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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.

To watch the full video: Click Here

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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."

Archbishop gives Iraq genocide warning

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Warning: Dr John Sentamu has warned that the crisis in Iraq could become a genocide. Credit: PA

The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu has warned that the crisis in Iraq could become a genocide.

He wrote to David Cameron asking him to do more to help people in the country last month.

Read More: Archbishop of York calls for UK leadership in Iraq

The Archbishop was speaking before the end of his week-long peace vigil, which concludes today (Sunday 31 August). He has been in York, repeatedly praying for peace, over the last seven days.

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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:

Pardew and Colback take the Ice Bucket Challenge

Sunderland AFC owner Ellis Short upped the stakes in the North East rivalry by nominating three prominent personnel at Newcastle United to take part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Short posted a video of his own challenge on Sunderland's youtube channel as centre-back pairing West Brown and John O'Shea doused him in water beside the Stadium of Light pitch.

He nominated Newcastle owner, Mike Ashley, Manager Alan Pardew and player Jack Colback.

To see Ellis Short's Ice Bucket Challenge: Click Here

And now, Alan Pardew and Jack Colback has stepped up to the challenge, posting their own video on Newcastle United's youtube channel (see below).

To see more Newcastle celebrities who have undertaken the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: Click Here

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