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Woman injured in County Durham crash

The crash happened on the A76 near Barnard Castle Credit: Great North Air Ambulance

A woman has been taken to hospital with serious head injuries after a collision involving two cars near Barnard Castle.

It happened yesterday afternoon on the A67. The 37-year-old was airlifted to The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough. Two other people were treated for minor injuries at the scene.

Retired soldier dies in canoe accident

Durham Police have named a canoeist who died after his boat capsized in the River Tees at the weekend.

Retired Colonel Andrew Pullan, from Barnard Castle, was pulled under the water at Whorlton Lido, near Barnard Castle shortly after 2pm on Saturday.

The 47-year-old was pulled from the river by his instructor and given first aid, initially by members of the public and fellow canoeists then by one of the police officers who were called to the scene.

He was taken by air ambulance to the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, where he died on Sunday morning.

Colonel Pullan commanded 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment between 2006-2008 and had recently retired from the Army.

He leaves a widow, Mel and two children Ben and Hanna.


Canoeist airlifted to hospital after rescue

A canoeist was airlifted to hospital after being pulled from a swollen river in County Durham.

Emergency services attended the scene yesterday afternoon near the suspension bridge over the River Tees at Whorlton Lido, near Barnard Castle.

The man was rescued from the river bank and airlifted to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.

Puppies stolen in Barnard Castle

Police are appealing for information after nine puppies were stolen from a house in Newbiggin in Barnard Castle.

The nine puppies were stolen from Barnard Castle Credit: Durham Constabulary

If you have any information in relation to the theft, please call Durham Constabulary on the 101 non-emergency number.

Stalemate over repairs to ancient walls

Calls to repair the ancient walls of Barnard Castle in County Durham have been met with indecision from three different parties. Local resident Gary Marshal launched an appeal to save the building from crumbling away. Part of it collapsed four years ago.

But an argument is rumbling on between Raby Estates, English Heritage and Durham County Council over who is responsible. Gary Marshall warned:

"The walls are in a state of disrepair and there is going to be an accident where people could get seriously hurt. With the next decent rainfall, there is going to be a slip and it will take a couple of trees with it.”

– Gary Marshal, campaigner

English Heritage maintains other parts of the castle site, but not the Bridgegate side.

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