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Letter from Stan Laurel goes on sale in Newcastle

Letter from Stan Laurel of Laurel & Hardy Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A letter from one half of legendary comedy duo Laurel and Hardy that was sent to a family friend goes under the hammer today in Newcastle.

The signed and dated note from Stan Laurel was sent to Margaret Miller in 1960, 70 years after the star went to school with her husband Arthur in Tynemouth when they were both young boys.

The letter, on letterhead paper from Laurel's address in Santa Monica, California, is dated March 24th and thanks Mrs Miller for her belated Christmas card calendar.

Stan Laurel letterhead Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The letter is being sold at Anderson and Garland's Fine Art & Antiques sale by Mrs Miller's daughter, also called Margaret, who is now 88 and lives in Hexham.

The letter was sent from Laurel's address in Santa Monica, California Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

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Charity says racist abuse still widespread

The charity Show Racism the Red Card says it's sadly not surprised at the racist abuse suffered by Sol Campbell.

It works in communities to address the issue among young people and says education is key to changing how people act.

One of the things it's important to recognise is that anybody is capable of exhibiting prejudice. It's something that is almost human nature to people and it's how we deal with that and what we do when we feel that prejudice.

– James Kingett, Show Racism the Red Card

Exclusive: Sol Campbell on racist abuse he experienced in Hexham

Sol Campbell Credit: ITV

Former England footballer Sol Campbell has spoken publicly for the first time about being racially abused in Hexham. In an exclusive interview, the former Arsenal and Newcastle defender told ITV News Tyne Tees about a confrontation with a man who commented on the colour of his skin. The star, who now lives in Northumberland, says he has reported it to the police.

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Sol Campbell claims he was racially abused in Hexham

Former Newcastle United player Sol Campbell has tweeted about being racially abused while walking through a market square in Hexham:

Donald Graham sentenced to 32 years in prison for murdering Janet Brown

Donald Graham was convicted of murdering Janet Brown yesterday by a jury at Newcastle Crown Court. Credit: Northumbria Police
The court heard Janet Brown had simply "disappeared off the face of the earth". Credit: Northumbria Police
It is thought that Donald Graham bought this Ferrari using Janet Brown's money. Credit: Northumbria Police

Donald Graham has been sentenced to life in prison for murdering Janet Brown and he will serve a minimum of 32 years.

This comes after a jury found Donald Graham, from Sparty Lea near Hexham, guilty both of murdering his lover Janet Brown and perverting the course of justice.

The court previously heard that Graham convinced Ms Brown to transfer £300,000 into his account, in the days before she went missing.

The prosecution said Graham went on to befriend Ms Brown's parents, and drain their accounts as well.

He used the money to buy a series of luxury cars and a house for his new lover.

Janet Brown's body was never found, and the court heard she simply “disappeared off the face of the earth”. Police searched the area around Donald Graham's house, in Sparty Lea near Hexham, but failed to find a body.

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