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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.

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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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Inquest: teenager commits suicide following death of Facebook friend

A 14-year-old found hanging in a children's home had written 'RIP Sarah' on her hot water bottle in tribute to a Facebook friend who was also in care and had recently died suddenly, an inquest heard.

Troubled Danielle Formosa, from Sunderland, was taken out of secure accommodation and taken to a home in Consett, County Durham, two weeks before she was found dead in December 2013.

That was despite a proper psychological assessment not taking place amid confusion between agencies as to who was responsible for it, coroner Andrew Tweddle heard.

He found that Danielle, who had a history of taking legal highs and may have been a victim of child sexual exploitation to pay for them, killed herself, and he formally recorded a conclusion of suicide.

A serious case review will report into Danielle's death, and that of Sarah Clerkson, also 14, and in care and from Sunderland, who was found hanging at a party the same month.

At a separate inquest last week Mr Tweddle recorded an open verdict into Sarah's death, as he could not be certain she meant to kill herself.

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