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Missing Sunderland man

Robert Hutchinson. Credit: Northumbria Police

A man from Sunderland has now been missing for more than a week.

Robert Hutchinson, 56, was last seen on Monday, June 23 by a family member in the Hendon area.

He was reported missing on Thursday, June 26.

He is described as white, 5ft 9 inches tall, stocky build with grey short hair.

He was last seen wearing knee length shorts and a short sleeved checked shirt.

He has an ear piercing in his left ear.

Northumbria Police officers are carrying out enquiries in order to trace Robert and are asking him, or anyone who know's where he is, to get in contact.

Anyone with information should ring Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 quoting reference 410 260614.


Sunderland stabbing: brothers charged with murder

Police investigating the death of a man who was stabbed in Sunderland have tonight charged two brothers with murder.

A 53 year old man was found with a stab wound to his leg on Purley Road, in the Plains Farm area, three weeks ago.

He later died in hospital.

His name has not been released by the police.

Jack Ryan, 21, and Jess Ryan, 24, formerly of Toronto Road in Sunderland, have been charged with murder.

They are both scheduled to appear before magistrates in Sunderland on Tuesday morning.

Call for heroes to be remembered

Families across Sunderland who have lost loved ones in recent military service are being invited to put forward their names to be inscribed on the city's Memorial Wall. The wall on Burdon Road was built as a tribute to Wearside’s fallen service personelle.

Since the formal dedication of the Memorial Wall on Armistice Day 2012, there has been an annual 'roll call' asking for people to put forward names to be inscribed on the wall. This includes people from Sunderland who have died in recent conflicts such as Afghanistan, Iraq and Northern Ireland.

"The Memorial Wall represents what makes our city so special, the community coming forward to support 'Brothers in Arms' and make this lasting monument possible. "If there are additional names that people would like to see on the wall, now is the time to contact the City Council. " We can then look to have those names inscribed for the Remembrance Weekend in November 2014."

– Cllr Harry Trueman, Deputy Leader, Sunderland City Council

Clegg and Cable open new aerospace plant

Clegg and Cable at aerospace plant on Wearside
Nick Clegg and Vince Cable open aerospace plant on Wearside Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The Deputy Prime Minister and Business Secretary are on Wearside to open a £100 million aerospace factory.

Nick Clegg and Vince Cable met with engineers at Rolls-Royce in Washington, which will make engine parts for aircraft.

It is hoped the new plant will safeguard hundreds of manufacturing jobs.


Elderly woman hit by bike dies from her injuries

The scene of the crash in Houghton Credit: North News

An elderly woman has died in hospital almost a week after she was hit by a high powered motorcycle on Wearside.

The crash happened on South Hetton Road in Houghton-le-Spring at 12.14pm on Tuesday, May 20th.

A pedestrian, a woman in her 70's, was taken to hospital by air ambulance.

Earlier this morning, Tuesday May 27th, she died in hospital.

Police say next of kin are being spoken to and her identity will be released later.

There were two people on the motorbike - the rider and passenger. Both were taken to hospital and released after treatment. Police are continuing to carry out enquiries to establish what happened and are asking any witnesses to contact them.

Man with Halloween mask in hammer threat at shop

At 6.16am this morning, Tuesday May 27, a man wearing a grey hooded top and a Halloween mask entered the Hylton Road News store in Hylton Road and threatened staff with a hammer.

He stole an amount of cash from the till and some cigarettes before making off from the shop.

The staff members were left shaken but unhurt during the incident.

Enquiries are ongoing and police are appealing for anyone who was in Hylton Road on Tuesday morning and who saw anything to contact them.

Extra officers are in the area toady carrying out patrols and speaking to witnesses.

Dare devils show off their skills on Wearside

Some of the country's top extreme motorcyclists and stunt drivers are in the region to take part in a show in Sunderland.

The team has a number of world records to its name and even broke one today (May 22) while practicing the bunny hops over barrels.

Brett Penfold from Sacriston in County Durham smashed the 24 second record by nearly 10 seconds.

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