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Five arrested after rabbit allegedly stolen and set on fire

Five people have been arrested after a rabbit was allegedly stolen, taken to a party, and then set on fire and thrown from a window in County Durham.

A photo which has emerged on social media apparently shows three men sitting bare-chested in the bath with one holding what appears to be the white lionhead rabbit called Percy.

The theft happened overnight between Friday and Saturday and, according to people living in the Dawdon area of Seaham, the pet was set on fire and thrown out of a window and killed.

Durham Police said: "Police are investigating the theft and subsequent death of a white lionhead rabbit."

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Facebook troll jailed after posing as missing girl

An internet troll has been jailed after harassing a family by posing as their missing daughter.

Donna Wright from County Durham was sentenced to 14 weeks after she broke a restraining order to telephone Richard Lee, whose daughter Katrice disappeared near a British Army base in Germany 33 years ago.

Wright was also convicted of harassing Katrice's mother Sharon and sister Natasha. Wright had turned nasty after a DNA test proved she was not the missing girl, and sent spiteful messages over Facebook. She admitted to harassment after conclusive phone records were produced.

Mr Lee said the family was already serving a life sentence due to the fact their daughter was abducted and they have no answers. Speaking outside court, Mr Lee said she was a sick individual and had wasted public money:

The only justice I have got out of it is I will sleep easy in the coming weeks as I won't have to worry that she will ring me.

If I had one question for Ms Wright it would be 'what has my family ever done to you?'.

But I don't wish to ask that or any other question as I do not want this woman to have any such dialogue with me or my family or anyone else who is trying to find Katrice.

30 children in hospital after County Durham bus crash

Thirty children are being treated in hospital after two buses collided in Stanley in County Durham, including one boy who suffered serious facial injuries.

Fifty children from two local schools were travelling on the buses when the crash occurred.

The emergency services at the scene of the crash in County Durham. Credit: ITV News

The two bus drivers were taken to different hospitals for treatment, while a 12-year-old boy was airlifted to hospital after suffering serious facial injuries.

Twenty seven other children are having treatment for minor injuries.

Read: Boy, 12, severely injured in County Durham bus crash

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50 children & two adults involved in bus crash

Fifty children and two adults were on board the school buses when the collision occurred in Stanley, County Durham, this morning.

One driver was trapped, according to the Great North Air Ambulance Service, which was called to the scene.

The doctor-led trauma team triaged the injured persons and a 12-year-old child was flown to the Royal Victoria Infirmary (in Newcastle) with serious facial injuries.

– Great North Air Ambulance Service spokesman

Teenager arrested after man dies on New Year's Eve

A teenager has been arrested after a man died following an incident at a house in Hartlepool on New Year's Eve.

A 31-year-old man was taken to hospital with serious injuries and later pronounced dead.

A 17-year-old was arrested and is being questioned in connection with the incident, Cleveland Police said, and a post-mortem examination will be carried out today.

Officers have cordoned off the address and are carrying out house-to-house inquiries in the area.

Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact them on 101.

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