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Man dies after being assaulted in County Durham village

Published 03/08/2016

Police in County Durham are investigating a 'serious assault' in the village of Kelloe
Police in County Durham are investigating a 'serious assault' in the village of Kelloe

A man has died after he was assaulted in a former pit village, Durham Police have confirmed.

Locals said the victim - a local man in his 30s - was stabbed in the chest during the attack on Front Street, Kelloe, at around 2pm on Wednesday.

He was taken to the James Cook Memorial Hospital in Middlesbrough where he died a short time later.

A police manhunt is under way for the suspect.

Locals expressed their concerns about the incident, which is thought to have happened close to a hairdressers and the Kelloe Working Men's Club in broad daylight.

Forensic officers were working at the scene of the attack, the police helicopter had been flying over the scene and officers appeared to be interested in a car which they were thought to be considering taking away.

One witness, who did not want to be named, said: "About 1.45pm I saw lots of police cars and an ambulance heading to the village.

"I saw lots of police officers getting changed into their armed response gear.

"Apparently there was a young man in his 30s stabbed.

"They had the police helicopter up and they're still looking for the guy who did it."

The local said there had been police activity in neighbouring villages as officers tried to find the attacker.

"There are lots of rumours going around about what happened," he said.

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