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Durham Woman Begs For Public Appeal To Save Dogs From Romanian Kill Shelter



A Durham woman is on a mission to rescue two more dogs from a Romanian kill shelter but still needs help to fund their travel to the UK.

Animal rescue owner Stef Martin has helped about 200 dogs in total, and Barney and Miky are the latest canines she has set her heart on saving. While it’s incredibly “hard work” for Stef, seeing the “pure joy” on Barney’s face when he boarded the “happy bus” leaving the kill shelter makes everything worthwhile.

The pair will be travelling from Romania to the UK via Eurostar and Stef is seeking £310 to cover the remaining costs.

Stef, who is based in Gilesgate, Durham, worked at a rescue centre before setting up her own home-based animal rescue in May 2020. She fosters street dogs from the UK and Europe, nurses them back to health and finds them new, loving homes.

“The dogs I take are generally the ones that rescue centre don’t or can’t take,” she explained.

“The poorly, old and injured ones.”

In December 2019, Stef visited Romania to see the unwanted street dogs in kill shelters, and was so “traumatised”, she swore never to go back.

She currently has seven dogs at home, with two more on the way. Romanian rescue dogs, Barney and Miky, will be arriving in Durham on Saturday, and will be staying with Stef until she finds them both forever homes.

“When I saw a photo of Barney in a kill shelter, I just had to help him – he reminded me of my own dog, Sally,” she said.

“I was sent a picture of him sitting on the happy bus as he left the kill shelter and it was pure joy.”

Miky had been trapped in a different kill shelter for a while, so when Stef made the decision to transport Barney, she couldn’t leave Miky behind. Stef’s Rescue has paid for the two dogs’ vaccinations, health checks and passports, as well as paying to have them neutered – which costs approximately £165 in total per dog!

At home, Stef has two Romanian rescue dogs of her own, Sally and Millie. As well as foster dog Marley, who is struggling to be rehomed. She is also trying to find a foster home for disabled dog Daniel in Romania. “He has no use of his back legs and really needs somewhere to go,” she said.

“I am having to turn down at least one dog a day at the moment,” she added.

If you would like to help fund the remaining £310, supporters can enter a raffle for £2, with the chance to win a personalised, custom-made felt dog.

If you’d like to help fund Barney and Miky’s travel to the UK, visit Stef’s Facebook , Twitter or donate to Stef’s Rescue via PayPal on 


Raoul Moat Drama Coming Soon To ITV



It looks set to be one of ITV’s biggest dramas this year and The Hunt for Raoul Moat is being brought to screen by the same people responsible for smash hit shows Line of Duty, Bodyguard and Vigil.

It was confirmed last April that production on the series had commenced, nearly 12 years after Moat gunman shot ex girlfriend Samantha Stobbart and her new boyfriend Christopher Brown, with Brown dying from his injuries. After fleeing Samantha’s home in Birtley, Moat, who had been released from prison just days earlier, went on the run, shooting on duty policeman PC David Rathband in the face as he sat in a patrol car on the outskirts of Newcastle and leaving him blind.

From there, Moat headed for Northumberland, forcing the quiet village of Rothbury into a lockdown as police launched a frantic search for him. The hunt for Moat reached its conclusion with a tense stand-off between the killer and the police on a riverbank, with Moat eventually shooting himself and dying from his injuries as he was rushed to Newcastle General Hospital.

ITV announced three parter The Hunt for Raoul Moat almost a year ago, as filming got underway in Yorkshire, with a cast including ex Bodyguard star Matt Stokoe as Moat and Inspector George Gently actor Lee Ingeleby as police chief Neil Adamson.

ITV have yet to officially announce an release date for The Hunt for Raoul Moat, but is expected to be form part of the channel’s spring programming.

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Peter Kay halts Newcastle show and ‘rushes off stage to help as fans fall ill’



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Peter Kay’s Newcastle show was thrown into chaos when three audience members fell ill.

According to the Sun the Phoenix Nights star halted his latest show and rushed to assist when he spotted a fan on the front row had become unwell and needed assistance.

Minutes later, a member of the audience was escorted out of the venue in a wheelchair.

An onlooker told the Sun: People near the front started shouting for an ambulance.

‘Peter asked if they were being serious, then he asked for the big lights to go on and stewards ran over to see what was going on.

‘He then went off stage for around 10/15 mins and one person was seen getting wheel-chaired out.’

After the situation was under control he got on with his show, but two more audience members then reportedly become unwell.

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International Women’s Day – The North East’s Most Influential Women – North East Updates



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On this International Women’s Day, March 8, we highlight the extraordinary contributions made by women in the North East throughout history and the present. For hundreds of years, the women of the North East have shaped our world, and without them, things wouldn’t be the same.


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