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50 children & two adults involved in bus crash

Fifty children and two adults were on board the school buses when the collision occurred in Stanley, County Durham, this morning.

One driver was trapped, according to the Great North Air Ambulance Service, which was called to the scene.

The doctor-led trauma team triaged the injured persons and a 12-year-old child was flown to the Royal Victoria Infirmary (in Newcastle) with serious facial injuries.

– Great North Air Ambulance Service spokesman


Teenager arrested after man dies on New Year's Eve

A teenager has been arrested after a man died following an incident at a house in Hartlepool on New Year's Eve.

A 31-year-old man was taken to hospital with serious injuries and later pronounced dead.

A 17-year-old was arrested and is being questioned in connection with the incident, Cleveland Police said, and a post-mortem examination will be carried out today.

Officers have cordoned off the address and are carrying out house-to-house inquiries in the area.

Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact them on 101.

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McDonald's statement

“This afternoon a crane has caused damage to the roof of our Consett restaurant. The crane had been on site to carry out scheduled development work and toppled while moving an outdoor chiller unit.

“Thankfully nobody was injured. The safety of our customers and employees is our top priority and the restaurant will remain closed while the damage is fully assessed.”

– McDonald's spokesman


Crane crashes through McDonald's roof

A crane toppled through the roof of a McDonald's in County Durham. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive

A crane crashed through the roof a McDonald's restaurant when it was delivering "a freezer or an air con unit".

The incident happened at the fast food giant's outlet in Consett, County Durham, but it is not believed there were any injuries.

Brett Cooper, a 41-year-old geologist from Consett, said: "I'm not sure if it was lifting a freezer or an air con unit but it seems to have just gone over.

"Contractors have been working at the McDonald's so the drive-through has been closed but the restaurant was still open when it happened.

"There were people in there when the crane went through. I think they will need another crane to get it out."

Man guilty of buying suicidal friend petrol and lighter

A man from County Durham has been found guilty of assisting an attempted suicide by supplying his friend with petrol and a lighter shortly before he set himself on fire.

Durham Crown Court heard how Kevin Howe, 20, bought £4 worth of unleaded fuel from a garage and took it to his friend's home where the pair had been drinking on 26 May.

Stephen Walker, 30, of Walker Drive in Bishop Auckland, was later found engulfed in flames by a police officer on patrol. He sustained significant burns to 90% of his body and is still recovering in hospital.

Elizabeth Reid of the CPS said that Howe, who denied the charge, had "deliberatelyencouraged the victim, who was clearly vulnerable, to set himself alight".

Villagers furious over sheep's head shown to children

Police officers made inquiries after receiving calls from residents and later found the rest of the sheep's carcass in a nearby field.

A nearby vet examined the animal and found signs it had been mutilated before it died - it was believed the sheep's head was displayed to children living in Willington, in County Durham.

Villagers were said to be furious about the alleged incident and youngsters being exposed to it.

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