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Growing concern over missing man from South Hetton

Police are becoming increasingly concerned about the whereabouts of a 46-year-old man who has gone missing from his home in South Hetton.

Colin Anthony Bell, who lives with his parents in Jubilee Square, South Hetton, did not return home after taking his dog out for its usual walk last night.

The dog, a Bedlington terrier, was later found wandering on its own by a member of the public.

Police are carrying out extensive enquiries in the area and have been joined by members of the local community.

Colin is:

  • 6 feet 2 inches tall
  • Of medium build
  • Short grey hair
  • He was believed to be wearing a blue Parka-like jacket with red stripes down the sleeves, and jeans

“We are concerned for Colin’s safety as it’s out of character for him not to return home like this and the weather is atrocious.

"He usually walks the dog on routes near his home and always returns safe and well.”

– Chief Inspector Karen Naunton

Anyone who sees someone matching Colin’s description, or remembers seeing him walking his dog last night, is asked to ring Durham Police on 101.

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Man recreates Butlins holiday train in his workshop

Puffing Billy
Puffing Billy gave rides around Butlins in Filey Credit: Ian Morrell

A man who remembered the Puffing Billy train from family holidays to Filey has built a working replica of the attraction in his workshop. Ian Morrell bought an ex-military vehicle to form the base, chassis and engine of his version. Now it is finished, he hopes to find it a carriage.

Replica of Puffing Billy
The working replica, which its creator says would pull a carriage Credit: Ian Morrell

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