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Woman charged with murder in Darlington

Charlene Walker, also known as Jamie Paylor Credit: Durham Constabulary

A woman has been charged with murder after a woman was killed in Darlington earlier this week.

Julie Gowling, 43, of Louisa Street, Darlington will appear at Newton Aycliffe magistrates court Thursday morning.

Map of the area Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The incident happened in a property on Louisa Street at around 12:30pm on Tuesday 6th December.

The victim, 36-year-old local woman Charlene Walker, who is also known as Jamie Paylor, was confirmed dead at the scene.


Murder investigation launched after death of Darlington woman

Police at the scene on Louis Street Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A murder investigation has been launched following the death of a woman in Darlington.

Officers were called by the ambulance service to a house on Louisa Street just after 12.30pm on December 6. After gaining entry to the property they discovered a local woman in her 40s who was declared dead at the scene.

A murder investigation has been launched following the death of a woman in Darlington Credit: Google Maps

A 43-year-old woman from Darlington has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in police custody.

“I can confirm a murder investigation is underway after a woman died in a house in Darlington this afternoon. We have one person in custody who is being interviewed by detectives."

“Local people can expect to see an increased police presence in the Louisa Street area over the coming days as my officers work to piece together what happened."

– Detective Superintendent Dave Ashton

Anyone with information that could help police enquiries is asked to call 101 quoting reference 145 of December 6.

Woman dies in head-on crash in County Durham

The female passenger of a van has died after the vehicle was involved in a head-on collision with a car in County Durham.

Where the crash happened. Credit: ITV News

The crash happened on the A167 Croft Road, which runs southbound from the Blands Corner roundabout towards Hurworth-on-Tees, south of Darlington, at 10pm on Saturday November 26.

A woman who was a front-seat passenger of the van was taken to hospital, but died from her injuries.

The man who was driving the van was seriously hurt, and is being treated at the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.

Durham Police say the cause of the collision is being investigated, and they're asking any witnesses to get in touch.


Man charged following fatal Darlington bus crash

Elieen Brennan who died in Darlington Credit: Durham Constabulary

A 52-year-old man has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving after a pensioner died following a bus crash in Darlington.

On the 7th of July (2016) an Arriva service bus was involved in a crash with a number of people in Northgate in Darlington - it also crashed into the front of the Halifax Bank in the town.

82-year- old Eileen Brennan was killed , and two other pedestrians were injured.

The driver of the bus from Middleton-St- George in Darlington will now appear before magistrates in Newton Aycliffe on Thursday the 22nd of December.

Driver jailed for dangerous driving during pursuit

A banned driver who sped through residential areas at up to 90mph with switched off headlights has been jailed for 18 months.

James Boanson blacked out the lights of his Ford Mondeo three times during the high speed night chase through the streets of Newton Aycliffe, County Durham.

Durham Crown court heard how it was "a miracle" that no-one was injured.

Durham Crown Court. Credit: Tom Wilkinson/PA Archive/PA Images

Prosecutor Penny Bottomley told the court how police were alerted following a report of suspected drink-driving from Tesco at Newton Aycliffe at 9.40pm on September 30.

When he was spotted, Boanson started travelling at speed, overtaking vehicles on St Cuthbert’s Way, despite the blue lights and sirens of a police car in pursuit.

Miss Bottomley said: "The Mondeo entered Newton Aycliffe village, which has speed restrictions of 30mph. "Mr Boanson was travelling at 67mph."

The court heard at one stage during the seven minute chase, he entered the A1(M) at 91mph turned off the headlights to avoid detection.

The Mondeo was driven on country lanes towards Darlington and through a red light at 51mph.

Miss Bottomley said: "The officers was concerned about for the safety of vehicles driving in the other direction."

He entered a 40mph at 89mph before heading into a residential area.

Police were unable to follow Boanson when he went down a narrow street, but officers identified him from CCTV at Tesco and he was subsequently arrested.

Boanson, 28, of Hundens Lane, Darlington, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, failing to stop for police, driving while disqualified and without insurance.

Eric Watson, mitigating, said: "It is miraculous no-one was injured.

"He accepts he only has himself to blame."

In January this year he was banned for a year for drink-driving and in June his disqualification was extended to three years for drug-driving.

Judge Simon Hickey said he would be banned for three years when he is released from prison on licence in nine months.

He will also have to undergo an extended driving test before he is allowed behind the wheel again.

The judge said: "This was an extremely bad piece of driving of dangerous driving.

"Using a motor car like this is extremely dangerous."

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