A6108 Barracks Bank in both directions closed due to gas leak and emergency repairs between A66 / A1 (Scotch Corner) and Scurragh Lane (Skeeby).
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Figures released today by the RNLI show the most common reason for rescue in 2014 was machine failure.
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The family of a Durham student who died after a night out said they will be 'eternally grateful' to the civilian diver who found his body.