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Convicted paedophile Peter Gibson dies in prison

Peter Gibson, a paedophile from Durham who was two years into a thirteen year jail term for convictions including rape, has died.

He was found 'unresponsive' in HMP Frankland on January 8.

Gibson, who lived in Bowburn, County Durham, carried out a campaign of sexual abuse against two girls in the 1990s.

He was sentenced to 13 and a half years in prison in 2013 after pleading guilty to 15 sexual offences against two girls - including four counts of rape.

A Prison Service Spokesperson said "Staff attempted CPR and paramedics were called but he was pronounced dead at 4:41pm. As with all deaths in custody there will be an investigation by the independent Prisons and Probation Ombudsman."


Man dies in Sunderland after false calls

Police have launched an investigation after a man's death in Sunderland.

Officers were called to Toward Road after a report of men with guns inside the address last night.

It was established that the report was false and had come from an address in Wetherby Road - police attended that address and spoke with the caller.

While at the address the caller, a 36-year-old man, became unwell and an ambulance was called to the address.

He was treated at the scene by paramedics and taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital where he died.

Sunderland Royal Hospital Credit: Google Maps

Enquiries are ongoing and will be referred to the IPCC.

Police seek witnesses in Marsden Grotto death

Police investigating the death of a man at Marsden Grotto earlier this month are seeking further witnesses.

The incident happened in the early hours of Sunday morning, July 6, at the cliffs at Marsden, in South Shields.

During the arrest of a man at approximately 12.40am, a passing car stopped at the scene and two men offered their assistance to officers.

Police are now appealing for these two men to come forward and give officers details about what they witnessed as it is believed they may have information which could help with the investigation.

Enquiries into the incident are continuing.

Leazes Court death: Man named

A man who was found dead in Newcastle has been named as 47-year-old MarkThompson.

Enquiries are continuing into the circumstances of his death on Sunday May25.The man was living at Leazes Court when he was found dead there.

A post-mortem has been carried out but the results were inconclusive.A 50-year-old man was arrested in connection with the death but has since been released.

Police are keen to speak to anyone with information in relation to thedeath as investigations continue.


Washington river death

A man has died after being recovered from the River Wear.Police officers and other emergency services attended the scene at Bonemill Lane, Fatfield, in Washington at 12.29pm today (April 17).

A man was pulled from the river and taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Enquiries are at an early stage and officers are working to identify him and to trace his family.

Additional patrols are currently in the area to reassure residents and carry out enquiries.

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