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Body found in River Ouse identified as missing soldier

Tyler Pearson, 18

North Yorkshire Police have confirmed that the body found in the River Ouse near Skeldergate Bridge yesterday has been identified as missing 18-year-old, Tyler Pearson

The soldier was last seen entering the River Ouse in the early hours of Thursday 3 April 2014.

Julia Mulligan, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, said:

“My heart goes out to Tyler’s family, and I know the police will offer all the help and support the family need at this very difficult time.

“The recent spate of fatalities highlights the importance of staying safe near York’s rivers, particularly when alcohol has been consumed. Last month’s river safety summit concluded that the priority needs to be on prevention as well as response.

"Work is currently underway with groups across York and families of recent river victims to make some short films to highlight the dangers of the river. In the longer term we will devise a sustained and powerful campaign to help prevent more lives being needlessly cut short.

"In addition to this, I am keen to facilitate vulnerability training, so those working in York’s night-time economy know who they can go to and what they can do to help keep vulnerable people safe."

Police identify man recovered from Wear

Police have identified a man who was recovered from the River Wear and later died. He was a 72-year-old man from Durham. There is no suspected third party involvement and reports are being prepared for the coroner.

Police were called to the River Wear in Washington on April 17, following reports of a man in the river.

Officers attended at Bonemill Lane, Fatfield where they found the man.

Police urge missing Newcastle man to contact them

Police are trying to find a man from Newcastle who has been missing for more than two weeks.

Gary Smith, 52, from Wideopen has been missing since March 31.

"It's been more than two weeks since Mr Smith was last seen and ourselves and his family are increasingly concerned for his welfare.

"His family miss him, they want to know he is safe and to have him back at home and they ask him to get in touch with them as soon as possible.

"I'd urge anyone who sees him or has seen him since Monday, march 31, or has information about his whereabouts is asked to contact police."

– Detective Sergeant Nick Walker

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Iconic banner to be revamped

The existing Durham miners' banner. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Could you be the next designer of a community banner to mark the 30th anniversary of the miners' strike?

The Durham Miners' Association, Durham Bannermakers and Unite are asking for your help to revamp the old banner.

There's a meeting today (April 18) at West Cornforth to discuss ideas.

Easter warning to dog owners

Dogs should not be given chocolate Credit: ITV
A warning not to give Easter treats to your dog. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

An animal charity is reminding pet owners not to give their dogs chocolate over Easter, or at any other time, because it can kill them.

The PDSA surveyed thousands of pet owners. In the North East, more than a fifth owned up to feeding their dogs the treat.

County Durham musician in the finals for arena gig

by Rachel Sweeney
Apollo Art Credit: Richard Smedley

An indie-pop musician from Country Durham could have the chance to perform in front of 10,000 people as he prepares for the finals of The Big Audition 2014. Richard Smedley, 25, is a session musician and songwriter. He will be taking part in the talent contest at Newcastle College on May 1.

If he wins, Richard will play Metro Radio Live at the arena in November - a show known for bringing top chart acts to the region. He has described the opportunity as 'the show of a lifetime'.

Richard said, 'For me, nothing beats the feeling of gigging. To be able to play for so many people in a place so close to my heart, would multiply that in a way that is hard to imagine... There's a real buzz in the North East and an incredible amount of musical talent, discovered and undiscovered.'

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