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Vigil held in care home

A candlelight vigil is being held for care home residents who've had to leave five council run homes closed down to save money.

It has been organised by Don Robson and his family, who've been staging a sit in at Newtown House in Stanhope in protest at Durham County Council's actions. The authority says it has no choice but to make the cuts in the current financial climate. The Robson family says it's ruining dozens of lives.


Police appeal after cow shot dead in Gateshead

Police are appealing for information after a cow was shot dead in Gateshead.

It happened at High Park Farm in Sunniside, a farmer found the cow dead in a field on the farm in the morning last Wednesday (17 September). A post-mortem was carried out by a vet who concluded that the cow had been shot.

Police want anyone who was in the area between midnight on Tuesday and the morning of Wednesday to get in touch.

Witnesses can contact Northumbria Police by calling 101.

It may be the cow was shot by accident or it could have been a deliberate act, either way it's important we know what happened so that appropriate action can be taken if necessary."

– Cheryl Warcup, Neighbourhood Inspector, Northumbria Police

Sit-in continues at County Durham care home

Newton House in Stanhope, County Durham. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

A candlelight vigil is being held for care home residents who have had to leave five council run homes closed down to save money.

Durham County Council says it's had to shut the homes in Stanhope, Belmont, Ferryhill, Peterlee and Chester-le-Street, as part of its plans to make savings of £23 million.

But the last remaining resident at Newtown House in Stanhope is refusing to leave.

83 year old Don Robson is staging a sit in with his family in the hope he may encourage the council to keep the home open.

The Robsons have already spent three nights there and will stay until at least Wednesday (24th September), when the former head teacher will celebrate his 84th birthday.

They say they would face a 50 mile round trip to visit Mr Robson if he were moved to the nearest suitable alternative accommodation.

Durham County Council says it has listened to the concerns of residents and their families but in the current financial climate it has no choice but to make the cuts. The council says it has found that Newtown House is one of the most expensive care homes to run and that the number of people using it has fallen.

The Robson family will be joined by supporters for a candlelight vigil this evening.

83-year-old Don Robson has been joined by his daughter-in-law Michelle and his grandson Seb. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
The sit-in became last Thursday (18 September). Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Bishop gives final blessing

The Bishop of Newcastle will give his final public blessing this afternoon.

The Right Reverent Martin Wharton will give a service of Thanksgiving and a public blessing on the City and Diocese in Cathedral Square, outside St Nicholas' Cathedral.

The service will begin at 4pm.

Bishop Martin Wharton has served Newcastle since 1998 and many people are expected to gather for his farewell service.

An open invitation has been made to the Diocese which stretches from the Tweed to the Tyne.


Saturday's football results

Newcastle's Papiss Cissé celebrates his goal with Magpies' boss Alan Pardew. Credit: PA

In football, Newcastle were two goals down at home to Hull but fought back to draw 2-2. Papiss Cissé scored both second-half goals. That leaves the Magpies still in the relegation zone. Meanwhile, Sunderalnd drew 0-0 away to Burnley.

There was better news in the Championship, Middlesbrough recorded a thumping 4-0 victory against Brentford.

You can see more on all the day's action here.

Durham win One-Day Cup at Lord's

Durham's cricketers celebrate their victory after beating Warwickshire in the Royal London One-Day Cup at Lord's. Credit: PA

Durham have won the Royal London One-Day Cup after beating Warwickshire by three wickets in a nail-biting final at Lord's.

Durham looked to be in a strong position when they bowled their opponents out for 165 but Warwickshire came back impressively as off-spinner Jeetan Patel took four for 25.

But Durham’s Mark Stoneman made 52 before Ben Stokes and Gareth Breese steered their side to victory in only the club's second ever Lord's final.

Thousands walk for Alzheimer's

More than a thousand people have attended a Memory walk on Tyneside to raise awareness about dementia.

The Alzheimer's Society says there are 34 thousand people in the North East living with the disease.

Lesley and Ruth Crowe cut the ribbon Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The walk was started by Ruth and Lesley Crowe, the widow and daughter of former Newcastle player Charlie Crowe - who died of dementia.

Walkers set off across the Millennium Bridge Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

"Memory Walk sees whole families coming together to fight dementia and is an excellent opportunity for people to get together and enjoy a day to remember whatever the weather. We want this year to be the biggest yet and to raise even more money to provide services and support to help people to live better with dementia today and fund research for a cure for tomorrow."

– Rebecca Scott, Alzheimer's Society Community Fundraiser
People could walk 2 or 10k Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
The walk then headed off along the Quayside Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
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