– McDonald's spokesman
“This afternoon a crane has caused damage to the roof of our Consett restaurant. The crane had been on site to carry out scheduled development work and toppled while moving an outdoor chiller unit.
“Thankfully nobody was injured. The safety of our customers and employees is our top priority and the restaurant will remain closed while the damage is fully assessed.”
A crane crashed through the roof a McDonald's restaurant when it was delivering "a freezer or an air con unit".
The incident happened at the fast food giant's outlet in Consett, County Durham, but it is not believed there were any injuries.
Brett Cooper, a 41-year-old geologist from Consett, said: "I'm not sure if it was lifting a freezer or an air con unit but it seems to have just gone over.
"Contractors have been working at the McDonald's so the drive-through has been closed but the restaurant was still open when it happened.
"There were people in there when the crane went through. I think they will need another crane to get it out."
A man from County Durham has been found guilty of assisting an attempted suicide by supplying his friend with petrol and a lighter shortly before he set himself on fire.
Durham Crown Court heard how Kevin Howe, 20, bought £4 worth of unleaded fuel from a garage and took it to his friend's home where the pair had been drinking on 26 May.
Stephen Walker, 30, of Walker Drive in Bishop Auckland, was later found engulfed in flames by a police officer on patrol. He sustained significant burns to 90% of his body and is still recovering in hospital.
Elizabeth Reid of the CPS said that Howe, who denied the charge, had "deliberatelyencouraged the victim, who was clearly vulnerable, to set himself alight".
Police officers made inquiries after receiving calls from residents and later found the rest of the sheep's carcass in a nearby field.
A nearby vet examined the animal and found signs it had been mutilated before it died - it was believed the sheep's head was displayed to children living in Willington, in County Durham.
Villagers were said to be furious about the alleged incident and youngsters being exposed to it.
A couple have been arrested following a gruesome incident in which a sheep's head was cut off and shown to children.
The 39-year-old woman and a man aged 28 remain in custody after police were called to the incident in Willington, County Durham.
On Sunday evening and yesterday morning, officers received calls from concerned residents saying that a sheep's head had been left in the rear yard of a property in North Terrace.
The funeral of the five family members killed in a crash on the A18 near Grimsby will take place today.
Forty-eight-year-old David Cockburn and wife Angela, 48, died along with their daughters, 21-year-old Carly Cockburn and 18-year old Bethany Cockburn when their car collided head on with a lorry on April 12.
Bethany's daughter, Lacey Jade Stephenson who would have been two next month, was also killed.
The funerals will take place today in Chester-le-Street, County Durham at midday.