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Durham man charged with hacking into police and British Airways websites

A man from East Durham is due to appear before magistrates charged with hacking into a number of corporate websites, including that of Durham Constabulary.

Officers from the cyber crime unit based in NERSOU (North East Regional Special Operations Unit) charged 22-year-old Paul Dixon, from The Avenue, Seaham with offences under the Computer Misuse Act.

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He has been charged with five offences relating to attacks against various websites, including Durham Constabulary, Police Scotland and British Airways, which took place in October 2014.

Det Sgt Rachel Lewis from the cyber crime unit said “The impact of the attacks disrupted the level of services provided to the public for significant periods of time and also caused a loss of revenue to the businesses affected.”

Dixon has been bailed to attend South Tyneside magistrates on Tuesday, 17th May.

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Durham suspicious package "suitcase of CDs and DVDs"

Two controlled explosions have been carried out on what turned out to be a suitcase full of audio equipment, CDs and DVDs.

The package is not suspicious, but was discovered this morning near to Old Shire Hall on Old Elvet in Durham just before 9.30am today.

Bomb disposal experts and police have been dealing with the discovery.

Pictures from Durham as Old Elvet cordoned off due to suspicious package

The package was found near to Old Shire Hall on Old Elvet in Durham just before 9.30am today. Credit: THE TAB - photo by Charles Capel
The package was found near to Old Shire Hall on Old Elvet in Durham just before 9.30am today Credit: THE TAB - photo by Charles Capel

An area of Durham remains cordoned off after a suspicious package was reported.

The package was found near to Old Shire Hall on Old Elvet in Durham just before 9.30am today.

People are being advised to avoid the area.

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Fake police letter circulates making false accusations

A fake police letter calling a person a 'pedophile' has been sent to over 20 addresses in Easington.

Claiming to be from Durham Constabulary, the letters use the force badge and a police-related photo.

A copy of the fake letter Credit: Durham Police

Police in Easington are stressing these letters have definitely not been sent by anyone in this force.

The letters contain allegations about a named person which are completely false, and are causing them distress. They allege the person is a member of a far-right party and is a 'pedophile'.

Acting Insp Paul Footes said;

"If you receive one of these through the post there is no need to hand it in, feel free to destroy it. We are making enquiries to trace whoever is sending these as they may face criminal charges.

– Acting Insp Paul Footes
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