Hundreds of people are at the funeral of a North East paramedic at St Mary's Cathedral in Middlesbrough. Chris Allen, 54, died after a brain haemorrhage whilst on a callout last month.
His colleagues formed a line of honour.
Northumbria and Cleveland Police forces were among 5 in the country - out of 43 - that 'require improvement' in their use of stop-and-search powers.
They have issued this response to the report's findings:
"We accept most of the findings of this report and acknowledge that at the time the inspection took place there were areas for improvement in Northumbria Police.
"It is reassuring to note the positive comments of the HMIC regarding the way our officers engage so positively with our communities, however, we recognise the need to make further improvements in our compliance with the Best use of Stop and Search scheme. We have already taken active steps to ensure we become fully compliant with HMIC recommendations and are now seeking to make further improvements, such as the introduction of a Youth Scrutiny Panel.
"The report highlights the fact that the inspection took place in the spring of 2015, since when a significant amount of change has taken place.
"I am confident that we have made real progress in changing the culture of the organisation to one which welcomes challenge and encourages innovation. I look forward to this year’s inspection as an opportunity for us to show exactly where we are now."
Police are appealing for help to trace missing Kathleen Holdroyd, 67.
Kathleen lives with family in Plawsworth Road in Sacriston and has mental health issues. She left the house in a distressed state on February 10.
Police are concerned for her welfare and are asking anyone with information to call them on 101.
Cloud will quickly increase with a few showers spreading southwards, these wintry over higher ground.
Some brighter spells may return before dusk.
Chilly with light winds. Then sharp frost overnight.
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New contracts could be imposed on junior doctors by the Health Secretary after union leaders rejected his "best and final offer".
The Government's chief negotiator, Sir David Dalton, had warned talks were at "the end of the road" should the British Medical Association not endorse his latest offer by Wednesday afternoon.
Instead the BMA again called on the Health Secretary to accept its own proposed pay model and withdraw his threat to force through changes, even though the Government has refused to "remove that from the table".
A 24-hour strike by medics will end at 8am today.
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