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Can you help find Harley's blankie, Jack?

Harley and his Jack blanket. Have you seen it? Credit: Family photo

A Darlington Mum says she is desperate for help to find her son's comfort blanket after it was lost on a shopping trip.

3-year-old Harley has been left 'heartbroken' after the blankie known as 'Jack' went missing.

His Mum Kathryn Atkins says she has phoned 50 shops in the search for it - and has put out an appeal on social media.

The blanket is made out of the Disney character Jack Skellington from the film The Nightmare Before Christmas.

It was created just for Harley when he was born.

Mrs Atkins has even contacted Disney to see if there are any more of the toys available - but she has been told that it will not be back in stock until Halloween.

Anyone who has seen it or might know where it is is being urged to get in touch with the family.

Twin delivery services at Darlington hospital suspended

Twin delivery services at Darlington Memorial Hospital have been temporarily suspended.

It means all mums expecting twins who are currently booked to deliver at the hospital will now have to travel to James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough instead.

It's after a review made a series of recommendations on improvements to be made.

Sue Jacques, Chief Executive at County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust said:

Patient safety and the consistent delivery of high quality care are our priorities.

We promote an open culture of reporting and learning and regularly monitor serious and adverse incidents across all of our clinical services.

As part of this monitoring and in response to feedback from our clinical teams, an independent review was commissioned to seek assurances on safety and identify any areas where improvements could be made within the Trust's maternity services."

– Sue Jacques, Chief Executive at County Durham and Darlington NHS

Woman critically injured in Darlington after being hit by a car

A woman in her 40s is a critical condition after being hit by a car in Darlington.

It happened at around 5pm last night off Gladstone Street in the town.

A silver Hyundai car left the road and hit a number of parked cars before colliding with the lady and damaging the front of a nearby house.

A man has been arrested on suspicion of drink driving and driving whilst disqualified in connection with the incident.


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