Firefighters have been tackling a large blaze in a takeaway in County Durham. The fire broke out in the Elite buildings on Front Street in Stanley on Monday . Several roads have been closed to traffic and a police cordon put in place. Thick smoke has been seen for many miles.
This was the scene in Stanley, County Durham, on Monday afternoon as firefighters tackled a large blaze.
Smoke could be seen for miles around, after flames took hold in a building on Front Street.
Several roads in Stanley have been closed.
Fire crews are tackling a large fire in Stanley, County Durham, on Monday afternoon.
The blaze is believed to have begun in a take-away shop on Front Street.
Smoke could be seen for miles around.
At 1.30pm Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue crews said the building was "well alight".
At 3.30pm two roads - Church Bank and Station Road - were closed. A spokesman for Durham Police says more roads could yet be shut.
Watch here for updates.
The mother of a man who was stabbed to death walked out of court yesterday after hearing that her son's teenage killers may be released by the time they are 30.
Janice Scott, whose son David Scott died two days before Christmas last year, shouted: "That's not enough for what they have done to my son, to my family."
Luke Garner and George Keane were told they would serve at least 14 years in prison for the murder. They were both just 16 years old when they attacked Mr Scott in a back lane in Stanley, County Durham on 23rd December. He was stabbed five times and died hours later.
During their trial at Newcastle Crown Court, they tried to blame each other for his death.
However, a jury found them guilty of a 'joint enterprise', of which they were both willing participants.
Judge James Goss said it was a "needless killing" and although he accepted that neither boy set out to kill Mr Scott, nonetheless in carrying and using a knife there was "always an inherent risk".
Yesterday, both boys were given indefinite prison sentences. If they serve the minimum term, they will be released when they are 30 years old, but will remain on licence for the rest of their lives.
David Scott, 33, had two young children who will now be looked after by his mother.
The family of a man who died after being hit a bus in Stanley have paid tribute to a "happy-go-lucky man who would have done anything to help anyone."
– Elaine and Stephen, parents of Darren Lee
“Darren was a well-known and popular figure around the town of Stanley, having lived in the area all his life. He had many friends in the town with whom he enjoyed socialising and he had been on a night out when he was involved in this tragic accident.
“He was a ‘happy-go-lucky’ lad who would do anything to help anybody. He was particularly fond of spending time with his grandma, the rest of his family and his American Bulldog ‘Metz’.
“He will be much missed.”
Police are appealing for witnesses after a man died after being hit by a bus in Stanley.
It happened at 11.15pm on Friday 23 August as Darren Lee, from Stanley, attempted to cross a dual carriageway on Rotary Way.
The 31-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the bus, a 58-year-old man, was uninjured.
A number of passengers were also on board the vehicle at the time, none of whom were injured.
Any witnesses who have not already come forward are asked to contact police on 0191 375 2159.
A North East bus driver who died in a crash in the French Alps has been hailed as a hero.
The quick thinking of 64-year-old Maurice Wrightson, a driver with County Durham firm Classic Coaches, is thought to have saved the lives of the passengers on board.
He steered his coach into a tree to stop it going over the edge of a mountain after it developed problems.
Investigators are now trying to establish exactly what went wrong.
You can watch the full report from Kenny Toal below.
Two teenagers have appeared in court to deny murdering a 33-year-old father of two from County Durham.
The defendants, who are aged 16 and 17 and cannot be named for legal reasons, were at Newcastle Crown Court for a brief plea hearing.
They were charged with murdering David Scott, who died in hospital two days before Christmas after he was stabbed in the back lane of Rose Avenue in Stanley.
They were remanded into custody until their trial, which is due to take place in June or July.
A week long blitz is beginning to tackle anti-social behaviour in the County Durham town of Stanley.
The operation, in the South Moor area, will focus on teenage drinking, speeding motorists and noisy neighbours. It is a response to concerns raised by local people.
Neighbourhood wardens and Police Community Support Officers will carry out extra patrols during the week.
A man has died at a hospital in Newcastle four days after he was involved in a four-vehicle collision in County Durham.
The 45-year-old man from Stanley was airlifted to the Royal Victoria Infirmary on Saturday afternoon after his car, a Suzuki Swift, was involved in the crash on the A693 at Beamish.
Durham Police have appealed for anyone who may have witnessed the crash near the entrance to the Topgun Paintball Centre to get in contact with them.