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Free school opens despite opposition from own council

A controversial free school that was opposed by its own local council has opened its doors and promises to offer a different type of education.

A free school is one that is set up by an organisation or group of individuals. It is funded by the government but not controlled by local authorities. This means that curriculum, term times and how the school is run is not determined by the government.

Stockton Council said there wasn't enough demand to justify the multi-million pound price tag of the new Ingleby Manor school in Ingleby Barwick.

The school opened this week with just 80 pupils but says it will soon become a huge addition to the area.

Education Correspondent Dan Ashby reports:


VIDEO: Pardew's press conference ahead of Hull match

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has spoken at a press conference today ahead of the Premier League encounter at home against Hull on Saturday.

He admits that results need to improve but says discussion about his own future at St James' Park was not mentioned and is not of "primary concern".

Looking ahead to the weekend, Pardew says he needs to show "resilience" to the players and "try and win as many fans back with our performance as we can".

See his comments at the press conference here:

All casualties from bus crash discharged from hospital

North Yorkshire Police have released a statement confirming the latest information they have regarding this morning's bus crash.

They say 19 students were on the bus, 11 of which were taken to hospital to injuries and two adults who were in the van which crashed with the bus.

All casualties however have now been discharged from hospital.

This is an update following the collision involving a college bus and a van near Aldbrough St John.

There were 19 students on the bus, 16 were from Darlington College, three were from Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College in Darlington.

Nine students were taken to hospital, including two from Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College.

The driver of the bus was not taken to hospital.

The driver and a passenger from the van were both taken to hospital.

All casualties have now been discharged from hospital including the occupants of the van.

– North Yorkshire Police


Pub landlord offers £1,000 reward for info on burglary

A Northumberland landlord has offered a reward for information after his pub was burgled.

The burglary occurred in the early hours of Wednesday, 27th August between 12:05am and 5am, at the Jolly Fisherman at Haven Hill in Craster.

Offenders broke in and stole an amount of cash from inside before making off.

The pub landlord has offered a reward of up to £1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the burglary.

Police are appealing for anyone with information about the burglary to come forward.

Pardew says he hasn't discussed his future with Ashley

Newcastle United Manager, Alan Pardew Credit: Chris Ison/PA

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has revealed he has not discussed his future with owner Mike Ashley following the Magpies poor start to the season.

Pardew's future has become the subject of fevered speculation after Newcastle's dismal start to the campaign, with the winless Magpies sitting bottom of the Barclays Premier League with just two points from their opening four fixtures.

Some Newcastle fans unfurled a 'Pardew Out' banner during Saturday's 4-0 loss at Southampton. Their frustration comes after their stuttering start to this season, and also after a dour end to the 2013-14 campaign, when they lost 14 of their last 20 league matches.

Pardew admits that results need to improve, starting with the Premier League encounter at home against Hull on Saturday, and that discussion about his St James' Park future is not of primary concern.

He said:

I have spoken to Mike, we had a long conversation on Sunday and obviously he was disappointed with the performance, as he has a right to as the owner, and he reflected that to me.

The one thing that we both agreed on was that we really need to focus on this Saturday and try and get a win for the football club.

I think that's very important. Certain issues, particularly the issue regarding me, have to somewhat take a bit of a back seat for the team because it's going to be a very difficult environment.

– Alan Pardew

The former West Ham, Southampton and Reading boss, who signed an eight-year deal in September 2012, expects a tough encounter when Newcastle welcome Hull to St James' Park at weekend.

Of course he (Mike Ashley) was upset about the performance and really we focused on that, and I never asked for any reassurance, but what I do know is that I signed a long contract here for good or bad.

We've had some great times, which seem to have been forgotten recently, and we've had some tough times as well.

This will be one of the toughest. I have been through some tough times as manager but the environment for the players this Saturday will probably be as tough as it's ever been.

– Alan Pardew

The Magpies face the Tigers for the first time since Pardew head butted David Meyler during their Premier League encounter at the KC Stadium in March.

12,500 tonnes of salt stored in Co Durham for winter

The salt storage is part of the council's winter maintenance policy to deal with snow and ice. Credit: County Durham Council

Up to 12,500 tonnes of salt are being stored at two new £1.25m barns in County Durham ready for the winter.

The Wolsingham barn, which was completed in January and cost £500,000 to build, can hold 5,000 tonnes of salt and will supply provisions to the west of the county.

Serving the east of the county, the recently-built £750,000 Peterlee structure, which is based at the Hackworth depot, replaces the former Wellfield depot barn and has an increased capacity of 7,500 tonnes.

The salt storage is part of the council's winter maintenance policy to deal with snow and ice. It makes sure tat salt stocks are topped up, salt bins are available across the county and a fleet of gritters is primed and ready to hit the roads.

Cllr Brian Stephens, Cabinet member, said: “We realise how important it is to people to keep our roads moving and safe throughout the winter months. Our two new salt barns, along with the supplies of salt already in place, will mean we can keep our major roads treated, making journeys as safe as possible in winter conditions."

The new Hackworth depot, replaces the former Wellfield depot barn and has an increased capacity of 7,500 tonnes. Credit: County Durham Council

Public urged to 'keep eye out' for man recalled to prison

Paul Michael Dougan has been recalled to prison Credit: North Yorkshire Police

North Yorkshire Police is appealing for the public's help to locate a man who is wanted on recall to prison.

27-year-old Paul Michael Dougan, of Albermarle Back Road, has been recalled to prison for poor behaviour since being released on licence in April.

Dougan was sentenced to 72 months' imprisonment after being convicted of section 18 wounding in August 2011.

He is believed to still be in Scarborough and officers have been checking addresses in the area in an effort to locate him.

The public are being urged to keep an eye out for Dougan and report sightings of anyone matching his description.

Dougan is described as white, around 5ft 10in tall, with brown hair and blue eyes.

Chief Inspector Mark Grange, of Scarborough Police, said: "Paul Dougan is well aware that we are looking for him and it is only a matter of time before we catch up with him."

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