Coronavirus cases continue to increase across the region and a man has been charged with the murder of Samuel Campbell in Sunderland.
Weekly coronavirus data suggests that County Durham, North Tyneside and Northumberland have seen an increase of cases of 100% or more. There has been an increase in cases right across the region. County Durham is the worst affected area and reported 685 in the week ending June 14.
Man charged with murdering his brother
A man has been charged with murdering his brother in Sunderland. Officers responded to reports of an assault on Friday where they found Samuel Campbell with injuries consistent with stab wounds. He died at the scene. His brother, William Campbell of Allen Court Stokesley was arrested at the scene and is due to appear in court.
Not “freedom” day
The hospitality industry across the North East is looking eagerly to July 19th as what was meant to have been freedom day passes by. The team at Salt Market Social
in North Shields had been hoping to nearly double their capacity, and now wait with cautious optimism for next month's reopening.
Salt Market Social hosts fortnightly 'socials' with local street food traders and breweries in a converted warehouse on the North Shields Fish Quay. They were hoping to be able to almost double their capacity from 220 covers to 400 covers per session from June 21st but the industry faces a 4 week delay until full reopening is allowed.
The socials launched last summer and have yet to be able to open to full capacity in line with social distancing rules.