News Archive

Drug dealers jailed for more than 18 years

23rd June 2017

​A GANG of drug dealers have been jailed for more than 18 years for supplying heroin.

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Cow sculpture joins Police HQ's herd

22nd June 2017

​A COW sculpture has joined Durham Constabulary’s herd of animal artwork.

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Mile With a Smile raises funds for charity

21st June 2017

​More than 100 police officers and staff pulled on their running shoes and ran a ‘mile with a smile’ to raise funds for charity.

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Forty drivers caught intoxicated since launch of summer campaign

20th June 2017

Forty people have been found to be intoxicated whilst driving during the first two weeks of a summer drink and drug driving campaign.

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Little Tern eggs stolen from conservation site

19th June 2017

​Eggs from one of the UK’s rarest seabirds have been stolen from a conservation site.

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Renewed appeal following petrol station robbery

15th June 2017

Detectives investigating a robbery at a petrol station have released further CCTV footage of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the incident.

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Summer driving campaign launched

15th June 2017

​​A crack-down on dangerous and careless driving in rural County Durham has been launched by police.

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Alco ices spark police warning

14th June 2017

As the weather warms up, police are reminding drivers about the alcohol levels in flavoured ice lollies

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Man seriously injured after car leaves road

13th June 2017

A man remains in hospital with serious injuries after his car left the road in the early hours of this morning.

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Appeal after deer killed in Weardale

12th June 2017

Police are appealing for information after a number of wild deer were killed and butchered in Weardale.

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Lorry driver in A1 crash dies in hospital

9th June 2017

The truck driver, from Tyneside sadly died in hospital on Thursday evening

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War veteran's life savings stolen in burglary

9th June 2017

​A SECOND World War veteran and his wife have had their life savings stolen after burglars broke into their home.

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Two in hospital after separate crashes

8th June 2017

A lorry driver and a biker are in hospital after being involved in two separate incidents on the A1(M) and the A1086 Coast Road

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Officer dragged along by car at drink-drive check

7th June 2017

A police officer narrowly escaped being injured at a drink-drive checkpoint near Durham

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Appeal following West Cornforth fire

4th June 2017

​Police are appealing for information following a house fire this evening.

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London attack update

4th June 2017

We are aware that people will be concerned following the terrible events in London last night, and our thoughts are with those affected.

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Potential assault witnesses urged to come forward

3rd June 2017

​Two witnesses of a potential assault are being urged to come forward by police.

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Man dies after falling from flat window

3rd June 2017

A man has died after falling from a flat window in Darlington.

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Summer drink-drive campaign begins

1st June 2017

Roadside breath tests will be carried out across Durham and Cleveland to support the month-long campaign

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Calendar boys raise thousands for good causes

1st June 2017

More than £5,000 was raised through sales of the Police Interceptors 2017 calendars

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New quad station opens in Barnard Castle

31st May 2017

The building houses police plus fire, ambulance and the local mountain rescue team

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CCTV released of robbery suspect

31st May 2017

​CCTV has been released of a man police would like to speak to in connection with a robbery at a petrol station.

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Job alert: Information analyst vacancy

31st May 2017

We are looking for a talented individual to join us as an Information Analyst (Data Modeller) at Durham Constabulary - the best performing force in England and Wales.

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Grandad dies on tractor rally

30th May 2017

Robert Hanson was killed when his vintage tractor left the road

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Family pay tribute to dad killed in collision

30th May 2017

Christopher Janson described by family as having a "huge heart"

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Grieving fiancée backs biker safety campaign

24th May 2017

A GRIEVING fiancée has released harrowing footage of the moment her partner was killed in a bid to prevent similar tragedies.

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Response to 'critical' threat

24th May 2017

What 'critical' threat means to County Durham and Darlington

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Terror update

23rd May 2017

The national threat level currently remains at 'severe' and there is nothing to suggest there is any specific threat to our communities

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PC wins Pride of North East award

22nd May 2017

OFF-duty officer who tackled armed robbers wins regional honours

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Pensioner recovering after Teesdale incident

22nd May 2017

​​A pensioner whose car left the road leaving her trapped inside is recovering in hospital

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Man in court charged with Darlington rape

20th May 2017

​A man accused of raping a woman in Darlington has been remanded in custody after appearing at court.

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Man arrested following Police stand-off

18th May 2017

A man has been arrested following a stand-off in which he threw petrol bombs at police.

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UK Police Memorial Fund is launched

17th May 2017

A national fundraising campaign is under way for a permanent memorial in honour of police officers and staff who died in the line of duty

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Witness appeal after two car crash

16th May 2017

A young driver was seriously injured after her car collided with another on a road in Teesdale on Monday evening

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Hero cops nominated for national award

15th May 2017

Two Consett police officers have been nominated for a National Police Bravery Award after rescuing two men from a house fire in December 2015.

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Police act to tackle rogue traders

12th May 2017

Police and other agencies have combined in a crackdown on the activities of rogue traders across the north east

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Drugs suspect arrested as police swoop

10th May 2017

A man was arrested for possible drugs offences after police stopped his car on the outskirts of Durham early this morning

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Behind Bars - Martin Miller

9th May 2017

A dangerous driver has been jailed for nearly two years after leading police on separate pursuits in east Durham

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Motocross bike death - new police appeal

8th May 2017

Police are asking anyone who attended the event to come forward as they continue enquiries into the death of Thomas Brown, 27

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Crash brings motorway traffic to a halt

4th May 2017

A collision on the A1(M) near Durham halted traffic for the best part of two hours

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Motocross rider formally identified

2nd May 2017

Police have named a man who died on Sunday when he came off his trials bike and crashed at a motocross event

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Firearms licensing team offer expert advice

2nd May 2017

Staff from the force's firearms licensing team will be at a major shooting event this weekend to offer guidance and advice

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Motocross event closed after rider dies in crash

30th April 2017

A motorbike rider has died and another has been seriously injured in separate incidents today at an event near Sedgefield

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Man charged with Eurochange robbery

28th April 2017

Police have arrested and charged a suspect in connection with an armed robbery at a foreign exchange store in the centre of Durham

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Police issue warning over speeding

27th April 2017

A WEEK-long crackdown on speeding drivers saw almost 80 drivers per day caught going too fast across Cleveland, County Durham and Darlington.

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Police actions curb funfair trouble

26th April 2017

A series of measures were put in place after a number of incidents relating to the popular Easter fair in Durham

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'Super' PACT to be held in Darlington

25th April 2017

Darlington Police will be holding a Super PACT meeting at Pease Monument, Darlington between 12- 2pm on Friday 28th April.

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Horden collision leaves driver with serious injuries

24th April 2017

​Police are appealing for witnesses after two cars collided on the A1086, Thorpe Road, Horden.

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Behind Bars - Lee Chapman

21st April 2017

Chapman, from West Auckland has been jailed for leading police on a pursuit while driving a stolen car

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Pedestrian critically injured in 'hit and run'

19th April 2017

Police are trying to trace the driver of a car which may have been involved in an incident which left a man seriously hurt

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Man charged following 'contracts' letter

18th April 2017

Police have charged a man from Lanchester in connection with a malicious letter aimed at local councillors

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Pensioner badly hurt in two-vehicle crash

18th April 2017

An elderly driver is in a 'critical' condition after his car was involved in a collision last Thursday

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​Man charged following roof-top stand-off

13th April 2017

A 26 year old man will be at court today following a five hour stand-off with police at a house in Peterlee on Tuesday night.

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First episode airs of Reported Missing

13th April 2017

First programme proves to be an emotional watch

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Speeding crackdown starts Easter Monday

13th April 2017

Police across Cleveland and Durham will be targeting speeding drivers next week as part of a Europe-wide campaign

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Tributes to biker who died in Weardale crash

12th April 2017

Family pays tribute to Frazer Golden - "a real gentleman and a thoughtful family guy"

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Motorcyclist dies after crash in Weardale

10th April 2017

A motorbike rider has died after his machine collided with another motorcycle on a rural road yesterday

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Durham Constabulary recruits PSCOs

10th April 2017

Don't miss your chance to jon the country's top performing police force

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Witness appeal after motorbike and car collide

7th April 2017

Police are investigating a crash in Darlington which left a motorbike rider with serious injuries

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Chief to review the news for BBC

6th April 2017

Mike Barton will be on screen this Saturday morning doing another stint as the newspaper reviewer for BBC Breakfast

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Community mentors scheme looks to expand

5th April 2017

New volunteers are being sought to join a scheme which supports vulnerable and isolated people

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Police and fire services launch arson campaign

4th April 2017

A joint campaign to tackle the growing number of arson attacks is underway involving the police and fire services

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Durham Police to feature in new BBC1 series

3rd April 2017

A three-part series starting next Wednesday gives an insight into the police work involved in locating missing people at risk

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Woman assaulted in Chester-le-Street hotel

31st March 2017

Detectives are trying to trace a man in connection with a sexual assault on a woman in Chester-le-Street earlier this month

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Behind Bars - Bailey Dicaprio

30th March 2017

Three young men have been sentenced for their actions during a night of violence in Sacriston and Witton Gilbert

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Phone Fraud - crime prevention steps you can take

29th March 2017

There are various options you can take to reduce the number of cold calls you receive and to block the fraudsters

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Risk to lives highlighted by seatbelt campaign

28th March 2017

It is 'unacceptable' for motorists to risk their lives by not wearing a seatbelt, says senior officer

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Top cops sleep 'rough' for charity

27th March 2017

Chief Constable Mike Barton and Chief Supt Kerrin Smith will sleep rough for charity

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Phone fraud - be on your guard

27th March 2017

Police are urging people to be on their guard against the growing menace of telephone fraud

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Police welcome drop in mobile phone offences

23rd March 2017

Road policing chiefs have welcomed a fall in the number of motorists caught using a phone while driving

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Westminster attack - Durham Police statement

23rd March 2017

Be alert but not alarmed, says the force's deputy chief

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Man injured during Spennymoor incident

22nd March 2017

A man from Spennymoor was seriously injured when he was struck by a car in the early hours of the morning

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PCSO scoops national award

21st March 2017

PCSO Michelle Williamson, has won a national Pubwatch award for her outstanding contribution to making the night-time economy safer in North West Durham.

