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Fatal accident on Castle Howard estate

Castle Howard

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman died in a single-vehicle collision on the Castle Howard estate.

The collision happened at about 9.40pm on Monday (May 4) when a silver Volkswagen Touran collided with a stone archway on a public road that runs through the estate.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

Inflatable slide accident results in suspended jail sentence

Victor Lusher
Scene of accident at Ripley

A man who operated an inflatable slide which blew away and injured four people - including two children - has been handed a suspended jail sentence.

Victor Lusher from Harrogate was given a twenty six week sentence suspended for a year for breaching health and safety laws.

Magistrates heard how the slide should not have been in use at a car boot sale at Ripley because it was damaged.

Lusher is now facing civil claims for compensation.

BBL award 'an honour' for Newcastle Eagles star Smith

Newcastle Eagles forward Charles Smith says it's 'an honour' to be named British Basketball League Player of the Year.

The 39-year-old veteran scooped the top individual player prize at this week's British Basketball Journalists' Association annual awards, fending off competition from Demond Watt of Cheshire Phoenix and his Eagles team-mate Rahmon Fletcher.

The Eagles won this year's BBL Championship, BBL Cup and BBL Trophy, and could clinch a domestic 'clean sweep' in Sunday's BBL Play-off Final against London Lions at the O2 Arena.


£900 fines for dropping cigarette butts and a beer bottle

Fines for discarded cigarette butts. Credit: Ken Lennox, PA Wire

Six people have been fined a total of more than £900 after tossing away their rubbish in various places throughout County Durham.

All the defendants failed to appear at Peterlee Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday (May 5) where they were found guilty in their absence of discarding litter.

The court heard how neighbourhood wardens from Durham County Council spotted five of the defendants on separate occasions dropping a cigarette butt and one defendant was seen dropping a beer bottle.

The offences took place in Stanley town centre, Chester-le-Street town centre, Consett town centre, Reynolds Close, Stanley, and Front Street, Consett, between December 2014 and January 2015.

On each occasion, the culprit was approached by a neighbourhood warden and handed an on-the-spot fixed penalty notice of £80 – or £50 if paid within 10 days.

None of the fixed penalty notices were paid.

26-year-old Michaela Graham of Tunstall Grove, Leadgate, Consett; 50-year-old David Holland of Hartington Street, Consett; 52-year-old Burnett Rankin of Beechwoods, Chester-le-Street; and 26-year-old Paul Willis of Coronation Street, Blackpool, were all fined £200 by magistrates.

41-year-old Leanne Bunting of Roseberry Street, Stanley, and 23-year-old Kyle Greener of Poplar Street South Moor, were both handed fines of £55.

Each defendant was also ordered to pay costs of £130 and a £20 victim surcharge.

Work stops on vast housing development in North Yorkshire

Work has stopped at the Sowerby Gateway Housing development near Thirsk. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Work has stopped on a development of 925 homes in North Yorkshire after a construction firm went into administration, with the loss of 87 jobs.

Southdale were the contractors on the vast Sowerby Gateway Housing development near Thirsk, by Mulberry Homes.

Mulberry say work has been put on hold while they find a replacement contractor.

There are also two building projects on Tyneside affected - 88 homes for South Tyneside Council due to start this month, and 49 bungalows for the elderly for the St Mary Magdalene and Holy Jesus Trust in Newcastle.

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