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Durham Tees Valley Airport unveils new flights to Majorca

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Durham Tees Valley Airport is introducing new flights to Majorca in Spain for next summer.

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said package holiday firm JetsGo Holidays would operate flights every Sunday from 19 July 2020 until September.

The deal is the first secured as part of the new partnership with Stobart Aviation which took over the operation of Durham Tees Valley Airport in March.

Mr Houchen said: “Just a few months after buying back our airport, I’m delighted to announce that flights to the UK’s most popular holiday destination will be returning to Teesside."

JetsGo Holidays director Daniel Reilly added: “We are excited to introduce our Majorca holidays to the residents of the Tees Valley and beyond."

Durham Tees Valley Airport

Rail passengers warned of ongoing delays after power cables damaged

Duncan Leatherdale

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Train operators are warning of ongoing delays and cancellations after overhead power lines were damaged near Darlington.

East Coast Main Line operator LNER as well as Cross Country, Northern and TransPennine said restrictions would remain in place until at least 10:00.

Network Rail engineers have now repaired the damage, although the cause remains unclear.

An LNER spokesman said: "We have been experiencing disruption to our train services this morning due to damage to the overhead electric wires between Durham and Newcastle.

"As a result, there are alterations to our train services, so please check before you travel."

Darlington station

Disruption continues after overhead lines problems

London North East Railway says there are still a number of trains being cancelled after damage to overhead power lines near Darlington earlier this morning.

The problems affected all operators and despite the lines being reopened shortly after 08:00, services are still being disrupted.

You can follow LNER on Twitter for the latest details.

Train lines reopen after overhead powerline damage

Northern Rail is reporting all lines between Newcastle and Durham are now reopened after earlier problems with damaged overhead power lines.

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Rail services hit by power line damage

Rail passengers are being warned of significant delays and cancellations after damage to overhead power lines near Darlington.

The problems are affecting all operators, including LNER, which has already cancelled several services to and from London on the East Coast Main Line.

Some Scotland bound services are also terminating at Darlington or Newcastle.

Cross Country, Transpennine and Northern services are also affected.

Travellers are urged to check services before setting out on journeys.

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England's World Cup win a proud day for Durham - Killeen

England's astonishing World Cup win has been the talk of the whole country all day of course, even those who previously didn't like cricket.

But it went down particularly well in County Durham, where two of their local boys Ben Stokes and Mark Wood played such big roles.

And especially in the Durham dressing room, where the players watched following the end of their day's play in the home County Championship game with Worcestershire.

"Ben’s innings was phenomenal," Durham bowling coach Neil Killeen told BBC Radio Newcastle. "After going through what we went through in the T20 World Cup, that will mean everything to Ben. That’s the type of bloke he is.

Ben Stokes had the support of his Durham team-mate Mark Wood for that last dramatic ball at Lord's
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Ben Stokes had the support of his Durham team-mate Mark Wood for that last dramatic ball at Lord's

"He’s a true professional. And he thoroughly deserved it. And obviously Mark Wood did well with the ball early on. Both lads are Durham through and through. To see them stand up and be presented with the trophy was a proud day for the club and the whole of the North East.

"The last half an hour was so exciting, especially with our head coach James Franklin being from New Zealand. The lads have been giving him some stick.

“I’m sure this will all have a huge knock-on effect. Kids are going to want to bowl like Jofra Archer and Mark Wood and bat like Ben Stokes.”

North East well represented in England's Cricket World Cup champions team

The North East is well represented in the England men's Cricket World Cup winning squad.

Man of the match Ben Stokes plays for Durham alongside bowler Mark Wood, who was born in Ashington, Northumberland.

Bowler Liam Plunkett, who took three wickets during the victory over New Zealand was born in Middlesbrough.

You can read about the full team here.

Here's a video Durham Cricket Club tweeted of their players' reaction to England's victory.

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England captain Morgan hails 'superhuman' World Cup hero Stokes

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England captain Eoin Morgan paid tribute to the "almost superhuman" Ben Stokes after the all-rounder played a pivotal role in England's Super Over win against New Zealand in a thrilling final at Lord's.

Morgan's men needed 39 runs off the final 23 balls to win wbut thanks to man-of-the-match Stokes's 84 not out, they tied New Zealand's target of 241 off 50 overs.

Stokes was then chosen to bat the Super Over with Jos Buttler and although both teams scored 15 runs, England won by virtue of scoring more boundaries in the match.

Ben Stokes
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Morgan said: "Ben's partnership with Jos was extraordinary, everyone back home is hopefully trying to be the next Ben Stokes,"

The Durham all-rounder's heroics came three years after he he was hit for four straight sixes by Carlos Brathwaite in the last over of West Indies' stunning World Twenty20 final win over England in India.

It also represented a redemption of sorts, after a 2017 street brawl and subsequent court case threatened to ruin his career and he wept openly during the jubilant on-field celebrations.

"I said it before but a lot of careers would have been ended after what happened in Calcutta," said Morgan.

