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Three charged with murder after Sunderland death

Three people have been charged with murder in connection with the death of a man in Sunderland on Friday night.

The dead man has been named as 45-year-old David Robert Walsh, of Fuller Road, Hetton, Sunderland. He was found on Canon Cockin Street at around 11.10pm on Friday (November 20).

Police and paramedics attended the scene and the man was taken to hospital but was subsequently pronounced dead.

Dalton James Bennett, 19, of Fuller Road, Charles Maguire Lamont, 40, of Villette Road and Raymond Brown, 36, of Cannon Cockin Street have been charged with Mr Walsh's murder.

All three men will appear at South Tyneside Magistrates' Court on November 24.

Four other people were arrested. Three have been released on bail pending further enquiries and one person has been released no further action.


Concern grows for man missing in York

Rory was last seen late on Thursday evening as he left his hotel to head to a pub with another guest

Police are continuing to search for 29-year-old Rory Johnson who was last seen in York in the early hours of Friday morning.

Officers have been dredging the River Ouse, amid fears he may have fallen into the water, though they maintain that this is one of several lines of enquiry they are pursuing.

Rory, from Skipton, left the bar of the hotel he was staying at in York late on Thursday evening to head to a pub to meet friends. The alarm was raised when he failed to turn up for work on Friday evening.

Rory's mother, who was too upset to speak on camera, gave this short statement: "If he is out there, if there's trouble or a problem, just please get in touch with the family."

Jonny Blair filed this report from York.

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Weather: Temperatures picking up

This weekend gave us a sudden blast of winter with cold winds from the north meaning that temperatures hovered at around freezing.

The Jet Stream has spent the last few days to the south of the UK - allowing the colder air in.

But it is on the move. Through this week the Jet Stream is moving back to the north allowing milder air to move in- picking temperatures back up to average for November.


Police appeal for information after fatal crash in Billingham

The incident happened at the intersection between the A19 and Haverton Hill Road Credit: Google Maps

A 56-year-old man has died after the Renault HGV he was driving left the road and hit crash barriers at the junction between the A19 and Haverton Hill Road.

It is believed he may have experienced medical problems while at the wheel.

The driver was airlifted to James Cook University Hospital where he later died.

Anybody who witnessed the incident is asked to contact Cleveland Police.

Stolen skulls belonged to brothers who both died aged 16

Police were called to the graveyard on Saturday after reports that a grave had been disturbed Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees News

Two skulls taken from a grave in Metal Bridge, County Durham, belonged to two brothers who both died aged 16. The theft is believed to be part of a feud between traveller families, according to police.

The grave belonged to Levi George Price, who died in 2001 and Gareth Price, who died in 2005.

Levi Price was found hanging from a rope in a garden shed by his father, an inquest at the time was told.

His father, Sailus Price, said Levi had seemed "perfectly normal" the previous evening when he had gone out with friends.

The following morning, on February 27 2001, Mr Price, a tree-feller, went to his garden shed and found his son hanging from a nylon rope attached to a girder.

He said: "All I can think of was that he had an argument with his girlfriend the previous evening. There was nothing else troubling him."

South Durham coroner Colin Penna described Levi's death as a "very tragic story" but could not be sure he intended suicide.

Skulls removed from graves in feud among traveller families

Two skulls have been taken from a grave as part of what police believe is a feud among travelling families.

Durham Constabulary officers were called to the cemetery on Bridge Street in Metal Bridge near Ferryhill at around 11.45am on Saturday, November 21st, following a report that a grave had been disturbed and a headstone damaged. It is believed that the damage took place overnight on Friday, November 20.

There has been a police presence at the graveyard since Saturday Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees News

The grave that was damaged belonged to two men who were both aged 16 when they died; Levi George Price, who died in 2001 and Gareth Price, who died in 2005.

Following forensic examinations over the weekend it has been established that the skulls of both bodies have been removed.

Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

This is a sickening incident which has understandably upset many people.

We believe that the damage to the graves is part of an ongoing feud between members of travelling families.

This has taken things too far. It is depraved and goes against the religious and cultural beliefs of decent people.“What I’d like to say to the community is this feud has to stop and we need anyone with information about this incident or the wider feud to contact us.

You can call police, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously, and be assured we will treat any information you pass to us with complete confidentiality.

– Detective Superintendent Adrian Green
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