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Man left with serious injuries after asking youths to be quiet in Newton Aycliffe

A man who asked youths to be quiet has been left with serious injuries after an assault in Newton Aycliffe.

It happened just before 11.30pm on Saturday, June 25, when police received reports of an injured man lying in the street.

The victim, a 44-year-old local man, had left his home to approach some youths about ongoing noise when he was attacked by one or more of the group.

The suspects are described as teenage boys and girls.

The victim was taken to James Cook University Hospital, where his condition is described as stable.

This was a nasty incident which has left a man in a serious condition in hospital. We are appealing to the public to help us trace those involved.

– Detective Inspector Paul Phillips

Recycling depot victim named

John Wade recycling centre in Newton Aycliffe. Credit: Google Maps

Police have formally identified the man who died at a recycling depot in County Durham.

47-year-old Simon Hogg, from Darlington, was killed after becoming trapped in a machine at Wades Ltd in Newton Aycliffe.

Emergency services were called to Wade's Quarry to reports of two men with serious injuries.

Mr. Hogg was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 46-year-old man, also from Darlington, was taken to James Cook Hospital with leg injuries. His condition is described as stable.

Durham Constabulary and The Health and Safety Executive are working together to determine the circumstances of Mr. Hogg's death. The investigation is continuing with many officers from both agencies still at the scene.


New Hitachi facility opens in Newton Aycliffe

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Hitachi’s new state-of-the-art train building facility opens today in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham. The 5.7 billion pound Intercity Express Programme will build trains for the East Coast and Great Western main line and AT200 commuter trains for Scotland. The £82 million factory will employ 700 people.

Hitachi Ltd Chairman and CEO, Hiroaki Nakanishi, welcomed the Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin MP and Rail Minister Claire Perry MP, along with over 500 invited guests, to the opening ceremony and for guided tours of the state-of-the-art rail vehicle manufacturing facility.

Welcoming the opening, Prime Minister David Cameron said:

This massive investment from Hitachi shows confidence in the strength of Britain’s growing economy. This new train facility will not only provide good jobs for working people but will build the next generation of intercity trains, improving travel for commuters and families, as well as strengthening the infrastructure we need to help the UK grow.

– Prime Minister David Cameron

The day began with the ceremonial sealing of a time capsule by Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin MP and Mr Higashihara, President and COO of Hitachi Ltd.

The time capsule included a small model of Hitachi’s Class 800/801 IEP train, digital photos of trains painted by local school children, a map of Newton Aycliffe, profile of site architect Masayuki Ninomiya and a mobile phone with photos and videos.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin MP said:

The state-of-the-art IEP trains that will be manufactured here will transform rail travel for countless passengers between London, the north east and south west. Not only will these trains allow us to operate more services, with more seats, and faster journeys, the improvements will also bring great opportunities for growth, generating hundreds of jobs in the local area and thousands across the country within the supply chain.

We are investing record amounts in transport, not just to help people get around, but to help people get on. The opening of this world-class Hitachi facility is a prime example of the strength and opportunities of the Northern Powerhouse and is a welcome addition to the historical culture of rail excellence in this region.

– Patrick McLoughlin MP
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