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Police appeal for information after County Durham teenager goes missing

Missing Morgan Thomson Credit: Durham Police

A teenager from Newton Aycliffe has been reported missing from her home.

Morgan Thomson was last seen on the 5th December.

Morgan is described as being 5ft 4 ins tall, slim with very long light brown/blonde hair.

Morgan is possibly wearing the following clothing

  • a pink waist length coat with fur around the hood
  • a white top and black trousers
  • brand new White Nike Air max trainers
  • Morgan also has a Grey Shoulder bag with her

Boy knocked over by mini-motorbike in Newton Aycliffe

Police are appealing for information after a 13-year-old boy was knocked over by a mini-motorbike at the boating lake in Newton Aycliffe.

The boy was making his way from school on his pedal cycle when the rider of an off-road mini-moto drove along the footpath and hit him. It happened at 4pm on November 28, close to Honister Place

The rider did not stop. He is 5ft 9" and was wearing a full black helmet with visor. The mini-moto is described as green and black with black numbers on the side.

The boy returned home and was taken to hospital by ambulance after being assessed by paramedics. He has leg injuries.

Anybody with any information should contact Durham Police on 101.


Driver jailed for dangerous driving during pursuit

A banned driver who sped through residential areas at up to 90mph with switched off headlights has been jailed for 18 months.

James Boanson blacked out the lights of his Ford Mondeo three times during the high speed night chase through the streets of Newton Aycliffe, County Durham.

Durham Crown court heard how it was "a miracle" that no-one was injured.

Durham Crown Court. Credit: Tom Wilkinson/PA Archive/PA Images

Prosecutor Penny Bottomley told the court how police were alerted following a report of suspected drink-driving from Tesco at Newton Aycliffe at 9.40pm on September 30.

When he was spotted, Boanson started travelling at speed, overtaking vehicles on St Cuthbert’s Way, despite the blue lights and sirens of a police car in pursuit.

Miss Bottomley said: "The Mondeo entered Newton Aycliffe village, which has speed restrictions of 30mph. "Mr Boanson was travelling at 67mph."

The court heard at one stage during the seven minute chase, he entered the A1(M) at 91mph turned off the headlights to avoid detection.

The Mondeo was driven on country lanes towards Darlington and through a red light at 51mph.

Miss Bottomley said: "The officers was concerned about for the safety of vehicles driving in the other direction."

He entered a 40mph at 89mph before heading into a residential area.

Police were unable to follow Boanson when he went down a narrow street, but officers identified him from CCTV at Tesco and he was subsequently arrested.

Boanson, 28, of Hundens Lane, Darlington, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, failing to stop for police, driving while disqualified and without insurance.

Eric Watson, mitigating, said: "It is miraculous no-one was injured.

"He accepts he only has himself to blame."

In January this year he was banned for a year for drink-driving and in June his disqualification was extended to three years for drug-driving.

Judge Simon Hickey said he would be banned for three years when he is released from prison on licence in nine months.

He will also have to undergo an extended driving test before he is allowed behind the wheel again.

The judge said: "This was an extremely bad piece of driving of dangerous driving.

"Using a motor car like this is extremely dangerous."


Tributes paid to 48-year-old rugby playing Dad who died on the pitch

Father-of-five Terry Parsons who died playing rugby Credit: Family photos

A rugby player died on the pitch in the middle of a match - despite his team mates valiant efforts to revive him.

Father-of-five Terry Parsons who was 48, was playing for Newton Aycliffe RUFC at an away game in Houghton-le-Spring on Saturday (SEPT 24) when he collapsed during the first half.

He was airlifted to hospital but was unable to be revived.

In a tribute to the "popular" dad, his club offered its gratitude to Aycliffe's Paul Ryans and Houghton RUFC's Gareth Hockey for their attempts to resuscitate him.

Dozens of people last night paid their own tributes to Mr Parsons, who played loose-head prop for Aycliffe and had been involved with the club since about 1996.

Mr Parsons, who was married to wife Alison Parsons, was airlifted to Sunderland Royal Hospital but was able to be saved.

Terry collapsed during Newton Aycliffe Newtonians' match against Houghton RFC 2nds on Saturday.

He was quickly treated on the field by a paramedic and the emergency services. Unfortunately he was unable to be revived.

The club would like to express its deepest sympathies to Terry's family, friends and team mates at this very difficult time for everyone.

We would also like to thank those who were on hand for their support and assistance on Saturday. Aycliffe’s Paul Ryans and Houghton's Gareth Hockey tried to revive Terry before the emergency services arrived. Darryl Pettit, Aiden Ryans and Stuart McLean provided great assistance to Terry's family both on Saturday and Sunday during a terrible time.

Newton Aycliffe Rugby Club will be forever grateful for Houghton Rugby Club's support and respect in the immediate aftermath of the incident.

We have lost a very popular member of Newton Aycliffe Rugby Club who will be forever missed.

– Club statement
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