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Man dies after losing control of his car on A689

Durham Police are appealing for witnesses after a fatal road accident in which a motorist tragically lost his life. Credit: PA

Durham Police are appealing for witnesses after a fatal road accident in which a motorist tragically lost his life.

It happened on the A689 between Harperley Roundabout and Wolsingham around 22:30 on Thursday 8 December.

It is understood that a black Renault Clio has joined the A689 at Harperley Roundabout and headed West towards Wolsingham before the driver lost control of his car and left the carriageway to the nearside.

The motorist subsequently died from his injuries.

Durham Constabulary would like to speak with anybody who may have seen the Renault Clio at or around the time of the collision.

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Durham's Chief Constable has contract extended

Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary Mike Barton (left) and Ron Hogg (right) Credit: Durham Police

The Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary, Michael Barton QPM, will have his contract extended for a further three years.

  • Initially appointed to the role in February 2013, Mr Barton’s term of office was due to end in February 2018.
  • Ron Hogg, Durham’s Police Crime and Victims’ Commissioner, who appointed Mr Barton, has decided to extend the contract to February 2021.

“I feel honoured and privileged to have the opportunity to extend my stay at such an outstanding force.

“The key ingredient to our success at Durham Constabulary is the people; the family of dedicated individuals who work tirelessly to make County Durham and Darlington a safer place to live and work.

“There will be challenges ahead as we work hard to maintain our position as the country’s leading force, but I am delighted to continue to be a part of the team that meets those challenges and continues to improve.”

– Mike Barton

Two charged with attempted robbery at Darlington corner shop

Seema News and off-licence Credit: Google Street View

Police have charged two people in connection with an attempted robbery at a corner shop in Darlington.

A masked gunman burst into Seema News and off-licence on North Road and threatened a shopkeeper on the night of July 23. The offender left empty handed and no-one was injured.

Lee David Roberts, 34, and Lucy Brack, 24, of Eldon Street in Darlington have both been arrested and charged with attempted armed robbery.

The pair will appear before magistrates at Newton Aycliffe this morning.

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County Durham man dies in motorbike crash

Scene of the Shildon motorbike crash Credit: Durham Police

A man has died in a motorbike crash that happened last night.

The 49-year-old from Spennymoor was riding a Suzuki 843cc bike and was with a group of other motorbikes travelling from Barnard Castle to Spennymoor when the collision took place.

It happened just before 10am on Brusselton Lane in Shildon between the A68 Royal Oak and the A6072 Shildon bypass.

A 57-year-old woman, also from Spennymoor, and the pillion passenger, was taken to Darlington Memorial Hospital with injuries to their faces.

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