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County Durham climber plans escape from Everest after deadly avalanche

Nick Talbot at Everest base camp on climb to summit Credit: Nick Talbot's photo

A mountaineer from County Durham and his team are attempting to leave Mount Everest after being caught up in an avalanche that has killed one of their teammates.

Nick Talbot, from Hamsterley Forest, was climbing with the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and had just passed base camp.

But a series of avalanches were triggered after an earthquake hit nearby Kathmandu. So far, the death toll for the earthquake stands at 1,800 people.

The company that organised the trek, Jagged Edge, told Tyne Tees that their team would attempt to leave Mount Everest this afternoon - and attempt a trek that could take several days towards the nearest airport.

Nick Talbot's team-mate, Daniel Fredinburg, was killed in the avalanche and several other members of their team were injured. Mr Fredinburg was an American who worked for Google, and died from head injuries.

We appreciate all of the love that has been sent our way thus far and know his soul and his spirit will live on in so many of us. All our love and thanks to those who shared this life with our favorite hilarious, strong-willed man. He was and is everything to us.

– Megan Fredinburg, Daniel's sister
Daniel Fredinburg, who has been killed in the avalanche Credit: Megan Fredinburg

38-year-old Nick Talbot has cystic fibrosis, and was hoping to be the first person with the condition to scale Mount Everest.

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Protest at St James' Park

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Newcastle fans have held a protest at St James' Park during the Magpies home game against Swansea.

Many stood up in the 34th minute and some help up cards showing they want Mike Ashley out.

An earlier planned demonstration outside Sports Direct shops was less successful.

A handful gathered outside the store on Northumberland Street in Newcastle.

There were no shows at other planned protests including one in London and another opposite the Stadium of Light in Sunderland.

Swan shot dead in Northumberland

A swan has been shot dead at a lake in Northumberland.

It happened at Castle Island Way in Ashington at 8.24pm yesterday evening (Friday, April 24).

Two men are reported to have shot the swan before making off.

The first is described as white, medium build, in his mid 20s wearing white shorts and a green t-shirt. The was wearing a dark adidas tracksuit and baseball cap.

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Ashley protest a washout

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There was a small turn out to a protest organised by Newcastle United fans outside the Sports Direct store in Newcastle this lunch time.

The pressure group, Ashley Out, had called for peaceful demonstrations before today's match outside every Sports Direct store within a 20-mile radius of St. James' Park.

The chain of sports shops is owned by the football club's owner, Mike Ashley.

A handful gathered outside the store on Northumberland Street in the rain this afternoon. There were no shows at other shops.

Some fans are planning to boycott the match for the second week in a row, while others intend to stand up en masse for one minute during the game against Swansea.

Car damaged in South Shields

Police are appealing for witnesses after a car was damaged in South Shields.

The front window of a car was smashed in Hudson Street between 4.30pm on Monday April 20 and 12.55pm on Friday, April 24.

Officers are carrying out enquiries and appealing for any witnesses.

Prudhoe rape took place in house, detectives say

Police investigating the rape of a woman in Prudhoe say they now think the incident took place in a property the Northumberland town.

It was thought the woman was attacked in a alley between Holyoake Street and Neale Street.

Detectives now think the incident, which happened on Sunday, April 12 took place at a nearby address.

It Is believed those involved know each other. A man and woman, have attended a police station voluntarily to speak to police.

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