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Redcar hosts sand sculpture spectacular

Redcar has hosted an international sand sculpture event as part of a campaign to bring more visitors and new businesses into the town. The community event aims to boost tourism and help regenerate the town after the closure of its steelworks.

The local action group, Friends of Redcar, has staged "Kick off the Summer", putting on activities and entertainment in a bid to attract visitors. Sand artists from around the world have been crafting spectacular creations.

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Redcar was left reeling after the collapse of the SSI steelworks last year which resulted in more than two thousand workers being made redundant and hundreds more losing their jobs in the supply chain.

Redcar & Cleveland Councillor, Carl Quartermain, whose brief includes Jobs, Skills and Leisure said he hoped the event to kick start the summer season would encourage both visitors and new traders:

What Redcar has lacked for some time is a bit of a visitor economy. We want to try and attract new traders in so that once they see this is a vibrant town, they might come here and want to trade."

– Redcar & Cleveland Councillor, Carl Quartermain

Northumberland County Show attracts thousands

The Northumberland County Show has attracted thousands of visitors to its site in Bywell, near Stocksfield.

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As well as the traditional showjumping and best in show exhibits, attractions include sheep shearing, wrestling and an alpaca competition.

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Organisers are hopeful that 20,000 people will attend.

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Man suffers serious head injuries following assault at the O2 Academy

A man has suffered serious head injuries following an assault at the O2 Academy on Westgate Road.

It happened in the early hours of Monday, May 30. The 24-year-old was inside when he was allegedly attacked by a man on the dance floor. He was struck a number of times to his head before being taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary with serious head injuries.

The offender is described as a white man, 6 feet 4" tall, very large build and a bald head. He left the venue walking towards Westgate Road.

He was with a woman in the premises who is described as having a small build, long blond waist length hair, a short skirt and top and Roman style sandals with knee length ties.

We're appealing for help from the public to identify and locate this offender.

We also want to hear from anyone who witnessed the attack. The O2 was very busy and there will have been a number of people who will have seen what happened and we're asking them to come forward and contact the police.

This is a serious assault and we need to find the offender quickly. We're asking for anyone who was in Newcastle city centre at this time and who may have seen this distinctive couple to come forward.

– Detective Inspector Denise Cark

Officers are checking CCTV and asking for any taxi drivers who may have picked this man up to contact them.

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North Yorkshire Police in clampdown on burglars

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More than 6,000 homes in York have been checked by police since the beginning of the month to ensure they are secured against criminals.

The crime prevention campaign has so far seen dozens of officers patrolling the streets of the city as part of the biggest ever clampdown on burglars.

Detectives are hoping to have visited 25,000 properties by the end of summer.

"Sneak-in thieves will take any chance to help themselves to your belongings, so please don't give them that opportunity. It takes just a few seconds to lock your doors and windows, and it could save you a great deal of expense and distress."

– Inspector Lee Pointon, of York Police

Police appeal for witnesses following fatal accident

Durham Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman died when the car she was travelling in left the road and hit a concrete gate post.

61-year-old Audrey Elliott, from Durham, was driving an Audi A6 on the A688, Barford Corner between Staindrop and Barnard Castle on Friday 27th May at 5.35pm.

She was taken from the scene by Air Ambulance to James Cook Hospital but died as a result of her injuries.

Durham Constabulary would like any witnesses to the accident to contact the investigating officers from the Collision Investigation Unit on 0191 3752159 and quote incident reference DHM27052015-0400.

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Druridge Bay anti-coal mine beach picnic protest

A beach picnic will be held today at Druridge Bay in Northumberland to protest plans to build an open cast coal mine on the site.

The "Save Druridge Bay' campaign say the coal mine would damage the environment, causing noise pollution and damaging air quality.

Developers Banks Mining say the project would introduce new wildlife habitats and boost tourism in the area by improving infrastructure.

The Discover Druridge initiative that we developed as a core part of our Highthorn proposals will create both an enhanced tourism offering and substantial new wildlife habitats in and around the Druridge area, and will provide the additional funding and facilities needed to enable even more people to enjoy what we wholeheartedly agree is a wonderful location.

The Discover Druridge project would see a coordinated approach involving local people, tourism and conservation bodies that would help deliver an offering which will sustain the Druridge Bay area for years to come, and give it the infrastructure required for managing the increasing numbers of visitors that the scheme would hope to draw in."

– Banks Mining

Northumberland County Council say a planning decision has yet to be made.

Appeal for witnesses after fatal collision in County Durham

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The driver of a car has died after a head on collision in Cockfield in County Durham.

The police are appealing for witnesses to the serious accident that happened on the B6282 Lands Road on Sunday (29th May 2016).

The crash involved a Silver Ford Fiesta and a Silver Skoda Fabia, and happened just before half past 12 (in the early hours of the morning).

The driver of the Ford Fiesta suffered fatal injuries and the rear seat passenger of the Skoda was taken to James Cook University Hospital with serious injuries.

"This is a tragic incident and our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the family and friends of all those involved”

– Sergeant Kevin Salter
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