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Fund for Alan Barnes breaks £80 thousand

The fund raising site set up after a disabled pensioner was attacked outside his Gateshead home has raised more than £87 thousand.

67 year old Alan Barnes, who is visually impaired, was pushed to the ground by an man demanding money, suffering a broken collarbone.

The would-be robber checked his pockets but ran off when Mr Barnes screamed for help.

The web page was set up by 21-year-old beautician Katie Cutler. She is due to meet with Mr Barnes tomorrow (Sunday 1 February).

Mr Barnes says he will always remember the generosity.

Teenager dies in road collision in Northumberland

A teenager has died after a collision between a car and a scooter in Northumberland.

It happened at 10pm last night (Friday 30th January) on North Road at the junction with Magdalene Drive in Berwick.

The rider of the scooter, a 16-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Motor Patrols Sergeant Jason Ryder, said: "It's important we find out what happened and I would ask anyone who may have witnessed the collision to contact us.

"We believe the boy was with another male on a scooter shortly before the collision and they had visited McDonald's in Berwick. We're keen to hear from anyone who saw them, whether in Mcdonald's or the surrounding area."

A 43-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless/inconsiderate driving and has been released on police bail.


REPORT: River Wear safety

Following a rescue operation in the early hours of this morning to save the life of another student who had fallen into the the River Wear, police are saying there is a desperate need to change the drinking culture among students.

Watch Frances Read's report on river safety measures in Durham:


'Her death has left a big hole': Son's tribute to mother who died in a house fire

The woman who died in a house fire near Darlington has now been identified as Freda Thompson, 88, from Barningham.

The inquest for the fire, which started on 24 January 2014, opened and adjourned into her death yesterday.

Freda’s son Mark has said:

My mum was a lovely person who loved nothing more than doing her garden and chatting to people. She was loved by everyone who knew her and we are absolutely devastated that she has been taken from us by such a tragic event.

Her death has left a big hole in our family and she will be sadly missed by everyone who knew her.

– Mark Thompson

Weather: ICE warning

Credit: Met Office

Icy stretches are likely to form on untreated surfaces on Friday evening, overnight and into Saturday morning.

In addition, further accumulation of snow are likely on high ground, especially across the northern half of the yellow area.

The public should be aware of the risk of difficult driving conditions.

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