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  1. Tributes paid after Freddy Shepherd death
  2. Bungling driver's Guess Who? attempt
  3. Father believes baby was stolen in Spain
  4. Brighton forward charged over Yedlin incident
  5. Updates on Tuesday 26 September 2017

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  2. Durham tobacco smugglers jailed

    BBC Newcastle

    The Durham ringleaders of a tobacco smuggling gang who hid illicit cigarettes in lighting units and laptop adaptors in an attempt to smuggle them into the UK through the post have been jailed for at least three years.

    Guo Shan Zhang, 34 and 31-year-old Shan Jing Su led the nine-strong gang in smuggling tobacco products from China, Singapore and Hong Kong.

    HM Revenue and Customs uncovered the fraud after parcels containing more than 1.88 million cigarettes and 100kg of other tobacco (worth an excise duty loss of around £470,000) were stopped as they entered the UK.

    Image of cigarettes found
  3. Wearside firm fined for breaking environmental laws

    BBC Newcastle

    A Sunderland firm has been ordered to pay nearly £15,000 after breaking environmental laws which contributed to the illegal dumping of 585 tonnes of waste.

    Hendon-based Thompson Waste Limited paid a local man below market rates to remove materials from its site without checking whether it was being taken to a permitted destination.

    It was dumped at a disused warehouse in Pallion costing the landlords of that site over £100,000 to dispose of it lawfully.

  4. Police discover £20,000 worth of drugs in Norton

    BBC Tees

    Police on Teesside have recovered drugs thought to be worth more than £20,000.

    The suspected cocaine was recovered yesterday afternoon after police searched an address in Norton.

    Seven men, aged between 20 and 41, and a 22-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of drugs offences and are in police custody.

    Police are continuing with their enquiries and are appealing for anyone with any information to contact them.

  5. Newcastle United pay tribute to Freddy Shepherd

    Newcastle United have issued a tribute following the death of former chairman Freddy Shepherd at the age of 75.

    Quote Message: During his time at the club, as both a director and chairman, he had a big part to play in the club's modern-day history and was a driving force in the redevelopment of our stadium and expanding its capacity to more than 52,000. He had a huge passion not just for the club, but for the city and region it represents." from Lee Charnley Newcastle United managing director
    Lee CharnleyNewcastle United managing director

    The club flag at St James' Park is flying at half mast as a mark of respect.

  6. Police release details about missing Durham man

    Police have released more details about an elderly Durham man with dementia who's gone missing.

    John Everatt, who's 70 and from Shincliffe, was last seen at noon yesterday on North Road in Durham City.

    Officers now say they believe he's wearing a brown thigh length coat over the top of a green fleece jacket.

    It's thought he's been using local buses.

    Image of John Everatt
  7. Appeal to find owner of stolen scooter

    Police are appealing to trace the owner of a stolen scooter which was recovered this morning.

    The blue and white Sinnis Shuttle is believed to have been stolen from the Elton area.

    Image of scooter
  8. Lottery winner comes forward to claim money

    Sunderland's £1m lottery winner has now come forward to claim the money.

    The winner was found after National Lottery organisers put out an appeal.

    The fortune was won in the Lotto Millionaire Raffle prize from the Lotto draw on 6 September.

  9. Council probe to start into Hartlepool hospital maternity and theatre use

    Hartlepool Mail


    A council investigation into surgery at Hartlepool’s hospital and the quality of local maternity services is about to get under way.

    The study will call experts as councillors look into whether the University Hospital of Hartlepool could be used to carry out more planned surgery.

  10. Top golfers in the North East

    The British Masters is taking place at Close House golf course just outside Newcastle.

    Some of the stars have been seen in action.

    Here's Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez during a practice round ahead ahead tournament:

    Spain"s Miguel Angel Jimenez during a practice round ahead ahead of the British Masters at Close House Golf Club

    Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy stretches during a practice round:

    Northern Ireland"s Rory McIlroy stretches during a practice round ahead of the British Masters at Close House Golf Club, Newcastle.
  11. Leader of Newcastle Council says Shepherd created employment opportunities in the city

    The leader of Newcastle City Council, Nick Forbes, has been paying tribute to former football chairman Freddy Shepherd.

    Quote Message: Freddy was an extraordinarily successful self-made millionaire who never forgot his roots in the east end of the city. Along with his brother Bruce he worked tirelessly to create jobs on the North Bank of the Tyne, bringing industries and skills back to life. " from Cllr Nick Forbes Leader of Newcastle City Council
    Cllr Nick ForbesLeader of Newcastle City Council
  12. Durham parking charges to rise

    From Monday parking charges in Durham city will be going up on some streets and car parks.

    Durham County Council says it's to free up more spaces for residents, to remove confusion about prices and because it's bringing in contactless payments.

    Charges will rise on The Sands and Sidegate car parks. The daily fee on Sundays is being replaced by an hourly charge.

    Parking machine
  13. More tributes to Freddy Shepherd following his death

    Newcastle United have paid tribute to their former chairman.

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    Tyneside-born Shepherd became a Newcastle director in 1992 and served as vice-chairman to John Hall as the club finished Premier League runners-up in both 1996 and 1997.

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  14. Michael Chopra pays tribute to Freddy Shepherd

    Former NUFC striker Michael Chopra posted this tribute on Instagram:

    Quote Message: So sad to hear that former @nufc chairman Freddy Shepherd has passed away a great man and great for Newcastle United Football Club will never forget when he give me my first @nufc contact #rip."
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  15. Freddy Shepherd ran his business empire for 40 years

    Born and bred in the North East, Freddy Shepherd was the owner and managing director of the Shepherd Offshore Group for more than 40 years.

    He set up the Triple S group in 2008 but is best known for his influential role at Newcastle.

    A director of the Magpies from 1992 until 2007, Shepherd served as vice-chairman to Sir John Hall as the club finished Premier League runners-up in both 1996 and 1997, playing a key role in signing Alan Shearer.

    Shepherd became Newcastle chairman in 1997 and oversaw several dalliances with the Champions League, while his decision to appoint Sir Bobby Robson saw United finish as high as third in 2003.

  16. 'The family have asked that their privacy be respected'

    Freddy Shepherd was a pivotal figure at St James' Park during the club's tilt at the Premier League during the 1990s.

    Under Kevin Keegan's Entertainers, they came within a whisker of claiming the title from Manchester United.

    Shepherd was recently, along with brother Bruce, granted the freedom of the city of Newcastle.

    Freddy Shepherd

    "Freddy Shepherd, former chairman of Newcastle United and chairman of Shepherd Offshore Group and Triple S Sports & Entertainment Group, sadly passed away peacefully at his home last night," his family said in a statement.

    "At this difficult time the family have asked that their privacy be respected."