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Firefighters tackle Peterlee blaze

County Durham & Darlington Fire and Rescue teams have been tackling a fire on an industrial estate in Peterlee.

It's now under control and there is no risk to any other businesses or homes. A full investigation is now beginning.

Could you be a County Durham running 'leader'?

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County Durham Sport is looking for running 'leaders' to encourage others to join running groups in the area.

County Durham Sport want to both new beginners and more experienced runners, particularly in Peterlee and East Durham.

Running can be a great way to help you get more active. Regardless of your age or fitness level, if you’ve never run before or haven’t run for years, running can be very accessible and flexible. It’s not expensive, all you need is a decent pair of trainers and a little bit of encouragement and support.

– Becks Lippe from County Durham Sport

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More than £14k in fines for County Durham littering

Forty people have been ordered to pay a combined total of £14,300 for committing littering offences in County Durham.

The cases, brought by Durham County Council, were heard at Peterlee Magistrates Court on September 8th.

The police have described littering offences as costly.

"Littering is an issue that is raised on a regular basis by our communities. We have a beautiful county and this spoils how it looks, can impact the environment and is costly to remove.

“There is no excuse for dropping litter and the volume of prosecutions here shows how seriously we take this offence.”

– Ian Hoult, Durham County Council

Three men charged after pensioner, 91, is injured in carjacking

Three men have been charged in connection with the robbery of a 91-year-old man, who was injured in a carjacking.

The pensioner's car was stolen as he parked his car outside his own house in County Durham.

The victim spoke to ITV Tyne Tees

He was dragged from his blue Renault Clio in Eden View, Shotton Colliery by one man before two others jumped in and drove off.

Police have said the 91-year-old's car has been written off.

The three men arrested in connection with the incident have been charged with robbery.

They remain in custody and will appear before Peterlee Magistrates tomorrow morning, July 13.

Pensioner, 91, hurt in carjacking outside own home

A 91-year-old man has been injured in a carjacking as he parked his car outside his own house.

The pensioner was pulled from his blue Renault Clio in Shotton Colliery, County Durham, by one man before two others jumped in and drove off.

He suffered a cut to one of his arms during the Friday night attack and was treated by paramedics at the scene.

Two men in their mid-20s and one aged 19 have been arrested in connection with the robbery.

Detective Chief Inspector Aelfwynn Sampson, of Durham Constabulary, said: "This was a callous crime carried out on a vulnerable elderly man whose car is his lifeline.

"I would urge anyone who can help with our investigation to contact us."

  • Witnesses can contact Durham Constabulary on 101.

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Newborn baby boy left on doorstep in Horden

Police say a newborn baby was found on a doorstep in Horden, Peterlee. The baby boy was taken to hospital and is well.

“We can confirm that a newborn baby was found at 4.48am on the doorstep of a property in the Horden area today.

“The little boy was taken North Tees Hospital and is thankfully fit and well.

“We are now working closely with our partners at Durham County Council’s Children Services as part of this investigation.

“However, our priority is that mother and baby, who has been named Jack by hospital staff, get all the support necessary.

“We are obviously concerned about the mother’s welfare and want to reassure her we are all here to help.”

– Detective Inspector Aelfwynn Sampson, from Durham Constabulary’s Safeguarding, team

Anyone with information is urged to contact police on 101.

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