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Missing Molly's incredible return

A dog missing from Houghton-le-Spring has been reunited with her owner - seven years after she was stolen along with her puppies.

Molly the Jack Russell and her eight newborns were pinched in a night-time raid when thieves smashed the locks on a kennel.

But Molly is now back home with retired mechanic Brian Berry after she was discovered 200 miles away in Leamington Spa, when police received reports of a number of stray dogs.

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100 dog owners take advantage of free microchipping in Gateshead

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Over 100 dog owners have already taken up a free offer to have their pet microchipped after attending a community event in west Gateshead.

The Gateshead Housing Company and Gateshead Council have joined forces with Dogs Trust to organise a series of chipping and health check events for local pooches.

The first event at Winlaton Community Centre attracted owners from around the west of Gateshead, with over 100 dogs having a tracing chip fitted for free.

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I would encourage dog owners who haven’t already got their pet microchipped to come along to any of free events planned across Gateshead.

Getting your dog microchipped will give you peace of mind that should your dog go missing it is far more likely to be returned.

– Neil Bouch, Gateshead Housing Company

Gateshead Council picks up a huge number of stray dogs every year and it’s a constant frustration that we can’t return them to their owners because they have no identification.

We have no choice but to take them to kennels instead which means the owners then have to pay substantial kennel fees to get their dogs back.

Microchipping your dog is a brilliant way of saving on all of that expense and hassle, and it will help ensure that if your dog accidently gets out and is collected our the dog warden, it can be returned to you quickly.

– Councillor John McElroy
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British Airways launch 'Kids Fly Free' from Newcastle to London Heathrow

Free kids flights with an adult ticket from Newcastle to Heathrow Credit: PA

British Airways has started a ‘Kids Fly Free’ scheme from Newcastle Airport to London Heathrow.

The initiative will run until 1 November 2015 - and to qualify an adult must buy an adult flight ticket.

It applies to children aged 11 and under.

Andrew Crawley, British Airways’ chief commercial officer, said: "We know it can be a struggle to keep the kids entertained over the summer holidays and long car journeys can be difficult. So what quicker, easier or cheaper way to see a bit more of the UK, than to jump on a British Airways flight where the kids travel for free?"

Council issues call to oppose closure of Hartlepool law courts

Deputy Chairmen of the Bench of Justices in Hartlepool Billy Guerin (left) and Martin Slimings (right) with Councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher, Leader of Hartlepool Council

Hartlepool councillors have called on the public to oppose the proposed closure of Hartlepool’s Magistrates’ Court and County Court.

Councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher, the Leader of Hartlepool Council, and two members of the Bench of Justices in Hartlepool have joined forces to urge people to express their dissatisfaction by taking part in a Government consultation.

Both the Council and the Justices have already voiced concern that the closure proposals will seriously disadvantage local people.

It is inconceivable that a town the size of Hartlepool should not have its own Magistrates’ Court and County Court. It will be so unfair to people who will be forced to bear the cost of travelling to Middlesbrough if the closures go ahead.

It is vitally important that we fight to retain court services in Hartlepool because once they have gone it will be so hard, if not impossible, to get them back.

– Councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher

The Ministry of Justice plans to move the Hartlepool Courts' business to Teesside Magistrates’ Court and County Court in Middlesbrough.

It argues that many existing courts are under-used and of poor quality; the proposed closures are part of a wider package of measures that will modernise the justice system.

Deputy Chairman Martin Slimings JP predicted that based on the town’s population, the planned closure would save just a few pence per person per year.

How many people attending court will have access to a car and how many will be able to get to Middlesbrough for the required time of 9.40am? There is also the issue of people being able to afford the cost of travelling to and from Teesside.

It is ironic that as the nation marks the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta - which, amongst other things, promised access to swift justice - we are facing this threat to Hartlepool’s courts. There has been a court in Hartlepool since 1587 and I would urge people to voice their opposition to closure by taking part in the consultation.

– Deputy Chairman Martin Slimings JP

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News in brief: Tuesday in the Tyne Tees region

Perrie Edwards: "I'm good, thank you", after split from Zayn Malik

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Former One Direction star Zayn Malik and his Little Mix fiancee Perrie Edwards have reportedly split.

The couple, both aged 22, got engaged in 2013 but never publicly announced a wedding date.

Edwards is said to be "devastated", according to reports in People magazine. In an interview with E! News in Los Angeles overnight, she told a reporter: "I'm good, thank you", before her bandmates helpfully changed the subject.

Rumours of a split began when photos appeared on Instagram, posted by Little Mix band mate Jesy Nelson, showing Edwards without her diamond engagement ring on Monday.

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Boro confirm Tomlin departure to Bournemouth

Middlesbrough forward Lee Tomlin joins Credit: Richard Sellers/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Middlesbrough have confirmed that forward Lee Tomlin has joined Premier League side Bournemouth for an undisclosed fee.

The 26-year-old forward scored 14 goals in 64 league and cup appearances during his 18 months at the Riverside, having joined Boro from Peterborough in January 2014.

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