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Funerals of kayakers to take place

From left to right: brothers Darren and Mark Thorpe and their cousin Gavin Bradley

The funerals of three men who died while kayaking in Northumberland will take place later today (May 23).

Darren Thorpe, his younger brother Mark and their cousin Gavin Bradley failed to return home after a day on the water near Hexham on May 11. They were all from South Tyneside.

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Funeral of Mark Denton held in Hartlepool

Four horses pull the hearse at Mark Denton's funeral. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
Boxer Mark Denton's funeral at the Headland Borough Hall, Hartlepool. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
Mark Denton's funeral. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Hundreds of mourners are attending the funeral of an amateur boxer who died at a house party in Hartlepool.

Mark Denton was attacked on New Year's Eve.

The service is being held at The Borough Hall in Hartlepool, where some of his matches took place.

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Funeral workers sacked for cremating wrong body

Two funeral workers have been sacked from Co-operative Funeral care for cremating the wrong body.

The mix-up saw staff place the wrong body in a coffin and send it to Birtley Crematorium in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear.

Grieving friends and family, who thought they were saying their final goodbyes to someone they loved, were actually saying farewell to a complete stranger.

Co-operative Funeralcare have apologised to the family, and sacked the two workers involved. A spokesman said:

A serious breach of our strict procedures occurred and following a thorough investigation two members of staff have been dismissed.

Once the issue came to light, we immediately notified the families concerned and apologised for any distress caused and we have liaised closely with the crematoria. We remain in close contact with the families.

Commons Tributes to PC David Rathband

by Gerry Foley

At the opening of the monthly session of Home Office questions in the Commons, the Home Secretary paid tribute to the late PC David Rathband.

On the day of his official memorial service in Newcastle (which the Police Minister Nick Herbert is attending), Ms May called him a brave and fine police officer. She added that his death was a huge loss to the Northumbria force.

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