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Riverside Festival in Chester-le-Street cancelled

Credit: Riverside Live

A festival planned for this Bank Holiday Weekend (August) in Chester-le-Street has been cancelled.

The organisers of the Riverside Festival have released a statement to say that poor ticket sales mean it is no longer feasible to continue with hosting the event.

It is with regret that we have to announce the cancellation of this year’s Riverside Live festival.

The current financial climate has impacted badly on ticket sales. The low revenues so far generated mean that to proceed, is sadly, not feasible.

We have explored every possibility in an attempt to proceed with the event but we have come to the extremely difficult conclusion that cancellation is our only option.

We would like to record our thanks to the bands who had agreed to play, the fans who had purchased tickets, and anyone else who has supported Riverside Live this year.

We apologise sincerely for any inconvenience that we may have caused but we are not alone in having to cancel events in the area due to unexpectedly low demand.

Refunds for all tickets purchased online will be sent automatically. Physical ticket-holders can obtain a refund from point of purchase.

Statement on the Facbook page of Riverside Live Credit: Riverside Live


Alastair Cook becomes first England batsman to 10,000 test runs

Credit: PA

Alastair Cook has become the first Englishman, and youngest batsman worldwide to reach 10,000 Test runs.

Cook achieved the feat on the fourth afternoon of the second Investec Test at Chester-le-Street when he tucked Nuwan Pradeep for a boundary to midwicket from the sixth ball he faced as England closed on a series-sealing victory.

At 31 years and 157 days, England captain Cook has displaced India great Sachin Tendulkar as the youngest player to reach five-figures in Tests.

He is 12th in the all-time list of leading Test runscorers, and still almost another 6,000 adrift of Tendulkar at the top.

Controlled explosion on hand grenade carried out near Chester-le-Street

A controlled explosion has been carried out on what is believed to be a live hand grenade near Chester-le-Street.

Durham Police were called this afternoon after an off duty police officer located the device on Waldridge Lane. Police bomb disposal teams then attended.

Durham Police say they are unable to comment on the type of device and or how it came to be there.

Man armed with a knife wearing a 'Scream' mask attempted to rob Chester-le-Street shop

CCTV image of a man police want to speak to after an attempted robbery in Chester-le-Street Credit: Durham Police

Police are searching for a man who attempted to rob a shop at knifepoint whilst wearing a 'Scream' style mask.

The incident happened in a shop on Murray Road, in Chester-le-Street on yesterday morning (FRI).

A spokesperson for Durham Police said:

"A man, described as in his 20’s, medium build, approximately 5’7” walked into the shop holding a white ‘scream’ mask over his face and demanded money from the shop owner.

"He was wearing an army-style camouflage jacket over a grey hoodie, dark trousers and black Nike trainers.

"The shop owner challenged the suspect and he fled from the shop."

“The shop owner, on this occasion, felt he could challenge this man, luckily no one was injured and no money was taken, however, we now need to the public’s help to stop this happening again.”

– DC Christopher Bentham, from Stanley CID


Fiancé of motorcyclist pays tribute to him

Radoslaw Drzewiecki

The fiancé of a motorcyclist, who died after a collision on the A693 on March 29.

Radoslaw Drzewiecki, aged 29 and from Chester-le-Street, was on his way to work at the Hownsgill Industrial Estate when the collision happened between Beamish and Pelton.

A tribute from his fiancé, Magdalena Gawel has been issued through her police family liaison officer.

"Radoslaw was a wonderful son, a loving fiancé and a friend to many. He was always laughing and smiling, with a heart of gold and everyone who met him loved him straight away. He will be hugely missed by many and words can't describe our sense of loss. Radoslaw will stay always and forever in our hearts."

– Magdalena Gawel

The driver of the car, a 45-year-old woman from Stanley, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving. She has since been released on police bail.

Teenager bailed after Chester-le-Street assault

A teenager has been released on police bail after a man was left with serious injuries, following an assault in Chester-le-Street.

The victim, 54, lives locally. He was out with his wife and friends at 8.30pm on March 26. Police believe he became involved in an argument with a group of young people on Front Street. He fell to the ground after an assault and taken to hospital with a serious head injury.

A 16 year old was arrested and has since been released on police bail.

“An investigation is ongoing and we are following up a number of potential leads. If there is anyone who was in the area on Saturday night and may have witnessed what happened, I would urge them to come forward and help our enquiries.”

– Insp Paul Gray

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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