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Lights Out across the North East to remember WW1

People across the UK are being invited to turn out their lights at exactly the same time, 100 years after Britain entered the First World War.

This will happen between 10pm and 11pm on Monday August 4th.

We are being urged to do this either at our homes, or to join others for a public display of commemoration.

Here are the locations of public Lights Out events across the region:

  • Royal British Legion, Newbiggin by the Sea, Northumberland
  • North Tyneside Council headquarters
  • Northumbria House, North Shields
  • Sage Gateshead
  • Royal British Legion, Houghton-le-Spring
  • Durham Cathedral
  • Durham School
  • Clarence Court sheltered housing, Spennymoor
  • Dorman Museum, Middlesbrough
  • Yarm War Memorial
  • Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle
  • North Yorkshire County Council headquarters, Northallerton
  • Composer at Woods, Berwick-upon-Tweed

More details can be found at the official Lights Out website

A window into our history

It has been the jewel in the crown of York Minster for six hundred years and today work began to replace the glass in the Great East Window. The precious panes were removed six years ago as part of a multi-million pound restoration scheme.

As Julie Harrison reports, the delicate task of returning the glass marks an historic milestone in the extraordinary project.

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York burglaries: Police release CCTV images

Police want to trace this man in connection with two burglaries
Police want to trace this man in connection with two burglaries
CCTV image of man police want to trace
CCTV image of man police want to trace

Detectives investigating burglaries in York have released CCTV footage and stills of a man they need to trace.

They happened at separate properties on Monkgate Cloisters at 5.40am and 6.10am on Saturday (26 July).

Although nothing was stolen in either burglary, the man started a fire at the second address, which caused a small amount of damage.

The man was captured on camera in Monkgate Cloisters.

He is described as white, aged in his late 20s, approximately 6ft tall with an athletic build and short dark hair.

He was clean-shaven and has a large tattoo on the left hand side of his neck.

Cost of rented accommodation falls in the North East

Renting property in the North East is cheaper than it was a year ago according to the latest figures, bucking the national trend.

Specialist insurer HomeLet's Rental Index suggests that renting in the North East is now 2.3% cheaper than it was this time last year.

Average rents across the country went up by 6.3% and now stand at £862 per month.

In the North East the figure is £507 per month on average.

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Police pub search finished

It is being reported that the search at a pub in York by detectives investigating the disappearance of Claudia Lawrence has finished.

The Acomb Pub in York
The Acomb Pub in York

A 46-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice and later released on police bail pending further inquiries.

Claudia Lawrence was last seen in March 2009.

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Claudia Lawrence investigation: police outside pub in York

North Yorkshire police
Police in York at the scene. Credit: ITV News
North Yorkshire police
Police outside the pub. Credit: ITV News
North Yorkshire Police
Police are carrying out their investigations at The Acomb pub in York. Credit: ITV News

Officers working on the Claudia Lawrence case are carrying out their investigations at The Acomb pub in York.

This comes after detectives arrested a local man on suspicion of perverting the course of justice earlier today (Wednesday 23rd July).

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Claudia's father hopes arrest is 'vital piece in jigsaw'

The father of Claudia Lawrence hopes today's arrest of a 46-year-old man by police investigating her disappearance "is another vital piece in the jigsaw", his spokesman said.

Peter Lawrence, the father of missing Claudia Lawrence.
Peter Lawrence, the father of missing Claudia Lawrence. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Peter remains very grateful for all the hard work that North Yorkshire Police are continuing to put in to finding Claudia.

It is to be hoped that this is another vital piece in the jigsaw of information that needs to come in to the police: it is much better if people volunteer information than wasting valuable police time in them having to find it out for themselves and then come looking for people.

– Martin Dales, spokesman for Peter Lawrence, Claudia’s father

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Man arrested in Claudia Lawrence case

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Missing: Claudia Lawrence has not been seen since 18 March 2009. Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Detectives investigating the disappearance of Claudia Lawrence have this morning (Wednesday 23rd July) arrested a man on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

The 46-year-old man, from the York area, is currently being interviewed in custody. Meanwhile, searches and forensic enquiries are taking place.

Claudia Lawrence was last seen on 18 March 2009. She was 35 years old when she disappeared and working as a chef at the University of York.

Members of the public with information about the case can contact North Yorkshire Police by calling 101.

A £10,000 Crimestoppers reward is still available for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for Claudia Lawrence's disappearance.

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