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.
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.
Huge crowds came out despite wind and rain as cycling's Tour de Yorkshire rolled through the region.
It was a big day for Middlesbrough which hosted the start of the third and final stage. As Gregg Easteal reports, the town certainly made its mark:
Thomas Voeckleur leads the Tour de Yorkshire 2016.
The Frenchman won Stage 3 with a time of 4h 51m 57s.
Thomas Voeckleur has won Stage 3 of this year's Tour de Yorkshire.
The Frenchman crossed the finish line at North Bay in Scarborough in 4h 51m 57s.
Voeckleur is leading the Tour overall with a total time of 13h 05m 16s.