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DEVASTATION: The aftermath of the lightning strike Pic: Keith Taylor

Roof of Ferryhill house destroyed as region hit by thunder, lightning and hail storms

HURT: Images released by Durham Police of the shot peregrine

Reward offered after peregrine falcon shot in County Durham nature reserve

JUSTICE: The scales of justice statue outside Teesside crown court.

Three men jailed for imprisoning woman with learning difficulties

STORM FORCE: The lightning knocked out power supplies in the region

Power restored to majority of region after nearly 40,000 left without service due to storm

MISSING: 11-year-old Dylan Stokes and his mother, Kelly Ucarcan  picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

Mum of disabled runaway refuses to send him back to school before 'formal investigation'

DAMAGE: Smashed glass at Ravensworth Nurseries

Hail size of golf balls rains down smashing windows and denting cars

HONOURED: Stanley man Bill Burgess was honoured at Cancer Research UK's Flame of Hope awards.

Bus driver Bill honoured for 30 years of charity work

FULL: Ropery Lane Cemetery in Chester-le-Street is reaching capacity

Cemetery to be extended as graveyard reaches capacity

SUCCESS: Niven Architect’s Lewis Pennicott

Young inventor puts cutting edge design skills put to the test

FUNDRAISER: Staff from The Banks Group following the Total Warrior event

Team tackles twin challenges

BLAZE ALERT: 4,000 pheasants have died in a fire at Brafferton, near Thirsk

4,000 pheasants killed in farm fire

Yvette Cooper

Yvette Cooper announces devolution plans as part of Labour leadership bid

DOUBLE CELEBRATION: Father and daughter Andrew and Jenny Glazebrook

Father and daughter enjoy double celebration after graduating from same course in same place on same day

SEAFRONT: Mike Findley, who has organised the charity walk, and Clinical Team Leader Yvonne Cochrane with the translucent pictures at Teesside Hospice. Picture: STUART BOULTON

Fundraising seafront walk for MND

COMMITMENT: Diggerland commits to Connect to Autism

Theme park's autism pledge


GOAL: Williams steps up to take her penalty and put England back level. Picture: USA Today Sports

England exit World Cup in cruel fashion with injury time own goal

Going to America: Ray Pipe has won a dream trip to the States

American dream for Darlington golfer, plus golf shorts

HIGH HOPES: Phil Turnbull believes Darlington will be challenging for the Evo-Stik Premier Division title this season. Picture: GATESHEAD FC

Turnbull: Darlington are better than some clubs in the Conference

On song: Chris Paisley is looking to the future after a fine performance in Germany. Picture: Close House

Paisley looking to make Tour his second home

OLD DAYS: Jack Baldwin and Antony Sweeney taking on Billy Paynter

Pools' Paynter wants to resurrect his career at Victoria Park

Championship Playoff Final at Wembley: Middlesbrough FC v Norwich City.  Boro's George Friend at the final whistle.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (27083260)

Friend: I'm over the disappointment of Wembley

Sunderland sign Sebastian Coates from Liverpool

Sunderland sign Sebastian Coates from Liverpool

CENTURION: Mark Stoneman batting for Durham. He reached 131 in the second innings. Picture: STUART BOULTON

Collingwood retains title hopes

England striker White excited ahead of semi-final clash

England striker White excited ahead of semi-final clash

Steve McClaren

Newcastle sign up academy prospects on professional deals

George Friend announces: I'm happy here at Middlesbrough

George Friend announces: I'm happy here at Middlesbrough

BACK AT WORK: Dick Advocaat has signed a new one-year deal with Sunderland

Advocaat unveils his Sunderland backroom staff

Stoneman batting in the second innings. Picture: Stuart Boulton. (30555043)

Tykes on the brink of comprehensive victory

TWO MORE: Hartlepool United's Ronnie Moore

Moore happy with summer signings – but targets two more

National Sport

Faye White saluted her successors in the England Women's team

Lineker: England were terrific

Former CONCACAF President Jeffrey Webb is one of seven FIFA officials facing potential extradition to the United States.

US requests FIFA extraditions

Andy Murray, pictured, is expecting another tough test against Robin Haase

Murray taking nothing for granted

Mark Sampson, left, had only praise for Laura Bassett, centre, after her late own goal condemned England to defeat

Sampson: Bassett 'an inspiration'

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