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South Tyneside man denies murdering his parents

A man has appeared in court denied the murder of both of his parents.

Martin Ruddy, from South Tyneside, is accused of killing his dad Eric, 64, and mum Carol, 54, at their home on Bentinck Street, Newcastle, on December 14 last year.

Eric and Carol Ruddy.

The 28-year-old appeared at the city's crown court today, April 1 via videolink to HMP Durham.

He pleaded not guilty to the two charges of murder he faces.

A trial, which could take up to three weeks, has been listed for June 8 and a further, administrative hearing will take place on May 15.

No application was made for bail.

Two men slashed across the arms in knife attack

An adult and a teenager were slashed across the arms during an assault in Newcastle last night, March 31.

One man aged 31, and another aged 17 were attacked at around 6pm on Bishops Road in the West End.

Emergency services were called and the two men were taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital, they were discharged following treatment.

Officers carrying out enquiries have arrested a 30-year-old man on suspicion of wounding with intent to commit grievous bodily harm, he is currently detained in custody.

Police are carrying out enquiries in the area and additional officers are on patrol to reassure the community.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101.

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Concern for child's welfare after hit and run

Police are concerned for a child's welfare following a hit and run in Sunderland.

A man riding a green scrambler motorbike collided with a white Vauxhall Astra in Rawmarsh Road in the Redhouse area on March 28. The Astra was parked outside of the Coral bookmakers at the time of the incident. The man left the area and failed to exchange details with the driver of the Astra.

The motor bike rider is white, around 5ft 9ins tall, of medium build and in his early 30s. He had ginger hair and was wearing a yellow high viz helmet and green hooded top.

The motor bike rider had a young child with him on the bike and police believe the child may have been injured during the incident. It is thought the child is around two to three years old and may be called Ruben.

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