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Six hundred people applied to become police officers with Durham Constabulary in just two weeks, after a recent recruitment campaign.
The force announced on 9th October it was seeking a further 50 new police constables, and application forms went online the same day on the force website.
As with previous campaigns, the process closed once a certain number of forms had been successfully completed and delivered to headquarters, either in the post or by hand.
The total for this intake was 600, which was reached on 23rd October, a fortnight after the announcement was made.
Two men have died after a car left a road and hit a stone wall in County Durham.
It happened shortly before 6pm on Friday, October 24, near Burnigill Farm on Browney Lane, between Meadowfield and Croxdale.
Durham Police said the men were in their mid-20s and from the North Shields area. The men had been working in Durham and were travelling home when the car they were in crashed into the stone wall.
Police have asked for anyone who witnessed the crash or saw anything suspicious to contact them.
Post-mortems will be carried out on the two men early next week.
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Darren Lawler went missing six weeks ago from his home in Ferryhill, County Durham. He has not been seen since June 11th.
Friends and family of Mr Lawler, 31, have organised a search of Ferryhill and its surroundings which will take place this evening.
They have already held a march to raise awareness of the search for Darren, and to encourage the police to do more to help find him.
Darren is white, of medium build with short, dark brown hair and clean shaven.
He was last seen wearing a khaki green hoody with dark blue or black jeans and white Nike trainers with a black tick. He has the name Simon tattooed on his upper right arm.
Anyone with information regarding Darren’s whereabouts is asked to contact Durham Constabulary on 101
Mountain rescue teams searching for a missing man from County Durham say the terrain at the search area is 'almost impenetrable'.
Around 30 volunteers from both Teessdale & Weardale and Cleveland Mountain Rescue spent much of Saturday searching Ferryhill Carrs Nature Reserve in a bid to help trace Darren Lawler, 31, who went missing from his home on June 11.
Pete Bell, Team Leader at Teessdale & Weardale Mountain Rescue, said:
The vegetation is five foot high. Very, very dense in places. Almost impenetrable.
So while we had 30 people there, some of our search coverage was not as high as we would like. But that was purely because of the nature of the terrain.
Mountain rescue teams are continuing their search for a missing man from County Durham.
Darren Lawler, 31, has been missing from his home in Ferryhill since June 11. He is described as white, of medium build with short dark brown hair. Darren was wearing dark trousers, white trainers and a grey top when he went missing.
Twenty-five volunteers from both Teessdale & Weardale and Cleveland Mountain Rescue Teams spend much of Saturday searching Ferryhill Carrs Nature Rescue.
Steve Owers, Teessdale & Weardale Deputy Team Leader, said:
It was one of the more challenging areas we have searched for some time.
The open water was covered by our Canoe group but the reedbeds had to be searched on foot. With vegetation above head height, the ground was so soft that at times we were sinking knee deep and with it being a warm day it was extremely difficult for our searchers.
Sadly we have found no sign of Darren.
Darren Lawler went missing from his home in Ferryhill 32 days ago, on June 11th. He left the house to visit his father but hasn't been seen since.
Frustrated at a lack of progress in the investigation, his family held a march in Ferryhill, County Durham, yesterday. They hope it will encourage police to make more resources available for the search, and members of the public to come forward with any clues as to his whereabouts.
Darren's disappearance is out of character, and he is without medication he relies on.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the police as soon as possible.