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Washington man charged with murder

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.

Bryan Jeffrey Knox was taken to hospital in Newcastle but later died

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Collabro star's mother fell down stairs after his BGT win

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".

Man dies after 'incident' in Washington

A man who suffered life threatening injuries after an incident in Washington has died.

Police were called to Usworth Hall in the Stephenson estate just before 11am.

The victim was flown to the RVI hospital in Newcastle where he died. His next of kin have been told.

A 36-year-old man, who police believe knew the victim, has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

I'd like to reassure people that a man has been arrested and it's believed the two men are known to each other.

An investigation is underway and I'd urge anyone with information to contact police. Extra patrols are taking place in the area to reassure residents and address any concerns they may have.

– Northumbria Police Chief Superintendent Gordon Milward

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North East singer in Britain's Got Talent victory

A South Tyneside man has succeeded in winning this year's Britain's Got Talent contest as part of the musical theatre group Collabro.

Jamie Lambert, 23, is from Washington and joined the group when it was formed just a month before auditions for the show.

ITV undated handout photo of Collabro. Credit: ITV

Speaking on stage after the win was announced, Lambert offered his thanks and praised the runner up, opera singer Lucy Kay, saying: "For everyone who voted, you're absolutely amazing.

"Judges, thank you so much. And to Lucy as well, she's absolutely incredible.”

The group pick up a £250,000 prize and a slot performing at the Royal Variety Performance in London.

House where bodies found 'owned by nice older couple'

Neighbours have told ITV Tyne Tees that the house in Washington where two bodies were found was owned by a 'nice older couple.'

Police were called at 10.30am today by a carer. A man and woman were pronounced dead at the scene.

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