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Neighbour tells woman 'your house is on fire'

The severe damage left behind Credit: ITV

A woman escaped from her burning home after a neighbour told her the property was on fire.

The house on Bates Close, Newton Aycliffe, went up in flames at around 3pm on April 13.

It took three fire engines and more than a dozen firefighters to put out the blaze.

The area is cordoned off Credit: ITV

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Taxi driver in hospital after Newton Aycliffe collision

A taxi driver is in hospital in a serious but stable condition after a crash in County Durham.

A black Mercedes E350 collided with a red Skoda Octavia taxi on the A167, Central Avenue, Newton Aycliffe, on March 27th.

The taxi driver, 36, from Darlington, was airlifted to the James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough.

His two passengers, a man aged 50, and woman aged 45, were treated at the same hospital for minor injuries.

The driver of the Mercedes was uninjured.

Two seriously injured after crash in Newton Aycliffe

Two men are seriously injured after a crash involving a car and a taxi on the A167 in Newton Aycliffe.

County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service said the two men, who were travelling in the same vehicle, both had to be cut from the wreckage by firefighters.

One has been airlifted to James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough, while the other has been taken by road to Darlington Memorial Hospital.

Nothing is known yet about the driver of the other car.

The road is closed both ways, with police directing traffic, between the B6443 at Central Avenue and Ricknall Lane. The crash happened about 500 yards north of the Gretna Green Hotel.

A spokesman for the fire service confirmed the crash involved two cars, after reports that one of the vehicles was a lorry. He said a lorry was at the scene but was not involved in the crash.

Hitachi train factory 'on track' to open in 2015

The construction of a train factory in County Durham, where hundreds of new train carriages will be built for Intercity and ScotRail contracts, is on target to be completed later this year.

Hundreds of train carriages will be built at the site in Newton Aycliffe

More than 700 people will work at the plant in Newton Aycliffe, where hundreds of new train carriages will be built.

Today the final part of the track will be installed, connecting the factory to the rail network for the first time.

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Family pay tribute to Newton Aycliffe man after fatal crash

Shane Smith

The family of a man who died when his car left the road and crashed in Bishop Auckland have paid tribute to him.

Shane Smith, 25, died when his blue Audi car crashed through a fence on Close House, Bishop Auckland, on January 10.

He suffered serious injuries and died at the scene.

Yesterday, his family paid tribute to Shane, from Newton Aycliffe.

"We are all devastated by the loss of our Shane. He was a gentle giant with a heart of gold.

"As a family our lives will never be the same as we will always have this awful emptiness. He should be here, cracking jokes as he always did. If there are any witnesses to this accident please contact the police. We need to know why it occurred and why our beautiful, happy, smiling Shane has been taken too young. RIP Shane, we love you to pieces and words cannot describe how much we will miss you."

– Family statement

Skills shortage "means Hitachi will recruit from Nissan"

A government advisor warned that a shortage of skilled workers in the North East of England means the train company Hitachi will have to recruit staff from nearby car manufacturer Nissan.

A Hitachi javelin train Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA

The warning was issued by Jim O'Neill, a former senior banker who is now advising the government on how to grow the UK's cities.

Hitachi will create thousands of jobs at its factory in Newton Aycliffe. But there are fears that it will only be able to fill those vacancies by taking staff from the Nissan plant in Sunderland.

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