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County Durham man dies in motorbike crash

Scene of the Shildon motorbike crash Credit: Durham Police

A man has died in a motorbike crash that happened last night.

The 49-year-old from Spennymoor was riding a Suzuki 843cc bike and was with a group of other motorbikes travelling from Barnard Castle to Spennymoor when the collision took place.

It happened just before 10am on Brusselton Lane in Shildon between the A68 Royal Oak and the A6072 Shildon bypass.

A 57-year-old woman, also from Spennymoor, and the pillion passenger, was taken to Darlington Memorial Hospital with injuries to their faces.


Forensic teams at scene of 'disturbed grave'

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."

– Anonymous witness

“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 Constabulary

Durham Police are investigating.


Darlington v Spennymoor: match report

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.

Spennymoor Town defender ALMOST scores goal of the season contender

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.

Boy shot with air rifle in Spennymoor

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.”

– PC Pete Aiston

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.

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