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Man named after body found in River Tees

The body of a man recovered from the RiverTees in Stockton today (Wednesday 23rd July) has now been identified as 20-year-old David Zikhali.

Divers were searching for him after he was reported as being in difficulty in the water at around 7.40pm on Monday 21st July.

Police believe he may have died while swimming in the river. They are not treating his death as suspicious.

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North East devolution: back on the agenda?

On the 18th September, people north of the border will decide if Scotland will become an an independent country, or remain part of the UK.

Ten years ago, the North East was preparing to vote in its own referendum, on whether we should establish our own form of regional government.

In the end, the people of our region gave a resounding 'no' to plans for an elected North East assembly.

A decade on, Helen Ford investigates whether there is any appetite for devolution now? Watch her report here:

Elderly woman bitten by police dog named locally as Irene Collins

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Police outside Irene Collins house in Middlesbrough

A police handler was in tears after seeing his dog maul a pensioner.

The woman - named locally as Irene Collins - was covered in blood and 'grey with shock' following the attack.

The 73-year-old's screams could be heard by neighbours in Penrith Road, Middlesbrough, as she was attacked when Police entered her garden to search for a suspected drug dealer.

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Man dies in head-on crash with a bus

The accident, involving a red Peugeot 206 and a green Volvo bus, occurred on the A19 at around 6pm last night.

The 45-year-old driver of the Peugeot - from the Middlesbrough area - suffered serious injuries in the collision and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 52-year-old driver of the bus - from Malton, North Yorkshire - had to be freed by firefighters and was taken to Leeds General Infirmary by air ambulance after suffering injuries to his leg.

Three passengers who were travelling on the bus were unharmed.

Traffic Constable Zoe Billings, of North Yorkshire Police’s Major Collision Investigation Team, said: "This collision occurred on a busy stretch of road at a busy time of day and it is possible that a number of people who witnessed the incident have yet to come forward.

"If you did see what happened or saw either the bus or the Peugeot prior to the incident you may have information vital to the investigation and I urge you to get in touch."

Police have not yet named the man who died.

47 people from our region have been arrested for suspected paedophilia

Scout leaders, doctors and police officers are amongst those who have been arrested for suspected paedophilia in our region and beyond.

Northumbria Police have now confirmed that they have arrested 19 people in connection with a nationwide operation by the National Crime Agency. This is the force area with the largest number of arrests in our region.

Cleveland Police have arrested 12 people, North Yorkshire have arrested 11, five people have been arrested in Durham.

The operation targeted internet users who accessed child abuse images, but it has already led to charges for serious sexual assault.

More than four hundred children who were in the care, custody or control of the suspects have been safeguarded.

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