Friends of a former Sunderland University student who was on board missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 say they are fearing the worst as search and rescue teams look for possible wreckage seen on satellite.
They have described Huan Peen Chan as "one of life's lovely guys".
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A gang of North East smugglers, including four family members, have been sentenced today after smuggling £750,000 worth of tobacco.
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North Shields based designer, Dayne Henderson has made outfits for Lady Gaga for her Artrave tour, including her show in Newcastle tomorrow.