Residents in a County Durham village say that are devastated that their church hall, which they have raising money to restore, has been gutted by fire.
The hall at St John's church in Meadowfield had been closed while locals worked to raise £50 thousand to make much needed repairs.
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Officers attended the scene where a man had suffered a head injury. He was taken to hospital where is condition is described as critical.
Walkers set out from Ipswich on Easter Monday to walk 333 miles home in memory of Lee Hope, a Firefighter from Newcastle who died last year