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Gateshead ranked worst in the country for flytipping

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Gateshead has been ranked one of the ten worst boroughs in the country for flytipping. Ryedale meanwhile saw one of the biggest year-on-year rises in incidents, up 77 per cent in the year to April. It's leaving taxpayers with a multi-million pound bill to clear up the illegally dumped waste.

Northern Powergrid staff go on strike

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Hundreds of office staff at the electrical distribution firm Northern Powergrid have gone on strike today in a row over pay.

Union members are picketing company premises at Shiremoor, Penshaw and Stockton.

The firm insists its offer is 'fair and reasonable', and says customers won't be affected.

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Police: ‘Darlington fires may be linked’

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Police are appealing for witnesses after a series of fires in Darlington in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Fires broke out at Darlington Town Hall in Feethams and a social services building in North Lodge, off Northgate. Police are looking into the possibility that the two fires were started deliberately and could be linked.

A third fire, at the Carmel Medical Centre on Nunnery Lane, is also under investigation by Darlington CID and officers from the County Darlington and Durham Fire and Rescue Service.

Nobody is believed to have been injured at any of the fires, which all broke out within four hours of each other, starting with the North Lodge blaze at 12.20am. The town hall fire was reported at 1.50am and the third fire on Nunnery Lane broke out at 3.55am.

Sunderland sign Borini on four-year deal

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Sunderland have confirmed the signing of striker Fabio Borini from Liverpool for an undisclosed fee.

The 24-year-old Italian has signed a four-year contract for fee understood to be £8 million with a further £2 million in add-ons.

Borini's move was confirmed by Sunderland in a statement which said:

Sunderland are delighted to announce the signing of Fabio Borini from Liverpool for an undisclosed fee.

– Sunderland AFC

Borini returns to the club following a successful loan spell during the 2013-14 season, during which he became a fan favourite scoring 10 goals including strikes against Newcastle United, Chelsea and at Wembley during the Capital One Cup final.

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Deer may have been deliberately killed

Police say a deer, which was discovered dead in a ditch, may have been deliberately killed.

The animal was found in the Gosforth area of Newcastle on Monday 24th August. Police say it had been dead for some time.

The Northumbria force says the discovery, on Heathery Lane, follows two reports of suspected poachers in the area earlier this year. On those occasions, no evidence of any offences was found.

The force's wildlife co-ordinator, Don Churchill, says:

"Northumbria Police ensures all wildlife crimes are investigated thoroughly.

Deer poaching is a criminal offence under the Deer Act 1991. Appropriate action will be taken against those found to have been involved in committing such offences.

We take poaching very seriously and our Wildlife Crime Officers work with local gamekeepers, wildlife managers and landowners to target illegal poachers."

– Northumbria Police
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