Newts are protected as they are "rare in Europe"

Natural England is hoping that ecological surveys will be completed in the Spring.

It will then look at whether the newts can be protected, where they are, or whether they have to be found a new home.

This means that building work is unlikely to start until at least the middle of the year.

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Newt license for Durham police HQ

Plans for the new multi-million pound Durham Police headquarters can now go ahead after Natural England granted them a wildlife licence relating to great crested newts.