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County Durham man charged over robberies

Police have charged a County Durham man in connection with a series of robberies across the north of England and Scotland.

Brian Thexton, 37, from Bishop Auckland, has been charged with two offences of conspiracy to commit robbery, conspiracy to commit burglary, conspiracy to conceal criminal property, aggravated vehicle taking, driving without insurance and driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence.

He is due to appear at Gateshead Magistrates' Court at 10am.

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Rare Roman helmet goes on display

The rare Roman helmet was dug up in a field by metal detector enthusiasts from County Durham. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

A rare Roman helmet dug up in a field by metal detector enthusiasts from County Durham is going on display in Cumbria.

The Crosby Garret helmet, named after the place where it was found, sold at auction for more than £2 million three years ago. It will be on display for three months.

North Shields man killed in M6 crash

A driver from North Shields has been killed in a crash on the M6 in Cumbria.

Paul Ross, 42, died at the scene after his Ford S MAX collided with a white Fiat Florino van on the northbound carriageway at Lowgill, near Greyrigg at around 11:10am yesterday.

The van driver, a 45-year-old man from Ellsmere Port, was taken to Royal Lancaster Infirmary with minor injuries.

Any witnesses to the collision are being asked to contact Cumbria Police on 101.

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Police name woman in fatal crash

Northumbria Police have named a 37-year-old woman who died after a crash on the A69 yesterday, April 20.

Ann Marie Carruthers was from Workington in Cumbria. Her silver Peugeot car was found overturned half a mile west of the A69 at Haydon Bridge yesterday morning.

Officers are asking anyone driving in this area between 11pm on Friday, April 19 and 5.50am on yesterday, to get in touch.

Young sailor scoops international award

A sailor who takes young people from across the north of England on a sailing experience has won an international award.

Grace Metcalfe from Garsdale, Cumbria is the skipper of The James Cook.

It is her commitment to helping those young people that has won her the award.

She is the skipper of the James Cook - a Tyneside build boat and was named the "Young Sail Trainer of the Year" by organisers of the Tall ships race.

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