News Archive

Jail for Sunderland man who abused underage girl

20th June 2018

​A MAN who groomed and abused an underage girl has been jailed for eight years.

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Durham officer nominated for national bravery award

19th June 2018

​A POLICE officer who was thrown onto the bonnet of a moving car after confronting a dangerous driver has been nominated for a national bravery award.

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Detectives appeal for witnesses after a young woman was robbed

18th June 2018

​DETECTIVES are appealing for witnesses after a young woman was robbed as she made her way home.

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Durham tops league table for crime detection rates

18th June 2018

MODERN technology used alongside traditional policing methods has helped Durham Constabulary achieve the best detection rates in the country, says the force’s chief constable.

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Over 40 vehicles stopped by police volunteers

15th June 2018

​OVER 40 vehicles were stopped and checked by police volunteers during a day of action in County Durham and Cleveland.

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Drink drive campaign during World Cup kicks off

14th June 2018

ROAD policing officers from Cleveland and Durham Police are urging motorists to ‘drive sober’ in a bid to keep the roads safe during this summer’s World Cup.

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Officer commended for work with bereaved families

14th June 2018

AN officer has been commended for his work with bereaved families following fatal road traffic collisions.

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Police release CCTV image of man following burglary

13th June 2018

POLICE have released a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to in connection with damage caused at a building site.

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Man appears at court following Darlington robbery

13th June 2018

A MAN has appeared at court following a robbery.

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Jail for Darlington drug dealer

13th June 2018

​A DARLINGTON drug dealer has been jailed for more than five years.

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Free emergency services open day to be held in Darlington

11th June 2018

​A FREE emergency services day involving police, fire and ambulance is being held in Darlington this weekend.

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Appeal after man suffers fractured jaw in assault

11th June 2018

​OFFICERS are appealing for information after a man suffered a fractured jaw in an assault.

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Man suffers fractured jaw in Bishop Auckland street attack

11th June 2018

​A PARTIALLY-blind man suffered a fractured jaw when he was punched in an unprovoked attack.

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Teen in court in connection with phone shop robberies

8th June 2018

​A TEENAGER has appeared in court in connection with two phone shop robberies.

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Apprentices to become road safety ambassadors

8th June 2018

WE are committed to preventing young people being seriously injured or killed on our roads and that pledge starts with our own staff, encouraging them to become road safety ambassadors.

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Elvis Presley memorabilia stolen in burglary

7th June 2018

PRECIOUS Elvis Presley memorabilia are among belongings stolen from a property while the homeowners were on holiday.

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Crime-fighters to tackle Three Peaks in 24 hours in memory of former colleague

7th June 2018

​A CRIME-FIGHTING team will climb the three highest peaks of Scotland, England and Wales in just 24 hours, for a charity close to their hearts.

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Football clubs back campaign to show World Cup drink driving the red card

6th June 2018

​​FOOTBALL clubs across the region are backing a campaign to give drink and drug driving the boot during this summer’s World Cup.

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Four in court after weekend protests at opencast site

5th June 2018

FOUR people appeared in court today after being arrested over the weekend outside the opencast mining site near Dipton.

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Unlocked vehicles targeted by thieves in Darlington

4th June 2018

​OFFICERS investigating a spate of thefts from unlocked vehicles are appealing for anyone with any CCTV footage of the incidents to get in touch.

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Four arrests at opencast site

3rd June 2018

​FOUR people have been arrested after renewed activity in the vicinity of an opencast mining site.

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County Durham internet fraudsters jailed

31st May 2018

​​BROTHERS who pocketed more than £600,000 from online shoppers for hot tubs, saunas and other luxury products which failed to materialise have been jailed for a combined ten-and-a-half years.

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Appeal for man wanted on suspicion of serious assault

30th May 2018

Officers in Bishop Auckland have re-issued an image of Michael Francis, 27, from Escomb, Bishop Auckland in a bid to track him down.

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Police appeal after alleyway fracas

30th May 2018

POLICE are appealing for the occupants of this car to come forward following an alleged altercation about urinating in the street.

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Hunt for masked men who forced entry to victim's home

30th May 2018

POLICE are hunting two suspects who forced their way into a man’s home looking for cannabis.

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Man in court following Bishop Auckland firearms incident

30th May 2018

A MAN who was shot by armed police has appeared at court.

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Heroin recovered from property in Darlington

30th May 2018

​HEROIN with a potential street value of around £2,500 has been recovered from a property in Darlington.

