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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

Skills shortage "means Hitachi will recruit from Nissan"

A government advisor warned that a shortage of skilled workers in the North East of England means the train company Hitachi will have to recruit staff from nearby car manufacturer Nissan.

A Hitachi javelin train Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA

The warning was issued by Jim O'Neill, a former senior banker who is now advising the government on how to grow the UK's cities.

Hitachi will create thousands of jobs at its factory in Newton Aycliffe. But there are fears that it will only be able to fill those vacancies by taking staff from the Nissan plant in Sunderland.

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Miners' Gala arrives in Durham

The Gala procession heading across Elvet Bridge Credit: ITV

The 130th Durham Miner's Gala has arrived in Durham city centre.

Hundreds of former Durham miners and their families are among the crowds as the Gala makes its way to the County Hotel at Old Elvet, where guest speakers will give speeches from 1pm.

The Gala arrives in Durham city centre Credit: ITV
Band members playing at the Miners' Gala Credit: ITV
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