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Emergency search for missing swimmer in River Wear

Search and rescue teams at Witton Park in Bishop Auckland Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Emergency services are continuing to search for a missing male in the River Wear at Bishop Auckland.

The area at Paradise Park is popular with teenagers.

It is understood that several people have been rescued but one swimmer is still missing.

Officers are supporting the families involved.

Emergency services at the scene at Bishop Auckland Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

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Volunteers turn out for Bishop Auckland's show spectacular

Hundreds of people have turned out to offer themselves as volunteers for a series of open air shows in County Durham next year.

The Eleven Arches project is based in Bishop Auckland, and will tell the story of two thousand years of British history - dating from the Roman times up until the Second World War.

The multi million pound project is based on a model from Europe which regenerated an area in France through the shows. It's part of larger plans to regenerate Bishop Auckland through tourism.

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Bishop Auckland FC's proud past remembered

Celebrating another FA Amateur triumph. Credit: Bishop Auckland FC

A new exhibition telling the story of one of the region's most successful amateur football clubs is opening.

The 'Birth of the Blues' exhibition at Auckland Castle, in County Durham, brings together memorabilia and film archive to tell the story of Bishop Auckland FC.

Bishop Auckland FC goes back 133 years. Credit: Bishop Auckland FC

Bishop Auckland Football Club is famous for winning the FA Amateur Cup an astonishing 10 times – three in succession between 1955 and 1957 – and being losing finalists on eight occasions.

The side has over its 133 year existence produced a string of top players, several of who were to go on and earn international honours.

So renowned is Bishop Auckland FC that it holds the distinction of being the only amateur line-up to have featured in the popular table top game Subbuteo.

Part of the exhibition at Auckland Castle. Credit: ITV News

The exhibition runs until the end of September.

Labour Party calls UKIP 'more Tory than the Tories' after Mayor of Bishop Auckland defects

Councillor Colin Race Credit: Durham County Council

The Labour Party has responded to the Mayor of Bishop Auckland's decision to defected to the UK Independence Party.

They have said the people from the County Durham town will "rightly be questioning the decision" of Councillor Race:

On the day Nigel Farage confirmed his plans to privatise the NHS, people in Bishop Auckland will rightly be questioning the decision of one of their town councillors.

UKIP’s policies include another tax break for millionaires, higher taxes on working families, scrapping rights as at work and higher bankers’ bonuses.

They can’t be described as a party who will stand up for working people. In reality, they are more Tory than the Tories."

– Labour Spokesperson
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