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Teenager is remanded in custody.

ATEENAGER appeared in court on Saturday charged in connection with an attack on a carer in her own home.

Kyle Ebdale, 18, of Noble Street, Easington Colliery, appeared before magistrates in Peterlee, County Durham, on Saturday charged with aggravated burglary, aggravated vehicle taking without owner's consent, two offences of assaulting a police officer, driving while unfit due to alcohol and driving without insurance.

He was remanded in custody to appear before Durham Crown Court on Wednesday.

The charges came after care worker

Audrey Turnbull, 40, was found by police unconscious inside her home in Easington Street, Easington Colliery, in the early hours of Thursday. Her Renault Clio had been taken from outside her terraced home.

Miss Turnbull, who lives alone, sustained severe bruising to her face and bleeding to the mouth.

She was transferred to Newcastle General Hospital from Sunderland Royal and had yet to regain consciousness yesterday.

Miss Turnbull, a St John Ambulance volunteer, works at The Hawthorns Care and Rehabilitation Centre, in Peterlee, where a spokeswoman said: "Audrey has been a wonderful carer here for the past six years. Both residents and the team are very fond of her. Our thoughts are with her and her family at this very difficult time." Police are appealing for anyone who may have saw or heard anything in the area of Easington Lane, or the nearby Paradise Street, Noble Street and Oswald Terrace between the hours of 1.30 and 2.30am on Thursday to contact them on 0345 606-0365, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111..
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:May 18, 2009
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