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Prince Charles sends letter to Newcastle fan's father

Prince Charles has written a personal letter to loved ones of MH17 crash victim, Liam Sweeney.

The 28-year-old’s father Barry said he was "very grateful” to receive the signed letter from the Price of Wales and his wife Camilla.

The Prince has offered his condolences to the 52-year-old and his family, who live in North Tyneside.

Read More: Sweeney family prepares for funeral

Personal letter from Prince Charles
Prince Charles offers his condolences Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
Personal letter from Prince Charles
The letter offers condolences to the Sweeney family Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Stockton sprinter Kilty reflects on medal success

by Phil Roscoe

Stockton sprinter Richard Kilty has been reflecting on his recent success at the Commonwealth Games and the European Athletics Championships.

The 24-year-old won a silver medal in the Men's 4x100m relay in Glasgow and a gold medal in the same event in Zurich last weekend.

Kilty was back in the North East today giving a coaching session to young athletes in Gateshead.

New police headquarters for Durham

New Durham Police HQ
The keys for the new police headquarters were handed over today

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Durham, Ron Hogg, and Durham Constabulary Chief Constable, Mike Barton, have today taken ownership of the keys to the new police headquarters in Durham.

The new building, which has been developed on land adjacent to the existing headquarters at Aykley Heads, is a state-of-the-art facility which will house a communications centre and support functions. It will hold over 600 staff.

Today marks the beginning of the big move. The keys were handed over after one final inspection of the facility by Mr Hogg and Mr Barton.

The existing building had become a significant drain on resources and the new build will represent a big step forward for us in terms of managing the cost of our estate.

We are delighted that the build schedule for the new headquarters has run so efficiently, and that we have now taken hold of the keys. We will begin to move our furniture and then staff in, and expect to be fully relocated by mid-September.

– Mike Barton, Durham Constabulary Chief Constable


Cheryl latest celeb to undertake the ice bucket challenge

Mrs Cheryl Fernandez-Versini (as she is now known) is the latest celebrity to undertake the ice bucket challenge, a challenge which has gone viral on social media.

The challenge dares nominated participants to be filmed having a bucket of ice water poured on their heads. The idea is that nominated people have 24 hours to comply or forfeit by way of a charitable financial donation.

Cheryl posted her ice bucket challenge on her instagram and twitter accounts:

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