Letters penned by Stan Laurel which describe how his 'dear pal' Oliver Hardy lost ten stone in the years before his death are to be sold.Read the full story ›
Mark Allison is preparing for the next leg of his Around the World challenge. With all eyes on him, Mark says it's about teamwork.Read the full story ›
It has been announced Britain will resettle up to 20,000 refugees, but what is your local council's view and response to the current crisis?Read the full story ›
Local politicians have called for the Tees Valley to 'lead the way' in providing refuge for people who have fled Syria.Read the full story ›
Two students from Newcastle have decided to remain in Hungary after arriving into Budapest station two days ago and witnessing first hand the plight of thousands of Syrian refugees. Aidan Panagarry and Ridley Browell from Hexham were on a three week travelling holiday when their train pulled into the station. They were horrified by scenes of refugees struggling without food, water or medical supplies.
The pair decided to remain in the capital and appeal on Facebook for donations to help buy vital supplies. Friends from across Tyneside started pledging money and now the men have spent days buying supplies from local shops and taking it to the many thousands of people desperate for help. Aidan today told ITV Tyne Tees:
There were tents everywhere, people penned in, hardly any water. There was doctors trying to tend people with sores on their feet, things like that. And me and Ridley were in bits, we got to the hostels and just thought 'We've got to back and do something, we've got to help these people'"
Police have launched a murder investigation following the death of a man in Newcastle.
At around 5.45am this morning (Sept 5) officers were called to Park Avenue in Gosforth to reports that a 42-year-old man had been stabbed.
Police and paramedics attended and the victim was taken to hospital for treatment for chest injuries.
He was pronounced dead a short time later.
A police spokesman said the road is currently cordoned off as officers carry out their enquiries while extra patrols will be in the area to reassure concerned members of the public.
"This incident has taken place in a quite residential street and I appreciate residents in the area may be concerned. However, this is an isolated incident and we do not believe that there is any risk to the wider community as the parties involved had both been at a private property prior to the incident. Our officers will be carrying out patrols in the area to offer reassurance to members of the public who are understandably worried that this has happened on their doorstep. We will be in the area to continue to carry out house to house enquiries throughout the course of today and a cordon will remain in place at the scene. I'd urge anyone with concerns to speak to officers. Anyone who thinks they may have information to assist us should also come forward as any information, no matter how small, may be able to help with our enquiries."
The Dean of York has called on the government to welcome more asylum seekers to the country. The Very Reverend Vivienne Faull is backing the national social media campaign #refugeeswelcome. She says although Britain provides considerable help through its overseas aid budget, more should be done to help those in desperate need.
Having seen the terrible suffering being experienced over recent weeks I urge the government to change its stance and commit to welcoming more asylum seekers.
York has a long history of offering sanctuary and I would welcome the chance to convene a meeting so we can respond to this crisis as a city and commit to welcoming some families. As part of this, York Minster offers a refugee family accommodation in one of its vacant properties.
David Cameron says the UK will take in "thousands more" Syrian refugees from camps on Syria's border and provide an extra £100m in aid.Read the full story ›
Two men have been arrested at the Port of Tyne after 20 people were found in a lorry, apparently trying to enter the UK illegally.
Border Force officers arrived at the port yesterday, Tuesday 1st September, after the migrants from Syria and Albania were discovered concealed in the vehicle which had arrived in the UK from Amsterdam.
A 32-year-old from Poland and a 35-year-old man were arrested on suspicion of facilitation of illegal immigration and are currently in custody with further investigations being carried out.
15 of those discovered were returned to the Netherlands by ferry yesterday.
Two adults are currently in immigration detention while their cases are progressed along with two claimed minors who were passed-on to social services for age-assessment.
A Home Office spokesman said:
If someone is found to have no legal right to remain in the UK we will take action to remove them.
Border Force officers work closely with the police and other agencies to tackle the criminal gangs that attempt to smuggle migrants into Britain.
We continue to strengthen border security to stop illegal migrants entering the UK in the first place and use the latest technology including sniffer dogs, heartbeat detectors and carbon dioxide probes to find people hiding in vehicles and freight.
The pilot whose plane crashed on to the A27 today has been named locally as Andy Hill.
The pilot is currently in a critical condition in hospital and is "fighting for his life", police have said.
Eyewitnesses at the scene say they believe he may have tried to divert it away from the busy road after a failed loop-the-loop saw it descend rapidly.
He has not been formally named by police or ambulance services.