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A worker at Newcastle City Council accidentally revealed the personal details of 2,743 parents and children involved in adoption, it has emerged.
On 15 June, an employee in the adoption team attached an internal spreadsheet to emails inviting adoptive parents to the council's annual adoption summer party.
The email and attachment were sent to 77 people.
The spreadsheet contained personal details of 2,743 people, including current and former adoptees and parents and social workers who had been involved with the families.
The spreadsheet included personal information such as names, addresses and birthdays of adopted children.
A council statement said it has contacted all the affected people and notified regulators. A helpline has been set up at 0191 211 5562.
I am truly sorry for the distress caused to all those affected.
This breach appears to have been caused by human error and a failure to follow established procedures.
We are conducting a thorough review of our processes to identify what changes we can make to ensure that this never happens again."
Cleveland Police said people could hand in such weapons "without fear of prosecution".
A similar scheme two months ago collected 172 knives and sharp objects
Supt Dave Sutherland said they "could be deadly if they are in the wrong hands".
A man from Whitley Bay has been honoured for his bravery after rescuing a pensioner from a burning building.
Paul Jarvis, 63, entered a house on fire and found the 84-year-old occupant in a "confused and disorientated" state on 16 June.
Paul led the pensioner out of the property to safety and to receive medical treatment for smoke and burns to his left leg.
He also looked after his dog for a time until it was safe for the occupant to return to his home.
Chair of Tyne and Wear Fire Authority, Tom Wright, praised Mr Jarvis saying that he risked his own life to save someone else's.
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Nottingham Forrest striker Britt Assombalonga is undergoing a medical at Middlesbrough, BBC Tees Sport understands
Assombalonga scored 14 goals in 32 appearances for Forrest last season as they avoided relegation from the Championship by goal difference alone.
The deal to bring the 24-year-old to the club is not yet complete.
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A man has been arrested over a murder in Newcastle.
Steven Coulter, 59, was found dead on Thursday at an address in Heaton Hall Road after being stabbed.
Police have now arrested a 45-year-old man on suspicion of murder.
It is believed the victim could have died a number of days before he was found, and so detectives want to speak to anyone who may have seen Steven on the weekend of 8 July.
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Three years after Flight MH17 was shot down by a missile over war-torn Ukraine, nearly 2,000 relatives gathered today to unveil a "living memorial" to their loved ones.
A total of 298 trees have been planted in the shape of a green ribbon, one for each of the victims who died on board the Malaysia Airlines flight en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.
The names of all the 298 passengers and crew killed in the disaster were read out by their emotional families, and the Dutch royals and others laid flowers.
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Scammers claim taxes are owed and the victim will be taken to court, or that police are on their way to arrest them, Cleveland Police said.
They say payment with music vouchers will stop the legal action and can be "very persuasive and forceful".
There have been 43 cases so far this year, compared with 19 in the same period last year, the force said.
The Lynx UK Trust want to introduce six lynx into Kielder Forest but the plans are opposed by sheep farmers.
A Stockton man is being sought by police.
Gary Lee Huggins, 31, is wanted in connection with two assaults and harassment.
Police believe he may be travelling on a green Kawasaki motorbike and also an orange motorbike.
He is thought to be in the local area.
A food bank which says it is "Britain's biggest" was vandalised over the weekend.
The Newcastle West End food bank will be closed today after its windows were smashed, among other damage.
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The Lynx UK Trust wants to introduce six lynx to Kielder Forest on a five-year trial period to be monitored by satellite collars.
The plan is opposed by some residents and sheep farmers who fear the animals would attack livestock.
Natural England will now decide on the plan.
Grainger Market's arcade and barrelled roof will be refurbished "at the earliest opportunity", Newcastle City Council said.
Work is expected to start in January to avoid the Christmas shopping season.
Council cabinet member Ged Bell said repairs to the "architecturally stunning" roof would "help guarantee the safety of all market users".
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He was discovered with what police said were potentially "life-changing" injuries in Cresswell, Northumberland, a week ago today.
The 33-year-old man and a 29-year-old woman from South Shields are due to appear before South East Northumberland magistrates today.
Two others arrested have been released under investigation.
Today will dry and very warm with light breezes. There will be perhaps a little patchy cloud around this morning, mainly towards the high ground, but largely unbroken sunshine developing into the afternoon.