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Motorcyclist dies in County Durham

A motorcyclist has died after his bike left the road and hit two road signs in County Durham.

The biker, believed to be a man in his mid-50s, was riding his Suzuki motorcycle on the A689 towards Crook, shortly after 5.30pm yesterday when it left the road.

The vehicle left the A689 West Road to the offside at a left hand bend near High Woodfield West Farm.

The motorcyclist was confirmed dead at the scene.


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15-year-old boy charged after a crash in Crook, County Durham

Durham Police have released pictures of a car which crashed after it failed to stop for officers.

The car ended up on its roof. Credit: Durham Road Policing Unit

Police say officers were carrying out drink-drive tests in Crook when one vehicle failed to stop.

Amazingly, no-one was badly hurt in the crash.

A 15-year-old boy has been charged with aggravated vehicle taking, possession of bladed article, careless driving, having no licence or insurance and failing to stop.

After being righted, the damage was clear to see. Credit: Durham Road Policing Unit


Man arrested in Willington murder investigation

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the body of a man was found in a field in Willington, near Crook.

The body of a 42-year-old man was discovered by police in a field behind Willington High Street at 1am on September 12. They were responding to a report.

A 22-year-old man from Murton is in custody.

Cumberland Terrace, Willington Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

“I can confirm we have launched a murder investigation following the discovery of a man’s body in the early hours of this morning. We do believe this is an isolated incident and we currently have a suspect in custody. Over the coming hours there will be much police activity in Willington, I would ask for the patience of residents in that area while the scene preservation remains in place”

– Detective Superintendent Kevin Weir
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