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Newcastle priest to become second woman Bishop

The Reverend Alison White. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The Reverend Alison White will today (July 3) become the Church of England's second female bishop.

She will be appointed the Bishop of Hull.

Reverend White has been the priest of Riding Mill in the Diocese of Newcastle.

The service will be held at York Minister.

Her husband is already a Bishop and they become the first husband and wife to hold the roles.

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Angela Wrightson murder trial: home a 'bomb site'

Angela Wrightson

The trial of two teenage girls accused of murdering a woman in her home in Hartlepool has heard the first paramedic to arrive on the scene said it was like a bomb site.

Teesside Crown Court has heard that thirty nine year old Angela Wrightson had suffered more than a 100 separate injuries.

The jury was also told there was evidence she had tried to defend herself and that she'd been restrained.

The girls, aged 14 and 15, both deny the charges.

Power back on for most after lightning storms

Northern Powergrid, the company responsible for running the power network across the North East and North Yorkshire has successfully restored power to more than 57,370 customers who were affected after last night's devastating storms across North Yorkshire, County Durham, Tyne and Wear, Teesside and Northumberland.

Restoration work is continuing to restore power to the remaining 130 customers who are still affected as a result of the recent storms.

Northern Powergrid’s local 24-hour contact centre have drafted in additional customer advisors who are offering customers support and advice.

The company’s website also has an easy-to-use power cut reporting service which is regularly updated as well as Twitter (@northpowergrid) and Facebook pages providing regular updates and advice to customers and local communities.

Hailstones the size of golf balls wreck Nth Yorks business

Broken panes at Ravensworth Nurseries. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Hailstones the size of golf balls during last night's storm shattered at least three thousand panes of glass at a North Yorkshire garden centre, ruining almost all the stock inside.

Its owners say the bill will run into hundreds of thousands of pounds.

The clean-up operation is underway at Ravensworth Nurseries near Richmond, and staff are trying try to salvage as many plants as they can.

Surprised by the size of the hailstones, Jonathan Bradbrook scooped up and froze some of the missiles that have left them with a hefty repair bill.

Most of the stock inside is ruined. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

We've got eight acres of glass and we have probably got in excess of three thousand panes of glass maybe broken. We don't know until we have a good count.

And it's not just the glass, it is all the plants. All the plants on the ground are covered in shards of glass so everything on the ground will be wrote off.

– Jonathan Bradbrook

And here's what caused the damage. These pictures filmed by the Myers family show the ferocity of the storm.

It was coming down. It was bouncing off the lawn, onto the conservatory windows and as we watched it, it was almost like mini deathchargers going off in the pond.

It was violent, it really was and the hailstones, we've read about them and heard about them being the size of golf balls but never really seen them and they were rock hard of that size.

– Lee Myers

Fundraiser Katie Cutler will start Great North 10k

Katie Cutler, who was in the Queen's Birthday Honours list. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Katie Cutler, the Gateshead beautician who raised more than £300,000 for pensioner Alan Barnes after he was mugged earlier this year, will be honorary starter for the Great North 10k this Sunday (July 5).

The 22-year-old mum, who was recently awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, will be joined by Tracey Cramond, who also became a household name last September when she was plucked from thousands of participants as the millionth finisher of the Great North Run.

The half marathon was the first running event in the world to achieve this milestone.

Both women will set the runners on their way before running the 10k themselves for the first time.

Katie, who has since set up the Katie Cutler Foundation in a bid to help other people who are in less fortunate situations around the UK, will be running to raise awareness of her new charity.

As well as taking on the 10k, millionth finisher Tracey will also return to the Great North Run in September, and is continuing to raise funds for Butterwick Hospice. She has currently raised £500, but would like to quadruple that amount to pay for a cinema in the children’s sensory room.

The 10k is the sister event to the Great North Run, Britain’s biggest running event, and will see up to five-thousand runners cross the finish line on the athletics track inside Gateshead International Stadium.

Now in its seventh year, the event takes in iconic landmarks on the NewcastleGateshead Quayside including concert venue Sage Gateshead, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and the Gateshead Millennium Bridge.

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