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Hartlepool & South Shields BHS stores close today

Credit: PA

Two BHS stores are set to close in the region for the last time this weekend.

The store in Hartlepool's Middleton Grange Shopping Centre will close its doors today, as well as the store in South Shields' Waterloo Square.

The two North-East locations are part of 20 national closures happening this weekend, affecting 580 BHS employees.

Councillor Kevin Cranney, Hartlepool Council's chair of Regeneration Services Committee, said:

It is a hugely disappointing to see BHS close and our thoughts are with the staff affected and their families.

As a Council we will help in whatever way we can to help and support staff through this difficult period.

There are a number of ways in which the Council can help whether its support to get back into work, setting up your own business, re-training as well as benefit advice.

– Councillor Kevin Cranney

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Man charged with attempted murder after Darlington restaurant stabbing

Police officer outside Shapla Tandoori Restaurant on Northgate, Darlington Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A man has been charged with attempted murder after two men were stabbed in an Indian restaurant on Thursday evening.

Durham Constabulary said that a 43-year-old man has been charged after the attack at Shapla Tandoori Restaurant in Darlington in County Durham.

A 17-year-old man was taken to Darlington Memorial Hospital with serious abdominal injuries where his current condition is described as serious but stable.

A 39-year-old man was also taken to hospital and treated for injuries to his arm.

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Allardyce 'honoured' by England appointment

Sam Allardyce has been officially named as England manager Credit: Football Association

I am extremely honoured to be appointed England manager especially as it is no secret that this is the role I have always wanted. For me, it is absolutely the best job in English football.

I will do everything I can to help England do well and give our nation the success our fans deserve. Above all, we have to make the people and the whole country proud.

While my main focus will be on the senior team and getting positive results, I want to add my influence to the great work being done across the development teams at St. George’s Park – a facility I have used with my previous clubs.

I know we have talented, committed players and it is time for us to deliver.

– Sam Allardyce, England manager

Dad killed as he rode motorbike home from work

Norman Findley who was killed in a road accident in Crook Credit: Durham Constabulary

A family has paid tribute to a dad-of-four who was killed in a motorcycle crash in County Durham.

Norman Findlay, 55, was riding home from his engineering job on Tyneside, when he was killed on the A689 near Crook.

A tribute from his family, said: “Norman was a loving father to Geoff, Scott, Adam and Amy.

“Former husband of 27 years to Jan, he was also the loving partner of Pauline and a father figure to her daughter and son, Sam and Ross. “His loss is devastating to all who knew him, and life without Norman will never be the same again.”

An inquest on Mr Findlay, from Crook, is expected to open early next week.

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