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Man dies in car crash after police pursuit in County Durham

A man has died after the car he was in crashed on the outskirts of Consett late last night,following a short pursuit by police.

The incident started just after 11.50pm on Monday 23 June when police received a report of two men behaving suspiciously in the area of the Tesco Extra store on Genesis Way in Consett. It was believed the men were in a black VW Bora Sport that had driven off from the area.

The vehicle’s details were circulated and within minutes it was spotted by an officer in a Vauxhall Astra who indicated for the VW to stop. It did not do so and the officer pursued the car.

Then, at 12.02am the vehicle was found to have collided with a lamppost containing power cables as it headed down Ebchester Bank (the B6309), close to St Mary’s convent.

The passenger in the car, a man thought to be in his 40s, was confirmed dead at the scene. The driver, believed to be in his 30s, was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle with minor injuries. The road was closed to traffic until approximately 6am.

Durham Police has referred itself to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

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Appeal for missing County Durham man

Daniel Ferry, 24, went missing on May 29 Credit: Durham Police

Police in County Durham are appealing for a young man who has gone missing to make contact.

Daniel Ferry, 24, has not been seen since he left his home on Oxford Street, Eldon Lane, Bishop Auckland on May 29. He's described as being 5'3" tall, with short blonde hair, blue eyes and of slim build. He was wearing a light grey long sleeved sweat shirt with blue jeans.

Officers said Daniel may have been in the Quayside or Westgate Road area of Newcastle over the weekend.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Durham Police on 101.

Drink Drive Campaign launched ahead of World Cup

Football fans are being reminded of the dangers of drink driving ahead of the start of this year's World Cup. The campaign has been launched, jointly, by Durham and Cleveland Police. The main focus is to warn people that they may still be over the legal limit the morning AFTER drinking alcohol.

If you are found to be over the limit the next day you will be dealt with and prosecuted for the offence just as if you had got behind the wheel when intoxicated at the time. Driving in this state could easily lead to a serious or fatal crash because the driver is still affected from last night's alcohol. Our message is simple - don't risk it.

– Ch Insp Alison Jackson

Due to the time difference in Brazil, some matches will be shown as late as 11 o' clock at night. This could increase the chance of alcohol still being in a person's system. The message also applies to drugs.

The campaign will be officially launched by former England and Middlesbrough star Gary Pallister this afternoon. He'll be joined by players from Middlesbrough's Youth Academy and Hartlepool United.

Police officers use golf buggies to chase suspects

Durham police officers commandeered golf buggies to chase suspects Credit: Durham Police

Durham Police was launching it's new Respect Your Street campaign when officers received a call about youngsters barricading a cycleway and throwing things at people from a bridge.

From left Insp Kelly Martin, Supt Kerrin Smith and Sgt Dave Clarke Credit: Durham Police

Officers from the launch went to the scene and chased the youngsters across the countryside until they were spotted hiding in woodland on a golf course. Two officers commandeered golf buggies to round up the group.

Police officers use golf buggies to round up teenagers at Beamish Hall Golf Course Credit: Durham Police

The teenagers, aged between 12 and 15, were taken to the police station to speak to officers and their parents were called to collect them.

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