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Widow of Durham teacher says death is 'unfathomable'

The inquest has been held into the death of the deputy headmaster of Durham School. 50-year-old Mark Bushnell went missing on March 8 and was found on the beach at Blackhall in County Durham two weeks later. There was an extensive search for him when he disappeared.

The County Durham coroner, Andrew Tweddle, recorded an open verdict at the hearing in Crook. He said he had to be sure beyond reasonable doubt and he wasn't certain that Mr Bushnell intended to take his life or that it was an accident.

"He had so much to live for: he had me, his job and his boys. We had plans for the future."

– Joanna Bushnell

Joanna Bushnell, Mark's widow, said they had been together for 29 years. She said his death was "just unfathomable".

Concern for missing teenager

Cleveland Police say they're concerned for the wellbeing of a teenager who's been missing since Saturday morning.

Wendy Stewart, who is 15, was last seen at an address in Stockton at half past ten.

She's described as black, with black hair, brown eyes, of medium build and 5'4" tall.

She was last seen wearing a black leather jacket, black leggings and an orange t-shirt. Anyone with information is asked to contact Cleveland Police


Police appeal to find missing journalist

Police are increasingly concerned for the safety of a Northern Echo journalist who has gone missing.

43-year-old Neil Hunter from Hartlepool was last seen at around 5pm on Wednesday in Seaton Carew.

Mr Hunter is well known as a court reporter, and previously worked for the Hartlepool Mail.

He is described as: 5ft 10 inches tall, slim build, with dark cropped hair and brown eyes.

He was last seen wearing dark baggy trousers and a dark T-shirt.

Cleveland Police say he may have been carrying a rucksack, wearing a puffa style jacket and possibly wearing glasses.

It is understood to be out of character for Mr Hunter to go missing.

Anyone who knows of his whereabouts should call police on the non-emergency number 101.

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