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Alice Ruggles was murdered by her ex-boyfriend, Trimaan Dhillon.

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After months of stalking, he cut her throat at her Gateshead flat.

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Alice's friends and family have started a trust to raise awareness

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of the signs of abusive relationships and stalking.

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Today, her flatmate and best friend, spoke exclusively to Look North

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about Alice and how they want to prevent a similar tragedy.

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So, I kept moving down very close to see if I

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Maxine McGill came home on October 12th last

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year to find the body of her flatmate, Alice Ruggles,

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Although I had seen what I've seen I still believed

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I just wanted someone there to help her, to bring her back.

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Deep down I knew that nothing would bring her

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Is that an image that stays with you?

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It is something that I do not ever think

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What saddens me the most about it is that it shadows my

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memory of Alice when she was alive and when she was happy.

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Last month, Alice's ex-boyfriend Trimaan Dhillon

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was jailed for 23 years by her murder.

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He'd been controlling and mean repeatedly throughout their

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She told me when she was in the shower one day, because he

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needed the toilet he made her get out and stand in her kitchen with

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What type of man would do that to anyone never mind

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That is where it became abusive for me.

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When Alice entered a relationship Trimaan Dhillon refused

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to accept it and stalked her before finally killing her.

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What with the real alarm bells for you?

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The level of contact that he was trying to make

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with Alice when she made it very clear that she did not want to have

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The messages, the phone calls, the letters, the

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He was watching her every minute of every day.

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Alice's friends and family have now set up a trust

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in her name to try and highlight the signs of abusive relationships.

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It doesn't feel like she's gone but that is more of a testament

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to her, she was so loved and she left such

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She was harassed, he was controlling and

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manipulative and emotionally abusive.

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It doesn't just end there, this is what

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it can escalate to and we people to know that because we didn't.

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I just want someone else not to lose their Alice.

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The friends of Alice Ruggles speaking earlier.

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Armed police are still surrounding a street in County Durham,

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where a man has been hurling petrol bombs at officers.

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The standoff, in Burnopfield, has already lasted more than ten hours.

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Negotiators have been trying to talk to the resident,

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but so far there seems little indication of a resolution.

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Unarmed police arrived here around lunchtime,

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They say they attended as part of a mental health issue,

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but during the afternoon matters escalated dramatically.

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As officers tried to negotiate, several petrol bombs were thrown

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The second burst into flames at the feet of the officers.

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All sides of the street were surrounded but most residents

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Many spent hours watching and waiting.

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Police, fire and ambulance crews train together

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for scenarios like this, but as a senior officer told me,

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the commander on the spot has to make the decision

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But there are a number of trained negotiators still around and it has

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been indicated to me that, as long as the situation remains

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stable, police are in no hurry to force an end to this incident.

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The police cordon remains in place here tonight.

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The man at the centre of it, a 47-year-old, is thought to be

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He is also believed to be known to the police.

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Two burst water mains in separate locations caused

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Traffic ground to a halt during the rush hour

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as the flooding overwhelmed roads, and parts of the Metro

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Meanwhile, 1,500 homes were without water.

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Not a canal, but one of the region's busiest rail lines.

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This was the Tyne and Wear Metro in West Jesmond this morning.

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Hundreds of metres of track under six feet of water.

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Thousands of gallons sent into nearby gardens and then

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cascading down an embankment and onto line.

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Residents were woken at five this morning by police.

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Looked out the window couldn't believe it.

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It was like a waterfall coming from opposite,

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through the allotment over the paving,

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This is a flash flood from the burst water main that has affected

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the busiest part of the Metro system.

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That was clearly a huge disruption to our passengers.

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Four miles away, up to 1500 homes were without water until lunchtime

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after a second burst water main in the east of the city.

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Bottled water was handed to residents.

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Five days after an international cyber attack, patients

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in our region's biggest health trust are still facing disruption.

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Northumbria Health Trust cancelled over 20 operations today

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and orthopaedic clinics at three of its hospitals.

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Our news correspondent, Mark Denten, has been talking

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to the Trust's Medical Director, Dr Jeremy Rushmer.

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I think by tomorrow we will have got all of our elective activity up

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There have been some cancellations for some elective

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activity through this week, but the amount of work that we have

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We're now processing GP samples, with reconnecting to other parts

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of the NHS and we just, we can see the path back

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It isn't just about updating the operating systems on a few

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Microsoft computers, we are a very, very technology heavy

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business, so we need to work really closely

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about getting the appropriate software patches.

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But your trust in that statement on Friday,

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when all this started, said that you had robust continuity

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plans in place for any unexpected circumstances,

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They can't do that robust otherwise you would still not

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The emergency department has been open through out all that time,

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we've honoured a very large proportion, we have done far

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I think we have really minimalist destruction to patients.

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-- minimalise disruption to patients.

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We have also been contacted by some of your staff,

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some of your nursing staff who say that the weekend, and the situation

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You have been playing this down, haven't you?

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I don't think so, there was a very serious and appropriate response.

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There are lessons for the whole of the NHS in the north-east.

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It is about how we organise our business.

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A century after he died in battle, a Yorkshire Regiment soldier

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Private Henry Parker was 23 when he was killed

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during the Battle of the Somme in 1916.

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But his body was lost, and his bones were only recovered

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DNA tests have led to relatives being traced

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and today he was buried with full military honours.

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Football, and Sunderland's under-23's hopes of lifting

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their first Premier League International Cup crown

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were crushed by FC Porto at the Stadium of Light tonight.

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Full marks for effort, but it just wasn't to be.

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Time now for the weather with Paul Mooney.

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Thanks very much. A lot of dry weather around tonight. The last

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remnants of the weather front are clearing away over the North Sea.

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Clear skies and light winds so temperatures will drop. Mostly dry

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start tomorrow with one or two showers morning at -- across parts

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of Cumbria. Then showers breaking out across the north-east but good

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sunny spells in between. Sunny across most areas by the end of the

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afternoon just some showers lingering in North Yorkshire.

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A mostly light south-westerly breeze. Low pressure dominates over

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the next few days. This low on the eastern side could bring more

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persistent rain on Friday. But essentially it is sunny spells and

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scattered showers for the next few days. The cloud thickens on Friday

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and more prolonged rain through the middle part of the day, especially

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in the east. For the weekend, Saturday will see sunny spells and

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scattered showers. Fairly light wind and Sunday sees similar picture.

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showers. But it will be a bit warmer.

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