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Behind Bars - Darren Chawner

17th March 2017

A man from Stanley has been sent to jail for 14 years after he stabbed his girlfriend in the neck in an unprovoked attack

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Horden raids tackle suspected drug dealers

15th March 2017

​Police have targeted four addresses in Horden this morning in a crackdown on suspected drug dealers.

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Seatbelts save lives

14th March 2017

Roads policing officers across Cleveland and Durham are supporting a national week-long seatbelt campaign launching this week.

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New ANPR camera in Weardale

14th March 2017

​A new scheme has started to extend the reach of an important camera crime fighting tool to help protect an isolated rural community.

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Man in court after pub attack

10th March 2017

A man has appeared in court after being charged with a serious assault in a pub in Murton earlier this week

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Woman charged with murder of Mark Shaw

9th March 2017

A 19-year-old woman has become the second person to be charged with the murder of Mark Shaw in December last year

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Meet the Interceptors in Consett!

9th March 2017

Fans of the Channel 5 show 'Police Interceptors' can meet some of the officers who feature at an event in Consett later this month

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Wanted sex offender arrested after Crimewatch appeal

8th March 2017

Convicted sex offender arrested after featuring on BBC’S Crimewatch programme

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Make Nothing Happen - counter-terror week begins

6th March 2017

Members of the public are being urged to report anything suspicious to help defeat terrorism

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Force says goodbye to PC Gavin Smith

3rd March 2017

Durham Constabulary today said goodbye to roads policing officer PC Gav Smith, who sadly died a few weeks ago

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Force 'outstanding' for third year in a row

2nd March 2017

An independent report has classed Durhgam Constabulary as an 'outstanding' police force - for the third year in a row

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Attempted armed robbery in Darlington

28th February 2017

Detectives are trying to trace a suspect who attempted to hold up a Post Office on Geneva Road Darlington at 4.15pm yesterday.

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A 'zero tolerance approach’ for drivers using phones

28th February 2017

Cleveland and Durham’s Specialist Operations Unit will be taking part in a nationally co-ordinated week-long operation to enforce new penalties for using a mobile phone while driving.

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Shildon man hurt in road accident

27th February 2017

A man suffered a broken leg after he was involved in a collision with a car on Friday afternoon

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Knifeman holds up village store

24th February 2017

A man armed with a knife threatened the female owner of a general store before escaping with a large amount of cash

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Police appeal after playground arson

23rd February 2017

An arson attack on a children's play park in Darlington has caused more than £20,000 worth of damage

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Store fined for selling booze to youngsters

21st February 2017

A store in the Chester-le-Street area was fined for selling whisky to a 16-year-old, as part of a multi-agency operation in the town

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Agencies get dangerous vehicles off the roads

20th February 2017

A multi-agency operation has resulted in a number of potentially dangerous vehicles being taken off the roads of the north east

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WOW! award for volunteer couple

17th February 2017

A retired couple from Staindrop have been praised for their volunteer work on a campaign designed to cut the number of bicycle thefts

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Illegal waste dumped in Tow Law

16th February 2017

The Environment Agency and Durham Police are warning landowners to be vigilant after waste is dumped on private land.

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Force mourns death of officer

15th February 2017

​DURHAM Constabulary is mourning the death of one of its officers, PC Gavin Smith.

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Car stolen after '2 in 1' burglary

14th February 2017

Burglars broke into a house near Spennymoor at the weekend, stole a set of car keys and made off in the owners' VW Passat car

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Not all heroes wear capes!

14th February 2017

Heroic police officers and members of the public were honoured today at Police Headquarters by the Royal Humane Society and St John’s Ambulance.

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Pedestrian dies following collision on A690

14th February 2017

Jason Stephenson, aged 26 from New Brancepeth was walking on the A690 when a Ford Focus collided with him just before 11.30pm on Friday, February 10.

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Over one hundred drivers caught with phones

13th February 2017

During a week long campaign, which began on Monday 23rd January, a total of 133 motorists were apprehended across Cleveland and Durham.

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A Valentine from police!

9th February 2017

Prolific criminals in Bishop Auckland will soon be receiving Valentine's and birthday cards from their local police

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Drugs haul found after car fire arrest

8th February 2017

Good work by a police sniffer dog has led to thousands of pounds worth of drugs being found and a man arrested

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Woman fights off muggers in Stanley

7th February 2017

A woman out walking her dog in Stanley bravely fought back against three teenagers who tried to rob her

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Quest to save force funding

7th February 2017

​A DELEGATION from Durham Constabulary travelled to London yesterday to hold talks with the Policing Minister in an attempt to safeguard funding for the force.

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Police arrest 12 after early morning raids

6th February 2017

Twelve suspected drug dealers have been arrested by police in co-ordinated raids across Darlington, Barnard Castle and other areas

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Pensioner dies in hospital after Stanley collision

6th February 2017

A pedestrian in her 80's has died in hospital, two days after being struck by a vehicle not far from her home

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Family tribute to A183 crash victim

3rd February 2017

The family of crash victim Paul Mellor say he was a 'unique' character who will be sadly missed

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Durham secures health and wellbeing award

2nd February 2017

The force has been given a bronze award in the North East Better Health at Work Award.

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Medomsley investigation - three years on

2nd February 2017

Detectives have sent 32 advice files to the Crown Prosecution Service and expect decisions on charging to be made sometime later this year

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Want to work for us?

1st February 2017

We have a vacancy for a Senior Media Advisor in our HQ Media Team

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Taxi driver robbed in Shildon

31st January 2017

A taxi driver was assaulted and had his mobile phone stolen after he picked up a fare in Durham city

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Man dies after his car crashes into wall

30th January 2017

A man in his 40's died when his car went off the busy A183 road on the outskirts of Chester-le-Street on Sunday

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Behind Bars - Graham Smith

27th January 2017

A man from Easington village has been jailed for 20 months after he assaulted a woman late last year

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Three charged after robbery at bank

26th January 2017

A joint investigation between police in Durham and Greater Manchester has led to three men being charged

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Two charged after Bishop Auckland incident

26th January 2017

Two men are appearing in court later today after being charged in connection with an incident in Bishop Auckland which saw a pensioner attacked and burgled in his own home

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Police name fatal collision victim

24th January 2017

​Police are now in a position to name a woman who died following a collision in Seaham, yesterday.

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Driver dies in fatal collision

23rd January 2017

A WOMAN has died following a collision near Seaham.

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Pensioner attacked in Bishop Auckland

23rd January 2017

A PENSIONER was attacked and had his life savings stolen in a raid on his home.

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Crackdown on drivers using mobile phones

20th January 2017

Road policing cops across Durham and Cleveland are supporting a national campaign targeting the menace of drivers not being in control of their vehicles

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Car stolen in '2-in-1' burglary

19th January 2017

Just before 3pm on Tuesday 17th January burglars forced their way into a house on the Whitworth Park estate, Spennymoor and stole a Skoda Octavia.

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Police warning after cold calls to pensioners

19th January 2017

The police and fire services have advised elderly and vulnerable people not to be swayed by 'high pressure' cold calls offering security alarms

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Volunteer hailed for her 'tireless' work

18th January 2017

A police volunteer has been praised for her fantastic 'can do' approach and her work on behalf of a local policing team

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WOW! award for 'magic' officer

17th January 2017

A children's entertainer who lost a vital prop for his magic act after it was thrown into a river has thanked the officer who was instrumental in getting it back

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Mentor scheme needs more volunteers

16th January 2017

KIND-HEARTED residents that are keen to give back to the community are being sought to help vulnerable and isolated people.

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Meet two new canine crime fighters

16th January 2017

The two Labrador puppies have become the latest recruits to a north east police dog unit.

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Durham City up for national award

13th January 2017

AN awards scheme for Durham City pubs and clubs is in the running for a national prize.

