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The supermarket kayak used by the man. Picture: Dave Cocks/RNLI)

Man swept away in inflatable boat bought from discount supermarket

FIRE: Crews are fighting a house fire at Bearpark after lightning strike

Breaking House on fire after being hit by lightning strike

AIRLIFTED: The Great North Air Ambulance, which airlifted the woman to hospital

Woman airlifted to hospital after East Cleveland crash

WAR WEDDING: Harry and Hilda Rogers on their wedding day in 1944

Tributes paid to Lancaster bomber pilot and former council chief executive

SENTENCED: Dale Kay

Man who stole from charity collection tin is jailed after terrorising widow during break-in

EVIDENCE: Damage to Park House Gardens, Sherburn Village. Picture: JOSEPH HARKER

'If this was a person, they'd get an Asbo...'

DENT: Oliver Gray, of Hunwick, whose cars have been damaged and written off after severe hail on Wednesday. Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

Severe hail near Bishop Auckland writes off car

ENDURING: St Cuthbert's Church in Darlington still stands proud in the town centre

Darlington's lost churches inspires new book

STARTERS: Fundraiser Katie Cutler and Tracey Cramond who started the race.

Thousands take part in Great North 10k

FUNDRAISING: A charity fun day to raise money for the family of six-year-old Mark Hammond, who was diagnosed with Medulloblastoma, a rare type of cancerous brain tumour pictured Mark with a robot picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

Community spirit makes it a day to remember for brave Mark

GALA: The Annual Spennymoor Gala and its 60th anniversary picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

Spennymoor celebrates 60 years of town gala

SERVICE: Barnard Castle Aviation Day service picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

Annual Aviation Day in Barnard Castle a 'massive success'

SCARECROW: Maggie Hailes and her first prize scarecrows at Bishop Middleham. Picture: STUART BOULTON

Bishop Middleham comes alive with ninth annual scarecrow festival

VISIT: Olympic athlete Rebekah Wilson, with Richmond Primary School pupils, back row from left, Angus Potter, Ben Dale, Olivia Brooks and Adanna Anyadiegwu. Front row, Joe Carruthers and Ellie Hayes.

Olympic athlete pops into primary to motivate future stars

A Neighbourhood Watch scheme has resulted in flowers and flower boxes being positioned outside the police station in Catchgate. Some of those connected with the scheme and children from Catchgate Primary School. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (30880260)

Blooming marvellous way to smarten up the area

Sport

ARCHIVE ACTION: Gateshead Fell's bowler Adam Whatley in action against Durham Academy at Maiden Castle last season

McCarthy is the hero as Gateshead Fell conquer Benwell Hill

FORM FADING: City have fallen away badly since heading the table a few weeks ago, three defeats and a draw seeing them drop down to sixth place and now seemingly out of the running

Esh Winning reach a maximum high to see off Durham City

Moving: Sunderland's Liam Bridcutt is wanted by Derby

Hartson questions Sunderland new-boy's decision to quit Celtic

Sampson praises England's fighting spirit after beating Germany to third place in Women's World Cup

Sampson praises England's fighting spirit after beating Germany to third place in Women's World Cup

Wanted: Republic of Ireland's Daryl Murphy is the subject of interest from Middlesbrough despite an initial knock-back

Ipswich's Daryl Murphy still high in Boro's summer thinking

LONDON CALLING: Charlie Austin is reluctant to leave London, and would prefer a move to West Ham over Newcastle

Magpies ready to fight Foxes for Charlie Austin ahead of big weekend

ASCOT BOUND: Mecca's Angel, pictured winning at Newbury, will compete in the King's Stand Stakes this afternoon

The Paul Mulrennan column

Phil Mustard of Durham Jets in batting action during  the NatWest T20 Blast Northern Division match between Durham Jets and Leicestershire Foxes at the Emirates Durham ICG on Friday 3rd July 2015                                (31014078)

Stoneman rekindles Durham's quarter-final hopes

IN DEMAND: Stewart Downing

Middlesbrough make Downing offer and wait for West Ham to answer

Five fixture changes for Magpies

Five fixture changes for Magpies

Sunderland complete Matthews deals and look for more

Sunderland complete £2m Matthews deal and look for more

Frankie Dettori celebrates his victory on Golden Horn in the Investec Derby on Derby Day of the 2015 Investec Derby Festival at Epsom Racecourse, Epsom. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday June 6, 2015. See PA story RACING Epsom. Photo credit

Saturday's best bets by Charlie McCann of betvictor.com

CRICKET: Barnard Castle's Jack Bousfield celebrates taking a catch. Picture: STUART BOULTON. (30297923)

Marske face a decisive weekend

Durham City v Castle Eden (batting) at Durham in the Readers Durham Cricket League Div 1.  Durham's Danielle Hazell (also of England women's national team) bowls to Castle Eden's Aat Lindeque. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (30295678)

Change after change after change at the top

National Sport

Southampton expect to beat Tottenham to a deal for Toby Alderweireld.

Saints expect to sign Alderweireld

Danny Brough scored his 100th career try as Huddersfield beat Hull KR

Brough marks victory with 100th try

Mark Cavendish was beaten into fourth in Zeeland

Cav hits back on stormy day on Tour

Williams driver Valtteri Bottas, left, and Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton battle for position

Pit choices hand Hamilton victory

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