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Two Durham Constabulary officers removed from firearms duty.

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Durham Constabulary has removed two officers from firearms duties and given a final warning after they destroyed a deer.

They have only been removed because their actions which helped a deer in great suffering brought discredit upon Durham Constabulary.

The incident follows the two officers attending an incident in Tanfield Lea in Stanley in June 2014.

The firearms officers were dispatched to an incident on June 9 when an adult deer was reported as being injured by the side of the road having possibly been hit by traffic.

The officers who both have extensive firearms experience remained with the deer for sometime until the deer managed to get up on its weak legs.

Following advice from animal welfare experts they carried the deer away from the road to a nearby woodland, the officers would have been justified in destroying deer. The approach they took allowed the deer a chance of survival.

on June 11 another report was received of an adult deer lying on the road having apparently been hit by traffic.

The same two officers were sent to the scene and the hearing accepted they rightly assumed the deer was the same animal from two days previously.

The officers, intending to make sure the deer was dead and not suffering further, struck the animal several times with a large blunt tool carried as standard equipment in larger road policing vehicles.

Although the officers actions were in the best interests of the animal and that neither gained any satisfaction from the circumstances and that the actions of the officers were not borne from cruelty although the accepted practice of disposing the animal with a firearm was not followed.

A Force spokesman said: “Durham Constabulary regrets the actions of the officers. Our partnership with the public and its confidence in police actions is paramount to us.

“We expect our officers to adhere to the Code of Ethics, which defines our legitimacy, at all times.

“Balancing the allegations proven, the single nature of the incident and the health of the officers’ misconduct history the panel feel that an outcome of a final written warning for each officer was proportionate in the circumstances.

“The lessons from this incident will be considered in some depth and will be used to improve the Force response to such incidents in the future.”

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Verne Troyer has tragically died aged just 49

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Verne Troyer who was know for his role in Mini-Me within the Austin Powers films has tragically died today.

Verne had made it public that he was struggling with alcoholism & depression leading up to his death.

On April 3rd Verne was rushed to hospital following suspected alcohol poisoning. A friend contacted police after a call from Verne who appeared to be very upset, drunk and feeling suicidal.

His agent has released a statement requesting thoughts and prayers for Verne at a difficult time.

“Asking you to keep Verne in your thoughts and prayers. He’s getting the best care possible and is resting comfortably.

“Appreciate the support from family, friends, and fans around the world. We will keep you updated here.”

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Verne.

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Cops catch gang of criminals leaving Hartlepool in stolen cars

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Recently in Hartlepool there has been an increase in criminals targeting Ford Fiesta cars, because criminals have a device that gets them into the car without the need for a key.

Over recent months up to Three Fiesta at a time have been going missing.

This morning the gang was at it again but this tome they didn’t count on the CDSOU A Relief who this morning recovered not 1; not 2 but 3 Stolen Ford Fiesta motor cars all attempting to leave Hartlepool containing suspected travelling criminals.

Police said “One of the vehicles unfortunately lost control and crashed while the other 2 vehicles had their front tyres stung and limped to a stop with one of the vehicle’s going the wrong way onto the A19 which was stopped by an unmarked vehicle. The driver was detained after a short foot chase and with the assistance of dog section 2 more males were also detained from another vehicle.

“Offences these males were arrested on suspicion of were theft of motor vehicle; drink driving; drug driving; dangerous driving; fail to stop for Police; no insurance and no licence.”

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TV Presenter Dale Winton Dies Aged 62

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Dale Winton who was best known for his game show Supermarket Sweep and In It To Win it has tragically died aged 62z

His agent has this evening confirmed the very sad news that Winton has lost his life.

No further details around Winton’s death have been released and it is requested that his family are offered privacy at this very tragic time.

His long-term agent Jan Kennedy said:

It is with great sadness that we can confirm the passing of Dale Winton who died at home earlier today.

While we know many will share this terrible loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy at this time of grief.

A number of tributes have been left on Twitter

Winton started his career as a DJ in London and he was soon hosting his own show on local radio.

This lead Winton to joining the BBC Bristol to present Pet Watch for BBC One.

Over the years he also worked for Channel 4 ITV and on BBC One’s national lottery show.

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