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New safety campaign to help prevent more river deaths

The families of three young people who drowned in York's rivers are to take part in a new safety campaign to help prevent further tragedy.

Ben Clarkson, Tyler Pearson and Megan Roberts all died earlier this year.

Now the local police and council are due to announce plans on how to tackle the drinking culture which has been a factor in a number of river related deaths in the city.

Frazer Maude reports:

8-year-old asks thieves to return specially adapted bike

Tilly Lockey lost her hands to meningitis Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

An 8-year-old girl who lost her hands to meningitis has asked the thieves who stole her specially adapted bike to return it.

Tilly Lockey and her two sisters' bikes were taken from their grandmother's garage in Blackhill in County Durham at the weekend.

Tilly uses prosthetic limbs after she had her hands and toes amputated in 2007.

Her mother, Sarah, says that although they will be able to replace Lucy-Anna and Tia's bikes, Tilly's took months to adapt.


Humberside Airport confirm helicopter did not set off from Durham Tees Valley

Paul Litten, commercial director for the Humberside Airport, has confirmed that the helicopter which crashed in East Yorkshire flew through Teesside airspace, but did not set off from Durham Tees Valley airport.

We do not know anyone on the aircraft. It was coming from the north to another destination in the UK.

It was coming from Durham Tees Valley airspace into our airspace having come from further north. The aircraft was apparently due to pick up fuel at Humberside but that is standard operations.

We understand that some time earlier this afternoon, members of the public near Flamborough saw the helicopter fall into the sea.

We had not taken over the responsibility for it from an air traffic perspective. It is so far away from us it is not within our remit of control.

We do know that the Air Accident Investigation Branch have been called in.

It is not an oil and gas helicopter which operates from our airport. It is a medium sized private helicopter on a private flight.

Our thoughts are with the family of those on board.

– Paul Litten

Laurel letter sells for £1,400 at Newcastle auction

A letter from one half of legendary comedy duo Laurel and Hardy that was sent to a family friend has sold for £1,400 today in Newcastle.

The letter was sold at Anderson and Garland's Fine Art & Antiques sale by Mrs Miller's daughter, also called Margaret, who is now 88 and lives in Hexham.

A spokesman for Anderson and Garland said they are "delighted" with the sum.

Helicopter crash 'did not set off from Durham Tees Valley'

Reports that the helicopter which has crashed took off from Teesside have been dismissed.

There were reports that the aircraft had flown from Durham Tees Valley Airport (DTVA).

But according to Western Aviation, this is not the case.

A spokesman has said that the helicopter had not set off from the airport.

Original reports stated that Durham Tees Valley Airport was involved and Paul Litten, commercial director for the Humberside Airport, was reported as saying: “This was a private flight from Durham Tees Valley and was due to arrive with our air traffic controllers later this afternoon."

The direct flight path of the helicopter remains unknown.

More details to follow.

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