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Colback ruled out of England friendly

Jack Colback
Newcastle United midfielder Jack Colback Credit: David Davies/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Newcastle United midfielder Jack Colback has been ruled out of England's friendly against Norway due to an injury.

The 24-year-old earned his first call-up to the international squad last week but will miss tomorrow night's match at Wembley after picking up a slight knock.

Colback joined Newcastle on a free transfer from North East rivals Sunderland over the summer.

81-year-old woman dies in crash in Sunderland

Dolores Hubbert died in car collision

Police are still keen to speak to anyone who witnessed a crash in which an 81-year-old driver died.

Dolores Hubbert from Houghton was killed when her Nissan Micra hit a Toyota Yaris on the A690 at East Rainton just after midday on Friday, 29th August.

The road was closed for around three hours while emergency services dealt with the collision and to allow for investigation to take place. Dolores was taken to North Durham Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Her family have said: "Mam was a dedicated parishioner of St Michael's R.C. Church, Houghton-le-Spring and previously St Patrick's, Ryhope and a highly respected member of the community. She was well loved and a dedicated wife to Ivo and latterly Len, a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and auntie. The family would like to express their gratitude to the emergency services, including the staff at Durham University Hospital, Durham and Northumbria Police forces and the Great North Air ambulance service for their dedicated efforts to save her."

Delays on A1 after lorry drives into bridge

Motorists are advised of possible delays on the A1 after a lorry struck a bridge near Lobley Hill.

Diversions are currently in place northbound along the A167 and southbound at Lobley Hill Road/Victoria Road junction along to Askew Road.

Emergency services are the scence working to clear the road as soon as possible and ensure minimum traffic disruption.

The incident happened around 4.50am this morning (Tuesday, 2nd September). It does not appear anyone has been injured.

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Durham Police take part in the Ice Bucket Challenge

Durham Police take the ice bucket challenge

ACC Dave Orford and members of Durham Constabulary have taken part in the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money for McMillan Cancer research.

The force used buckets and a fire hydrant to drench the officers.

Their nominees include Mark McGregor (Chester-le-Street A Relief) and Chief Inspector Andy Huddleston.

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Global companies unite to restore Spanish City Dome

The Spanish City Dome
The Spanish City Dome Credit: North Tyneside Council

Two global companies are coming together and forming a professional partnership to restore the Spanish City Dome in Whitley Bay.

Mott MacDonald is a £1.2 billion global management, engineering and development consultancy.

ADP is a high-quality architectural practice currently ranked 19 in the Architects' Journal Top 100.

Together, the companies will provide all architectural, structural, mechanical and electrical engineering design services for the repair and renovation of the Spanish City in Whitley Bay.

The Spanish City Dome is a Grade II Listed building of great national importance being an early example of the ‘Hennebique’ patented system of reinforced concrete construction. When it was built in 1910, the Spanish City Dome was the largest freestanding dome in the UK after St Paul’s Cathedral.

The Spanish City Dome
Credit: North Tyneside Council

Council houses in Co Durham to transfer ownership

Durham County Council’s Cabinet are transferring ownership of homes in the council to the County Durham Housing Group.

The decision follows a recent ballot where 82% of tenants voted in favour of the transfer.

The transfer of ownership will go to three landlords within the Co Durham Housing Group; Dale & Valley Homes in the west of the county; Durham CityHomes in the centre and surrounding areas; and East Durham Homes in the east – all of which currently manage homes on behalf of the council.

Cllr Eddie Tomlinson, Cabinet member for housing, said: “The ballot clearly showed that tenants agree with the council that transfer is in the best interests of both themselves and their local communities. Working withDale & Valley Homes, Durham City Homes and East Durham Homes, we will ensure tenants are kept informed throughout the process and that everything is in place for the transfer to go ahead in March 2015.”

With the transfer, tenants can expect more investment opportunities with plans for more than £800m of investment over the next 30 years - including plans for a new build programme of 700 properties within the next 10 years.

100 children run Junior Great North Run for cancer

Ollie's army t shirt
9-year-old Ollie

A team of more than 100 children is taking part in the Junior Great North Run in honour of their friend who has a brain tumour.

Ollie's Army is running for 9-year-old Oliver Roberts, from Gateshead.

The children are raising money for a children's cancer charity.

Ollie's army

Karen Roberts, Ollie's mother, has spoken of the joy the training has brought to Ollie's life.

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