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Best of friends - a blind dog and his own guide dog

A home is being sought for an unlikely pair - a blind dog with his own guide dog. The pair were found abandoned in Hartlepool three weeks ago. They're now at a rescue centre in Coxhoe in County Durham, where offers to rehome them have come from all over the world.

Buzz (left) and Glenn, who is blind. Credit: ITV News

Buzz, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, acts as a guide dog for Glenn, a Jack Russell - who is permanently blind.

The inseperable pair were found abandoned in a sea tunnel in Hartlepool three weeks ago.

Staff at Stray Aid in Coxhoe, County Durham, think the dogs are aged around nine or ten and could have been together for years.

The Staffordshire Bull Terrier is Glenn's eyes - leading the way around the centre and on long walks.

The story of their unusual friendship has gone worldwide with offers to rehome them from as far afield as America and Vietnam.

And they've even had celebrity support.

Cheryl Fernandez Versini shared their photo on Instagram writing 'If anyone knows of a loving home who have the space and time to take them please help."

Staff at the rescue centre in Coxhoe say they want to find a home for them together where they can retire and be happy.

Football club's new owners revealed later

News of Hartlepool United's future will be announced later Credit: PA Images

Hartlepool United are expected to reveal more details about the club's new owners.

Its majority shareholder, IOR (Increased Oil Recovery) has announced that a takeover has been agreed.

A sale had been decided last December to TMH2014 Limited but it was revealed in February that the deal had fallen through.

Chairman Ken Hodcroft has stepped down and IOR, which bought the club in 1997, will relinquish control.

Hartlepool will start the new season with new owners at the helm after the team's dramatic escape from relegation.

Pools fans are hoping the changes will bring new investment.

'Disregard for humanity' at Hartlepool care home

Admiral Court, Hartlepool

The Care Quality Commission has issued a scathing report on a care home for elderly people in Hartlepool, rating it 'inadequate' in all areas, and with a disregard for residents' humanity.

This followed unannounced inspections of Admiral Court Care Home in April and May.

The CQC report said the home was unsafe and uncaring.

It also raised serious concerns about the way medication was administered, and that some residents appeared to sometimes go hungry or thirsty.

Here are some of the key findings:

  • A disregard for the humanity of residents
  • Poor nutrition and hydration
  • Staff failed to ensure residents received appropriate medical care
  • People using adapted wheelchairs were not able to have a bath or shower
  • Staff failed to protect people from avoidable harm
  • Staff had not been suitably trained

Admiral Court is owned by Four Winds Care, which has not been available for comment.


Danny Posthill on his BGT experience

Twelve million of us tuned in to ITV last night (May 31) to see the final of the 9th series of Britain's Got Talent.

Jules O'Dwyer and her dog Matisse took the top prize after their routine reduced judge David Walliams to tears.

But Hartlepool impressionist Danny Posthill flew the North East flag.

He had a whole host of new impressions for the final and ended up coming 7th out of the 12 acts.

If you missed it last night here he is, courtesy of Britain's Got Talent. Clip courtesy of Syco/Thames.

Danny also targeted the hosts, Ant and Dec. Clip courtesy of Syco/Thames.

Earlier, Danny spoke to Pam and Ian about his Britain's Got Talent experience.

CCTV released after bag theft in Hartlepool

Police have released CCTV footage after the theft of a bag containing valuables in Hartlepool.

The bag was accidentally left on the number 7 Stagecoach bus which was travelling through Hartlepool towards the Headland on Friday 3rd April sometime between 9.50pm and 10.10pm.

The owner of the bag left the bus at Thorpe Bridge bus stop and it is believed that a man who got on at a later stop sat on the seat next to the bag and may have concealed it under his clothing. The bag contained a white Apple iPhone 4S mobile phone, keys and a bank card.

Officers are trying to identify and contact the man in the footage below. Anyone who recognises him can call Cleveland Police on 101.

Teenage girls appear in court on murder charges

Two girls have appeared in court charged with the murder of a woman found dead in Hartlepool that was committed when they were 13 and 14

The teenagers did not enter pleas to the murder of Angela Wrightson, 39, whose body was discovered at her home in Stephen Street, Hartlepool, in December.

A post mortem revealed she had suffered substantial injuries and died as a result of blood loss.

Judge Simon Bourne-Arton, sitting at Teesside Crown Court, did not wear a wig and nor did the barristers during the 50-minute long administrative hearing.

The older girl wore a grey hoodie for the hearing and her co-accused had a black and white patterned top on.

They sat in the back row of the court, not the dock, with a woman in between them.

They will return to court on June 8 for a plea hearing.

Stephen Street, Hartlepool, last December. Credit: ITV News

45 chickens killed in allotment fire

Police are appealing for witnesses after an allotment was set on fire at Thornhill Gardens inHartlepool.

The incident happened at around 3.15am this morning (Friday 15th May) after a fire spread across three allotments. It caused hundreds pounds worth of damage and killed45 chickens that were in a shed inside one of the allotments.

The fire is being treated as suspicious. Anyone who has any information should contact Cleveland Police on the non-emergency 101 number.

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