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New Police Interceptors lifts lid on drug dealers

13th January 2017

A 'Drugs Bust' special edition of Channel 5's Police Interceptors is on screen this coming Monday

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Man killed in Darlington collision

12th January 2017

The family of a man killed in a collision in Darlington have paid tribute to him.

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Drink-drive campaign sees 173 arrested

11th January 2017

A month-long crackdown saw more than 170 drivers arrested for being under the influence of either drink or drugs

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Contact us about the Herbert Protocol

10th January 2017

THE Herbert Protocol is a new scheme recently introduced by Durham Constabulary to help protect vulnerable missing people

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PCVC seeks public views on funding

9th January 2017

Durham's Police, Crime and Victims Commissioner is asking the public for their views on police funding

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Mum who collapsed in busy store meets her saviours

6th January 2017

A mum of three who collapsed in a busy Durham store on Christmas Eve has today thanked the 'Arnison Angels' who saved her life

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Behind Bars - John Regan

5th January 2017

Ex-farm labourer John Regan is beginning a 24-year jail sentence for historical sex abuse on two schoolgirls

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Exciting new job opportunity

4th January 2017

New year, new job? We've got just the thing for you...

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New 'ransomware' alert from Action Fraud

4th January 2017

Fraudsters are posing as government officials in order to trick people into installing ransomware which encrypts files on the victim's computer.

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Get those brand new bikes security marked!

4th January 2017

Owners of new bicycles in Seaham and Crook are being urged to get their new machines security marked for free

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Man dies after New Year's Eve road accident

3rd January 2017

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man died in a collision with a taxi in the vilage of Tudhoe, near Spennymoor

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Replica gun stolen during burglary

29th December 2016

Burglars made off items including a replica handgun after breaking into a secluded property near Edmundbyers

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Police giving out festive gifts

23rd December 2016

Officers and staff from across the force have joined in the 'Give a Gift' project to hand out some festive cheer to those in hospitals and care homes

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BBC Breakfast in Durham

22nd December 2016

Durham Constabulary has been in the national spotlight this week as part of the BBC's 'Policing Britain' series

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Force-wide drop in anti-social behaviour

22nd December 2016

There has been a big fall in the number of reported incidents of anti-social behaviour across County Durham and Darlington in the last 12 months

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Mark Shaw: man at court charged with murder

21st December 2016

A teenager has appeared in court charged with the murder of Mark Shaw in Grange Villa last weekend

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HGV driven into house in Darlington

20th December 2016

A HGV was deliberately driven into a house in Darlington last night. The incident happened on Yarm Road at just after 6.30pm.

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Murder victim died after 'prolonged' assault

19th December 2016

The man who died in Grange Villa at the weekend was subjected to a 'prolonged and viciious assault' say detectives

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Murder investigation launched

18th December 2016

Police have launched a murder investigation after a man was found dead in a house near Chester-le-Street

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Cops more efficient thanks to mobile devices

16th December 2016

Frontline officers are taking advantage of hand-held technology, as the first phase of a mobile data project comes to an end

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Raids target suspected drug dealers

15th December 2016

Six people are to appear at court today after raids on suspected drug dealers in Stanley on Wednesday

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Warning over iTunes scam following £3,000 fraud

15th December 2016

Durham Constabulary are asking the public to warn their elderly relatives and friends about an iTunes gift card fraud after a couple from Consett were scammed out of £3,000.

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Fraudster jailed for stealing pensioners' life savings

13th December 2016

A financial adviser who went on the run after fleecing his victims of their life savings is now facing more than six years behind bars.

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Police appeal after man badly injured by car collision

13th December 2016

Accident investigators are appealing for witnesses after a man was seriously injured as he tried to cross a busy dual carriageway

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Arrests after police raids in Horden and Peterlee

12th December 2016

A number of suspected drug dealers were arrested in Horden and Peterlee following a major police operation

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Wolsingham crash victim named

9th December 2016

Twenty-one year-old Dean Iley from Wolsingham died after his Renault Clio left the road near to the Harperley Hall roundabout.

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Man dies after his car crashes on A689

9th December 2016

A man has died after his car left the road and crashed late last night near Wolsingham

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Force gets 'good' rating from police watchdog

8th December 2016

The body which inspects the police service has given a Durham a 'good' rating in its latest report

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Arrests made as part of #festivefear campaign

8th December 2016

A major police operation across rural areas yesterday saw police and volunteers working together to combat countryside crime

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Darlington murder investigation - woman charged

8th December 2016

A woman is to appear at court this morning charged with murder, after an incident earlier this week in Darlington.

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Interceptors get in the festive spirit

5th December 2016

Some of our police interceptors were at Durham's Christmas festival on Saturday.

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Awards for bike theft innovators

2nd December 2016

Two officers who have pioneered a scheme to cut the number of bicycle thefts have been honoured for their work

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Police launch Xmas drink-drive campaign

1st December 2016

Police across Durham and Cleveland are reminding drivers not to get behind the wheel if they have been drinking the night before

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Interceptors join campaign for Kieran

30th November 2016

The Police Interceptors were out in force in Heighington last night as a community brought Christmas forward for inspirational young man Kieran Maxwell.

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Family's tribute to road crash victim

29th November 2016

The family of a Darlington woman, who died in a road accident at the weekend have today paid a moving tribute to her

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Chester-le-Street death not suspicious

29th November 2016

​The death of a man whose body was found in Chester-le-Street yesterday morning is being treated as non-suspicious.

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Teen hurt by off-road bike which failed to stop

29th November 2016

A 13-year-old boy was knocked off his pedal cycle by an off-road biker who failed to stop at the scene

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Road policing operation targets foreign crime gangs

29th November 2016

Officers across Cleveland and Durham checked more than 100 foreign-registered vehicles as part of a nationwide operation

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Woman dies after road collision near Darlington

28th November 2016

A two-vehicle collision on the outskirts of Darlington on Saturday night has resulted in the death of a passenger

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Police appeal after arson attacks

25th November 2016

An arson attack in Bishop Auckland destroyed a shed and threatened the safety of animals kept in a stable

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Crackdown on shoplifters begins in Bishop Auckland

24th November 2016

Police and retailers in Bishop Auckland are looking to drive festive shoplifters away from the town

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Warning over 'Met Police' email

24th November 2016

Members of the public are being warned to beware of an email claiming to be from the Metropolitan Police offering crime prevention advice

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Bus driver charged after fatal accident

24th November 2016

A bus driver has been charged with two offences in relation to a fatal collision in Darlington this summer

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Police warn 'yobs' enough is enough

23rd November 2016

DESTRUCTIVE and mindless yobs who are making residents’ lives a misery are being warned ‘enough is enough’.

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Students join police in 'Hawkeye' operation

23rd November 2016

A local college joined forces with police in the east Durham area to warn motorists not to leave valuables on display in their cars

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Van damaged in suspected arson

22nd November 2016

A van has been left badly damaged after a suspected arson in Sherburn Village. Police are appealing for information.

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Fatal collision victim named

21st November 2016

Police have named a pedestrian who died following a collision on the A1(M) in the early hours of Saturday, November 19.

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Behind Bars - Kerry Richardson

21st November 2016

A woman from Chester-le-Street has been sent to jail for six years after she attacked her partner

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Launch of scheme to protect the vulnerable

18th November 2016

The Herbert Protocol is a new scheme being introduced by Durham Constabulary.

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Driver left shaken following attempted car jacking

18th November 2016

The man's car, an Audi A3, was parked in Chester-le-Street when he was approached by another man who allegedly attempted to steal it.

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Police and retailers crack down on shoplifters

17th November 2016

Police in Durham have joined forces with local retailers to tackle the Christmas shop thieves

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Masked armed robber targets Darlington store

16th November 2016

A man armed with a knife has robbed a newsagents in Darlington. Officers have released CCTV images with an appeal for information.

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Drink drive workshop for North East businesses

15th November 2016

More than 50 health advocates from over 30 North-East businesses took part in a drink and drug drive awareness workshop at Durham Constabulary today.

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Copper thief may have been left seriously injured

14th November 2016

The person responsible for the attempted theft of copper piping from a retail unit in Darlington may have suffered significant injuries during the break-in, and officers are urging them to come forward.

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Don't use your mobile phone while driving

14th November 2016

That's the message from road policing officers as they begin a week-long crackdown across the north east

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Behind Bars - Kevin Brodie

14th November 2016

A prolific offender has been put in jail for 10 years after members of the public helped catch him in the act

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Magician left distraught by birthday drunk

11th November 2016

A veteran magician has been reunited with one of his props which a drunken reveller had thrown into the River Wear

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Widow pays tribute to 'fun-loving' husband

10th November 2016

​​The widow of a man who died in a road collision in east Durham at the weekend has paid tribute to her “fun-loving” husband.

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Remembrance events

7th November 2016

This weekend we are proud to be supporting two Remembrance events in Durham City. The Durham Cathedral Festival of Remembrance on November 12 and Durham City Remembrance Parade on November 13.

