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33-year-old father of two dies after his car collides with stone wall

Police have named a man who died after his car collided with a stone wall in Ebchester, near Consett.

33-year-old Alastair Gill was airlifted to the RVI in Newcastle on Sunday where he remained in a critical condition until he passed away on Tuesday. He leaves two children, a girl aged 5 and a 11 year-old boy.

His parents paid tribute to him, saying:

He was a much loved son and will be sadly missed. We wish to thank everyone for their support and ask to be left alone so we can grieve in peace."

– Parents of Alastair Gill

Man dies in hospital after Ebchester collision

A man has died in hospital after his car collided with a stone wall in Ebchester, near Consett.

It happened on Ebchester Bank, near to The Derwent Walk, just after 7.30pm on May 22.

A Ford Fusion collided with a stone wall and the driver, a 33 year-old local man, was airlifted to the RVI in Newcastle with serious head injuries. His passenger, a 33 year-old woman from Consett, was also taken to the RVI with an arm injury.

The driver died from his injuries without regaining consciousness.

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.

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,
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