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Heat from old coal mine water to tackle climate change

James Harrison

Local Democracy Reporter

Urgent action being considered by Durham County Council to help tackle climate change includes using warm water from old coal mines to heat homes.

The council wants to cut carbon emissions by 60 per cent by 2030 and become "carbon neutral" by 2050.

Projects currently being worked on include a solar farm at Tanfield Lea to supply electricity to council buildings, switches to LED lighting and increasing the number of electric cars run by the council.

Tests are also being carried out on the feasibility of using warm water in abandoned coal mines to heat homes.

Whitby Regatta: Event may have first male representative

It's a popular event for families on Teesside and across the North East, and now organisers of a rowing weekend are being urged to allow men to represent the event for the first time in more than 170 years.

The annual Whitby Regatta began in 1847 as a weekend of competition but now includes three days of entertainment.

A local woman is selected each year to be Miss Regatta, and performs duties such as meeting dignitaries and starting a Sunday firework display.

George Hutton is now campaigning for the role to include men.

The 22-year-old from the town said: "Equality is becoming more and more important."

Whitby Regatta
Whitby Regatta

Event organiser Ivor Greer said he "wouldn't dismiss the idea" of including a Mr Regatta at future events.

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

Press Association

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

BBC Sport

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.

Miners' HQ to get £1m lifeline revamp

Durham County Council is to pump £1m into a project to secure the future of Redhills - the iconic home of the Durham Miners' Association.

The group wants to transform the building into a community and arts centre.

The investment is subject to the project also getting the backing of the National Lottery Heritage fund.

Durham Miners' Association

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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A167 at Pity Me reopens after burst water main

A County Durham road which was closed for a time due to a burst water main has reopened.

The A167 at Pity Me was closed early this morning.

Durham County Council and Northumbrian Water say the southbound carriageway, which had been closed to allow engineers access to the damaged main, has now reopened.

Arts hub plan for Pitman's Parliament

A cash appeal to help fund a new future for the Durham "pitman's parliament" is going to the county council.

The Durham Miners Association - which owns Redhills - wants to turn the building into a community and arts hub.

The work will cost an estimated £6.7m and the association is looking for help from the council as well as from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Built in 1915, the Redhills building houses the hall known as the pitman's parliament where 200 colliery delegates made important decisions for the Durham coalfield community.

The building
BBC Newcastle
The Pitman's Parliament
BBC Newcastle
The Hall

Plans to close, expand or build new surgeries revealed by GP practice

James Harrison

Local Democracy Reporter

Skerne Medical Group (SMG) who run clinics in Sedgefield, Fishburn and Trimdon have revealed it's plans for the future.

Sedgefield Surgery

The group which has previously been accused of trying to shut down the centres "by stealth" is starting a consultation next week.

Proposals include;

  • Close down all surgeries and move to a single base at Sedgefield Community Hospital
  • Close down all surgeries and move to a new purpose-built surgery in Trimdon Village, expected to cost about £3.57m
  • Extend current surgery at Harbinson House, in Sedgefield; build a new surgery in Trimdon Village, expected to cost about £2.2m, and close surgeries in Fishburn and Trimdon Colliery
  • Extend current surgeries at Harbinson House, in Sedgefield, and Trimdon Colliery, but close surgery in Fishburn
  • Keep the three existing surgeries open, but expand clinic at Harbinson House, in Sedgefield

The public consultation is due to end on 22 August , with a report on its findings expected to be ready for the meeting of the Primary Care Committee of the North Durham CCG and Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield (DDES) CCG on 19 September.

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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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

Future of derelict school discussed following major blaze

An "urgent" multi-agency meeting was held to discuss the future of a derelict school building in County Durham damaged in a blaze that took firefighters eight hours to control.

The fire destroyed the roof of the former Greenland Primary School building in South Moor, Stanley and left much of the building unsafe.

Representatives from Durham County Council, Durham Police and Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service discussed the future of the site with county councillors.

The site was sold by the authority in 2016.

It is hoped that an agreement can be made with the current owners that will see the site redeveloped.

Ideally, we would like to see the building demolished and the site redeveloped and brought back into use and that will be the driving factor behind our discussions with the owner. In the meantime, we would ask that residents bear with us and continue to report any incidences of anti-social behaviour".

Oliver SherattDurham County Council head of environment
The former Greenland Primary School building
Durham County Council