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Body found after fire at bin store in Whitley Bay

Police and fire crews have found a body after a fire at a bin store in Whitley Bay, North Tyneside.

The emergency services were called at about 6:20am on November 21st to the building on Whitley Road. Once fire crews had put out the fire, they discovered a body in the bin store.

Police forensic teams are now examining the scene.

Acting Chief Inspector Andy Fairlamb, from Northumbria Police's Major Crime Team, said: "Enquiries are in their very early stages in relation to this incident.

"I would urge anyone who witnessed anything suspicious in the area to contact us as they may have information to assist with the ongoing enquiries."

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Young footballers visit WW1 graves to commemorate Christmas Day truce

Young footballers from Newcastle United and Sunderland visited the mass First World War graves in Belgium to learn about the lives of soldiers.

They were there to play football against other under-12 Premier League sides in a special commemorative tournament.

The event was inspired by the famous Christmas Day truce, 100 years ago, when rival soldiers put their weapons aside to play football for one day.

Jonny Blair reports from Ypres, Belgium.

NHS strikes over pay

Nurses and hospital workers across the North East have announced plans for further strike action.

Unison members working in the NHS walked out in October after they failed to come to agreement with the Government over a 1% pay increase, which was recommended by an independent pay review body.

They plan to stage another four hour strike on Monday morning.

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