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Teenager has heart attack in County Durham gym

A young man, aged 17, has been airlifted to hospital after suffering an apparent cardiac arrest at a gym in County Durham.

The flight to hospital took 9 minutes. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/PA Images

Emergency services were called to the gym, in Barnard Castle, shortly after 3pm on Tuesday, 3rd January.

The teenager was placed in an induced coma by a doctor and paramedic team with the Great North Air Ambulance.

He was then stabilised before being flown to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough for further treatment.

A spokesman for GNAA said he arrived in a critical condition.


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
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