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Upper River Tees flood alert

A Flood Alert has been issued by the Environment Agency for the Upper River Tees.

River levels are expected to continue to rise throughout Monday morning.

The main area of concern is Low lying land in the Tees valley, including Teesdale Way footpath at Croft and low lying land and roads around the river.

Man traced by police after woman found dead

Police on Tyneside have traced a man being searched for after a woman was discovered dead in her home in Gateshead.

Carl Anderson is currently helping police with their enquiries.

A 42-year-old woman was found at 8:30pm on Friday, December 19, at an address in Hillfield Street in Bensham.

Superintendent Richie Jackson said: "I'd like to thank the public for their help in this matter and reporting information to police.

''The investigation is on-going and we would continue to ask anyone with information to contact police.''

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Family in passport search plea

A family from Sunderland have issued a desperate plea to help find their son's missing passport - just days before they're supposed to go to Disneyland. Anthony Baldridge - and his partner Nichola - plan to take their two children as a Christmas surprise. However, the trip of a lifetime could now be cancelled because Anthony - and six year old Thomas - have not received their new passports. The family, from Ryhope, fear they may have been delivered to the wrong address, by accident.

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