Tributes to David Hockney's assistant

A studio assistant to the artist David Hockney has died in hospital after being taken from the painter's East Yorkshire home.

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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.

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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.

Elderly man dies after bus fall

An elderly man has died after being injured during a fall on a bus in Ashington last week.

The X20 bus was travelling between Amble and Newcastle at around 5pm on Thursday March 20 when it stopped at a pedestrian crossing.

The passenger was taken to Wansbeck Hospital, where he died in the early hours of this morning (March 27).

Officers want to speak to any witnesses who have not yet come forward.

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Man's body found on Teesside

Investigations are underway after a man's body was found at a flat on Teesside.

Police were called to a property in Borough Road in Middlesbrough just after two o'clock this afternoon (7 February).

They say it is too early to determine whether the death may be treated as suspicious.

Investigations into cyclist death

Investigations are continuing to try and establish how a cyclist came to be knocked down and killed by a double decker bus.

It happened on Durham Road in Gateshead on Saturday morning. The cyclist, in his thirties, died at the scene. Go North East says it will be carrying out its own investigation.

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