Father charged

A father was remanded in custody yesterday charged with the murder of his four-month-old daughter.

A father was remanded in custody yesterday charged with the murder of his four-month-old daughter.

Christopher Jewell, 24, of Ritson Road, Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, was remanded to Teesside Crown Court on April 23 by magistrates in Newton Aycliffe. His daughter, Demi, was taken to hospital on January 5 with head injuries. She was later transferred to Newcastle General where she died on January 8 this year. Jewell was charged with her murder on Monday night.

Rider's funeral

THE funeral of a motorcyclist who died on April 1 is to be held on Saturday.

Janet Avery, 54, of Shawden Hill, Glanton, near Alnwick, a mother-of-two, died on the A697 Powburn Road between Morpeth and Wooler.

The funeral takes place at St Bartholomew's Church in Whittingham.

100 checked

POLICE have carried out almost 100 checks on door staff in Sunderland to check for those operating without a licence.

The operation, on Friday, April 13, saw 97 door staff at 39 premises in the city centre checked.

Three were given a warning notice for not displaying their licence, two licences were reported as missing, which was later confirmed, and a photocopy of one was supplied.

Crash victim

A MAN was taken to hospital yesterday after a crash on Wagtail Lane, at Craghead, near Stanley in County Durham.

He was taken to the University Hospital of North Durham after his car crashed at 1.20pm. Firefighters had to remove a fence to free him from the vehicle.

Trains hit

TRAINS were disrupted after a railway bridge was struck by a lorry in Cramlington.

The HGV hit the bridge as it was travelling south on Fisher Lane just after 5pm on Monday. The driver of the lorry was not injured, police said. The bridge was reopened to trains, with restrictions, just after an hour.

Four Northern Rail trains were affected - the 6.30pm service from Morpeth to Newcastle was cancelled, trains from the MetroCentre to Chathill and Morpeth were stopped at earlier stations and the 7.06pm Chathill to Hexham train started at Newcastle.


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