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Seaham hotel undergoing demolition partially collapses into street

A Seaham hotel already undergoing demolition has partially collapsed.

The Harbour View Hotel at 18 North Terrace, Seaham, partly collapsed onto the street on Saturday morning. Police say nobody was inside and nobody was injured in the incident.

Council teams are on site waiting for demolition teams to access the site.

The road remains closed.

16-year-old raped by man wearing balaclava in Newcastle

Police are appealing for witnesses after a teenager was raped in Newcastle by a man wearing a balaclava.

The 16-year-old girl was walking alone along a waggonway from Tyne View in Lemington last night between 10.45pm and 11.05pm.

The girl had left her group of friends and was grabbed as she walked alone along Hadrian Way to Sugley Wayshe.

The man raped the girl and left, leaving her in what police have called 'an extremely distressed state'. The girl then managed to telephone for assistance. She has been taken to hospital for treatment and specialist officers are with her.

The offender is described as approximately 5 feet 4" tall, was dressed all in black, wearing a jumper, trousers and trainers and a balaclava.

Detective Chief Inspector Helen Anderson said:

We're appealing for help from the public to help us find the man responsible for this horrendous attack on a young girl. She is extremely shocked and traumatised as a result of the ordeal she was put through. Understandably this is an incredibly distressing incident for the victim we have specially trained officers ensuring she and her family has the support they need.

It's important we trace the man responsible and I would ask anyone who was in the area at the time and anyone who thinks they may have information that could help, to get in contact with us straightaway.

This area is a popular location for dog walkers and it is believed there was a man with two dogs seen in the area just prior to the attack and police are keen to speak with him."

– Detective Chief Inspector Helen Anderson

Officers are carrying out searches of the area and are making house to house enquiries.

Neighbourhood Inspector Alan Pitchford added:

Officers will be carrying out patrols in the area to offer reassurance to the local community and anyone concerned can speak to an officer.

As part of our enquiries officers are in the area speaking to local residents."

– Neighbourhood Inspector Alan Pitchford

81-year-old to run 5k in honour of Ali Brownlee

81-year-old Yvonne Gamble-Thompson has entered the Ali Brownlee Cleveland Centre 5k in honour of her favourite Boro commentator and radio presenter.

The radio presenter and commentator know as 'the voice of the Boro' died in February after a short battle with cancer Credit: BBC Tees

Yvonne will be wearing her ‘One of Our Own’ Ali Brownlee t-shirt and will be accompanied around the 3.1 mile route on 5th June.

Yvonne said:

I just thought he was absolutely great. We listened to him every morning on BBC Tees and of course for the football.

He was an ordinary person but he got through to hundreds and thousands of people. He will never be forgotten.

Even when Boro played absolutely rubbish he said we would do better next time and we’d just had an off-day. He always had time to say how are you doing, have you enjoyed the match?"

– Yvonne Gamble-Thompson

Yvonne's husband Harry Gamble-Thompson, 84, has run marathons across the world along with daughter Helen.

The family are big Boro fans and attend games at the Riverside while Ali’s voice was a fixture on Yvonne and Harry’s radio before his death earlier this year.

Cllr Lewis Young, Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said:

“Ali was a brilliant advocate for the 5k and 10k runs in Middlesbrough and its ethos of community participation.

“We were delighted to hear Yvonne was taking part in the 5k and she is an example to us all. I hope she and her family enjoy the day.”


Three men still in custody after man dies in Middlesbrough police station

Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Cleveland Police have extended the detention of the three men arrested on suspicion of murder and aggravated burglary.

It's in connection with the death of 50-year- old Lawrence French from Middlesbrough.

Mr. French was speaking to police at Middlesbrough Police Station about an alleged burglary that had supposedly taken place at his Alwent Road home, when he became seriously ill.

Despite the efforts of staff, police officers and ambulance staff, he was pronounced dead a short time later at James Cook University Hospital.

A post mortem examination has been carried out.

England beat Australia in Sunderland

Marcus Rashford scored with only his fourth touch of the game. Credit: PA

England beat Australia 2-1 in a friendly at the Stadium of Light, with teen debutant Marcus Rashford scoring a brilliant goal in the second minute with only his fourth touch of the game.

Wayne Rooney smashed in a second for Roy Hodgson's side – his first England goal as a sub – before an Eric Dier headed own goal gave Australia some hope midway through the second half.

Could you be a County Durham running 'leader'?

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County Durham Sport is looking for running 'leaders' to encourage others to join running groups in the area.

County Durham Sport want to both new beginners and more experienced runners, particularly in Peterlee and East Durham.

Running can be a great way to help you get more active. Regardless of your age or fitness level, if you’ve never run before or haven’t run for years, running can be very accessible and flexible. It’s not expensive, all you need is a decent pair of trainers and a little bit of encouragement and support.

– Becks Lippe from County Durham Sport
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