Tonibeth Purvis died trying to save her friend last summer. Her family want to help prevent more deaths.
Police have charged a 45-year-old man after a 20-year-old man was stabbed to death in Washington.
A man from Washington, Tyne and Wear has been arrested after a racist comment was posted on Facebook about a Newcastle United striker.
A County Durham man who was on the run for 15 years is back behind bars tonight. 39-year-old Michael Sheridan fled the country to Ireland after walking out of an open prison in 1999. He had served just three and a half months of an eighteen-month sentence for burglary.
Police on Wearside caught up with him by chance after being called to a domestic incident in Washington. After background checks, police discovered he had been on the run for 15 years. He pleaded guilty to escaping and was jailed for 8 months.
The family of a teenage girl who drowned in the River Wear last year has backed calls for lessons about water safety to be made a priority in schools.
Tonibeth Purvis jumped in to try to help her friend Chloe Fowler, who had got into difficulty near Washington, but both girls drowned.
Tonibeth's grandmother Tracy Gregory said she had the best of intentions, but did not know how to save herself.
Police investigating after a body was found at a recycling plant on Wearside say there was no third party involvement.
The discovered was made at the Impetus plant in Washington on Tuesday (June 24).
A post mortem has been carried out but the results were inconclusive.
Police investigating the suspicious death of a man whose body was found in a recycling plant on an industrial estate in Washington, want to hear from anyone who saw him over the past few days.
The body has not yet been formally identified but police believe it to be John Sumner, 26, from Sunderland.
– Detective Superintendent Roger Ford, of Northumbria Police Major Crime Team,
"An investigation has begun into the circumstances of John Sumner's death, which at this time is being treated as suspicious, and we are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.
"We're keen to build a picture of John's movements over the past few days and would urge anyone who has knows him, or who has any information, to contact us on 101."
Northumbria Police believe a body found in a recycling plant in Washington to be 26-year-old John Sumner, from Lincoln Street in Sunderland. Officers are treating his death as suspicious.
The body has not yet been formally identified. A post mortem examination is currently being carried out establish the cause of death.
Police activity was focusing on a recycling plant in Washington after a body was found. Vans were parked outside Impetus Waste Management at the Pattinson Industrial Estate in Washington.
Officers said a body was found at a "commercial premises" at about 1:30pm on Tuesday, 24th June.
A body has been found in a commercial premises on Wilden Road, Pattinson, Washington. Northumbria Police said they were in the very early stages of investigating the death,
Northumbria Police officers have charged a man with the murder of Bryan Jeffrey Knox, 32, who died in hospital after he was found with neck injuries in Washington.
36-year-old Gary Thomas Mawson, of Washington, will appear before magistrates.
The mother of one of the members of Collabro, who won Britain's Got Talent, said she was jumping up and down so much when the group's victory was announced that she fell down the stairs.
Lorraine Lambert, whose son Jamie is one fifth of the classical group, said she wasn't injured by the fall but is now "black and blue".