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Man from Hartlepool reportedly missing in aftermath of Brussels attacks

A man from Hartlepool, thought to have been on the metro system at the time of the Brussels attacks, has been reported missing by friends on social media.

David Dixon, who lives in Brussels but is originally from Hartlepool, was travelling to work on Tuesday morning but did not arrive at his office and has not been in contact with his partner.

Friends on social media have been appealing for information on his whereabouts to contact his partner Charlotte Sutcliffe.

Simon Hartley-Jones, who described himself as a "very good friend" of Mr Dixon, said he was missing and asked his followers to retweet the appeal to find him.

Mr Dixon's Facebook page shows that he studied Economics at Newcastle University and used to work for British Airways.

Man from Hartlepool reportedly missing in aftermath of Brussels metro attack

A man from Hartlepool, thought to have been on the metro system at the time of the Brussels attacks, has been reported missing by friends on social media.

David Dixon, who lives in Brussels but is originally from County Durham, was travelling to work on Tuesday morning but did not arrive at his office and has not been in contact with his partner.

Friends on social media have been appealing for information on his whereabouts to contact his partner Charlotte Sutcliffe.

Simon Hartley-Jones, who described himself as a "very good friend" of Mr Dixon, said he was missing and asked his followers to retweet the appeal to find him.

Mr Dixon's Facebook page shows that he studied Economics at Newcastle University and used to work for British Airways.

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Great North Run goes global

The team behind the Great North Run has announced that this year, every country will be involved. The idea is to make it the Great World Games.

The Great North Run has launched a bid to become the first running event to boast a participant from every country in the world.

The half-marathon, which will be staged for the 36th time on September 11, is already the biggest of its kind in the world, with 57,000 accepted entrants from more than 100,000 applicants.

They're aiming to to recruit at least one runner born in every member state of the United Nations – a total of 193 countries – to take part in the event.

So far, runners from 125 countries have registered, with another 68 required to complete the plan.

Great Run chief executive, Mark Hollinshead, who unveiled the plan at a press conference alongside Great North Run founder Brendan Foster, said:

Last year we had runners from every single postcode in the UK, which makes it Britain’s biggest and favourite run.

By inviting participants from every single country on the planet, it will reassert its credentials as the world’s favourite run.

We’re inviting the people of the United Kingdom to help us find those runners which will make it a spectacular event.

This year, we’ll hopefully celebrate the fact that there’s someone born in every country on the planet in one place, on one day, in the same event which will make it a world first.”

– Mark Hollinshead, Great North Run chief executive

The Great North Run was first staged 35 years ago in 1981 where 12,000 people took part.

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Prince Charles praises 'extraordinary resilience' of Redcar

Prince Charles has paid tribute to the "extraordinary resilience" of the people of Teesside, on a visit to Redcar today.

The Prince of Wales attended a meeting of the SSI Task Force, set up after the closure of the town's steelworks last autumn.

More than 1,000 former SSI and supply chain workers are now in new jobs or full-time training.

Watch Tom Sheldrick's report:

Prince Charles meets his 6-year-old 'mini-me'

Prince Charles meets his 'mini-me' Benjamin Cooper

The Prince of Wales met one of his biggest fans when he was introduced to a boy who insists on dressing just like him.

Six-year-old Benjamin Cooper studied the Royal Family at school and ever since has worn a suit to be just like Charles.

The Prince met Ben and his family as he arrived in Redcar for a visit to hear about the closure of the local steel plant.

He will meet members of the multi-agency SSI Task Force which was set up afterthe announcement last year that the historic Teesside plant was to shut with the loss of almost 2,000 jobs.

Shaking Ben's hand, who was accompanied by his parents, Elaine and Ian, and sister, Eve, the Prince laughed as they explained their son's admiration for him.

I like him because he was the smartest dressed when we studied them at school.

I like to dress smart so I can be like Charles.

– Benjamin Cooper

Mrs Cooper said Ben had been doing it for 18 months now and even dresses smartly for friends' parties.

"The present he asked for was a smart suit so he could be like the Prince," she said.

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