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Man charged after fatal collision

7th November 2016

A man has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving after a fatal collision in Shotton Colliery at the weekend.

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Have a safe and happy bonfire night!

4th November 2016

Stay Safe on Bonfire Night, remember remember the 5th of November and some key safety tips

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CCTV images released of attempted robbery suspect

4th November 2016

Police would like to speak to this man in the images in relation to an attempted robbery and suspected assault in Newton Aycliffe.

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Durham keeps its accolade as best performing force

3rd November 2016

​Durham Constabulary continues to be the top performing Force in the country after receiving the highest possible grade by inspectors.

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Renewed appeal for witnesses to fatal collision

2nd November 2016

We are keen to trace a possible witness to a fatal collision that happened in Bishop Auckland last week.

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Man injured by firework through letterbox

1st November 2016

A man was injured after a firework was pushed through the letterbox of his house. The incident happened at around 7.40pm on Monday, October 31 on Leyburn Close in Ouston.

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Attempted robbery in Darlington

28th October 2016

A 75-year-old woman was the victim of an attempted robbery in Darlington last night.

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Collision victim named

28th October 2016

Police are now in a position to name a man who died following a collision yesterday.

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Uninsured vehicles targeted in week long operation

28th October 2016

86 uninsured vehicles were taken off Cleveland and Durham’s roads during a week of action targeting those flouting insurance laws.

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Man dies following collision in Bishop Auckland

27th October 2016

A man has died after being struck by a car on Newton Cap Viaduct, Bishop Auckland this morning.

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69 Driving Offences Discovered During Week of Activity

27th October 2016

​Driving offences including fraudulent use of tachographs and vehicles with excessively heavy loads were discovered during a recent week of activity.

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Local superhero event in Shildon

25th October 2016

​Ron Hogg, the Police Crime and Victims' Commissioner is hosting a super heroes event later this week.

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Appeal to trace driver following collision

21st October 2016

​Police are appealing to trace a driver of a car who left the scene of a collision near Bishop Auckland.

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New service for victims with mental health needs

21st October 2016

A new advocacy service has been commissioned to support victims of crime with mental health needs.

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iTunes card fraud warning

19th October 2016

We have had reports in the last few days from a number of people targeted by fraudsters pretending to be from HMRC.

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Shops safer thanks to new computer system

19th October 2016

Retailers have new armour in the fight against shop thieves as a joint system between shops and police sees its first result.

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Emergency services unite for young drivers scheme

17th October 2016

The police, ambulance and fire services have joined forces to educate the young drivers of tomorrow and improve road safety

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Landmark for Special Constabulary

14th October 2016

The Special Constabulary was formed 185 years ago this weekend - here we feature the work of our dedicated volunteer police officers

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Vehicle pursuit results in two arrests

13th October 2016

The real-life Police Interceptors were involved in a pursuit which led to the arrest of two men for a string of suspected offences

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New inspector for Newton Aycliffe

12th October 2016

Newton Aycliffe has a new neighbourhood inspector. Sarah Honeyman took up the neighbourhood policing post earlier this month.

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Tributes paid to crash victim

12th October 2016

A pensioner who died in a road accident earlier this week has been described as a 'one in a million' by his family

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Clown follows children walking to school

7th October 2016

A so-called 'Killer Clown' has followed four children walking to school in Chester-Le-Street leaving them distressed but unhurt.

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School run drivers putting young lives at risk

7th October 2016

More than 140 people were caught not wearing a seatbelt in a week-long safety campaign across Durham and Cleveland

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Cyclist badly hurt in early morning collision

6th October 2016

A collision on the A167 on the outskirts of Durham has left a pedal cyclist with serious injuries

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Greenfield school

5th October 2016

Two youths have been detained following an incident at Greenfield School in Newton Aycliffe this morning. An air weapon has been seized. No one has been injured and all pupils are safe.

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New deputy chief for Durham

4th October 2016

Jo Farrell, currently an assistant chief constable with Northumbria Police is the new second-in-command at Durham Constabulary

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Man armed with machete holds up off licence

4th October 2016

Police have arrested a man after an armed robbery at an off-licence in Peterlee last night

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Stolen games console returned to boy

3rd October 2016

A PlayStation stolen during a burglary was returned by officers to its young owner this weekend.

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Unprovoked assault in Consett

30th September 2016

A 33 year-old man has been punched in the face in an unprovoked attack in Consett.

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Chief's contract extended

29th September 2016

Our Chief Constable Michael Barton QPM, will have his contract extended for a further three years, it was announced earlier today.

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Burglary in Darlington

29th September 2016

A number of items of jewellery have been stolen in a burglary in Darlington.

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Man arrested for aggravated burglary

28th September 2016

A man has been arrested on suspicion of aggravated burglary after a couple were burgled in Bishop Auckland in the early hours of yesterday.

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Two robberies in Bishop Auckland

28th September 2016

Two people were robbed in separate incidents in Bishop Auckland last week

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Forensic services to merge

27th September 2016

Durham Constabulary and Northumbria Police are to launch a joint forensic services function.

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Sentimental items stolen in burglary

26th September 2016

Items of sentimental value were stolen from an elderly couple in a burglary. Officers are appealing for help to try and locate the items.

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Cops cycle for charity

26th September 2016

DC Damon Devine, from Durham Constabulary’s Major Crime Team and retired cop David Cable completed a gruelling 235 mile bike ride in 24 hours for suicide prevention charity If U Care, Share Foundation.

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Car and van stolen in burglary

26th September 2016

Two vehicles have been stolen after a house break-in. The VW Up and a VW Transporter van were stolen from a house Bishop Auckland. Officers are appealing for information.

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Fallen officers honoured at old HQ site

23rd September 2016

Police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty are to be remembered as part of a new Durham housing development.

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Supermarket in Brandon ‘ram-raided’

23rd September 2016

FOUR MEN targeted the Coop store on Lowland Road, Brandon overnight, using a car to force the shutters stealing a substantial amount of alcohol and cigarettes.

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Durham Constabulary 'Top of the league' for victim satisfaction

22nd September 2016

VICTIMS of crime and anti-social behaviour in County Durham and Darlington are more satisfied with the service they receive than victims elsewhere in the country, it has been revealed.

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Police release CCTV footage of Horden robbers

22nd September 2016

Police have released CCTV footage of the moment masked robbers raided a bank in Horden yesterday.

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Armed robbery in Horden

21st September 2016

An armed robbery has happened at a bank in the Peterlee area.

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Woman assaulted during attempted robbery

21st September 2016

​A woman has been assaulted during an attempted robbery in Bowburn.

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Campaign launched across Europe to prevent road deaths

21st September 2016

A EUROPE-wide campaign to raise awareness of road deaths is being supported by Durham Constabulary.

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Durham's latest cadet recruits

19th September 2016

The newest ranks at Durham Constabulary may be Junior by name, but they are mighty by nature.

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Appeal to trace collision witness

19th September 2016

We are trying to trace the driver of a vehicle following a collision at the weekend.

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Domestic abuse training offered to businesses

16th September 2016

Since 2015 the force has delivered training and support to over 1000 champions from over 200 businesses based throughout County Durham and Darlington.

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Ted retires after more than 40 years in Durham Police

16th September 2016

​Scientific Support manager Ted Edgar is retiring after 42 years with the force.

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New Inspector takes charge in Seaham

14th September 2016

Seaham police inspector Lee Blakelock has gone back to his roots as he settles into a new role

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Driver given detention order after police pursuit

13th September 2016

Two vehicle pursuits in County Durham over the weekend led to a string of arrests and stolen property being recovered

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Cash seized from suspected criminals

13th September 2016

£23,475 in cash has been seized after police stopped a vehicle in Darlington last week. Two people were arrested in connection with the incident.

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Teenagers to tackle youth issues

12th September 2016

A trailblazing scheme will see seven young people given two-year apprenticeships as youth development workers

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Family pay tribute to skydive victim

12th September 2016

The family of Pamela Gower, who died following a skydive in Shotton at the weekend, have today paid tribute to her.

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Fatal sky dive victim named

11th September 2016

A woman who died yesterday following a sky diving incident has been named.

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Police act on drivers not wearing seatbelts

9th September 2016

A week-long safety campaign starts on Monday focusing on drivers and passengers who choose not to wear seatbelts

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New tool to combat shoplifting

9th September 2016

SHOPLIFTERS are being warned if they operate in Darlington they will be caught.

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Woman fights off would-be robber

8th September 2016

A woman from Spennymoor successfully fought off a would-be mugger late last night

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Police catch over 100 speeding drivers per day

6th September 2016

​Over 100 speeding drivers were caught each day during a recent clampdown on those flouting the speed limit.

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Victim of Darlington crash identified

6th September 2016

​The man who died after his car left the road and crashed on a roundabout near Darlington has been formally identified as Darren Stephenson-Bennett

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Man charged after supermarket attack

5th September 2016

A 29-year-old man has been charged with GBH following an attack on a member of the public in ASDA, Neasham Road Darlington just after 2pm on Sunday, September, 4.

