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Man who died during parachute incident in County Durham was videographer, company says | UK News

Man who died during parachute incident in County Durham was videographer, company says | UK News

A man who died in a parachute fall was a videographer working for a skydiving firm, the business has said. Sky-High Skydiving, which operates out of Shotton Airfield in County Durham, confirmed that the person who died on Saturday was staff and not “a one-off charity jumper”. The man, believed to be in his 40s, was pronounced dead at the scene on 27 April. The company said it was “deeply saddened by the loss of a close friend, colleague and talented member of our team, our skydiving family”. “So please bear with us during this difficult time,” the statement added. It said it would remain closed until Friday following the incident and was working with Durham Police and British Skydiving to investigate what happened. The company says on social media that it specialises “in making people into skydivers, with tandem and accelerated freefall experiences”. Emergency services were called to the South West industrial estate, near Peterlee, at 12.30pm on Saturday following the incident. Read more on Sky News:Humza Yousaf resigns as Scotland’s first ministerEngland rugby star arrested …

Man dies after parachuting incident in County Durham | UK News

Man dies after parachuting incident in County Durham | UK News

A man has died following a parachute incident at an industrial estate in County Durham. Police were called to South West industrial estate in Shotton near Peterlee at 12.30pm on Saturday. A man in his 40s was pronounced dead at the scene. Police are appealing for anyone who has dash cam footage of the moments leading up to the fatal incident. They said they are treating the death as unexpected and inquiries are ongoing. Read more from Sky News:PM refuses to rule out July general electionMeasles cases worldwide almost double – as England faces ’emergency’ Follow Sky News on WhatsApp Keep up with all the latest news from the UK and around the world by following Sky News Tap here Fire and ambulance services also attended, Durham Constabulary said. Detective Chief Inspector Mel Sutherland, who is leading the investigation, said: “Officers are keen to speak to anyone who was travelling on the A19 at around 12.20pm to 12.30pm who may have mobile phone or dashcam footage which captures the moments leading up to the incident. …

Durham selected ahead of Yorkshire to host professional women’s county team | Women’s cricket

Durham selected ahead of Yorkshire to host professional women’s county team | Women’s cricket

Durham’s chief executive, Tim Bostock, said he was “delighted” with the England and Wales Cricket Board’s decision to award the county the right to host a professional women’s team, after they beat off strong competition from neighbouring Yorkshire. The first-class counties have spent the past two and a half months competing for the right to host one of the eight new professional “tier 1” women’s teams, and in March presented their bids to a panel which included Kelly Simmons, former director of the women’s professional game at the Football Association, and Maggie Murphy, the chief executive of Lewes FC. At an ECB board meeting on Wednesday, Durham, Essex, Hampshire, Lancashire, Nottinghamshire, Somerset, Surrey and Warwickshire were formally approved as the hosts. Yorkshire have been the home of the Diamonds women’s team since 2016, but an impressive bid from ­Durham – supported by Ben Stokes and Paul Collingwood – impressed the ECB enough to convince it that the north-east team should be based at Chester-le-Street. The Guardian understands that Durham’s commitment to ­hosting every home match …

Witnessing the sad decline of communities in County Durham | County Durham

Witnessing the sad decline of communities in County Durham | County Durham

Aditya Chakrabortty’s article on Category D villages in Durham (To understand Britain’s malaise, visit Shildon – the town that refused to die, 11 April) reminded me of the day, around 20 years ago, when the librarian of Trevelyan College, of which I was then principal, came to see me clutching a copy of the 1951 county development plan for Durham. He had found it in the college library and wanted to know whether we should keep it or let it go. He knew I would be interested as I was also a county councillor. I came across the chapter that categorised villages and established the pernicious Category D policy. My response to the librarian was that we must keep it, as future generations needed to see what the effect of utilitarian policies that take no account of people’s lives could be – and this from a Labour-run council. I hope the lesson will have been learned by Labour politicians who look likely to be running the country after the next general election.Dr Nigel MartinDurham Aditya …

‘There’s still a stigma’: UK raccoon rescuer on mental health, animal wit – and not startling skunks | County Durham

‘There’s still a stigma’: UK raccoon rescuer on mental health, animal wit – and not startling skunks | County Durham

“Saving animals pretty much saved my life,” says Iain Jenkins, a raccoon rescuer whose semi-detached home in Hartlepool appears as ordinary as they come but is anything but. This is a house that Jenkins shares with raccoons, a parrot and a friendly skunk and previously a whole host of exotic animals including a crocodile in the conservatory. Jenkins’ far-from-ordinary story is inextricably tied up with his mental health struggles, which he is keen to talk about. “About 20 years ago because of sheer exhaustion and stress I had a nervous breakdown,” he says. “I basically ended up just sitting, staring at walls. I had paralysis at one stage. If there was something to be counted, I counted it over and over again. I just felt locked in, I couldn’t see where I wanted to be. “It was frightening because one part of you knows what the problem is but you just can’t see a solution. Then I realised, do you know what, animals have always a big part of my life, so I headed in …

A new rising: the County Durham castle undergoing a transformation | Heritage

A new rising: the County Durham castle undergoing a transformation | Heritage

“It is Walt Disney meets Buckingham Palace,” says Lady Kate Barnard in the spectacularly showy Octagon drawing room of Raby Castle. “Barbie would love it.” You get a sense Barnard is not such a fan. “It would have been so beautiful,” she sighs. “It would have been a round room and unfortunately when [the Victorian architect William] Burn came in 1840 he did … this. It was the height of good taste then.” Barnard is leading the Guardian on a tour of the family’s medieval castle in County Durham to shine a light on one of the UK’s most ambitious stately home projects of recent years. The project has been titled “the rising”, after one of the most famous historical events associated with Raby – the Rising of the North, an unsuccessful 1569 attempt by Catholic nobles to depose Elizabeth I and replace her with Mary, Queen of Scots. Today’s rising is less about politics and religion and more about shopping and eating. The idea is to create a visitor destination unlike any other, converting …