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Durham suspicious package "suitcase of CDs and DVDs"

Two controlled explosions have been carried out on what turned out to be a suitcase full of audio equipment, CDs and DVDs.

The package is not suspicious, but was discovered this morning near to Old Shire Hall on Old Elvet in Durham just before 9.30am today.

Bomb disposal experts and police have been dealing with the discovery.

Pictures from Durham as Old Elvet cordoned off due to suspicious package

The package was found near to Old Shire Hall on Old Elvet in Durham just before 9.30am today. Credit: THE TAB - photo by Charles Capel
The package was found near to Old Shire Hall on Old Elvet in Durham just before 9.30am today Credit: THE TAB - photo by Charles Capel

An area of Durham remains cordoned off after a suspicious package was reported.

The package was found near to Old Shire Hall on Old Elvet in Durham just before 9.30am today.

People are being advised to avoid the area.

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Fake police letter circulates making false accusations

A fake police letter calling a person a 'pedophile' has been sent to over 20 addresses in Easington.

Claiming to be from Durham Constabulary, the letters use the force badge and a police-related photo.

A copy of the fake letter Credit: Durham Police

Police in Easington are stressing these letters have definitely not been sent by anyone in this force.

The letters contain allegations about a named person which are completely false, and are causing them distress. They allege the person is a member of a far-right party and is a 'pedophile'.

Acting Insp Paul Footes said;

"If you receive one of these through the post there is no need to hand it in, feel free to destroy it. We are making enquiries to trace whoever is sending these as they may face criminal charges.

– Acting Insp Paul Footes

600 people apply for jobs at Durham Police

Durham Police saw over 600 people apply for jobs with the force Credit: Durham Police

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.

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