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Community search for missing man Darren Lawler to take place tonight

Darren Lawler has been missing since June 11th Credit: Durham Police

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

Search area at nature reserve 'almost impenetrable'

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.

– Pete Bell, Team Leader at Teessdale & Weardale Mountain Rescue

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Search continues for missing County Durham man

Teesdale & Weardale and Cleveland Mountain Rescue Teams spent much of Saturday searching for Darren Lawler who has been missing from his home in Ferryhill since early June. Credit: Teesdale & Weardale and Cleveland Mountain Rescue

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.

– Steve Owers, Teessdale & Weardale Deputy Team Leader
Darren Lawler, 31, went missing from his home in Ferryhill on June 11 Credit: Durham Police

Family of missing man Darren Lawler hold march to raise awareness of his disappearance

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.

The family organised a march in Ferryhill, County Durham

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the police as soon as possible.

River search near Bishop Auckland

Police say a search of the River Wear is taking place for a missing person.

The operation is centred on Paradise Park in the Witton Park area, west of Bishop Auckland.

Three people have been rescued from the river but it is understood that a fourth, who is believed to be male, is missing.

Police, fire, air ambulance personnel and fell rescuers are at the scene.

Durham Police say officers are supporting the families of those involved.

Family 'increasingly concerned' for missing Co Durham man

Mr Lawler hasn't been seen since Thursday Credit: Durham Police

Police say the family of a missing man are growing increasingly concerned for his safety. 31 year old Darren Lawler has not been seen since Thursday 11th of June. That was in Ferryhill, County Durham.

If you have any information on Darren’s whereabouts or may have seen him over the last few days please let me know. I would urge Darren to contact police so we can establish he is safe and well.

– Inspector Sue Howard, Durham Police

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