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Six arrested in early morning drugs raid

Five men and one woman, aged between 26 and 53, have been arrested for suspected drugs and money laundering offences after an early morning operation led by Durham Police.

Over 40 police officers were involved in ‘Operation Bream’, which took place at 6am today (Wednesday, 27th August). The arrests were made at two addresses in Witton Gilbert on the outskirts of Durham; one in Langley Park and one in Stanley. At the same time arrests were also made at properties in Hetton-le-Hole and Houghton-le-Spring in the Northumbria area.

Those arrested have been detained on suspicion of conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

A Landrover car, suspected to have been bought with the crime money, was also seized by police from one of the Witton Gilbert properties.

All are currently in custody and will be interviewed later today.

The operation was carried out under Durham Constabulary’s ongoing ‘Sledgehammer’ campaign to target organised crime.

Sting returns to the North East to perform at the Sage

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To celebrate the Sage Gateshead's 10th birthday, Sting will return to the North East to perform songs from 'The Last Ship', his latest album and new Broadway musical of the same name.

Inspired by and set in Sting’s hometown of Wallsend, 'The Last Ship' the musical tells of experiences working in shipyards along the Wear, Clyde, Mersey or any Northern port. The play was originally work-shopped with local musicians and actors at Newcastle’s Live Theatre – ahead of its upcoming Broadway debut - but for Sting, it was never in doubt that the songs of 'The Last Ship' should be performed for a North East audience:

The demise of industry - not only in shipyards like Tyneside and Gdansk, but also great manufacturing centres like Detroit - has been well documented and the effect of that demise on the identity and future of local communities particularly resonates with me. I’m very much looking forward to bringing these songs and stories home.

– Sting

Sting will be joined onstage at the Sage in April 2015 by many of the region’s best loved musicians including fiddle and Northumbrian pipe player Kathryn Tickell and The Wilson Family from Billingham,Co. Durham.

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WW2 veteran has bricks, not presents, for his birthday

A WW2 veteran who has donated bricks to Durham Cathedral to celebrate his 95th birthday says his donation is for a cathedral which "has always been close to my heart".

Jim Mulhall, who was in the Durham Light Infantry, has organised the donation instead of getting birthday gifts for himself.

He and some friends will add 100 lego bricks to the Durham Cathedral's LEGO build.

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Dry with sunshine and variable cloud.

Rather cool near coasts, but pleasantly warm inland.

Light southeasterly winds will freshen later.

Patchy rain is expected later in the night. Maximum temperature 18 °C.

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WW2 veteran donates 100 bricks to Durham Cathedral

WW2 veteran donating to Durham Cathedral
Jim Mulhall is celebrating his 95th birthday by donating 100 bricks to Durham Cathedral's lego build

A WW2 veteran who was taken captive in Monte Cassino and escaped in a stolen Red Cross Ambulance has donated to Durham Cathedral's LEGO build for his 95th birthday.

Jim Mulhall, who was in the Durham Light Infantry, and some friends will add 100 lego bricks to the growing structure.

Durham Cathedral's lego structure
Durham Cathedral's lego structure

Every brick raises a pound towards the Cathedral's £10m Open Treasure appeal and 94,000 have been bought so far. Jim Mulhall organised the donation instead of getting birthday gifts for himself.

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