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8-year-old asks thieves to return specially adapted bike

Tilly Lockey lost her hands to meningitis Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

An 8-year-old girl who lost her hands to meningitis has asked the thieves who stole her specially adapted bike to return it.

Tilly Lockey and her two sisters' bikes were taken from their grandmother's garage in Blackhill in County Durham at the weekend.

Tilly uses prosthetic limbs after she had her hands and toes amputated in 2007.

Her mother, Sarah, says that although they will be able to replace Lucy-Anna and Tia's bikes, Tilly's took months to adapt.

Humberside Airport confirm helicopter did not set off from Durham Tees Valley

Paul Litten, commercial director for the Humberside Airport, has confirmed that the helicopter which crashed in East Yorkshire flew through Teesside airspace, but did not set off from Durham Tees Valley airport.

We do not know anyone on the aircraft. It was coming from the north to another destination in the UK.

It was coming from Durham Tees Valley airspace into our airspace having come from further north. The aircraft was apparently due to pick up fuel at Humberside but that is standard operations.

We understand that some time earlier this afternoon, members of the public near Flamborough saw the helicopter fall into the sea.

We had not taken over the responsibility for it from an air traffic perspective. It is so far away from us it is not within our remit of control.

We do know that the Air Accident Investigation Branch have been called in.

It is not an oil and gas helicopter which operates from our airport. It is a medium sized private helicopter on a private flight.

Our thoughts are with the family of those on board.

– Paul Litten

Helicopter crash 'did not set off from Durham Tees Valley'

Reports that the helicopter which has crashed took off from Teesside have been dismissed.

There were reports that the aircraft had flown from Durham Tees Valley Airport (DTVA).

But according to Western Aviation, this is not the case.

A spokesman has said that the helicopter had not set off from the airport.

Original reports stated that Durham Tees Valley Airport was involved and Paul Litten, commercial director for the Humberside Airport, was reported as saying: “This was a private flight from Durham Tees Valley and was due to arrive with our air traffic controllers later this afternoon."

The direct flight path of the helicopter remains unknown.

More details to follow.


Humberside Police confirm helicopter crash details

Humberside Police have provided more information surrounding the helicopter crash in East Yorkshire.

They confirm that the incident did not involve a Humberside Police Helicopter but do not provide any further information.

More details to follow.

Humberside police have posted on their facebook page about the crash Credit: Humberside Police
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Crashed private helicopter was en route to Humberside airport

A helicopter which crashed near Flamborough Head was a private flight from Durham Tees Valley Airport, it is reported.

The flight was heading for Humberside Airport.

Paul Litten, commercial director for the airport, told the Scunthorpe Telegraph:

This was a private flight from Durham Tees Valley and was due to arrive with our air traffic controllers later this afternoon.

Police and the coast guard are dealing with the emergency.

I knew it was due in and heard that an aircraft emergency had been called. Our thoughts are with the people on board.

Details about the number of people aboard the helicopter are yet to be revealed.

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Eyewitnesses report hearing 'really loud crack'

Eyewitnesses have reported seeing a "white private helicopter...we all heard this really loud crack and looked up again. The helicopter started to descend, almost like a plane when it lands. It then went behind the cliff and that's when I called the emergency services. I never actually heard it hit the sea."

A Yorkshire Ambulance Service spokeswoman said they received a call at 1.39pm reporting that a helicopter had crashed into a cliff at Flamborough.

She said an air ambulance, an ambulance, rapid response vehicles and the RAF all attended the scene.

Powerlifting champion backs heart disease campaign

Powerlifting champion Mike Baxter Credit: County Durham Sport

Former powerlifting champion Mike Baxter has joined a health campaign in County Durham which aims to tackle heart disease and diabetes.

Mike Baxter was the reigning British Police Powerlifting Champion for seven years and represented his country at the 1999 World Championship.

And now, the power-lifter is encouraging people to take up badminton as part of a country-wide Move in to Sport programme which aims to tackle cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes through exercise and is offering special beginners classes to people looking to improve their health and fitness from just £2 a session.

Mike Baxter competing in 1997 Credit: County Durham Sport

When I stopped powerlifting, my weight ballooned, I went from training in the gym five to six times a week to doing almost no exercise for 10 years. I became a complete couch potato.

I’d played badminton in my teens, but never thought of taking it up again until I went along with my son to the Durham Swifts meeting as he was interested in joining. I ended up coming out as the chairman.

– Mike Baxter

The 12 week adult beginner course with the Durham Swifts takes place on a Wednesday evening from 6pm-7pm at Framwellgate School, Durham.

To find out more about courses on offer including table tennis, rowing, climbing, cycling, running, swimming and golf visit

Durham Swifts Badminton Club Credit: Sport in County Durham
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