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.
The item has been examined and was found to be harmless. The cordon is now being lifted.
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.
A man has died after his car left the road and overturned in a field near Bishop Auckland.
The victim, a 21-year-old local man, was travelling alone along Long Lane, Todhills, when the crash happened just before 1:30am today (March 5). He suffered multiple injuries and died at the scene.
HMIC has graded every police force on its overall effectiveness in reducing crime and keeping people safe.Read the full story ›
67-year-old Kathleen Holroyd from Sacriston had been missing since yesterday, but has now been found safe and well.
The computers of six men are being examined after they were arrested on suspicion of distributing child abuse images in County Durham.Read the full story ›
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.
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.
A reported sighting of one of the world's most-wanted terror suspects on Boxing Day was a false alarm, police say.Read the full story ›
Mike Barton of Durham Police is the national policing lead for the programme, which aims to turn around thousands of lives.Read the full story ›
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.