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Man sets speed record with coffee-powered car

A North East man driving a coffee-powered car has set a Guinness World Records speed record.

With a Guinness World Records adjudicator looking on, 42-year-old conservationist Martin Bacon, got his specially modified Ford P100 pick-up truck to go more than 65mph.

Watched by his wife Jill, father-of-two Mr Bacon, from Teesdale, completed his run at Woodford Airfield in Stockport, Greater Manchester.

The speed is a world best for this type of vehicle.

The vehicle uses coffee chaff pellets - the waste product from coffee production - which are heated in a charcoal fire where they break down into carbon monoxide and hydrogen.

The gas is cooled and filtered before hydrogen is combusted to drive the engine.

Details of Prince Charles visit

Details have been released of the visit to Middleton-in-Teesdale today by the Prince of Wales. Prince Charles will arrive in the market place at 10.50 this morning.

At 11.20 the Prince will tour the sheep pens and meet Auction Mart staff and farmers before unveiling a plaque to open a new cafe. He'll leave at about 12.00.

The Mart was established in 1924 and 25,000 animals pass through it annually.

Between 12.05 and 12.40 Prince Charles will visit Upper Teesdale Agricultural Support Services which works with farmers and their families living in the Durham Dales.

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Farmwatch teams win award for efforts

Police officers and volunteers who work together to fight rural crime have been given an award for their hard work. Teesdale and Weardale's 'Farmwatch' scheme sees teams go out at night, to catch burglars, poachers and scrap-metal thieves.

Operations are organised at the last minute, and held on random evenings to catch criminals unaware. It's part of a wider Farmwatch network across the North East, North Yorkshire and Cumbria.

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