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World Champion sprinter Richard Kilty is "inspirational"

Friends at Richard Kilty's athletics club said they were "delighted" at his victory at the World Indoor Athletics Championships in Poland, which saw him claim the 60m world title last night.

Richard Kilty, known as the "Teesside Tornado", was born in Middlesbrough but joined Gateshead Harriers as a teenager. The club there said his successful was inspirational and that children at the club want to be just like Richard.

"Teesside Tornado" Richard Kilty on becoming World Champion

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WORLD CHAMPION! WOW! ITS AMAZING! MY DREAM HAS COME TRUE!! THANKS TO ALL MY SUPPORTERS! PROUD TO BE BRITISH & WIN GOLD!

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Thanks for all the messages people You are all great!Wish I could reply to all! Proud!Waking up as world champion is the best feeling ever!!

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Police search for escaped prisoner on Teesside

Wayne Land Credit: Cleveland Police

Police are searching for a man who failed to return to Kirklevington Prison in Stockton.

He had been out on day release, and failed to return on the evening of Saturday 1st March.

Officers have been carrying out investigations not only in Cleveland but other areas where he has connections.

He is described as 6'2" tall with blue eyes, and an upper front gold tooth.Land was serving time for a burglary offence in the South Yorkshire area, where he originates.

Alex Cunningham MP says apprenticeship in his office is not a "real job"

A North East MP has come under pressure after he advertised a job in his office for just £3.38 per hour, despite campaigning for a rise in wages for low paid workers.

Alex Cunningham, who represents Stockton North, has said he would like to pay an apprentice more but could not afford it.

The Labour MP has campaigned for a so-called living wage of £7.65 per hour. Paul Brand has been speaking to him.

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