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47 people from our region have been arrested for suspected paedophilia

Scout leaders, doctors and police officers are amongst those who have been arrested for suspected paedophilia in our region and beyond.

Northumbria Police have now confirmed that they have arrested 19 people in connection with a nationwide operation by the National Crime Agency. This is the force area with the largest number of arrests in our region.

Cleveland Police have arrested 12 people, North Yorkshire have arrested 11, five people have been arrested in Durham.

The operation targeted internet users who accessed child abuse images, but it has already led to charges for serious sexual assault.

More than four hundred children who were in the care, custody or control of the suspects have been safeguarded.

More than 28 people have been arrested for suspected paedophilia

Doctors, teachers and former police officers - from our region - are amongst the 660 suspected paedophiles who have been arrested in the biggest operation of its kind.

The six month long action has been led by The National Crime Agency.

Cleveland Police have arrested 12 people, North Yorkshire have arrested 11, five people have been arrested in Durham and Northumbria Police have arrested 19 people.

The operation targeted internet users who accessed child abuse images, but it has already led to charges for serious sexual assault.

More than four hundred children who were in the care, custody or control of the suspects have been safeguarded.

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Mike Ashley bows out of Sports Direct profit-share scheme

Mike Ashley
Credit: PA

Mike Ashley has bowed out of a controversial profit-share scheme which could see 3,000 permanent staff receive a piece of £200m if profits double in 2019.

The scheme recently came under fire from investors groups and the Institute of Directors who were planning to vote against Chairman Keith Hellawell and other board members because they were unhappy with the arrangement.

In a statement on the Sport's Direct website today the company confirms that despite approval from a panel of independent shareholders that he could receive a payout he has - after discussions with the board - decided to refuse his payout.

Keith Hellawell, Non-Executive Chairman of Sports Direct International plc, said:

"The resolution passed by shareholders to implement the 2015 Bonus Share Scheme clearly recognises the success of previous company-wide schemes, and the significant contribution from Mike.

"On behalf of the entire Board, I should like to thank shareholders for the trust and confidence that they have demonstrated towards the team.

"Mike remains fully committed to achieving the scheme's stretch targets. Regarding the allocation of shares, Mike's focus is on ensuring that the scheme aligns all employees to achieve the Company's objectives.

"Following recent unhelpful speculation surrounding his potential allocation, he is determined to ensure that there is the maximum number of shares available for the eligible employees."

Mike Ashley has not received a salary or any bonus since Sports Direct was floated in 2007 when he received £929m.

Miners' Gala arrives in Durham

The Gala procession heading across Elvet Bridge Credit: ITV

The 130th Durham Miner's Gala has arrived in Durham city centre.

Hundreds of former Durham miners and their families are among the crowds as the Gala makes its way to the County Hotel at Old Elvet, where guest speakers will give speeches from 1pm.

The Gala arrives in Durham city centre Credit: ITV
Band members playing at the Miners' Gala Credit: ITV

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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

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.

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