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Travel update: fifty minute delay at Darlington station

There are delays of up to 50 minutes on Northern Rail at Darlington due to broken down train.

It is affecting all routes through this station on First TransPennine Express, Cross Country and Virgin Trains East Coast. Normal service is expected to resume at 5.30pm.


TRAVEL: Long delays between Newcastle and Darlington

There are currently delays of up to one hour on CrossCountry, First Transpennine Express, Northern Rail and Virgin Trains East Coast between Newcastle and Darlington due to emergency services dealing with an incident at Durham.

Routes affected:

  • CrossCountry between Newcastle and Plymouth / Southampton Central
  • First TransPennine Express between Newcastle and Liverpool Lime Street
  • Northern Rail between Newcastle and Saltburn
  • Virgin Trains East Coast between Edinburgh and London Kings Cross

To check your journey, please use the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner.


Police: ‘Darlington fires may be linked’

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Police are appealing for witnesses after a series of fires in Darlington in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Fires broke out at Darlington Town Hall in Feethams and a social services building in North Lodge, off Northgate. Police are looking into the possibility that the two fires were started deliberately and could be linked.

A third fire, at the Carmel Medical Centre on Nunnery Lane, is also under investigation by Darlington CID and officers from the County Darlington and Durham Fire and Rescue Service.

Nobody is believed to have been injured at any of the fires, which all broke out within four hours of each other, starting with the North Lodge blaze at 12.20am. The town hall fire was reported at 1.50am and the third fire on Nunnery Lane broke out at 3.55am.

Woman arrested on suspicion of theft from teachers' pension fund

A woman has been arrested on suspicion of theft after allegations more than £350,000 has been taken from teachers' pensions funds.

A 44-year-old member of staff from Capita, which looks after investments and pensions at its offices in Darlington, was arrested at her home last week.

Capita's offices in Darlington Credit: ITV News

She has been interviewed and is on police bail till October.

Capita says there has been no impact on individual members of the teachers' pension scheme and the value of the fund won't be affected.

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