"The way he trains, he's an incredible cricketer."

Stokes crowned man of the match in England's Cricket World Cup win

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Durham all-rounder Ben Stokes celebrated being declared man of the match in England's dramatic win over New Zealand in the Cricket World Cup.

England won in the most amazing circumstances when a super over was played after the match was drawn with both sides scoring 241 in their 50 overs.

Stokes said: "So much hard work has gone in, this is what we aspire to be.

"I don't think there will ever be a better game in cricket than that.

"There was no chance I wasn't going to be there at the end. Those are the sorts of moments you live for as a professional cricketer."

Stokes scored 84 with grit and determination on a tricky pitch to anchor England, and his composure in both the final over and the super over helped claim a historic win.

Durham coach Neil Killeen said Stokes deserved praise for his performance.

Ben Stokes
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Australia trial game call for Bancroft

Durham 88-6 v Worcestershire

Martin Emmerson

BBC Newcastle

Durham skipper Cameron Bancroft has been called up by Australia ahead of them naming their squad to play England in this summer's Ashes series

Australia are to stage a match in Southampton in 10 days' time featuring their Test side and their A team, who are also currently over here in England on tour.

They will use that match to decide who should be in the team for the first Test at Edgbaston, starting on 1 August.

Cameron Bancroft
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Bancroft has not played for Australia since being given his nine-month ban for ball tampering during the ill-tempered third Test match in South Africa in March 2018.

Captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner were banned for a year, but returned to play for Australia in this summer's Cricket World Cup.

Bancroft had scored 477 in his previous six Championship innings going into the Durham Worcestershire game, which started here today in Chester-le-Street.

He made just eight, but that took him past 6,000 first-class runs in the process.

Duck in a bow tie bringing cheer to hospice patients

Hospice patients are being treated to visits with this noisy fella!

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Children of Polish immigrants to learn about their heritage at school in Darlington

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Children growing up in the North East are coming together in Darlington to learn all about their Polish heritage.

More than one hundred pupils from across the BBC Tees area attend the weekly classes on Saturdays at Hummersknott Academy.

A team of 16 staff teach youngsters everything from the Polish language to the country's history, geography and traditions.

Warsaw in Poland

Stockton and Darlington could unlock cash to revitalise their high streets

Stockton and Darlington have made it down to the last 50 towns that could be in line for millions of pounds worth of Government money to revitalise their high streets.

The councils' bids for money through the Government's Future High Streets Fund are through to the next round.

They will find out later this year if they have been successful

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Boris Johnson: 'Security story is not true'

Boris Johnson has denied Downing Street withheld intelligence from him when he was foreign secretary.

The BBC understands from one source that the decision was due to "control freakery" by No 10.

But others say there was nervousness over Mr Johnson's lack of discipline, and hostility between him and Theresa May.

Asked about the claims at a hustings in Darlington, the Tory leadership hopeful said the story was "not true", but refused to comment further on security matters.

Boris Johnson: 'Security story is not true'

Tory leadership: Candidates head to Darlington

BBC Tees

The two men vying to be our next Prime Minister are in Darlington later.

Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson will be at the Hippodrome for the latest in a round of hustings speaking to Tory Party members.

Darlington Conservative Graham Robb says the candidates need to show they're prioritising the future of the North East.

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt

He added: "I think members will want to ask a range of questions on issues from Brexit to policing and healthcare.

"They will also want to know that the candidates are listening to concerns of people in the North East when it comes to things like transport infrastructure and the potential for a Brexit freeport in Tees Valley.

"We'll be taking into account the fact that the North of England and the Northern Power House needs to be consistently reflected in national policy."

WICKET Anderson goes - Lancashire all out

Lancashire 337 & 247, Durham 281

Jimmy Anderson's appearance as last man batting with a runner takes up 17 minutes - and helps to add 11 runs - before he is last out.

Recalled Australian Nathan Rimmington, coming in round the wicket, bowls the left-hander with an inswinger that removed Anderson's off stump to finish with 4-42, for career-best match figures of 8-116, after his 4-74 in the first innings.

Lancashire have a lead of 303, with no Anderson to help them defend it, following his pre-Ashes calf strain scare on Tuesday. But could those 11 runs come in handy later?

Anderson got four of them, while helping Saqib Mahmood move on to 31 not out.

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Woman, 19, charged with attempted murder following stabbing in Darlington

A 19-year-old woman has been charged with attempted murder after a man was stabbed in Darlington.

Officers were called to the incident in the early hours of yesterday morning.

A 35-year-old man was treated at the scene and taken to the James Cook University Hospital where he remains in a serious condition.

The woman has been remanded in custody to appear at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court.

Durham Constabulary says it wants to reassure the community this was an isolated incident.

Close of play at Sedbergh School

Lancashire 337 & 204-7, Durham 281

Sedbergh School, on day three of the Lancashire-Durham game
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Well, even in the short history of first-class cricket at Sedbergh School, that was a pretty dramatic day.

