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Air rifles, cross bows and knives stolen in Shildon

Police are appealing for help to trace burglars who stole 15 air rifles, two cross bows and knives valued at £10,000 during a raid on a house. An empty house was targeted on Byerley Road, in Shildon, County Durham between February 8 and February 9.

Offenders accessed the house, near the junction with Middleton Road, through a window. They found keys to open locked cabinets holding the weapons.

“Clearly in the wrong hands this extensive collection of weapons could potentially be very dangerous indeed.

“It comprises up to 15 high-powered air rifles and a similar quantity of ornamental and hunting knives, as well as crossbows.

“Every room in the house was ransacked during the burglary and it is believed the thieves targeted it deliberately. During the search they were able to locate keys to the gun cabinets.

“I would urge anyone who is offered weapons for sale to contact us. Most of the stolen items are unique and easily identifiable, and therefore, can be traced back to the owner.”

– Detective Sergeant Simon Cowan

Durham Police have not ruled out the possibility burglars knew about the weapons and deliberately targeted the house.

“We’re always concerned when we know that weapons are circulating and that they may end up in the wrong hands.”

– Police spokesperson

Anyone who can help should contact 101.

Two dogs shot dead in County Durham

Two dogs have been found dead after they were both shot in the chest in County Durham.

The young adult lurchers, one male and one female, were found by residents on December 7 in Shildon.

Police officers were called to help one of the dogs at Roseberry Terrace. The second dog was found already dead outside the Hallgarth Surgery, in Cheapside.

The RSPCA were called and discovered that both animals, believed to be aged around one or two years old, were dead. A single air-gun pellet was found in both of the animals' lungs.


FA Cup draw delivers potential North East clash

Gateshead could have a potential North East derby match with Shildon in the FA Cup First Round.

The Heed will travel to Dean Street to face Shildon if the County Durham side can overcome Norton in Wednesday's fourth qualifying round replay.

The remaining First Round ties involving North East clubs are as follows:

  • Basingstoke or Harrow Borough v Spennymoor Town or AFC Telford
  • Blyth Spartans v Altrincham
  • Hartlepool United v East Thurrock
  • Norton or Shildon v Gateshead
  • York v AFC Wimbledon

Famous locomotives side by side in County Durham

The 'big six' Class A4 locomotives side by side in County Durham Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

Six of the world's most famous locomotives have gone on display together in County Durham.

They are on show for the next week at Locomotion, the National Railway Museum at Shildon.

This is the culmination of events to mark Mallard's record-breaking run Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

The engine Mallard is taking pride of place, at the conclusion of events to mark the 75th anniversary of its record breaking run.

In 1938 Mallard became the world's fastest steam locomotive when it reached a speed of 126 miles an hour on the East Coast Main Line.

Mallard was reunited with its five sister locomotives, known as the A4 Class, as part of the anniversary commemorations.

Two of the engines were brought from North America and will shortly be returning home at the end of their two year UK visit.

The event is being called the 'Great Goodbye' and will continue until 23rd February 2014.


Paedophile jailed after posing as schoolgirl on social media

Anthony Nelson, 52, from Shildon was sentenced to four years and eight months for three charges relating to child sex abuse. Credit: Durham Police

A paedophile who posed as a 14-year-old schoolgirl on Facebook to groom victims has been jailed after being caught out by a police officer pretending to be an 11-year-old.

Anthony Nelson, 52, from Shildon was sentenced to four years and eight months for three charges relating to child sex abuse.

Teesside Crown Court heard he befriended an 11-year-old, whose parents alerted the police. Officers seized computers with 1,400 indecent images of children.

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