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Firearms training centre aiming for success after being honoured with award

29th May 2018

The Tactical Training Centre – a joint venture between Durham and Cleveland Police to train officers in the use of firearms – won Silver.

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Durham Pride: Street celebration brings explosion of colour to the city

27th May 2018

​The centre of Durham was ablaze with noise and colour today following the fifth - and biggest so far - Durham Pride!

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Man due in court charged with robbery

25th May 2018

​A MAN is due to appear at court in connection with an armed robbery in Darlington.

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Criminal investigation underway after a man was shot by armed officer

25th May 2018

A man in his 20s was taken to hospital following this morning’s incident in Bishop Auckland, although his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

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Open heart surgery at roadside saved man's life

24th May 2018

A SENIOR officer has praised emergency service workers who saved the life of a man injured in a savage street attack.

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Man arrested after being rescued from Darlington fire

24th May 2018

​A MAN who was rescued from a fire this morning has been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life.

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Police unveil rainbow car with pride

23rd May 2018

THE police have unveiled a rainbow coloured car ahead of Durham Pride festival this weekend.

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Two men who took part in an armed robbery have been handed jail time

23rd May 2018

Edward Miller, 39 and Austin Thompson, 20 from the Bishop Auckland area were sentenced on Thursday (May 17) at Durham Crown Court.

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Prolific offender handed jail time following burglary in Bishop Auckland

23rd May 2018

​A PROLIFIC offender has been handed 2 years and 4 months in jail following a dwelling burglary.

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Meet our new dog handler, PC Gemma Ryder

22nd May 2018

Getting to spend your working day with dogs – that sounds like a winner of a career choice, right?

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Driving ban for drink driver who was four times over legal limit

22nd May 2018

​A MOTORIST who was more than four times over the legal drink drive limit has been banned from driving for more than three years.

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Officers investigating a robbery at Bishop are appealing for the public’s help

18th May 2018

​The incident is believed to have happened at around 10.20am this morning (May 17) at Natwest Bank in Newgate Street, Bishop Auckland.

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Taxi driver robbed and punched after picking up fare

17th May 2018

A taxi driver was robbed and punched after he picked up a fare in Horden.

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Police officer receives 10th 'Wow! Award' for excellent customer service

16th May 2018

​A police officer has received his 10th ‘Wow! Award’ for excellent customer service.

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Life as a Control Room Inspector...

16th May 2018

​From firearms tactics to granting authority for high-speed pursuits, life as a Control Room Inspector is always busy.

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Skull found in Darlington believed to be ancient

16th May 2018

​POLICE investigating the discovery a human skull in the garden of a property in Darlington believe the remains to be ancient.

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Pensioner hails return of stolen purse "a miracle"

15th May 2018

Audrey Chapman’s purse contained precious photographs of her late husband and daughter when it was taken from her handbag while she was shopping in Aldi, Newton Aycliffe, in October last year.

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Young Interceptors fan given a day to remember

15th May 2018

Farren, 4-years-old from County Durham who was diagnosed with Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia at just 3 days old was invited to celebrate his 5th Birthday with some of his much-loved heroes.

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Sedgefield antisocial behaviour operation hailed a success

15th May 2018

​TWO nights of activity targeting alcohol abuse and drink-fuelled antisocial behaviour are being hailed a success.

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Ten 'young heroes' honoured at awards night

14th May 2018

​Ten inspirational youngsters were honoured at an awards evening on Friday.

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We want to make Durham City 'Dementia Friendly'

14th May 2018

A new steer group has been formed with representatives from organistions across County Durham, in a bid to make the county more accessible for those living with Dementia.

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Challenge is planned to "incomprehensible decision"

11th May 2018

DURHAM’S chief constable says he plans to legally challenge an “incomprehensible decision” to declare the grounds of a former police station as a village green.

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Police name mother who died after being struck by car

10th May 2018

A WOMAN who tragically died after she was struck by a car has been named as Shantelle Kirkup from Northallerton, in North Yorkshire.

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Warning to parents after officers assaulted by teenager

9th May 2018

​‘DO YOU know where your children are at night?’ That’s the question being asked of parents after two police officers were assaulted by a teenager in Sedgefield last week.

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Three arrests at opencast site

8th May 2018

THREE people were arrested today as part of an ongoing police operation at the site of an opencast mine, near Dipton.

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Did you witness an assault in Durham City at the weekend?

8th May 2018

Police are appealing for anyone who videoed an assault on Saddler Street, Durham, on Sunday.

