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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.

CCTV shows killer driving John Hall's body away in unlocked car boot

Two men have been jailed for killing a father-of-two during a drinking session at a house in County Durham.

John Hall was with friends when he was attacked for reasons which have never been clearly established.

This CCTV footage shows one of his killers, Nicholas Rought driving a car with the body in the unlocked boot.

Today Rought was given a life sentence for murder and told he would serve at least 19 years.

He attacked Mr Hall with a baseball bat at his home in Shiney Row last September, before dumping the body in a ditch in West Rainton.

A second man, Stuart Smith, of no fixed address, has been jailed for 15 years for manslaughter.


Daughter pays tribute to father as killers are jailed

John Hall was killed last September.

A grieving daughter has paid tribute to her father on the day his killers were put behind bars.

Bethany Hall had launched a desperate search for her dad John, known as Jonty, when he disappeared on a Saturday night last September.

She visited the house in Shiney Row where Mr Hall, 46, was killed and was told by his murderer Nicholas Rought that her dad must be around somewhere.

All the while, Rought and killer Stuart Smith knew John Hall was lying dead in a ditch.

Mr Hall's body was found hidden in undergrowth by a dog walker, the day after his death.

Rought, 45, of Princess Street, Shiney Row, was sentenced to life in prison at Newcastle Crown Court and told he must serve a minimum of 19 years before he can even apply for parole.

Smith, 42, of no fixed address, was given a 15 year sentence for manslaughter.

Bethany Hall: "The man we knew and loved was a family man." Credit: Northumbria Police

Speaking after the hearing, Bethany said: "No sentence could ever reflect the pain and heartache we feel as a family.

"What we have lost is irreplaceable and we must live with our loss every day.

"A lot has been written in the media and social media about our father.

"The man that we knew and loved was a family man who loved nature and the outdoors and would go out of his way to help anyone he could.

"Nothing can justify what happened to our dad. He will be sadly missed by all those who loved him and whom he loved."

John Hall died of multiple severe injuries which left his face "flat and without structure."

Two men convicted of horrific killing

John Hall Credit: Northumbria Police

Two men have been convicted of killing John "Jonty" Hall at a house in County Durham.

Mr Hall was beaten to death last September.

His battered body was then dumped in a ditch.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the 46 year old had sustained such severe injuries that his face was left “flat and without structure”.The dad of two also had his throat cut, was stabbed with a fork and had multiple wounds inflicted to his body, hands, penis and testicles.

Nicholas Rought, 45, of Princess Street, Shiney Row, denied he played any part in the killing. He was convicted of murder after five hours deliberation by a jury.

Stuart Smith, 42, of no fixed address, also denied murder during a two week trial at Newcastle Crown Court.Jurors found him guilty of manslaughter. He was cleared of the murder charge.

Both men will be sentenced tomorrow.

Mystery still surrounds exactly what happened in the dining room where the 46-year-old dad was killed while surrounded by friends.Jurors were told various versions of events by witnesses who were there during the murder.

Paul Tate, of Cambridge Road, Silksworth, was also charged with Mr Hall’s murder but committed suicide while on remand in Holme House Prison, Stockton, on September 27.

Man convicted of murder

John Hall

A man who beat up his childhood friend with a baseball bat has been found guilty of murder.

Nicholas Rought, 45, of Princess Street, Shiney Row, has been convicted of the murder of 46-year-old John Hall at a house in Shiney Row.

His body was found in a country lane at West Rainton near to Durham City,

Another defendant, Stuart Smith, 42, of no fixed abode, originally from Shotley Bridge, was acquitted of murder but convicted of manslaughter at Newcastle Crown Court.

They will be sentenced on Wednesday.

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