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Former hospice boss appears in court on fraud and theft charges

Graham Leggatt-Chidgey. Credit: ITV News

The former chief executive of Butterwick Hospice appeared in court today accused of stealing from the charity.

Graham Leggatt-Chidgey faces two charges of fraud by false representation and one charge of theft.

Teesside Magistrates Court heard the alleged offences took place over an eight year period.

He entered no pleas, and will appear at Teesside Crown Court on October 18th.

The 62-year-old stood down from his role at the organisation in April.

The charity provides support for people with life-limiting illnesses at its hospices in Stockton and Bishop Auckland.

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Girl, 9, in hospital after being hit by a car in Thornaby

The collision happened on Thornaby Road at the junction with Laburnum Avenue. Credit: Google maps.

A nine-year-old girl is in hospital after being hit by a car in Thornaby, near Stockton.

The Great North Air Ambulance Service was called to a collision between a nine-year-old pedestrian and a Ford Fiesta car at around 6.45pm on Sunday.

The girl suffered a serious head injury and was taken to James Cook University Hospital by ambulance.

The collision happened on Thornaby Road at the junction with Laburnum Avenue, where the girl was with two of her friends.

The police are investigating the collision and are appealing for witnesses to contact them on the non-emergency number 101.

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