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Double murder house up for sale for £390,000

The property on Front Street, Benton is up for sale for £390,000. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A house that was the scene of a double murder has been put up for sale with a price tag of £390,000.

The property on Front Street in Benton is on the market with a local estate agency.

Glen Patterson, 25, was detained indefinitely at Broadmoor Hospital after admitting stabbing his father Ray and grandmother Clara to death at the house in February this year.

County Durham aid worker sets up Ebola hospital in Sierra Leone

Aid worker Paula Sansom has travelled to Sierra Leone. Credit: Family photo

The parents of an aid worker from County Durham, who has joined the effort to stop the spread of Ebola in West Africa, say it's probably the most dangerous mission their daughter has ever undertaken.

Paula Sansom, from Middleton St George, has worked on disaster relief operations across the world.

She had just two days' notice to get to Sierra Leone, to help set up a hospital.

It's different because when she's been out to earthquakes, or tsunamis, floods, that sort of thing, you've know what you're up against.

I should imagine this one's a bit more scary because it's in the air, you don't know who your enemy is.

It's a virus, it's horrific.

– Roger Sansom, Paula's father


Barry Sweeney: Majority of SAFC fans have been great

The father of one of the two Newcastle fans killed on flight MH17 has told ITV News Tyne Tees that he doesn't want the actions of a small minority of Sunderland fans to spoil the relationship his family has with the club.

Liam Sweeney and John Alder died in July when the plane they were travelling on was shot down over Ukraine.

At the time, Newcastle and Sunderland fans put aside their rivalry to unite in grief, with SAFC supporters fundraising thousands of pounds.

A 19-year-old man was arrested over the weekend for mocking the deaths of the Newcastle supporters following Sunderland's 8-0 defeat.

I don't want the actions of a small minority to tarnish the relationship that this family has with the majority of Sunderland fans who have been great to us since Liam's death.

– Barry Sweeney

SAFC first team could refund fans with two days' pay

It would cost Sunderland players less than two days' pay to reimburse supporters who watched the dismal 8-0 defeat at Southampton.

According to A Love Supreme fanzine, it would have cost fans an average of £75 per head. 2,800 fans made the journey so the total expenditure there is £210,000. The average Premier League footballer earns £31,000 a week according to ESPN. Sunderland AFC's first team squad is made up of 26 players and so collectively they, in theory, make £806,000 a week. To pay the fans back the players would have to give up £8,076 each which is less than two days pay.

Mannone says he is urging team-mates to reimburse fans - but should fans receive a refund?

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Masked men in Sunderland aggravated burglary

Police are appealing for information after an aggravated burglary in Sunderland.

Three masked men entered an address at The Retreat just before midnight on October 19. One was armed with a knife.

They threatened the occupants before making off with money, a lap top, mobile phones and an iPad. Nobody was injured.

"Our enquiries into this incident are continuing today. Detectives are following all lines of enquiry to trace those responsible.

"Thankfully no-one was hurt but this was a frightening experience for those involved.

"I'd urge anyone who saw any suspicious activity around the address before or after the burglary to come forward.

"Anyone who may have been offered the stolen items for sale should also contact us.

"We know this will have caused concern among residents in the area. We have officers on patrol to provide reassurance and I'd urge people to speak to them with any worries they may have."

– Detective Sergeant Simon Auty, from Northumbria Police's Major Crime Team


Arrest over plane tragedy tweets after SAFC defeat

A Sunderland fan faced a backlash on Twitter after mocking the Newcastle United supporters who died on Malaysian flight MH17. After Sunderland lost 8-0 at Southampton on Saturday, a Twitter user posted disrespectful tweets, one of which said, ''We might be getting beat 8-0, but at least our fans never got butchered in Ukraine.''

A tweet showing cartoon images of planes and explosions was also posted via the social media website.

Newcastle fans Liam Sweeney and John Alder were travelling to see their team play in New Zealand, when their flight was shot down over Ukraine in July. Newcastle and Sunderland fans put aside their rivalry to unite in a time of grief.

Twitter-users condemned the comments. Anonymous True Fan wrote: ''You do not represent SAFC at all. Shame on you on such comments. Despite the rivalry, mutual respect is given.''

A Northumbria police spokesman said that a 19 year old man was arrested on suspicion of making a malicious communication, and has been bailed pending further inquiries.'

Houghton war memorial damaged

Police are appealing for witnesses after a war memorial was damaged in Houghton.

Police believe the damaged was caused by an air weapon. It happened at the memorial on Easington Lane Access Point on Brick Garth, Easington, between Monday, September 29 - October 12.

The memorial has been damaged where the lettering is

"This is an upsetting crime. For someone to take what appears to be 'pot shots' at a war memorial is a particularly callous act. The damage to the memorial is not just costly to repair, but more than that is the emotional upset of this act.

"We are appealing for witnesses to this incident. We'd like to hear from anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious in the area to contact police. These sorts of crime also affect the wider community, especially as we're now coming up to Remembrance Day, and the focus is once again on those who died serving their country."

– Houghton Neighbourhood Inspector Lisa Musgrove
Houghton war memorial
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