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Have you seen missing Sunderland man?

Carl Rowe. Credit: Northumbria Police

Police say they are concerned for a man who's gone missing, leaving his family mystified.

Carl Rowe, 42, of Eglington Street North in Roker, Sunderland, was last seen by family members around 6.45pm on Sunday night, March 30.

He was reported missing by family members on Monday afternoon, March 31.

Police are concerned for Mr Rowe's welfare and are appealing for the public's help to trace him. He lives alone at his Roker home and anyone who saw him between Sunday night and Monday afternoon, or who has seen him since, is asked to get in touch with police.

Two men convicted of horrific killing

John Hall Credit: Northumbria Police

Two men have been convicted of killing John "Jonty" Hall at a house in County Durham.

Mr Hall was beaten to death last September.

His battered body was then dumped in a ditch.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the 46 year old had sustained such severe injuries that his face was left “flat and without structure”.The dad of two also had his throat cut, was stabbed with a fork and had multiple wounds inflicted to his body, hands, penis and testicles.

Nicholas Rought, 45, of Princess Street, Shiney Row, denied he played any part in the killing. He was convicted of murder after five hours deliberation by a jury.

Stuart Smith, 42, of no fixed address, also denied murder during a two week trial at Newcastle Crown Court.Jurors found him guilty of manslaughter. He was cleared of the murder charge.

Both men will be sentenced tomorrow.

Mystery still surrounds exactly what happened in the dining room where the 46-year-old dad was killed while surrounded by friends.Jurors were told various versions of events by witnesses who were there during the murder.

Paul Tate, of Cambridge Road, Silksworth, was also charged with Mr Hall’s murder but committed suicide while on remand in Holme House Prison, Stockton, on September 27.


Sunderland lose 2-1 away to Liverpool

Something special: Daniel Sturridge's spectacular left-footed strike saw the Black Cats go 2-0 down just inside the second half. Credit: PA

Sunderland faced a tough challenge tonight as they travelled to title-chasing Liverpool.

The Black Cats nearly kept their hosts at bay until half-time but Vito Mannone could not keep out a Steven Gerrard free-kick in the 39th minute.

Liverpool added insult to injury just after the break, they were able to pass it around the Sunderland box until Daniel Sturridge executed a spectacular left-footed strike.

However, the Black Cats were not prepared to let Liverpool have it all their own way: Adam Johnson's corner crept through to the far post to find the head of the unmarked Ki Sung-Yueng.

A nervous 15 minutes followed but it finished 2-1 to Liverpool. You can see more on all the action here.

One Direction support act announced for Sunderland

5 Seconds of Summer to support One Direction

Australian boy band sensation 5 Seconds of Summer will support One Direction on the UK and European leg of their sold-out Where We Are World Tour, including the opening night at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light in May.

5 Seconds of Summer (5SOS) were personally chosen by One Direction and first supported the band on their epic Take Me Home World Tour last year.

They released their debut UK single, She Looks So Perfect, through Capitol Records UK on March 23.

Sunderland University student among missing passengers on MH370

Huan Peen Chan, also known as Jesse, was on board flight MH370 Credit: Joanne Poultney

Friends of a former Sunderland University student who was on board missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 say they are fearing the worst as search and rescue teams look for possible wreckage seen on satellite.

They have described Huan Peen Chan as "one of life's lovely guys".


Missing passenger was "one of life's lovely guys"

A woman walks past a message board for passengers aboard a missing Malaysia Airlines plane, at a shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Credit: AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin

He was "one of life's lovely guys".

That's how a pastor has described a former Sunderland University student who played the organ at a church on Wearside.

Father of two Huan Peen Chan was onboard Malaysian Airlines MH370 when it went missing 15 days ago.

John Cropley was pastor of Sunderland Free Church when Mr Chan, known as Jesse, was a member .

He said: "It's devastating. He was just one of life's lovely guys. He was so gentle, he had a lovely smile and he was so willing.

"He played the organ and piano in church. He was never grumpy, always the same and you could depend on him - just a gentle soul."

His former pastor said members of the church kept in touch after Mr Chan graduated in 1995 and would regularly visit him in Malaysia.

After leaving Sunderland University he returned to Malaysia to marry his wife Janet in Kuala Lumpur and the couple had two sons.

The pastor said: "We cannot imagine how Janet and the boys are feeling."

Mr Chan was one of 26 employees of the same company on board the plane.

University of Sunderland "deeply concerned" to hear of graduate on missing plane

The University of Sunderland has said staff are "deeply concerned" to hear reports that one of its ex-students may have been on board the missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.

“We are deeply concerned to hear reports that one of our graduates, Huan Peen Chan, who studied at the University of Sunderland between 1992 and 1995, may be one of the passengers on board the missing Malaysia Airlines plane. "Although we are not able to confirm these reports at this time, we wish to pass on our thoughts to the family at this difficult time.”

– University of Sunderland spokesman

The Budget: a jobseeker's story

Ahead of the Chancellor's Budget, people from all over the North East have been telling ITV News Tyne Tees how the government could help.

Jon Connolly from Sunderland wants to see more help for jobseekers. He worked as a site manager but was made redundant in January.

Here he is in his own words telling us what life is like for him now:

Have you been in Jon's shoes? How did you cope? And what would you like to see in the Budget? Tell us your thoughts on our Facebook page:

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