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Man dies after police called to a house in Houghton-le-Spring

An investigation is underway after a man died after police were called to a house in Sunderland on Monday night.

Police were searching the address on High Street just off Easington Lane in Hougton-le-Spring when the 43-year-old became unwell. Paramedics were called to the address but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has been called in following the incident.

A spokesperson from Northumbria police said:

"Enquiries are ongoing into the incident and due to the contact between officers and the man the matter will be referred to the IPCC, as is procedure in the circumstances."

Veteran reunited with missing medals

Dozens of volunteers with metal detectors have been trying to find a World War Two veteran's medals after he lost them on the way to a memorial service.

93-year-old Donald Nicholson, from Houghton-le-Spring, was a flight engineer in the RAF and saved his comrades' lives after helping to land a burning plane.

As Frances Read reports, it's a story with a happy ending:


Driver in Wearside collision died at the scene

Police have confirmed that a driver involved in a collision on Wearside died at the scene.

He has been named as Adam Brennan, aged 40, from Shaftbury Park in Hetton-le-Hole.

Fatal crash on A690 Credit: Bing

At 7am on September 11, police were called to reports that a vehicle had left the A690 in Newbottle, Houghton, and crashed into a field.

Officers are carrying out enquiries into the collision and appealing for any witnesses. Anyone with any information should contact Northumbria Police on 101.


School leads the way with dementia

A school on Wearside claims to be leading the way towards a Dementia Friendly Society.

Bernard Gilpin School, in Houghton le Spring, is the only one in the North to take part in the Prime Minister's Challenge on Dementia and has now opened it's doors to welcome sufferers in.

It's the only school in the region to invite dementia sufferers and their carers in for specialist activites.

It's converted an old store room into this new space called the living room and will be hosting weekly events for older members of the community and dementia sufferers.

The mayor of Sunderland, Councillor Bob Heron, is also chair of governors of Bernard Gilpin Primary School.

He told our ITV Tyne Tees what they were trying to achieve.

Houghton girls lead the way at top theatre schools

A teenager says she's excited after gaining a place at a prestigious theatre college in London that's produced stars like Julie Andrews and Catherine Zeta Jones.

Natasha Agnew is just 16, and is looking forward to taking her place at Arts Ed with the next generation of theatre greats.

She's not the only performer from Houghton-Le-Spring trying to put the town on the showbiz map.

Maria May Thompson will soon graduate from the world famous Italia Conti school.

Watch Frances Read's report.

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