NPower to close Peterlee site

NPower is to close it's site in Peterlee affecting 500 workers. Jobs are being transferred to Sunderland.

Family demand CCTV is released

The family of a County Durham man who died in police custody have taken the difficult decision to release CCTV of the moments after he died

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13 tonnes of crisps on fire in County Durham

Fire crews have put out a fire in a crisp shed on a farm at Castle Eden, near Peterlee. County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service said 13,000 tonnes of crisps were alight. They have now left the scene.


Firefighters from Peterlee are dealing with a fire in a Crisp Shed at Castle Eden. 2BA 2Jets in use. 13 tonnes of crisps alight.


Police watchdog told: "Start caring more about families of people who die in custody"

The sister-in-law of a man who died in police custody has challenged the Independent Police Complaints Commission, the IPCC, to start caring more about families when they investigate deaths.

Her comments follow a review of the IPCC, which found more needs to be done to stop it from failing families who have lost a loved one.

Gregg Easteal's report begins with distressing images of Leonard McCourt's last minutes, slumped in a police van outside Peterlee police station in County Durham.

"The IPCC lacked empathy and treated us like we were in the wrong"

The sister-in-law of a man who died in police custody has said her family felt like they were the criminals, during the investigation into his death.

Tracy McCourt's brother-in-law Leonard died at Peterlee police station in 2010. She said her family "lost faith" in the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), because of the way they were treated:

Police watchdog admits failing families of those who die in custody

The head of the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has admitted that her organisation needs to change how it treats the relatives of people who have died in custody, after a critical review.

Anne Owers mentioned the family of Leonard McCourt, from County Durham, who died in police custody in 2010, after his sister-in-law said they were "treated like criminals":

Sister of Leonard McCourt said police treated her family like criminals while investigating his death in custody

Leonard McCourt died in 2010 at Peterlee police station

The sister of a man who died in police custody said her family were "treated like criminals" by officers investigating his death.

Leonard McCourt died at Peterlee police station in 2010. The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) found that police had failed to provide adequate first aid.

However, the IPCC itself has been criticised in a review of the way it investigates deaths.


American police admit flawed search for Peterlee woman

Lynne Spalding.

Police in San Francisco have apologised for a "slow and incomplete" search for a missing County Durham woman.

Lynne Spalding, 57, originally from Peterlee, lived in the US for 23 years. She disappeared from her room at San Francisco General Hospital on September 21.

She was last seen in bed at 10:15am that day by a nurse and was found by a member of the hospital's engineering staff on a routine check 17 days later on a stairwell.

San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi has apologised for the flaws in the search for Ms Spalding.

He said Ms Spalding was once described as a black woman and later described as an Asian, when in fact she was a white British woman.

The sherrif also said the search started on September 30, but only half the facility's stairwells were checked.

He added that an attempt to review video footage from the hospital failed because of hardware problems.

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