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Lucky escape for County Durham driver

A driver from County Durham had a lucky escape after his car came off the road and ploughed into a tree.

The 27-year-old man from Newton Aycliffe escaped without serious injuries after the crash on the A167 near Coatham Mundeville at around 11pm last night.

Durham Police tweeted this picture as a warning to other drivers.

Human chain rescues student who fell into the river

Durham Police say that officers formed a human chain, with help from the fire service, to rescue a student who had fallen into the River Wear.

Area near where the man was pulled out of the River Wear Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The man was discovered at 1.45am today in the water near Durham Amateur Rowing Club by a passer-by who raised the alarm.

Police officers came to the aid of the student and managed to get him out of the water.

The river near Durham rowing club Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The man was taken to the University Hospital of North Durham suffering from hypothermia.


Missing student last seen at Loveshack nightclub in Durham

Loveshack nightclub, Durham Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Missing law student Euan Coulthard was last seen leaving Durham nightclub Loveshack alone in the early hours of this morning.

Police have raised serious concerns after the 19-year-old failed to respond to messages and emails. His phone has not been traced.

Serious concerns have been raised for 19-year-old Euan Coulthard, 19. Credit: Durham Police

Euan, who's from Nottingham, had spent the night with friends celebrating a 21st birthday.

They started the evening in Spaghettata restaurant in Saddler Street before moving on to Loveshack in the Walkergate area.

Euan Coulthard, 19, was last seen leaving the club alone just after midnight. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Euan is described as, 5` 9” tall and of average build with light brown hair, which is short on the sides and longer on the top.

He was wearing black skinny jeans, a denim jacket and a beige patterned shirt.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101.

'Superman' fined for attacking police officer after night out with Bananaman

An attacker dressed as superman has been fined after hitting a police officer.

Daniel Walls appeared at Peterlee Magistrates Court after the incident which happened on a night out in Durham City on December 21.

The 28-year-old was given a £590 fine for the assault, a court was told.

'Superman' was, at the time, accompanied by a man dressed as Bananaman – but there was no mention of him in court.

Blair Martin, prosecuting, said Special Inspector Philip Salkeld and a colleague were on foot patrol at the city’s Walkergate complex when they saw an incident near the Slug and Lettuce.

Walls of Waldridge Hall Court, Chester-le-Street pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer and was also ordered to pay £50 compensation and court costs and victim's surcharge of £145.

Durham police to give 'festive warning' to thieves

The cards will be delivered to known offenders in the area Credit: Durham Police

Shoplifters operating in Bishop Auckland will receive festive greetings and a seasonal warning from their local beat team, as officers are planning to deliver Christmas cards to known offenders in the area.

The idea is designed to try and drive down crime on the run up to Christmas.

As the shops become busier over the coming weeks we want to remind regular offenders that we are watching them.

They’ll be receiving a Christmas card from Durham Constabulary, along with a little note reminding them that they are banned from the shopping centres in an and around Bishop Auckland. We’ll be running extra patrols, both uniformed and plain clothed, in the Tindale and St Helens Retail Park and the town centre. The stores have also been issued with photographs of known offenders and will be using the Shop Watch scheme to keep them out of stores.

– PC Kimberley Marshall

Police experiencing 101 number problems

Police forces across the region have announced they are currently experiencing problems with the 101 non-emergency telephone system.

While this number is not available people are asked to use the following contact details for non-urgent calls to the police:

  • Cleveland Police - 01642 326 326
  • Durham Police - 0345 6060 365
  • Northumbria Police - 01661 872 555
  • North Yorkshire Police - email

The emergency 999 number is not affected.


Police will carry out undercover patrols in Durham over Christmas

Police in Durham are warning that shoplifters can expect to spend the festive season ‘inside’ if they commit crimes in Durham.

Officers will be carrying out undercover patrols to specifically target shoplifters during the busy shopping periods.

Tactics that the team will use to deter prospective offenders will include arrest, stop and search and direction to leave. They will also be posting photographs of shoplifters on the neighbourhood team’s Facebook and Twitter pages to identify offenders on the run-up to Christmas.

“Tackling the ongoing problem of crime in city centre shops and those in the surrounding villages is a major priority for us. We know that it is a cause for concern for local people and so we have plans in place to address those concerns.

“While the team has only been in place for a few weeks, it has already had some quick successes with a number of arrests and successful court convictions already. We’ve also managed to recover several stolen items and return them to their rightful owners.

“Our message is very clear. If you come to Durham to shoplift not only will we catch you, but you can look forward to spending Christmas in prison.”

– Sergeant Mark Garfoot

RSPCA brand police deer allegations 'terrible'

The RSPCA has described the alleged killing of a deer with a crowbar by Durham Police firearms as "terrible".

In a statement, the animal rights group said: "This sounds like a terrible incident and we await the conclusion of the police investigation."

This sounds like a terrible incident and we await the conclusion of the police investigation. As we have no further details about what happened we feel it would be inappropriate to comment further."


Durham Police firearms officers suspended after allegedly killing a deer with a crowbar

Two Durham Police firearms have been suspended from their usual duties after allegations emerged that they had killed a deer with a crowbar.

In a statement, the force said: "It has been brought to our attention that the deer was apparently not destroyed in the approved, humane manner."

The incident happened in early June on a road in Tanfield Lea, County Durham.

It is not unusual for firearms officers to be deployed on occasions when a deer, or other large animal is clearly suffering as the result of being struck by a vehicle and the best action would be for the animal to be humanely destroyed.

We can confirm enquiries are being made to establish the circumstances surrounding the destruction of an injured deer on a road in Tanfield Lea in early June. It has been brought to our attention that the deer was apparently not destroyed in the approved, humane manner.

Two authorised firearms officers have been moved to other duties while the facts are being established and they are not currently involved in a firearms capacity. Enquiries are being conducted by the force's professional standards department."

– Durham Police
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