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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
Floral tributes were laid at the gates of the school where she taught

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
Gateshead Council
Rubbish dumped at Woodside Lane, Ryton
Scene of fatal accident at Snowman Rally

Dean Robson says he and his mother were trying to move away from the spot where they were watching a car rally.

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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.

McGeady at Sunderland shop

Aiden McGeady is at the Stadium of Light shop today.

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James Bolton

Shrewsbury Town sign Gateshead right-back James Bolton on a two-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

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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
Two year-old Hunter has cerebral palsy

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
One of the bearded dragons

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. "

Terry HaleyRSPCA
Exterior of Sports Direct, Oxford Street

Karen Hoggan

Business reporter

The retailer says it has "smashed the ball out of the park" in its attempt to move upmarket.

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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)

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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.

Tyne Tunnel racers banned from driving after being caught on CCTV
Garry Monk

Middlesbrough manager Garry Monk says there is work to be done to prepare his squad for the Championship campaign.

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Downton Abbey star to receive honorary degree at Teesside University

BBC Tees

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
Dame Penelope Wilton

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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Calls for red light district in Teesside

BBC Tees

A Stockton charity which supports sex workers says a managed area for prostitution should be brought to Teesside.

It comes as support workers from Bridge House visited the UK's first ever so-called legal red light zone in Leeds.

Outreach workers there say they help women on the Holbeck Industrial estate make their lives safer.

Holbeck Lane in Leeds
Holbeck Lane in Leeds

Teenager goes missing from Newcastle

A teenager has gone missing from Newcastle, police say.

Amy Potter, 19, of Fawdon Lane in Fawdon, vanished yesterday evening.

Her family told The Chronicle she may be suffering from post-natal depression after having a child four months ago.

Amy Potter
Northumbria Police

Northumbria Police believe she may have travelled to the Manchester area.

Officers and her family are "increasingly concerned" for her welfare.

She is 5ft 6in with a very slim build and with long brown hair.

Amy, or anyone who knows her whereabouts is asked to contact police on 101.

Vito Mannone

Vito Mannone joins Reading from Sunderland on a three-year contract for a fee in the region of £2m.

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Weather: Cloudy and showery start

BBC Weather

Today will start cloudy with showery rain affecting some areas.

It will also be starting to feel fresher than of late, especially during the afternoon when this cloud and rain clears into the North Sea, becoming drier and brighter with some late sunshine.

There will be light winds.

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Sports Direct profits dive by nearly 60%

Profits at Sports Direct have plummeted nearly 60%, which the firm says is largely due to the weaker pound.

Underlying pre-tax profit fell to £113.7m, down from £275.2m last year, because of "currency movements and increased depreciation charges".

Chief executive, and owner of Newcastle United, Mike Ashley said it had now taken steps to "minimise the short-term impact of currency volatility".

Sports Direct's reputation has been badly hit by revelations about staff conditions at its Derbyshire warehouse.

Chairman Keith Hellawell said the company had made "positive progress" across the business as it continued to "strive to ensure that all of our people are treated with dignity and respect".

Mike Ashley

GSK to invest and review Barnard Castle plant

BBC Tees

GlaxoSmithKline is planing to invest £140m in three plants to make respiratory and HIV medicines, including its Barnard Castle site.

But the drugs manufacturer said it would be reviewing another part of the site making cephalosporins antibiotics, with an option to sell the business including the associated manufacturing facilities.

The firm also said it would be selling off its Horlicks business.

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