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Woman dies in house fire in Darlington

A woman has died in a house fire in Darlington, according to reports from the Great North Air Ambulance.

Police, fire and ambulance crews were called to the terraced property on Brunton Street at around 11am.

All efforts were made to resusitate the patient on scene but very sadly the lady died.

Our thoughts are with the family.

– Great North Air Ambulance spokesman

Investigation into Darlington house fire

Emergency services were called around 11am.
Emergency services were called around 11am. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Police, fire and ambulance services in Darlington have launched a joint investigation following a house fire.

Officers and emergency crews were called to Brunton Street at around 11am following reports of a house fire.

A joint investigation is working to establish a cause. The street is still closed.

Brunton Street has been cordoned off while investigations are underway.
Brunton Street has been cordoned off while investigations are underway. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

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'Pink pigeon' sightings puzzle in the North East

A pink bird, resembling a pigeon, sits on a rooftop in Darlington
There have been several sightings of the mysterious pink bird in the North East in the past day Credit: North News

Sightings of a mysterious pink bird have puzzled locals in the North East this week.

The bird has been spotted by several passers-by attempting to blend in among pigeons, but its true breed has remained in doubt - spouting much speculation.

However, Nik Shelton of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), believes the pink plumage can be easily explained.

"The bird has clearly been dyed," he said.

"It is likely to be a captive dove and we have had reports of these being dyed strange colours and released at special events.

"This one has clearly not returned to its owner afterwards," Mr Shelton added.

See more pictures of the 'pink pigeon' on ITV Tyne Tees

Pink Pigeon or Day-Glo Dove?

Tickled pink on Darlington rooftops Credit: North News

After examining the pictures Nik Shelton of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) said: "The bird has clearly been dyed. "It is likely to be a captive dove and we have had reports of these being dyed strange colours and released at special events.

"This one has clearly not returned to its owner afterwards."

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