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83-year-old forced to leave as council closes care home

83-year-old Don Robson is the last resident of Newton House in Stanhope. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

83-year-old Don Robson is the last resident to leave Newton House in Stanhope ahead of its closure by the council.

Protesters have today formed a circle around the care home and hung banners to express their despair at its impending closure.

Residents of Newton House in Stanhope, County Durham, face closure because of a decision by Durham County Council's cabinet.

They received approved recommendations to close Cheveley House in Belmont, Feryemount in Ferryhill, Grampian House in Peterlee, Mendip House in Chester-le-Street and Newton House in Stanhope.

Don will be moving in with his son and daughter-in-law Michelle Robson, who says she is "disgusted" by the council's decision.

Michelle Robson, whose father-in-law, Donald, 83, is a resident is hanging a banner in protest Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Lesley Jeavons, Durham County Council’s head of adult care, has said:

When Cabinet made the difficult decision to close our five remaining care homes they took into account a great deal of feedback from residents and their families as well as details on the potential impact on those affected. This included specific concerns raised in regard to Newtown House and its rural location.

While we have the greatest of empathy with the concerns raised, it is simply not possible in the current financial environment to continue to provide in-house residential care. Our homes were not operating to full capacity, were costly to run and needed significant capital investment to maintain quality standards.

Newtown House was one of our most expensive homes to run and its occupancy had fallen in the past year. This meant is was costing us increasingly more to care for each resident and it was more and more unlikely that this situation would improve.

– Durham County Council

NUFC coaches apologise for conduct at Southampton match

Newcastle United received a number of complaints from supporters regarding the conduct of its coaching staff during and after the defeat to Southampton on Saturday, 13th September.

The club has now said "this matter has been dealt with internally."

Assistant Manager John Carver, has apologised to fans for his behaviour:

NUFC's Assistant Manager, John Carver Credit: Clint Hughes/PA

My sole focus on Saturday, as it always is, was on trying to gain three points for Newcastle United and preparing the players to the best of my ability.

This included keeping them focussed on their roles and duties in the upcoming 90 minutes. In the warm up, I was disappointed to see banners that could, in my opinion, distract the players and take focus away from the job in hand - namely winning the match.

I went over to our fans to ask them to help us and requested that they take the banners down. The vast majority of supporters back the team through thick and thin and I am very proud to be one of them.

I was met with abuse from one supporter and I regret that I responded inappropriately. I sincerely apologise for any offence caused by my reaction. Every fan is entitled to an opinion, positive or negative, and I respect that. I hope fans will understand that I, like them, only wanted what was best for the team.

I am proud to work for my home town club and would ask every supporter to back the players and all staff, as they really can make a difference.

– John Carver
NUFC's goalkeeping coach, Andy Woodman Credit: Dave Howarth/PA

Goalkeeping Coach Andy Woodman has also apologised:

I am very sorry for the ill-advised comment I posted privately on Twitter on Sunday morning, which was subsequently made public. It was never my intention, of course, for my response to enter the public domain.

My response was a reaction to significant personal abuse I received from a number of fans which I felt exceeded that which was fair and balanced.

That said I understand my response was unacceptable and I regret my actions and apologise for any offence caused.

– Andy Woodman

Some involved in bus crash were 'from a different school'

Students involved in the crash have been taken to Darlington Memorial Hospital Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A Darlington College spokesman has said: "A total of 14 students from the college were involved and some from a different school.

They have varying degrees of injury, some are going to hospital for a precaution. We think one has a broken nose.

We have sent staff to the scene along with counsellors to do as much as they can to help.

The most important thing is that no one was seriously injured and it could have been a lot worse."

'Sack Pardew' campaigners organise mass protest's official logo, which will be imprinted on banners for the protests on Saturday

'Sack Pardew' protestesters have announced plans for a large scale protest at St James' Park this Saturday, during Newcastle United's home match against Hull City.

The protesters have secured indoor locations at Central Station, The Gate, Haymarket and St James' between 12pm and 2:30pm, where they will be handing out large banners adorned with their black and white logo.

The protesters claim the aim of this is to "display a united front against Alan Pardew and the current malaise at the club, for which we believe he has not assumed an acceptable level of responsibility."

We are protesting against his increasingly poor results over the past two years. We are protesting against his deceit and empty promises. We are protesting against his mismanagement of the club and the playing staff. We are protesting against his misrepresentation of our hopes and expectations. We are protesting against his decision to continue on in what is now an untenable position.

– 'Sack Pardew' protesters


Police concern over sightings of youth with knife

Police in South Tyneside are appealing for information after two suspicious incidents, both concerning sightings of a youth with a knife.

At just before 8pm on Tuesday, 16th September, police received a report of a male youth in Hertford Avenue in possession of a knife.

No-one was injured by the youth, however, his behaviour caused concern to residents in the area.

Then at 7.46pm on Wednesday, 17th September, police received another sighting of a youth in possession of a knife in Hertford Avenue.

The youth was described as being 15 to 16 years old, between 5ft 4 and 5ft 6 and had his face concealed by either a scarf or the hood and collar of a jacket which was black.

Officers believe the same youth is responsible for both incidents and enquiries are ongoing to identify him.

Police are urging residents in Hertford Avenue to report any suspicious behaviour to them immediately so action can be taken.

A happy ending for 8-year-old as stolen bikes are found

Tilly Lockey lost her hands to meningitis and had her specially adapted bike stolen Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Earlier this week, ITV Tyne Tees reported an 8-year-old girl who lost her hands to meningitis had asked the thieves who stole her specially adapted bike to return it.

Tilly Lockey and her two sisters' bikes were taken from their grandmother's garage in Blackhill in County Durham at the weekend.

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And now, the three children’s bikes have been recovered following a report of a burglary received.

Sgt Martin Willis, based at Consett, said: “I’d like to say a big thank you for all the help we’ve had from the community which led us to recover the girls’ bikes. The response to the appeals made by their mother and the police has been overwhelming.

It’s been an absolute pleasure to return the bikes which mean so much to the girls. The theft itself was extremely upsetting for all involved but we’ve all been moved by the goodwill and help we’ve received from everyone.”

Three men and one woman, all from the Derwentside area, were arrested on Wednesday morning. A 36-year-old woman and a 33-year-old man arrested on suspicion of burglary have been bailed pending further enquiries.

Two bikes were recovered from a vehicle stopped by police while the third was found in a house.

Sarah Lockey, the girls' mother, has identified the bikes as those belonging to her three girls Tia, Tilly and Lucy-Anna.

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