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Masked robbers ransack elderly man's home

Three masked robbers have assaulted an elderly man and ransacked his home.

The three men armed with crowbars, forced their way into the victim’s home, demanded money and assaulted the occupant.

The incident happened in Staindrop Road, West Auckland at about 6pm last night.

The suspects, who were wearing blue boiler suits and masks, left the scene in a dark coloured car.

This was a nasty assault on an elderly gentleman and we would urge anyone who saw anything suspicious to call us immediately.

– Detective Constable Clare Lambert, Durham Police

Arrests made after 3,400 illicit cigarettes found

Two men and two women have been arrested, after thousands of illicit cigarettes were seized during raids in County Durham.

Trading Standards officers and police found the 3,400 cigarettes in two premises in West Auckland and St Helen Auckland. None of the packets have government health warnings on them, and they are believed to be either smuggled or counterfeit. A significant amount of cash was also seized.

The four people arrested have now been released on bail pending further enquiries.

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Police search for bullet-riddled van after gun attack in West Auckland

Police are continuing their search for a van that was shot at last Tuesday.

At around 2pm on Tuesday 27 May, police received reports that shots had been fired form a dark coloured estate car at a white Ford Transit van.

It happened in the Oakley Green area of West Auckland near to the old Post Office.

A 20-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of a firearms offence and a 19-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender. Both of them have now been bailed as the investigation continues.

Police believe the white van will have damage to one its side panels and they want anyone who has seen it to get in touch. Members of the public can contact Durham Police by calling 101.

Shots fired at white van in West Auckland

Police said shots were fired from an estate car at a white van in West Auckland, in County Durham yesterday. The car was dark coloured and the people travelling in it were thought to have been wearing balaclavas. Detectives said at one point the car was chasing the white van. No one was injured.

A 20-year-old local man was arrested yesterday evening on suspicion of a firearms offence and a 19-year-old woman, also local, has been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender. They are in custody at Bishop Auckland police station.

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West Auckland play at Wembley

West Auckland at Wembley Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

West Auckland Town are playing at Wembley today (May 10) the final of the FA Vase.

They were beaten by Dunston in the final of 2012.

But now they have a second chance.

West Auckland had revenge on Dunston in the quarter-finals. They beat St Andrews from Leicestershire in the semis. And now they are playing Sholing FA from Southampton in the 2014 final.

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