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Stable owners told to be on guard after two fires in a week

Police in Sunderland are asking stable owners to be on their guard after a stable door was set on fire.

Last night (Wednesday, April 22) a stable door had been set on fire at stables in John Street in Fencehouses. It is believed the fire was started deliberately and the incident is being treated as arson.

On Monday, there was a fire at stables in Coxgreen in Houghton-le-Spring. Enquiries are ongoing to establish the cause of the fire and whether or not it was started deliberately.

At this stage there is nothing to suggest the incidents are linked, however, police are asking stable owners to be vigilant as a precaution.

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Sunderland's Adam Johnson charged with child sex offences

England footballer and Sunderland winger Adam Johnson, arrives to answer bail at Peterlee police station Credit: PA

Sunderland footballer Adam Johnson has been charged with three offences of sexual activity with a child under 16 years old, plus one offence of grooming.

The 27-year-old was initially arrested on Monday, 2nd March, and was charged after he answered his police bail today at Peterlee police station.

He will appear the magistrates court in Peterlee on the morning of Wednesday, May 20.

Weather: A sunny and WARM day

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Temperatures so far

Temperatures have already climbed to over 20C in parts of Northumberland.

With high pressure in control and hardly a cloud in the sky it is a very pleasant day across the north east.

But make the most of it - things will go downhill tomorrow.

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'Arson' attack on stables in Sunderland

Police investigating a fire at a stable block in Houghton-le-Spring believe it was started deliberately.

It happened between 8.15 pm and 9.55 pm on Wednesday, April 22, in John Street, Fencehouses.

The owner of the stable block, who put out the fire before fire crews arrived on the scene, rescued two horses.

The door of the stable was set alight, but no horses were injured.

It comes just a week after five horses died during a blaze at a stable block in Coxgreen Road, New Penshaw. Police have not confirmed if the incidents are linked.

Police are treating the incident as arson.

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

Tipu prayers a statement of community strength

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Prayers have been said in the car park of a community centre on Wearside as hundreds gathered to pay their respects to Tipu Sultan, who was murdered in South Shields.

Syed Khalid Miah Olid, chair of the management committee at the Sunderland Bangladeshi Community Centre, said that prayers are not usually said outside in this way, but they did so to make a statement.

He said they wanted to show community strength, but also to encourage anybody with any information to come forward.

Tipu was killed from single gun shot outside the takeaway where he worked in South Shields on Tuesday, April 7.

Mr Miah Olid said he had been to see Tipu's family. He said his children still have no come to terms with their father's death and still think he is going to come home and take them to the park.

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