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County Durham businessman jailed as part of Operation Sanctuary

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Gurhan Sayan. Credit: Northumbria Police

A businessman from Chester-le-Street has become the first to be sent to prison as a result of Operation Sanctuary, a major Northumbria Police investigation into allegations of a series of sexual offences.

Gurhan Sayan targeted his victim in Newcastle city centre when she stumbled and lost her shoe. The 28-year-old woman, who had been drinking, could not remember how she got into his car, but woke to find she had been driven some distance from the city centre.

She was then attacked inside the vehicle. At Newcastle Crown Court today Guhan Sayan was sentenced to three years and nine months in prison. He was also given a 10-year Prohibition Order, banning him from transporting females he does not know in his car. He'd pleaded guilty to an sex assault charge at at earlier hearing.

Pedestrian dies after Chester-le-Street crash

A pedestrian has died after a crash in Chester-le-Street late last night.

The man, in his 40s, was walking westbound along the B6313 road at Bluehouse Bank at about 11.30pm yesterday (Thursday 24 July).

He was involved in a crash with a Ford Transit Tipper vehicle. He suffered a fatal head injury and was confirmed deadat the scene. The van driver, a local man in his 30s, was not injured.

Members of the public can contact Durham Police by calling 101.

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Police search for pink-gloved robber

Masked robber wore pink gloves. Credit: Durham Constabulary

At 9.25pm on Good Friday police received a call from staff at Sainsbury’s Local, The Avenue, Chester-Le-Street stating that a man had come into the store in a Halloween mask.

He jumped over the till, took money, and made off from the store.

Det Insp Gavin Heckles, who is leading the investigation said:“The shop assistant has been really shaken by this incident and I would request anyone with information to come forward to help catch this male. He is wearing a distinctive Halloween mask and pink gloves, do you recognise him?”

The man is believed to have run from the store down Fife Avenue in the direction of the train station.

He is described as being over six feet tall and of stocky build, wearing dark trousers and long sleeved white cotton shirt.

Man devoted to wife who tried to kill him

A man who avoided being strangled to death with a cravat by his wife when an online shopping delivery arrived has said that he remains "devoted" to her.

Christine Houston, 66, was interrupted while trying to murder her husband in May 2012 when she was suffering from a psychotic episode.

But her husband Stewart said that her true character was "as gentle as a lamb" and that he remained forever in debt to the care she had given to him.

He suffers from muscular dystrophy and uses a wheelchair. He was left with blood spotting behind his eyes and marks to his neck after the attack.

The killing bid has been linked to "carer's fatigue", where someone snaps through the pressures of caring for a loved one.

She pleaded guilty to attempted murder at their home in Chester-le-Street and was held in a secure mental hospital. Today, she was sentenced her to an indefinite hospital order.

On the 26th May your husband called the police and reported that you had tried to strangle him on that occasion with a cravat.

You said that you had wanted to kill your husband but as you didn't have a gun and you didn't like knives, strangling was all you could think of.

Your husband still loves you and wants you to receive help.

– Judge Paul Sloan

Couple get early Lottery Christmas present

A couple of Chester-le-Street won more than £1m on the Lottery.

David Younger and wife Elizabeth won £1,514,204 share of the jackpot using the numbers David had been using since he started playing 20 years ago.

The winning ticket was bought from Costcutter in Garden Farm, Chester-le-Street. The winning numbers (from Wednesday December 4) were 6, 12, 16, 18, 21, 29 and the bonus ball was 26.

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England's women lift the Ashes at Chester-le-Street

England's women beat Australia by seven wickets in their final international T20 match in Durham, to round off a victorious Ashes series.

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England's women lift the Ashes trophy at the Durham Emirates International Cricket Ground Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The England side had already secured a series win before they travelled to the North East, so collected their Ashes trophy after the game at the Durham Emirates ICG.

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The side said they hoped their success would raise the profile of their sport in the North East Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Players train in Durham ahead of Women's Ashes

The England team in the practice nets ahead of the Women's Ashes.
The England team in the practice nets ahead of the Women's Ashes. Credit: ITV news

The England and Australia teams have arrived in Durham ahead of the Women's Ashes.

The home team regained the trophy after beating Australia by five wickets in their second Twenty20 match.

England are leading the series 10-4 ahead of the final Twenty20 game at Durham tomorrow. (Saturday)

Bowler Danielle Hazell, from Durham, warms up.
Bowler Danielle Hazell, from Durham, warms up. Credit: ITV news

Women's Ashes results so far

The format of the women's Ashes series is different to the men's series, which was won in Durham this month.

It started badly for England in 2013, but the team revived and won the series with one match in hand in Southampton yesterday. The final Twenty20 will be played in Chester-le-Street tomorrow.

  • Test match: DRAW
  • 1st One Day International: AUS WON by 27 runs
  • 2nd One Day International: ENG WON by 51 runs
  • 3rd One Day International: *ENG WON *by 5 wickets
  • 1st T20: ENG WON by 15 runs
  • 2nd T20: ENG WON (to regain Ashes) by 5 wickets
  • 3rd T20: *31 Aug, Chester-le-Street *

Women's Ashes teams arrive in the North East

England's women cricketers are arriving in the North East ahead of tomorrow's final Ashes match at Chester-le-Street.

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Charlotte Edwards and her team celebrate regaining the Ashes Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

The team, led by Charlotte Edwards, won the series and regained the Ashes yesterday in Southampton. They will play the final Twenty20 match tomorrow at the Durham Emirates ICG in a double-header with the men's team, who take on Australia in their own Twenty20 in the afternoon.

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