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We Mourn the death of Durham’s PC Gavin Smith.

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DURHAM Constabulary is mourning the death of one of its officers, PC Gavin Smith.

Gav, who was part of the Police Interceptors team, died this morning (Wednesday, Feb 15) aged 34.

Gav had recently undergone treatment for cancer which had spread to his spine. He was treated in hospital and was then allowed to return home to Bishop Auckland and received an escort from his colleagues.

It was at home he sadly passed away peacefully surrounded by his family. He leaves wife Kezi and daughter Tilly, four.

Kezi said: “I would like to thank everyone for their kind words and support which has been overwhelming.

“It has been a real comfort to both me and Tilly that he was so well regarded by so many.

“We will both miss him so very much.”

Gav, who was originally from Whitley Bay, had been with Durham Constabulary for 12 years and worked with the Roads Policing Unit out of the Spennymoor station.

Colleagues had been fundraising to send him and his family away for a weekend. Sadly, that was not possible but proceeds will be passed on for them to use in whichever way they see fit.

Insp Ed Turner said: “Gav was extremely popular with colleagues and always had a smile on his face. He really was a glass half-full kind of guy and even right towards the end he was thinking about other people and about supporting his family.

“He will be sorely missed by all at the force

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Urgent appeal to find Elizabeth Foster last seen Winterbottom Avenue Hartlepool

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Urgent Appeal to Trace Missing Elizabeth Foster

Police are urgently appealing to trace 44-year-old Elizabeth Foster who was last seen in the Winterbottom Avenue area of Hartlepool today, Sunday 19th August at 12:30pm.

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Man aged 67 left with broken ankle and rib after Hartlepool Street Attack

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67 Year Old Man Assaulted on Murray Street in Hartlepool

Police are appealing for information after a 67-year-old man was assaulted on Murray Street (outside of the Chinese takeaway shop) in Hartlepool.

The incident occurred on Monday 13th August at around 5pm when the victim was approached by two males who punched and kicked him.

As a result of the assault the victim was taken to the University Hospital of North Tees where he was treated for a broken ankle and a broken rib.

Both of the men believed to be responsible are described as being white males in their early 20s.

Anyone who was in the area at the time of the incident or who knows who the men responsible are is asked to contact DC Becky Alderson from Cleveland Police on 101 quoting event number 148975. Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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Tragic Girl aged nine died following North Yorkshire Rock Fall

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A girl aged nine has sadly died after suffering serious head injuries in a rock fall on a beach in North Yorkshire.

Emergency services responded to the horrific incident just after 4.45pm following reports a girl has been hurt.

Despite frantic efforts by emergency service workers she sadly died at the scene.

North Yorkshire Police have confirmed the sad news and have also said they are supporting the family at this difficult time.

Police, Fire, Ambulance, Air Ambulance and the Coastguard all worked together to attempt to save the girls life.

Police Hours thoughts and preys at this difficult time are with this young girls family and friends.

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