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19 year-old man dies in Barnard Castle prison

A young offender has died in his cell at HM Prison Deerbolt near Barnard Castle.

19-year-old Ryan Gorton was found dead on Monday 2nd May.

He was sentenced to four years and eight months in the young offenders institution after stabbing a fellow pupil at the Rathbone Learning Centre, in his home town of Bolton, last May.

An investigation is underway into the circumstances of his death. A Prison Service spokesperson said:

Ryan Gorton (dob 11/01/1997) was found unresponsive in his cell at HMYOI Deerbolt on Monday 2nd May.

An ambulance was called but he was pronounced dead shortly after.

As with all deaths in custody there will be an investigation by the independent Prisons and Probation Ombudsman.

– Prison Service spokesperson

Lord Barnard dies at the age of 92

Lord Barnard has died at the age of 92. A statement from Raby Castle said: "Harry John Neville Vane passed away peacefully and surrounded by his family, at his home Raby Castle, Staindrop on April 3".

YSL exhibition extended due to high demand

The Yves Saint Laurent retrospective Credit: ITV News

County Durham's Bowes Museum is extending its Yves Saint Laurent UK exhibition until November 8.

The first British retrospective of the designer's work and life has also proved to be the most successful in the museum's 100-year history.


Addicted to sheep! Barnard Castle farming couple win national award for their unique film

A couple of farmers from Bail Haill near Barnard Castle won the 'farming champion of the year' award last night.

They took home the award alongside filmmaker Magali Pettier for their 85 minute documentary 'Addicted to Sheep'.

The film follows the life of Tom and Kay and their sheep on the Raby Estate.

It involved 45 days of filming across 18 months - and was praised by judges for portraying farming families and communities in an honest, positive way and debunking many of the myths about agriculture.

They have brought farming to the big screen and to a whole new audience.

British food and farming relies on the support of shoppers and the more we can do to create understanding of all of the hard work and care that goes into producing food, the better."

– Meurig Raymond, NFU President
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