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Man armed with a knife wearing a 'Scream' mask attempted to rob Chester-le-Street shop

CCTV image of a man police want to speak to after an attempted robbery in Chester-le-Street Credit: Durham Police

Police are searching for a man who attempted to rob a shop at knifepoint whilst wearing a 'Scream' style mask.

The incident happened in a shop on Murray Road, in Chester-le-Street on yesterday morning (FRI).

A spokesperson for Durham Police said:

"A man, described as in his 20’s, medium build, approximately 5’7” walked into the shop holding a white ‘scream’ mask over his face and demanded money from the shop owner.

"He was wearing an army-style camouflage jacket over a grey hoodie, dark trousers and black Nike trainers.

"The shop owner challenged the suspect and he fled from the shop."

“The shop owner, on this occasion, felt he could challenge this man, luckily no one was injured and no money was taken, however, we now need to the public’s help to stop this happening again.”

– DC Christopher Bentham, from Stanley CID


Fiancé of motorcyclist pays tribute to him

Radoslaw Drzewiecki

The fiancé of a motorcyclist, who died after a collision on the A693 on March 29.

Radoslaw Drzewiecki, aged 29 and from Chester-le-Street, was on his way to work at the Hownsgill Industrial Estate when the collision happened between Beamish and Pelton.

A tribute from his fiancé, Magdalena Gawel has been issued through her police family liaison officer.

"Radoslaw was a wonderful son, a loving fiancé and a friend to many. He was always laughing and smiling, with a heart of gold and everyone who met him loved him straight away. He will be hugely missed by many and words can't describe our sense of loss. Radoslaw will stay always and forever in our hearts."

– Magdalena Gawel

The driver of the car, a 45-year-old woman from Stanley, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by careless driving. She has since been released on police bail.

Teenager bailed after Chester-le-Street assault

A teenager has been released on police bail after a man was left with serious injuries, following an assault in Chester-le-Street.

The victim, 54, lives locally. He was out with his wife and friends at 8.30pm on March 26. Police believe he became involved in an argument with a group of young people on Front Street. He fell to the ground after an assault and taken to hospital with a serious head injury.

A 16 year old was arrested and has since been released on police bail.

“An investigation is ongoing and we are following up a number of potential leads. If there is anyone who was in the area on Saturday night and may have witnessed what happened, I would urge them to come forward and help our enquiries.”

– Insp Paul Gray

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.


Fatal road accident in Chester-Le-Street

A woman has died after the car she was driving left the road and hit a wall.

The collision happened on the A167 at Chester Moor near Chester-le-Street yesterday just before midday. The vehicle, a maroon-coloured Ford Focus, was travelling northbound when it left the road on a right-hand bend and hit the boundary wall of a detached property.

The driver suffered internal injuries as a result of the collision and was taken to the University Hospital of North Durham, but sadly later died.

Officers are appealing to anyone who witnessed the collision to contact the collision investigation unit on 101.

Parents make every day count after son given just months to live

The parents of a toddler diagnosed with a rare inoperable brain tumour say they are "making every day count" after finding out he has just months to live.

Harley was a healthy little boy just weeks ago. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Daniel Charlton and Claire Nicklin, from County Durham, noticed something wrong with two-year-old Harley's eyes a few weeks ago and within two days he couldn't walk or speak.

The toddler was diagnosed with DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glimoma) which affects part of the brainstem rendering nervous system function impossible.

Doctors estimate he now has around around six months left to live which means this will be his last Christmas.

Harley kisses his little brother. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Harley's mum told ITV Tyne Tees: "We just want to give Harley the best time now that he can possibly have.

"He used to be so independent and wouldn't let anyone do anything for him but now he's lost the ability to walk, speak properly, he can only use one side of his body."

To make each day he has left special, Harley was the star attraction at the Newcastle Christmas lights turn on.

"It's a big memory to create and I'm sure it will be a special one," his dad Daniel said.

ITV Tyne Tees' Julie Harrison reports:

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