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.
The Bishop of Jarrow has carried out a special ceremony to mark the town's of Washington's rich mining past.
A national campaign will be launched next year to warn young people about the dangers of swimming in open water.
Emergency services and local authorities will spread the message in schools and on social media.
It comes after Tonibeth Purvis and Chloe Fowler drowned in the River Wear in June.
A coroner has recorded a verdict of accidental death at an inquest for 2 teenage girls who drowned in the River Wear.
14-year-old Chloe Fowler was playing in the water near Washington when she got into difficulties.
Her 15-year-old friend Tonibeth Purvis tried to save her.
Jonny Blair reports.
Sunderland Area Command Superintendent Alan Veitch said: "What happened on Tuesday, July 23, was a tragic accident and our thoughts and sympathies are with the family and friends of Chloe Fowler and Toni-Beth Purvis.
"The loss of any life is horrendous but the tragic deaths of these two young girls was particularly devastating for everyone involved.
"The circumstances emergency services faced at the scene that evening were extremely dangerous and challenging, with that particular section of the River Wear being fast flowing and filled with hidden hazards.
"Those who helped in the search for the two girls did everything they could to try and save them and I'd like to thank everyone who assisted in the search operation for their brave efforts.
"The role of an emergency service worker - be it police, fire or ambulance - is filled with difficult situations and challenges however the loss of a young person's life is, and will always be, particularly distressing."
Concern is growing for a Washington man who has been missing for two days.
23-year-old Daniel Moir, from the Fatfield area, was last seen at 8:30pm on Tuesday, October 22, when he left home to go for a walk.
Daniel is around 5ft 5ins tall and of slim to medium build.
An inquest into the drowning of two teenage girls in the River Wear has recorded a verdict of accidental death.
Chloe Fowler (14) and Tonibeth Purvis (15) drowned after getting into problems in the river in July.
Chloe experienced problems while swimming, Tonibeth died trying to save her.
The Coroner said "These events were traumatic at the time and remain so today. They touched the families and the communities... Both were overwhelmed by the river and died despite thedetermined efforts of family, friends, and emergency services."
The coroner has recorded a verdict of accidental death caused by drowning in the inquest of two girls who died after falling into the River Wear in Washington.
The inquest into the deaths of two girls who died in the River Wear is due to take place.
Tonibeth Purvis, 15, was reportedly trying to save her friend Chloe Fowler, 14, after she got into difficulty in the river at Washington in July.
Both girls were swept away and their bodies were found by emergency crews.
Police at the time described the incident as "an absolute tragedy".
The inquest into the deaths of two teenagers, who died in the River Wear, is set to continue. 15-year-old Tonibeth Purvis, from Barmston in Washington, and 14-year-old Chloe Fowler, from Shiney Row, died in July.
Police are appealing for help to find a missing man from Washington.
Daniel Moir, 23, was last seen leaving his home in the Fatfield area at 8:30pm on Tuesday. He had gone for a walk but didn't return home and his family are concerned for his welfare.
Officers say Daniel is described as being around 5ft 5ins tall and of slim to medium build. He has medium length brown curly hair and was last seen wearing a black hooded top, with dark jeans and a black T-shirt.
Anyone who has information as to his whereabouts is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101.
A number of people have been injured in a collision involving four cars on the A19 north bound near Washington.
It happened near the junction A1290 at noon today.
Emergency services were called to the scene where a number of people were rescued from their vehicles and taken to hospital.
One car left the main road with another colliding with the central reservation.
Two helicopters and a number of police cars were also at the scene.
The extent of the injuries of those involved in the collision are not yet known and the road is still closed.