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Woman dies after being struck by car in Darlington

7th May 2018

​A WOMAN has died and her four-year-old son is in hospital with serious injuries after they were struck by a car.

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Inspirational 'Young Heroes' to be honoured at awards night

4th May 2018

​Inspirational young people will be honoured at an awards evening to be held next week. ✨

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PCSO nominated for Wow! Award after work to tackle anti-social behaviour

4th May 2018

PCSO James Sewell has received a Wow! Award after a nomination from a member of the public.

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Police host free self-defence class for women in Darlington

4th May 2018

​A POLICE officer and martial arts expert is hosting a free self-defence class for women in Darlington.

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Pioneering course helps Darlington pupils change gear

4th May 2018

We are proud to have been part of the ‘Back on Track’ programme which uses motorbikes to re-engage disaffected pupils 🏍️👍

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"She was my rock" - staff member praised for work with victims

3rd May 2018

Mrs Catherine Brazier, who works closely with victims of sexual violence, has received a Wow! Award after a nomination from someone she has helped.

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Police Interceptors commended for 'going the extra mile'

3rd May 2018

PC Mike 'Spike' Fisher and PC Ian Squire have recently received three Wow! Award nominations from members of the public who felt they went above and beyond.

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PCSO recognised by member of the public for 'achieving the impossible'

2nd May 2018

​Did you know you can nominate our staff for The WOW! Awards if you feel they deserve to be recognised?

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Jail for Darlington post office robber

1st May 2018

​A MAN has been jailed for ten years for his part in a post office robbery.

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Antique WW1 watch stolen from exhibition

30th April 2018

An antique World War One watch awarded to a Willington man has been stolen from an exhibition at Beamish Museum.

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Retiring police inspector welcomes successor

30th April 2018

​A RETIRING police inspector with nearly 30 years’ service within the force has welcomed the appointment of his successor.

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Two in court over post office robbery

30th April 2018

DETECTIVES investigating a post office robbery are appealing for help in tracing a number of vehicles seen in the area.

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Motorcyclist injured on country road

30th April 2018

A MOTORCYCLIST has suffered serious head injuries after losing control of his bike on a country road and hitting a wall.

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Cleveland Cop leaves lasting impression on Durham Constabulary

27th April 2018

Sergeant Andrew Simpson, better known to his colleagues as ‘Harry’ will be retiring from CDSOU at the end of April after completing a whopping 30 years’ service!

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Durham and Cleveland cop calendar raises thousands

27th April 2018

​Fans of Police Interceptors have helped to raise thousands of pounds for charity following the sale of a calendar featuring Cleveland and Durham cops.

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They shoot, they score!

26th April 2018

NINETY police officers and staff from Durham Constabulary took part in a charity 6-a-side tournament on Friday (April 20) at Soccarena in Belmont.

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Police appeal after pub assault leaves victim needing multiple stitches

26th April 2018

​Police were called at around 9pm on Saturday night (April 21) to reports of an assault outside of Cobblers Hall Pub in Newton Aycliffe.

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Police appeal for witnesses to come forward after crash on A688 at Binchester

26th April 2018

Police were called at around 7.15am this morning (April 26) to reports of a two-vehicle collision.

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Police issue vehicle security advice following thefts

26th April 2018

​POLICE are reminding owners to make sure their vehicles are secure when unattended.

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Crackdown on off-road bikers sees police team up with petrol stations

25th April 2018

Durham Constabulary has teamed up with petrol stations across County Durham and Darlington in a crackdown against off-road bikers who are causing a nuisance in their community.

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Seven arrests as protest camp operation is completed

20th April 2018

SEVEN people have now been arrested after the completion of an operation to clear a roadside protest camp at the entrance to a planned opencast site.

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Arrests during police operation at protest camp

19th April 2018

THREE people have been arrested following an operation to clear a roadside protest camp.

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Predatory paedophile jailed for 24 years

18th April 2018

​A PREDATORY paedophile who abused young boys over more than 20 years has been jailed for 24 years.

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Anti-social behaviour reports falling in Bishop Auckland

18th April 2018

​Reports of anti-social behaviour in Bishop Auckland are falling thanks to partnership work between the council and police.

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Commendation for woman whose video footage of assault helped jail attacker

18th April 2018

​A WOMAN whose video footage of a vicious assault helped to put a man behind bars for 16 years has been awarded a Chief Constable’s Commendation.

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Darlington bus crash: Driver given suspended sentence

17th April 2018

​A BUS driver who killed an 82-year-old woman when he crashed at a bus stop has been given a suspended sentence.

