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Parents make every day count after son given just months to live

The parents of a toddler diagnosed with a rare inoperable brain tumour say they are "making every day count" after finding out he has just months to live.

Harley was a healthy little boy just weeks ago. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Daniel Charlton and Claire Nicklin, from County Durham, noticed something wrong with two-year-old Harley's eyes a few weeks ago and within two days he couldn't walk or speak.

The toddler was diagnosed with DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glimoma) which affects part of the brainstem rendering nervous system function impossible.

Doctors estimate he now has around around six months left to live which means this will be his last Christmas.

Harley kisses his little brother. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Harley's mum told ITV Tyne Tees: "We just want to give Harley the best time now that he can possibly have.

"He used to be so independent and wouldn't let anyone do anything for him but now he's lost the ability to walk, speak properly, he can only use one side of his body."

To make each day he has left special, Harley was the star attraction at the Newcastle Christmas lights turn on.

"It's a big memory to create and I'm sure it will be a special one," his dad Daniel said.

ITV Tyne Tees' Julie Harrison reports:


Concern for missing Chester-le-Street woman

Alison Stamps

Police are concerned about a missing 33 year-old woman from Chester-le-Street who hasn't been seen since May 23.

Alison Stamps, from Ouston, was last seen leaving Boots at the retail park in Bishop Auckland, where she works, at 11pm.

"It is completely out of character for Alison not to have contacted her family, she was also due to start work at 10 a.m. this morning for which she did not turn up. "Her family and friends are extremely worried about her and are appealing to the public for help in finding Alison safe and well."

– Inspector Kevin Maddick

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.

River safety checks carried out at Chester-le-Street

River safety checks are being carried out at Chester-le-Street by Durham County Council to see if improvements can be made.

River Wear in Chester-le-Street Credit: PA

The checks come after advice and guidance from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), the council is undertaking assessments of rivers, lakes and other bodies of water to see if what can be done to prevent accidents.

Kevin Lough, Durham County Council occupational health and safety manager said:

Following specialist training from ROSPA assessments of open water sites are now being undertaken where the council has responsibility. This includes the Riverside Complex and surrounding areas.

The assessments, using RoSPA methodology, will identify where further improvements are required. One of the important aspects of water safety is to educate and improve awareness within known at risk groups such as young people. We have been working with schools within the Chester-le-Street area.

– Kevin Lough, Durham County Council

As a result of the assessments, improvements will be made to safety measures in and around the Wear and footbridges at the Riverside Complex. Public rescue equipment will also be improved and new safety signs will be put up which highlight hazards associated with the river.


Appeal after fatal road collision in Chester-le-Street

Durham Police are appealing for witnesses to a fatal road traffic collision.

A driver was heading towards the junction with the motorway at Picktree Lane, Chester-Le-Street, prior to the junction with the A1(M) interchange J63, on February 3. He drifted off the main carriageway and collided with a lamppost and a parked car. He died in hospital.

Anyone with information is asked to contact 101.

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