Live updates


Durham City MP Roberta Blackman-Woods resigns from the Labour shadow team

The Labour MP for Durham City Roberta Blackman-Woods has resigned from the Labour shadow team.

In her letter of resignation she said that she didn't believe the Labour Remain message about supporting a reformed EU was made effectively enough.

Turbine installed on River Wear

A twenty tonne water turbine is to be installed today in the Freeman's Reach area of Durham City. The 13 metre long Archimedian screw will make the site the first city centre development in the UK to incorporate a hydro-turbine generator.

It will get its energy from the River Wear and supply 75% of the energy required by the development.

Army memorial sculpture for Durham

Similar sculpture at National Arboretum in Staffordshire. Credit: Stoneworks

Plans for a memorial statue to the Durham Light Infantry in Durham Market Place have been given the go-ahead.

The bronze sculpture, a single soldier by Edinburgh sculptor Alan Herriot, symbolises the poignant moment after DLI Buglers sounded the ceasefire in Korea in 1953.

It mirrors one unveiled at the National Arboretum in Staffordshire last year and installation work is expected to start in August in time for an unveiling ceremony in September.

The life-sized bronze statue depicts a DLI bugler dressed in Korean War uniform.

The original memorial was instigated by two former DLI soldiers who visited the National Arboretum and were dismayed to find there were no honours to the regiment.