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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.


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.

Baby was abandoned in street confirm police

Police have confirmed a baby was abandoned this morning but cannot confirm further details at this point. It is believed that a baby was left in the street next to a medical centre in Horden, Peterlee.

Driving by the scene was taxi driver Councillor Mary Cartwright who gave ITV News Tyne Tees this statement:

"I was coming back from a job at the airport and I called by a friend's house. It was 04.30am so no-one was around. As I came round the bend the whole of Horden was deserted apart from a police car and I saw a policeman stood holding a baby in his arms. It was about 04.50am so no-one else was around. You could just see the baby's head protruding from the blankets.

"Suddenly, an ambulance pulled up and I thought it was odd that no one got out. The policeman ran straight to the ambulance and passed the baby to the person in the passenger's seat and they were off, straight away. The police and the ambulance service did such a grand job. The policeman waved and asked me to turn around. "I'm a mother myself and have three girls, so I went straight on Facebook and put a plea out for the mother to contact me. She must be very distressed - I hope she gets in touch. She'll be needing help."

– Cllr Mary Cartwright
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