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Brothers jailed for life for George Dagg murder

Two brothers have been jailed for life for the murder of George "Geordie" Dagg.

Jess Ryan, 25, stabbed the 53-year-old father to death outside his home at Plains Farm, Sunderland, in June. He had taken his 22-year-old brother Jack Ryan with him.

Judge Paul Sloan QC said the attack was "cowardly".

Jess Ryan, of Toronto Road, must serve a minimum of 25 years before he can apply for parole.

Jack Ryan, of Toronto Square, must serve a minimum of 21 years.

People in North East spend most at Christmas

North East shoppers expected to spend the most Credit: PA

Shoppers in the North East spend more money at Christmas than anywhere else in the country. British consumers expect to spend over £500 on gifts, socialising and entertaining, with men emerging as the festive big spenders.

Shoppers in the North East will spend, on average, over £600.

The findings are revealed in a poll of more than 2,000 consumers across the UK by financial and technology services company True Potential.

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Family in passport search plea

A family from Sunderland have issued a desperate plea to help find their son's missing passport - just days before they're supposed to go to Disneyland. Anthony Baldridge - and his partner Nichola - plan to take their two children as a Christmas surprise. However, the trip of a lifetime could now be cancelled because Anthony - and six year old Thomas - have not received their new passports. The family, from Ryhope, fear they may have been delivered to the wrong address, by accident.

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