Tributes to David Hockney's assistant

A studio assistant to the artist David Hockney has died in hospital after being taken from the painter's East Yorkshire home.

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Police issue health warning

North Yorkshire Police has issued an urgent health warning after a teenager died of a suspected drugs overdose.

Police were called to a house in York on Thursday night after a 16-year-old girl was reported to be critically ill. It's believed she had taken a yellow-white paste thought to contain amphetamine.

A 23-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of supplying a controlled drug. A 26-year-old woman has also been detained.

Police are warning anyone who comes across the substance to avoid it.

Dinghy found after River Swale death

Police have recovered a dinghy following the death of a man by the River Swale in North Yorkshire. Officers believe Mark Allan had taken an inflatable dinghy out on the river when the water was fast flowing. His body was discovered on Saturday on the river bank.

The dinghy was later found in the Catterick Bridge area close by. The death is not being treated as suspicious.

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Tributes paid to suspected poisoning victim

Tributes are tonight being paid to Chris Bainbridge, who died from suspected carbon monoxide poisoning during a camping holiday in the Lake District.

His wife, Jane, is still seriously ill at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle.

The couple, from Darlington, had been staying in a wooden cabin at the Quiet Site Caravan Park in Watermillock at Ullswater when they were found.

Chris Sivers, from Darlington Borough Council said: "Just a really nice chap. Obviously as an employer is concerned he was a really good guy.

"Did a good job at work. He was a Management Information Officer so he did a lot of detailed work, returns to Government, that sort of thing. And just a really nice guy. Had a lot of friends in the office, he had a lot of friends throughout the council, and he'll be sorely missed."

Our correspondent Dan Ashby sent this report.

Statement from friend and colleague of Chris Bainbridge:

I first met Chris Bainbridge when I started on the YTS scheme at

Darlington Borough mainly through social activities such as playing pool on

a lunch time.

I then joined the General Rates section in 1986 and began working with

Chris – little did I think I would still be working with him 25 years later.

Chris suggested one day that I should go out for a drink one Saturday night

with his group of friends – after some arm twisting I eventually did go out

and was introduced to a group of people who are still all very close

friends.

It did occur to me today that everyone I call a friend outsidework, I met through Chris.

Chris always enjoyed playing 5-a-side football until age got the better ofhim and was a regular turn out for the Community Charge team as well asrepresenting NALGO.

Chris also organised a weekly football sweep with a ‘bottle’ draw at theend of the year.

Chris was a good colleague to many people who have passed through the Local Taxation Office over the last 20 or so years but more importantly a goodfriend to all of us.

Over the last couple of days people have reminded me of times together all

of which I will never forget.

Chris will be dearly missed by everyone who new him. Our thoughts are withJane and Chris’s family.

– Philip Brown, Darlington Borough Council

Police name dead man

Forensic experts at the scene
Forensic experts at the scene Credit: ITV

Durham police have named a man who's body was discovered on a playing field in Darlington.

42 year old Simon Harvey was found on land near Salter's Lane yesterday. He had been staying at a nearby hotel but lived in Darlington.

Police are not treating his death as suspicious. A picture has not been released.

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