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Police search for relatives of man who died

Police are trying to find any relatives of a man who died at his home in Rochdale.

John Brady, 42, was born in Harrogate and may have relatives in North Yorkshire. There were no suspicious circumstances around his death.

Anyone with information should call Tracy Bunn in the Police Coroner's Officer at Greater Manchester Police on 0161 856 8565 or email

Parents will home-school children if free school closes

Parents outside Durham Free School showed emotion as they said they were 'devastated' by the news that the school will close at Easter.

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said funding will stop after it failed to improve following a highly critical Ofsted report in January.

Defiant parents told ITV News Tyne Tees they would continue to fight the closure, and several said if they failed to do so, they would teach their children at home instead.

Jimmy Savile licked nurse's hand in Gateshead hospital

Savile was accompanied at all times during his visit to Bensham Hospital Credit: PA

Jimmy Savile licked a nurse's hand during a visit to a hospital in Gateshead, but the nurse did not report it to her bosses.

He also kissed the hands of other members of staff and called one ward sister 'Hattie Jaques' (a reference to the actress who starred in the Carry On films), which offended her.

The incidents happened during a charity visit to Bensham Hospital, now part of Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in March 1990.

Savile also met elderly patients, but was accompanied at all times.

Managers at the hospital have been investigating since a box was found in 2013 containing photos of the event.

They said no complaints were made at the time but the three incidents involving staff would be investigated if they happened today.


Man critical after Newcastle crash

A man is in a critical condition in hospital following a two-vehicle crash in Newcastle.

Officers were called to Whickham View, close to the junction of Delaval Road at 7pm pm February 25. A Citroen Picasso and a Honda Civic had collided.

Four people from the vehicles were taken to the the RVI for treatment. A 38-year-old man is in a critical condition. A 34-year-old man, a 57-year-old man and 55-year-old woman are in a stable condition.

A 24-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the crash.

Falcons sign Tonga international Takulua

Sonatane Takulua of Tonga (centre) in action during an International Friendly match at Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester Credit: Scott Heavey/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Newcastle Falcons have announced the signing of Tonga international Sonatane Takulua.

The 24-year-old scrum-half has agreed terms that will see him move to Kingston Park for the remainder of this season and for the 2015/16 campaign.

Takulua has five caps for Tonga and has spent the last two seasons playing for Northland in the ITM Cup in New Zealand.

Relishing the challenge of playing in the Aviva Premiership, Takulua said:

My dream of playing full time rugby is finally coming true. It's been a lot of hard work and sacrifice but I’m delighted to be at Newcastle.

– Sonatane Takulua, Newcastle Falcons
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