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Lee Irving: Two women charged in connection with disabled man's death

Two women have been charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice in connection with the murder of 'vulnerable' man Lee Irving.

Lee Irving was murdered in June. Credit: Family handout

Lee Irving, 24, who was described as having learning difficulties, was found dead on a grassed area in Fawdon, Newcastle, on June 6th.

Julie Mills, 50, of Studdon Walk in Newcastle and Nicole Lawrence, 20, of The Avenue in Fellgate Moore in Morpeth are due to appear at Newcastle Crown Court on August 6th.

28-year-old James Wheatley, of Studdon Walk has previously been charged with murder and Barry Imray, 31, of no fixed abode, has been charged with murder and perverting the course of justice.

A 50-year-old man arrested remains on police bail.

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Around 250 homes in Newcastle still without power

Northern Powergrid have confirmed that 2,281 customers were without power this morning after one of their cables was accidentally damaged by another company.

The majority of homes were restored quickly, but around 250 customers are still without power.

The company said it is working to connect these homes to generators while they carry out repairs to the power cable.

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Plea to save 450 Newcastle pharmaceutical jobs

On the day that GSK announced a big investment that will bring new jobs toDurham and Cumbria, there was a timely reminder from the Newcastle North MP , Catherine McKinnell, that all is not entirely rosy in the pharmaceutical garden.

450 high quality jobs at Sanofi in Fawdon are currently under threat after the company announced its intention to close the plant. Ms McKinnell called on ministers to intervene and set up a full scale task force to try and help the workforce.