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Stockton teen says bullying should be criminal offence

A teenager who tried to commit suicide at the age of 14 after years of bullying says the law needs to change to make it a criminal offence.

Cherise Hilton is still on anti-depressants years after leaving the school she was at in Stockton.

As many youngsters prepare to return to classes after the summer holidays, the 18 year old has taken the brave decision to speak out about her own experience in the hope it will encourage others who are being bullied to come forward and ask for help.

Kenny Toal reports:

To read our full guide on how to deal with bullies click here: Bullying - spotting the signs and dealing with it

Tees Barrage opens chambers to the public

Credit: Bob Collier/PA

While the Tees Barrage undergoes a £650,000 repair project, the Canal & River Trust is inviting members of the public to explore the modern waterway for themselves.

They are hosting an open day where visitors will see the hydraulic rams up close, walk around the fish pass, get access to the control tower and explore deep into the barrage's chambers.

Steve Garcia, senior project manager for the Canal & River Trust says: "This event sold out in under a day which shows just what interest there is in this amazing structure. Every day lots of people walk, cycle and drive pass the barrage but won't realise all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes to keep it in top working order."

For more details on open days, go to the Canal & River Trust website.

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Pardew and Colback take the Ice Bucket Challenge

Sunderland AFC owner Ellis Short upped the stakes in the North East rivalry by nominating three prominent personnel at Newcastle United to take part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Short posted a video of his own challenge on Sunderland's youtube channel as centre-back pairing West Brown and John O'Shea doused him in water beside the Stadium of Light pitch.

He nominated Newcastle owner, Mike Ashley, Manager Alan Pardew and player Jack Colback.

To see Ellis Short's Ice Bucket Challenge: Click Here

And now, Alan Pardew and Jack Colback has stepped up to the challenge, posting their own video on Newcastle United's youtube channel (see below).

To see more Newcastle celebrities who have undertaken the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: Click Here

'Purple day' at Preston Park

A fund-raiser is being held at Preston Park in Stockton-on-Tees to raise money to buy the necessary equipment for a haematology unit at James Cook Hospital.

It is the end of a long project which has seen campaigners raise money to shift the local unit from "a couple of portacabins" to a more comfortable, suitable surrounding.

It will see everyone dressed in purple whilst hosting various family events including cycle races, walks, running events and a display from RAF parachutists.

Stockton-on-Tees ranks 6th 'best place to live'

In a report, Stockton-on-Tees has been named the 6th best place to live in England and Wales. According to The Telegraph, Stockton-on-Tees is overall better than Oxfordshire and Hertfordshire.

The list is based on average weekly incomes, crime rates, health, home ownership, and economic activity.

Nowhere in London made the top 10, due to low levels of home ownership and high crime. However, in the North East Northumberland came 4th and Stockton-on-Tees ranked 6th.

NORTHUMBERLAND breakdown:

  • 4th - Overall rank
  • 109th - Income rank
  • 478th - Economic activity rank
  • 2nd - Home ownership rank
  • 38th - Crime rank
  • 303rd - Health rank

STOCKTON-ON-TEES breakdown:

  • 6th - Overall rank
  • 168th - Income rank
  • 20th - Economic activity rank
  • 295th Home ownership rank
  • 698th - Crime rank
  • 29th - Health rank

£111,000 lottery win for Teesside hairdresser and builder

Cheers! The lottery winners celebrate Credit: ITV News

A couple from Teesside are celebrating after scooping more than £100,000 playing the National Lottery. Emma Coulson and her partner Robert Silcox bought the winning ticket during a holiday in Cumbria. They didn't realise they'd won until four days after the draw was made.

We both let out an enormous scream and burst into tears of joy... We just didn't know what to do with ourselves at first, apart from sit there in a state of shock.

– Emma Coulson

Emma, who's a hairdresser, and Robert, who's a self-employed builder, plan to spend some of the money improving their home.

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Man named after body found in River Tees

The body of a man recovered from the RiverTees in Stockton today (Wednesday 23rd July) has now been identified as 20-year-old David Zikhali.

Divers were searching for him after he was reported as being in difficulty in the water at around 7.40pm on Monday 21st July.

Police believe he may have died while swimming in the river. They are not treating his death as suspicious.

Man’s body recovered from River Tees

The body of a man has been recovered from the River Tees in Stockton today (Wednesday 23rd July).

Divers were searching for the man who was reported as being in difficulty in the water at around 7.40pm on Monday 21st July.

Police believe he may have died while swimming in the river. They are not treating his death as suspicious.

The body has not yet been formally identified.

Prisoner found dead in jail

Holme House, where a prisoner has been found dead. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A man charged with murdering a woman at a house in Middlesbrough has been found dead in a prison cell.

Dawit Khasay had been remanded in custody at Holme House Prison in Stockton, and was due to appear in court this morning.

The teenager, who was accused of the murder of Natsnet Tekle Nahisi, appeared at Teesside Crown Court last week.

He had been charged with murder after the woman's body was found at a property on Parliament Road in Middlesbrough in the early hours of Saturday, May 3.

Police say enquiries are ongoing and a post mortem examination will be carried out.

At this stage the death is not being treated as suspicious.

Hundreds to take part in Stockton Duathlon

800 competitors are expected to take part in Stockton's Duathlon. The event, which is billed as a 'run-cycle-run', begins at 11am this morning.

The standard distance starts with a 10 kilometre run, moving onto a 40k cycle, before ending with a 5k run.

However, participants can choose two alternative distances, depending on their fitness and experience.

A number of roads in Stockton are closed throughout the day, to allow the event to take place.

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