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Police find body in search for missing 22-year-old Consett man

Dean Robson went missing on Sunday 13th July. Credit: Durham Police

Police searching for a missing 22-year-old man from Consett have found a body.

Dean Robson has been missing from his home in Moorside since Sunday 13th July. The body was discovered in a wooded area at the end of the Moorside Industrial Estate. No formal identification has been made but Mr Robson's family have been informed.

Police find body in search for missing County Durham man

Police searching for a missing County Durham man have found a body.

Dean Robson, from the Moorside area of Consett, has been missing since Sunday 13th July.

The body, which has not been formally identified, was discovered in a wooded area at the end of the Moorside Industrial Estate.

No formal identification has been made at this stage and Mr Robson's family have been made aware of the developments this afternoon. I would like to thank the public for their support today, much appreciated.”

– Inspector Simon Orton, Durham Police

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Missing Consett man: Durham Police statement

Police have released this statement about missing Consett man Dean Robson.

"Dean did not arrive at work on Sunday night which it totally out of character. He usually walks to work and his family tell us that he knows the area like the back of his hand. It is possible that Dean may have had an accident on his way to work, perhaps as a result of taking a short cut.

“We are growing increasingly concerned for Dean and are keen to trace him as soon as possible.

“Dean is a very popular young man who works for the company International Cuisine where he is a well-respected member of staff. Anyone who may know of his whereabouts is asked to contact police as soon as possible.”

– Inspector Simon Orton

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Driver arrested after father killed in police chase

The driver of a car that crashed while being chased by police, leading to the death of a North East dad, has been arrested in hospital.

The driver, 32, is to be questioned on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

In the early hours of Tuesday 24 June, Adam Wilkinson, 49, from Consett, County Durham, died after being a passenger in a VW Bora that hit a telegraph pole on Ebchester Bank, near Consett.

The car was being followed by police.

"The 32-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and remains in hospital under constant guard.

"His injuries are not classed as serious but the medical staff have some concerns about his condition and want to keep him in until at least the weekend.

"We would class him as 'stable' and when we have the medical clearance we will then carry out a formal interview."

– Durham constabulary spokesman

The Bora was being followed by a patrol car after police were alerted to suspicious behaviour in the car park at Tesco on Genesis Way by CCTV camera operators.

Man admits sexual assault on train from Newcastle

A man has admitted sexual assaulting a woman and being drunk and disorderly on a train between Newcastle and King's Cross, while his nephew has admitted racial abuse on the same train.

Jamie Davies, 38, and his nephew Jay Littlebury, 28, both of Consett, were arrested at Doncaster station in March this year.

“The train manager spoke to Davies and Littlebury after being told they were behaving drunkenly. When she asked for their tickets, Littlebury verbally abused her by making racial comments.

“While this was happening, Davies made his way through the carriage and touched another woman inappropriately.

“When he returned to his seat he began arguing and fighting with Littlebury and had to be restrained by an off-duty special constable and another passenger”.

– Sergeant Stephanie Reynolds of British Transport Police

Davies was given a community order of 180 hours and ordered to pay his victim a total of £545. Meanwhile Littlebury was given a two-year conditional discharge for racially-aggravated harassment and being drunk and disorderly. He was ordered to pay his victim £250.

Tributes paid to father killed during police car chase

The daughter of a man who was killed during a police car chase in County Durham has described him as her "hero".

Adam Wilkinson, 49, was a passenger in a car, which crashed into a lamppost as it was being pursued by Durham Police, on the outskirts of Consett, late on Monday.

Adam Wilkinson
Adam Wilkinson died when the car he was in hit a lamppost

Adam's daughter Rebecca said: "My dad was and always will be the main man in my life. I will always be daddy's girl and I will live my life to make him proud."

His family said: "Adam was a big personality, known and loved locally. He was a local business man who employed local people within the community. He was a generous, thoughtful man who would help anyone at anytime.

"Adam had the ability to make you laugh and make you cry. He was a loving and dedicated family man, described by his eldest daughter Rebecca, as her hero. Adam will be sorely missed and is a big hole in the families lives that cannot be filled."

The force has referred itself to the police watchdog, the IPCC, which will decide in due course whether to investigate what happened.

Passenger dies after police chase ends with crash

Durham Police has referred itself to the police watchdog after a car it was chasing failed to negotiate this road bend in County Durham, crashing into the lamppost with such force that a tyre flew off and bounced over a nearby wall.

The car crashed into this lamppost during the chase along Ebchester Bank on the outskirts of Consett

Adam Parker Wilkinson, 49, from Consett, was a passenger in the car when it crashed. He died at the scene. The driver, a man in his thirties, was taken to hospital.

Police had begun pursuing the vehicle after receiving a report of two men behaving suspiciously in a Tesco supermarket, who jumped into a car and drive away.

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