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An historic charter issued by King John just a few years before the signing of the Magna Carter is going on display in Durham.
The document, which dates back to 1201, describes the granting of Teesdale Forest to Henry fitz Hervey. Written on parchment in latin, the charter has remains of its original wax seal which is attached with silk thread.
Members of the public will be able to see the charter during a free drop-in session at Durham County Record Office, in County Hall, on Thursday 30 July.
Durham County Council is taking legal action after its regeneration masterplan was criticised by a planning inspector.
The council drew up a twenty year blueprint to create thousands of jobs and homes as well as retail sites and two relief roads. The scheme was left in limbo earlier this year after the inspector described parts of it 'unrealistic' and 'undeliverable'.
Since then, the council had called for the plan to be re-examined. That request was turned down and the authority says it had no choice but to seek a judicial review. Papers have been lodged at the High Court in Leeds.
Durham County Council say fly-tippers are more likely than ever to be caught red-handed as extra CCTV cameras are being set up at hotspots throughout County Durham:
Durham County Council is introducing a fee for drivers of electric cars to use its chargepoints, to try to stop people hogging the spaces.
Until now, charging an electric car has been free, and any electric car can occupy a space as long as it is plugged in, even if it already has a full battery.
From now on, it will cost £1 per visit to use the standard parking sites and £5 to use a rapid charging point at Belmont park and ride.
The relatives of residents at five council-run care homes in County Durham which are due to close say moving them could put their lives at risk.
Pauline Robinson said: "The residents in Newton House are Weardale people, they've never lived anywhere else."
Protestors gathered outside of County Hall in Durham to campaign against the closure of care homes.
Durham People's Assembly and Newtown House campaigners plan to stage a second protest in less than a week over Durham County Council's decision to close the five remaining council run care homes across County Durham.
These pictures are of the main food store in Chester-le-Street for County Durham's food bank. It has 12 tonnes of food which will provide 1,800 people three days food. This only lasts six weeks before stock needs replenishing.
Durham County Council has confirmed it has spent £46,000 supporting food banks over the past two years. The food banks are set up to support people who would be otherwise unable to feed their families.