A forensic tent has been put up in a cordoned off cemetery in County Durham after a grave was disturbed and a headstone damaged.
There has been a large police presence at Metal Bridge Cemetery, near Spennymoor, since they were called on November 21.
"There were about eight police vans in the area and it was taped off.
"I asked if we could go along and he said ‘no’.
"I asked what had happened and they said: ‘I'm sorry, I can’t tell you’.
"As we were leaving a PCSO came down as asked what our names were so we told him.
"I was alarmed to see that something like that had happened so close to where we go every day.
"I was amazed at such a heavy police presence, I couldn't believe it."
“Police were called to Metal Bridge Cemetery at 11.45am on Saturday following a report that grave had been disturbed and a headstone damaged."
Durham Police are investigating.
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Darlington Football Club are on the rise again !
The Quakers are on course for their second promotion in three years after winning a dramatic play-off semi-final against their local rivals Spennymoor Town.
The teams met in the Evostik Division One North play-off semi-final at Heritage Park, Darlington's temporary home in Bishop Auckland.
The Quakers won 3-2 and now face Bamber Bridge in the play-off final on Saturday. It's another step forward for a club that's suffered it's fair-share of heartbreak in recent years.
Our Sports Correspondent Simon O'Rourke was at the match.
A non-league footballer ALMOST scored a goal of the season contender during last night's Evo Stik Division One North play-off semi-final between Darlington and Spennymoor Town.
With the game all-square at 2-2, Spennymoor Town defender Kallum Griffiths tried an audacious 40-yard effort that cannoned back off the crossbar with just five minutes left to play.
Darlington went onto win the match 3-2 to progress to the play-off final.
A County Durham School is celebrating a remarkable sporting achievement.
Whitworth Park in Spennymoor has produced 24 National and International athletes, two European Champions and two World Champions.
Our Sports Correspondent Simon O'Rourke has been to find out their secret to success:
Police are urging people to be aware of the dangers of air rifles after a 15-year-old boy was shot in the back. He had been out walking with his friend in a nature reserve in Spennymoor, near to the Frog and Ferret pub, on December 28 at around 2.30pm.
“Thankfully the victim’s injuries were not serious; he was left with a small lump and a bruise to his shoulder; however it could have been much worse.
“The victim and his friend had noticed three men who were dressed in camouflage jackets and carrying a black air rifle earlier during their walk. We would like to trace these individuals and are appealing to anyone who can help us to get in touch.
“I’d also like to take this opportunity to remind people who use air rifles that it is their responsibility to ensure it is safe to shoot before pulling the trigger. There is comprehensive guidance about the use of firearms on the Durham Constabulary website and I would advise people to familiarise themselves with this before taking their weapon out.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.
Durham and Darlington fire service say the fire at a County Durham recycling centre has now been put out.
Around 30 tonnes of plastic was alight at Merrington Lane Industrial Estate at the height of the blaze.
No one was injured.
A large fire is ongoing at a County Durham recycling centre.
Fire crews are tackling the blaze at Merrington Lane Industrial Estate in Spennymoor.
Durham Police said they received a call at 10.20am and that North Close is closed towards Kirk Merrington due to the fire.