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Bishop of Durham: We need to change low levels of aspirations among young people

The Bishop of Durham, the Right Reverend Paul Butler has called for more to be done to help young people in the North East to achieve their dreams in his Easter message.

Unfortunately, as some children get older, their hopes and aspirations tend to reduce. The difficult truth is that the North East of England has the lowest levels of aspirations among young people in the whole country, which is a sad statistic and one that should be hard to accept for all of us.

This is something that we need to change. We all need to give our children and young people a sense of hope that their aspirations can be met rather than a sense that they will fail to achieve their dreams.

– The Bishop of Durham, the Right Reverend Paul Butler

The Bishop is the Church of England's lead bishop for children and young people.


Fighting food waste in Newcastle

A cafe that uses only food which would otherwise have been thrown away, because it is either past its sell by date or bruised or misshapen, is being set up on Tyneside.

Food campaigner Duncan Fairbrother collects the produce from places like the Grainger Market in Newcastle. He then serves it up with the help of dozens of volunteers, in a pop-up cafe where customers pay what they want for it, as Derek Proud reports:


South Tyneside man denies murdering his parents

A man has appeared in court denied the murder of both of his parents.

Martin Ruddy, from South Tyneside, is accused of killing his dad Eric, 64, and mum Carol, 54, at their home on Bentinck Street, Newcastle, on December 14 last year.

Eric and Carol Ruddy.

The 28-year-old appeared at the city's crown court today, April 1 via videolink to HMP Durham.

He pleaded not guilty to the two charges of murder he faces.

A trial, which could take up to three weeks, has been listed for June 8 and a further, administrative hearing will take place on May 15.

No application was made for bail.

Two men slashed across the arms in knife attack

An adult and a teenager were slashed across the arms during an assault in Newcastle last night, March 31.

One man aged 31, and another aged 17 were attacked at around 6pm on Bishops Road in the West End.

Emergency services were called and the two men were taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital, they were discharged following treatment.

Officers carrying out enquiries have arrested a 30-year-old man on suspicion of wounding with intent to commit grievous bodily harm, he is currently detained in custody.

Police are carrying out enquiries in the area and additional officers are on patrol to reassure the community.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101.

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