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  1. Pictures show damage caused by suspected gas explosion

    Fire crews and paramedics have been at the scene of a suspected gas explosion this morning.

    It happened at about midday in Collingwood Court, Washington.

    One person has been taken to the Sunderland Royal Hospital, the North East Ambulance Service said.

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  2. Man charged with brother's murder remanded in custody

    The brother of a man who suffered stab wounds in Durham over the weekend has appeared in court charged with his murder.

    Damian Banks, who was 34, was found unconscious in Turnbull Close early yesterday morning. He later died in hospital.

    Vincent Bell, who's 35 and lives in Turnbull Close, appeared before Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court.

    He was remanded in custody to appear at crown court on Wednesday.

  3. More adults seeking support for alcoholic parents

    The number of adults seeking help to cope with an alcoholic parent has tripled over five years, according to a leading charity.

    The National Association for the Children of Alcoholics took more than 23,000 calls or messages last year from over 18s, compared to 6,400 in 2013.

    Experts say more funding to support families and friends would help more people with alcoholic parents.

    The Department of Health said it was investing £6m to tackle the issue.

    Amelia and Joe Carr, from Newcastle, grew up with an alcoholic father.

    His drinking became very serious when Joe was 13 and Amelia was five. It continued up until his death two years ago. Towards the end of his life he was sleeping rough.

    Amelia Carr on a day out with her father
  4. Ram-raiders who targeted supermarket fled 'empty-handed'

    Ram-raiders who repeatedly tried to break into a supermarket fled empty-handed, police said.

    Shortly before 05:00 on Sunday, a silver Ford Focus was reversed into the shutters of Sainsbury’s in Grampian Drive, Peterlee.

    Durham Police said the would-be burglars were unable to break in and the care sped off towards Pennine Drive.

    Officers are studying CCTV footage, but are also appealing for witnesses who saw anything suspicious to come forward.

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  5. Car hits church wall

    Police are appealing for witnesses after a car hit a church wall in Cleadon, South Tyneside.

    At about 02:00 on Sunday police received a report a vehicle had hit a wall at All Saints Parish Church in Front Street.

    Officers attended but the occupants of the vehicle had already fled the scene.

    No one was injured, however substantial damage has been caused to the building and road remains closed.

    Police want to hear from anyone who might have dashcam footage of the crash.

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  6. Man due in court charged with murdering brother

    A man is due in court today charged with murdering his brother in a stabbing.

    Damien Banks, 34, was found unconscious and with injuries to his chest at a property on Turnbull Close in Durham, shortly after 01:30 on Saturday.

    He was taken to Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary but died.

    Vincent Bell, 35, of Turnbull Close, was arrested at a nearby address and is due to appear at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court later.

  7. Sunderland: 'It's a sore changing room'

    Sunderland faced heartbreak when they were beaten by Portsmouth on penalties in yesterday's Checkatrade Trophy following a compelling 2-2 draw in front of a competition-record crowd of 85,021 at Wembley.

    Sunderland manager Jack Ross said: "The first half was really good and to play in that manner on such an occasion was terrific. In hindsight, we probably needed a bit more to kill the game off against a spirited Portsmouth side.

    "Extra-time becomes about character and heart after the spell of pressure we had to withstand in the second half. I thought we had weathered the bulk of that storm, but credit to Portsmouth - they came back into it.

    "It's a sore changing room at the moment and there's no words I can say immediately after to the players to try to help deal with that.

    "But we'll allow the pain to subside and get back to work tomorrow and prepare for Accrington next up in the league."

    On Saturday thousands of Sunderland fans packed into Trafalgar Square.

    Sunderland fans in Trafalgar Square
  8. Alleyway body find 'not suspicious'

    Colin Briggs

    Look North

    Police investigating the discovery of a man's body in an alleyway are not treating it as suspicious.

    Durham Police were alerted on Saturday morning after the body of a man in his late 20s was found in an alleyway off Surtees Street in Darlington.

    Police have confirmed they are treating the man's death as unexplained but not suspicious after a post-mortem examination revealed no sign of recent injury.

    Although formal identification has yet to be carried out, police are in contact with his family.

  9. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A1 Tyne And Wear both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A1 Tyne And Wear both ways severe accident, at J74 A6085 Scotswood Road Newcastle City.

    A1 Tyne And Wear - One lane closed on A1 Western Bypass in Tyne and Wear at J74, A6085 (Newcastle City), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  10. New triple decker junction 'to ease congestion'

    Colin Briggs

    Look North

    The region's first triple decker junction is opening this morning.

    The £75m scheme to create a triple decker junction on the A19 coast road next to the Silverlink estate started in June 2016 and has finished on time.

    About 35,000 vehicles are expected to use the new road.

    Highways England said the new junction would "ease congestion".

    Junction
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