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Tour de France eggs raise cash for air ambulance

An egg company has raised more than £2,000 for Yorkshire Air Ambulance by selling limited-edition boxes during the Tour de France.

Eggs have raised thousands for YAA Credit: File photo

James Potter Yorkshire Eggs donated 5p from the sale of each six-egg pack, raising £2,760 for the emergency response charity.

YAA had the busiest weekend in its history when the Tour de France passed through Yorkshire, attending 31 incidents between July 4 and 6.

Adrian Potter, director of James Potter Eggs, said:

"The pack was the biggest-selling product during July.

"The Tour de France was brilliant for the county and for us and we were delighted to be able to give more to the region's air ambulance service which does such a fantastic job all year round."

James Potter Eggs began fundraising for YAA two years ago by donating 1p to the charity for every dozen eggs sold.

The firm, based at Catton near the YAA base at RAF Topcliffe, has since donated more than £24,000 to the charity.

The Potter family are fantastic supporters of the charity. The donation of a penny per dozen eggs sold has created a hugely valuable regular income stream for the charity of on average £900 a month.

The special Tour de France pack generated more than £2,000 extra for us during July and we cannot thank this brilliant family and company enough."

– Tony Doveston, North Yorkshire fundraising manager at YAA


Bumper breeding year for rare Northumberland seabird

Little tern and chick
Little tern and chick Credit: The RSPB

A rare seabird has enjoyed its most successful breeding season for two decades in Northumberland.

This year, 89 little tern chicks fledged along the Northumberland coast at the National Trust’s Long Nanny site in Beadnell Bay and Natural England’s Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve.

Little terns arrive in the UK from Africa each spring to nest on beaches and are very vulnerable to rising sea levels, predation and human disturbance.

The success of this year’s season was largely due to the dedicated seasonal rangers and volunteers who patrolled the beaches from Druridge Bay to Berwick. The volunteers give a helping hand to the shore birds, scaring off predators and preventing human disturbance.

Successful start for Yorkshire Dales National Park plan

A sign at Hawes in the Yorkshire Dales National Park
A sign at Hawes in the Yorkshire Dales National Park Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA

Increased tree planting, funding for nearly 40 local community projects and increased support for environmental work by farmers are among the successes of a new plan for the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

The National Park Management Plan was launched last year (2013) by a partnership of 14 organisations, which include district and county councils, the Environment Agency, the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) and Natural England, as well as representatives of local farmers, landowners and tourism businesses.

It sets out 53 objectives the partnership wants to be achieve in the next five years to keep the area special.

One of the objectives in the plan is to extend the tourism season and get more visitors to stay overnight in the hope that tourism value will increase by 20% by 2020.


Co Durham's vintage couple win silver in national finals

Melanie and Frankie Calland came second in Mr and Miss Vintage 2014
Melanie and Frankie Calland came second in Mr and Miss Vintage 2014

A husband and wife from Howden-le-Wear near Crook in Co Durham have come second in the finals of a national vintage fashion contest.

Melanie, 47, and Frankie, 29, have collected clothes from the 1940s and 1950s for more than 30 years.

From left to right: Sally 4th place, Melanie 2nd, Lori (last year's winner), Holly 1st place, Laura 3rd place and Thomas 1st place Mr Vintage
From left to right: Sally 4th place, Melanie 2nd, Lori (last year's winner), Holly 1st place, Laura 3rd place and Thomas 1st place Mr Vintage
All four Mr. Vintage contestants (far right, Thomas, won)
All four Mr. Vintage contestants (far right, Thomas, won)

The finals of Mr and Miss Vintage UK were held at the Twinwood Festival in Bedfordshire over August bank holiday weekend.

Frankie wore a grey New Yorker suit from 1947 and was joined by his equally stylish wife in bagging 2nd place at the contest.

The pair were individually selected from hundreds of other entrants from across the UK to take part in the finals.

Finalists for Miss Vintage 2014
Finalists for Miss Vintage 2014 Credit: Sean O’Kelly

Police still investigating firearms incident in Newcastle

Westmorland CCTV image

Police investigating a disturbance involving a firearm in Newcastle have re-released CCTV images and are making a fresh appeal for information.

At around 12.20am on Saturday 12July, police received a report of a firearm being used in Westmorland Road.

Officers believe there may have been a disturbance in the street before a firearm was fired into the ground. No one was injured.

A 27 year-old man was arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle and has been bailed pending further enquiries.

Since the last appeal a man aged 50, has been arrested on suspicion of affray and a man aged 48 arrested on suspicion of possessing an imitation firearm. A fourth man, Karl Spearman, 33, of St Alban's Crescent in Gateshead has been charged with affray.

Officers are re-releasing CCTV images of two men and a woman who were in Westmorland Road around the time of the incident and who police want to speak to.

Westmorland CCTV image
Westmorland CCTV image

Landlords face fines of £2,500 for using 'to let' signs

Signs advertising properties for rent have become a familiar site on almost every urban street.

Lettings agents say the boards are a necessary way to advertise but homeowners argue they spoil the appearance of their suburbs.

They have caused so much controversy in Newcastle that the council has now successfully applied to ban all 'to rent' signs across large parts of the city.

From January, any landlord who doesn't comply faces fines of up to £2,500.

Katie Oakes reports:

Stockton teen says bullying should be criminal offence

A teenager who tried to commit suicide at the age of 14 after years of bullying says the law needs to change to make it a criminal offence.

Cherise Hilton is still on anti-depressants years after leaving the school she was at in Stockton.

As many youngsters prepare to return to classes after the summer holidays, the 18 year old has taken the brave decision to speak out about her own experience in the hope it will encourage others who are being bullied to come forward and ask for help.

Kenny Toal reports:

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