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Dancers gather for folklore festival

Dancers at a previous festival

Dancers from all over the world are in Billingham today as final preparations take place for the International Folklore Festival in the town.

It starts tomorrow (August 13). This year one of the highlights will be a syncronised Indian dancing group performing in a swimming pool.

New James Bond: Jamie Bell latest contender to be in the mix

Credit: PA

Jamie Bell is the latest actor to be linked with becoming the new James Bond.

According to The Sun, the 30-year-old, originally from Billingham in Teesside, has spoken to Bond producers about taking over from Daniel Craig.

Bell rose to fame as the child star of Billy Elliot and has more recently been seen in blockbusters like Fantastic Four.


More sheep expected to die from dog attack injuries

WARNING: Article contains upsetting images

Staff at a nature reserve where 32 sheep were killed in a series of dog attacks say they expect more animals to die of their injuries.

40 other sheep were wounded at RSPB Saltholme on Teesside and many remain badly hurt.

Two locally owned German Shepherds were seized after the most recent attack.

One of the sheep killed at RSPB Satlholme Credit: RSPB Saltholme
One of the sheep killed at RSPB Satlholme Credit: RSPB Saltholme

'Even the sheep that have survived, and weren't tackled by any of the dogs, have been badly traumatised by this. The sadness goes on, from the episode we've just experienced, it's gonna linger with us for some time to come I'm afraid.'

– Dave Braithwaite, Manager, RSPB Saltholme
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