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Hunt for man after clothes found on beach

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Durham Police say they are concerned for an unknown man after clothing which they believe are his, were found on a beach in Seaham.

Police have released a photo of the man in question and are hoping to find his identity and address.

Anyone with information are asked to contact Durham Police, Tel 101 re log DHM-29052017-0106.


Fire fighters battle blaze in Seaham pub

Bar Avenue in Seaham Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A fire broke out at a County Durham pub in the early hours of the morning.

Four crews were called to tackle the blaze at the Avenue at just after 1.25am.

A spokesman for County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service said: “The damage was quite extensive but we managed to stop the fire from spreading further.

"Investigations are continuing."

Extensive damage to the roof of the bar Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
Extensive damage to the roof of the bar Credit: ITV Tyne Tees
Bar Avenue in Seaham Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Seaham house fire 'not suspicious', say Police

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Durham Police say a house fire in Seaham, which killed one person, is not being treated as suspicious.

The police investigation has concluded and the fire is not being treated as suspicious.

The fire service will continue investigations into the exact cause of the fire.

The process to identify the deceased continues.

– Durham Police
  1. Kris Jepson

One dead in Seaham house fire

Four fire engines were called to tackle a fire in Seaham in the early hours of Thursday morning. Credit: CCD Fire & Rescue Service

One person has died after a house fire in County Durham.

Firefighters rushed to the scene on Gregson Terrace, Seaham, at 3.30am on Thursday.

Three fire engines, two from Seaham and one from Peterlee, arrived and a body was discovered on the first floor of the property.

The identity of the person has not yet been confirmed.

Watch Kris Jepson @krisjepson's report here:

No one else was trapped or injured in the fire.

A spokesperson for Durham Police says crews remain at the scene and a joint fire and police investigation will begin as soon as possible to establish the cause of the blaze.


Woman taken to hospital after Seaham cliff fall

Seaham seafront. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

A woman has been taken to hospital following reports of a cliff fall on Seaham seafront.

Emergency services, including the Great North Air Ambulance, were called to the scene at around 11.30am on Monday.

The woman was taken by road ambulance to hospital in Newcastle. The extent of her injuries is not known.

Seaham seafront where the emergency services were called on Monday after a reported cliff fall. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

What is emergency open-heart surgery?

The Great North Air Ambulance (library photo) Credit: The Great North Air Ambulance

A woman in her 50's has died following a crash involving a car and a coach on the A19 near Seaham in County Durham.

She passed away in hospital despite desperate attempts by Great North Air Ambulance medics, who carried out open-heart surgery at the side of the road, to save her life.

What is the procedure and how rare is it?

  • The medical name for the procedure is an emergency thoracotomy.
  • In the most basic of terms it involves opening the chest to expose the lungs and the heart to prevent the heart from 'bleeding out' in effect.
  • When the heart does this the blood builds up around the organ - pressurising it and stopping it from beating.
  • The procedure is time-critical and performed in a matter of minutes.
  • When a non-emergency thoracotomy is performed - it takes 90 minutes in a sterile operating theatre with at least five medical staff present including a surgeon and scrub nurses.

Who has performed it?

  • This procedure was first pioneered by a London Air Ambulance team who used it in an effort to save the lives of stabbing and shooting victims.
  • Their use of it at a roadside was a world first.
  • The Great North Air Ambulance has only relatively recently been able to perform this procedure in the most severe of cases.
  • It requires consultant level medical expertise and a doctor of a senior level who must be present at the scene.
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