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Rio ready: Teesside Paralympian back in the saddle

It's already been a lively summer in Rio with the World Cup and now, a woman from Darlington has set her sights on competing there at the next Paralympic games after suffering a serious accident which meant both her legs had to be amputated.

Jane Lishman was left fighting for her life. But now, as Frances Read reports, she's trying to qualify for Rio:

North Yorkshire child abuser jailed for 15 years

Phillip Jon Haddock
Phillip Jon Haddock has been jailed for 15 years

Phillip Jon Haddock, a 43-year-old from Selby, has been jailed for 15 years at York Crown Court after pleading guilty to seven offences, including one of raping a teenage boy, four charges of sexually assaulting a girl aged under 13, one rape of a girl under 13 and one attempted rape of a girl aged under 13. The offences took place between 2012 and 2014.

Although the sentence cannot reflect the impact that his actions have had on the victims, it does mean that they can now start to look to their futures and try to come to terms with the ordeal they have endured.

There is no doubt that Haddock presents a danger to children and would have continued to do so had it not been for the courage of his victims and their loved ones in supporting the police investigation.

The jailing of Haddock means that society and children in general are now protected from the depraved and sickening actions of a dangerous man.

– Detective Constable Charlotte Gregory of North Yorkshire Police’s Protecting Vulnerable Persons Unit


Free school students will 're-energise the region'

A multi-million pound free school has opened on Tyneside, claiming it will help address the skills gap in engineering in the North East.

Pupils in the Discovery School will work to office hours in manufacturing units similar to industry.

A free school is a state school that is allowed to deviate from the curriculum to fulfil a specialist need.

Critics argue that they cost too much but the Discovery School's Principal, Wendy Allen, says that is not the case:

Ant & Dec bring host of celebrity friends to Newcastle

Ant & Dec
Double BAFTA Award winners Ant & Dec are bringing a host of celebrity friends to Newcastle for the filming of their 'Saturday Night Takeaway' Credit: Matt Crossick/EMPICS Entertainment

Ant & Dec are bringing their award winning ITV show, 'Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway', to their home town of Newcastle for a spectacular live show in just over a week's time.

Never one to disappoint, the Geordie boys are adding celebrity friends Alan Shearer, Chesney Hawkes and Tony Christie to the mix for filming.

In addition, the raft of celebrity stars will be joined on stage by former Pussycat Doll, Ashley Roberts, who will resume her role as the host of 'Ant v Dec' and Irish dance phenomenon Riverdance who will be treating the city to a live performance.

Takeaway is the one show that people always tell us they'd love to be in the audience for, so we've decided to take the show to them! Just like the TV show the audience will have a chance of winning some fantastic prizes as well as being an essential part of the show. It's been an ambition of ours for a long time to go on tour and we can't wait to come home!

– Ant & Dec

Police appeal following voyeurism offence in Newcastle

Image released by Northumbria Police of man they are seeking to trace

Police have released an image of someone they wish to trace following a suspected voyeurism offence in Newcastle.

The incident is believed to have happened at 4.50pm on Friday, 8th August at a tanning salon in Westerhope.

A woman customer was in a cubicle in the premises when she reported a phone was placed over the top and a picture taken of her.

Police are keen to trace the man in the image who may be able to assist with enquiries.

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