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Great North Air Ambulance save collapsed cyclist

The Great North Air Ambulance on scene near Frosterley/Stanhope Credit: GNAAS

The Great North Air Ambulance were called to assist a cyclist who had fallen from his bike, after an off duty paramedic found him lying unconscious on the road.

He was found with head and shoulder injuries and was cared for by the off duty paramedic until GNAAS and NEAS land crews arrived on scene.

From there, he was flown to the RVI in Newcastle for specialist treatment.

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Princess Anne comes to the North East

Princess Anne visited North Yorkshire earlier this month Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The Princess Royal is visiting the region today.

Princess Anne will open the new Sailability Facility at Tees and Hartlepool Yacht club.

The specially built pontoon provides wheelchair users easier access to boats.

The Princess Royal recently visited North Yorkshire.

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September spider season sees 8-legged critters thrive

The mild summer weather means there will be an increase in spiders this autumn. The eight-legged critters have had plenty of insects to eat - and now, they're heading indoors to mate.

Apparently, this year is going to be a very good autumn for our eight-legged friends, with bigger than average spiders set to appear in our homes over the coming weeks.

Joshua Shrimpton reports:

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PM listens to northern concerns about devolution

PM listens to northern concerns about devolution

- Paul Brand, ITV Political Correspondent

I've just spoken to one of the MPs among the dozen or so backbenchers who met the Prime Minister to discuss concerns about the impact that devolving powers to Scotland would have on England.

James Wharton tells me that three northern MPs - himself, John Stevenson and Rory Stewart, all raised concerns with David Cameron that the north would need to compete with a more powerful Scotland.

They didn't discuss what kind of devolution was needed, but they all agreed that the north required greater powers in order to hold its own. Solutions that James Wharton floated include a regional minister for the north of England, or greater power for Local Enterprise Partnerships.

He tells me that the Prime Minister listened to the concerns and referred back to them when summing up the meeting, with MPs leaving confident about the chance of progress.

Have you seen Trusty the inflatable mascot?

Harrogate police are appealing for information after an inflatable mascot was stolen from a motor industry event at Harrogate football club on Wetherby Road.

The mascot, called Trusty, was taken between 6:30pm and 9:30pm on the evening of Tuesday, 16th September.

Trusty was attached to a power supply and contained a fan which kept it inflated. It cost around £2,500.

Police are appealing to anyone who witnessed the inflatable being stolen, has come across it, or knows where it is now, to contact them, along with anyone with any other information about the incident.

The inflatable is quite large and of a distinctive design. It would not be of any use to anyone other than the organisation it was intended for.

Also, anyone attempting to remove it would have been visible to any passers-by. It’s possible that people who saw it being taken didn’t think anything suspicious was happening.

I urge anyone who has any information about the theft, to contact the police as soon as possible.

– PC Peter Taylforth of Harrogate Safer Neighbourhood Team

Girl punched in the face in Harrogate

Harrogate police are appealing for information after a teenage girl was punched by a man she offered to help. The 17-year-old girl was walking along a cycle path just off Woodfield Road when she noticed a man she thought appeared to be lost. It was around 1.30pm on September 19. She asked the man if he was alright and he punched her in the face.

He is described as white, 5’9” to 5’10” tall, aged between 20 and 25 and of slim build.

“This was an alarming, unprovoked assault on a lone girl who offered to help someone and in return for her concern, was punched in the face.

“The victim suffered bruising to her eye and was very shaken up by what had happened to her. I am appealing to anyone who can help us to find out who was responsible or has any other information which could assist our investigation, to please contact us as soon as possible.”

– PC Adam Fenwick of Harrogate Safer Neighbourhood Team
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Spiders set to invade region's homes

50% of us are said to be scared of spiders Credit: Press Association

The mild summer weather means there will be an increase of spiders this autumn.

The eight-legged critters have had plenty of insects to eat - and now, they're heading indoors to mate.

Most are harmless house spiders, males on the hunt for females. The mating season starts now and carries on until December. Experts, though, say they are good to have in the house as they keep your insects down.

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