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Chief Supt Helen McMilla makes policing history

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HISTORYMAKER Helen McMillan has become the first female Chief Officer in Durham Constabulary’s 177 year history.

Chief Supt Helen McMillan, 49, has secured the role of acting assistant chief constable for the force.

 Helen steps up from her current role of head of Neighbourhood and Safeguarding.

 The post has become available as Deputy Chief Constable Steve Watson has landed the job of as Chief Constable with South Yorkshire Police.

Helen, who is an experienced firearms and public order commander, said: “It is a real honour to be given the role and I am relishing the challenge.

“As a Durham girl it is even more satisfying and it is a proud moment for me and my family.

Durham Chief Constable Mike Barton said: “It is a very proud day for one of our home grown officers.

“She will become our first female chief officer when she takes up the role as acting assistant chief constable, and it is another pat on the back for the people who work for Durham Police.”

After graduating from Durham University, Helen worked in the NHS for a year before joining the force in 1990.

During her service Helen has worked across the force in many operational roles particularly in Durham, Bishop Auckland, and Darlington as well as spending time in the force’s training and professional standards departments.

In 2004 Helen was promoted to Chief Inspector and was responsible for policing in Darlington.  She then spent six months seconded to government office for the North East in Newcastle.

Promoted to Superintendent in 2008, Helen was responsible for operational and crime performance across North Durham.

In 2010 she became Head of Operations and communications in the response command.

In this role Helen was responsible for roads policing, firearms and specialist support as well as for the force communications centre.

Helen is also an experienced firearms and public order commander having regularly commanded the international cricket matches and other large events around Darlington and County Durham.

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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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