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Police warn Parkour could be "life-threatening"

Police in Durham have issued a warning against Parkour, or freerunning, saying that the activity could have "life-threatening" consequences.

A child practises Parkour on a rooftop, but Durham Police are warning against it Credit: Lewis Stickley/PA

A statement released by the force said the activity was becoming increasingly popular - but warned that the city's monuments, ancient walls and buildings could be structurally unsound because of their age.

It said: "Please think you are not only causing damage to the buildings but the risk to yourself whilst taking part in these activities is extremely dangerous."

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Labour leader Ed Miliband took part in an organised Parkour event in London in 2010 Credit: Fiona Hanson/PA

Parkour, which began in France in the 1980s, involves moving quickly through an urban area by running and jumping over obstacles.

It is now respected as a sport, with its own qualifications and coaching ladder. In 2010 Ed Miliband, as Energy Secretary, took part in a Parkour event in London.

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Trial hears teacher "had sex with teenager for months"

The trial of a headteacher from County Durham on sex offences has heard from the alleged victim, who says she regularly had sex with him when he was aged 13 and 14.

Anne Lakey, from Stanley, denies nine offences against the boy, who was not her pupil, during the late 1980s while she was a teacher.

Anne Lakey, 54, leaves Durham Crown Court during the trial, which is ongoing

Durham Crown Court has heard that Lakey would have sex with the boy over a period of months when he was supposed to be at school and she was supposed to be at work.

The alleged victim said he had been the one to end it, after feeling he did not want it to carry on. He said he lost his temper after she told him he could not go and could not tell anyone. He pushed his way past her and left.

He told the jury that only as an adult did he realise it was wrong.

The trial at Durham Crown Court continues.

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Trial begins of headteacher accused of sex offences

Anne Lakey arrives at Durham Crown Court Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The trial has begun of a County Durham headteacher, accused of sexual offences against a teenage boy.

54 year old Anne Lakey was described at Durham Crown Court as 'the ultimate corrupting influence'.

The defendant denies four counts of indecency with a child under 14 and five counts of indecent assault against a child under 16 in the late 1980s.

The court heard that at the time of the alleged offences, Ms Lakey was a married teacher. The charges relate to the same alleged victim, who is not a former pupil.

Durham Crown Court heard how her 'proactive grooming' of the complainant had led to an 'exploitative sexual relationship'.

The trial is continuing.

Headteacher described in court as a "sexual predator"

The trial has begun in County Durham of a headteacher described in court as a "sexual predator".

Anne Lakey, 54, denies nine sexual offences against a teenage boy in the late 1980s. The charges are alleged to have taken place when Ms Lakey was a teacher, though they do not relate to a former pupil.

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Anne Lakey denies nine charges and the trial at Durham Crown Court continues Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA

Durham Crown Court was told her "proactive grooming" led to an "exploitative sexual relationship". The trial is continuing.

New charge for car charge

Durham County Council is introducing a fee for drivers of electric cars to use its chargepoints, to try to stop people hogging the spaces.

Until now, charging an electric car has been free, and any electric car can occupy a space as long as it is plugged in, even if it already has a full battery.

From now on, it will cost £1 per visit to use the standard parking sites and £5 to use a rapid charging point at Belmont park and ride.

The new fee introduced to stop space-hoggers

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African Warlord: Durham detention 'denies right to family life'

An African warlord serving 50 years in a prison in County Durham is reportedly suing the UK Government for denying him the right to a family life.

Former Liberia President Charles Taylor, who is alleged to have eaten the hearts of enemies, says he is being kept from his wife and 15 children.

The former Liberian president says he is being kept from his family in Africa and is a "breach of human rights". Credit: PA

The 66-year-old was was convicted in 2012 of 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity, including terrorism, murder, rape and using child soldiers during a civil war in Sierra Leone in the 1990s that left tens of thousands dead.

He was sentenced to to fifty years in prison and is thought to be serving his sentence at Frankland Prison in Durham.

Conservative MP Dominic Raab said: "If he's successful, it would turn British human rights laws into a laughing stock around the world."

Thousands expected to watch Durham Regatta

Rowers in the 2013 Durham Regatta. Credit: Nanette Tiplady
Spectators looking on at last year's event. Credit: Nanette Tiplady

Thousands of people are expected to attend the Durham Regatta, which is being held in the city centre from 8am onwards today (Saturday 14 June).

This year’s event is the largest to date, attracting over 700 entrants. Races will commence every two minutes across the two-day competition.

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