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Kitten loses eye after being shot three times with airgun

A poorly kitten is lucky to be alive after he was cruelly shot three times with a airgun.

Nine-month-old Tic has been left with a pellet lodged in his skull and he had to have his eye removed as a result of the attack.

He underwent three different life-saving operations, however the black and white moggy is now recovering at home in Delves Lane, near Consett, County Durham.

Tic staggered home with severe head and eye injuries after going missing for two days.

His owners Claire and Stephen Morgan rushed him to Prince Bishop Veterinary Hospital in Leadgate.

X-rays showed airgun pellets lodged in his skull, behind his ear and in his abdomen.

Vets were able to remove two pellets, but had to cut away part of his intestine due to the extent of the damage.

Tic later returned to the vets to have one of his eyes removed as it would not heal.

A third pellet in his skull cannot be removed because it is in such a delicate area, although it is not expected to cause any problems.



33-year-old father of two dies after his car collides with stone wall

Police have named a man who died after his car collided with a stone wall in Ebchester, near Consett.

33-year-old Alastair Gill was airlifted to the RVI in Newcastle on Sunday where he remained in a critical condition until he passed away on Tuesday. He leaves two children, a girl aged 5 and a 11 year-old boy.

His parents paid tribute to him, saying:

He was a much loved son and will be sadly missed. We wish to thank everyone for their support and ask to be left alone so we can grieve in peace."

– Parents of Alastair Gill

Man dies in hospital after Ebchester collision

A man has died in hospital after his car collided with a stone wall in Ebchester, near Consett.

It happened on Ebchester Bank, near to The Derwent Walk, just after 7.30pm on May 22.

A Ford Fusion collided with a stone wall and the driver, a 33 year-old local man, was airlifted to the RVI in Newcastle with serious head injuries. His passenger, a 33 year-old woman from Consett, was also taken to the RVI with an arm injury.

The driver died from his injuries without regaining consciousness.

14-year-old girl sexually assaulted in Consett

Police are appealing for information following the sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl near Genesis Way, Consett.

The assault happened at 3.50pm on Thursday, May 5 on ‘the heaps’ behind the Tesco Extra store in Consett. The girl was approached from behind and knocked to the ground where she was sexually assaulted.

The man, described as in his 20s, 5’9” tall, of mixed race with short black hair, broad shoulders, and a skinny frame. It is possible he had his ear pierced and was wearing a ring. He was also wearing a grey hoodie and smelt strongly of urine.

PC Karen Myers, from Consett CID, said: “This is a clearly a very shocking and upsetting incident for the girl involved and the wider community.

“We would like to reassure people that we are doing everything we can to trace the individual involved, we are currently reviewing town centre CCTV to identify this man and are now appealing to the public for information to assist us.”

Specialist officers are supporting the girl and her family.

Anyone with information should call 101.

Girl, 16, hurt while crossing a road in County Durham

A girl, aged 16, was seriously injured after being struck by a vehicle on the outskirts of Consett, County Durham.

The aftermath of the collision on Friday night. Credit: Durham Police

The teenager, from Leadgate, was crossing the A692 Villa Real roundabout at 8.45pm on Friday, 15th April, when the crash happened.

The driver of the Citroen Berlingo, a 29-year-old man from Stanley, was unhurt, as was his 32-year-old male passenger.

Any witnesses are asked to contact Durham Police.

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