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14-year-old girl sexually assaulted in Consett

Police are appealing for information following the sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl near Genesis Way, Consett.

The assault happened at 3.50pm on Thursday, May 5 on ‘the heaps’ behind the Tesco Extra store in Consett. The girl was approached from behind and knocked to the ground where she was sexually assaulted.

The man, described as in his 20s, 5’9” tall, of mixed race with short black hair, broad shoulders, and a skinny frame. It is possible he had his ear pierced and was wearing a ring. He was also wearing a grey hoodie and smelt strongly of urine.

PC Karen Myers, from Consett CID, said: “This is a clearly a very shocking and upsetting incident for the girl involved and the wider community.

“We would like to reassure people that we are doing everything we can to trace the individual involved, we are currently reviewing town centre CCTV to identify this man and are now appealing to the public for information to assist us.”

Specialist officers are supporting the girl and her family.

Anyone with information should call 101.

Girl, 16, hurt while crossing a road in County Durham

A girl, aged 16, was seriously injured after being struck by a vehicle on the outskirts of Consett, County Durham.

The aftermath of the collision on Friday night. Credit: Durham Police

The teenager, from Leadgate, was crossing the A692 Villa Real roundabout at 8.45pm on Friday, 15th April, when the crash happened.

The driver of the Citroen Berlingo, a 29-year-old man from Stanley, was unhurt, as was his 32-year-old male passenger.

Any witnesses are asked to contact Durham Police.

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Teen pedestrian hit by car in Consett

A teenager has been taken to hospital after being hit by a car in Consett last night.

The 16-year-old pedestrian was crossing the A692 at Villa Real roundabout at around 8:45pm when she was hit by a Citroen Berlingo. The victim, from Consett, suffered a serious leg injury and was taken to Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary for treatment.

Both the car driver and passenger, aged 29 and 32, from Stanley, were uninjured.

The A692 was closed for over two hours after the incident.

Any witnesses are being asked to call Durham Police on 101.

New missing child alert system trialled in Consett

PCSO Marie Garfoot, Ian Shanks from Durham County Council's Education Services and David Kerry, Headteacher of Benfieldside Primary School near Consett Credit: Durham Police

Consett Neighbourhood Policing Team are working with local schools and Durham County Council on a new project to help find a child if they go missing.

It'll work by using a missing child’s existing text system at their school to ask parents and carers if they have seen the child.

How it will work step by step

  • If a child is reported missing and the police are unable to locate them quickly, the police communications centre will contact a teacher at that child’s school who has access to text system.
  • A text message will then be sent out asking all parents or guardians registered to the system at that particular school to call the police if they know the whereabouts of the missing child.
  • Parents and carers are asked to only make contact if they have information about the whereabouts of the child, so that any calls with information can be taken and dealt with swiftly.
  • Once the child is located a further message will be sent to make parents and carers aware of this.

“I came up with the idea a few months ago when we were trying to locate a missing child; she was at a school friend’s house, a friend that her parents weren’t aware of.

If this system had been in place the parents of the friend could have informed police of the missing child’s location minimising the trauma to the missing child’s family.

If the missing child is not at a school friends’ houses it also speeds up our enquiries.

In this kind of situation every second counts towards getting that child safely home."

– PCSO Marie Garfoot,

Vulnerable man assaulted in County Durham

Front St, Consett Credit: Google maps

A young man with disabilities has been left injured after being knocked unconscious in an assault.

The 20-year-old victim from Consett has the condition cerebral palsy and is deaf.

He was walking home from a night out in the town at around 3.30am on Sunday 21 February when the attack took place.

The victim was on Front Street, near to Jackson’s Taxis, when it is believed he was struck by his attacker causing him to lose consciousness and fall to the ground, suffering injuries to his face and head as a result.

There is no description for the person involved, other than it being a man.

PC Simon Warriner said:

This was a nasty attack that has left a vulnerable young man with some significant injuries. Thankfully, he is now at home recovering.

The victim had been enjoying a night out in Consett with friends prior to the incident and we believe that the he may have bumped into his attacker while walking home along Front Street.

The suspect then punched the victim, causing him to fall to the ground and sustain injuries to his nose, face and the back of his head.

Unfortunately, we do not have a description of the person involved other than it being a man.

– PC Simon Warriner

Anyone with information is asked to contact Durham Constabulary.

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Motorcyclist dies after road accident in Consett

A 24-year-old man has died after a collision between a Citroen Picasso and a motorbike. It happened at 6.25am today (Thursday December 24) near to Greencore on Hownsgill Industrial Park in Consett. The rider of the motorbike, from Burnopfield, suffered severe injuries and was confirmed dead at the scene a short time later.

The driver of the Citroen, a 30-year-old man from the town, was shocked but uninjured.

Any witnesses are asked to contact Durham Police.

Man dies in sheltered housing complex fire

A man has died in a fire at a sheltered housing complex in County Durham.

Fire crews were called to Jubilee Court in Moorside near Consett at 8.11 on Sunday December 13.

They rescued a man from the flat who was pronounced dead at the scene.

A joint investigation is being carried out by Durham Constabulary and County Durham & Darlington Fire & Rescue Service.

Sister's moving tribute to Consett road crash victim

Shaun Storey

The sister of the man who died when the car he was a passenger in collided with a lamp post in Consett at the weekend has paid tribute to her brother.

27-year-old Shaun Storey from Connolly Terrace in Blackhall Mill, died in the crash early on Saturday morning (November 27).

Shaun had been caring for his mother, who tragically died in February after a long illness and that turned his life upside down. But recently he had started to sort his life out, which makes losing him now even harder.

He had made plans to train and find employment, and he was starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Anybody who knew Shaun knew he was always up for a party, especially if it was to celebrate a victory for his beloved Newcastle United. We will celebrate the happy memories we have of my clumsy, funny, ‘jack the lad’ brother whose sense of humour and ridiculous laugh we will never forget.

His life was taken far too soon but he will never leave our hearts and will never be far from our thoughts. Our only hope is that he has found peace.

The love we have for him will never fade and we will strive to keep his memory alive for his niece Lola, stepbrother Alfie and step sister Katie.

– Natalie Storey
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