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Appeal after fatal road collision in Chester-le-Street

Durham Police are appealing for witnesses to a fatal road traffic collision.

A driver was heading towards the junction with the motorway at Picktree Lane, Chester-Le-Street, prior to the junction with the A1(M) interchange J63, on February 3. He drifted off the main carriageway and collided with a lamppost and a parked car. He died in hospital.

Anyone with information is asked to contact 101.


Man arrested after Chester-le-Street attempted armed robbery

A 20-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of an attempted armed robbery at Sainsbury's, in The Avenue, Chester-le-Street. It happened at about 7.30am, January 15. No-one was injured in the incident. If anyone witnessed any suspicious activity in the vicinity of the shop at around that time, police are asking witnesses to call 101. they are asked to contact Durham police on 101.

Work on demolition of civic centre set to start

Work is set to begin next week on the demolition of the former civic centre in Chester-le-Street.

The centre closed at the end of 2013 when Durham County Council services were transferred to other buildings, including a new town centre customer access point co-located with Cestria Housing in Front Street. After an application to have the building listed was rejected by English Heritage, the demolition will begin with workers starting on-site from Monday (3rd November).

The land has been allocated for housing following the clearance of the site.

Following confirmation that English Heritage does not feel that the building merits listing and considering the significant ongoing maintenance costs of a building that is no longer fit for purpose, work on the demolition of the civic centre will begin on Monday.

– Stuart Timmiss, head of planning and assets

County Durham businessman jailed as part of Operation Sanctuary

Gurhan Sayan. Credit: Northumbria Police

A businessman from Chester-le-Street has become the first to be sent to prison as a result of Operation Sanctuary, a major Northumbria Police investigation into allegations of a series of sexual offences.

Gurhan Sayan targeted his victim in Newcastle city centre when she stumbled and lost her shoe. The 28-year-old woman, who had been drinking, could not remember how she got into his car, but woke to find she had been driven some distance from the city centre.

She was then attacked inside the vehicle. At Newcastle Crown Court today Guhan Sayan was sentenced to three years and nine months in prison. He was also given a 10-year Prohibition Order, banning him from transporting females he does not know in his car. He'd pleaded guilty to an sex assault charge at at earlier hearing.


Pedestrian dies after Chester-le-Street crash

A pedestrian has died after a crash in Chester-le-Street late last night.

The man, in his 40s, was walking westbound along the B6313 road at Bluehouse Bank at about 11.30pm yesterday (Thursday 24 July).

He was involved in a crash with a Ford Transit Tipper vehicle. He suffered a fatal head injury and was confirmed deadat the scene. The van driver, a local man in his 30s, was not injured.

Members of the public can contact Durham Police by calling 101.

Police search for pink-gloved robber

Masked robber wore pink gloves. Credit: Durham Constabulary

At 9.25pm on Good Friday police received a call from staff at Sainsbury’s Local, The Avenue, Chester-Le-Street stating that a man had come into the store in a Halloween mask.

He jumped over the till, took money, and made off from the store.

Det Insp Gavin Heckles, who is leading the investigation said:“The shop assistant has been really shaken by this incident and I would request anyone with information to come forward to help catch this male. He is wearing a distinctive Halloween mask and pink gloves, do you recognise him?”

The man is believed to have run from the store down Fife Avenue in the direction of the train station.

He is described as being over six feet tall and of stocky build, wearing dark trousers and long sleeved white cotton shirt.

Man devoted to wife who tried to kill him

A man who avoided being strangled to death with a cravat by his wife when an online shopping delivery arrived has said that he remains "devoted" to her.

Christine Houston, 66, was interrupted while trying to murder her husband in May 2012 when she was suffering from a psychotic episode.

But her husband Stewart said that her true character was "as gentle as a lamb" and that he remained forever in debt to the care she had given to him.

He suffers from muscular dystrophy and uses a wheelchair. He was left with blood spotting behind his eyes and marks to his neck after the attack.

The killing bid has been linked to "carer's fatigue", where someone snaps through the pressures of caring for a loved one.

She pleaded guilty to attempted murder at their home in Chester-le-Street and was held in a secure mental hospital. Today, she was sentenced her to an indefinite hospital order.

On the 26th May your husband called the police and reported that you had tried to strangle him on that occasion with a cravat.

You said that you had wanted to kill your husband but as you didn't have a gun and you didn't like knives, strangling was all you could think of.

Your husband still loves you and wants you to receive help.

– Judge Paul Sloan

Couple get early Lottery Christmas present

A couple of Chester-le-Street won more than £1m on the Lottery.

David Younger and wife Elizabeth won £1,514,204 share of the jackpot using the numbers David had been using since he started playing 20 years ago.

The winning ticket was bought from Costcutter in Garden Farm, Chester-le-Street. The winning numbers (from Wednesday December 4) were 6, 12, 16, 18, 21, 29 and the bonus ball was 26.

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