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Man dies in road collision near Darlington

4th September 2016

Collision investigators are appealing for witnesses after a man died when the car he was driving crashed on a motorway roundabout

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Woman shot in leg

2nd September 2016

​A woman has been shot with an air rifle in Bishop Auckland.

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Man attacked and robbed in Durham

2nd September 2016

A robber targeted a man in Durham as he made his way home last night

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Public survey reveals confidence in police

1st September 2016

A new report by government inspectors has found a high level of public satisfaction with the police in England and Wales

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They're back! New series of Police Interceptors starts

1st September 2016

A new series of TV's Police Interceptors begins next Monday, once again showcasing the work of Durham and Cleveland's road policing officers

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Seaham bus crash - new witness appeal

31st August 2016

Crash investigators are hoping to trace a potential witness to a collision involving a bus and a car in Seaham

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Behind Bars - Michael Bulmer

30th August 2016

A man from Chester-le-Street has been jailed for three years after admitting to the supply of heroin

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River safety warning after Barnard Castle incident

26th August 2016

Police have issued a reminder about the potential dangers of open water after a late night incident in Barnard Castle

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Tribute to biker who died after collision

25th August 2016

A man who died after a road accident on a rural road near Bishop Auckland yesterday has been named as Eric Winn, aged 72

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Interceptors strike again

24th August 2016

Cars stolen in Spennymoor are recovered by the interceptors just 45 minutes later.

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Police appeal after bus and car collide

24th August 2016

A woman has been left with serious injuries after her car collided with a bus on the outskirts of Seaham on Tuesday

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Behind Bars - Lewis Heslop

23rd August 2016

A drunk driver from Darlington has been sent to jail after his reckless actions left a woman with severe and permanent brain damage

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Armed robbery at post office

23rd August 2016

An armed robbery has happened at a post office in Coundon this morning. The cashier was threatened and a large quantity of cash taken.

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Memorial honours fallen officers

22nd August 2016

Two Durham officers have been remembered at a memorial service to honour those killed in the Cyprus Independence Campaign.

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Police launch speeding crackdown

22nd August 2016

Road policing officers in Durham and Cleveland are supporting a national week-long speed campaign, starting today

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Cyclist assaulted and robbed in Spennymoor

22nd August 2016

Police are appealing for information after a man cycling home from work was assaulted before having his bike stolen

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Money boxes stolen from grave

19th August 2016

Two money boxes have been stolen from a baby's grave in Newton Aycliffe.

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Competition winner meets Interceptors!

17th August 2016

​A little boy and his younger brother have won a competition to meet our interceptors.

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Come along to the Uniformed Services Day!

15th August 2016

A family fun day is taking place on the first Saturday of September involving the police, fire and ambulance services

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Keep the kids busy at Activity Week!

15th August 2016

Police in Chester-le-Street are once again co-ordinating the town's annual summer activity week, which starts today.

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Man arrested following fire in Langley Park

12th August 2016

Emergency services still at the scene of the blaze

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Nine arrested in Darlington

11th August 2016

Nine men were arrested in Darlington yesterday as part of day of action aimed at tackling car crime.

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Lock it or lose it day of action

10th August 2016

Police in Darlington are this morning kicking off a day of action aimed at reducing theft from cars across the town.

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Force pledges to boost mental health

9th August 2016

Durham Constabulary has joined other emergency service organisations to pledge an end to mental health stigma and discrimination in the workplace.

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Man charged in murder investigation

8th August 2016

A man has been charged with the murder on Wednesday last week of Dale Arnold, in Kelloe

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Scheme to protect businesses is launched

6th August 2016

A new scheme to protect businesses from crime has launched in Tudhoe this week.

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Award for quick-thinking traffic cop

2nd August 2016

A sergeant from the roads policing unit is to be recognised with a national award for his life-saving work at a serious accident in Durham last November

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Toddler hurt after being hit by car

1st August 2016

A young boy was left needing hospital treatment after he ran into the road and was struck by a car in Willington at the weekend

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Where's Bob? competition goes global!

28th July 2016

A competition involving a cuddly mascot is helping raise valuable funds for a unique charity which looks after retired police dogs

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Two men badly hurt in A690 crash

28th July 2016

Police are asking witnesses to come forward if they saw a two-vehicle collision on the A690 in the early hours of Wednesday

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Drugs raids across region

27th July 2016

RAIDS have been carried out across the region to target suspected drug dealers.

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Men bailed following nightclub incident

25th July 2016

Eight men arrested after an incident at a Durham nightclub which ended with a man dying in hospital have been bailed.

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Family tribute to nightclub victim

25th July 2016

​A man who died following an incident in a nightclub in Durham City at the weekend has been identified as 54-year-old Stewart Anderson from Hetton-le-Hole. Today his family paid tribute to him.

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Thousands brave the rain for Bikewise

24th July 2016

The 2016 Bikewise event at police HQ has been one of the biggest, and best yet!

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Man charged after two men stabbed in Darlington restaurant

24th July 2016

A man has appeared in court charged with attempted murder after an incident at a Darlington restaurant

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Commissioner’s five year pledge

22nd July 2016

​Commissioner’s five year pledge Recently re-elected Police, Crime and Victims’ Commissioner (PCVC) Ron Hogg will today lay out his plan for the next five years.

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Tribute to grandfather who died in bike crash

22nd July 2016

The family of a man from Crook who died when his motorbike crashed earlier this week have said life 'will never be the same' without him

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Residents have a say on how money is spent

21st July 2016

Sacriston residents are being asked by the local police and council how best to spend £20,000.

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Teenager knocked off bike in Darlington

21st July 2016

​A teenager is seriously ill in hospital after the bicycle she was travelling on collided with a car in Darlington.

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A 'female first' as acting assistant chief appointed

20th July 2016

Durham's newly-promoted acting ACC has become the force's first female chief officer in its 177-year history

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Get Safe Online in Durham

20th July 2016

A new police taskforce is to be set up giving members of the public and businesspeople the knowledge to keep themselves safer online

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BikeWise promises to be just pawsome!

20th July 2016

BikeWise is back and this year it is bigger and better than ever...

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Pupils praised for community work

19th July 2016

​YOUNG members of a community group have been rewarded for work they have done in their neighbourhood.

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Dying to be cool

18th July 2016

The shock of jumping into cold water can kill you - it's as simple as that. So please think twice. Click 'read more' to hear about Cameron's story...

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Bikers hurt in head-on crash

18th July 2016

A collision on a country road in Teesdale left three motorbike riders hurt, one of them seriously.

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PACT goes on the road

16th July 2016

PACT meetings are changing - a move which will give more members of the public greater access to their local police

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New team encourages public to 'Get Safe Online'

16th July 2016

The Digital Intelligence and Investigation Team will be based at Chester-le-Street and comprises specially trained detectives and police staff

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Chief constable honours investigators

15th July 2016

​INVESTIGATORS who brought a post master-turned-thief to justice have been honoured by Chief Constable Mike Barton.

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Man assaulted in road rage incident

15th July 2016

A man was head-butted by a van driver during a road rage incident at a busy roundabout on the outskirts of Bishop Auckland

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Behind Bars - John George Stephenson

14th July 2016

A man in his seventies has been put behind bars after he struck out at another man during an incident in Stanley last year

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Robbery suspect sought

13th July 2016

​Officers seeking the man responsible for an attempted robbery of an elderly woman have released an e-fit of the suspect.

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Film aims to prevent tragedies

13th July 2016

​‘Left Behind’ is a short, police-made film which shows the powerful effects on families after a loved one chooses to give up everything to go and live in places like Syria.

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The amazing, dancing Safe City Bear!

12th July 2016

Durham's local policing team and Safe City Bear have helped bring some Bollywood Brass to the city

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Horse van stolen from High Etherley

12th July 2016

Police are appealing for information about the theft of a horse van from the outskirts of Bishop Auckland last week

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Sat nav theft warning

12th July 2016

​Drivers are being urged not to leave sat navs on display in their vehicles following a spate of thefts in the south of County Durham.

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Darlington's Specials win top force award

11th July 2016

The Special Constabulary team of the year award has gone to the men and women who volunteer their services in Darlington

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Family pay tribute to bus crash victim

11th July 2016

82-year-old Eileen Brennan died last Thursday (July, 7) in a bus crash in Darlington

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Man knocked out cold in unprovoked attack

11th July 2016

The victim of an apparently motiveless attack in Darlington was set upon by a man who got out of a vehicle

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Police recruitment now open!

11th July 2016

The recruitment process for new police constables is now open and application forms can be downloaded from this site

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Mini Police event in Newton Aycliffe

8th July 2016

Durham's Mini Police project is going from strength to strength after the launch of the Newton Aycliffe branch earlier this week

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Pedestrian killed in bus crash

8th July 2016

A police investigation is continuing after an elderly lady died when she was struck a by a bus in the centre of Darlington on Thursday

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Woman attacked in late night incident

7th July 2016

Detectives are investigating a serious sexual assault which happened in the Bishop Auckland area earlier this week

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Teens warned of danger buildings

7th July 2016

TEENAGERS in Darlington are putting themselves in danger by entering empty buildings in the town.

