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Police cordon around house where body was found

Police have cordoned off an area of Hillfield Street, Gateshead, where a woman's body was found last night.

A police community support officer guards the cordon on Hillfield Street, Bensham

Officers found the body of the 42-year-old woman inside a house on the street in Bensham at about 8:30pm on Friday, 19th December. Her death is being treated as suspicious.

Woman found dead in Gateshead

Police are investigating the suspicious death of a 42-year-old woman, who was found dead in Bensham, Gateshead.

Her body was found at an address in Hillfield Street at 8:30pm on Friday 19th December.

"We are carrying out enquiries into this woman's death and there are extra officers in the Bensham area carrying out enquiries and extra patrols.

"There will continue to be a police presence in the area throughout the day and I'd ask anyone with any concerns to speak with an officer."

– Gateshead Chief Inspector Steve Ammari

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Man suffered serious head injury after falling in street

A 54-year-old man is in a critical condition in hospital after falling in the street in Sunderland.

He was found at the entrance to Darcy Court in Hendon Road at about 5:35pm on Monday, 15th December. He had been dropped off by a taxi and officers believe he fell, suffering a head injury.

He was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

Northumbria Police are appealing for the drivers of a small dark car and a white car that are believed to have been driving past.

11 people arrested in Newcastle on 'Black Eye Friday'

In Newcastle, the last Friday night before Christmas was 'steady' with no major incidents, according to Northumbria Police.

In total, 11 people were arrested: eight on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly, two on suspicion of drink-driving, and one on suspicion of assault.

"As expected, Newcastle was busier than usual, with the majority of people in good spirits and enjoying a night out.

"Extra officers were on patrol and we worked closely with the local authority, licensees and door staff to help ensure people could enjoy a night out and get home safely.

"We would like to thank the public for their support which has helped the evening pass without major incident."

– Supt Bruce Storey, Northumbria Police

Reindeer to arrive in North Shields

A trio of reindeer will be in North Shields later today.

The reindeer, including a baby called Olaf, will be on Bedford Street between 10am and 4pm.

Shoppers will be given the opportunity to feed the animals. The visit follows on from other reindeer appearances in Whitley Bay and Wallsend over the last few weeks.

The event is part of the North Tyneside Winter Festival programme.

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The gravy will be "lumpy" if we lose, says Pardew

Alan Pardew has said the gravy will be "lumpy" if Newcastle are not able to pull off a win in the Tyne-Wear derby on Sunday.

Implying that defeat would ruin his Christmas, the Newcastle manager said: "Particularly around Christmas time when it's goodwill to all men, the gravy's going to be a bit lumpy if we lose."

Meanwhile, Sunderland boss Gus Poyet said victory for the Black Cats would be "fantastic" and "unique".

VIDEO: Police say they are ready for Sunday's derby

Northumbria Police says it is fully prepared ahead of its busiest weekend of the year. More officers than ever before will be on duty at Sunday's Tyne-Wear derby.

The game coincides with the last shopping weekend before Christmas - thousands of people will head to Newcastle city centre for last-minute shopping as well as festive events like pantomimes.

As Kenny Toal reports, police have changed their tactics and they are hoping the season of goodwill extends to both sets of supporters.

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