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Jade Jones and Stephen Miller heading for Rio 2016

Middlesbrough's Jade Jones and Gateshead's Stephen Miller are among the athletes selected to compete at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

The British Paralympic Association (BPA) today announced that 41 athletes have been added to the line-up for track and field in Rio as a number of Paralympic, World and European medallists were selected to ParalympicsGB.

Today’s announcement takes the number of selected athletes to 256 from 19 sports.

Man charged after South Shields stabbing

A man has been charged after another man was stabbed in South Shields.

It happened on Westoe Road on July 25.

Police have charged Darren Lockyer, 37, of Newmarket Walk, South Shields, with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear and threatening a person with a firearm in a public place.

He is due to appear before South Tyneside Magistrates Court July 26.

Pedestrian 'hit by Land Rover in Middlesbrough'

Police are appealing for information after a Land Rover Defender hit a pedestrian at the junction of Park Road North and Linthorpe Road (opposite Ayresome Park) in Middlesbrough. It happened on July 23 at 3.30pm.

A 23-year-old woman is being treated at James Cook University Hospital for a broken foot.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on the non-emergency number 101.

Seen the new £5 note yet? Today's your chance

The new polymer £5 note Credit: Bank of England
The new polymer £5 note Credit: Bank of England

Shoppers at the Metrocentre can get their hands on the new polymer £5 note on Tuesday.

Chief cashier of the Bank of England Victoria Cleland - the woman who signs the banknotes - will be at the Gateshead shopping centre between 10am and noon. She will then head to the Edwardian Bank at Beamish Museum.

The new note will be issued on September 13 after which paper £5 notes will be gradually withdrawn from circulation.


Five men bailed after 'sheep rustling attack'

The men have since been released on bail

Five men, who were arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery yesterday evening, have been released on bail. It follows reports a woman was attacked by two men who were trying to steal her flock of sheep. She is said to be in a serious condition in hospital.

The Great North Air Ambulance was called to Crathorne on July 25 after the victim was assaulted with a large piece of wood. She was treated at the scene before being flown to the James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough.

Two charged with attempted robbery at Darlington corner shop

Seema News and off-licence Credit: Google Street View

Police have charged two people in connection with an attempted robbery at a corner shop in Darlington.

A masked gunman burst into Seema News and off-licence on North Road and threatened a shopkeeper on the night of July 23. The offender left empty handed and no-one was injured.

Lee David Roberts, 34, and Lucy Brack, 24, of Eldon Street in Darlington have both been arrested and charged with attempted armed robbery.

The pair will appear before magistrates at Newton Aycliffe this morning.

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