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Boy crushed to death at Beamish Museum: Accidental verdict

The jury at an inquest into the death of a boy who died at a museum has returned a verdict of accidental death.

Seven-year-old Karl Doran fell from a vintage steam roller at Beamish in County Durham in July 2012. He died from his injuries.

His father is a steam engine enthusiast and had been driving the vehicle at the time.

Frances Read reports.

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Police seek "vital witnesses" to fatal crash

Police are looking for two drivers who may have witnessed a crash in which a man died.

Ian Brown, 45, was driving a Suzuki Swift along the A693 near Beamish on 9th February, just before midday. His car was involved in a collision with four other vehicles.

Durham Police officers want to speak to two people who may have seen what happened:

  • Male driver of a blue car, possibly a hatchback, heading east towards Chester-le-Street. The car was driving behind the cars involved in the crash and turned and drove away.
  • Driver of a small silver car, similar to a Citreon Berlingo, which was heading west towards Stanley.

Neither of the drivers is suspected of involvement in the crash, but police say they are "potentially vital" witnesses.

Santa Claus comes to town

Santa gives his reindeer a rest and hitches a ride on a Sea King Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

It might still be five and a half weeks until Christmas, but that didn't stop Santa Claus making a dramatic arrival in County Durham this weekend. Saint Nick gave his reindeer a rest by flying into Beamish Museum on a Sea King helicopter. He'll be there every weekend until Christmas.

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