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Durham Constabulary recruits a cat

6th July 2016

Durham Constabulary’s new recruit is Mittens the cat.

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Behind Bars - Helen Peverley

6th July 2016

A Darlington woman is now behind bars after she defrauded her employers of more than £400,000

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Collision unit on track with specialists

5th July 2016

Specialist staff have been recruited to enhance the service provided by the team which investigates all fatal road crashes in Durham and Cleveland

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Appeal to trace stolen jewellery

5th July 2016

Officers are appealing for help to locate jewellery that was stolen from a property on Mowbray Street in Durham City.

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Life changing programme for young victims

4th July 2016

Eight young people between the ages of 12 and 17 will be offered the opportunity to take part in the ‘Bounce Resilience Academy’.

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Owners urged to lock their cars

4th July 2016

Police in rural County Durham say car-owners have to do more to protect their valuables after a recent spate of thefts

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Police warn of new iTunes fraud

4th July 2016

Scammers claiming to be from HM Revenue and Customs are conning victims with iTunes vouchers.

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Miners' Gala road closures

4th July 2016

MOTORISTS are being urged to keep the roads in Durham city clear for this year's Miners’ Gala - or face the risk of having their vehicles towed away.

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Man injured after crash on A68

4th July 2016

Police appeal for witnesses after a 25 year old man is seriously injured when his car collided with a tree on the A68

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Dogs In Hot Cars

1st July 2016

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Man assaulted in Durham

30th June 2016

A man has been assaulted in Durham City on Tuesday morning.

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Peterlee man missing

29th June 2016

Can you help us find a man from Blackhall Colliery who is missing from home?

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Loan shark production wins award

29th June 2016

A youth drama group that teamed up with the police to warn people about the dangers of borrowing money from illegal lenders has been honoured by trading standards experts.

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Communications Data used to snare criminals

28th June 2016

POLICE forces are shining a light on how they use communications data to locate criminals and solve crimes. Four forces are taking part in a 24-hour ‘Tweetathon’ on Thursday, June 30.

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Man injured after hit and run

27th June 2016

​Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was injured in a hit and run incident in Barnard Castle last month.

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Attempted cashpoint robbery in Durham City

27th June 2016

The attempted robbery happened at WILKO, Arnison Centre, at 2.00am on Monday, June, 27.

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Man in serious condition after assault

27th June 2016

​A MAN who asked youths to be quiet has been left with serious injuries after an assault.

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Man dies in motorbike collision

23rd June 2016

The crash happened at around 9.50pm on Brusselton Lane, Shildon between the A68 Royal Oak and the A6072 Shildon bypass.

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Police investigate woman's death

21st June 2016

Police enquiries are taking place into the death of a woman in the West Cornforth area at the weekend

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National campaign to sign up new NHW members

21st June 2016

A week-long national campaign aims to increase the number of people signed up to their local Neighbourhood Watch scheme.

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Car security warning

20th June 2016

Drivers are being warned to secure their property after a number of vehicles were targeted by thieves over recent weeks.

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Durham deputy is new chief of South Yorks Police

20th June 2016

Durham's Deputy Chief Constable, Steve Watson is to be the new chief of South Yorkshire Police

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Appeal after man assaulted in Horden

20th June 2016

A man was left with serious injuries after being the victim of an alleged assault in Horden at the weekend

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Students commended for recruitment video

15th June 2016

Media Lecturer, Stuart Drummond, along with his students from New College Durham have been given commendations by Durham Constabulary's Deputy Chief Constable Steve Watson.

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Police to start using drones later this year

15th June 2016

Police drones are on course to be seen flying across County Durham and Darlington later this year

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Man dies after quad bike collision

15th June 2016

​A man has died after the quad bike he was riding was involved in a collision.

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Boy dies at High Force

15th June 2016

​A 16 year old boy has died after getting into difficulty whilst swimming at High Force in Teesdale.

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Pedestrian seriously injured, appeal for witnesses

14th June 2016

A female pedestrian remains in a critical condition after she was hit by a car while walking on the pavement in Darlington on Monday

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Interceptors a hit at Dreamcar event

13th June 2016

Stars of the hit tv show 'Police Interceptors' proved popular with motoring fans who went to the 'Dreamcar' event near Darlington on Sunday

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Have your say in Shotton Colliery

11th June 2016

The people of Shotton Colliery are being invited to have their say about where they live at an event this weekend.

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Red card warning for drink-drivers

10th June 2016

As the Euro 2016 football event begins, police are warning motorists they will get the red card if they drive while under the influence

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Stolen Motorbike

10th June 2016

The Motorbike of a man who was involved in a collision has been stolen

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Student film features powerful messages

9th June 2016

A Darlington student has made a powerful film to be used by police to warn young people of the dangers of drink, drugs and one punch assaults.

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Pub beer mats carry powerful ‘one punch’ message

8th June 2016

Pub beer mats will be used in the ongoing campaign to warn of the dangers of ‘one punch’ assaults.

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Man arrested after Darlington assault

7th June 2016

Police in Darlington are appealing for witnesses to an incident in the town last Wednesday evening

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Teams in action for National Specials weekend

6th June 2016

Teams of Special Constables were out on duty at the weekend, supporting their regular colleagues at a variety of incidents

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Porta cabin broken into at school

3rd June 2016

A porta cabin has been broken into and thousands of pounds worth of damage caused to site machinery and the rugby field at King James Academy in Bishop Auckland.

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Man dies after collision

2nd June 2016

A man has died after his car left the road and collided with trees in County Durham.

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Football clubs back road safety campaign

1st June 2016

Football clubs across the region have backed a campaign by Road Safety GB North East to give drink-driving the red card during Euro 2016.

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Chief Constable in charity skydive

31st May 2016

DURHAM Constabulary Chief Constable Mike Barton is taking the leap for charity, by jumping out of a plane

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Family pay tribute to driver killed in crash

31st May 2016

Tributes have been paid to a man killed in a crash at the weekend

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Durham Pride comes to town!

31st May 2016

As a diverse organisation, Durham Constabulary has been delighted to support the Durham Pride event which was held in the city on Bank Holiday Monday

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Jewellery stolen in raid on Durham house

31st May 2016

Several distinctive items of jewellery were stolen from a house in Durham while the owner was away on holiday

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Durham cadets recruitment begins

27th May 2016

​Durham Constabulary is looking to swell its ranks – with teenagers.

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Durham to recruit 160 cops

27th May 2016

Recruitment will open on Friday, July, 8 with applications packs available to download from 9.30am.

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Father of two named as crash victim

26th May 2016

Police are now in a position to name a man who died following a collision on Ebchester bank on Sunday, May 22.

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Woman's death sparks investigation

26th May 2016

​An investigation has been launched into the death of a woman who was found unconscious in a house in No Place.

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Driver dies in hospital after Consett Crash

25th May 2016

A man from Consett has died from the injuries he sustained after his car collided with a stone wall in Ebchester on Sunday.

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Man charged after stabbing in Shildon

25th May 2016

Police have charged a 49-year-old man in connection with an incident in Shildon which left another man with several stab wounds

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The sky’s the limit for the Durham Mini Police

24th May 2016

Our new recruits from the mini police had a special visit today, as the police helicopter took its second stop on a tour of local primary schools.

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Attempted armed robbery

23rd May 2016

​A man armed with a hammer threatened staff in an attempted robbery of a newsagents in Newton Aycliffe. Police are appealing for information.

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Footage shows dangers of driver distraction

23rd May 2016

Police have released film of a crash on the A19 last March to highlight the dangers of driving while distracted

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New website launched to help victims

20th May 2016

A new website to assist victims of crime and anti-social behaviour has been launched by the Police, Crime and Victims Commissioner

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New warning over 'computer problems' cold calls

19th May 2016

Detectives are warning that conmen making cold calls and claiming to be from Talk Talk or Microsoft are still targeting north east victims

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Hero cop up for award after tackling armed robber

19th May 2016

An off-duty officer who wrestled an armed robber to the ground has been nominated for the National Police Bravery Awards

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Police and Fire services to develop shared working

18th May 2016

The police and fire services serving County Durham and Darlington have pledged to develop more ways of working together

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Forces join up to tackle rural crime

18th May 2016

Police forces across the north joined together in an operation last night aimed at tackling rural crime and travelling criminals

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Call handler turns crime writer

17th May 2016

A NEW chapter has opened in the life of a Durham call handler turned crime writer.

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Police seek spray paint vandal

17th May 2016

Police in Spennymoor are seeking help from local people to identify a vandal who has been at work with a can of spray paint

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Tributes to driver who died in Burnhope crash

16th May 2016

A local businessman and father of three died when the car he was driving left the road and crashed in Burnhope on Saturday morning

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Praise for public response to appeal

16th May 2016

POLICE wish to say a big thank you for the public response following a sex assault on a schoolgirl.