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Police are appealing for information following a serious assault

17th April 2018

Officers were called to an address on Woodland View, West Rainton, at around 11.45am on Sunday (April 15) following reports a serious assault involving weapons had taken place.

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Prolific offender given jail term for Spennymoor burglaries

16th April 2018

​A PROLIFIC offender has been handed a three-year jail term after committing a string of burglaries.

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Police warn dog owners after lamb attack

13th April 2018

​POLICE are warning dog owners to keep their pets on leads after two lambs were killed and 10 seriously injured in an attack.

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Police take part in university event

13th April 2018

​DURHAM Constabulary has taken part in an event to examine the opportunities and challenges created by a growing university.

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Police launch crackdown on speeding drivers

13th April 2018

​A week-long crackdown on speeding drivers will take place across Cleveland and Durham from Monday, April 16.

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Latest Operation Relentless success in Darlington

12th April 2018

​We’re continuing our crack down on prolific local criminals with #OpRelentless – here’s our weekly roundup of recent results…

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CCTV appeal following violent disorder in Darlington

11th April 2018

​POLICE have released CCTV images of three men they would like to speak to in connection with a violent disturbance at a pub in Darlington.

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Police dogs set for happy retirement after cops' challenge

11th April 2018

​More than £1,000 has been raised to give police dogs who put their lives on the line a happy retirement once they have put their ‘paws up’ 🐾

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An ambulance driver has been threatened whilst on duty

9th April 2018

The incident happened at around 5.20pm on Saturday (April 7) on the A181 Westbound at Wheatley Hill.

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CCTV image released after attempted robbery

9th April 2018

POLICE have released an image of two suspects they want to trace in connection with an attempted knifepoint robbery on a garage forecourt.

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Cops on a mission to give canine colleagues a happy retirement

9th April 2018

​Police dogs that put their lives on the line are the reason behind two cops’ mission to raise as much money as possible to give their canine colleagues a happy retirement.

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Six arrests following violent disorder

9th April 2018

​SIX men have been arrested on suspicion of violent disorder following early-morning strikes.

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Officers to receive Royal Humane Society honours for saving man's life

6th April 2018

​Two quick-thinking police officers who helped save a motorist after he suffered a life-threatening bleed have received national honours.

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This week's Operation Relentless update

6th April 2018

​OFFICERS are continuing their crackdown on prolific Darlington criminals with further arrests and charges this week.

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Mother & PC plead for teen's ashes to be returned

5th April 2018

​A MOTHER and police officer have pleaded for a teenager’s ashes to be returned after they went missing from a memorial site.

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Police to visit Menin Gate in tribute to fallen officers

5th April 2018

​FALLEN police officers who served in the First World War will be honoured in a poignant remembrance ceremony in Europe this weekend.

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More than 120 motorists found to be risking lives in seatbelt crackdown

3rd April 2018

​More than 120 motorists were found to be risking their lives by not wearing their seatbelts during a recent week-long campaign.

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Man jailed for knifepoint robberies in Darlington

29th March 2018

​A MAN has been jailed for six years for committing two knifepoint robberies in Darlington.

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Plea to motorists as biker season begins

28th March 2018

The number of bikers injured in road collisions during the last five years has seen a marked decrease – but biker fatalities are still a problem on North East roads.

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Statement regarding school email threats

28th March 2018

​POLICE can confirm that email threats sent to schools in our region are not considered to be credible.

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Cake campaign aims to raise awareness of autism

26th March 2018

​TASTY treats are being used to raise awareness of autism.

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Biker seriously injured following collision with car

26th March 2018

​A BIKER suffered serious injuries following a collision with a car.

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Women speak out about nasty assault

26th March 2018

​TWO women have spoken out about a nasty assault in a bid to catch their attacker.

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Man admits armed robbery at Darlington Post Office

23rd March 2018

​A MAN has admitted carrying out an armed robbery at a Darlington Post Office.

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Witness appeal after city centre crash

23rd March 2018

A DRIVER has suffered serious injuries in a head-on collision.

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Anti-shoplifting scheme to be extended across County Durham

23rd March 2018

A GROUNDBREAKING system which has seen solved rates for shoplifting soar during an 18-month pilot programme is being extended across County Durham.

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Durham Constabulary rated Outstanding for third year running

22nd March 2018

DURHAM Constabulary is celebrating an extraordinary hat-trick of success after once again being rated ‘Outstanding’ by inspectors.

