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.
Alastair Cook has become the first Englishman, and youngest batsman worldwide to reach 10,000 Test runs.
Cook achieved the feat on the fourth afternoon of the second Investec Test at Chester-le-Street when he tucked Nuwan Pradeep for a boundary to midwicket from the sixth ball he faced as England closed on a series-sealing victory.
At 31 years and 157 days, England captain Cook has displaced India great Sachin Tendulkar as the youngest player to reach five-figures in Tests.
He is 12th in the all-time list of leading Test runscorers, and still almost another 6,000 adrift of Tendulkar at the top.
England take on Sri Lanka in the second test match at the Riverside in Chester le Street this morning.
The last time England played in Durham in 2013, they won the Ashes . The test match will last five days.
A controlled explosion has been carried out on what is believed to be a live hand grenade near Chester-le-Street.
Durham Police were called this afternoon after an off duty police officer located the device on Waldridge Lane. Police bomb disposal teams then attended.
Durham Police say they are unable to comment on the type of device and or how it came to be there.
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.”
One lane is blocked and there is slow traffic due to accident involving two cars on A1(M) northbound, between J63 A167/A183 (Chester-le-Street) and J64 A195 (Washington).