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Duchess of Cornwall visiting Newcastle

Credit: PA

The Duchess of Cornwall is in Newcastle today to meet staff and visitors at the cancer charity Maggie's, which she has been President of since 2008.

Her Royal Highness will also be visiting the Laing Art Gallery to tour an exhibition of paintings by Jonathan Yeo, including a painting of herself.

HRH Prince Charles visits Sunderland

Prince Charles arriving at National Citizen Service at Bethany City Church Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

His Royal Highness, Prince Charles is in Sunderland today to take part in his Step Up To Serve campaign and to visit Nissan UK’s plant.

The Prince of Wales is joined by boxing champion Amir Khan, who is a fellow panel member for a 'Dragon's Den' style funding pitch from the graduates of Step Up To Serve.

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Step Up To Serve is a campaign launched by the Prince of Wales to encourage more young people to get involved with helping others.

Amir Khan joins Prince Charles in Sunderland

Amir Khan at a community centre in Sunderland today Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Boxer Amir Khan is in Sunderland today to join Prince Charles seeing graduates take part in a 'Dragon's Den' style funding pitch.

His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales will also visit Nissan's Sunderland plant with the Mayor of Sunderland to learn about the production of electric cars at the plant.

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Northumbria officer recognised in New Year Honours

Richie Miles awarded British Empire Medal Credit: Northumbria Police

A Northumbria Police officer has been recognised for his services to the community on the New Year's Honours List.

Richie Miles, a retired sergeant who is now working with the force as a community engagement officer for South Tyneside, has been awarded a British Empire Medal.

The 54-year-old retired after 30-years as a police officer, 14 of which were spent with the Met Police. His final role saw him patrol the Whiteleas and Biddick Hall estates as a neighbourhood sergeant.

After his retirement Richie returned to the force in his new role working with vulnerable and hard to reach groups in the borough, engaging with them to provide a link to policing services.

He said: "It's an absolute honour to receive the award and to be recognised in this way.

"It came as a complete shock and surprise but I'm absolutely delighted.

"It follows years of working alongside and helping many people in my different roles who it's been a privilege to have met. I hope to meet many more in the years to come."

Chief Superintendent Ian Dawes, South Tyneside Area Commander, added: "This is a thoroughly well deserved honour for Richie.

"I'm delighted he has received this prestigious award for his professionalism and dedicated service to local communities across South Tyneside."

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