A family has paid tribute to a teenager who died in a crash in County Durham at the weekend.
Shortly after midnight on Sunday, 17th May, Karl Martin Bennett, aged 17, was a passenger in a Ford Mondeo when it left the road and crashed near a garden centre on the A182, South Hetton Road, Easington.
The car came to rest in a field.
Police were alerted immediately by a passing motorist.
However, Karl was confirmed dead from his injuries at the scene.
The other two occupants were men aged 18, and from the South Hetton and Easington Lane areas.
They were treated at the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough but have since been discharged.
Karl was from Easington Lane and his family said he had been looking forward to his 18th birthday next week.
Grahame Morris has been re-elected as the Labour MP for Easington.
The result is expected to be announced shortly for the Easington constituency. A declaration is expected at around 2am.
Coutners at Rainton Meadows Arena in Durham are trying to work who won both in that seat and in the City of Durham.
A new proposal aims to breathe new life into an old coal mine with plans to turn land in Easington Colliery into a nature reserve.
The former colliery, on the outskirts of the village towards the coast, closed in 1993 and the site was landscaped for wildlife and recreation six years later.
Now, proposals have been unveiled to declare the land, which is owned by Durham County Council, as a local nature reserve to help protect the site for future generations and get more local people involved.
The site boasts a high conservation value as it contains species such as the common toad, skylark and dingy skipper butterfly.
It also features many different types of habitats including woodland, ponds and lowland meadow.
As well as highlighting the area's natural qualities, confirming the site as a LNR will also help attract future funding to further improve public access and nature conservation.
Consultation with the local community has shown strong support for the plan with many residents expressing an interest in getting involved. It has also been welcomed and backed by Natural England.
The proposal is due to go before members of Durham County Council's Cabinet when they meet at County Hall later today (October 15).
A letting agency based in Easington, County Durham, has been named the best in the UK by the Sunday Times. It is the first time a firm outside London has won the award. Castledene Group was founded less than six years ago. It also won awards in three other categories.
Three people have been arrested following allegations of fraud at a school in County Durham.
Police say concerns were raised about alleged financial irregularities at Glendene Arts Academy in Easington.
The school is for children with learning difficulties.
A 57-year-old man and a 56-year-old woman were arrested in Whitley Bay.
A 41-year-old man was also arrested in Darlington.
Thomas Dent, who used to work at Easington Colliery until its closure in 1993, reminisces at the site of the old mine.
A driver has died following an accident near to Easington services in County Durham.
A silver Peugeot 206 is thought to have left the road at around 12.30am on Friday March 7, and hit a lamppost.
The driver was taken to James Cook Hospital where he died.
Officers investigating the incident are appealing for anyone who may have seen the incident to contact them on 101 and ask for Durham Constabulary.