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Missing man was swimming in river before getting into difficulty

Police say a 36-year-old man who went missing in the River Tees yesterday was enjoying a day out with his family when he decided to go swimming at Low Force near to the Wynch Bridge at Middleton-in-Teesdale.

Durham Constabulary along with the fire and ambulance service and with assistance from Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team carried out an extensive search last night.

Inspector Kevin Tuck said:

The searches will continue today and will involve a number of agencies. The ongoing search is both difficult and dangerous and with this in mind I would ask that the public leave the search efforts to the emergency services. My officers will be supporting the man’s family and keeping them up to date with any developments as the day progresses.

– Inspector Kevin Tuck


Police continue to search for man missing in River Tees

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Police are continuing their search this morning for a Newcastle man missing in a river in County Durham.

A 36-year old man from Newcastle was seen getting into difficulty around Low Force Wynch Bridge near Middleton-in-Teesdale yesterday afternoon.

Durham police say the search was difficult and dangerous and have asked the public not to get involved.

Police spokesperson Chief Inspector Steve Ball said: “all the possible lines of enquiry are being progressed utilising all the appropriate and professional resources possible.”

Durham cricket lights to be used for the first time

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Flood lights will be used for the first time today at Durham's Riverside Cricket Ground. Durham County Cricket Club's lights are 55 metres tall and expected to be used twenty times a season.

County Councillors voted unanimously to approve the plans, despite complaints from those living nearby, who said it would ruin the beauty of the area. The first flood lit game is taking place tonight at 7pm against Yorkshire.


New retail development to create 200 jobs in North Tyneside

A company owned by the Duke of Northumberland has unveiled plans for a retail development in North Tyneside, which could bring with it 200 jobs.

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Northumberland Estates wants to build a large discount supermarket, as well as other outlets, at the Northumberland Park Centre in Shiremoor. They are inviting people living nearby to comment, before a planning application is submitted next month.

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The Northumberland Park area has been subject to significant residential development over the last 10-15 years. It is currently served by a district centre, which contains a Sainsbury’s supermarket and a number of smaller shop units.

The proposals would help to deliver the expansion of the existing Northumberland Park District Centre. In doing so, it would meet the objectives of the Local Plan, which allocates the site for new shopping development.

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