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Air ambulance lands at Durham Cathedral to help stricken pedestrian

The Great North Air Ambulance landed at Durham Cathedral to treat a man who had been hit by a bus. It happened close to the North Road bus station in the city shortly before 3pm today (July 28).

The man, who has critical, possibly life-threatening injuries to his chest and abdomen, was airlifted to the RVI.

GNAA lands outside Durham Cathedral airlift critically ill patient.
GNAA lands outside Durham Cathedral airlift critically ill patient. Credit: GNAA
Great North Air Ambulance in operation.
Great North Air Ambulance in operation. Credit: GNAA

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Financial boost for Musicport festival

Local music festival organisers have been awarded a grant of £41k from Arts Council England to help develop their brand and support their programme of activities.

Musicport is the UK's biggest indoor world music festival, held each October/ November in Whitby and now in its 14th year.

One of the attractions is the world's smallest cinema
One of the attractions is the world's smallest cinema

“In these difficult times it is good that the value of what we do for this part of the coast is recognised and the economics of this level of funding will impact on the local economy in a very positive way.

"Having struggled to keep the festival going for the last 3 years and overseen its move back home to Whitby, the not-for-profit organisation can now begin to look forward to developing Musicport once again into a recognised international brand but with very local roots and a strong support locally, regionally and nationally”.

– Jim McLaughlin, Musicport director

Musicport is hosting a party night on August 2 at Whitby Pavilion with DJs and live music in the café.

New additions to the festival line-up in October include comedian Mitch Benn, Eduardo Niebla (Spain), Maia , The Hut People & Mim Suleiman (Zanzibar).

Another new feature at the festival will be the SolCinema, the worlds smallest cinema (pictured), where an audience of 8 are treated with red carpet, usherettes and popcorn to a cinematic experience for short films in a beautifully converted caravan.

Washington police call time on under-age drinking

Police are cracking down on under-age drinking.
Police are cracking down on under-age drinking. Credit: David Jones/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Time is being called on under-age drinking in Washington.

Police received reports of young people drinking and causing a nuisance in Washington.

As a result, Washington Neighbourhood Policing Team carried out enquiries to establish where the alcohol had come from.

The store that sold the alcohol was identified and given a fixed penalty notice following a joint visit by police and trading standards. The store's licence to sell alcohol is now being reviewed.

Two 16-year-olds were arrested for purchasing alcohol while being under 18, both have been bailed pending further enquiries.

The activity forms part of Washington Neighbourhood Policing Team's Operation Finch - aimed at tackling reports of underage drinking and anti-social behaviour across Washington throughout the summer months.

"Operation Finch will continue to see a series of multi-agency operations targeting youth disorder across Washington throughout the summer months. "We will continue to carry out regular test purchases at off licences throughout Washington and take action to those selling alcohol to people under-age and also adults buying alcohol for people under 18."

– Washington Neighbourhood Inspector Paul Stewart

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Harry joins William and Kate at Commonwealth Games

Prince Harry appears to make William and Kate lagch as they watch the action at the SSE Hydro.
Prince Harry appears to make William and Kate laugh as they watch the action at the SSE Hydro. Credit: John Giles/PA Wire

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were joined by Prince Harry as they watched the latest Commonwealth Games action.

They watched gymnasts from across the Commonwealth competed in the men's and women's team finals.
They watched gymnasts from across the Commonwealth competed in the men's and women's team finals. Credit: John Giles/PA Wire

The trio took their seats in the family section of the SSE Hydro arena as gymnasts from across the Commonwealth competed in the men's and women's team finals, and individual qualifying rounds.

Child suicide: special report

It is one of the North East's biggest killers, yet one that we rarely ever speak about.

For years our region has had one of the highest suicide rates in the country, but many campaigners say both the media and the public are too afraid to confront the issue.

In the first part of this special series, our correspondent Dan Ashby looks at the rising rates of child suicide.

Our cameras have followed the story of one teenager, Billi Rathbone, who returned for the first time to the place where she tried to take her own life.

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