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Latest on Operation Relentless in Darlington

22nd March 2018

​A MAN has appeared at court charged with a string of burglaries.

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Jail for burglar who broke into elderly woman's home as she slept

22nd March 2018

​​A BURGLAR who broke into an elderly woman’s flat while she slept in her living room has been jailed for three-and-a-half years.

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Three men who carried out a number of armed robberies have been jailed for 63 years

21st March 2018

THREE men who carried out an armed robbery at a County Durham bank have been jailed for a total of 63 years.

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Arson campaign launched to tackle sharp rise in deliberate fires

20th March 2018

Yesterday, County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service (CDDFRS), Durham Constabulary and Durham County Council launched the ‘Enough Is Enough’ campaign aimed at tackling deliberate fires on the east coast.

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14 arrests after dawn raids in County Durham

19th March 2018

​POLICE have today arrested 14 people in a series of early-morning raids targeting suspected Class A drug dealers across County Durham.

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More than 200 suspected stolen items recovered in Darlington

16th March 2018

​OFFICERS have recovered more than 200 suspected stolen items from a house in Darlington.

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A warning to motorists after driver pulled over by someone claiming to be Police

16th March 2018

​POLICE have issued a warning to motorists after a woman driver was pulled over on the motorway by someone claiming to be a police officer.

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Man in court following Trimdon Station burglary

16th March 2018

​A MAN accused of stealing thousands of pounds worth of sentimental jewellery from a house in Trimdon has appeared at court.

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Charity football match to bring community together

16th March 2018

A CHARITY football tournament designed to bring the community together is being held in Durham later this month.

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More Operation Relentless success in Darlington

15th March 2018

​MORE criminals have been caught during a major crackdown on persistent offenders in Darlington.

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Man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after stabbing woman

15th March 2018

POLICE were called to an address on Edward Avenue, Bowburn at around 5.30pm last night (March 14)

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"Thank you for your kind words and professionalism" #WowAwards

13th March 2018

Did you know our staff receive Wow! Awards? These are nominations for outstanding customer service.

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Crackdown on drivers not wearing seatbelts

12th March 2018

​ROADS policing officers across Durham and Cleveland will crackdown on drivers and passengers who do not wear seatbelts this week.

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A pedestrian is in hospital with serious injuries after being knocked down by a car

12th March 2018

A 19-year-old man remains seriously ill in hospital following the incident which took place on New Front Street in Annfield Plain

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Police are re-appealing for information after 92-year-old woman was burgled

9th March 2018

Margaret Holmes (Peggy) was asleep whilst the suspects broke into her home in Sacriston, searched her bedroom and stole a number of items.

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Prolific criminals targeted during Operation Relentless

9th March 2018

​A CRACK-DOWN on prolific local criminals in Darlington has seen around 20 people arrested in its first week.

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Comic book campaign launched to encourage children to "Trust and Tell"

6th March 2018

Durham Police and local schoolchildren are joining forces to launch the campaign, giving children the confidence to report abuse to a trusted adult.

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A cash machine has been targeted at a Post Office in Langley Park

5th March 2018

The incident happened at around 3.45am this morning (March 5) at Langley Park Post Office on Quebec Street.

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Woman devastated after sentimental jewellery stolen in burglary

3rd March 2018

​A WOMAN has been left devastated after burglars broke into her home and stole thousands of pounds worth of high value, sentimental jewellery.

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Motorists advised against non-essential travel

2nd March 2018

​POLICE are still advising against any non-essential travel as freezing temperatures remain across County Durham and Darlington.

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National award for retired Durham motorcycle sergeant

2nd March 2018

​A RETIRED police officer has won a national award for his work inspiring a generation of young motorcyclists.

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Yet another rare hen harrier goes missing

1st March 2018

DURHAM Constabulary and the RSPB are appealing for information following the disappearance of a satellite-tagged hen harrier near Middleton-in-Teesdale.

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Motorists advised not to travel during inclement weather

28th February 2018

MOTORISTS are being advised not to travel unless absolutely essential.

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Car dearlership helps keep police on road in wintry weather

28th February 2018

​A GENEROUS car dealership is helping police keep Darlington safe during the inclement weather with the donation of a 4x4.

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Second man charged with murder

27th February 2018

A SECOND man has been charged with murder following the death of County Durham man Michael Price.

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Man to stand trial over armed robbery and attempted armed robbery

27th February 2018

A MAN accused of an armed robbery and attempted armed robbery in Darlington is due to stand trial.

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