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Bradley Lowery has grown his angel wings, our little hero will never stop smiling

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It is with a heavy heart and a tear in our eye that we report with sadness the passing of our little Hero Bradley Lowery. He has grown his angel wings, his pain and suffering has ended. 

Bradley Lowery, the six-year-old boy who fought cancer twice. He has not only captured the hearts of this community but everyone within the UK and across the world who has followed the news and updates.


Bradley was first diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare cancer which primarily affects babies and young children when he was just 18 months old.

Throughout Bradley constantly smiled and beamed happiness while fighting the cancer which attacks the adrenal glands which control the kidneys.

After a two year fight bradley went into remission and in July 2016 his family got the devastating news that the cancer has come back. 

His parents then launched a Facebook page to help raise as much money as they could to fund treatment abroad just as they raised the total funds needed they received another devastating blow that that cancer had progressed to the point where it is terminal.


The tragic news was announced on Facebook “My brave boy has went with the angels today 07/07/17 at 13:35, in mammy and daddies arms surrounded by his family

“He was our little superhero and put the biggest fight up but he was needed else where. 
“There are no words to describe how heart broken we are. 

“Thank you everyone for all your support and kind words. 
“Sleep tight baby boy and fly high with them angels”
Brave Bradley captured the hearts of the nation with his fight against neuroblastoma and made friends with Jermain Defoe who played for Sunderland at the time, they went on to become best mates. 
Bradley’s  legacy will go on in the hearts of millions he will never be forgotten. 

On Thursday his mum Gemma said that her son was no longer responsive writing “Bradley has had a settled day, he is no longer responsive but we know he is listening to everything we say” 

“He is fighting so hard it’s heartbreaking for us to watch. “When the time comes there will be”


Jermain Defoe broke down in tears as he talked about their ‘special relationship’ at his unveiling as a Bournemouth player. Saying “It has been hard, because I’ve just kept this in for so long.

“I’ve been trying to be strong for my family and his family. “I don’t really know how to put it in words how I really feel, because it has been a special time having that relationship with Brad.”

Jermain says he and his family will continue to support Bradley’s family moving forward.

“From that first moment I met him, I just couldn’t believe that he was actually the young kid that was ill. “He ran over to me, and there was an instant connection.

“I knew he was going to be mascot, but I hadn’t seen a picture of him, so I didn’t really know him. “He just ran over to me, so I thought ‘OK, this must be little Brad’.

“He had great energy in the changing room and a great character.”

Our thoughts are with Bradley Lowery and his family.

We must all now allow the family the time and space they need. 

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Update: Hartlepool School Children warned to be vigilant

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A School in Hartlepool has today warned parents and school children to be vigilant following a suspicious incident at the school fence.

Eldon Grove Academy sent a message to parents warning that whilst children were in the playground at lunch time a man approached the fence and spoke to one of the children.

It’s reported that the man approached and offered children ice lollies at Ward Jackson Primary School in Hartlepool.

While someone in a red Volvo was driving suspiciously when a member of staff approached the car drove away erratically.

A spokesman for Ward Jackson Primary School has told Police Hour “Yesterday lunchtime a man tried to engage in conversation with a pupil who was securely inside the school perimeter fence.

“The safety of our pupils and community is paramount and we immediately notified the police and have notified our parents and urged them to be vigilant.”

 

A spokesman for Hartlepool Borough Council told Police Hour: “The safety of children in Hartlepool is our top priority, and as soon as the school made us aware, we notified our other schools as a precaution.”

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Hartlepool School Children warned to be vigilant

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A School in Hartlepool has today warned parents and school children to be vigilant following a suspicious incident at the school fence.

Eldon Grove Academy sent a message to parents warning that whilst children were in the playground at lunch time a man approached the fence and spoke to one of the children.

It’s reported that the man approached and offered children ice lollies at Greatham Church of England School in Hartlepool.

While someone in a red Volvo was driving suspiciously when a member of staff approached the car drove away erratically.

Greatham Church of England School in Hartlepool also warned parents “We have been notified that a man has approached a local school offering children an ice lolly, please stay vigilant.”

Cleveland Police have not commented on the incident.

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Naked runner who terrified over 40 women caught by discarded till receipt

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A NAKED runner who targeted dozens of young women has been caught after determined beat officers used a discarded shopping receipt to track him down.

Over the last few weeks, the serial flasher has been targeting women on the riverbanks in Durham City.

But a discarded till receipt for a packet of Haribo found at the scene eventually helped officers trace an 18-year-old suspect, who was arrested and has now admitted his guilt.

Since April, around a dozen women reported that a man, naked except for his running shoes, had been seen on the riverside footpaths between Durham Rowing Club and the Maiden Castle sports complex.

Police believed that he was waiting for lone women, many of them joggers using the popular riverside routes, before emerging from his hidden vantage point and indecently exposing himself.

Although a dozen women, aged from their late teens to their 40s, reported the flasher, police believe there may have been many more incidents which went unreported.

Durham City Police carried out a series of operations, including plain clothes patrols in which female officers posed as joggers to lure the suspect out.

But the breakthrough came when one of the tenacious officers found a place on the parapet of a disused railway bridge which the culprit used to spot his victims coming.

An empty sweet packet and shop receipt found nearby allowed officers to scour CCTV footage from the store and pinpoint the moment that the sweets were bought, giving them an image of a suspect which matched the description given by the victims.

Officers were then able to trace the suspect to a city centre address, where he was arrested and admitted all the offences.

The man has since been admitted to Checkpoint, a four-month intervention programme to deal with his behaviour.

Sergeant Kay Howarth, of Durham City Police, said: “This was quite an unusual case because the riverside in Durham is usually such a safe place and is visited by families all the time, which made us all the more determined to catch him.

“It must have been very alarming for these women to have a stranger jump out at them while they were simply out enjoying a run.

“We would like to thank all those who rang in to report this man and for all those local runners who helped with our investigation.

“Our officers were determined to find this man and we will continue to work to make sure Durham is a safe place for everyone”.

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