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Tributes left to Durham students

Flowers have been left to Durham students Euan Coulthard and Sope Peters Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Flowers have been left above the spot where a body, believed to be Euan Coulthard, was recovered from the River Wear. The flowers also pay tribute to Durham University students, Sope Peters, 20, went missing on October 29, 2013 and Luke Pearce, 19, who drowned on May 11, 2014.

"Always in our hearts" Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Durham Student's Union says it is working with the University, Police and Fire Service to improve safety and try to avoid another tragedy.

“We are deeply saddened to hear the tragic news of Euan Coulthard’s death. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this very difficult time.

– Dan Slavin, President of Durham Students’ Union
Euan Coulthard went missing after a night out with friends 10 days ago Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

“Durham Students’ Union will continue to work with Durham University, Durham County Council, the Police and the Fire Rescue Service to address and improve student safety. We are taking a joined up approach and formed a working group last year. The safety of our students is of paramount importance and we will work with our partners to avoid another tragedy.”

– Dan Slavin, President of Durham Students’ Union

Elderly woman dies in house fire

An elderly woman has died after a house fire in a bungalow.

Firefighters were called to the house, which is between the villages of Barninham and Newsham, near Richmond, at about 10:30am.

They are now investigating what caused the fire and working to contact the relatives of the woman who died.

Inspector Ian Sirrell, from North Yorkshire Police, said: "The cause of the fire is being investigated by fire investigators, supported by specially-trained personnel.

"Unfortunately, the elderly resident of the property has died at the scene.

"We are working with colleagues in neighbouring forces to locate and inform family members."

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Vet: Jumping rabbits love their exercise

You had better hop to the Great Yorkshire Show Ground this weekend, if you want to see a new take on the Grand National.

The Swedish rabbit jumping team are appearing at the the Burgess Premier Small Animal Show. The bunnies have been specially bred, and can jump as high as three feet.

According to organisers, they love to show jump and they hope the attraction will help owners to understand how much exercise pet rabbits need.

Tina Larsson from the Swedish rabbit jumping team and vet, Matthew Brash told ITV Calendar about what spectators could expect:

Men 'force way into home and demand car keys'

Two men allegedly stole a car from a residential street in Newcastle after forcing their way into a home and demanding the car keys.

Police said they then drove away in the Ford Focus, which had been parked on Kirkston Avenue in Lemington.

It happened at about 9:45pm on Friday, 23rd January. Police officers found the car a short distance away and arrested one man on suspicion of burglary.

Northumbria Police is now appealing for any witnesses to what happened and to locate the second man.

Middlesbrough prepare to take on the champions in FA Cup clash

Aitor Karanka's Middlesbrough are currently riding high, just one point behind league leaders Bournemouth in the Championship. Credit: PA
If Boro can beat Manuel Pellegrini's Manchester City side it will be a giant-killing of epic proportions. Credit: PA

Middlesbrough are preparing to take on the Premier League champions, Manchester City, in the FA Cup.

The fourth round clash kicks-off at the Etihad Stadium at 3pm today.

The last time Boro faced Manchester City was five years ago when they suffered a 1-0 home defeat, also in the FA Cup.

Middlesbrough are currently second in the Championship, just one point behind league leaders Bournemouth.

Meanwhile, in another fourth round contest, Sunderland will welcome Championship side Fulham to the Stadium of Light today. That game is also at 3pm.

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