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Sunderland stabbing: man charged

Police investigating a stabbing at a house in Sunderland on Thursday have charged a man.

Lee Johnson, 33, of Claremont Terrace in Sunderland has been charged with wounding with intent to commit GBH.

The victim, a 29-year-old man, is still receiving treatment at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, where he is in a stable condition.

Concern for missing Blyth woman

Jacqueline Davis Credit: Northumbria Police

Concerns are growing for a missing Northumberland woman who may be in the York area.

Jacqueline Davis, 43, from Blyth, was reported missing on Friday, February 27th after she failed to return home from work in the Newburn area.

Her family and police are concerned for her welfare and are keen to hear that she is safe and well.

Police say recent enquiries suggest Jacqueline may be in the York area and residents, workers and visitors are asked to come forward to police if they think they may have seen her.

"We're keen for Jacqueline to get in touch so her family can be reassured she is ok. We're carrying out searches to find her and would urge anyone who may know of her whereabouts to contact us."

– Inspector Ian Dey, Northumbria Police

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Taxi driver robbed at knifepoint in Newcastle

A taxi driver has been robbed by two men at knifepoint in Byker.

It happened just after midnight this morning (Friday) in a rear lane off Canterbury Street.

The offenders, who had booked the cab from St Anthony's Road, demanded money from the driver, pulled on his seatbelt and threatened him with a knife.

He managed to get out of the vehicle and the robbers drove off in the taxi in the direction of Welbeck Road.

The taxi driver suffered minor injuries.

The car is a silver five door Skoda Octavia registration YM60 POH.

The suspects are described as both in their 20s and both wearing hoodies.

Missing Newcastle teen - do you know where Vera is?

Do you know where Vera Chirwa is? Credit: Northumbria Police

Police are appealing for the public's help to locate a missing Newcastle teenager.

Vera Chirwa, 17, was reported missing yesterday after she failed to her home in Philipson Street in the Walker area.

She is described as 5ft 3 inches tall, slim, and was wearing glasses. It is thought she was wearing a purple fluffy jacket, black trousers and black shoes.

It is thought Vera may have travelled to London and police are carrying out enquiries to ensure she is safe and well.

Boris tucks in to North East delicacy on visit to region

Boris gets his first taste of a parmo Credit: ITV News

On a visit to Teesside, the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has sampled a parmo for the first time.

Boris visited Conyers School in Yarm this lunchtime.

The Conservative mayor attended a mock question time with children at the school.

He praised the North East as being a vital contributor to the UK economy.

When asked about full dualing of the A1, Johnson backed the cause, saying the government should dual the whole of the A1.

He may have been caught on the hop, adding: 'Have I just committed us to something?'

Incidentally, for those that don't know, a parmo is a Teesside delic acy consisting of deep-fried chicken in bread crumbs topped with a white sauce and cheese.

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Karanka confident for Nottingham Forest clash

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka says his side are feeling confident ahead of this weekend's trip to Nottingham Forest.

The Championship leaders beat Forest 3-0 at the Riverside on Boxing Day with goals from George Friend, Jelle Vossen and Grant Leadbitter.

Karanka expects a tough match against an in-form Forest but he believes December's result will give his team added confidence.

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