12:34 pm, Mon 25 Feb 2013 Inquest into soldier's death
Family "extremely proud" of Lance Corporal David Wilson
The family of Lance Corporal David Wilson, who was found dead at his army base in Iraq in 2008, have released a statement saying that he had been "fulfilling his lifelong ambition to be a soldier."
The 27-year-old grew up in County Durham and had been in the army for five years.
An inquest into his death is taking place in Crook today.
Read the full statement below:
"David was a loving and devoted family man who was the light of Michelle's life. The recent gift of their beautiful baby daughter had made his world complete.
"David wore his uniform with pride and was fulfilling his lifelong ambition to be a soldier.
"The family are extremely proud of him and our world will be a much sadder place without him. Words cannot express how much he was dearly loved."
– Statement from Lance Corporal Wilson's family
11:31 am, Mon 25 Feb 2013 Inquest into soldier's death
Inquest into soldier death in Iraq begins
An inquest into the death of Lance Corporal David Wilson, who was found dead in his base in Basra, Iraq, has begun.
The inquest is taking place in Crook, County Durham.
Lance Corporal Wilson, 27, who was serving with the 9 Regiment Army Air Corps, was not attacked by enemy forces and there was "no evidence to suggest anyone else was involved."
He was born in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, but grew up in the Witton Park area of County Durham.
At the inquest, Major Alistair Stocker said Lance Corporal Wilson worked in the storerooms - where everything from helicopter parts to morphine was kept.
6:30 am, Wed 14 Nov 2012
Chief Constable to visit troubled estate
Temporary Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary, Mike Barton.
Credit: Durham Police
The Temporary Chief Constable of Durham Police will today visit an estate in Crook where residents are complaining of anti-social behaviour from gangs of young people.
says the force has increased patrols on the Low Mown Meadows estate Durham Police .
5:40 pm, Mon 12 Nov 2012
Ian Bell inquest: accidental death
An inquest has taken place today into the death of an 8-year-old boy who drowned in the River Wear.
Ian Bell's body was discovered days after he slipped into the river while playing with friends near his home in Willington, in County Durham earlier this year.
The hearing in Crook returned a verdict of accidental death
8:14 am, Fri 28 Sep 2012 Missing Crook man found
Stephen Greensmith, who went missing from Crook, has now been found safe.
7:59 am, Fri 28 Sep 2012 Missing Crook man found
Police are trying to trace a missing man from Crook.
Stephen Greensmith, 22, was last seen at his home on the afternoon of September 27.
Police say they are concerned because Stephen was distressed when he was last seen.
6:05 pm, Mon 20 Aug 2012 Seven in hospital after house fire
Family of seven saved by smoke alarm
Firefighters say a smoke alarm may well have saved a family of seven when fire broke out in an upstairs bedroom.
Two adults and five young children managed to escape from the blaze in Poplar Terrace in Roddymore near Crook after being woken by the alarm.
The youngsters and their parents were taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation. The fire gutted the back bedroom and caused significant smoke damage throughout the property.
2:15 pm, Mon 20 Aug 2012 Seven in hospital after house fire
Family of seven in hospital after fire
A family's been taken to hospital after a fire in the back bedroom of their house this morning.
Firefighters were called at 9.30 am after reports of the fire in Chestnut Grove, Roddymoor near Crook. Two fire engines and paramedics attended the scene.
A man, a woman, three girls and two boys were taken to hospital in Durham and Darlington for smoke inhalation.
Durham Police are working with the fire service to establish the cause of the fire.
7:40 am, Wed 02 May 2012
Man dies after being assaulted in his home
A man from County Durham, who was seriously injured after being assaulted at his home, has died in hospital.
Jonathan Gilbert, 43, was attacked on April 20 at Sycamore Gardens in Crook. He had been in Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary, suffering from serious head injuries. He died on Monday night.
Last Monday, 24-year-old Christopher Morgan from Consett, appeared before Newton Aycliffe magistrates charged with assaulting Mr Gilbert. Later that week he appeared at Durham Crown Court and was remanded in custody. His next appearance is scheduled for July 6.
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