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MPs to debate performance of Durham Free School

The performance of Durham Free School will be debated by MPs next week.

Labour's Durham city MP Roberta Blackman-Woods will lead the debate in the House of Commons on Tuesday (27 January). A minister from the Department for Education will also take part.

This comes after Education Secretary Nicky Morgan announced plans to close the school. That decision was prompted by the school getting the lowest possible rating in an Ofsted inspection.

Police brief media after body pulled from river

Police are briefing the media in Durham city centre. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Police are briefing the media in Durham city centre after a body was pulled from the River Wear today.

Police responded to reports of a body near Framwellgate Bridge this morning.

The body has not yet been formally identified but police have said they believe it is Euan Coulthard.

The 19-year-old Durham University student has not been seen since a night out on Wednesday 14 January.

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Missing Euan: Durham University 'very sorry' after body pulled from river

A spokesman for Durham University has said it is "very sorry" to hear that a body has been found in the search for Euan Coulthard.

The 19-year-old law student has not been seen since a night out on Wednesday 14 January.

Pro-Vice-Chancellor Prof Graham Towl issued the following statement on behalf of Durham University.

We are aware of the development that has taken place today and we are very sorry to hear that a body has been recovered from the River Wear. It would be inappropriate to give further comment until a formal identification has taken place, but we continue to support all of our students at this difficult time."

– Prof Graham Towl, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Durham University

Police believe body found in River Wear is missing student Euan Coulthard

19-year-old Euan Coulthard has not been seen since a night out on Wednesday 14 January. Credit: Durham Police
Police responded to reports of a body near Framwellgate Bridge in Durham city centre this morning. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Police say they believe a body pulled from the River Wear today is the missing Durham University student Euan Coulthard.

Police responded to reports of a body near Framwellgate Bridge in Durham city centre this morning. That body has now been pulled from the river.

Speaking via an official Twitter account, Durham Police said the body is "believed" to be the missing student.

19-year-old Euan Coulthard, a second-year law student at St Mary's College, has not been seen since going on a night out on Wednesday 14 January.

A post-mortem examination of the body will take place later. No formal identification has yet taken place.

Police confirm a body has been found

Police have confirmed that a body has been located in the River Wear.

Emergency services were called to reports of a body, officers were responding, and they are now in a position to confirm that divers will be going into the River Wear in the next hour.

The body has been found as police search for missing student Euan Coulthard.

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