LiveLive News: October 11, 2012

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ASSAULT VICTIM: Mark Drummond, the victim of a violent assault in a Darlington pub, has been taken off a ventilator at the James Cook University Hospital and is now breathing on his own.

Mr Drummond, 33, suffered serious injuries after allegedly being hit over the head with a bar stool at the William Stead Wetherspoons pub on Monday night.

Police arrested a 33-year-old Darlington man in connection with the incident and they must either charge or release him by 8pm tonight.


FOOD HYGIENE: Chusak Phetmalaikul, the former managing director of Pawin Thai Ltd, which ran The Royal Thai Restaurant in Parkgate, Darlington, has been banned from managing a food business.

He was handed a hygiene prohibition order at a hearing at Darlington Magistrates' Court earlier this afternoon. It prevents him from managing any food business for at least six months.

The business will now be managed by his wife, under the new name of Thai Corner.


METAL THEFT: Cleveland and Durham police joined together this morning in an operation to tackle metal theft.  They pulled over 78 vehicles on the A66.  No scrap metal was found but prohibitions were issued for a range of offences including frayed seatbelts. 


Just had a good meeting with Great North Air Ambulance assistant director Jim Entwistle. Read the Echo in coming days for an insight into how much it costs to keep their helicopters in the air.

- Joe Willis, Regional Chief Reporter


FENCEHOUSES TRIAL: Nicolas Warrender jailed for 11 years after being convicted of manslaughter. The 23-year-old stabbed 53-year-old Kevin Gaunt with a steak knife on the doorstep of his Fencehouses home on Fathers Day.


DIVING: Ripon diver Jack Laugher rounded off a magnificent week at the World Junior Championships in Australia by claiming a silver medal in the 1m springboard event.

Laugher had already won gold in the 3m springboard and 3m synchro to confirm his standing as one of Britain's brightest prospects for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.



JIMMY SAVILE: The furore around Jimmy Savile shows no sign of slowing.

As allegations emerge of yet another assault - this time in Scarborough in the 1980s - there are reports that his body could be exhumed from Woodlands Cemetery in the resort.

His family are said to be considering the move to avoid reprisal attacks on the site - where the headstone has alread been removed.



South Shields X Factor winner Joe McElderry has described the show as 'crazy'. I agree, but maybe not for the reasons he says. Matt Westcott, assistant news editor


Bash a burglar householder actually commended in the burglar! More details in The Northern Echo tomorrow.


Tony Mowbray explains why he is determined to push for Middlesbrough to play expansive football in tomorrow's The Northern Echo.

The Northern Echo: BIDING HIS TIME: Tony Mowbray needs to be patient

Sections of the club's supporters have become more frustrated in recent weeks, particularly at home, and there have been calls for him to play more direct. 

In other news ... sports editor Nick Loughlin has just made a cup of tea - for himself! Team player.

Paul Fraser, chief football writer


ENGLAND: Roy Hodgson has confirmed that Wayne Rooney will captain England in tomorrow night's World Cup qualifier with San Marino. 

Normal skipper Steven Gerrard is suspended following his sending off in the Ukraine game.

Northern Echo Chief Sports Writer Scott Wilson will be at Wembley tomorrow to provide reports and analysis on the game.


Hundreds of troops from Catterick Garrison have arrived in Helmand, Afghanistan.

The Northern Echo: Black Rats in Helmand Province, Afghanistan
Picture: MOD/Cpl Mike O'Neill RLC

The Black Rats and other units based at the North Yorkshire garrison have been arriving at Camp Bastion on daily flights from the UK over the past few weeks, to start a six-month tour.

More than 6,500 personnel from the army, navy and Royal Air Force make up Task Force Helmand and the Black Rats will now act as the lead formation of Task Force Helmand until March 2013.


MUM OF THE YEAR: Meningitis survivor Robbie Jones' mum Jill says being shortlisted for Tesco Mum of the Year was a 'lovely surprise'.

"Obviously I am appreciated by the family," she said.


MISSING KAYAKER: The body of a Scarborough teenager has been found after he went missing while kayaking in a swollen Norwegian river four months ago.

Jason Raper, 19, an experienced kayaker, went missing in June and was found by a member of the Norwegian public in a lake near Voss in August.

His body has been returned home and a special service to celebrate his life, called Jason’s Day, is planned for Friday, October 19 in Octon, near Scarborough.


