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Princess Royal officially opens Durham Police HQ

Princess Anne unveils a plaque. Credit: ITV News

Her Royal Highness Princess Anne has officially opened the new £15m Durham Police headquarters.

The Princess Royal was given a tour of the building and unveiled a plaque to mark the occasion.

The new HQ, situated in Aykley Heads on the outskirts of Durham city, has been open since August 2014.

It replaced the former headquarters, also located at Aykley Heads, which is awaiting demolition.

The Princess Royal also took part in a tree-planting ceremony to mark the 175th anniversary of Durham Constabulary.


Princess Royal visits food bank in Gateshead

The Princess Royal arrives at the Gateshead food bank

The Princess Royal, Princess Anne, has visited a food bank in Gateshead.

She met volunteers and people who use the service in the Gateshead Advice Centre on Swan Street. The food bank has helped more than 5,000 people since it opened two years ago.

Later, the Princess will open a new engineering maintenance operation in Middlesbrough.

She met volunteers and some of the 5,000 people who use the service.


Gateshead food bank welcomes Royal visitor

Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal is in the region today visiting the Gateshead food bank.

The Princess Royal in the parade ring during Grand Military Gold Cup Day at Sandown Park Racecourse. Credit: PA Wire

Princess Anne will meet volunteers who run the warehouse and distribution centre and have a private meeting with some of the clients who use the food bank.

52 tonnes of food have been given out since September 2012 when the foodbank opened Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

It has helped more than 5,000 people since opening just over two years ago.

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