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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.

Stolen truck rammed into Darlington house

Durham Police are investigating after what they believe to be a stolen truck was apparently rammed into a house in Darlington, demolishing the front bay window and part of the wall.

It happened on Lynton Gardens on around 8.30pm on November 18. Officers believe the vehicle was stolen earlier in the day from a compound in Shotton Colliery.

They say there was no one in the house and no one with the vehicle when they arrived. They are looking at whether the incident is linked to others across the town.


Have you seen this wanted man?

Jimmy Dolan

29-year-old Jimmy Dolan, from Thames Way in Darlington, is wanted by police after he fled during a court appearance.

He was appearing at Teesside Crown Court yesterday (November 3) to face a number of fraud charges.

Anyone with information as to his whereabouts should contact police on 101.


Woman 'mortified' after police called to Cash Converters protest in Darlington

A woman was left "mortified" when she was removed from a Cash Converters store by police officers following a three hour quiet protest.

Gillian Boyes was told she would not be entitled to a refund on broken jewellery as it had not been returned within seven days.

She had received the necklace and bracelet set in July, worn it once and kept it in a box until taking it out again this month.

After finding it was broken after just one wear, she took it back to Cash Converters in Skinnergate, Darlington, where staff refused to give a refund or write a note confirming their refusal.

In protest, Gillian stayed at the shop for three hours and was horrified when police officers arrived to defuse the situation.

Gillian, a former retail worker, insisted she was never violent or aggressive and has accused staff of overreacting to the incident.

After contacting trading standards and Cash Converters’ head office, Gillian eventually received a full refund.

A spokeswoman for Darlington police said officers had attended the shop on Skinnergate in relation to a suspected breach of peace.

No action was taken and the force said the incident was a civil matter.

"We are working closely with the store to investigate the reasons for police involvement on this occasion.

Although the necklace was purchased in early July and therefore outside of the warranty timescales for a refund, the customer has received a full refund as a goodwill gesture"

– A Cash Converters spokeswoman
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