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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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Cyclist airlifted to hospital

A cyclist has been airlifted to hospital with serious head and back injuries after colliding with a farm trailer. It happened near Crook in County Durham at 10 o'clock this morning.

The 46 year old man was treated at the scene by a paramedic before being airlifted to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle by the Great North Air Ambulance. His condition is described as stable.

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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

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.

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

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