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Murder charge over Tyneside man's death in the Lake District

Gordon Smith, who was found dead at Windermere Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A man has been charged in connection with the death of Gordon Smith from Newcastle, whose body was found outside a property at Windermere on 1 July.

26 year old Mark Russell of Holly Terrace in Windermere has been charged with murder, and remanded in police custody.

He will appear in court on Monday.

Three other people have been bailed; a 48 year old woman and a 15 year old girl - both from Kent - and a 31 year old from Millom in Cumbria.

Man held after gas leak causes 34 South Shields homes to be evacuated

Thirty-four homes on a street in South Shields were evacuated this evening after police received a report of a gas leak.

It happened just before 6pm this evening, March 3 at an address on Trinity Walk.

The homes were evacuated as a temporary measure while the property was made safe and all residents returned to their homes within two hours.

A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and is in police custody.


Missing Middlesbrough man had planned Carlisle trip

Police are appealing for information to trace a missing 34-year-old man who left his home on Marton Road, Middlesbrough on December 12. He did not return.

Lee Patterson was planning to travel to Carlisle where he has links and police have a sighting of him on a train leaving Middlesbrough at around 7.30am on Friday. As well as Cumbria, Lee also has connections with the Tyneside and Durham areas.

Lee is white, 6’ tall and of large build. He has a fair, clean shaven complexion, blue/green eyes and short dark brown hair. Police say there will be no photograph released.

When Ant & Dec were PJ & Duncan

CBeebies has tweeted a picture of the Byker Grove cast when they were younger. The show first aired 25 years ago today.

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