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Family demand apology from Brand

Russell Brand Credit: Press Association

Comedian Russell Brand has come under fire for mocking the North East star of a Barclay's television advert in a web video he uploaded criticising the bank.

The advert showed 75-year-old Sam Wright learning about the internet and online banking.

Brand pokes fun at the advert - and Mr Wright - while criticising Barclay's banks links to an Israeli defence firm.

Mr Wright suffered a stroke and died five weeks after the advert first aired on television.

Speaking to the Sun newspaper, Mr Wright's son, Stephen, said: "When I saw Brand's show I felt sick. It was so insensitive.

"I don't think he knows how much hurt he has caused us. When the advert was on TV it coincided with my dad having a stroke. He died five weeks later. He was chosen as he used the scheme. He was just trying to help."

Mr Brand has not commented on the report.


Tyne Tees Weather - Sunday

Wild Woodland Mushrooms in the Northeast Credit: EMILY MURDOCH

Generally dry with bright spells or sunny periods. There is a chance of a little more cloud in the west with an odd shower over hills.

Rather warm for the time of year, especially in the east, with highs to 19 °C

Investigation after multi-vehicle crash

Police are appealing for information after a crash involving four vehicles in the Houghton area.

It happened at about 8.15pm, on Friday, September 26, on the A19 southbound between the A690 and B1404 junctions.

The circumstances of the crash are still being investigated, however, officers say a Fiat Punto travelling north on the A19 had failed to stop for Durham Police officers.

A short time later the car lost control and crossed the central barrier, colliding with a Renault Megane and Citroen C3 travelling on the opposite carriageway.

Passengers in the Punto, a woman and two men, were taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital. One man has since been discharged with minor injuries.

The driver of the Citroen C3, a man, was taken to the same hospital. His injuries are not believed to be life threatening but remains in hospital.

No-one else was injured as a result of the crash.

The A19 southbound and northbound around the crash was closed and diversions put in place. The roads reopened around 4am.

Two men, aged 34 and 27, and a 31-year-old woman have all been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving and bailed.

River safety warning for new university students

A warning is going out to students who are starting university this week to be aware about the dangers of the regions rivers.

In Durham the police are talking to students who have arrived for freshers week.

In the last 12 month two Durham University students died after falling into the River Wear after a night out with friends.

20-year-old economics student Sope Peters went missing on October 29 2013 and engineering student Luke Pearce, 19, drowned on May 11 2014.

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