The philanthropist who bought and saved Auckland Castle is now backing plans for a light show and theme park on land next to it.
Internet users fight back against 'Neknominate' by attempting to dare friends across the world to perform a random act of kindness.
Owners hoping County Durham site will become world-class visitor attraction
An archaeologist explores a trench at Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland. The team have found fragments of a stained glass window, pottery, and charred bricks which could have come from an explosion during the Civil Qar era.
A team from Durham University is digging in the grounds of Auckland Castle in Bishop Auckland before work to turn the historic site into a tourist destination begins. It has revealed new information about the site's 900 year history.
Archaeologists have unearthed the remains of a building near the castle's Scotland Wing, alongside evidence of burning.
The castle's head curator, Dr Chris Ferguson, believes the volume of debris could suggest a 'very dramatic end' to what looks to have been a substantial structure.
– The castle's head curator, Dr Chris Ferguson
"Sir Arthur Hazlerigg, was one of the five MPs who led the rebellion against Charles I in 1642, he was appointed Oliver Cromwell's general in the North East,"
"In 1650 he bought Auckland Castle after the then Bishop of Durham had fled at the height of the civil war.
"We know he set about what was later described as the 'ravenous sacrilege' of the building and that he proceeded to blow up the 350-year-old chapel with gunpowder with the intention of reusing the stone in a new mansion.
"If gunpowder was indeed used then that could account for the astounding amount of wreckage that has been found."
– Natalie Swann, project archaeologist at Durham University
"Whatever happened here is from a time when records were either vague or non-existent, so anything we find will help add to the overall picture of the castle."
A dig in Bishop Auckland may have uncovered evidence of a dramatic English Civil War episode. A team from Durham University is digging in the grounds of Auckland Castle before work to turn the historic site into a tourist destination begins.
Helen Goodman MP for Bishop Auckland has condemned an internet 'neknomination' prank where a 21-year-old woman rode into Tesco in the town on a horse.
Police were called by staff members after Inky Ralph entered the store.
The prank game, believed to have started in Australia, involves downing drinks in an extreme situation.
Tesco has confirmed that police are investigating after a woman rode a horse into the store in Bishop Auckland as part of a 'neknomination' challenge.
In a short statement, a spokesperson from the supermarket chain said: "We are aware of the incident and the police are investigating."
There has been a backlash on Twitter from people disapproving of the prank carried out by Inky Ralph. She rode a horse through a Bishop Auckland supermarket for a neknomination video.
@itvtynetees there some hilarious, harmless neknominations! There are some idiots who are going to far. As always in life!
@itvtynetees It's a ridiculous game done by idiots seeking attention
Inky Ralph, who rode a horse into a supermarket for a neknomination prank, told The Northern Echo that her actions were 'just harmless fun' and that 'everybody seems to find it really funny. She added 'people are calling me a legend' and that thousands of people have viewed her video.
Police and the RSPCA are looking into whether any criminal offences took place when a horse was ridden into a supermarket. Police were called by staff at the Tesco store in St Helen Auckland after Inky Ralph rode her horse into the premises.
– Durham Constabulary
“Officers have viewed the in-store security footage as well as the video clip which has been circulating on social media. We will be arranging for those involved to attend their local police station at the earliest opportunity. At this stage we are trying to establish what criminal offences might have been committed and discussions have taken place with the RSPCA in regards to the welfare of the horse."
Officers say staff members were allegedly threatened before a group left the supermarket.
– Durham Constabulary
“It goes without saying this was a senseless and foolish thing to do. There were a number of shoppers in the store at the time and it is fortunate no-one was hurt.”
The woman who rode a horse through a supermarket in Bishop Auckland has described herself as the Queen of Neknomination. Inky Ralph posted to Facebook saying "Harvey & Me are the reigning King & Queen of the neck nomination #Legend's thanks for all the likes & shares everyone xx"