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Newcastle woman missing for more than a week

Missing Newcastle woman Evette Mukendi
Missing Newcastle woman Evette Mukendi

Police are appealing for information from the public regarding the whereabouts of a missing Newcastle woman.

40-year-old Evette Mukendi was last seen in West Road, Newcastle at around 1.50pm on Sunday, 17th August.

She is described as approximately 5ft 6inches with black hair, when she was last seen it was tied up in a multi-coloured hairband.

She was last seen wearing blue jeans, a grey hoody with a pink/blue checked shirt underneath, yellow scarf, white trainers and carrying a brown leather handbag and Asda carrier bag.

Northumbria Police are asking for anyone who knows where she is or has seen her to contact them.

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Sunderland boss Poyet still hopeful of Borini deal

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet remains hopeful of bringing Liverpool striker Fabio Borini back to the club.

The 23-year-old spent last season on loan at the Stadium of Light and became a fan favourite as the Black Cats reached the League Cup final and avoided relegation from the Premier League.

Poyet is keen to bring Borini back to Wearside and says the club are 'getting close' to a deal.

'21-day emergency closure' around sinkhole

Mike Ogden and his team at Access and Rights of Way have placed an emergency closure on the public footpath near a sinkhole that has appeared in County Durham:

We were contacted by the landowner yesterday (Thursday, 21st August) and went out to inspect the sink hole immediately. We have put a 21-day emergency closure in place on the public footpath nearby as a precaution.

We are working with the landowner to ensure there is no risk to any members of the public and will be visiting the site this afternoon (Friday 22 August) to inspect the area again and will continue to monitor the situation.

– Mike Ogden, Team Leader

Read More: Sinkhole swallows County Durham farmland

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£26m spent in the North East by overseas tourists

Last summer saw the North East’s overseas visitors spending a total of £26 million in the region during the months of July, August and September.

According to VisitBritain, the North East welcomed 66,000 holiday visits during the holidays, an increase of 22% and the highest amount since 2008.

And, the increase in overseas tourists to the North East is growing at a faster rate than those to Scotland, Wales and the North West.

According to the results, the majority of oversea tourists are from Australia, America and Asia. Half of the holiday tourists are aged 16-34 and the big draws to the North East include the live music, football and Harry Potter locations such as Alnwick Castle.

Sarah Stewart, chief executive at NewcastleGateshead Initiative, also says Newcastle's International Airport could have something to do with it:

The fact that Australian visitors feature so highly will, in no small part, be a result of the direct access provided by Emirates and demonstrates the work of Newcastle International Airport and Port of Tyne in establishing profile raising connections with major overseas destinations.

– Sarah Stewart, chief executive at NewcastleGateshead Initiative

Chris Waddle tweets support for Gazza

After Paul Gascoigne has appeared to suffer a relapse in his battle with alcohol, celebrities have tweeted words of support for the Geordie star.

And fellow former professional footballer, Chris Waddle, has joined in posting supportive messages. He recently posted this picture on twitter:

Police identify men killed in Barnard Castle collision

Gordon Nicky Davidson
27-year-old Gordon Nicky Davidson
Grant Benson
21-year-old Grant Benson

Police have identified two men who were killed in a collision near Barnard Castle, Co Durham, in the early hours of Saturday, 16th August.

21-year-old Grant Benson from Bartlemere and 27-year-old Gordon Nicky Davidson from Leekworth Gardens in Middleton-in-Teesdale were killed when the Audi A4 they were travelling in collided with a tree on the road near Barnard Castle at around 3:15am. Both men were declared dead at the scene. No other vehicles were involved.

The family of both men have paid tribute to them. Mr Benson’s family said Grant was a "beautiful, caring and loving person" and Mr Davidson's family said of Nick: "We were all so very proud of him and have been utterly devastated by this."

Sergeant Andy Sutherland from the roads policing unit is asking for anyone who may have seen the car in the time leading up to the collision to get in touch:

I am especially keen to hear from anyone who saw either Grant or Nicky out in Barnard Castle on the Friday night. Collision investigators are continuing to work hard to piece together the events of the night and to establish the cause of collision.

– Sergeant Andy Sutherland
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