The Northern Echo has published a tribute to one of its former journalists, Brian Edwards who died at the age of 81. Award-winning Edwards worked in the North East for 30 years, joining The Northern Echo in 1967, where he worked as a sub-editor until 1972.
A Bradford-based journalist who claimed to be the first to discover the identity of the Yorkshire Ripper has died at the age of 82. Derek Crabtree, who worked for a news agency between 1968 and 1993 that was originally set up by his grandfather, claimed to be the first journalist to discover the identity of the Yorkshire Ripper when he found police surrounding Peter Sutcliffe’s Bradford home.
Sunderland Echo and Northern Echo journalist John Hobbs has died at the age of 75. Hobbs worked as a sub-editor at the Sunderland Echo for many years before his retirement when he continued to write on a freelance basis for The Northern Echo after retiring.
Pioneering blogger and professor emeritus of government at Manchester University Norman Geras has died of cancer aged 70. His political blog, the influential Normblog announces his death and carries this final update from his daughter Jenny.