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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

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Durham Police take part in the Ice Bucket Challenge

Durham Police take the ice bucket challenge

ACC Dave Orford and members of Durham Constabulary have taken part in the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money for McMillan Cancer research.

The force used buckets and a fire hydrant to drench the officers.

Their nominees include Mark McGregor (Chester-le-Street A Relief) and Chief Inspector Andy Huddleston.

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Launch of £1bn scheme for free school meals

Almost two million school children will receive a free hot school meal from today under a new £1bn government scheme.

The major new initiative, first announced by Deputy Prime Minister and Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg last year, will see every five to seven-year-old at England's 16,500 primary schools eligible for free dinners.

Ministers have insisted that the move will save families up to £400 per year as well having health and education benefits for youngsters.

Nick Clegg referred to trialling of the scheme, which took place in Durham: "All the evidence, including the pilots in Durham and Newham, shows that free school meals will not only help ease the pressure on household budgets and encourage positive eating, but will also help improve concentration and raise educational performance so that, regardless of their background, every child can have the best possible start in life."

Pet shop thieves take everything but the 'kitten' sink

Thousands of pounds' worth of pet accessories have been stolen during a break in at Pet Mania on Skippers Lane, Stockton-on-Tees.

Officers believe thieves deliberately targeted the high value leather dog collars, leads and harnesses from the Hem and Boo range to sell them on.

Anyone with information about the break in, which occurred overnight Saturday 30th August into Sunday 31st August, or who has seen large quantities of these items offered for sale is asked to contact Cleveland Police.

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36 accountants' relay run from the Tees to the Tweed

Rowlands Runners in front of the Angel of the North
Rowlands Runners get ready for the relay

36 staff from Rowlands Accountants are covering the length and breadth of the North East region as they undertake a gruelling relay challenge across the weekend to raise money for three local charities.

The “Round Rowlands Run” will see a relay team, lead by John Grimshaw from Benton, Newcastle, tackle over 220 kilometres in the course of the three days during which they will run to the firm’s six North East offices.

The distance is equivalent to running six marathons.

The staff are raising money for three charities:

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