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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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Controversial "Pound Pub" set for Stockton

Controversial plans to open a discount pub on Teesside, from 8 in the morning, have been strongly criticised.

The 'Pound Pub', which is set to open in Stockton, will sell halves of beer for a pound and pints for just £1.50.

Critics say the venue will encourage drunken behaviour and cheapen the town centre, which is undergoing expensive refurbishment.

Management insist it will promote sensible drinking and offer customers value for money.

Jonny Blair reports.

Stockton young carers Making a Difference

A group of young carers from Stockton have won a regional award for their commitment and dedication.

Young Carers Aloud!! from Eastern Ravens Trust in Stockton won the ‘Making a Difference’ category at the Positive Social Behaviour Order Awards.

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The awards are hosted annually to recognise the positive contribution young people make in their communities.

Members of Young Carers Aloud!! all care for a member of their family who is affected by ill health.

Young carers receive award Credit: Stockton Counbcil

The aim of the group is to raise awareness of young carers and their issues across Stockton Borough so young carers are listened to and included in decision making about their families’ care and support.

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Stockton International Riverside Festival begins

Four days of festivities are planned for Stockton Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Events have begun on Teesside to mark the start of the Stockton International Riverside Festival. It will feature music, drama, fireworks and street theatre between the 1st and 4th of August.

The festival attracts performers from across the world as well as thousands of spectators.

Three-year-old boy assaulted in Stockton

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man assaulted a three-year-old boy in Stockton-on-Tees.

The boy and his two friends, aged eight, were playing with water pistols on Raleigh Road at around 6.30pm on June 3 and wet a man who was walking past.

The man became angry, walked over to the children, slapped the three-year-old boy on the hand and burnt him with a cigarette, leaving him with a small burn injury to his finger. No medical treatment was needed.

The man is:

  • White
  • 6 feet 4 inches tall
  • Late 20s
  • Very skinny
  • Wearing a white hard had and hi-vis vest
  • Tattoo on one of his forearms

The man walked from Raleigh Road in the direction of Wolfe Road.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Cleveland Police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Stockton parents champion 'Helen's Walk' for meningitis

A family from Stockton-on-Tees who lost their daughter to meningitis want people to pull on their walking boots for an annual event to raise funds for a charity tackling the disease.

Terry and Sue Laing are backing Meningitis UK's annual Big Stroll North East, previously known as Helen's Walk.

The couple lost their 24-year-old daughter Helen to meningitis aged 24, in 2001.

From the age of 14, Helen had wanted to be a nursery nurse and qualified in January 2001, four months before she succumbed to meningococcal septicaemia.

"The walk helps us come to terms with what happened and is always a great way to raise awareness of the disease.

"Everyone's support for Helen's Walk over the years was unbelievable and surpassed our wildest expectations. Although we no longer run it, we always support the walk, which is growing every year.

"We hope even more people get behind it and put on their walking boots to battle the disease that tragically took our Helen."

– Terry Laing, Helen's father

In Helen's honour, the couple support Meningitis UK and handed control of the walk to the charity after setting it up and raising £90,000.

The 5.5-mile circular Big Stroll takes place on May 12 and starts in Osmotherley.

To sign up, to donate or for more information, call 0117 303 33 47 or click here.

"We again thank Terry and Sue for helping to support the walk - without their help, it would not be as successful as it is.

"What happened to Helen illustrates just how cruel meningitis and its associated disease can be - striking anyone, of any age, at any time.

"The walk is a great way to keep fit, see some truly wonderful sights and all the while battle meningitis, which is notoriously difficult to diagnose and can kill in only hours.

"For all these reason, this is why our main focus is to fund pioneering research to eradicate the disease to protect all future generations."

– Steve Dayman, Meningitis UK founder
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