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Visually impaired cricket team in practise

The team practise ahead of their Ashes appearance Credit: ITV News

The Durham Visually Impaired cricket team will appear at lunch during the Ashes test in Chester-le-Street today.

Player Jonathan Wilkinson, said: "It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity which I wasn't expecting. The fact the Ashes is here is a good thing for Chester-le-Street.

"We're wanting more players and this should help spread the word in one go."

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Appeal after Chester-le-Street robbery

Police are appealing for information after an armed robbery in Chester-le-Street.

Detective Chief Inspector Victoria Fuller, from Durham Police, said:

"I would like to appeal for anyone who was in the area mentioned between 1pm and 3pm yesterday and saw or heard anything suspicious to come forward. We are particularly interested in hearing from anyone who was in the vicinity of Morningside Court at around 2:30 yesterday afternoon.

"This was clearly a very distressing experience for the security guards involved and a five figure sum of money has been taken. With this in mind I would urge people to think carefully about anything suspicious they may have seen.

"I would like to reassure people that an investigation team are working hard and pursuing a number of lines of enquiry to apprehend those responsible. Anyone with any information should contact police immediately."

– Det Ch Insp Victoria Fuller, Durham Police

Anyone with information can contact Durham Police on 101.

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Police appeal after armed robbery

Police are appealing for information after an armed robbery in Chester-le-Street.

The incident happened when two security guards were delivering money to a cashpoint opposite a supermarket on North Burns in the town centre at around 2:30pm on Sunday. A man appeared from nearby bushes and assaulted one of the security guards, before fleeing the scene with a large sum of cash.

A member of the public gave chase and was confronted by the offender, and another man and threatened with a firearm.

One of the men is described as being 5ft 5 inches tall, of stocky build and wearing a blue or green coat. The other is described as being 6ft tall and of medium build.

Housing association funds summer trip for scouts

A Scout group from Chester-le-Street will be able to enjoy a week-long camp thanks to a cash grant from a housing association.

First Burnmoor Scout Group will be visiting Bassenthwaite in Cumbria to enjoy walking, canoeing, zip wire, cycling and sailing.

Cestria Community Housing.awarded the group £800 from its Community Benefit Fund to help pay for the trip to the Lake District next month.

"The Cestria grant will help with camp site fees and transport. It will also help pay for the group of about 20 young people to enjoy activities while away.

"It's a fantastic opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors and the range of activities we are able to offer means the Scouts go home with experiences they will remember forever. Being able to provide such a packed itinerary doesn't come cheap however, and while parents do make a significant contribution to the trip we need to secure outside help to make sure it can go ahead.

"That's why this grant from Cestria is so important - it's fantastic news that we have been awarded this money. It means we can start planning the trip in earnest now we know we definitely have the funds to make it happen."

– Allan Forster, group Scout leader at 1st Burnmoor Scouts

"Going away for a week long camp like this is a big adventure for all the Scouts involved and will provide them with memories which will last a lifetime.

"It plays an important part in the group's work to help the Scouts to reach their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potential. It's a chance to learn new skills and try new experiences in a safe and friendly atmosphere. We're thrilled we've been able to help the group, which relies on the hard work of volunteers, to meet the costs of the trip and hope everyone has a great time."

– Christine Scott, head of corporate services for Cestria

Body of Pamela Jackson found in West Yorkshire

Police have now confirmed that a body found in West Yorkshire in the search for a missing woman from County Durham is that of Pamela Jackson from Chester-le-Street.

Pamela Jackson was reported missing on 7 March Credit: Durham Constabulary

The 55-year-old was last seen at her home in The Crescent, Chester-le-Street on Saturday 2nd March and was officially reported missing the following Thursday, 7 March.

Police name man found in River Wear

Police have named a man whose body was found in the River Wear.

Peter Mark Ellerington, who was 45, was found at Riverside Park in Chester-le-Street, County Durham, yesterday, May 8.

Durham Police say they are not treating the death as suspicious at this stage. A postmortem is due to be carried out and police say an inquest is expected to open in the next few days.

Anyone with information can contact Detective Sergeant Mick Bird by phoning on 101.

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