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New stamps mark civilian role in First World War

The new set of stamps is being published to mark the events of the the First World Wa Credit: Royal Mail/PA Wire

A new set of stamps is being published to mark the events of the the First World War - including the important role civilians played.

The six stamps mark the Battle of the Somme and the Battle of Jutland, while munitions worker Charlotte Meade is pictured in her overalls.

At least 120 men from the North East perished during the Battle of the Jutland, including the three Malcolm brothers from Stockton-on-Tees.

Charles Malcolm, aged 22, John Robert Malcolm, aged 25, and Joseph Malcolm, aged 29, all died onboard the HMS Queen Mary when it was destroyed.

Minister for First World War commemorations David Evennett said: "The Royal Mail stamps are a poignant tribute to the many lives lost and affected by the First World War.

"The Battle of the Somme and Jutland commemorations are important milestones in the First World War centenary and I hope that these stamps encourage people to remember and learn more about the pivotal events of 1916."

Philip Parker, of Royal Mail, said: "A century ago our armed forces were making the ultimate sacrifice on land and at sea, and non-combatants were making an extraordinary contribution overseas and on the home front. Our stamp issue pays tribute to all."

The stamps are the third set of a five-year commemorative programme.

Tyneside pair found guilty of murdering two-year-old

Liam Fee

A mother and her partner have been convicted of murdering her two-year-old son in Scotland.

Liam Fee was found dead at a house in Fife in March 2014. The toddler had suffered a ruptured heart as a result of severe trauma to his body.

Rachel Trelfa or Fee, 31, and her civil partner Nyomi Fee, 28, originally from the Ryton area of Gateshead, were both convicted of Liam's murder following a seven-week trial at the High Court in Livingston.

Both women were also found guilty of abusing two other boys, including one they had falsely blamed for Liam's death.

Matt Forde, National Head of Service for NSPCC Scotland said:

Liam and the other children in the household were the subject of the most horrific and long-term abuse by a couple who should have loved and nurtured their family, but who instead brutally murdered a child in their care.

Everyone who has followed this case will have been deeply affected by the accounts of neglect, cruelty and violence inflicted on Liam during his short and tragic life. The details of how this couple submitted young children to such abhorrent abuse have rightly shocked the public, yet sadly cases of abuse and neglect are taking place every day in homes across the country damaging the futures of many children.

– Matt Forde, National Head of Service for NSPCC Scotland


Murder charge over Tyneside man's death in the Lake District

Gordon Smith, who was found dead at Windermere Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A man has been charged in connection with the death of Gordon Smith from Newcastle, whose body was found outside a property at Windermere on 1 July.

26 year old Mark Russell of Holly Terrace in Windermere has been charged with murder, and remanded in police custody.

He will appear in court on Monday.

Three other people have been bailed; a 48 year old woman and a 15 year old girl - both from Kent - and a 31 year old from Millom in Cumbria.

Man held after gas leak causes 34 South Shields homes to be evacuated

Thirty-four homes on a street in South Shields were evacuated this evening after police received a report of a gas leak.

It happened just before 6pm this evening, March 3 at an address on Trinity Walk.

The homes were evacuated as a temporary measure while the property was made safe and all residents returned to their homes within two hours.

A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and is in police custody.


Missing Middlesbrough man had planned Carlisle trip

Police are appealing for information to trace a missing 34-year-old man who left his home on Marton Road, Middlesbrough on December 12. He did not return.

Lee Patterson was planning to travel to Carlisle where he has links and police have a sighting of him on a train leaving Middlesbrough at around 7.30am on Friday. As well as Cumbria, Lee also has connections with the Tyneside and Durham areas.

Lee is white, 6’ tall and of large build. He has a fair, clean shaven complexion, blue/green eyes and short dark brown hair. Police say there will be no photograph released.

Byker Grove days will 'always be a special time'

During an interview with ITV News Tyne Tees, Dec said that Byker Grove was a very special time because it was where the Geordie duo met and began their friendship and careers.

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