SAFC charity rewards children for courses

Some of the thousands of people who take part each year in courses run by the Foundation of Light attended an award ceremony at the stadium.

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Family appeal for missing man to get in touch

Robert Hutchinson. Credit: Northumbria Police

The daughter of Robert Hutchinson, who has been missing from Sunderland for two weeks, has appealed for him to come home. Robert Hutchinson, 56, was last seen on June 23 in Hendon.

He was last seen driving a blue Nissan Micra registration number LT03 0ZJ.

CCTV from the filling station at Asda, in Grangetown, June 23. Credit: Northumbria Police

Daughter of missing Sunderland man urges him to come home

Robert Hutchinson

The daughter of Robert Hutchinson, who has been missing from Sunderland for two weeks, has appealed for him to come home. Robert Hutchinson, 56, was last seen on June 23 in Hendon. He was last seen driving a blue Nissan Micra registration number LT03 0ZJ.

His daughter Paula Hutchinson said:

"We just want him to come home, the family are missing him so much. It's upsetting not knowing where he is and I want to tell him we love him so much. "My son, Dad's only grandson, is starting to ask where he is, they have a special bond and it's so difficult not knowing what to tell him."

CCTV from the filling station at Asda, in Grangetown, June 23

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Picketers dress in Victorian costume in Sunderland

Picketers in Sunderland Credit: ITV
Unison say the Government is 'hanging public sector workers out to dry' Credit: ITV

Picketers at Sunderland Civic Centre are dressed in Victorian costume. They say their members are having to take on several jobs and still need help from food banks. The costume represents a return to the era of the work house.

The picket line Credit: ITV

A washing line with photos of public sector workers pegged to it was strung across the civic centre court yard to represent workers being 'hung out to dry' by the Government.

Picketers at Sunderland Civic Centre dressed in Victorian costume Credit: ITV

"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.”

Ferry fire sparks North Sea rescue - man admits arson

This RAF helicopter footage shows the moment one of the passengers had to be airlifted from a North Sea ferry, after Boden Hughes started a fire.

The King Seaways ship sailing from North Shields to Amsterdam was 25 miles off the Yorkshire coast when the fire started in a cabin.

In total, six people had to be winched to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation.The vessel returned to North Shields.

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