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Police name man found in River Wear

Police have named a man whose body was found in the River Wear.

Peter Mark Ellerington, who was 45, was found at Riverside Park in Chester-le-Street, County Durham, yesterday, May 8.

Durham Police say they are not treating the death as suspicious at this stage. A postmortem is due to be carried out and police say an inquest is expected to open in the next few days.

Anyone with information can contact Detective Sergeant Mick Bird by phoning on 101.

Full Report: County Durham family of five laid to rest

The funeral has been held for a family from County Durham who died in a car crash earlier this month.

Five members of the Cockburn family were killed on a Lincolnshire road on their way to a dance competition.

The service was held at a church in Birtley, where the family were described as devoted to one another.

You can watch the full report from Frances Read below.


Hundreds turn out for funeral of family killed in crash

Hundreds of people turned out today to attend the funeral of a family of five from County Durham who died after a head-on collision on the A18.

Hundreds attended the funeral of the Chester-le-Street family Credit: ITV News

Angela and David Cockburn from Chester-le-Street, and their daughters 21-year-old Carley Ann and 18-year-old Bethany, died after their car was involved in a crash with a lorry when they were travelling to a dance competition in Lincolnshire.

Their grand-daughter, 23-month-old Lacie Jade Stephenson, also died in the crash.

Five members of the same family died in the crash Credit: ITV News

Family of five laid to rest

The funeral of five members from the same family who died when their car hit a lorry will take place later.

David and Angela Cockburn from Chester le Street died along with their two daughters Carley Ann, 21 and Bethany, 18. Beth's 23 month old daughter Lacie Jade Stephenson also died in the collision in Grimsby two weeks ago. The funeral will be held Birtley.

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Funeral for family killed in A18 crash

The Cockburn family

The funeral of five members of the same family killed in a crash on the A18 near Grimsby will take place today

The Cockburn family from County Durham were on their way to a dance competition in Skegness when the crash happened. The road is known for being one of the most dangerous in the country.

Flowers at the scene

Chester-le-Street housing staff sign up for 100km trek

Colleagues from a housing association in Chester-le-Street have signed up for a challenge to walk 100km in 30 hours.

Esther Windass, Peter Hewitson, Arshia Bhatti, and Craig Ball from Cestria Community Housing will join the Oxfam Trailtrekker 2013 challenge to raise money for the charity.

"We are not underestimating the scale of this challenge, it's going to be very demanding, but we will help and encourage each other along the way and with help from our support crew, we are confident that we will be able to achieve this.

"The most important part of this challenge is to raise money for Oxfam and all monies raised will go a long way to making a difference to other people's lives. We are nervous but also looking forward to the challenge."

– Esther Windass, event organiser and customers services team leader at Cestria Community Housing

The team, known as Blister Blasters, will join more than 300 other teams to walk 100km through Yorkshire between June 1 and 2.

A back-up team, also from Cestria Community Housing, will support the group along the way by providing first aid, encouraging words and preparing hot meals.

"I am very proud of the staff for taking on such a big challenge but I know they have been training hard and am confident that they will succeed by raising lots of money for a worthy cause. As well as the main team and support crew, they have the support of all the staff within the organisation."

– Paul Fiddaman, chief executive at Cestria Community Housing

Money raised will make a difference and change lives by providing clean water and sanitation during emergencies, funding long-term projects in areas such as health or education and help towards campaign work in developing countries such as Africa.

To back the team, visit


Pub cleaner waves a fond farewell after forty years

Sheila Nicholson is retiring at the age of 71, having started work at The Red Lion pub in Chester-le-Street since 1972 - when she took over from her mother.

There will be a celebration party at the pub for Mrs Nicholson and some of the regulars.

"Shelia is one of the best people I know.

She's such a lovely person and the team and I will be so sad to see her go. It's always a pleasure to come down in the morning and see Shelia.

She's an important part of the success of the pub and with her passion to making sure the pub is spotless; she leaves some very big shoes to fill.

There's no smudge, smear or dust that she can't spot."

– Red Lion manager Jill Harkness
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