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Road closures for Miners' Gala

A number of roads have been closed for today's Durham Miners' Gala. The following routes will be shut until 8pm:

  • Framwellgate Bridge
  • Market Place
  • Saddler Street
  • Owengate
  • North and South Bailey
  • Dun Cow Lane
  • Bow Lane
  • SIlver Street
  • Elvet Bridge
  • New Elvet Bridge
  • Territorial Lane
  • Green Lane
  • Elvet Waterside
  • Court Lane
  • Elvet Crescent
  • Old Elvet
  • New Elvet
  • Pelaw Leazes to Baths Bridge

The following roads will be closed to vehicles only:

  • Church Street
  • Hallgarth Street
  • Whinney Hill

The following roads will be closed between 3pm and 8pm:

  • North Road
  • Flass Street
  • Sutton Street

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Anne Lakey will face a retrial

A headteacher accused of historic sex offences against a 13-year-old boy is to face a retrial. It is alleged that Anne Lakey, 54, had sex with the boy in the late 1980s while she was a teacher at a school in Sunderland. The complaint was over a pupil at a different school.

Anne Lakey, from Stanley, has already been on trial for the alleged offences. But the jury was discharged on their third day of deliberations at Durham Crown Court on July 4 after failing to reach a verdict on four counts of indecent assault and two of indecency with a child.

She denied the charges but the Crown Prosecution Service have now formally announced thatthey will seek a retrial.Lakey, who was present at the short hearing, was given bail and ordered to return to Durham Crown Court on January 19.

Durham has "the Usain Bolt of the tortoise world"

Crossing the finish line: Bertie smashed the previous world record by racing 18ft in just 19.59 seconds. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees
Bertie has been compared to Usain Bolt, seen here racing in the Mens' 100m Final at the London Olympics. Credit: PA

A tortoise at an adventure park in Durham has been heralded as "the Usain Bolt of the tortoise world".

The tortoise, called Bertie, smashed the Guinness World Record by racing 18ft in just 19.59 seconds. That time was less than half the previous record, which had been set in Yorkshire in 1977 by a tortoise called Charlie.

The owner of Adventure Valley in Durham, Marco Calzini, said: "Bertie loves going outside for a walk, as soon as we put him down he's off and running. Visitors are always remarking how fast he is. He's like the Usain Bolt of the tortoise world."

World's fastest tortoise smashes record in Durham

A tortoise at an adventure park in Durham has officially become the fastest on the planet after smashing the world record earlier today (Wednesday 9th July).

The current Guinness World Record has stood since 1977, when a tortoise called Charlie raced 18ft in 43.7 seconds. That happened at an event in Tickhill in South Yorkshire.The Durham-based tortoise, Bertie, smashed that record by racing 18ft in just 19.59 seconds.

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Tragic toddler's death: inquest to hear evidence

Danny Wake died walking home with his family last November. Credit: Durham Police

An inquest is due to re-open into the death of a boy, aged 3, who died in a hit and run.

Danny Wake was walking home from Darlington town centre with his mother and brother when he was hit by a vehicle, which did not stop.

He died of a head injury.

It happened at about 10.35am on Monday November 4 2013.

Since then, police have reviewed hundreds of hours of CCTV footage and interviewed several witnesses.

The driver has not been traced.

Gold rush for North East world champ gymnasts

Eight gymnasts from Deerness Gymnastics Academy in County Durham have returned home as world champions after they all took Gold in their age group competitions this weekend while competing for Great Britain.

They competed in the FIG Acrobatic Gymnastics World Age Group Competitions in Paris.

Men's Group 11 - 16 Credit: Deerness Gymnastics Academy

In the 11-16 age category Michael Gill (15) from Ponteland, Nathan Brady (15) from Durham, Stuart Napier (14) from Durham and Finn Gavin (12) from Alnwick competed in the mens group. These four are current British Champions and also took the silver medal in the 2013 European Championships.

Mixed Pair 12 - 18 Credit: Deerness Gymnastics Academy

Millie Nesbitt (15) from Durham and Liam Sneath (17) from Spennymoor competed as a 12-18 mixed pair. Millie had already won a World Championship bronze medal in 2012.

Women's Pair 12 - 18 Credit: Deerness Gymnastics Academy

Abbi Greaves (13) from Ushaw Moor and Chelsea Fisher (17) from Darlington in the 12-18 womens pair. Chelsea and Abbi already held the 2014 British Championship title and took the silver medal in the European Championships in 2013.

CPS to decide whether to seek retrial of headteacher

A jury at the trial of a headteacher accused of sex offences against a 13-year-old boy has failed to reach a verdict.

Anne Lakey, 54, was accused of six counts of indecency and indecent assault relating to incidents that are alleged to have taken place in the late 1980s.

But the jury of five men and six women failed to reach a verdict on their third day of deliberations at Durham Crown Court.

They were discharged by Judge Christopher Prince, bringing the eight-day trial to an end.

The Crown Prosecution Service is yet to decide if it will seek a retrial.

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