One lane is closed and there is queueing traffic on the A1(M) Southbound between Junction 63 A167 / A183 (Chester-le-Street) and Junxtion 62 A690 (Carrville), due to an accident involving two vehicles.
The outside lane is closed, and it is expected that the carriageway will be completely closed.
The death of a man whose body was found in Chester-le-Street yesterday morning is being treated as non-suspicious.
The man has been named as 37-year-old Michal Jarzynka.
Police were called to an alleyway off Poplar Street just after 6.30am on Monday following reports of a person lying injured in the street. Officers and the ambulance service attended but the man was declared dead at the scene.
Following the results of a post-mortem that took place last night and police enquiries the death is known not to be suspicious and police say the circumstances surrounding the death are linked to a fall.
An investigation has been launched after a body was found in an alleyway in Chester-le-Street.
Police were called to the alley close to Poplar Street on the morning of November 28, following reports of an injured man.
The death is being treated as unexplained and a cordon has been put in place while police enquiries are carried out.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.
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A two vehicle accident on the A1 has caused traffic tailbacks while emergency services are at the scene.
Police have confirmed there has been a two vehicle crash on A1 southbound near Chester-le-Street.
More updates to follow.
The A1(M) near the Chester-le-Street has reopened after a cow on the motorway brought traffic to a standstill in both directions.
The A1(M) is currently closed in both directions near the Chester-le-Street junction in Country Durham by a cow on the road.
Motorists are reporting that the A1(M) at the A167/ A183 Chester-le-Street turnoff is blocked in both directions by a cow on the motorway.
Initally just the Northbound lanes were afftected, but now both sides are blocked. Police say they are working to remove the animal.
Police have arrested a man in connection with a serious assault in Chester-le-Street.
The attack took place on Station Road, near Front Street at around 1pm on August 10. The victim, thought to be in his late twenties, has been taken to Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary with serious injuries.
A 35-year-old local man has been arrested in connection with the incident and remains in police custody.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Durham Police on 101.