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Pensioner has life-savings stolen after being bashed on head with coal shovel

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A County Durham pensioner was attacked and had his life savings stolen in a raid on his home.

The 77-year-old man was alone in his property in Coronation, near Bishop Auckland at approximately 8.30pm on Saturday, 21 January.

He went outside to get some coal from his coal shed when he was tackled by three men.

They took the coal shovel from the pensioner and hit him over the head.

He was then taken into his home where he was pinned to the floor while two of the men searched through his belongings.

The three suspects then fled with the man’s life savings.

The pensioner was taken to Darlington Memorial Hospital where he was treated for his injuries and later released.

This is an abhorrent attack on a pensioner who had merely popped outside to fetch some coal to stoke up his fire.

“It must have been extremely terrifying for the victim who was put through a horrendous ordeal.

“He is obviously very shaken by the incident but thankfully does not appear to have suffered any serious injuries.

“The suspects escaped with this gentleman’s life savings, which was a substantial amount of cash.

“Although investigations are at an early stage, this would appear to have been a targeted raid.

“I would urge anybody who has any information to please contact us and help bring those responsible for this despicable crime to justice.”

– DS Peter Lonsdale, of Durham Constabulary

Durham cricket star Ben Stokes shines in victory over India

England Cricketer, Ben Stokes Credit: PA

England exorcised their Kolkata demons by securing a nerve-shredding last-ball victory in the third one-day international against India, finally ending a winless winter in the country.

England had never won an ODI at Eden Gardens before and nine months ago saw the World Twenty20 slip from their grasp at the ground when West Indian Carlos Brathwaite clubbed Ben Stokes for four successive sixes in the final over.

But, County Durham lad Ben Stokes stood tall in this five-run win, scoring an unbeaten 57 in England's 321 for eight then taking three for 63, including two fine overs at the death.

But the last visit was left to Chris Woakes this time and he successfully defended 16, closing the game out with three dots and a wicket.

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Police believe Gosforth pub fire was started deliberately

Police believe the fire was started deliberately. Credit: Jubliee Public House, Facebook Page

Police are investigating an arson attack which destroyed a Newcastle pub.

Emergency services were called to the Jubilee Public House in Gosforth in the early hours of Sunday, 22 January following reports of a fire.

The fire was brought under control by around 1.50am, but fire crews remained at the scene throughout Sunday morning.

The cause of the fire is being investigated. Police believe it was started deliberately.

We got the call from the fire service to say it is believed the fire was started by malicious ignition.

“We’ve gone along and their investigating officer has told us they think the fire was started maliciously.

“We now have CID and scene of crime officers investigating, along with the fire service investigations officer.”

– Northumbria Police

Staff posted the following comment on the Jubilee Public House Facebook page:

The Jubliee Public House will be closed until further notice. Credit: Facebook

The pub will remain closed until further notice.

Staff posted updates on the Jubilee Public House Facebook page. Credit: Jubilee Public House Facebook page.

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Missing Hexham woman found safe and well

Jennifer Hillier has been found safe and well. Credit: Northumbria Police

A woman from Hexham who'd been missing for almost a week has been found safe and well.

Jennifer Hillier was reported missing from her home in Hextol Terrace on January 16, at 5.30pm.

Northumbria Police launched an appeal to find the 20-year-old after concerns were raised for her welfare.

However, on Sunday morning, police released a statement confirming she had been found.

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