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Durham Cathedral opens its doors to potential bell ringers

Visitors to Durham Cathedral today will be able to have a go at bell ringing. Credit: PA
The bells in Durham Cathedral date from as early as 1693. Credit: PA

Durham Cathedral will open its doors for potential bell ringers later today (Saturday 25th October).

Members of the public are being invited to try their hand at bell ringing between 11am and 4pm. Enthusiasts from the local bell ringing guild will be on hand to show them the ropes.

The bells in Durham Cathedral date from as early as 1693.

Interviews: Firework prankster's hand permanently damaged

A teenage boy who tried to light a firework in his bedroom says he's lucky to be alive.

Dylan Cosgrove broke seven bones in his hand and had to have surgery.

He has been told he'll never be able to use his hand properly.

Dylan and his family are now helping firefighters to campaign for safety this Bonfire Night.

Kevin Gardner from the Tyne & Wear Fire and Rescue Service says Dylan's story is a valuable warning to other youngsters tempted to misuse fireworks.

Bonfire safety tips

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue release tips for staying safe at bonfires. Credit: PA

Ahead on Bonfire celebrations Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue's are launching a bonfire safety campaign.

Their plans include a schools education programme, an inspection of outlets storing fireworks, a social media and public relations campaign, as well as a dedicated website.

Officers from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service will be visiting secondary schools across the area to talk to children and young people about the dangers relating to the misuse of bonfires and fireworks, and to highlight the consequences of anti-social behaviour.

Here are their tips for staying safe at bonfires this year:

  • Attend an organised display rather than having your own bonfire,
  • Report illegal bonfires that are being built to your local council,
  • Call 999 to report any illegal bonfires that have been lit,
  • Remember: alcohol and fireworks don't mix,
  • Always supervise children around fireworks,
  • Never give sparklers to children under five,
  • Keep pets indoors and
  • Bring your wheelie bin when it is empty it, or it is an arson target.

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House of Commons to debate 14-year-old Durham case

Christopher Rochester died in 2000 Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The MP for North Durham Kevan Jones is leading a debate in the House of Commons later today, Friday 24th October, about the case of Christopher Rochester.

Christopher, from Chester-le-Street, bled to death on a hospital trolley on the Greek Island of Rhodes in the year 2000.

His body was returned to Britain with his kidney missing. The Greek authorities later sent a kidney which was not his.

This the fourth debate surrounding the case, in a fourteen year struggle for the family.

Read More: Family still waiting for exhumation test results

Around The House: Tonight at 11.40pm

Paul Brand with guests Julie Elliott MP, Lord Shipley, Anne McIntosh MP and Jonathan Arnott MEP Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Our political programme Around The House returns tonight. Paul Brand and guests discuss regional powers for the North, in the light of the Scottish referendum.

There is also a lively studio debate on the impact UKIP could have in the North East, when the country goes to the polls next May.

Around The House is at 11.40pm tonight (Thursday 23 Oct) on ITV.

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