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Concern over missing Sunderland student

Police are trying to find a Sunderland student who hasn't been seen since last night. Sophie Dalrymple, 20, was in Sunderland with friends but left them around midnight. She has not been seen since and her friends, and police, have been unable to contact her.

Police are becoming concerned for her welfare and are talking to her family and friends. Sophie is from Gretna in Scotland but is currently studying at Sunderland University.

Sophie Dalrymple Credit: Northumbria Police

"Vera" author to be honoured by university

A best-selling author who created the fictional North East detective "Vera", will be presented with an honourary Doctorate of Letters from Sunderland University today.

Ann Cleeves is an immensely successful writer, and the mind behind one of ITV's biggest crime dramas.

Ann Cleeves at the Crime Thriller Awards. Credit: ITV Pictures

Four series of Vera, the ITV adaptation starring Brenda Blethyn, have been broadcast in the UK, and sold worldwide, and a fifth is in preparation.

Brenda Blethyn, and "Vera" co-star David Leon Credit: ITV Productions

Ann Cleeves said:

“I’m a North Easterner by choice, not by birth. It’s easier to write about a place as an outsider. People who live in the region perhaps sometimes take for granted just how beautiful the region is, and how nice people here are.”

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