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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.

Two men die after car crashes into stone wall

A car crashed into a stone wall near Meadowfield, County Durham at around 6pm on Friday Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

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.

Police are appealing for witnesses to get in touch, particularly the occupants of a dark coloured VW Passat vehicle which was travelling from the A167 towards Meadowfield at the time Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees


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
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