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.
An inquest today returned a verdict of accidental death in the case of Karl Doran, who was killed in Beamish in July 2012Read the full story ›
The jury in an inquest into the death of seven-year-old Karl Doran, who died at Beamish museum in July 2012, has returned a verdict of accidental death.
A coroner at Crook Civic Centre today heard he had fallen from a steam roller his father had been driving as part of a display at the museum.
More to follow.
Newcastle hosted a rowdy group of suffragettes who were confronted by a mob of anti-women's rights campaigners to mark the 100th anniversary of the death of the famous Morpeth activist Emily Davison. It was staged by Beamish museum, to raise awareness of the part she played in history.
A four day celebration is about to get underway to mark 40 years of the tramway at Beamish Museum in County Durham.
Vintage vehicles will be taking to the roads around the three hundred acre site. Visitors will be able to ride on restored trams throughout the day.
Beamish Museum's Tram system is marking its 40th anniversary this week with five days of celebrations.
The open air museum, near Stanley in County Durham, opened in 1973.
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.
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.
A fund set up in memory of a seven year old boy who died at Beamish Museum last month has achieved five times its target.
Karl Doran died of head injuries after he apparently fell from a steam engine being driven by his father.
The £2,500 will support projects teaching children about steam power.
The Paralympic Flame will return to our region today. Torches have already been lit at the summits of the highest peaks in the UK's home nations. England's torch was lit on Scafell Pike in the Lake District earlier this week and then taken to London.
A splinter of the flame is being brought back to the North East today to take part in a special ceremony at Beamish Living Museum of the North in County Durham.