Suicide verdict

A man killed himself by standing in front of a 110mph train after driving to Northumberland from his home in Staffordshire to take his own life, an inquest heard yesterday.

A man killed himself by standing in front of a 110mph train after driving to Northumberland from his home in Staffordshire to take his own life, an inquest heard yesterday.

Idris Whittingham-Jones, 35, died when he was struck by the Virgin Leeds to Edinburgh train at the Damdykes level crossing near Cramlington a year ago.

The Ashington inquest was given no evidence on why he wanted to take his own life.

Verdict: Suicide.

Ear bitten

TWO men were badly injured - one with a large part of an ear bitten off - following a violent clash outside a chip shop.

Police were yesterday making door-to-door inquiries in Ash Crescent, Seaham, County Durham. Contact Seaham CID on 0845 606-0365 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

Pitching ideas

STUDENTS will pitch their information and communications technology ideas to a Dragon's Den-style panel of top business brains on Wednesday. The Big Ideas ICT Youth Challenge project is at the North-East Business and Innovation Centre in Sunderland.

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