in that area and taken a walk.

    Floral tributes were laid at the gates of the school where she taught
    Image caption: Floral tributes were laid at the gates of the school where she taught
  2. Gateshead fly-tipper who spoiled popular dog walking route hit with heavy sentence

    The Chronicle

    ​A man who repeatedly dumped van-loads of rubbish and set it alight in plain sight of a CCTV camera has been sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court.

    Rubbish dumped at Woodside Lane, Ryton
    Image caption: Rubbish dumped at Woodside Lane, Ryton
  3. Newcastle man accused of disseminating terrorist material to stand trial

    BBC Look North

    North East and Cumbria

    A man from Newcastle is to stand trial accused of publishing extremist material online.

    Abdulrahman Alcharbati appeared at the Old Bailey in London via videolink facing seven counts of disseminating terrorist material and one of possessing terrorist articles.

    The 31-year-old, who is from Westholme Gardens, was remanded in custody.

    His trial will take place at Newcastle Crown Court in November.

  4. Fundraising for hydrotherapy centre in County Durham

    BBC Look North

    North East and Cumbria

    A children's charity in County Durham needs to raise over a quarter of a million pounds so it can open a hydrotherapy pool in a new treatment centre.

    Heel and Toe was founded 10 years ago and provides therapy and treatment for hundreds of children with cerebral palsy and other physical disabilities.

    You can see our report featuring two-year-old Hunter on Look North this evening on BBC One at 18:30pm.

    Two year-old Hunter has cerebral palsy
    Image caption: Two year-old Hunter has cerebral palsy
  5. Dragons discovered on wasteland in Northumberland

    Two bearded dragons have been discovered in a cardboard box on wasteland in Morpeth.

    The RSPCA says there's been an increase in the number of reptiles being abandoned.

    The pair are due to be transported to a specialist reptile centre before finding a new home.

    One of the bearded dragons
    Image caption: One of the bearded dragons
    Quote Message: This poor pair of beautiful beardies had been cruelly dumped like rubbish in just a cardboard box. It’s such an irresponsible thing to do, as pet reptiles need to be kept in specific climate controlled enclosures to stay healthy and to carry out their normal behaviours, so for someone to knowingly walk away from them is completely unacceptable. " from Terry Haley RSPCA
    Terry HaleyRSPCA
  6. Gossip Column: Newcastle United news

    BBC Sport

    Everton have had a bid accepted for Newcastle United defender Lewis Gibson. The Blues want the 17-year-old to join their under-23s set-up. (Liverpool Echo)

    Newcastle have offered out-of-favour forward Aleksandar Mitrovic, 22, to Lyon for £16m.(Foot Mercato, via Talksport)

    Nottingham Forest are closing in on a £2m deal to sign experienced striker Daryl Murphy, 34, from Newcastle. (Nottingham Post)

    Click here for more gossip.

  7. Footage shows drivers racing each other through Tyne Tunnel

    CCTV footage released today shows a BMW driven by 44-year-old Joel Graydon and an Audi being driven by 30-year-old Gavin Mason racing each other in rush hour traffic last August.

    The pair have now been banned from driving for 15 months.

    Graydon, who lives in Northumberland, and Mason, from Holywell, both pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and as well as the driving ban were both sentenced to eight weeks in jail, suspended for 12 months and ordered to do 60 hours unpaid work and pay costs of £100.

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    Video caption: Tyne Tunnel racers banned from driving after being caught on CCTV
  8. Downton Abbey star to receive honorary degree at Teesside University

    BBC Tees

    www.bbc.co.uk/BBCTees

    Dame Penelope Wilton is among public figures being given honorary degrees at Teesside University today

    Dame Penelope was born in Scarborough and is best known to many for her roles in Downton Abbey and Ever Decreasing Circles, but her career in theatre has also lasted more than 50 years.

    She'll be made an honorary doctor of arts at the university this afternoon.

    Dame Penelope Wilton
    Image caption: Dame Penelope Wilton
  9. Noisy Wilton flare continues to annoy residents

    Yesterday chemical manufacturer Sabic apologised to residents for flaring at its plant at Wilton, near Redcar.

    Despite assurances the problem would be fixed the loud noise continues.

    The company says it's because a plant compressor tripped.

    Yesterday maintenance teams were "working hard to resolve the issue".

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