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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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Durham Police: “Our thoughts are with Mark’s family”

The police inspector who led the search for Mark Bushnell has said that his officers are thinking of the missing teacher’s family.

This comes as a body found near Blackhall Rocks on Saturday 22 March was formally identified as Mark Bushnell earlier today.

He was deputy headteacher at the Durham School in the city. He had been missing since Sunday 9 March.

Our thoughts are with Mark's family at this extremely difficult time. Mark's wife, Joanna would like to thank all involved in the search for Mark for their efforts.”

– Chief Inspector Andy Huddleston, Durham Police

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Body found in Blackhall formally identified as missing Durham teacher Mark Bushnell

Family man Mark Bushnell was a father of three.
Mark Bushnell's body was formally identified earlier today.
There have been extensive searches for the missing teacher since he left the family home on Sunday 9 March.

Police officially identified a body found in Blackhall near Peterlee on Saturday 22 March as the missing Durham teacher Mark Bushnell.

He was deputy headteacher at Durham School in the city. He left the family home on Sunday 9 March to look for a laundrette.

Since then, there have been extensive searches of the Blackhall Rocks area led by Durham Police officers but with dozens of search and rescue volunteers in support.

The Coastguard and the British Transport Police were also called on to assist the search.

Police confirm body found is Mark Bushnell

Police say a body found in Blackhall near Peterlee on Saturday is that of missing teacher Mark Bushnell.

Mark was reported missing from his home in Durham City on March 9. Mr Bushnell's body was discovered on the beach by a member of the public on March 22.

There are no suspicious circumstances.

"Our thoughts are with Mark's family at this extremely difficult time. Mark's wife, Joanna would like to thank all involved in the search for Mark for their efforts."

– Chief Inspector Andy Huddleston

Body believed to be Mark Bushnell

Police searching for Mark Bushnell, say they believe a body found at Blackhall Rocks on Saturday is that of the missing Durham teacher.

We are still in the process of formal identification procedures but do believe that the body found on Saturday morning is that of Mark and his family and colleagues been informed.

There is thought to be no third party involvement in his death and a file is being prepared for the coroner.

– Chief Inspector Andy Huddleston
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