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Former Olympian to open Sunderland fitness facilities

Former Olympic athlete Colin Jackson is to officially open new fitness facilities in Sunderland.

An open day will be held at the Sunderland Aquatic and Wellness Centre and Raich Carter Sports Centre on Saturday September 5th.

Colin Jackson coming to Sunderland Credit: PA

The events will celebrate the end of extensive refurbishments works carried out at both centres, with local people getting an opportunity to try out the new facilities for the first time.

Colin Jackson will cut the ceremonial ribbon at 10am with the open day running until 4pm.

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Man charged with Whitley Bay stabbing

A man has been charged following a stabbing at a house in Whitley Bay.

46-year-old Garry Robinson who lives on York Road has been charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

The 37-year-old victim remains in hospital where he is described as being in a stable condition.

Police release CCTV image of man they want to trace over stolen cash

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Police have released CCTV images of a man they want to trace after a quantity of cash was stolen from an address in Newcastle.

The theft happened around 3pm on Friday May 29th.

An occupant of Scarborough Road noticed a quantity of cash had gone missing from his home after a man visited the address.

Police are keen to speak to the man pictured who was in the area at the time and could have information to assist with enquiries.

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Largest vessel of its kind destined for Teesport

PD Ports has announced the arrival of a new Roll-on/roll-off service direct from Japan to Teesport.

From September, the new route will use global shipping line, K-Line’s 7500-unit 'Ro-Ro' vessels to transport cargoes from the Port of Tokuyama-Kudamatsu, Japan to Teesport.

The vessels will be the largest vessels of their kind to arrive at Teesport, at a length of just under 200m and 75,216 GWT and will allow exporters to connect directly from Teesport.

Group accused of blackmail plot to appear in court

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Three men and a woman are to appear before magistrates in Peterlee this morning after a major police operation in east Durham yesterday.

Shortly after 7.30am on Wednesday August 26th, police visited a number of addresses in the Wingate, Station Town and Thornley areas, in connection with a long-running investigation into an alleged blackmail.

Six men and two women were arrested in total and four of the suspects have now been charged with perverting the course of justice.

The others have been released on police bail until the end of September pending further enquiries.

The address police visited in Thornley resulted in the arrest of 33-year-old man for possession of class A drugs. He also has been bailed for four weeks pending further enquiries and this is a separate investigation from the blackmail case.

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Glider pilot airlifted to hospital after landing short of Pocklington runway

A glider pilot has been airlifted to hospital after making a heavy landing on rough ground at a North Yorkshire airfield.

The incident occurred this afternoon at Pocklington airfield, when the glider fell short of the main runway.

The pilot remains in hospital and his condition is not known at present. A second pilot on board was not injured.

The glider, which is not based at Pocklington, was taking part in a two-seater glider competition which is being held at the Wolds Gliding Club. It had launched by aerotow from the airfield earlier in theafternoon and was returning to land at the site.

Wolds Gliding Club chairman Graham Wadforth said:

“All glider pilots are trained to a high standard by BGA approved instructors and as a consequence such accidents are relatively rare."

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