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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:

To read our full guide on how to deal with bullies click here: Bullying - spotting the signs and dealing with it

100 children from 'Ollie's army' raising money for friend

This weekend, nearly 60,000 people will be taking part in one of the Great North Run events, many of them fundraising for a cause close to their hearts.

And in Gateshead more than 100 children have been training together for the big event.

'Ollie's Army' will run the Junior Great North Run in honour of their 9-year-old friend Oliver Roberts who has a brain tumour.

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Colback ruled out of England friendly

Jack Colback
Newcastle United midfielder Jack Colback Credit: David Davies/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Newcastle United midfielder Jack Colback has been ruled out of England's friendly against Norway due to an injury.

The 24-year-old earned his first call-up to the international squad last week but will miss tomorrow night's match at Wembley after picking up a slight knock.

Colback joined Newcastle on a free transfer from North East rivals Sunderland over the summer.

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81-year-old woman dies in crash in Sunderland

Dolores Hubbert died in car collision

Police are still keen to speak to anyone who witnessed a crash in which an 81-year-old driver died.

Dolores Hubbert from Houghton was killed when her Nissan Micra hit a Toyota Yaris on the A690 at East Rainton just after midday on Friday, 29th August.

The road was closed for around three hours while emergency services dealt with the collision and to allow for investigation to take place. Dolores was taken to North Durham Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Her family have said: "Mam was a dedicated parishioner of St Michael's R.C. Church, Houghton-le-Spring and previously St Patrick's, Ryhope and a highly respected member of the community. She was well loved and a dedicated wife to Ivo and latterly Len, a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and auntie. The family would like to express their gratitude to the emergency services, including the staff at Durham University Hospital, Durham and Northumbria Police forces and the Great North Air ambulance service for their dedicated efforts to save her."

Delays on A1 after lorry drives into bridge

Motorists are advised of possible delays on the A1 after a lorry struck a bridge near Lobley Hill.

Diversions are currently in place northbound along the A167 and southbound at Lobley Hill Road/Victoria Road junction along to Askew Road.

Emergency services are the scence working to clear the road as soon as possible and ensure minimum traffic disruption.

The incident happened around 4.50am this morning (Tuesday, 2nd September). It does not appear anyone has been injured.

Durham Police take part in the Ice Bucket Challenge

Durham Police take the ice bucket challenge

ACC Dave Orford and members of Durham Constabulary have taken part in the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money for McMillan Cancer research.

The force used buckets and a fire hydrant to drench the officers.

Their nominees include Mark McGregor (Chester-le-Street A Relief) and Chief Inspector Andy Huddleston.

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Global companies unite to restore Spanish City Dome

The Spanish City Dome
The Spanish City Dome Credit: North Tyneside Council

Two global companies are coming together and forming a professional partnership to restore the Spanish City Dome in Whitley Bay.

Mott MacDonald is a £1.2 billion global management, engineering and development consultancy.

ADP is a high-quality architectural practice currently ranked 19 in the Architects' Journal Top 100.

Together, the companies will provide all architectural, structural, mechanical and electrical engineering design services for the repair and renovation of the Spanish City in Whitley Bay.

The Spanish City Dome is a Grade II Listed building of great national importance being an early example of the ‘Hennebique’ patented system of reinforced concrete construction. When it was built in 1910, the Spanish City Dome was the largest freestanding dome in the UK after St Paul’s Cathedral.

The Spanish City Dome
Credit: North Tyneside Council
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