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Woman 'crushed by horse' in Egypt to return to Stockton

A woman from Stockton paralysed in a horse riding accident in Egypt is expected to fly back to the UK today after an online appeal raised more than £30,000.

Olivia Fairclough, 31, was living and working in the country when she was crushed by her horse last month.

Her travel insurance lapsed leaving her stuck 2,500 miles from home, in Eaglescliffe. Her family raised enough money to get her home and friends contacted the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) for help.

Andy Mawson, an aircrew paramedic at the Darlington-based charity, approached Capital Air Ambulance, which agreed to fly a specially equipped Learjet 45 to pick up Ms Fairclough from a Cairo hospital.

Red kite volunteers urge people to report persecution

A red kite Credit: ITV News

A volunteer group, which protects and monitors red kites in the Derwent Valley, is urging people to report any incidents of persecution of the birds.

It comes after it was revealed that a red kite was found dead with shotgun wounds in Chopwell Woods, on the edge of Gateshead, over Easter.

Now Friends of Red Kites is asking members of the public to get in touch if they see, or suspect, similar incidents.

Red Kites were re-introduced to the Derwent Valley between 2004 and 2007. Since then, the bird has become established in the area, attracting many visitors.

Red kites are protected by law.

Volunteers from Friends of Red Kites Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

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