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Man wanted in connection with stabbings

30-year-old Nathan Andersen sought by police Credit: Cleveland Police

Police are appealing to trace a man wanted in connection with two stabbings in the Stockton area.

Officers would like to trace 30-year-old Nathan Andersen in connection with the two incidents, both of which happened yesterday evening on Wednesday 29th July.

The first took place at around 4pm on Wednesday at an address on Wrensfield Road. A 35-year-old man suffered a wound to his shin which is not believed to be life threatening.

The second incident is alleged to have taken place at around 7.10pm on Dovecot Street. A 38-year-old man suffered a punctured lung and is being treated in hospital. His injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

Anyone who may know of Andersen’s whereabouts or anyone who may have seen him is asked to not to approach him but to contact Cleveland Police on 999.

Anyinformation can be given anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Young people are custodians of countryside

Local people between the ages of 16-25 will be able to play an active role in governing Northumberland National Park and encouraging others to help look after it – today and for the future. Environment Minister Rory Stewart announced the setting up of the country's first National Park Youth Cabinet today during National Parks week.

National Parks are a corner stone of rural economies generating over £4 billion each year.

Environment Minister Rory Stewart said:

“With more than 90 million annual visitors to our National Parks they are an essential and very valuable part of rural life, bringing jobs and investment.

“It’s absolutely right young people – the future custodians of our natural world – have a say in how they are run.

“Important projects like this make that happen, giving teenagers and young adults first hand understanding of their true value – not just in monetary terms – but as part of our precious natural heritage.”

Minister Rory Stewart with representatives from the newly launched Northumberland National Park Youth Cabinet and members of the Youth Mosaic Project Credit: DEFRA
Minister Rory Stewart learns how to make pizza during his visit to Northumberland National Park Credit: DEFRA

Glen Sanderson, Chairman of Northumberland National Park Authority, said: “Our Youth Cabinet puts young people at the heart of what we do at the National Park as they are an integral part of the decision making process, and we listen and learn much from their views. National Parks are amongst Britain's most valued treasures, and we are ensuring that we do all we can to encourage young people to learn about, explore, and care for our National Parks so that future generations can continue to enjoy these national assets for years to come.”

Ian Riddle, age 25, from Bellingham, Northumberland, joined the Youth Cabinet to encourage other young people to get involved in the National Park, he said: “I think it’s really important for young people to have their say and have the opportunity to get involved with the Park. The Cabinet offers young people from all backgrounds and walks of life the chance to have our voices heard and influence how the National Park is run.”


Newcastle Utd signs Anderlecht defender Chancel Mbemba

Anderlecht defender Chancel Mbemba has been signed to Newcastle United Credit: PA

20-year-old Chancel Mbemba has become Newcastle United's third summer signing, after completing the switch from Anderlecht.The DR Congo international defender has agreed a five-year deal on Tyneside.

The club announced the signing after receiving a Governing Body Endoresment for the player at an FA hearing held earlier today. The player is now required to apply for his visa overseas before he is able to rejoin his new teammates in Newcastle next week.

"I'm very, very happy to be here. This is the biggest league in the world and I'm very proud to wear the shirt for this team and play in this league.

“I'm going to do everything I can to help make the supporters happy, to help out my team-mates and to bring something extra to the team.

"I know the team very well. I've watched the Premier League and I know this is a massive team with big players and with a great coach.

“I've come here to Newcastle United because it's a very good move in my career to play for such a famous club. I am excited for the season ahead."

– Chancel Mbemba

"We are delighted that Chancel is now a Newcastle United player after it took a little longer than we had hoped.

“He is a proven performer at the highest level, he’s powerful, combative and will add quality to our defence. He also has an eye for goal which is an extra asset for us.

"We'll get him integrated into the squad quickly once he's with us. Unfortunately due to the time it takes to process the visa application that won’t be in time for our final friendly on Saturday, but our focus will be to make sure he will be ready and available as soon as possible.

"I'm sure our supporters will take to him very quickly, he's the sort of player fans will enjoy watching."

– Steve McClaren

Born in Kinshasa, Mbemba played youth football for a number of local sides in his homeland before joining Belgian giants Anderlecht in 2011.

After rising through the ranks at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, he became a first-team regular and played a key role in Anderlecht being crowned Belgian Pro League champions in 2014, as well as lifting back-to-back Belgian Super Cups in 2013 and 2014.

He played in all six of Anderlecht’s group stage games in the Champions League last season, scoring both goals in their 2-0 home win over Galatasaray in November 2014.

Man charged with murder of Liam Miller in York

Liam Paul Miller Credit: Family photo

A 19-year-old man who was arrested in connection with the death of Liam Miller in York on Monday (27th July) has been charged with his murder.

He has also been charged with the attempted murder of a man in his fifties who was found injured in the street.

He has been remanded in custody and is due to appear at York Magistrates' Court on Friday 31st July.


Police appeal for information after woman raped in Middlesbrough

Cleveland Police have issued an appeal for information after a woman,34, was reportedly sexually assaulted and raped in Middlesbrough.

Police say the incident took place at around 10:40pm on Tuesday (28th July) when the woman left The Junction pub at the junctionsof Borough Road and Union Street.

The woman was approached by a male on a BMX bike and walked with him to meet a second male before going to an address nearby.

After leaving this address, they were walking along St Aidan's Drive when one of the males pushed the victim to the ground and sexually assaulted and raped her.

The victim managed to break free and run away. She suffered bruising to her arms and lumps to the back of her head.

“We would like to reassure the local public that we are doing everything that we can to trace this man. Anyone with information regarding him or anyone who may have seen a man acting suspiciously in the area around the time of this incident is urged to contact us.”

– DC John Roberts, Cleveland Police

Police say the suspect has been described as a white male in his late twenties, 5ft 9" tall, and of stocky build. He was wearing a flat cap with green and beige checks on it and possibly a grey tracksuit. He was also pushing a mountain bike.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Cleveland Police on 101.

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