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Tributes continue to Durham's Dave Hopper

Friends and colleagues of Durham Miners' Association Secretary, Dave Hopper, have been paying tribute to him following his death.

Mr Hopper died on Saturday. He was a stalwart of left-wing politics and was part of a team that helped revive the popularity of the Durham Miners' Gala.

Long time friend, Ian Lavery, MP for Wansbeck and former President of the National Union of Mineworkers, says he was devastated to hear of his death.

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Watch: Chilcot report findings

Bereaved families from the North East have been digesting the publication of the Chilcot report into the Iraq war, seven years after the inquiry began.

The report runs to more than 6000 pages and delivers a scathing verdict on the justification of the war, with former Prime Minister and Sedgefield MP Tony Blair bearing the brunt of the criticism.

Watch the report from our Correspondent Frances Read:

Missing pensioner has been found

Isaec Powell Credit: Northumbria Police

A pensioner who went missing from his home in Newcastle has been found.

Police issued an appeal after Isaec Powell has not been seen since around 11am on Tuesday, July 5, when he left his home in Gosforth.

He has since been found safe and well.

North Tyneside hit and run

A man's been found with serious injuries, lying at the side of the road in Benton in North Tyneside. It happened at around 5.35 am on Wednesday June 29.

The 24 year old is believed to have been involved in a hit and run.

Northumbria Police believe he was hit by a taxi, which may have been involved in a similar incident on Goathland Avenue in Long Benton earlier that morning.

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