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Joyriding killer jailed again

A former joyrider who killed an eight-year-old boy in 2006 has been jailed again for dangerous driving while evading police.

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Table Tennis trio all progress in Mixed Doubles

Paul Drinkhall
Paul Drinkhall, 24, from Loftus Credit: Table Tennis England

Three Table Tennis players from the North East have all progressed into the Fourth Round of the Mixed Doubles at the Commonwealth Games.

Paul Drinkhall, 24, from Loftus, and his wife Joanna Drinkhall cruised to a 3-0 win in their Third Round match with Australia.

Northallerton's Daniel Reed, 24, and partner Kelly Sibley beat Scotland 3-0 in the Third Round.

Daniel Reed
Daniel Reed, 24, from Northallerton Credit: Table Tennis England

While Stockton's Karina Le Fevre, 21, and Sam Walker battled to a 3-2 victory over India.

The Fourth Round of the Mixed Doubles continues at 9:30am on Thursday.

Karina Le Fevre
Karina Le Fevre, 21, from Stockton-on-Tees Credit: Table Tennis England

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Police crackdown on drink and drugs

Cleveland and Durham police have been cracking down on drink and drug driving.
Cleveland and Durham police have been cracking down on drink and drug driving. Credit: PA Wire

59 people put their lives and the lives of innocent road users at risk during the recent summer drink and drug drive campaign.

Despite repeated warnings, 6% of 980 people breathalysed across the Cleveland and Durham force areas were positive, refused or failed to provide during June.

This year’s campaign coincided with the World Cup tournament, when some fixtures were being shown late at night due to the time difference.

Officers placed an extra focus on those drivers out in their cars the morning after a number of matches. Of 344 people breathalysed between 6am and 11am, five of these were positive, refused of failed to provide, equating to 1.5%.

“When compared to last year’s summer campaign, we have seen the number of people getting behind the wheel under the influence of alcohol increase.

"It is unacceptable that 59 people selfishly decided to risk their own lives, as well as the lives of their passengers and other innocent road users.

"We continuously repeat our warnings throughout the whole year and it is disappointing to see the numbers increase.

"Those that are found to be driving under the influence of drink or drugs will be dealt with robustly and can fully expect to be put before the courts.

"We will continue with these operations in order to make our roads as safe as we possibly can.”

– Chief Inspector Alison Jackson, Head of the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit

Police want to speak to this man following two Hartlepool assaults

Police investigating two serious assaults which happened within minutes of each other early on Sunday morning (July 27) in Hartlepool, have confirmed they believe the same person is responsible for both attacks.

And investigating officers have today released CCTV footage of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the incidents, the first of which happened just after 4am on Sunday 27th July near the Grand Hotel in Swainston Street.

In this incident, a 24-year-old man suffered serious facial injuries and received treatment at James Cook University Hospital. He has since been discharged.

A second victim was assaulted at around 4.20am at a bus stop near Yates’ wine Lodge in Victoria Road. The 26-year- old man suffered serious head injuries and remains in a critical condition in James Cook University Hospital.

“We are releasing this brief CCTV clip in the hope that someone will recognise the man featured and tell us who he is.

Additionally, we would very much like the man to come forward and speak to us as he may be able to shed some light on exactly what happened early on Sunday morning.”

– Detective Inspector Matt Murphy-King

The suspect, who police believe is responsible for both apparently unprovoked assaults, is described as a white male, wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans.

He has tattoos on both arms.

Landlord fined for leaving tenant in the cold

A Stockton landlord has been fined nearly £1000 after leaving his tenant without heating last winter.

Today (July 29) Teesside Magistrates Court heard that 47-year-old Vivender Nath Blaggan of Grange Road in Stockton left the house in Northcote Street in Stockton with a faulty boiler for three months during the coldest part of the year.

He pleaded guilty to failing to comply with an abatement notice issued under section 80 the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and was fined £350, ordered to pay costs of £609.17 and a victim surcharge of £35.

The tenant contacted the council in January 2014 after repeatedly asking Mr Blaggan to arrange for its repair, when the heating failed in November 2013.

The Council's Private Sector Housing Team carried out an inspection at the property which confirmed there was a problem with the gas boiler.

The Council served a notice served under Section 80 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 which gave Mr Blaggan a chance to carry out the necessary repairs.

However he failed to comply with the notice so the boiler was repaired by the Council and legal action was taken.

In mitigation Mr Blaggan said that he had put temporary measures in place and provided the tenant with a fan heater and offered to pay for the extra electricity it would cost to run it.

He also said that he had arranged for repairs to be carried out but that they only lasted one week. He had been advised he could obtain a free replacement boiler, but unfortunately the funding had been withdrawn before that could be arranged.

Stockton Council works with private sector landlords to help maintain and improve properties and operates a Landlord Accreditation Scheme which offers advice and assistance.

To find out more about the Landlord Accreditation Scheme visit this link.

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Killer driver back behind bars

A former joyrider from Middlesbrough who killed an eight-year-old boy in 2006 has been jailed again for dangerous driving as he raced through a residential area trying to escape the police.

24-year-old Ashley Lindo reached up to 60mph along narrow roads in what Teesside Crown Court heard was a "desperate attempt" to flee his pursuers.

He drove along footpaths and blew two tyres out when he smashed his car onto the kerb, yet did not stop.

Judge Peter Bowers jailed Lindo, of Orwell Street, for 18 months after the defendant admitted dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance.

He banned him from driving for five years following Lindo's latest example of terrible driving.

In May 2006 he knocked down and killed Daniel Conroy Curtin, aged eight, when Lindo drove a stolen Rover Metro through Riverside Park, Middlesbrough.

For that offence of causing death by dangerous driving he was sent to a Young Offenders' Institute for three years, but served half that term.

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