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North East rivers to receive fish stock boost

Fisheries officers will be stocking the Rivers Tees and Wear today, as part of the Environment Agency's plans to to develop and restore rivers in the region.

Thousands of Chub, Dace, Roach, Crucian Carp, Tench, Rudd and Bream will be introduced to the River Tees at Low Conniscliffe and Darlington, and to the River Wear at Maiden Castle.

Roach is one of the species being being added to fish stocks in the region Credit: Chris Ison/PA Archive

Six stillwater fisheries in the region will also be stocked with 15,000 Roach, Rudd, Bream, Tench and Crucian Carp to help improve angling.

The Environment Agency releases fish into waterways annually, using data from national fish surveys to identify areas where there are problems with breeding and survival.

Cool summers on the Rivers Wear and Tees have made it more difficult for fish to survive, so the introduction of new stock will help boost dwindling populations.

The fish come from the Environment Agency's fish farm at Calverton in Nottinghamshire, where between 350,000 and 500,000 fish are bred to stock rivers each year.

Man who stamped repeatedly on dog's head spared jail

A man who kicked and stamped repeatedly on the head of his partner's pitbull terrier in a cruel attack which was caught on CCTV has walked free from court.

Daniel Michael Peel, 29, attacked female dog Sacha "with force and anger", in what was described as a "horrible crime" after he had his bike stolen while visiting a cafe in Darlington, County Durham.

Shocking CCTV footage showed Peel kicking the dog at a bus stop near The Navy Club on the town's Northgate Road on May 17.

One lady, an animal lover who witnessed the attack, said that the crunching noise of the blow to the dog's head made her feel sick.

The vet who assessed the dog found that she would have been caused a great deal of suffering.

Peel, of Appleby Close in Darlington, admitted causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal at an earlier hearing.

Peel was banned for keeping animals for five years and was given a 12 month community order where he will have to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay £1,500 in court costs.

Cat in Alnwick shot with airgun

A cat in Alnwick has returned home with puncture wounds believed to have been caused by an airgun pellet.

Police have said the incident took place between 6pm on Wednesday November 11th and 8am on Thursday November 12th. The cat is a grey tom, and lives in Chapel Lands, Alnwick.

Enquiries into the incident are ongoing and anyone with information to help is asked to contact police on 101, quoting reference 0723 13/11/15, or independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Dog stolen from car in Northumberland

A dog was stolen from a car parked opposite a pub in Northumberland this weekend.

Between 12.15am and 3.30am on Saturday, November 21, an 11-year-old Springer Spaniel called Tess was removed from a car parked outside the Northumberland Arms Pub in West Thirston.

Thieves smashed the rear windscreen of the vehicle before taking Tess from the back of the car.

11-year-old Tess is microchipped

Tess and is liver and white in colour. She has a docked tail and is micro-chipped but does not wear a collar.

Enquiries into the theft are ongoing and anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious is asked to contact police.


Miniature monkey twins born at Tynemouth Aquarium

Marmoset twins at Tynemouth's Blue Reef Aquarium Credit: Blue Reef Aquarium

A pair of tiny marmoset monkeys have been born at Tynemouth's Blue Reef Aquarium.

It’s the first time the aquarium's resident colony of miniature rescued monkeys has bred and keepers are delighted with how well first-time parents Miko and Minnie are coping.

Dad Miko with the marmoset twins Credit: Blue Reef Aquarium

The marmoset twins, which weighed less than 40 grams each when they were born at the end of last week, spend the first few weeks of their lives clinging to the backs of their parents.

Dad Miko caring for the marmoset twins Credit: Blue Reef Aquarium

Marmosets live in social family groups and have a strict hierarchy ranking. Unusually for primates, females nearly always give birth to non-identical twins.

All the monkeys at Blue Reef have been rescued after being found living in unsuitable conditions while others have been made homeless after their owners could no longer look after them.

Dad Miko and one of the marmoset twins Credit: Blue Reef Aquarium

Both twins are feeding well, and Minnie and Miko are happily passing the babies around.

We expect them to start exploring away from Miko in about a week, they are already becoming much more active on his back; wriggling around quite a lot.

They will be weaned from Minnie's milk at about three to four months old when they will start eating solid food."

– Blue Reef’s Rosie Wiggin

Parrot owner reunited with stolen birds

The second of two stolen parrots has been recovered and returned to its home in Middlesbrough.

The two African grey parrots were stolen from a property on Bransdale Road in Berwick Hills between Thursday 24th and Monday 28th September.

Missy and Snoop Dog back at home Credit: Cleveland Police

The first parrot, Missy, was reunited with her owner on Wednesday 30th September and the second parrot, Snoop Dogg, was returned home today (Friday).

Cleveland Police have thanked everyone who helped with this incident and to everyone who shared the posts via social media, saying it is much appreciated.

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