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Alan Barnes fundraiser starts new charity to help others

Katie Cutler with Alan Barnes. Credit: ITV News

The woman who's fundraising efforts raised more than £330,000 for Gateshead attack victim Alan Barnes has started a new charity to try to help many more people.

Katie Cutler began her online campaign because she was so shocked about that attack on Alan, a frail disabled pensioner.

The Katie Cutler Foundation was announced today on ITV's This Morning:

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Here's a summary on Monday's headlines in the Tyne Tees region.

Parliament has officially been dissolved after the Prime Minister David Cameron met with the Queen at Buckingham Palace earlier today. The North East now has no MPs. The region's 37 incumbents are now all candidates.

The club's debt remains at £129m in the form of an interest-free loan from owner Mike Ashley.

Two people, both of Slovakian nationality, attended a police station in Newcastle and told police they had been the alleged victims of human trafficking and were being exploited for work.

Kenneth Nessworthy, 57, originally from Whitley Bay, has been jailed for eight months for making and possessing indecent images of children.

Officers found 1,335 videos containing indecent images of children at a property in Cramlington.,

The RNLI is looking for people who are interested in becoming summer lifeguards on the North Yorkshire coast.

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Tyne Tees Weather - Monday

Hawthorn blossom against grey skies Credit: MICHAEL CONNOR

A bright but chilly start with any isolated wintry showers soon dying out.

Clouding over through the day and turning increasingly windy again with outbreaks of rain developing by mid-afternoon, spreading east into the evening.

Feeling chilly with highs at best to 9°C.

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