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Killer told he 'richly deserved' life sentence

A taxi driver who killed a young woman, buried her body at a North Yorkshire beauty spot, and kept it a secret for 14 years, has failed in his bid to get an early release from prison.

Martin Bell had claimed that HIS human rights had been breached when he was told he must serve at least 12 years of a life sentence for killing Gemma Simpson. But today the top judges in the country decided that Bell "richly deserved" the sentence he'd been given. Claire Ashforth reports.


Warning after prescription drugs stolen in supermarket

Police are warning people of the dangers of taking medication that is not prescribed to them after drugs were stolen from a South Tyneside supermarket.

The medication stolen including Amlodipine, Temazepam, Lamotrigine, Zomorph, Amitriptyline and Navakiragam.

It was taken from a person at the ASDA supermarket in Hebburn on the evening of Tuesday August 25th.

Some of the drugs have the potential to cause harm if taken by somebody it was not prescribed to and police are urging people to be on guard.


Former Olympian to open Sunderland fitness facilities

Former Olympic athlete Colin Jackson is to officially open new fitness facilities in Sunderland.

An open day will be held at the Sunderland Aquatic and Wellness Centre and Raich Carter Sports Centre on Saturday September 5th.

Colin Jackson coming to Sunderland Credit: PA

The events will celebrate the end of extensive refurbishments works carried out at both centres, with local people getting an opportunity to try out the new facilities for the first time.

Colin Jackson will cut the ceremonial ribbon at 10am with the open day running until 4pm.

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