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Police identify men killed in Barnard Castle collision

Gordon Nicky Davidson
27-year-old Gordon Nicky Davidson
Grant Benson
21-year-old Grant Benson

Police have identified two men who were killed in a collision near Barnard Castle, Co Durham, in the early hours of Saturday, 16th August.

21-year-old Grant Benson from Bartlemere and 27-year-old Gordon Nicky Davidson from Leekworth Gardens in Middleton-in-Teesdale were killed when the Audi A4 they were travelling in collided with a tree on the road near Barnard Castle at around 3:15am. Both men were declared dead at the scene. No other vehicles were involved.

The family of both men have paid tribute to them. Mr Benson’s family said Grant was a "beautiful, caring and loving person" and Mr Davidson's family said of Nick: "We were all so very proud of him and have been utterly devastated by this."

Sergeant Andy Sutherland from the roads policing unit is asking for anyone who may have seen the car in the time leading up to the collision to get in touch:

I am especially keen to hear from anyone who saw either Grant or Nicky out in Barnard Castle on the Friday night. Collision investigators are continuing to work hard to piece together the events of the night and to establish the cause of collision.

– Sergeant Andy Sutherland

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.

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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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