A memorial has been created for a popular Teesside MP. Ashok Kumar died in March 2010. Now, as a lasting tribute, a bench has been placed in Stewart Park. Many friends and family attended the unveiling ceremony today, including Dr Kumar's brother Ravi.
The Dean of Newcastle speak to Tim Backshall about the memorial.
A service celebrating the life of PC David Rathband is about to get underway in Newcastle.
The memorial, organised by PC Rathband's family, is being held at St Nicholas Cathedral conducted by the Dean of Newcastle.
The twin brother of PC David Rathband has spoken about the police officer ahead of a memorial service at the weekend. Darren Rathband spent time with his twin in Australia a few weeks ago. He says his brother's death has left a hole in his family's lives.
A memorial service for PC David Rathband is set to take place this weekend.
The police officer, who was shot and blinded by gunman Raoul Moat, was found dead at his home in Blyth, Northumberland last week. He will be mourned at St Nicholas Cathedral in Newcastle.
The ceremony has been organised by the officer’s twin bother, Darren. His family have been invited, along with a host of politicians and senior dignitaries.
Darren Rathband said:
– Darren Rathband, brother of PC David Rathband
“Anyone who has shown any interest in David's life and what he stood for is welcome to come to the service and show their respects.
"It will be a celebration of his life in the North East where he served people as a policeman before we then take him home to be buried with his family."
The service will take place at midday on Saturday.
A memorial service will be held for PC Rathband who died last week. David Rathband was shot and blinded by gunman Raoul Moat. The 44-year-old traffic officer was found hanging at his home in Blyth, Northumberland, on Wednesday evening. The service will be held next week.
Veteran striker Craig Bellamy will lead Wales in Wednesday's Gary Speed Memorial Match against Costa Rica, which could be his final appearance for his country.
The 32-year-old Liverpool forward, who was close to late manager Speed, will be handed the captaincy role after regular skipper Aaron Ramsey was ruled out with an ankle injury.