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Live News: October 31, 2012
10:24am Wednesday 31st October 2012 in News
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CAR CRASH: A MAN has been taken to hospital after his car smashed into some metal railings this afternoon.
It is understood his Mazda 323 veered across the left lane of Parkgate, in Darlington, and hit the metal railings opposite Darlington Magistrates’ Court.
He has been taken to Darlington Memorial Hospital after the crash, which happened at around 1:45pm today. The driver’s daughter was also in the car, but she was uninjured.
It is feared he was taken ill at the wheel during the incident, which did not involve any other vehicles.
Parkgate is closed in both directions until further notice.
Anyone with any information is asked to call Durham Police on 101.
SNATCHED BABY: A man and a woman arrested on suspicion of kidnapping a four-month-old baby from social services have been bailed pending further enquiries.
But Durham Police today released the pair into the custody of Northumbria Police, who wish to speak to them regarding alleged offences in their force area.
James Allen has a verbal outburst at the judge claiming the prosecution was leading the jury. The judge tells him to speak to his legal team— @graemeecho 31 October 2012
Officers dealing with accident on parkgate, Darlington. Road closed both directions. Avoid if you can heavy congestion— @DurhamRPU 31 October 2012
Jury in James Allen murder trial hear that he was counting coins in a jar on the floor of the back room that the witness hadn't seen before— @graemeecho 31 October 2012
the next witness in the James Allen double murder trial is Mr Lines' former partner Michelle O'Halloran.— @graemeecho 31 October 2012
Lines admits smoking a joint with James Allen on the night Colin Dunford was allegedly murdered.— @graemeecho 31 October 2012
James Allen trial resumes with further cross examination of Craig Lines. He denies taking crack cocaine with the defendant.— @graemeecho 31 October 2012
SNATCHED BABY: Social services say they are "extremely pleased" at the return of a four-month-old baby girl, who was found in a Barnard Castle pub last night.
Rachael Shimmin, Durham County Council's corporate director of children and adult services, said its primary concern throughout had been the safety of the "vulnerable little girl".
A man and a woman remain in police custody in connection with the incident.
Allen's trial breaks for lunch after bad tempered exchange between defence barrister and witness Craig Lines— @graemeecho 31 October 2012
If you're out trick or treating tonight remember some elderly/vulnerable people are distressed when strangers call at their homes after dark— @Darlo_Police 31 October 2012
Police are searching hedgerows in the Adelaide Terrace area, of Shildon, Co Durham, as they investigate a burglary. The break-in took place at Forcett, near Richmond, North Yorks, on Saturday, October 27. A 47-year-old Bishop Auckland man was arrested on Tuesday, October 30, and he is in police custody.
Lines being asked about his drug use in cross examination and admits smoking 'weed' but denies being off his head. Allen murder trial— @graemeecho 31 October 2012
Racing great Kauto Star retires. Gold Cup day won't be the same without you!— @StephClarkEcho 31 October 2012
Lines asks defence QC how he sleeps at night defending people like Allen as cross examination becomes more fractious and bad tempered.— @graemeecho 31 October 2012
court hears how a bank statement belonging to Mr Dunford was found under sofa seat where Allen slept the night of the pensioner's murder— @graemeecho 31 October 2012
blood stain on sleeve of Lines' jacket which was seen on cctv the morning after Mr Dunford's murder wasn't there before he let Allen wear it— @graemeecho 31 October 2012
SNATCHED BABY: Durham Police are continuing to question a man and a woman in connection with the suspected kidnap of their four-month-old daughter from social services care in Stanley.
The man and the woman, who were arrested last night, remain in custody at separate County Durham police stations. They are expected to be questioned later today.
The Cricketers Arms, in Barnard Castle, where the couple and their four-month-old daughter were found
ATTEMPTED ROBBERY: Cleveland Police are appealing for witnesses to an attempted robbery on Norton High Street which happened on Saturday 27th October.
A 51-year-old woman was walking along the High Street in the direction of The Green at around 3.30pm. She was level with Millbeck Care Home when she was approached by a man who tried to grab her handbag.
The man used such force as to pull the woman over, causing an injury to her knee. He ran off in the direction of The Green before turning off into a small alley off the High Street.
The man is described as a white male, aged between 17 and 27 years old, of medium build, around 6ft tall with brown hair which was short at the back and collar length, cut into layers. He was wearing a grey coloured jacket and grey coloured bottoms, which were possibly tracksuit bottoms.
Anyone with information is asked to contact DC Leigh Gill of Stockton CID on the non-emergency 101 number or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Campaigners may have lost the first round of their battle to stop a huge waste incinerator to be built near Knaresborough - but they don't appear to have lost hope.
County councillors yesterday gave the go-ahead to the £1.4bn facility - which will serve the entire county - but protestors now plan to campaign hard to get the issue "called in" by the Secretary of State and seem confident they will be able to persuade a public inquiry to throw the plan out.
Lines tells the court how he let Allen wear his Firetrap jacket and baseball cap the night of Mr Dunford's murder— @graemeecho 31 October 2012
Allen stayed at Lines' home in Oxford Street, Middlesbrough, the night he is accused of murdering Colin Dunford.— @graemeecho 31 October 2012
Craig Lines first to give evidence on day 3 of James Allen double murder trial.— @graemeecho 31 October 2012
DERBY ARRESTS: Five men were arrested around last night's Wear-Tees derby but police have praised the behaviour of the majority of fans.
The arrests were: four for alcohol related offences and one on suspicion of assault.
Middlesbrough beat Sunderland 1-0, knocking the Black Cats out of the Capital One Cup.