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Last chance to see Magna Carta on show in Durham

The Magna Carta being exhibited in Durham is on show for a final weekend with organisers saying it has been a huge success.

The 800-year-old document, signed by King John, is credited with promoting equal rights throughout history.

Magna Carta Credit: ITV News

The one on display at Durham University's Palace Green Library is one of only a few surviving versions.

Organisers say there had been around 25 thousand visitors, from 23 different countries, and more than £2 million has gone into the local economy.

The exhibition ends after the Bank Holiday.


Woman arrested on suspicion of theft from teachers' pension fund

A woman has been arrested on suspicion of theft after allegations more than £350,000 has been taken from teachers' pensions funds.

A 44-year-old member of staff from Capita, which looks after investments and pensions at its offices in Darlington, was arrested at her home last week.

Capita's offices in Darlington Credit: ITV News

She has been interviewed and is on police bail till October.

Capita says there has been no impact on individual members of the teachers' pension scheme and the value of the fund won't be affected.


Girl, 16, raped on cycle path near Ponteland

A man has been arrested on suspicion of raping a 16-year-old girl on a cycle path in Northumberland.

Police say the victim was walking along the track, between Ponteland and Darras Hall, when she was approached by a man and allegedly raped at 9.30pm yesterday (Thursday).

Officers believe the incident happened at the rear of Oaklands on a path which runs between Eastern Way and Old Station Court.

A man, aged 20, has been arrested on suspicion of rape.

A section of the cycle track is cordoned off by police today while forensic enquiries are carried out.

A full investigation is underway into this incident and we are appealing for anyone who might have been out on the cycle track between Ponteland and Darras Hall on Thursday evening and who might have seen anything or anyone suspicious. The victim and her family are being given support and assistance by specialist officers and we have extra officers in the local community to speak to and reassure the local community. I would urge anyone with any information that could help us to get in touch as soon as possible."

– Superintendent Peter Bent, Northumbria Police

Sunderland confirm Toivonen loan deal

Sunderland midfielder Ola Toivonen Credit: Sunderland AFC

Sunderland have signed Swedish midfielder Ola Toivonen on a season-long loan from French side Rennes.

The 29-year-old began his career in his hometown with Degerfos IF, before spells with IFK Gothenburg and Malmo. He then joined Dutch giants PSV followed, where he won the KNVB Cup and the Dutch Super Cup.

Speaking about the move, Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat, said:

I worked with Ola at PSV so I know him well. He is a national team player with a lot of experience, an attacking midfielder who can score goals and is good in the air. He will bring something different to the team.

– Dick Advocaat, Sunderland AFC Head Coach

Toivonen could make his Black Cats debut this weekend as Sunderland travel to Aston Villa in the Premier League.

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