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Police appeal to find missing Newcastle man

Police are appealing for help to locate a missing man from Newcastle.

31-year-old Michael Richard Whinham from Oakfield Gardens was reported missing to police on November 23, however he has not been seen since the beginning of November.

Michael is around 5ft 11ins tall, of thin build and it is not known what clothes he was wearing when he went missing.

Police are urging him to contact officer and let them know he is ok.

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Think Tank: Families will be hit when universal credit introduced

The Treasury's decision to scrap cuts to tax credits means that families will be affected when the planned changeover to universal credits happens, a think tank has warned.

Cross-party think tank Demos "welcomed" the announcement to scrap the unpopular cuts to tax credits but said large portions of the promised savings to the welfare budget now depend on future universal credit figures.

In a statement, Demos said:

The Chancellor’s welcome decision to shelve plans to cut tax credits will protect working families now, at the expense of the Treasury; but over time, the plan is to move from tax credits (and other benefits) to Universal Credit – entitlements we know, from the Summer Budget, will be subject to cuts.

So it is when families make the transition from one system to another that the real savings will be made.

– Demos


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Police chiefs 'delighted' budgets won't be cut

The National Police Chiefs' Council, which represents the UK's chief police officers, says it is 'delighted' following the Chancellor's announcement ruling out any cuts in police budgets in England and Wales.

Thieves use digger in attempt to steal Tesco cash machine

The scene at Tesco in Hartlepool Credit: Edward Potts

A 31-year-old man has been arrested after police disturbed a group attempting to steal a cash machine by using a digger.

The incident happened at Tesco Express on Wiltshire Way in Hartlepool at 2.40 this morning. Nothing was stolen.

Credit: Edward Potts

A suspected stolen digger was abandoned at the scene and the suspects made off in a Landrover, which was also found abandoned on Worsett Lane a short time later.

It is believed that a further vehicle may have been involved as a getaway vehicle. Anyone with any information should contact Cleveland Police on 101.


Huge fire burns at County Durham farm

Sacriston fire Credit: Aaron O'Roarty

A fire at a farm in County Durham has continued to burn this morning more than 12 hours after the fire service was called.

25 firefighters and the County Durham & Darlington Fire & Rescue Service environmental protection unit attended the blaze in Sacristan overnight.

Two large dutch barns full of hay were on fire at a farm on Plawsworth Road.

Sacriston fire Credit: Aaron O'Roarty

North East wakes up to stunning sunrise

It's been a beautiful morning across the region. Our Good Morning Britain presenter Rachel Sweeney captured this sunrise this morning. We'd like to see your snaps. Can you beat this Gateshead photograph? Tweet @ITVTyneTees or email

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