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Lost letter woman traced

Bethany's letter from her mum
Bethany with her mum

A woman whose final letter from her dying mother ended up in a Bishop Auckland book store has been traced.

The letter, along with a photograph of the mother and daughter, were found in an envelope on the floor of Bondgate Books in Bishop Auckland by owner Gordon Draper.

Bethany Gash has contacted ITV Tyne Tees Facebook page to say she has been reunited with the letter and photo of the two of them together.

Gymnast Amy Tinkler given a 'champion' welcome home on open top bus tour

Hundreds braved the weather to welcome County Durham gymnast Amy Tinkler home as she travelled through Spennymoor and Bishop Auckland on an open top bus (SAT 3rd)

The teenager became only the second British woman in history to win a gymmnastics Olympic medal, after her performance on the floor in Rio this summer.

The 16 year old was joined by members of South Durham Gymnastics club for the celebrations.

Amy in Bishop Auckland where crowds didn't let the rain put them off! Credit: ITV Tyne Tees


Woman shot with air rifle in Bishop Auckland

A woman, 33, has been shot with an air rifle in Bishop Auckland. She was walking across the footbridge over the A688 towards St Andrew’s church at around 11:30pm on August 28.

The woman felt a sharp pain in her leg and was taken to hospital where an air pellet was discovered embedded in her flesh.

The injuries left the woman shaken

“This was a very painful and distressing experience for the victim who will require ongoing hospital treatment for her injury.

"Anyone with information about this incident should contact police urgently.”

– PC Julie Lamb

Police can be contacted on 101.

Motrocyclist dies in car crash in County Durham

A motorcyclist has died after his bike crashed with a car on a minor road in rural County Durham this morning.

The man in his early seventies suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken by air ambulance to the James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough. He was confirmed dead at the hospital shortly after arrival.

The incident happened at around 10.30am in the village of Woodland, to the west of Bishop Auckland. The vehicles involved were a Mazda car and a Suzuki bike.

The car driver was unhurt.

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