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North East devolution: back on the agenda?

On the 18th September, people north of the border will decide if Scotland will become an an independent country, or remain part of the UK.

Ten years ago, the North East was preparing to vote in its own referendum, on whether we should establish our own form of regional government.

In the end, the people of our region gave a resounding 'no' to plans for an elected North East assembly.

A decade on, Helen Ford investigates whether there is any appetite for devolution now? Watch her report here:

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47 people from our region have been arrested for suspected paedophilia

Scout leaders, doctors and police officers are amongst those who have been arrested for suspected paedophilia in our region and beyond.

Northumbria Police have now confirmed that they have arrested 19 people in connection with a nationwide operation by the National Crime Agency. This is the force area with the largest number of arrests in our region.

Cleveland Police have arrested 12 people, North Yorkshire have arrested 11, five people have been arrested in Durham.

The operation targeted internet users who accessed child abuse images, but it has already led to charges for serious sexual assault.

More than four hundred children who were in the care, custody or control of the suspects have been safeguarded.

More than 28 people have been arrested for suspected paedophilia

Doctors, teachers and former police officers - from our region - are amongst the 660 suspected paedophiles who have been arrested in the biggest operation of its kind.

The six month long action has been led by The National Crime Agency.

Cleveland Police have arrested 12 people, North Yorkshire have arrested 11, five people have been arrested in Durham and Northumbria Police have arrested 19 people.

The operation targeted internet users who accessed child abuse images, but it has already led to charges for serious sexual assault.

More than four hundred children who were in the care, custody or control of the suspects have been safeguarded.

Mike Ashley bows out of Sports Direct profit-share scheme

Mike Ashley
Credit: PA

Mike Ashley has bowed out of a controversial profit-share scheme which could see 3,000 permanent staff receive a piece of £200m if profits double in 2019.

The scheme recently came under fire from investors groups and the Institute of Directors who were planning to vote against Chairman Keith Hellawell and other board members because they were unhappy with the arrangement.

In a statement on the Sport's Direct website today the company confirms that despite approval from a panel of independent shareholders that he could receive a payout he has - after discussions with the board - decided to refuse his payout.

Keith Hellawell, Non-Executive Chairman of Sports Direct International plc, said:

"The resolution passed by shareholders to implement the 2015 Bonus Share Scheme clearly recognises the success of previous company-wide schemes, and the significant contribution from Mike.

"On behalf of the entire Board, I should like to thank shareholders for the trust and confidence that they have demonstrated towards the team.

"Mike remains fully committed to achieving the scheme's stretch targets. Regarding the allocation of shares, Mike's focus is on ensuring that the scheme aligns all employees to achieve the Company's objectives.

"Following recent unhelpful speculation surrounding his potential allocation, he is determined to ensure that there is the maximum number of shares available for the eligible employees."

Mike Ashley has not received a salary or any bonus since Sports Direct was floated in 2007 when he received £929m.

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Police release new picture of missing woman

Lynda Foulkes, 46, has been missing since July 10 Credit: Northumbria Police

Police have released a new photograph of a missing woman from Newcastle.

Lynda Foulkes, 46, went missing from her home in Bury, Greater Manchester on July 10. It's believed she may be in Northumberland or on North Tyneside.

Anyone who may have seen Lynda is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101.

Search continues for missing woman

Police are continuing to search for Lynda Foulkes, who went missing from her home in Greater Manchester on July 10.

Superintendent Alan Veitch said:

"Lynda grew up in the Gosforth area of Newcastle and although she has since moved away, she still has family living in Newcastle and has strong links to this area.

"She used to visit Wallington Hall when she was a child and we believe she may be in that area now. "We also know that she has links to the Whitley Bay area, in particular St Mary's Lighthouse and used to enjoy sitting on the benches overlooking the sea.

"She loves the outdoors, in particular rural areas and the coast, so we are asking people who are out and about in our area to keep an eye out for Lynda and contact us if they see her, or think they may have seen her.

"She has not been seen since Thursday afternoon and we are become increasingly concerned for her welfare, so we are asking people to contact us immediately if they have any information that would help to locate her.

"We are also appealing for Lynda herself to contact us and let us know she is okay."

– Superintendent Alan Veitch, Northumbria Police
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