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The Northern Echo /news/local/northdurham/consett/

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    THE cold-blooded murder of Harry Collinson by Albert Dryden in front of the region's media shocked the nation. Mark Summers was there to witness the incident unfold and here, in an article printed on the 20th anniversary of the shooting in 2011, he relives the shocking events

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    IT was the most public of murders, filmed as it happened by a television news crew and later seen by millions around the world.

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    ON June 20, 1991, a dispute that started when a bungalow was built without planning permission ended with a council official shot dead and a reporter and police officer wounded. 

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    A NOTORIOUS killer who shot dead a planning officer in cold blood in front of media cameras has been released from prison after suffering a stroke, The Northern Echo can reveal.

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    SO Durham County Councillor Alex Watson tells us that Albert Dryden has more than paid the penalty for murdering Harry Collinson, who was killed doing his duty for his employers (Echo, Oct 5).

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    TRIBUTES have been paid to a dad who was killed in a road crash at the weekend - and who would have been celebrating his 27th birthday yesterday.

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    A COUNTRY pub has been judged to serve the best Sunday roast in the region.

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    A CAMPAIGN for tougher sentences for those who kill or assault with one punch is being invited to speak to MPs.

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    AN annual competition which celebrates the ancient craft of hedgelaying takes place this week.

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    PLANS to knock down a former town centre court house and replace it with homes have been revealed.

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    A COMMUNITY firework display is being held at Consett Football Club on Saturday, November 4. There will be children’s rides, food, drink and a licenced bar with a DJ and music before and after the display. Parking is available at the B&M store and surrounding streets but people are asked to walk where possible. Gates open at 5pm and the display starts at 7pm. Entry is £2 for adults and £1 for children.

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    AN AUCTION to help fund repairs to the church roof takes place at St Cuthbert's church hall in Shotley Bridge on Monday, October 23.

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    A DOZEN unemployed residents are being given a hand getting into the construction industry thanks to a new training course.

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    A BUS company has applied for permission to move its main depot to a new home.

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    A TEENAGE kickboxer from the North-East is celebrating after winning a major title.

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    A BUS company has applied for permission to move its main depot to a new home.

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    A PUB has raised over £2,000 for a specialist college dedicated to helping adults with special needs.

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    POLICE abandoned the pursuit of two men driving dangerously on quad bikes due to safety reasons, a court heard.

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    A FAMILY-OWNED County Durham chemical firm has refused to rule out further expansion after buying a US operator to keep pace with customer demand.

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