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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.


Vintage aircraft given water-canon salute at airport

The historic DC3 is given a water canon salute as it lands at Durham Tees Valley. Credit: Durham Tees Valley Airport

A 70 year old DC3 aircraft has been given a water-canon salute as it landed at Durham Tees Valley Airport.

It was also welcomed by a a 1940s jazz band and airport staff dressed in period uniforms.

The iconic plane, owned by KLM, took invited guests and competition winners on three short trips which took them over Hartlepool, Redcar, Teesport and the coast.

Durham Tees Valley Chairman Robert Hough (left) with KLM’s UK Head of Sales Gijs van Popta (right) and KLM DC3 pilot Ruud Schoenmakers. Credit: Durham Tees Valley Airport

Built in 1944, the Royal KLM Dakota PH-PBA was in service with the 8th Air Force during the Second World War. After the war the aircraft was acquired by Prince Bernhard, Prince of the Netherlands.It later became the first official aircraft of the Dutch government.

Headteacher brands sexual offence allegations as "outrageous"

A County Durham head teacher accused of sexual offences against a teenage boy told police the allegations were "outrageous."

Anne Lakey, 54, is charged with nine sexual offences against a young teenager in the late 1980s.

In court part of her police interview was read out to the jury, in which she denied having any sexual relationship with the alleged victim. She was also described by a colleague as well respected and a visionary leader who had turned round a failing County Durham school.

Ms Lakey denies all the charges, none which relate to any of her former pupils. The trial will continue on Monday.

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.

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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