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Man’s body recovered from River Tees

The body of a man has been recovered from the River Tees in Stockton today (Wednesday 23rd July).

Divers were searching for the man who was reported as being in difficulty in the water at around 7.40pm on Monday 21st July.

Police believe he may have died while swimming in the river. They are not treating his death as suspicious.

The body has not yet been formally identified.

Man arrested in Claudia Lawrence case

Missing: Claudia Lawrence has not been seen since 18 March 2009. Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Detectives investigating the disappearance of Claudia Lawrence have this morning (Wednesday 23rd July) arrested a man on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

The 46-year-old man, from the York area, is currently being interviewed in custody. Meanwhile, searches and forensic enquiries are taking place.

Claudia Lawrence was last seen on 18 March 2009. She was 35 years old when she disappeared and working as a chef at the University of York.

Members of the public with information about the case can contact North Yorkshire Police by calling 101.

A £10,000 Crimestoppers reward is still available for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for Claudia Lawrence's disappearance.


Northumberland man makes transatlantic journey in microlight plane

Eddie McCallum at John O'Groats in Scotland before setting off on his epic journey. Credit: Eddie McCallum

A Northumberland man has made a transatlantic journey in a microlight plane.

Eddie McCallum, from Longframlington in Northumerland, landed in a field near his home yesterday evening (Tuesday 22nd July).

The round-trip journey took three weeks and he had to stop to refuel in several locations, including Iceland, Greenland and Canada. Mr McCallum was flying for over 100 hours.

He touched down on American soil near Lake Michigan. Mr McCallum has been flying microlights, which are defined as small, light aircrafts with one or two seats, for 21 years.

The trip, which was in the planning for over a year, raised more than £4,000 for the international, humanitarian charity UNICEF.

Eddie McCallum flew over Iceland on his three-week trip. Credit: Eddie McCallum
The mountains of Greenland, as seen from Eddie McCallum's microlight plane. Credit: Eddie McCallum
The view of Northern Canada from Eddie McCallum's small aircraft. Credit: Eddie McCallum

South Shields student dies on school trip in Tanzania

A student from Harton Technology College in South Shields has died while on a school trip in Tanzania.

The student, who was 18 years old, died yesterday (Tuesday 22nd July). The circumstances of his death are currently unknown.

We are aware of the death of a British national in Tanzania on July 22. We are providing consular assistance at this sad time.”

– Foreign Office spokesperson



MH17: 'Around 60 bodies' expected in first flights

Honour guards carry a coffin of one of the victims at Kharkiv this morning.
Honour guards carry a coffin of one of the victims at Kharkiv this morning. Credit: Reuters

About 60 coffins containing victims of the MH17 disaster are expected in the Netherlands on the first flights from Kharkiv, a Dutch government spokesperson has said.

Two military transport planes, one each from the Netherlands and Australia, are currently flying the bodies to Eindhoven Airport.

There was some confusion about how many of the 282 corpses the rebels said they had found were on the train which arrived yesterday in Kharkiv.

A Dutch official in charge of the international team dealing with the dead said that at least 200 bodies were aboard the train and that more remains could be found once the body bags are examined fully.

Great North Run advice from personal trainers

It's just around the corner, the nerves are kicking in - it's time to ask the experts!

Ahead of the Great North Run on September 7th 2014, we ask personal trainers what you should be doing to prepare for the half marathon.

Rachael Jackson is a personal trainer from County Durham
Rachael Jackson is a personal trainer from County Durham

"Find yourself a training buddy as it is the competitive element which spurs you on - especially on the days when you're not feeling it. Keep it simple and eat clean - you can't go wrong with fresh, whole foods. But do remember to treat yourself once every couple weeks as it'll keep you sane!"

– Rachael Jackson
Graham Irving is a personal trainer specialising in boot camps
Graham Irving is a personal trainer specialising in boot camps

"Keep to your routine, nutrition, clothing and footwear - don't shock your body into change before the big day."

– Graham Irving

GNR excitement as the Tyne Bridge logo goes up

1981 medal
1981 medal Credit: ITV

Ray Scott showed photographers his first Great North Run Medal from 1981 - he had run all of them.

Meanwhile, Beth Bate from the One Millionth Runner Celebrations team has been speaking to the press about what people can expect from the ceremony.

Beth Bate with the press
Credit: ITV
This year the one millionth runner will cross the finish line
This year the one millionth runner will cross the finish line Credit: ITV
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