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Savile: No connection with Durham's Dryburn Hospital

28 NHS Trusts have published their findings after investigations into links with Jimmy Savile.

County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust carried out an investigation after suggestions there was a possible link between Savile and Dryburn Hospital. It then widened the investigation to include a visit by Savile to the children's ward at Shotley Bridge Hospital in 1981.

The investigation has found no evidence of any connection between Jimmy Savile and Dryburn Hospital and no evidence of any untoward incidents taking place during the visit to Shotley Bridge Hospital. A small number of potential improvements in our procedures have been identified and are being actioned. The Trust is not, however, complacent in any regard and will seek to learn any lessons from the reports concerning other hospitals, in line with our duty to safeguard patients from harm."

– County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust

Read more on the Savile investigations here.


Inquest: Northumberland fishermen “death by misadventure”

Mark Arries and Edward Ide.
The men were found on board the dredger Eschol in Whitby harbour on 15th January 2014. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

An inquest jury has returned a verdict of “death by misadventure” in the case of Mark Arries and Edward Ide, who were found death on a fishing boat in Whitby on15th January 2014.

“Death by misadventure” is a legal term, it means that the men died by accident.

The inquest heard 26-year-old Mark Arries and 21-year-old Edward Ide died from carbon monoxide poisoning from a faulty cooker grill left on to keep them warm as they slept.

The coroner, Michael Oakley, called for carbon monoxide alarms to be mandatory on all vessels. He also said the Maritime and Coastguard Agency should include inspections of heating appliances in its checks.

Northumberland fishermen: death by misadventure


Police appeal for witnesses after wall in Whitby is sprayed with graffiti

The images of a highlighter and a marker pen were sprayed on a wall in Whitby. Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Police are appealing for witnesses after a wall in Whitby was sprayed with graffiti.

It happened between 5.30pm on Sunday 28 April and 9.30am on Monday 29 April on a wall of the Great Goth Shop on Silver Street.

PC Matthew Rogers said: “Graffiti such as this, causes the owners of vandalised properties inconvenience and expense to have it removed.”

Witnesses can contact North Yorkshire Police by calling 101.

Arrest over stabbing outside pub near Whitby

A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after another man was stabbed during a disturbance outside the Hare and Hounds pub at High Hawsker, near Whitby, on Easter Sunday.

The victim, a man aged 30 from Derbyshire, has had surgery at James Cook University Hospital and is in a stable condition.

North Yorkshire Police said a 31-year-old local man was arrested early on Monday morning near Hawsker.

Family doctors to try longer opening hours

GP surgeries in Whitby and Darlington are among 1147 across the UK, experimenting with longer hours from today.

They will also focus on care for older people and offer consultations over the phone and the internet.

GP surgeries, including some in Whitby and Darlington, will try the pilot project Credit: Hugh Macknight/PA

Some doctors welcome the changes, while others say they do not address the core problems. The government insists it will help doctors and patients.

£2,000 worth of cuddly toys stolen from Whitby shop

A rare Steiff 2014 Jubilee bear was among the teddies stolen

Whitby Police are appealing for information following the theft of around £2,000 worth of collectable soft toys.

On the night of Friday 21 March, Whitby Glass on Sandgate was broken into and 18 high-value Steiff teddies, cats, dogs, rabbits and lambs were stolen.

Among the high-value items was a rare Steiff teddy called the 2014 Jubilee bear, worth more than £300.

CCTV shows the suspects, two men and a woman, walking along Sandgate in the direction of the swing bridge at around 11.20pm.

The two men are then seen to break the window of the shop while the woman stood on the opposite side of the road.

There were many other people in the area at this time, including numerous taxis dropping off or collecting members of the public.

The Steiff toys have individual item numbers and police are urging anyone offered one for sale to contact Whitby Police or Whitby Glass.

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