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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.

Liverpool set to accept Sunderland's Borini bid

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It's understood that Sunderland have had a bid accepted for the Liverpool striker Fabio Borini.

The Italy international has already spent one season on loan with the Black Cats two years ago. He became a big hit with Sunderland fans as the club reached the League Cup final.

Borini returned to Liverpool, but he's now believed to be on the verge of a switch back to Wearside in a reported ten million pound deal.

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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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Mortar device found in stream destroyed safely

Mortar in the beck Credit: ITV News

A mortar device found in a beck in Middlesbrough has been destroyed in a controlled explosion.

Explosives experts attended the scene and viewed the item, which was submerged in a beck behind Valley Road.

It was found by a member of the public and Cleveland Police have thanked local people for their co-operation while this incident was taking place.

Crowds expected for Newcastle Mela

15,000 people are expected in Newcastle's Exhibition Park for the annual Mela.

The festival is based around a variety of South Asian cultures and has become an established date on the Tyneside calendar. It includes music, dance, stalls and food.

The Mela is taking place between 12 noon and 7:30pm.

Last year's Mela Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Show celebrates Northumberland's flocks

Glendale Show is held for the 123rd time Credit: Glendale Show

One of the region's best known agricultural shows takes place today, with an emphasis on sheep farming.

Glendale Show is being held near Wooler, under the theme the Year of the Sheep. Organisers say despite challenges in the farming industry, show entries are full to capacity.

In keeping with the sheep theme, farmers have been invited to enter entire flocks in the contest.

This is the 123rd Glendale Show and is expected to attract 15,000 people.

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