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Hearing of three North East men detained in India adjourned

The hearing of three men from this region fighting to get home from India has been adjourned by the country's Supreme Court.

Nick Dunn from Ashington, Paul Towers from York and Nicholas Simpson from Catterick are three of six Britons accused of illegally possessing weapons.

The men, all naval security workers, have always insisted they were carrying weapons on board their ship with the proper licensing for their work protecting vessels from pirate attacks.

Nick Dunn has been held in India since 2013.

The charges were dropped in July 2014, but an attempt by police to have them reinstated has blocked their return to the UK.

It was hoped a hearing in Delhi this morning would clear the way for them to finally come home, but the hearing has now been adjourned until April 22.

'They are desperately missed still': Newcastle University lead tributes to students killed in Borneo

Tributes have been paid to the two Newcastle University medical students who were murdered in Borneo last year.

Neil Dalton and Aidan Brunger, both 22, were stabbed to death in a bar in Kuching in the state of Sarawak.

Neil Dalton (left) and Aidan Brunger (right).

Aidan and Neil's families have welcomed the verdict and Newcastle University Professor Jane Calvert has led tributes to the young men:

Zulkipli Abdullah, 24, has been sentenced to death by a Malaysian court after being convicted of killing the students.


Richmond Castle host final Afghan medal parade

Soldiers from a regiment based at Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire are conducting the final Afghan medal presentation parade in Richmond Castle.

Friends and family of the soldiers have gathered at Richmond Castle to see the ceremony. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees/Claire Montgomery

The medal parade marks the end of Operation Herrick in Helmand province in Afghanistan.

The 46 medals are being presented for service during Op Herrick in May – November 2014.

Investigations after suspected hate crime in takeaway restaurant

CCTV image of man police believe may have information Credit: Northumbria Police

Police are investigating after a man allegedly racially abused staff and threw a chair across the counter at a Southern Fried Chicken restaurant, in Washington.

Officers have released an image of a man they would like to speak to. It's thought he was in the restaurant on Victoria Road at the time of the offence on Tuesday evening and may have information that can help.


Wallsend Boys' Club launches appeal

Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A campaign has been launched to rebuild a youth club which has helped young people for over a hundred years. The Wallsend Boys' Club building was damaged in storms two years ago and had to be demolished.

£1 million is needed to build a new facility for the club. Quarter of a million pounds has already been raised but another £750,000 is needed. The Club is best known for its football team but used to provide other many other activities. It hopes to build a new Youth Club building alongside land where the football team plays.

Roker tunnel and lighthouse a step nearer to letting people in

The grant of £545,000 has been eagerly awaited to allow the complete renovation of the structure. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Plans to restore the historic Roker Lighthouse and tunnel under the Pier, are getting the go ahead after Sunderland Council won a bid for half a million pounds.

The money from the Heritage Lottery Fund will enable the lighthouse and tunnel to be opened to the public. The surface of the pier and lantern house have already undergone restoration.

The tunnel runs the full length of the pier to allow access to the Lighthouse in bad weather. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Richard of York's coffin goes on show

Richard the Third's coffin has been on show to the public today for the first time.

The fifteenth century king, known as Richard of York, spent his boyhood in Middleham Castle in North Yorkshire. He is to be buried in Leicester Cathedral on Thursday after his body was found under a car park in the City. Many still believe his final resting place should have been York Minster.

Watch Derek Proud's report:

Woman assaulted at bus stop in Sunderland

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was assaulted at a bus stop in Sunderland.

The 43-year-old woman was attacked near to the Wheatsheaf Pub on Roker Avenue between 9:45pm and 10pm on March 19. She was taken to hospital after suffering a head injury.

A 31-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the incident and bailed pending further enquiries.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191.

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