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Man suffers head injuries in assault in Hartlepool

Three men have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a 33-year-old man suffered significant head injuries in an assault in Hartlepool.

He was taken to James Cook University Hospital after the assault, which took place on Tankerville Street at 9:15am.

A cordon has been put in place in the street while early investigations continue.

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Drugs smuggler 'weeks from death by firing squad'

A British woman convicted of smuggling drugs onto the Indonesian island of Bali may only be weeks away from facing the firing squad, according to reports.

Lindsay Sandiford, 58, was convicted in December 2012 Credit: PA

Lindsay Sandiford, who is originally from Redcar, was given a death sentence after she was found smuggling cocaine worth £1.6m from Thailand.

A Sunday newspaper quotes her sister, Hilary Parsons, who said Sandiford is due to sign an official warrant formally confirming her death sentence tomorrow (Monday, 26th January). It could mean her death is imminent.

Indonesia's new President, Joko Widodo, is known to have a firm stance on foreign drug smugglers. In the last week, five other foreigners and an Indonesian national have been executed by firing squad.

Boris Johnson meets the Indonesian President Joko Widodo in November 2014 Credit: PA

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Sunderland 0 - 0 Fulham

Sunderland finished their FA Cup tie with ten men after Jack Rodwell received a second yellow card against Fulham at the Stadium of Light with 25 minutes to go.

The game ended nil-nil. They will now face a replay.

Group cut off by tide at Tynemouth

A man, woman and child have been rescued from rocks after becoming cut off by the tide.

A group of six people were spotted on rocks knows as 'Bears Back' between Cullercoats Bay and Tynemouth Long Sands. Three of the group, believed to be teenage girls, waded through 15 metres of water back to the beach. The RNLI Lifeboat rescued the man, woman and child, along with two dogs, from the rocks.

The Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade, which responded to the call on the land, is warning people of the dangers of wading back to shore because of hidden currents. The Brigade recommends if people become cut off by the tide they dial 999 and take advice from the Coastguard.

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