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A man who defecated at Sunderland rail station on three occasions is being hunted by officers.
British Transport Police want to speak to this man over the offences.
The first incident happened on 16 September at 05:40, the second happened on 5 January at a similar time and the third incident happened on 4 July at 08:00.
On the first two occasions the man entered the station and defecated by the south stairs.
On the most recent occasion the man defecated in the south lifts.
After each incident he travelled by Metro towards Newcastle.
Police have released images of two women they would like to speak to after a woman was robbed at a bus stop in South Bank.
A 51-year-old woman was approached by two females who grabbed her purse from her handbag and ran off towards the underpass near Asda.
The incident happened at 15:00 on Friday 16 June in Middlesbrough Road.
Northumbria Police bosses are going after their former legal chief for more than £500,000 after she lost an employment tribunal against them for unfair dismissal.
Denise Aubrey, 56, was sacked from her role as head of legal services for gross misconduct after disclosing confidential information to other members of her team.
In response, she took the force to a tribunal, accusing them of "sex discrimination, disability discrimination, victimisation and harassment".
During the hearing, a series of allegations were made about former members of the force, including details of alleged affairs, claims of a fight at a barbecue and public money being spent on a cover-up.
In a statement today, she said: "I confirm that Northumbria Police has brought a costs application against me.
"In my long experience of working for Northumbria Police, it never made an application for costs following a tribunal claim, so this is unprecedented.
"It is seeking to recover over £577,000, which it knows I cannot pay. My legal costs did not exceed £40,000."
A woman found driving a Peugeot 206 which contained the ashes of six people has been banned from driving.
The bizarre discovery was made after police pulled over Lesley Michelle Wright for a routine check.
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has said the UK will 'leave no stone unturned' in the quest to bring home six British men from an Indian prison.
Nick Dunn from Ashington and Nicholas Simpson from Catterick are two of the "Chennai Six" who were arrested in October 2013 on illegal weapons charges, which were dropped then appealed by the Indian authorites, resulting in the men being convicted and sentenced to five years in jail.
The group were working for a US maritime company providing anti-piracy protection when their ship was detained and weapons found.
Speaking in the Commons, the former Conservative foreign minister, Sir Hugo Swire said it is time Mr Johnson meets the chief minister in the state where the men are being held.
Prime Minister, Theresa May raised the issue with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the recent G20 summit.
The left back sustained the injury on the first day of training in Portugal.
The Under-19 England international made the trip back home this morning for an immediate assessment.
BBC Tees reporter
Ed Stefaniuk's living room floor of his Yarm home is covered in jigsaw pieces, but now his wife wants it gone!
The 32,000-piece jigsaw is that of a New York skyline, which Ed completed just in time for Independence Day.
It took the puzzle enthusiast 143 days to put together, dedicating five hours each day to the task.
Thousands of children have been investigated by police for sending sexually explicit messages, including a five-year-old boy from County Durham.
A Freedom Information request by the BBC to forces in England and Wales found there were 3,639 investigations involving under-17s since 2013.
Teenagers at a youth club in Sunderland have been speaking about the dangers of sexting:
A Middlesbrough man who is paralysed from the neck down is to take on the Great North Run in September.
Daniel Woodhouse, 28, was born with Morquio syndrome, a severe form of dwarfism which prevents his skeleton from growing as fast as his internal organs.
As a teenager he received surgery to relieve the pressure on his body, but complications left him as a quadriplegic.
He is now entirely dependent on a ventilator and requires carers 24 hours a day.
After watching his brother Richard running last year, he is now determined to join the tens of thousands completing the 13-mile route.
Richard and his friend Jon Paul will push Daniel around the course in a custom-made wheelchair.
There were times when we thought Daniel wasn't going to pull through during his recovery, but he is so motivated and he fought his way back to us.
Throughout everything, Daniel's always had that positive attitude on life and I admire his determined commitment to overcome adversity."
The trio are raising money for the British Heart Foundation, a charity which supports their father Anthony, who has been living with congestive heart failure for the last two years.
Police want to trace this woman over a shop theft in Sunderland.
The theft happened at Aldi in Knollside Close on 8 May. Officers only released details today.
The woman or anyone who recognises her is asked to contact Northumbria Police on 101.
If you were near the River Tyne this morning you may have seen some rather large concrete structures making their way out to sea.
It's the next stage of the Blyth offshore wind farm project.
The first turbine foundation left the dry dock in Walker this morning before it was installed 6.5km from the coast.
A new "float and submerge" method is being used for the first time on the wind farm.
Four more concrete foundations are due to make the journey as part of the project, which will generate enough electricity to power 34,000 homes.
This groundbreaking scheme will benefit the North East of England and help the UK to meet its future low carbon electricity needs.
This is the first time that this float and submerge method has been used on a wind farm project."
Looks like there was a nasty crash in Lanchester last night:
Unions have welcomed the sale of two of Tata Steel UK's Hartlepool pipe mills.
Steelworkers union Community hopes this will bring an end to a long period of uncertainty for workers in the area, and look forward to discussing the full details with Liberty Group.
We will be supporting our members through the coming transfer consultations.
Today's news is cause for optimism but now all parties involved, including the Government, need to take necessary steps to ensure a sustainable future for steal in Hartlepool."
This message was echoed by the GMB union, which says the deal brings comfort to members who have fought hard to protect the mills.
