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Man who helped save Darlington Football Club dies

A popular sportsman and businessman who was at the forefront of the campaign to save Darlington FC has died.

Harvey Madden had been suffering from leukaemia and lymphoma and died yesterday at North Tees General Hospital, Stockton. He was 66.

Mr Madden became the administrator for Darlington Football Club after the Quakers went into receivership in 2012 and worked to save the club. He went on to join the club’s advisory panel, providing the club financial advice.

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'Her death has left a big hole': Son's tribute to mother who died in a house fire

The woman who died in a house fire near Darlington has now been identified as Freda Thompson, 88, from Barningham.

The inquest for the fire, which started on 24 January 2014, opened and adjourned into her death yesterday.

Freda’s son Mark has said:

My mum was a lovely person who loved nothing more than doing her garden and chatting to people. She was loved by everyone who knew her and we are absolutely devastated that she has been taken from us by such a tragic event.

Her death has left a big hole in our family and she will be sadly missed by everyone who knew her.

– Mark Thompson

WATCH: Blaze after man set his girlfriend alight and traps her inside their flat

Fire crews came to the rescue of Rebecca Major who jumped through a window after her boyfriend doused her in petrol, setting her on fire and trapping her in their burning flat:

Edward McArthur, 40, from Darlington has now been sentenced to 15 years and nine months in jail for the "wicked act", which was intended to disfigure his partner.

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Man who set his girlfriend on fire jailed for 15 years

A boyfriend from Darlington has admitted pouring petrol on his partner then setting her alight and trapping her in their burning flat.

Rebecca Major, 32, saved her life by smashing a window with a table and jumping from an upstairs window.

Edward McArthur, 40, was on trial at Teesside Crown Court where he denied attempted murder and arson with intent to endanger life.

Edward McArthur Credit: Durham Constabulary

He has now changed his plea and admitted the arson and an alternative charge of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

The jury cleared him of attempted murder on the direction of the judge.

McArthur, of Geneva Road, Darlington, has now been sentence by the judge to 15 years and nine months for the "wicked act" which was intended to disfigure his partner.

Ms Major, who was in the public gallery to see her ex partner's admissions, suffered 40% burns in the blaze and a broken skull and sternum in the fall from the flat which is above a shop.

Ms Major, who spent three weeks in intensive care after the fire in August, told our reporter Gregg Easteal she was baffled by her ex-partner's actions:

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