Eight Vietnamese nationals up at at Durham Crown Court today. They were among 11 people arrested last week after raids at alleged cannabis farms in the Ferryhill and Shildon areas


PLANNING SUMMIT: County Durham Residents Association has called a full-day conference to discuss Durham County Council's County Durham Plan.

The 20-year economic masterplan's aim is 29,000 new homes and 16,000 new jobs by 2030. It is currently out to consultation.

The conference will be at Brandon Community Centre on Wednesday.


Fancy a free dip? A Darlington leisure centre is marking its 30th birthday by offering 30 weeks of free swimming for local residents born on the day the centre first opened.

So if you were born on November 2, 1982, email the Dolphin Centre at with your contact details to claim your free swimming sessions.

Now there's a splashing idea...


Shearer reveals star-studded gig to mark what would have been Sir Bobby Robson's 80th birthday

Click here for the full story


Promotions lady has just walked by with a cow under her arm, it's for our publication Northern Farmer apparently. I was tempted to shout something at her, but didn't want to milk the situation. Matt Westcott, Assistant news editor.


VERDICT: Nicholas Warrenden found not guilty of murder of Kevin Gaunt but guilty of Mr Gaunt's manslaughter.


NEWCASTLE UNITED: The Magpies have been hit by a double injury blow, with the news that Haris Vuckic is out for the rest of the season, while Dan Gosling will be sidelined for the next three or four weeks.

Vuckic ruptured the cruciate ligament in his left knee while playing for Newcastle reserves at Aston Villa on Monday.

Gosling damaged his ankle ligaments in the same game and was also stretchered off.


FENCEHOUSES MURDER TRIAL: Jury at Newcastle Crown Court still considering their verdict in the Fencehouses murder trial. Nicolas Warrender, 23, denies murder of 53-year-old Kevin Gaunt.


BUILDING ROW: Durham city centre residents fuming over plans to build three houses, each with nine bedrooms, on The Avenue. They say it will be student accommodation and worsen problems of noise, anti-social behaviour, litter and parking.

Click here for the full story


HISTORIC BUILDINGS: English Heritage claims hundreds of the North-east’s historic buildings are at risk. Its new report published this morning says the region is at risk of losing 69 listed buildings, 181 monuments, 18 places of worship and one battlefield. Among the more high-profile Harperley POW camp, Prebends’ Bridge and Ushaw College, in County Durham, and Kirkleatham Hall Stables near Redcar

The Northern Echo: Harperley POW Camp
Former German POW's Eduard Jadan , 77 (right) and Gunter Bunker , 81, at Harperley POW camp where they were imprisoned at the end of the 2nd World War


Just had a great chat and a coffee with Marcus Bennett and Jonathan Hall from The Bay Horse pub in Hurworth about Prince Harry's visit, women in the kitchen and the opening of their new restaurant, Muse, in Yarm. Watch the business pages for the article - coming soon.

Lauren Pyrah, Deputy Business Editor


REDCAR SEA DEFENCES : The final piece of Redcar's £30m sea defences has been lowered into place this morning. The specially designed blocks that make up the wall include a curved wave return section at the top, that will reduce the power of the waves and help stop sea water breaking over the top and flooding the town.

Pictures and report will follow shortly.


COMMUNITY CENTRE: Careful budgeting has enabled a Darlington community centre to invest £10,000 into improving its cafe. 

A poll of visitors to the Firthmoor and District Community Association on Burnside Road found that a better cafe was top of the wish list of suggested improvements.

Work is expected to start in November.


I've just received an email entitled 160 Years of Cement Making in Cleveland. The emailer says: "I hope you find it interesting." It is eight pages long. Who says my readers are set in their ways?
Chris Lloyd, Deputy Editor


FESTIVAL: Fans of real ale and cider will enjoy the 11th annual beer festival in Richmond this weekend.

The Campaign for Real Ale Richmond Ale Festival will feature more than 30 real ales and six real ciders, many of the events in the town hall will be free.

There will also be music from Rapscallion on Friday and the Richmond Jammers on Saturday, both from 8pm, and the Leyburn Brass Band on Sunday from 1.30pm.

The event also coincides with the Richmond Castle 10km road race on Sunday.
The festival is open on Friday and Saturday from 5pm to 11pm, and on Sunday from 11.30am to 5pm.
For more information see


WONGA DEAL: Scott Wilson has been working on his column for tomorrow's sport pages.