A calf injury to Jimmy Anderson that took him out of the attack.

Then a Durham collapse as their last five wickets went down for just 18 runs in 10 overs, followed by an extraordinary start to the Lancashire innings as they were reduced to 10-2 inside the first four balls of Chris Rushworth's first over.

At 59-5, fuelled by a daft run-out, Lancs led by only 115. But, by the end of the day, Lancs skipper Dane Vilas had made 74 to steer his side into a 260-run lead.

That ought to be a matchwinning lead already. But, don't forget, Lancashire will not have use of Anderson tomorrow. He will be having treatment on his calf strain as he begins his battle to be fit to face the Aussies at Edgbaston on 1 August.

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Mapping England's Lionesses squad

England's Women's World Cup squad carry the hopes of an entire nation tonight in their semi-final clash with the USA.

The Lionesses are also a distinctly northern group, with the majority of the 23-strong squad born in north-west or north-east England or Yorkshire.

From the North East, the team's captain Steph Houghton is from Durham, Jill Scott from Sunderland, Demi Stokes from South Shields and Carly Telford from Newcastle.

Right at the top comes Lucy Bronze from Berwick.

Where England's World Cup squad was born

Injury scare over Anderson

Lancashire 337, Durham 234-5

Slight injury scare over England paceman Jimmy Anderson at Sedbergh School - just a month away from the first Ashes Test.

He has pulled up in his run-up and, after three attempts to bowl the third ball of the 84th over, he has walked off. Josh Bohannon is completing the over.

Hopefully, just a precautionary measure, wit the Ashes series due to start in a month's time at Edgbaston. The BBC commentary team suspect it might be an Achilles injury, based on the stretching exercises Anderson was trying.

Jimmy Anderson took his 950th first-class wicket at Sedbergh School yesterday
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Jimmy Anderson took his 950th first-class wicket at Sedbergh School yesterday

Lancs also had a slight scare over England opener Keaton Jennings.

He apparently made a visit to Lancashire Royal Infirmary yesterday after injuring a finger trying to field the ball in the slips. But he is back out there this morning.

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Close of play at Sedbergh School

Lancashire 337, Durham 199-5

Sedbergh School day two
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Another thoroughly decent day's cricket at this already very popular new first-class cricket venue.

Still a very well balanced game of twists and turns.

After resuming this morning on 275-5, Lancs might have hoped for a few more.

But Durham battled back well to bowl the hosts out for 337, before Cameron Bancroft and Alex Lees then put on 70 for the first wicket - the highest opening partnership made by any side against the Red Rose this season.

At 136-1, Durham were then looking very good until old masters Graham Onions and Jimmy Anderson suddenly clicked into top gear, with three wickets for no runs in 17 balls. But Durham have again battled back well and, although they lost Jack Burnham just before the close, they are well in this match.

Seven taken to hospital after collision between bus and car

Seven people were taken to hospital after a collision between a bus and car in Newcastle.

It happened shortly after 15:00 on Ponteland Road.

North East Ambulance Service said three people were taken to hospital by emergency ambulance. None of them appear to be in a critical condition.

Four people were also taken to hospital and are described as being "walking wounded."

Bus crash

Sedbergh - Lancashire's new jewel among out grounds

Lancashire 275-5 v Durham - match resumes 11:00

Of all the 23 County Championship matches to be played at out grounds this season, none of have received quite as much fuss and attention as Lancashire's arrival at Sedbergh School for their meeting with Durham.

Scenically situated in the rugged Cumbrian fells, and rather conveniently exactly halfway between both Manchester and Chester-le-Street, each 75 miles away, it proved so popular on Sunday that it was admission for members only.

Opposing captains Dane Vilas (left) and Durham's Cameron Bancroft

And the players quite like it too, especially Durham paceman Chris Rushworth, who spearheaded his side's attack with 2-50 from 21 overs.

"It's a glorious place," Rushworth told BBC Newcastle. "Everyone loves playing at out grounds and when you come somewhere as picturesque as this it's quite hard not to enjoy it.

"The overhead conditions looked like it would be perfect to bowl but the wicket probably didn't do as much as we thought it would. We've done a decent job. Equally, Lancashire will be quite pleased how they've gone. If we're being picky though, if you choose to bowl first, you're probably looking at having them more than five down."

Whorlton Hall nurses suspended

Stephanie Finnon

BBC Newcastle

Three nurses filmed as part of a BBC Panorama investigation into alleged abuse at a specialist hospital in County Durham have been temporarily suspended from practice.

They were filmed by an undercover reporter at Whorlton Hall.

A spokesperson from the Nursing and Midwifery Council said the nurses had been suspended to "keep people who use health and care services and their families safe".

The site is now closed and a police investigation is ongoing.

Whorlton Hall

Severe accident: A68 County Durham both ways

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A68 County Durham both ways severe accident, between Tower Road and Milbank Road.

A68 County Durham - A68 Woodland Road in Durham closed in both directions between the Tower Road junction and the Milbank Road junction, because of an accident.

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