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Newborn ducklings at Washington Wetland Centre

Washington Wetland Centre has welcomed a new batch of ducklings this week.

The duckery lets visitors get up close with the newest hatchlings every day during May half term. Children, and curious adults, can touch the ducklings as they're held by the park wardens.

The duckery at Washington celebrated its 20th anniversary last week. Its seen over 1600 birds successfully hatched and reared there since it’s opening in 1996.

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Appeal for missing Washington man

John Bruce

46-year-old John Bruce of Redshank Close, Ayton in Washington was last seen at 10.15pm on Sunday (April 24), when he left home and has not been in contact with family or friends since.

He is described as white, 5 feet 7" tall, slim build, with short grey hair, short beard and moustache and may be wearing thin rimmed glasses. He was wearing a long sleeved blue top, grey Super Dry front zipped jacket and denim jeans.

Police are concerned for Mr Bruce's welfare and are carrying out enquiries.

They are appealing for Mr Bruce to make contact with them, or anyone who recognises him to call police straight away.

Man charged with Washington murder

A man has been charged with the murder of a man who died in April 2015 following an earlier assault in Washington in 2013.

31-year-old Karl Pascoe from Blackfell in Washington has today been charged with the murder of Joseph Leach.

Mr Leach, who was 32, suffered serious injuries following an incident in Woodland Terrace in Washington, on December 2013.

He was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle where he subsequently died on April 2, last year.

Following enquiries Karl Pascoe is due to appear before South Tyneside Magistrates' Court on April 15, charged with murder.

Rolls Royce to invest £30 million in Washington site

Components for jet engines are made at the Washington site Credit: PA

Rolls Royce has announced plans to invest more than thirty million pounds at its site in Washington, Tyne and Wear, where components are made for jet engines.

It means the existing site will be expanded - with a new production line up and running there by 2018. Rolls Royce says this will allow them to finally close its 60-year-old factory in Sunderland, after announcing plans to shut it down in 2009.

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