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Newcastle Eagles clinch third basketball title this season

Newcastle Eagles have claimed their seventh British Basketball League title in 10 years with a 107-97 victory over the Manchester Giants.

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The title is their third piece of silverware this season after winning the BBL Cup and BBL Trophy.

The chance of another grand slam of all four trophies is still on the cards.

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Ministry of Justice: 'No intention to investigate' Northumbria PCC

The Ministry of Justice has confirmed that there "there is no intention to investigate" the Northumbria Police and Crime Commission's decision to award taxpayers' money to a charity she is involved in.

Earlier today, April 16, Vera Baird stood by her decision to pay for the services Victims' First Northumbria, which supports people who've been affected by crime.

My decision to establish a charity in order to deliver the highest quality of victims' services to the public of Northumbria is the right model for our region.

All Ministry of Justice procedures and protocols have been adhered to throughout.

– Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird

The MoJ have also said there will be no investigation into the setting up of the charity.

Reported rape on a ferry travelling from North Shields

Police are appealing for information after a woman was reportedly raped on a ferry travelling from North Shields to Amsterdam.

On Friday, April 10, officers were informed a 23-year-old woman had been raped in a cabin on the ferry between midnight and 3am Saturday, April 4.

It's believed the woman was in the cabin with two men when she was attacked. Specially trained officers are now working with the victim to offer her support.

The woman had been speaking to a group of men on the ferry before the incident and officers are keen for them to get in contact.

Anyone who was on the ferry and has information that could help with police should call Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191.

Fresh review launched 17 years after Donna Keogh's disappearance

The family of a teenager who has been missing for almost 17 years say they are delighted that police are reexamining the case.

Donna Keogh was 17-years-old when she vanished in 1998. She was last seen leaving a house party in Middlesbrough.

Deputy Chief Constable Iain Spittal at Cleveland Police has now apologised to Ms. Keogh's family for the manner the force initially handled "some aspects of the case":

I cannot begin to understand the pain and misery Donna’s disappearance must have caused her family and those close to her...

The case has always remained open and we have made numerous appeals over the years, but I am aware Donna’s family had expressed displeasure and disappointment about the force’s initial handling of some aspects of the case.

I met personally with Donna’s family this week and offered an apology on behalf of Cleveland Police which they have accepted.

Our focus is on finding out what happened to Donna and bringing to justice any person or people who harmed her.”

– Deputy Chief Constable Iain Spittal

Officers will review witness statements and evidence in a bid to answer questions that have remained unanswered for nearly twenty years.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Cleveland Police on 101.

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Shields shooting: 'The way Tipu died has left our world totally shattered'

The family of a man who was killed outside a takeaway in South Shields have asked the public to "take five or ten seconds out of their life to say a little prayer to their God for Tipu".

Mahsum Sultan has said the sudden and violent way that his brother died has left their "world totally shattered".

Speaking at a press conference this morning he said the "devoted father" was the foundation of their family:

32-year-old Tipu Sultan was shot last Tuesday night outside the Herbs and Spices kitchen where he worked.

Northumbria Police have said they still have no clear motive for the killing, but that they have more than 100 officers working on the case.

Shields shooting: 100 officers investigating Sultan murder

Sultan family make Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Northumbria Police say they have 100 officers working on the investigation into the murder of Sultan, one of the biggest investigations they have conducted.

His family have made an appeal to the public for help to find his killer as detectives say they still have no clear motive.

Mr Sultan was shot on Tuesday, April 7, at the back of the Herbs and Spice Kitchen where he worked.

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