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Bishop leads Dawn Vigil at Durham Cathedral

Dawn Vigil fire is lit. Credit: Keith Blundy

The Right Revd Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham, led a dawn service of Initiation and Communion at Durham Cathedral today in which he Baptised five people.

The dawn service, often called the Dawn Vigil, was the first service of Easter Day at the cathedral.

Bishop Paul lights the Easter Paschal Candle. Credit: Keith Blundy

In his first Easter Day service since being enthroned as Bishop of Durham, Bishop Paul gave a sermon in which he spoke of fear and what makes us afraid saying:

"We live in a world where there is much fear. So too on the streets of our communities like Jarrow, Hartlepool, Stockton, Sunderland, Easington and the farms of the Dales there are people who live with deep fears."

"Fears of domestic abuse and violence; fears of long term illness; fears of failing to be able to heat the home and feed the children adequately; fears of no job on leaving school or college; fears of loneliness and hopelessness.”

Bishop Paul concluded by saying: “But there is a fear that takes us forward; it is the 'fear of the Lord'. This is not being afraid of God but it is, in Eugene Peterson's words, 'living responsively and appropriately before who God is, who he is as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.'

Congregation at Dawn Candlelight Service of Light. Credit: Keith Blundy


"Do not drink" milk stolen in Durham

Members of the public are being urged to be alert after potentially harmful milk samples were stolen from outside a property in Durham.

The milk, which is in 30ml bottles, contains a preservative which turns the milk blue and the bottles display a “do not drink” warning.

It is believed two boxes, one containing 60 samples, the other 34, were taken from outside a house in Eden Terrace between 1.30 and 2.30pm today (April 8).

The samples which were destined for analysis by National Milk Records were awaiting collection by a courier.

Anyone who drinks the milk should consume plenty of water and seek medical attention.

Young people receive High Sheriff's honour

Children from across the region have been given a special award to recognise outstanding achievements.

32 children who've shown bravery, courage or initiative have been given the High Sheriff's honour at a ceremony in Durham.

The Shrieval Awards have been running for almost 20 years and today's winner's were among the most exceptional.

Watch Frances Read's report:

Two 13-year-old girls arrested over church hall fire

Two teenage girls have been arrested after fire destroyed St John's Church Hall in Meadowfield, County Durham.

Fire at St John's Church Hall
The fire at St John's Church Hall broke out early on Sunday morning

The hall had closed 18 months earlier because of safety concerns, but people in the community had been raising thousands of pounds to try to re-open it.

Police said investigations led to the arrests of two 13-year-old girls on suspicion of arson. They have been bailed pending further enquiries.


Tributes paid to Michael Cook

Michael Cook

The family of a man killed when he was hit by a car in Durham City on Thursday evening have paid tribute to him.

34 year old Andrew Michael Cook from Durham was fatally injured after being hit by a Vauxhall Corsa car on South Road in the City shortly before 10:30pm on Thursday (20 March).

Mr Cook’s family said: “Andrew was a young man who loved life and his family and loved going to college and spending time with his dog.

"He was an extremely kind-hearted person who was always willing to help others, he will be sadly missed.”

Budget analysis on Around The House

On tonight's political programme from Westminster, a panel of MPs - including Newcastle Labour MP Catherine McKinnell and Redcar Liberal Democrat Ian Swales - give their reaction to the Budget.

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Helen Ford presents Around The House at 11.35pm Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The new Bishop of Durham talks to Helen Ford about his hopes for the North East, and the inspiration he has found in Africa.

Also in the programme, Tyneside MP Chi Onwurah argues that her campaign to stop gender segregation of children's toys is crucial for the economy.

Around The House is at 11.35pm tonight (Thursday 20 March) on ITV.

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