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Alcohol seizure in Consett

16th May 2016

Officers from Consett's neighbourhood team and the force's licensing unit responded to reports of anti-social behaviour and underage drinking in two areas in Consett on Saturday (May, 14) night

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Joint action sees illegal tobacco seized

13th May 2016

Three people were arrested and more than 50,000 suspect illegal cigarettes worth over £10,000 seized in raids in County Durham

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Pedestrian hit by car in Darlington

13th May 2016

​A PEDESTRIAN is in a serious condition after been hit by a car in Darlington

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Mini Police on patrol to catch problem parkers

12th May 2016

Durham's mini police officers have been deployed in the Stanley area to help tackle a serious parking problem

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A19 blocked for hours after fatal collision

12th May 2016

One side of the A19 in County Durham was closed to traffic for almost four hours after a collision in which a man from Teesside sadly died

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Charity boxes stolen

11th May 2016

Cancer charity collection boxes have been stolen in Bishop Auckland.

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Over 400 speeding drivers caught in crackdown

11th May 2016

A week-long campaign across Cleveland and Durham saw more than 400 speeding drivers caught on camera

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Fugitive being brought back to UK

10th May 2016

Kole Lulgjuraj,suspected of fleecing elderly people out of their life savings to fund a luxury lifestyle is to be arrested in the USA and brought back to the UK

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Girl, 14, sexually assaulted

9th May 2016

Police are appealing for information following a sexual assault on a 14 year-old girl near to Genesis Way, Consett.

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Darlington award winners

9th May 2016

​Members of the neighbourhood policing team attended the Best Of Darlington Awards on Friday night to celebrate the achievements of people working to make Darlington a better place.

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Planning for horse fair under way

9th May 2016

Durham County Council, the police and other agencies are making detailed preparations for next month's Appleby Horse Fair

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Appeal after attempted knifepoint robbery

7th May 2016

A shop owner forced a would-be robber to flee empty-handed after he tried to hold up a convenience store in Chester-le-Street

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Our Marathon men

5th May 2016

​A Durham police officer who suffered from cancer, has completed an ultra-marathon.

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Behind Bars - Daniel Calvert and Sean Oliver

5th May 2016

Two brothers have been given lengthy jail sentences for breaking into the home of a young mum in Shildon and threatening to blind her with ammonia

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Bid to sign up 'heroes'

5th May 2016

Members of the public are being urged to sign up to a service that could save a child’s life.

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Have you seen this motorbike on the roads?

4th May 2016

A brand new motorbike was stolen earlier this week from the rear yard of a house in Spennymoor

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Force hosts training course for police chaplains

3rd May 2016

Recently-appointed police chaplains from a number of forces have been to Durham to begin training for their new role

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Good Samaritan sought

3rd May 2016

A good Samaritan who came to the aid of an injured man is being sought by police.

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Meet the Interceptors!

30th April 2016

Durham city centre was packed today with fans of the 'Police Interceptors' tv show coming out to meet their favourites

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Grieving mum backs road safety campaign

28th April 2016

Young mum Faye Keeler is backing a regional road safety campaign after her “perfect” partner Chris was killed in a motorbike accident near their home

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Section office re-opens by the sword

27th April 2016

​​A SWORD has been used to officially re-open Framwellgate Moor police office following its refurbishment.

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Team ahead by two noses

27th April 2016

A duo with a nose for detection are boosting the work of Durham’s victim recovery and forensic evidence search team.

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Darlington students come up with graphic design

25th April 2016

Students from Darlington College have come up with a series of eye-catching posters to warn of the dangers of 'legal highs'

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Online terrorist and extremist material identified

22nd April 2016

A 36-hour international operation against online terrorism and extremism led to over 3,500 items of harmful and illegal material being identified

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Awards for Durham officers and staff

22nd April 2016

More than two dozen officers and staff have received commendations or long service awards

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Cadets go out on patrol!

20th April 2016

Members of the Durham Police cadets have been helping the neighbourhood policing team carry out community work in Darlington

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Man assaulted in Durham city

19th April 2016

A man in his twenties was left with facial injuries after he was the victim of a violent attack in the centre of Durham

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ATM fraud victims sought

18th April 2016

Suspected victims of an ATM fraud are being sought by police.

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Teenager hurt in Villa Real collision

18th April 2016

A teenager was taken to hospital after being hurt in a road accident on Friday night in north-west Durham

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The eye at night set to catch speeding drivers

18th April 2016

Road policing officers across Durham and Cleveland are getting enhanced 'night vision' which will enable them to catch speeding motorists 24/7

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Police tackle rogue traders in national operation

15th April 2016

Police in the area have been taking part in a national operation aimed at tackling rogue traders and travelling criminals

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How to report online terrorist and extremist material

15th April 2016

Have you seen terrorist or extremist material online? If so, here is how you can report it

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Man charged with computer offences

14th April 2016

A man has been charged with denial of service attacks on corporate websites, including the Durham Constabulary site

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Driver jailed after crashing into motorcyclist

13th April 2016

A driver who went through a crossroads and sent his van crashing into a motorcyclist has been jailed after being found guilty of dangerous driving

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Staffordshire Police appeal for information

13th April 2016

High value ornaments estimated to be worth between £80,000 and £100,000 were stolen after a burglary near Lichfield last month. Staffordshire Police are appealing for information.

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New warning on Holiday Fraud

8th April 2016

A new report reveals fraudsters conned travellers out of £11.5 million in 2015 with holiday makers from Durham losing close to £20,000.

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Demolition of the old police HQ

7th April 2016

The new HQ was officially opened in May 2015.

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Men sentenced for total of 70 years

5th April 2016

AN ORGANISED crime gang who masterminded a series of raids on museums and auction houses across the UK have been sentenced.

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Extra firearms officers across UK

1st April 2016

The Home Office has announced increased funding to train extra firearms officers to help protect the public from terrorism

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New support service for victims of crime

1st April 2016

A new advice and support service for victims of crime across Durham and Cleveland comes into effect from today

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Police name motorbike crash victim

31st March 2016

​A motorcyclist who died after his bike was in a collision with a car on Tuesday morning has now been formally identified

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Alcohol seized during stay safe patrols

30th March 2016

A large haul of bottles of lager were seized from underage drinkers after a ‘stay safe’ operation in Bishop Auckland last week.

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Man in hospital after assault in Chester-le-Street

29th March 2016

A man in his fifties remains in a 'serious' condition in hospital after an incident on Saturday night

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Family's tribute to crash victim Lee Cain

24th March 2016

Driver who died after collision near West Auckland described as a loveable man with a heart of gold

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Viking stones missing from Darlington church

23rd March 2016

​Police are investigating the possible theft of three early Medieval sculptured stones from the remains of a church on the outskirts of Darlington

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Air Ambulance HQ broken into

22nd March 2016

Burglars targeted the charity's headquarters in Darlington and made off with donations given by members of the public and local businesses

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New missing child alert

21st March 2016

The new system will see the missing child’s school use their existing text system to ask parents and carers if they have seen the missing child.

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Keep in the Know for local news

18th March 2016

Keeping in touch with local information has never been easier thanks to a new community messaging service

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Man arrested after car pursuit in early hours

18th March 2016

A man has been arrested and charged with driving offences following a police pursuit in the early hours of Thursday morning

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Police give driver safety tips to young soccer stars

17th March 2016

Stay safe on the roads - that's the message police have been giving to some of the region's brightest football prospects

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Bertie Bear lends pupils a hand

16th March 2016

BERTIE Bear joined pupils from two east Durham schools to plant trees and pick up litter in the Shotton area this morning.

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Sunniside fatal crash - police make new appeal

16th March 2016

Police investigating a fatal crash on the outskirts of Crook at the end of February are hoping to trace the driver of a van seen in the area that evening

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Pupils get back to their roots

15th March 2016

PUPILS from two east Durham schools are getting back to their roots in a bid to tidy up their community.

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Chief sees 'Somet Fishy' going on!

15th March 2016

A group of young people from Bishop Auckland were given the chance to get hooked on a fishing scheme run by the police and county council

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Woman hurt in head-on crash

15th March 2016

​A WOMAN has been seriously hurt in a two-car collision.

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Police target drivers who won't belt up

11th March 2016

Road policing crews from Cleveland and Durham Police will be actively targeting any motorists not wearing a seatbelt as part of a week-long casualty reduction campaign.

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Appeal following fatal collision

7th March 2016

​A man from Willington has died after his car left the road and overturned in a field near Bishop Auckland at the weekend.

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Former Sun Editor guilty of breaching Sexual Offences Act

7th March 2016

THE former Editor of the Sun newspaper has been convicted of breaching the Sexual Offences Act after the paper printed a photograph of Adam Johnson’s teenage victim.

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Behind Bars - David Auckland and Shaun Peairs

7th March 2016

Two men have been jailed after admitting their part in a burglary followed by a police pursuit along the A1(M)

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Appeal following criminal damage in Bishop Auckland

4th March 2016

Police are appealing for information after an air gun pellet was shot through a window of a shop.

