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Man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after Shildon stabbing

A man, 49, has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, after a stabbing in Shildon, County Durham.

A man suffered stab wounds on May 23. He is currently in custody at Bishop Auckland police station.

The victim, aged 44, remains in a stable condition in hospital and is receiving treatment for a number of stab wounds to his body.

“Enquiries are ongoing and I would like to thank the people of Shildon for their patience and the support they have given to the investigation since this incident happened.”​

– Det Chief Insp Victoria Fuller

The emergency services were called to a house in Oaklea shortly after 2pm on Sunday following reports a man had been stabbed several times.

Officers believe the incident actually took place at a different address, elsewhere in Shildon.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers, 0800 555111.


Mother jailed for taking poison to terminate pregnancy

A woman from County Durham who took poison she bought on the internet to terminate her unborn son has been jailed for two-and-a-half years.

Natalie Towers wept in the dock as she was jailed this afternoon. Credit: Durham Police

Natalie Towers, 24, of Adams Street, Shildon, collapsed wailing in the dock at Newcastle Crown Court when she was sentenced to serve two years and six months behind bars.

Mr Justice Jay said: "This offence does involve extinguishing life about to begin."

He gave her credit for admitting the charge of administering poison with intent to procure a miscarriage while 32-34 weeks' pregnant at a previous hearing, but said an immediate custodial sentence had to be passed and it could not be suspended.

The judge told her: "Despite attempts made by the paramedics and hospital, the child could not be saved. "Both paramedics were obviously distressed by what they saw. "I am satisfied the baby was already dead when delivered.

Towers, who has a child from a previous pregnancy which she concealed, wept throughout the sentencing hearing.

Air rifles, cross bows and knives stolen in Shildon

Police are appealing for help to trace burglars who stole 15 air rifles, two cross bows and knives valued at £10,000 during a raid on a house. An empty house was targeted on Byerley Road, in Shildon, County Durham between February 8 and February 9.

Offenders accessed the house, near the junction with Middleton Road, through a window. They found keys to open locked cabinets holding the weapons.

“Clearly in the wrong hands this extensive collection of weapons could potentially be very dangerous indeed.

“It comprises up to 15 high-powered air rifles and a similar quantity of ornamental and hunting knives, as well as crossbows.

“Every room in the house was ransacked during the burglary and it is believed the thieves targeted it deliberately. During the search they were able to locate keys to the gun cabinets.

“I would urge anyone who is offered weapons for sale to contact us. Most of the stolen items are unique and easily identifiable, and therefore, can be traced back to the owner.”

– Detective Sergeant Simon Cowan

Durham Police have not ruled out the possibility burglars knew about the weapons and deliberately targeted the house.

“We’re always concerned when we know that weapons are circulating and that they may end up in the wrong hands.”

– Police spokesperson

Anyone who can help should contact 101.

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