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One Direction's Zayn quits tour due to 'stress'

Zayn Malik declared his love for fiancee Perrie Edwards after pictures emerged of him apparently close to another woman. Credit: PA Wire

One Direction star Zayn Malik has quit the boyband's world tour after being "signed off with stress" and is coming home to the UK.

It comes after the singer was forced to defend himself online and declare his love for Little Mix fiancee Perrie Edwards from South Shields after pictures emerged of him apparently close to another woman.

Zayn has been signed off with stress and is flying back to the UK to recuperate.

The band wish him well and will continue with their performances in Manila and Jakarta.

One Direction are due to play gigs in Manila and Jakarta before moving on to play three gigs in South Africa next week.

Melissa Liddle: police release photo

Police have released a picture of a 23-year-old woman found dead in a house in South Shields on Sunday (March 15).

Melissa Liddle was pronounced dead at the scene.

24-year-old Anthony Ross from Oak Avenue in South Shields has appeared in Newcastle Crown Court today (March 19) charged with her murder.

Melissa's family do not wish to make a statement at this time.

Woman found dead in South Shields

Two men have been arrested after a woman was found dead at a house in South Shields.

Police and paramedics went to an address in Oak Avenue just after 8pm on Sunday, March 15, where a woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

  • A 24-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and was placed in police custody.
  • A 48-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and was taken into police custody.

Officers investigating the circumstances surrounding the woman's death and have increased police presence in the area:

Local residents will see an increased police presence in the area as we carry out enquiries into this incident. Officers are also in the area to offer reassurance and anyone concerned can speak to an officer."

– Acting Detective Chief Inspector Andy Fairlamb

Anyone with information is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101.

CCTV images released after South Shields supermarket fraud

Police are trying to trace this man in connection over an alleged fraud at Sainsburys supermarket in South Shields Credit: Northumbria Police

Police have released CCTV images of someone they wish to trace in connection with an alleged case of fraud at a South Tyneside supermarket.

A man entered Sainsburys, on Binchester Street, South Shields between 2pm and 2:10pm on Sunday 8 February and selected two packs of dishwasher tablets. He then took them to the till, claimed he'd already bought them and requested a refund which he received.

Anyone with information about the incident or who recognises the man is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101.

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Man held after gas leak causes 34 South Shields homes to be evacuated

Thirty-four homes on a street in South Shields were evacuated this evening after police received a report of a gas leak.

It happened just before 6pm this evening, March 3 at an address on Trinity Walk.

The homes were evacuated as a temporary measure while the property was made safe and all residents returned to their homes within two hours.

A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and is in police custody.

Historic lifeboat: Were your relatives part of the crew?

A historic Tyne lifeboat - the Henry Frederick Swan - is being restored in South Shields by the North East Maritime Trust.

And the volunteers carrying out the work want to contact anyone whose relatives served on the boat. When the vessel is finished it will go back on the water and relatives of the 77 men who served on her between 1918 and 1947 will be invited to the ceremony.

If you have any information about the former crew you can contact the North East Maritime Trust on 0191 4478814 or email them on contact@nemaritimetrust.co.uk.

For a full report on the restoration click below.

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