I've just had a good look at it and he pulls no punches as he discusses the ethics of Newcastle United's decision to take on a £32m sponorship deal with Wonga.


BIG news in sport today. After the Wonga storm on Tyneside, The Northern Echo can reveal ... that Jason Kennedy has been shortlisted for the North-West player of the year award.

Kennedy, a graduate of the Middlesbrough academy, has been excelling for Rochdale after his move from Darllington three years ago. If only the Quakers had him now - and in League One now! 


Plans for major housing developments in Leeming Bar, Aiskew and Easingwold are all going before councillors in Hambleton today. However decisions on all three are expected to be deferred for various reasons.


CASH ROBBERY: Masked robbers have attacked a cash delivery man outside a bank in York.

At about 9.45am today the four-strong gang assaulted the man as he delivered cash to the HSBC on York Road in Acomb.

They then fled in a  black Vauxhall Zafira that was later found on fire.

No weapon was used and the cash deliverey man has not been seriously hurt. Police are now appealing for witnesses to contact them on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


POLICE APPEAL: British Transport Police are appealing for witnesses to an incident in which rival Sunderland and Manchester United fans fought on a train in Northallerton.

A glass beer bottle is believed to have been thrown by one of the group of Manchester supporters as they left the train.

The bottle hit one of the opposing group on the head. The Sunderland fans then ran off the train and chased and attacked the other group in and around Northallerton station.

Police have released a number of pictures of the men involved in the incident at about 10.40pm on Saturday August 18.

Anyone who knows the identify of the men, or their current whereabouts, is asked to contact British Transport Police on Freefone 0800 40 50 40, or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

The Northern Echo: British Transport Police appeal


The Darlington reporters are working on an odd collection of stories this morning including a campervan hearse, a bravery award for a County Durham postman and a three-year-old who wandered out of nursery and almost ended up on a busy road


JIMMY SAVILE: POLICE are investigating claims that BBC TV star Jimmy Savile assaulted a girl in North Yorkshire in the 1980s.

Read full story here







Business desk speaking to Ken McMeikan, boss of Greggs the bakers  about falling sales, rising food prices and bold plans to build a pasty factory down south.


DAVID MULHOLLAND: Report to appear in Echo in coming days on moving event in memory of the South Bank lad who devoted his life to art, had the world at his feet...and turned his back on it all.

The art exhibition celebrating the life's work of painter David Mulholland, who died in 2005, has now opened at the Dorman Museum in Middlesbrough.

Len Tabner, David's life long pal from primary school days, is now an internationally renowned artist. He spoke movingly and with humour about David at the preview reception night.

Fellow South Banker, folk singer Len Garbutt, sang songs lamenting the decline of South Bank.

A feature on the life of David Mulholland is due to appear in Saturday's Northern Echo.


Former Durham City chamber of trade chairman Keith Crowther has backed plans for a "Business Improvement District" in the city centre. Voting on the plan closes on Tuesday. Result due Wednesday. Could come into effect next Saturday.


Jill Jones, mum of meningitis survivor Robbie, from Bowburn, County Durham, shortlisted for Tesco's Mum of the Year 2013


Fairly quiet start to the morning in Durham office: awaiting a verdict in the Fencehouses murder trial; list of our at-risk historic buildings to be revealed this morning & a big announcement from Alan Shearer expected in the next few hours


FOOD HYGIENE: Chusak Phetmalaikul, owner of Royal Thai Ltd, which runs The Royal Thai Restaurant in Parkgate, Darlington, is expected to appear at Darlington Magistrates' Court later today for sentencing.

He admitted six breaches of food hygiene regulations at a hearing earlier this month.


Just received a call from a Major in Afghanistan - hope we weren't paying - with a story about Catterick troops who have just arrived for their tour of duty. Pics and words in tomorrow's paper - Matt Westcott, assistant news editor.


STOLEN BIKE: A MAN has been arrested on suspicion of stealing a child’s bike.
The black pedal bike was stolen from outside Tesco Express on Roman Road in Middlesbrough at about 11am on Saturday.
Police are appealing for the owner of the bike or anyone who knows who the owner is to contact PC Daniel Allan on non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


POLICE COMMISSIONERS: Residents are set to quiz the prospective candidates for the role of Police and Crime Commissioners for Cleveland at a hustings session at Teesside University next month. Modeled on BBC's Question Time it will take place on Wednesday, November 7. Places are limited so call 01642-890383 to secure your seat.


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