We hope the deal can be completed sooner rather than later so our members can get on with what they're good at and that is producing steel.
We have to remember that without steel we just don't have a sound manufacturing base."
The Middlesbrough Labour MP and Shadow Transport Secretary Andy McDonald has praised a deal by Liberty House Group to buy two of Tata Steel's Hartlepool pipe mills.
This rewards the skilled workforce in Hartlepool who are not only showing steelmaking can survive in the UK but that it is still a profitable core industry.
The government must now look to make significant investments to secure the UK as a world leader in the research, development and production of speciality metals and, as I have called for many times, what better place to do that than right here on Teesside."
Sanjeev Gupta, the executive chairman of the group, confirmed the move this morning to acquire two mills from the Hartlepool site.
A multinational firm has signed a deal to buy two pipe mills in Hartlepool, potentially safeguarding hundreds of jobs.
Liberty House Group has a provisional agreement to buy Tata Steel's 42in and 84in mills, which produce heavy-duty steel pipe for the energy, power and construction industries.
Liberty said the deal will protect 140 jobs across the two sites.
Tata Steel also said it will keep its 20in tube mill on the same site, which employs 270 people.
The firm will be investing £1m to increase capacity.
Liberty executive chairman Sanjeev Gupta said: "Hartlepool has world class pipe mills, and a skilled work force, with a long history and recognition worldwide."
Tata chief executive Bimlendra Jha said: "The sale is also an important step towards developing a more sustainable future for the rest of our UK business."
Bradley Lowery's headteacher at Blackhall Colliery Primary says no-one who met him will ever forget his name.
The daughter of a farmer who was kicked in the head by a cow is thanking the charity that saved his life by taking on a challenge.
George Dent, 61, suffered a blow to the head on his farm in Cockfield, County Durham in February 2016.
The incident caused life-threatening blood loss - George had suffered a heart attack the previous month and was already on blood-thinning medication.
The Great North Air Ambulance flew him to James Cook Hospital within 14 minutes.
His daughter Amy Burney is now taking on a bike ride to raise money for the charity.
The 35-year-old will be cycling 20 miles on Sunday from Cockfield to Barnard Castle.
She said: "Without GNAAS dad would have had to travel to hospital by road which is more than 30 miles away and up to an hour’s travelling time.”
The family of Bradley Lowery have urged people who are unable to attend his funeral on Friday to wear football tops in memory of the youngster.
The six-year-old avid Sunderland fan died last week at his Blackhall Colliery home after a brave struggle against the childhood cancer neuroblastoma.
He had a close friendship with Premier League footballer Jermain Defoe, who said Bradley had been his "best friend" and will continue to inspire him.
A statement on the family's Facebook page said: "It has been suggested that if people can't attend Bradley's funeral on Friday that they have a dress down day at work and school and pay £1 towards the Bradley Lowery Foundation.
"If you haven't got a football top you could wear the colours of your favourite team."
Several schools have already suggested pupils and staff take part.
Bradley was a mascot for Sunderland several times last season and found a place in the hearts of thousands of football fans around the world. The youngster was also a mascot for England at Wembley.
His funeral will take place at St Joseph Church, in Blackhall, at 11:15 on Friday.
The family has said the funeral is "open to everyone who would like to come and celebrate Bradley's life and pay their respects to show him how much he was loved".
The actress Felicity Finch, best known for her role on BBC Radio 4's The Archers, has been awarded an honorary doctorate of art from the University of Sunderland.
Felicity has played the role of Ruth for 30 years but also forged a career as a presenter and reporter.
She grew up in Redcar and Eaglescliffe and was already a successful stage actress before joining The Archers in 1987, appearing at the Old Vic in London and Live Theatre Newcastle.
She said: "I'm extremely honoured to receive this award, even more so from the University of Sunderland, which I think of as very much home ground.
"I am very proud to have been brought up in the North East."
You can watch yesterday's episode below:
Sunderland is due to bid a fond farewell to HMS Ocean later.
The Royal Navy's Fleet Flagship arrived on Thursday for a final visit to Wearside, marking the end of a long affiliation between the city and its adopted ship.
The vessel will be replaced by a brand new aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, in March next year.
A five-year-old boy from County Durham is one of thousands of children to be investigated by police for sexting, BBC Newcastle has learned.
A Freedom of Information request to police forces in England and Wales found there were 3,639 investigations involving under-17s since 2013.
The average age of those dealt with was 13 to 14, and in the vast majority of cases no further action was taken.
However, in the Northumbria force area a 10-year-old was cautioned.
Of the 39 police forces in England and Wales, 27 gave figures for the number of under-17s who have been investigated in the last three years for activities.
Greater Manchester Police had the highest - 695 - and Cleveland Police the lowest with one.
The NSPCC has said more needs to be done to raise awareness of the dangers to youngsters.
BBC Look North
A man is fighting for his life in hospital after being found with serious injuries in a field in Northumberland.
Police say he was discovered in Cresswell, north of Lynemouth, at about 09:00 yesterday and taken to hospital.
Officers are on patrol in the area to reassure the community and are appealing for information.
Weather presenter, BBC Look North
It will be a rather cloudy start, with a few showery outbreaks of light rain possible.
Whilst some sunny spells will develop, with most places dry, a few further and heavier showers are possible during the course of the day.
Maximum temperatures are unlikely to top 17C (63F).
Any showers will gradually ease away later in the afternoon, with some clearer spells developing.