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Mountaineer with cystic fibrosis tackles Everest

A climber from County Durham, who has cyctic fibrosis, is hoping to be the first person with the condition to scale Mount Everest.

38-year-old Nick Talbot hopes to £100,000.

Cystic Fibrosis affects the lungs and Nick's biggest challenge will be coping with the reduced oxygen levels at high altitudes.

Nick, who's from Hamsterley Forest, has just passed base camp in a climb that could take up to nine weeks.

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Man arrested over A1 crash

A 31-year-old man has been arrested and has been released on police bail after a man died when a car had overturned on the A1.

It happened at about 5 am on Sunday morning, April 19, near to the Angel of the North.

The man who died, a 24-year-old, was taken to hospital in a critical condition. He was later pronounced dead at hospital.

Another man, aged 20, was taken to hospital with minor injuries.

A 24-year-old woman who arrested has been released with no further action.

Clampdown on underage drinking on Wearside

Off-licences that sell alcohol to people underage are being targeted in a clampdown on underage drinkers in Sunderland.

Officers from Sunderland North Neighbourhood Policing Team have been carrying out a test purchases with Trading Standards.

The operation saw a 15-year-old attempt to buy alcohol from off-licences in Southwick. Eight premises were visited with one store selling alcohol to the test purchaser - the person who sold the alcohol to the 15-year-old received a £90 fine.

Officers say they will continue to carry out the operation in the coming months to help stop anti-social behaviour caused by underage drinking.

Neighbourhood Inspector Tony Carty said: "We know there is a direct link between underage drinking and youth related anti-social behaviour, not only this young people are making themselves more vulnerable by getting drunk.

"We're working with our partners to tackle this issue and stopping underage youths from getting their hands on alcohol in the first place is one of the steps we are taking."

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Investigations following a disturbance in Scotswood

Police are appealing for witnesses following a disturbance in Scotswood, Newcastle.

At 9.43pm on Friday, April 10, police received a report of a group of men fighting in the street in Aldwick Road.

But when the police got there the men had left the area. A Mercedes parked in Aldwick Road was damaged during the disturbance.

Enquiries are ongoing into the incident and police believe the men may have left the scene in two vehicles; a small green car and a white panel van.

CCTV released after cashback theft

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Police are appealing for information after a cashback theft in Blyth.

It happened on Saturday, February 28, at Asda in Cowpen Road, when £30 cashback accidentally left behind at a self service till was taken.

Police investigating have released CCTV of a man they need to speak to who may be able to help with enquiries.

Appeal over historic sex assault in Northumberland

Police investigating an allegation of an historic sexual assault are appealing for witnesses.

The victim, who was a child at the time, was sexually assaulted at Sandy Bay Caravan Park in Northumberland in '94.

Officers now believe that wrestlers, who were contracted to provide entertainment at the caravan park, may hold key information.

Officers are asking that anyone who may have information about any of the wrestlers to come forward.

Detective Sergeant, Mick Rose said, "This is an important line of investigation. If you or a family member were part of the wrestling community or were contracted to venues in the Northumberland area, you may be able to help officers.

"The wider public may also have information about the identity of the wrestlers. I would urge anyone who visited Sandy Bay Caravan Park during the 90's and watched a wrestling event to come forward. Photographs or videos of the event would be valuable to enquiries.

"We are determined to do all we can to fully investigate this incident and officers are continuing to provide specialist support to the victim as the investigation is ongoing."

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