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BREAKING: 20 students injured in bus crash

Emergency services are currently dealing with a collision involving twenty students on a college bus and a van.

It happened on an unclassified road between Aldbrough St John and the road which leads to Piercebridge, near Darlington.

Approximately 20 students are being taken to various hospitals in the area for check-ups and treatment to their injuries.

The driver of the van has sustained leg injuries and the driver of the bus has sustained minor injuries.

The bus was en-route to Darlington College who have been informed of the decision.

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Whales Spotted Wandering by Whitby

A rare sei whale off the coast of Whitby Credit: JILL SMITH

Whales have been spotted in the North Sea off Whitby. You don't need to travel to far-flung locations to experience the thrill of spotting whales, they can be seen at this time of year close by the North Yorkshire coast Jill Smith is a regular whale spotter and snapped this picture of a rare sei whale cruising past the North Yorkshire resort.

Minke whale offshore Whitby Credit: JILL SMITH

Minke whales have been seen this last couple of weeks with enthusiasts getting up close enough to 'smell the fish on their breath'

Humpback Whale seen on a recent trip from Whitby Credit: LUCY THORNTON

Whitby whale trip organiser Bryan Clarkson said: 'In the summer and autumn months, whales move south along the east coast of Yorkshire, following the shoals of mackerel and herring. From the mid-18th Century, ships headed to Greenland in search of the elusive creatures with dozens of boats returning to bring back the carcasses to be rendered by the harbourside. Thankfully, those days of barbarity are long since gone.' Whales can be spotted off the coast at Whitby up until November.

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Man robs schoolgirl of shoes and socks in York

Detectives are appealing for witnesses after a schoolgirl was pushed to the ground and robbed of her shoes and socks in York.

Police say just before 6pm today, a 15-year-old pupil was walking home along Millfield Lane, Nether Poppleton.

As she approached the railway crossing a man ran up behind her, pushed her to the ground and demanded her shoes and socks, which he removed before turning and heading back along Millfield Lane towards Acomb.

The man is described as either Asian or Eastern European, around 25-years-old, between 6ft and 6ft 4in tall, with a thin, stubbly face and short black hair, which was styled at the front.

The victim was not hurt in the incident and has returned to school.

Thyroid cancer: Facts and symptoms to look out for

Check your neck

People are being urged to check their necks for bumps during Thyroid Cancer awareness month this September.

Thyroid Cancer is rare but is one of the fastest increasing cancers in the world. At the moment around 2,100 new cases are diagnosed in the UK each year.

The cancer is twice as common in women as men and is most commonly diagnosed in women in their late 20s/early30s and in their 60s.

It has an 80-90% cure rate if caught early, so people are being urged to check their necks for lumps and visit their doctor if they are concerned.

Thyroid facts

The thyroid gland is located at the base of the neck below where a man's adam's apple sits.

It is shaped like a butterfly with a wing, or lobe, on either side of the windpipe.

Symptoms to look out for

  • A lump in your neck especially one that rapidly increases in size.
  • Changes in the voice.
  • Difficulty swallowing, not associated with a cold.
  • Difficulty breathing.

Extra care should be taken if their is a family history of thyroid cancer or if people have been exposed to radiation during childhood i.e in treatment for other cancers.

Thyroid cancer surviver urges public to 'be neck aware'

Kate Farnell MBE founded the Butterfly Thyroid Cancer Trust, a charity she set up after being diagnosed with the condition.

From her base on Tyneside, Kate provides information, help and support to people across the country and also works internationally.

She has joined the 'check your neck' campaign and is urging the public to "be neck aware".

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500 different brews on offer at beer festival in York

The North of England's biggest beer and cider festival has got underway in York.

Around 15,000 people are expected to attend the event, which runs until Saturday.

There are more than 500 different brews on offer and they'll all be served from the longest bar in Europe - all 266 feet of it.

Nick Love, Festival Organiser, says there has been a "massive growth" in real ale brewing over the last few years.

'Check your neck' campaign launched in Newcastle

Former Thyroid Cancer patients have been raising awareness at the RVI in Newcastle. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

People are being urged to check their necks for bumps during Thyroid Cancer awareness month this September.

Thyroid Cancer is rare but is one of the fastest increasing cancers in the world. At the moment around 2,100 new cases are diagnosed in the UK each year.

The cancer is twice as common in women as men and is most commonly diagnosed in women in their late 20s/early30s and in their 60s.

If It has an 80-90% cure rate if caught early, so people are being urged to check their necks for lumps and visit their doctor if they are concerned.

Former Thyroid Cancer patients have been raising awareness at the RVI in Newcastle.

Darlington prepares to host New Zealand All Blacks

With one year to go, Darlington Arena is already preparing to host the New Zealand 'All Blacks'.

The current World Champions will be based at the stadium for five days during the tournament.

Danny Brown, Arena & Event Manager at Darlington Mowden Park R.F.C, has spoken of the tough competition they faced to secure the opportunity.

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