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Adam Johnson trial - police statement

3rd March 2016

Read here the police reaction to the news footballer Adam Johnson has been found guilty of one charge of sexual activity with a child

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Adam Johnson trial - statement from victim

3rd March 2016

The victim in the Adam Johnson case has given her reaction, via her police liaison officer to the verdicts in the trial

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Police appeal to trace pensioner's relatives

2nd March 2016

Police are trying to trace the next of kin for a pensioner who died in Stanley earlier this week

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New drug-drive laws lead to 170 arrests

2nd March 2016

Nearly 20 drivers each month are being caught by police in Durham and Cleveland under new drug-drive laws

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Rare watches stolen in burglary

1st March 2016

​A number of rare designer watches were stolen after a burglary in Durham last week. Anyone with information that could assist officers investigating the break-in is asked to contact police.

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Nominations open for Best of Darlington

1st March 2016

Nominations are now open for the Best of Darlington awards. PCC Ron Hogg is sponsor of the 'volunteer of the year' award. Click below for more details.

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Man dies after car crash near Crook

29th February 2016

A man has died after the car he was in left the road and crashed near Crook on Sunday evening

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Scaffolding plank smashes through windscreen

29th February 2016

Police are trying to trace the driver of a van after two women narrowly escaped being seriously injured on a road on the outskirts of Durham

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Fourteen men convicted of museum plot

29th February 2016

An organised crime gang who masterminded a series of raids on museums and auction houses across the UK, including in Durham have been convicted

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Policing first for Durham

25th February 2016

Durham Constabulary has joined forces with Cambridge University to undertake the largest academic evaluation in British policing history.

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Youth arrested after Darlington robbery

24th February 2016

A shopkeeper was stabbed in the leg during an incident at an off-licence in Darlington on Tuesday lunchtime

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Force supporting LGBT history month

23rd February 2016

Durham Constabulary is proud to be supporting LGBT History Month, which runs until the end of February

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Vulnerable young man assaulted

22nd February 2016

​A young man with disabilities has been left injured after being knocked unconscious in an assault.

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Gang jailed for raid on store's ATM

22nd February 2016

Six men have been jailed after they attempted to steal a cash machine from inside a Co-op store earlier this year

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Durham's longest serving officer retires

19th February 2016

Darlington commander Chief Superintendent Graham Hall retires from the force at the end of February after an impressive career spanning over five decades.

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Motorcyclist dies a month after collision

19th February 2016

A man from Whitley Bay has died from injuries he suffered in a road collision in Consett last month

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Teenager seriously hurt after A167 crash

19th February 2016

A teenager was seriously injured when the car she was in crashed on a busy road on the outskirts of Durham last night

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We are the top performing force!

18th February 2016

DURHAM Constabulary has maintained its position as the top performing police force in the country.

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Judge praises witness in sheep theft trial

17th February 2016

​A judge has praised a Teesdale farmer for giving evidence which helped bring two sheep thieves to justice.

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Behind Bars - Laurence and James Wheeler

15th February 2016

A father and son from County Durham have been jailed for several years for their part in a major investment fraud

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Problem house closed down in Ushaw Moor

15th February 2016

Police have obtained a court order allowing them to close down a house in Ushaw Moor which had been the source of repeated anti-social behaviour

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Man assaulted and injured in Darlington

12th February 2016

Police are appealing for four people to come forward after a man suffered a serious head injury in an assault

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Police appeal after man hurt in Darlington

11th February 2016

A Darlington man was left with a fractured leg after a possible hit and run in the town last weekend

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Web users warned 'webcam blackmail'

11th February 2016

International organised crime gangs are targeting internet users in the UK including those in the North East.

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Adam Johnson case - Legal Guidance

11th February 2016

The force is issuing a reminder that anyone who identifies someone who may or may not be a victim of a sexual offence is committing a criminal act.

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Farm targeted twice by thieves

10th February 2016

​A farm in Bishop Auckland has lost thousands of pounds worth of property after being hit by thieves for the second time in three months.

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Horse rider seriously injured in Littletown

10th February 2016

Police are hoping to trace two drivers who may have information about an incident which left a horse rider badly injured

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Six arrested for online child abuse

10th February 2016

Detectives investigating the online distribution of child abuse images have arrested six men across County Durham

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Drugs and gambling case to feature on Inside Out

8th February 2016

A Durham investigation into drug dealing and online gambling, which has led to major changes in the betting industry is to feature on BBC1 tonight

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Glassing suspect arrested in Bulgaria

5th February 2016

A SUSPECT who has been wanted for more than three years has been arrested in Bulgaria.

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Three cars set on fire

4th February 2016

Police and Fire service investigating following incident on garage forecourt, Carville, Durham.

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Man arrested for knifepoint robbery

3rd February 2016

​A man has been arrested on suspicion of two knifepoint robberies in the Gilesgate area of Durham in the last few days

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Scam warning for businesses

2nd February 2016

Durham Constabulary is warning businesses across the North East of a re-emerging trend where their telephone exchange systems are vulnerable to exploitation.

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Distinctive diamond ring stolen in burglary

1st February 2016

Burglars stole a diamond ring worth £1,000 when they targeted a farm in Trimdon Grange on Thursday night.

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Man critical after collision with car

1st February 2016

​A man in hospital following a collision with car.

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Re-appeal after motorcyclist collision

1st February 2016

​Police would like to re-appeal for information about a collision which happened last month involving a motorcycle and a car.

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The force in numbers

30th January 2016

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Police make arrests after stabbing in Darlington

29th January 2016

Police have arrested a man and a woman after an incident in a Darlington house which left another man in hospital

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Come along to the Volunteers' Fair

28th January 2016

An event is taking place next Monday where people can learn more about becoming a volunteer in the criminal justice sector

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Witness appeal after fatal West Cornforth crash

27th January 2016

Collision investigators are appealing for witnesses after a driver died when his van overturned as he headed through the West Cornforth area on Monday night

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Mugger steals engagement and wedding rings

25th January 2016

A woman has been punched in the face and had rings stolen from her by a robber in Stanley

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Appeal to trace missing North Tyneside Man

22nd January 2016

Northumbria Police are appealing for help to trace a missing man from North Tyneside.

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'Police' letter in Easington is a fake

21st January 2016

Letters claiming to be from Durham Police have been circulating in Easington and contain 'completely false' allegations about a local man

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New witness appeal to Bishop Auckland collision

19th January 2016

The Road Policing Unit wants to hear from any witnesses to a collision just before Christmas which has left a man seriously injured in hospital

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Witness appeal after three vehicle collision

18th January 2016

Two young women are in a critical condition following a three vehicle collision.

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More than 180 arrested in drink-drive crackdown

18th January 2016

Police caught over 180 motorists who were unfit to drive because of drink or drugs during a month-long crackdown

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Volunteers sought for ethics committee

15th January 2016

Durham Constabulary and Cleveland Police are seeking volunteers willing to help shape the future of policing

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Seven arrested after drugs raids

13th January 2016

​Seven people have been arrested in the north east and Merseyside today on suspicion of conspiracy to supply heroin

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ERASE-ing child sexual exploitation

12th January 2016

YOUNG PEOPLE across County Durham and Darlington are to receive additional support to help them stay safe, in a bid to end child sexual exploitation.

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Suspected drug dealers appear in court

12th January 2016

Twelve men and a woman are up before local magistrates in Newton Aycliffe today after a major police operation targeting suspected drug dealers

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Six charged after attempt on cash machine

11th January 2016

Six men have been charged with conspiracy to commit burglary after a failed attempt to break into a supermarket cash machine

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Woman seriously hurt after Langley Park collision

7th January 2016

A woman in her seventies is in a serious condition in hospital after being struck by a car on Wednesday afternoon

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Assault in Edmundbyers

6th January 2016

A man was left injured and shaken after an unprovoked assault.

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Farmers sentenced for sheep thefts

6th January 2016

​TWO farmers found guilty of stealing more than a hundred sheep have been jailed for three years.

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Heavy rain causes road problems

5th January 2016

Heavy rain and localised flooding combined to cause problems in several areas of County Durham earlier today

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Burglars target village hall

4th January 2016

A village hall near Bishop Auckland was targeted by burglars who broke in just before New Year

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Speedwatch scheme monitors dodgy drivers

31st December 2015

​Volunteers have been helping police in Consett monitor local roads for speeding drivers

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Behind Bars - John Connolly

30th December 2015

A man who robbed a woman at knifepoint as she walked to work has been jailed for five years

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Officers get dramatic lesson in domestic abuse

30th December 2015

Police have enlisted the support of a theatre company and a university to provide a dramatic training package for officers dealing with domestic abuse

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Xmas presents stolen from house in Thornley

29th December 2015

A family home in east Durham was targeted by burglars in the days before Christmas

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Mountain rescue team called to help in floods

29th December 2015

Teesdale and Weardale Search & Mountain Rescue Team have had their busiest Christmas period for some years

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Man killed in collision in Consett

24th December 2015

Police are now in a position to identify the motorcyclist who was killed in a collision earlier today.

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