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Michael McIntyre to play warm-up gig in Darlington

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Michael McIntyre will play in Darlington Credit: PA

Comedian Michael McIntyre will preview his brand new stand-up show "Happy and Glorious" at Darlington's Civic Theatre.

His previous tour, Showtime, broke the record for the biggest-selling comedy show of all time, as he played to more than 600,000 people.

The Darlington show, which will take place later this year, is described as a work-in-progress to preview and test new material.

Tickets will go on sale on Monday, August 18, at 12pm.

Man charged following Darlington fire

Police say that a 41 year old man has been charged with attempted murder and arson with intent to danger following a fire at a flat in Darlington. Emergency services were called to the property Geneva Road on Monday night. A 30 year old woman remains in hospital.

The fire damaged flat
A woman was seriously injured in the blaze. Credit: ITV News

Vintage motors to delights crowds at Croft

Thousands of motor enthusiasts will be treated to the sights, sounds and smells of yesteryear as Croft Circuit hosts its Nostalgia Weekend.

The event, near Darlington, is even more special this year because it is fifty years since the circuit opened.

As well as the racing, hundreds of classic cars and military vehicles will be on show, in what's described as "the Goodwood of the North".

Mike Cantelo from the circuit said it will be a busy weekend.

CCTV images: police appeal following laptop theft

British Transport Police want to trace this couple

British Transport Police (BTP) officers have issued CCTV images of a man and a woman they want to talk to following the theft of a laptop from Darlington railway station.

It happened on platform 2 at the station at around 5.50 pm on Monday, June 30.

The victim, a 49-year-old woman from Middlesbrough, was waiting for the arrival of her train to Thornaby.

The victim boarded the service and left a bag, containing a Samsung laptop valued at around £500, on the seat, that was later reported missing to BTP.

PC Ryan Griffiths of BTP said: “Checks with rail staff and lost property have been undertaken But the laptop hasn’t been recovered.

“If anyone recognises the man or woman pictured, or has been offered a Samsung laptop for sale in suspicious circumstances then I would urge them to contact us."

Transport police want to trace this woman
Transport police want to trace this man

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Tragic toddler's death: inquest to hear evidence

Danny Wake died walking home with his family last November. Credit: Durham Police

An inquest is due to re-open into the death of a boy, aged 3, who died in a hit and run.

Danny Wake was walking home from Darlington town centre with his mother and brother when he was hit by a vehicle, which did not stop.

He died of a head injury.

It happened at about 10.35am on Monday November 4 2013.

Since then, police have reviewed hundreds of hours of CCTV footage and interviewed several witnesses.

The driver has not been traced.

Bus ban for teen who hurled porridge at driver

A bowel of porridge, like this one, was hurled at a bus driver. Credit: Dreamstime.com, freeimages.co.uk

A teenager has been banned by a bus company after attacking a driver with a bowl of porridge.

Joshua Vickers, 18, tried to board an Arriva vehicle whilst carrying a steaming tub of the breakfast cereal and was refused by the driver.

Vickers hurled the bowl at the driver and it splattered against the protective window of his bus, magistrates were told.

Vickers, of Middleston Street, Darlington, threw the porridge tub at the protective window the driver sits behind.

Vickers went on to launch several verbal attacks on the driver and is now banned from all Arriva buses, the court heard.

The latest incident came on Tuesday, June 17, when Vickers attempted to board the 14B at about 2.50pm at the Tubwell Road bus stop in Darlington.

The prosecutor said Vickers threw a punch at the driver which connected with the man’s shoulder and, after getting off the bus, threw a can of energy drink at the door.

Vickers admitted using threatening or abusive words and behaviour.

Steph Thompson, in mitigation, said Vickers had been attempting to travel to his girlfriend’s house.

She said: “Mr Vickers would claim the driver provoked him but he knows that does not excuse his childish behaviour.”

Magistrates gave Vickers an 18 month community order with supervision and ordered him to pay £50 compensation to the driver and a £60 victim surcharge.

Back-street tattooist's work left mother in tears

A mum from Darlington has spoken out about an unlicensed tattooist after being unhappy with his work.

Angela Lewis, 51, wanted a tattoo of her date of birth in small Roman numerals across her collar bone but instead received a large and unsightly version more than 4 inches in length.

This tattoo was not what Angela Lewis had in mind. Credit: Angela Lewis

"My friend's daughter and husband had used him before and were happy with his work so I wasn't worried.

"I feel very embarrassed now but there's nothing I can do, I can't afford to have it covered up."

Jason Wilkinson, of Herbert Street, Darlington, appeared before Darlington magistrates after Ms Lewis made a complaint against him. She paid £30 for the tattoo.

Ms Lewis had the tattoo last year and cried when she removed the bandage and saw his work so reported him to Darlington Borough Council.

Wilkinson was fined £145 with £100 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

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