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Tata workers vote to strike

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Staff at Tata Steel in Redcar have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action.

Unions say almost 90% of Tata Steel employees across the country have backed the action, in a row over pensions.

Tata steel bosses say changes to the pension scheme are necessary to make it sustainable.

700 people work for the company on Teesside.

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Major blaze at house in North Yorkshire

Firefighters have been dealing with a blaze at a house in North Yorkshire.

The fire broke out at 2pm this afternoon, 29th May, at North Cowton near Richmond. The problems has been left structurally unsafe.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service say there is currently no confirmation of any casualties.

An investigation into the cause is underway. Crews will be remaining on scene for damping down.

NHS apology over patient who stabbed nephew

Alan Cooper

The medical director of the Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS trust has sincerely apologised for the trust's shortcomings after one of their patients, Alan Cooper, stabbed and killed his 14-year-old nephew.

NHS England released a report into the case today.

Cooper was sentenced to 22 years in prison in 2011 after killing his nephew Jordan in March of that year.

Jordan was attacked at his grandmothers home in 2011

The attack happened at Jordan's grandmother in Washington after a row about a mobile phone.

At the time Cooper was receiving treatment from the Trust. They say they have since made significant changes to the way they provide care.

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Armed robbery on ice cream van on Teesside

Police on Teesside are appealing for information following an armed robbery on an ice cream van.

It happened at 2.30pm on Thursday, 28 May, on Kirkland Walk in Middlesbrough, where the ice cream van was parked.

A man entered the van through the side window.

He threatened the driver with a hammer before stealing cigarettes and cash and making off in the direction of Overdale Road.

The man is described as white, in his teens and around 5ft 8ins tall.

He was wearing a black hooded top with the hood up, grey tracksuit bottoms and a scarf covering his mouth and face.

There was a woman at the ice cream van at the time of the incident who police say may be able to help them with their enquiries.

Man missing in River Tees is named

Police have named a man who is missing in the River Tees as Wadud Abdul from the Westgate Road area of Newcastle.

Mr Abdul, who is a teacher at The Hadrian School in Benwell, was enjoying a family day out at Low Force near to Middleton-in-Teesdale yesterday, his 36th birthday, when he decided to go swimming.

After jumping into the river he appeared to get into difficulty. Emergency services were alerted at 3.30pm and an extensive search operation began.

Durham Constabulary along with the fire and ambulance service and with assistance from Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team are continuing with the search this afternoon.

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