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HRH Duke of Kent to visit Stockton

The Duke of Kent Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA

His Royal Highness, The Duke of Kent, will visit Stockton today to open the recently restored Victorian kitchen garden at Preston Park Museum and Grounds.

He will unveil a plaque to mark the opening of the walled garden, which has been brought back to life by Stockton Council and volunteers. He will also name one of two boats recently purchased by Tees Rowing Club (TRC) with funding from Stockton Council and sports lottery money.

The other boat has recently been named after Penny and Derek Copeland – parents of London 2012 Olympic gold medallist and TRC member, Kat Copeland.

His Royal Highness will meet and congratulate Mr and Mrs Copeland during his visit. He will also meet rowers from Yarm School, where Kat Copeland began her rowing career.


Cancer treatment unit on Teesside to close

It has been announced that a cancer treatment unit on Teesside will close by November 2014.

The inpatient haematology unit at Stockton's North Tees Hospital sees about 20 patients a week with a variety of blood diseases.

NHS bosses say they'll have to close the unit after failing to train enough senior doctors.

£6m funding for 'ticking time bomb', adult social care

More than 10,000 socially isolated older people in Middlesbrough and Stockton are to benefit from £5,998,248 funding from the Big Lottery.

Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind received the fund, which will be used to lead a partnership of voluntary, statutory and private sector organisations to help up to 10,500 older people.

Outreach workers will team up with organisations such as community police and libraries to identify socially isolated people.

The organisation also wants to encourage a more diverse range of activities for older people with plans including target shooting, walking, football and ukulele playing.

Emma Howitt, chief executive of Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind, said: "We won't be providing services in the traditional sense - we will be working alongside older people to give them the opportunity to organise their own networks providing friendship and mutual support."

Nat Sloane, Big Lottery Fund England chairman, said: "There are concerns about a ticking time bomb facing adult social care, but older people have a wealth of experience and skills to offer their communities. We need to tap into this - to help them help themselves and others living alone."

The partnership will target its work in 11 wards: Gresham, University, Park, Clairville, Beechwood, Ladgate, Kader, Hemlington, Coulby Newham, Pallister and Beckfield.

Pictures: Window shot out in Stockton

A house in Stockton was damaged by a firearm late last night. Police are appealing for information after the incident on Kensington Road.

Police at the scene in Stockton Credit: Terry Blackburn
Damage caused by a firearm Credit: Terry Blackburn
Police activity on Kensington Road Credit: Terry Blackburn
The incident took place at 10.30pm on August 31st Credit: Terry Blackburn


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Stockton sprinter Kilty reflects on medal success

Stockton sprinter Richard Kilty has been reflecting on his recent success at the Commonwealth Games and the European Athletics Championships.

The 24-year-old won a silver medal in the Men's 4x100m relay in Glasgow and a gold medal in the same event in Zurich last weekend.

Kilty was back in the North East today giving a coaching session to young athletes in Gateshead.

Man suffers serious injuries in assault in Stockton

Police are appealing for witnesses to an assault in Stockton which has left a man in hospital with serious injuries.

The 34-year-old victim was walking his dog at the rear of St John’s Close on Queens Park in Stockton at around 10.30pm last night, Tuesday 19th August, when he was approached by a man who demanded he hand over his phone.

He was then assaulted with a bladed weapon, leaving him with serious injuries to his buttocks and arm. He was also punched, causing a cut to his forehead. The suspect then made off without the phone.

The victim is currently undergoing treatment at James Cook University Hospital and is described as being in a stable condition. His injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

The suspect is described as a white male, around 6ft 3” tall, of stocky build, around 34 years old with short, dark hair and wearing dark shorts and a white vest.

Any witnesses or anyone with further information regarding the incident is asked to contact DC Richard Brocklesby on the non-emergency number 101.

Appeal to trace man after shop window damage

Officers would like to trace the man in this CCTV image Credit: Cleveland Police

Police have released a CCTV image of a man they would like to speak to in connection with a window being smashed at Debenhams in Wellington Square, causing more than £2000 worth of damage.

The incident took place at around 3.30am on Saturday, 16th August.

Officers would like to trace the man in this CCTV image as it is believed that he may be able to assist with enquiries. He is described as 24-28years of age with short hair and wearing a dark coloured T-shirt and dark coloured bottoms.

Anyone with information regarding the identity of the man or anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact PC Andrew Smith on the non-emergency number 101.

Teesside couple "shocked and stunned" to win lottery

A couple from Stockton say they're 'shocked and stunned' after winning more than £100,000 playing the National Lottery.

Emma Coulson and her partner Robert Silcox, were presented with their cheque after placing the bet whilst on holiday.

They won just days after an 80-year-old woman from Middlesbrough won £500,000, meaning there have been two winners from Teesside in the space of a week. Jonny Blair reports.

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