Death and fire on line

Trains were delayed after two incidents on the East Coast Main Line, police said yesterday.

Trains were delayed after two incidents on the East Coast Main Line, police said yesterday.

A man was hit by a train near Durham at about 2.30pm on Tuesday.

The 40-year-old man from the Meadowfield area was killed when he was hit by a Birmingham to Edinburgh train at Riley Mill viaduct, Broom Lane, County Durham.

The death is not being treated as suspicious.

And passengers travelling between Berwick and Edinburgh had to board buses after a fire broke out on a freight train in East Lothian at 6.30am yesterday.

Cargo on the train, including 36 new cars, was destroyed.

Fears grow

POLICE are very worried about Beatrice Johnson, 83, who went missing from her home in Gosforth, Newcastle, at 8.30pm on Monday.

She is under 5ft, slim, with grey curly hair and might be wearing brown shoes, a dark coloured coat and a pleated skirt. She is originally from Birmingham. Call (0191) 214-6555 ext 62926.

Driver killed

A DRIVER was killed on the A167 at Coatham Mundeville near Darlington at about 11.40am on Tuesday when a car, two vans, a coach and refuse wagon crashed.

The driver of the refuse wagon was pronounced dead at the scene. The coach driver was injured and was yesterday comfortable at James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough.

The other motorists and several passengers on the coach suffered a variety of minor injuries. Witnesses should ring Durham Police on (0845) 606-0365.

Attack arrest

A MAN has been arrested and bailed following an assault at the Roker Hotel on Roker Terrace, Sunderland, at about 10.40pm on Sunday.

One man suffered serious head injuries and was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital. A 21-year-old man was arrested and has now been bailed. Call Northumbria Police on (0191) 454-7555 with information.

Robbery charge

A MAN appears in court today [Thurs] in connection with a robbery at Sacco confectionery and tobacconist shop in Front Street, Concord, Washington, on January 2 as owner Carl Sacco, 48, was closing.

Christopher Alan Kane, 38, of Pattinson Gardens, Gateshead, has been charged with robbery and will appear before Houghton Magistrates this morning.


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