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Police appeal after collision in Houghton le Spring

Police are appealing for witnesses after the collision on Hetton Road Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Investigations are ongoing after collision in Houghton le Spring.

It happened around 11.30pm on Saturday night, October 24 when a car travelling on Hetton Road left the carriageway.

The vehicle then collided with some furniture that had been left in the street before coming to a halt in a garden.

The 23-year-old driver was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries and remains in a stable condition.

A 19-year-old female passenger has been treated in hospital for minor injuries.

Police are appealing for any witnesses. They would particularly like to speak to the driver of a light coloured vehicle which was travelling in the same direction from the area of Durham Road into Hetton and back toward Houghton Road.

Police praise successful Houghton Feast

This year's event saw very little disorder across the nine days, with only five people arrested for minor offences.

The festival is held in Houghton every year in October and dates back to the 12th century. It features a fairground, church events, shows and community events.

We're really pleased that this year there was very little disorder right across the whole of the festival. This really does go to show what a fantastic community event it is and I'd like to thank all those attending for the great atmosphere."

– Houghton Neighbourhood Inspector Lisa Musgrove


Man dies after police called to a house in Houghton-le-Spring

An investigation is underway after a man died after police were called to a house in Sunderland on Monday night.

Police were searching the address on High Street just off Easington Lane in Hougton-le-Spring when the 43-year-old became unwell. Paramedics were called to the address but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has been called in following the incident.

A spokesperson from Northumbria police said:

"Enquiries are ongoing into the incident and due to the contact between officers and the man the matter will be referred to the IPCC, as is procedure in the circumstances."

Veteran reunited with missing medals

Dozens of volunteers with metal detectors have been trying to find a World War Two veteran's medals after he lost them on the way to a memorial service.

93-year-old Donald Nicholson, from Houghton-le-Spring, was a flight engineer in the RAF and saved his comrades' lives after helping to land a burning plane.

As Frances Read reports, it's a story with a happy ending:

Driver in Wearside collision died at the scene

Police have confirmed that a driver involved in a collision on Wearside died at the scene.

He has been named as Adam Brennan, aged 40, from Shaftbury Park in Hetton-le-Hole.

Fatal crash on A690 Credit: Bing

At 7am on September 11, police were called to reports that a vehicle had left the A690 in Newbottle, Houghton, and crashed into a field.

Officers are carrying out enquiries into the collision and appealing for any witnesses. Anyone with any information should contact Northumbria Police on 101.


School leads the way with dementia

A school on Wearside claims to be leading the way towards a Dementia Friendly Society.

Bernard Gilpin School, in Houghton le Spring, is the only one in the North to take part in the Prime Minister's Challenge on Dementia and has now opened it's doors to welcome sufferers in.

It's the only school in the region to invite dementia sufferers and their carers in for specialist activites.

It's converted an old store room into this new space called the living room and will be hosting weekly events for older members of the community and dementia sufferers.

The mayor of Sunderland, Councillor Bob Heron, is also chair of governors of Bernard Gilpin Primary School.

He told our ITV Tyne Tees what they were trying to achieve.

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