Six children and a woman were taken to hospital after a crash on the A1M between Burtree and Newton Aycliffe, at midday on 29th January. They were taken to the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough by air ambulance. The children, all under 12, and the woman suffered minor injuries.
North East Serjeant Tony Bramham is honoured for bravery
Platoon Serjeant Tony Bramham, of 5th Battalion The Rifles (5 Rifles), was awarded with a Mention in Despatches for his courage under enemy fire after he dashed towards the insurgents in an area known as the Devil's Doorstep.
Three soldiers had been killed in the area in the previous three months during 50 improvised explosive device (IED) and grenade attacks.
Platoon Serjeant Bramham today spoke to North East Tonight's Kenny Toal.
Police are appealing for information after four masked men threatened a couple with a knife, in front of their children.
The men entered a house in Redworth, near Newton Aycliffe, on September 24. A 50-year-old father was taken to Darlington Memorial Hospital with facial injuries. Two young children witnessed some of the attack. The men took money from the house.
“I must reassure the public that this sort of crime is very rare and we don’t believe this to be a random attack. It left the entire family very badly shaken and we are keen to speak with anyone who may have any information about this.”
– Detective Inspector Phil Curtis, Darlington CID
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101.
Job losses certain as car dealership goes into administration
Car dealership Holiways has gone into administration and most of the company's 81 staff are set to be made redundant.
The new and used car dealer - which had sites in Newton Aycliffe and Bishop Auckland - had suffered a drop in trade as a result of reduced consumer spending.
And this is despite the company selling its Durham and Hartlepool dealerships in recent weeks.
KPMG have been appointed administrators .
"It is unsurprising that during a recession, a relatively rural car retailer has struggled. Despite a restructure, which saw Holiways sell two dealerships in recent weeks, the siginificant losses incurred by the business through the summer means it simply couldn't continue to trade."
– Mark Firmin, regional head of restructuring at KPMG