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Lottery money for community-run sport facility

The astro pitch in Coxhoe is well-used, but wearing thin. Credit: Active Life Centre @Coxhoe

The Active Life Centre @Coxhoe has won almost £50,000 of National Lottery funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund.

The money will be used to resurface the centre's outdoor sports pitch with a synthetic surface.

This will provide a year-round sports facility for the community.

The leisure centre was saved from closure and re launched as Active Life by the community-run charity Future Leisure in Coxhoe, after members took over its operation from Durham County Council in 2011.

Lottery funding will pay for the pitch to be resurfaced. Credit: Active Life Centre @Coxhoe

Centre Manager, Melanie Adams, said: “We are delighted to have secured this investment, which means we can upgrade the quality of our outdoor sports facilities as part of our overall vision to create a wide range of sports and fitness programmes for all ages in our community.”


The "Jarrow March" of 2014

A group of mothers from Darlington have announced they're going to march from Jarrow to London in protest against how the NHS is run.

So far more than 600 people from across the country have signed up to go on the march. It will start in August and take more than three weeks to complete.

They say they're angry at the direction in which the NHS is heading.

They've taken their inspiration from the Jarrow March in the 1930s, in which hundreds walked in protest against unemployment.

Mothers from Darlington organise the march Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A Department of Health spokesperson said:

"This Government is completely committed to the founding principles of the NHS - that, for all of us, it is free at the point of use, based on a person's clinical need, not their ability to pay, and there are absolutely no plans to change this."

Family of five hurt in North Yorkshire crash

North Yorkshire Police are appealing for witnesses to a two-car collision on the A169 Whitby to Pickering road.

It involved a blue Fiat Panda and a blue MG ZR car and occurred close to RAF Fylingdales at about 9.25am on Saturday.

Five occupants in the Fiat Panda, which ended up on its side in a ditch, were taken to Scarborough Hospital for treatment.

Their injuries are described as "non life-threatening".

It is believed they are grandparents and their grandchildren who were visiting from the Birmingham area.

The man driving the MG, from the Stafford area, was uninjured.

Emergency assistance was also provided by North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue and staff from RAF Fylingdales.


Two arrests after city centre disturbance

Two men have been arrested after a disturbance in Newcastle. At 1.49am on Easter Sunday police received a report of an assault at The Gate complex in the city centre.

A man aged 33 was arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent to commit GBH, and a 23-year-old man on suspicion of assault.

They are both in custody helping with enquiries.

The 23-year-old received hospital treatment for cuts to his face.

Any witnesses to the incident or anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191, quoting reference 140 20/04/14, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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