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.
The family of a teenager who died in the River Wear while trying to save her friend say that nobody is to blame for what happened.
In a message read out to mourners at Tonibeth Purvis' funeral service, they said what happened was a tragic accident and that nobody should live with any guilt.
Hundreds turned out to pay their respects to the 15-year-old from Washington.
Watch the full report from Kenny Toal below.
The funeral of Tonibeth Purvis took place today. See Kenny Toal's full report here:
The funeral of 15-year-old Tonibeth Purvis, who died in the River Wear last week while trying to save her friend Chloe Fowler, has taken place in her hometown of Washington.
In a eulogy delivered by the Rev Canon David Glover, he said:
– Rev Canon David Glover
"One thing that has profoundly moved me in this is that Tonibeth's parents want it made clear that that what happened was just an accident - no one was to blame - no one should live with any guilt about this.
"This was just a tragic accident.
"But if there is any consolation for you it may be in the fact that Tonibeth died trying to help her friend.
"She died a hero but most important she died a friend."
A teenager died a hero but "most importantly" a friend when she tried in vain to save a girl from a fast-flowing river, the rector conducting her funeral said today.
Tonibeth Purvis, 15, from Barmston in Washington, Tyne and Wear, and Chloe Fowler, 14, from Shiney Row, near Sunderland, died after getting into difficulties in the River Wear last Tuesday.
It is thought that Chloe got into the river at Fatfield to cool off during the heatwave and, when she started to struggle in the water, other teenagers went in to help her.
The girls' bodies were found hours after a major rescue attempt was launched by the emergency services.
Family and friends are mourning the loss of Tonibeth Purvis at her funeral in Washington.
The funeral has taken place of 14 year old Chloe Fowler. Friends and family gathered at Sunderland Crematorium.
Chloe died while playing in the River Wear last week. Her friend Tonibeth Purvis also died and her funeral will be tomorrow.
The funeral of Chloe Fowler, who drowned in the River Wear last week, takes place later (1st August). She will be laid to rest at Sunderland Crematorium. The family are welcoming donations to the North East Air Ambulance Service.
The funeral of Chloe Fowler who drowned in the river Wear last week will take place at Sunderland Crematorium at 10.30 today.
14 year old Chloe died last Tuesday as she played with her friends in the river. 15 year old Tonibeth Purvis was also drowned. Yesterday Chloe's friends and family staged a special walk to retrace the steps she should have taken home.