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17-year-old girl missing in Hartlepool

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Police are trying to trace a 17-year-old girl who was last seen at her home in Hartlepool on Friday 31st July.

Kgomotoso Stuart, known as Wendy Stuart, is black, 5’5” tall, of small build and with shoulder length dark red hair. She has dark brown eyes and was least seen wearing a black leather jacket, black t-shirt, white trousers and black trainers. She was carrying a black and orange bag.

Wendy may have travelled to the Leeds or Bradford area, or even as far as London.

Anyone with information should contact Cleveland Police on 101.

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Adam Johnson trial delayed until February

Johnson (right) leaving Durham Crown Court earlier today

Sunderland Footballer Adam Johnson's trial for child sex offences has been delayed until the New Year.

The 28-year-old of Stockton Road, Castle Eden, will now stand trial at Bradford Crown Court on February 10th next year.

Adam Johnson has pleaded not guilty to three counts of sexual activity with a child under 16 years and one of grooming at an earlier hearing.

Bogus workman stole jewellery after conning his way into home

A man in overalls called at an address in Gateshead last week claiming work needed to be done to the the property's radiators.

The man was allowed into the house and when inside he stole jewellery from the occupant.

The man is described as a white, around 30-years-old, clean shaven with a fresh complexion and short brown hair. The man had a distinctive left eye which was off centre and spoke with a polite Geordie accent. He was wearing black overalls.

Northumbria Police are carrying out enquiries into the incident which was reported to them on Sunday, August 2nd, and are appealing for any witnesses or anyone who may have been visited by the man to contact them.

41 lambs stolen in York

41 lambs have been stolen from fields at Monk Stray, Malton Road, in York.

The theft occurred between 6pm Saturday August 1st and midday on Sunday August 2nd.

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Anybody who has any information about the theft or saw anything suspicious is encouraged to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101.

Transfer news: Connor Wickham leaves Sunderland

Crystal Palace have signed striker Connor Wickham on a five-year contract from Sunderland for an undisclosed fee.

The 22-year-old scored 15 goals and played a crucial role in their Premier League survival during the 2013/14 season.

He moved to Wearside in 2011 for a fee of £8 million.

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WATCH: Jeremain Lens' first goal for Sunderland

A stunning 20-yard strike from Jeremain Lens’ has ended Sunderland's pre-season on a high.

The 27-year-old Dutch international guided home the match winner at 74-minutes to give the Black Cats a 1-0 win over Hannover 96 this weekend.

  • Video credit: Hannover 96

Sunderland start their Premier League campaign against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Saturday August 8th. Kick-off is at 3pm.

New cameras mean £60 fines for driving in Newcastle bus lanes

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New enforcement cameras on bus lanes in Newcastle have gone live, meaning those who ignore traffic rules could be handed a £60 fine.

The £80,000 camera system has been installed in four locations in the city.

  • The Tyne Bridge
  • The High Level Bridge
  • Great North Road
  • Brunton Lane Bridge at Newcastle Great Park

Cameras will also shortly be switched at Netherwitton Way at Newcastle Great Park and on the Central Motorway at Cowgate.

This is not about raising money as critics may suggest - but part of a wider package of transport measures to make it easier and quicker to get around Newcastle.

– Councillor Nick KempCabinet member for Neighbourhoods and Regulatory Services

"Lewis is a fighter" says Peterborough speedway boss

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Dave Allitt, boss of the Peterborough speedway team, has wished Newcastle Diamonds rider Lewis Kerr well after an accident that took place while competing left him in a coma.

The crash took place at the East of England Showground last night during the final of the Premier League Fours.

Kerr, from Snettisham in Norfolk, was airlifted to Addenbrookes hospital in Cambridge and put into a medically induced coma.

The thoughts and prayers of everyone connected to Peterborough Speedway – and I’m sure the sport as a whole – are with Lewis.

He is a great guy who I have known since he took his first steps in the sport with the Young Stars at King’s Lynn.

We can only hope for good news in the coming days. Lewis is a fighter and, if anyone can pull through adversity, it is him.

– Dave Allitt
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