Teenager suffers head injury after being hit by car
A 15-year-old boy suffered a suspected serious head injury after being hit by car in Stockton.
The teenager was walking from Durham Road when he was hit by a white Seat Leon in Hardwick Road, at around 16:05 on Wednesday.
The driver of the car stopped at the scene and no-one has been arrested.
The teenager was taken to North Tees General Hospital.
Anyone who witnessed what happened should contact police.
Girl, 13, attacked in park
A 13-year-old girl was injured when she was assaulted in a Stockton park, police said.
It happened on Monday night when a large group of youths gathered in a cut next to the Rosedale Centre, in Bishopsgarth Park.
The girl was pushed to the ground, causing grazing to her knees, and was punched or kicked in the back, Cleveland Police said.
PC Hannah Parkin said: "We are aware that there have been videos circulating on social media, apparently taken by youths who were gathered at Bishopsgarth Park at the time of the incident."We want to make clear that assaults like this one will not be tolerated and anyone who may be able to help the investigation is strongly urged to come forward and speak with police."
A haul of drugs, weapons and substantial amount of cash were uncovered during a raid on a property in Stockton.
Officers made the discovery at an address in Durham Road on Thursday morning.
A 35-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs and was released under investigation.
Jobs could be created at Ineos' hand gel business
More jobs are expected to be created by the chemicals giant Ineos as it launches a new global healthcare business producing hand sanitisers for the public.
It had already set up the specialist manufacturing plant at its site in Newton Aycliffe at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, producing millions of bottles for the NHS.
The company has announced that Ineos Hygienics will produce hospital-grade products such as hand sanister, sprays and wipes, which will go on general sale.
As well as its site in County Durham, it will operate plants in Germany, France and the US, where five million bottles of hand sanister are being produced every month. It will have its headquarters in the UK.
George Ratcliffe, son of Ineos boss Sir Jim Ratcliffe, will be chief operating officer.
Around 40 new jobs have been created in the UK by the new business and Mr Ratcliffe said he hopes that number will increase in the coming months.
He said: "The market is definitely growing. It was a global pandemic, and there was a global shortage."
Ineos is Europe's largest producer of ultra-high purity ethanol and isopropyl alcohol (IPA), which are the two main ingredients used in sanitiser products.
People will treat hygiene differently from now on, whether it's in schools, offices or in the home."
Birds and Bollibroke win Weardale picture competition
A picture of the moors of Weardale and a frenetic photograph of feeding goldfinches have won a photography competition aimed at promoting and protecting the uplands of County Durham.
More than 50 entries were submitted to the Views of Weardale competition run by Living Uplands.
Ian Turner's image of Bollibroke was named the best landscape image, while Hamish Paterson's frenetic picture of goldfinches at Thornley won the wildlife category.
Tracey Laing's picture of pregnant ewes was runner up in the landscape category while Gwynneth Heeley's image of a black-headed gull at Low Barns Nature Reserve was second in wildlife.
'Hazardous' cannabis farm uncovered
A "dangerous" cannabis farm in Stockton could have put other houses in the street at risk, police have said..
Following a tip-off, officers attended an address on Bowesfield Lane on Wednesday and found more than 870 plans, with an estimated value of up to £750,000.
A 33-year-old man was on suspicion of production of class B drugs.
Sgt Jon Sproson described it as a dangerous set up, where the hazardous wiring and electricity could have put others at risk.
"It is really concerning", he said.
"The last thing we want is for something like this to set alight and potentially cause serious harm to people.
"We would advise anyone who suspects they know the location of a cannabis farm to contact us as soon as possible.”
Olympian Amy Tinkler encourages gymnasts to speak out
County Durham gymnast Amy Tinkler, who made a formal complaint to British Gymanstics about her "experiences as a club and elite gymnast", is encouraging other athletes in the sport to speak out.
The 20-year-old, who won floor bronze at Rio 2016, says she is "no closer to having any feedback or outcome".
In a statement published on Twitter (below), Tinkler thanked people for their support and confirmed she made the complaint in December 2019, relating to her experience at South Durham Gymnastics Club and against part of the British Gymnastics coaching team.
South Durham Gymnastics categorically denies any allegations of abuse and mistreatment of any of its gymnasts.
In a statement the club said: "We can confirm that we were first informed of a complaint in April 2020 and have been in regular contact with British Gymnastics and we have fully cooperated with their lengthy investigation.
The investigation is at an advanced stage and we do not wish to comment further until this matter is concluded".
Former gymnasts at the Spennymoor club say children as young as seven were bullied, fat-shamed and put in fear of their coaches.
Tinkler says she's been contacted by girls who've told her of similar stories and others who are scared to talk about it.
In a statement British Gymnastics says the investigation phase is now complete and it has moved to the next stage of procedures.
It says every complaint is looked at by its Integrity Unit to assess immediate risk to gymnasts and it's encouraging any gymnast who feels they have
been mistreated to report it either to its Integrity Unit, or by
calling the BAC/NSPCC Helpline on 0800 056 0566.
A pedestrian was left with soft tissue damage to his wrist after being hit by a van which then drove off, Cleveland Police have said.
The collision happened at about 19:10 BST on Tuesday on Hardwick Road, Stockton, next to
the Sheraton Public House.
A small blue van struck the 38-year-old man and made off towards the A177 Durham Road, a spokeswoman said.
Anyone who may have witnessed the collision or anyone who may have dash cam
footage is asked to contact PC Paul Dixon from the Cleveland and Durham
Specialist Operations Unit on the non-emergency number 101, quoting event
Vehicle seized after no insurance reported
Police have seized a vehicle in Stockton after the driver was reported for having no insurance.
Consultant haematologist Maria Szubert is urging people to stick to social distancing rules.
Applause as doctor leaves critical care
Colleagues of a senior doctor applauded her as she left critical care following her treatment for Covid-19.
Maria Szubert, a consultant haematologist, was admitted to the University Hospital of North Tees in Stockton at the end of May and was moved into the critical care unit just days after.After having non-invasive ventilation for two weeks, she has made a steady recovery and was discharged from the unit on Tuesday.She's urging everyone to respect social distancing.