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North East rivers to receive fish stock boost

Fisheries officers will be stocking the Rivers Tees and Wear today, as part of the Environment Agency's plans to to develop and restore rivers in the region.

Thousands of Chub, Dace, Roach, Crucian Carp, Tench, Rudd and Bream will be introduced to the River Tees at Low Conniscliffe and Darlington, and to the River Wear at Maiden Castle.

Roach is one of the species being being added to fish stocks in the region Credit: Chris Ison/PA Archive

Six stillwater fisheries in the region will also be stocked with 15,000 Roach, Rudd, Bream, Tench and Crucian Carp to help improve angling.

The Environment Agency releases fish into waterways annually, using data from national fish surveys to identify areas where there are problems with breeding and survival.

Cool summers on the Rivers Wear and Tees have made it more difficult for fish to survive, so the introduction of new stock will help boost dwindling populations.

The fish come from the Environment Agency's fish farm at Calverton in Nottinghamshire, where between 350,000 and 500,000 fish are bred to stock rivers each year.


Stolen skulls belonged to brothers who both died aged 16

Police were called to the graveyard on Saturday after reports that a grave had been disturbed Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees News

Two skulls taken from a grave in Metal Bridge, County Durham, belonged to two brothers who both died aged 16. The theft is believed to be part of a feud between traveller families, according to police.

The grave belonged to Levi George Price, who died in 2001 and Gareth Price, who died in 2005.

Levi Price was found hanging from a rope in a garden shed by his father, an inquest at the time was told.

His father, Sailus Price, said Levi had seemed "perfectly normal" the previous evening when he had gone out with friends.

The following morning, on February 27 2001, Mr Price, a tree-feller, went to his garden shed and found his son hanging from a nylon rope attached to a girder.

He said: "All I can think of was that he had an argument with his girlfriend the previous evening. There was nothing else troubling him."

South Durham coroner Colin Penna described Levi's death as a "very tragic story" but could not be sure he intended suicide.

Skulls removed from graves in feud among traveller families

Two skulls have been taken from a grave as part of what police believe is a feud among travelling families.

Durham Constabulary officers were called to the cemetery on Bridge Street in Metal Bridge near Ferryhill at around 11.45am on Saturday, November 21st, following a report that a grave had been disturbed and a headstone damaged. It is believed that the damage took place overnight on Friday, November 20.

There has been a police presence at the graveyard since Saturday Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees News

The grave that was damaged belonged to two men who were both aged 16 when they died; Levi George Price, who died in 2001 and Gareth Price, who died in 2005.

Following forensic examinations over the weekend it has been established that the skulls of both bodies have been removed.

Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

This is a sickening incident which has understandably upset many people.

We believe that the damage to the graves is part of an ongoing feud between members of travelling families.

This has taken things too far. It is depraved and goes against the religious and cultural beliefs of decent people.“What I’d like to say to the community is this feud has to stop and we need anyone with information about this incident or the wider feud to contact us.

You can call police, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously, and be assured we will treat any information you pass to us with complete confidentiality.

– Detective Superintendent Adrian Green


Man who stamped repeatedly on dog's head spared jail

A man who kicked and stamped repeatedly on the head of his partner's pitbull terrier in a cruel attack which was caught on CCTV has walked free from court.

Daniel Michael Peel, 29, attacked female dog Sacha "with force and anger", in what was described as a "horrible crime" after he had his bike stolen while visiting a cafe in Darlington, County Durham.

Shocking CCTV footage showed Peel kicking the dog at a bus stop near The Navy Club on the town's Northgate Road on May 17.

One lady, an animal lover who witnessed the attack, said that the crunching noise of the blow to the dog's head made her feel sick.

The vet who assessed the dog found that she would have been caused a great deal of suffering.

Peel, of Appleby Close in Darlington, admitted causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal at an earlier hearing.

Peel was banned for keeping animals for five years and was given a 12 month community order where he will have to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay £1,500 in court costs.

Weather: Today

After a frosty, bright start, temperatures will slowly recover through the morning.

Becoming breezier with cloud soon spilling down from the north and some rain from early afternoon which will last through to the end of the day.

Maximum Temperature 7°C.

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