Obituaries

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.

The Sunderland Echo today carries tributes from friends and colleague to a former journalist who is is suspected to have drowned after falling overboard from a cruise ship in South America.

Former York Press photographer Paul Baker has died of cancer at the age of 53. Baker joined the paper as a darkroom assistant and went on to work as a photographer until 2006.

John Thompson, the former editor of The Sunday Telegraph who started his career on the Driffied Times, has died at the age of 93.

Ray Gosling, the journalist, broadcaster and gay rights activist who had a long association with Manchester and the north-west has died at the age of 74.

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.

Tributes to the ‘influential and much-loved’ media law expert Walter Greenwood are being made across the industry. Greenwood, who for more than 30 years was, with Tom Welsh, co-author of McNae's Essential Law for Journalists - died in Newcastle's Freeman Hospital at the age of 87.

The photographer Harry Goodwin, who forged his reputation as one of the UK's leading photographers of pop music and sporting celebs in the 60s and 70s has died aged 89 at Trafford General Hospital.

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