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Lincoln Durham, "Exodus of the Deemed Unrighteous" (Droog)

Police name River Wear fall boy

An eight-year-old boy believed to have fallen into a rain-swollen river while playing with friends has been named by police.

Divers help in river search for missing eight-year-old boy

Police divers were today helping in the continuing search for an eight-year-old boy who fell into a swollen river while playing with friends.

GRAHAM ONIONS: The Durham paceman took 10 wickets for the first time in his career

Rain comes to the rescue for Middlesex as Durham settle for the draw

Middlesex 188 & 179 Durham 238 & 82-6 (Match drawn)

Lean times: Andrew Strauss was dismissed cheaply for a second time at Lord's

Strauss is still to show he knows his Onions

Middlesex 188 & 21-1 Durham 238 (Durham lead by 29 runs)

Five held over internet 'racism'

Five suspected far-right extremists were arrested by counter-terror detectives today after race-hate material was posted online.

£9m keeps oldest book in Europe

A seventh-century book that lay buried in a saint's coffin for hundreds of years has been saved for the nation.

£2m raid took just 2 minutes

Thieves who broke into a museum to steal Chinese treasures worth £2m were in and out in less than two minutes, according to police.

Two men named over £2m museum raid

Police released photographs tonight of two men wanted in connection with a well-planned raid on a museum in which treasures worth more than £2 million were stolen.

Johnson joins Durham for t20

Durham yesterday confirmed that the Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson will be their second overseas player for the Friends Life t20, which takes place in June and July. The 30-year-old said: "I've heard brilliant things about Durham from Paul Collingwood when he played over in Perth."

Family's plea over missing kidney

Parents of a man whose body was returned from Greece with the wrong kidney have demanded answers eight months after the authorities put them through the horror of an exhumation.

Cricketer Mervyn Westfield, a former player for Essex

English cricket is shamed as Westfield jailed for spot-fixing

On a grim day for English cricket, Mervyn Westfield, a former Essex player, was sent to prison at the Old Bailey yesterday for corruption. The 23-year-old, who was sentenced to four months for spot-fixing in a county match, is the first English player to be jailed for such an offence.

Winners on the road to MBAs

Russ Thorne discovers what brought two successful scholarship applicants to the Durham Business School

Mervyn Westfield outside the Old Bailey. He pleaded guilty to a spot-betting charge

Amnesty for English cricketers to report any match-fixing

English cricketers were last night granted a three-month amnesty to report corruption in the game. The offer was made by the England and Wales Cricket Board after the former Essex fast bowler Mervyn Westfield pleaded guilty to accepting a bribe to bowl badly during a match in 2009.

Gun killer's taxi vandalised

A taxi belonging to Peterlee killer Michael Atherton has been vandalised outside the home where he murdered three people then shot himself.

Ex-MP Frank Cook dies aged 76

Former Labour MP Frank Cook, who spent 27 years in the House of Commons, has died at the age of 76.

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