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Ladbrokes response: Nice try Mr Donnellan

A Ladbrokes betting shop. Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Ladbrokes have issued this repsonse to the plight of 19-year-old Jordan Donnellan from Consett.

The teenager thought he had won £1 million, betting on football matches at the weekend, only to be told he had filled in the wrong form.

David Williams from Ladbrokes said: "Mr Donnellan chose to use the Weekend Result Rush Bet and that is the form that he filled in.

"In order for it to yield big returns, both teams must score in the chosen matches and the correct result must also be chosen.

"In at least one of the matches he chose, both teams did not score.

"It's rather like buying a UK lottery ticket then spotting that your numbers have come up on the Australian Lotto.

"It was a nice try by Mr Donnellan but it is also nonsense."

Jordan Donnellan with his betting slip. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees


Betting blunder costs teenager £1 million

A teenage barman who thought he had won £1 million betting on football matches has been told he has won nothing after filling in the wrong form.

19-year-old Jordan Donnellan from Consett in County Durham believed his £1 accumulator has made him a millionaire.

He and friends celebrated at the weekend, only to be told by Ladbrokes in Consett on Monday (March 24) that his slip, where he had correctly guessed the winners of 14 football matches, was invalid.

Mr Donnellan, who had planned to pay off debts and follow his dream to become and apprentice firefighter with the RAF, is devastated.

200 potential new victims of abuse at detention centre

More than 200 potential new victims have contacted police investigating abuse at the former Medomsley Detention Centre, near Consett.

In August last year Durham Constabulary announced it was opening a new investigation into allegations inmates were either sexually or physically abused during their time at Medomsley, between the late 1960’s and the mid-1980’s.

“Our aims all along have been to gain a clearer picture of what happened at

Medomsley, obtain evidence which may lead to a criminal prosecution and, most

importantly, to leave the victims in a better place than they were before,”

– Det Supt Paul Goundry, the senior investigating officer

An earlier investigation led to a former catering officer, Neville Husband, being jailed in 2003 for abusing a number of young men. He died in 2010, after his release from prison.

The total number of potential victims now stands at 375.

Inmate speaks out against detention centre abuse

Giant artwork for Consett

Consett artwork moving into place Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A huge sculpture representing County Durham's industrial heritage is taking shape.

The first sections were lifted into place this morning at the site of Consett's former steelworks.

The giant hook weighs more than one and a half tonnes, and was originally used to carry molten metal around the site.


Rowan Atkinson gets a CBE

Comedian Rowan Atkinson during the British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone in 2012 Credit: PA

Consett-born comedian Rowan Atkinson has been awarded a CBE by the Queen for a career making the nation laugh.

The comic actor was presented with the honour during a Buckingham Palace investiture ceremony.

Mr Atkinson did not wish to speak to the press following the award.

He first found fame as part of the satirical series Not the Nine O'Clock News and later in the lead role in the long-running Blackadder series, which made him a household name.

But another creation, Mr Bean, made him a star across the world.

Mr Atkinson is married with two children and grew up in the North East and went to Newcastle University before going to Oxford where he met Richard Curtis - who worked with him on Blackadder and Mr Bean.

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