The family of a County Durham man who died in police custody have taken the difficult decision to release CCTV of the moments after he died
A police officer from the Durham force has been found guilty of gross misconduct by a disciplinary panel.
Police are appealing for help from the public in their attempts to trace a woman missing from the Trimdon area.
Police are searching for a 25 year old man from Darlington who's been missing for three weeks. Alan Youngson has a Scottish accent and was last seen wearing a red t-shirt with white writing, blue shorts and a blue zip-up top. He was riding an Apollo Canyon while bike, with a zebra print pattern.
The man overseeing an investigation into Durham's Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg said the police watchdog would carry out a "thorough and independent inquiry" into the allegations.
– James Dipple-Johnstone
"The IPCC investigation will look at whether benefits Mr Hogg received before his departure from Cleveland police were properly in line with rules in place at the time.
"We will carry out a thorough and independent inquiry to establish the facts before deciding whether any matters should be referred to the Crown Prosecution Service for its consideration.”
Durham's Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg is being investigated by the police watchdog over allegations that he knowingly accepted benefits he was not entitled to, while serving in a previous role as Deputy Chief Constable of Cleveland.
The allegations were passed to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) from officers working on Operation Sacristy, an ongoing investigation into individuals with past and present associations with Cleveland Police Authority.
Mr Hogg said he would comply with the investigation and was confident it would be found he had always acted in good faith. He said any remuneration he had received during his time at Cleveland Police was determined by Cleveland Police Authority.
The investigation is the fourth the IPCC has begun into allegations against Police and Crime Commissioners across the country since they were elected a year ago,
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating employee benefits provided to Durham’s Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg during his final period as a senior officer with a neighbouring force.
The allegations were passed to the IPCC after the Panel received information from officers working on Operation Sacristy.
Political Correspondent Paul Brand spoke with the Prime Minister at the Conservative Party Conference in Brighton.
Mr Cameron said he did not agree with Durham's chief constable Mike Barton.
Prime Minister David Cameron said there was no way he would decriminalise drugs.
Mr Cameron was responding to Durham Chief Constable Mike Barton's letter to the Observer on Sunday where he suggested decriminalisation was the best way to wrestle power from criminal gangs.
– Chief Constable Mike Barton, Durham Constabulary
"My article in the Observer over the weekend was written some time ago. It was designed to encourage us all to think about this issue, and debate it. Accusations that my arguments are not thought through have validity - because ideas in policing can only be thought through when debated openly, honestly and fully. I look forward to listening to the debate but I leave you with Einstein's wise words; "If you do what you always did, you will get what you always got".
Durham chief constable Mike Barton has called for hard drugs to be legalised.
Mr Barton said decriminalisation was the best way to take power from criminal gangs.
Writing in The Observer, he suggested the NHS should supply class-A drugs to addicts.
– Durham Chief Constable Mike Barton
"Not all crime gangs raise income through selling drugs, but most of them do in my experience so offering an alternative route of supply to users cuts off the gang's income stream.
"If an addict were able to access drugs via the NHS or some similar organisation, then they would not have to go out and buy illegal drugs.
"Drugs should be controlled. They should not, of course, be freely available.
Durham Constabulary launched Operation Sledgehammer to tackle organised crime gangs. The Durham Chief Constable, who has served for almost 34 years, has the backing of Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg.
– Police and Crime Commissioner for Durham Constabulary Ron Hogg
"I am delighted he has spoken out - he is a professional officer with 34 years experience and he has seen the effects of the current policy."
"Clearly we will enforce the law in Durham as it stands, but people like Mike Barton have to stand up and I applaud him for doing so."
"We do need a radical rethink."
– National policing lead on drug-related crime, Chief Constable Andy Bliss
"However, government policy on drugs enforcement is very clear and unambiguous and our job as police officers is to enforce the law.
"We need in particular to be very thoughtful about setting clear boundaries, especially for young people, in relation to drugs, their misuse and criminal activity surrounding them."
ACPO said the issue was for Parliament to decide, not officers.
Cleveland's Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger has called for a debate to be held after Durham's Chief Constable said Class A Drugs should be decriminalised.
In a statement, Mr Coppinger said:
"I think it is a good idea to have a public debate on this very complex issue and there are various aspects which need to be considered.
"The Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary has set out his experience and I am sure others will have quite different views. It would be good to have something like a Royal Commission looking at all aspects as things stand now, so people are fully informed and I would call on the government to set one up.
– Barry Coppinger, Cleveland Police and Crime Commissioner
"All aspects need looking into very carefully, but one area I feel strongly about is that we must fully support the treatment and rehabilitation of drug users and ensure they have the services available to them to help them with their drugs habit."
Police are investigating after a man's body was found in a village near Durham.
A dog walker discovered the body on Mark's Lane, West Rainton, at around 7pm on Sunday evening.
A post mortem is expected to be carried out later today. It is not yet known how the man died.