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.
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A festival planned for this Bank Holiday Weekend (August) in Chester-le-Street has been cancelled.
The organisers of the Riverside Festival have released a statement to say that poor ticket sales mean it is no longer feasible to continue with hosting the event.
It is with regret that we have to announce the cancellation of this year’s Riverside Live festival.
The current financial climate has impacted badly on ticket sales. The low revenues so far generated mean that to proceed, is sadly, not feasible.
We have explored every possibility in an attempt to proceed with the event but we have come to the extremely difficult conclusion that cancellation is our only option.
We would like to record our thanks to the bands who had agreed to play, the fans who had purchased tickets, and anyone else who has supported Riverside Live this year.
We apologise sincerely for any inconvenience that we may have caused but we are not alone in having to cancel events in the area due to unexpectedly low demand.
Refunds for all tickets purchased online will be sent automatically. Physical ticket-holders can obtain a refund from point of purchase.