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 Police praise for public after incident in Darlington town centre


POLICE have thanked the public for their patience during an operation in Darlington, which saw several roads closed in the town centre.
All roads have now reopened and police have stood down following the incident.
After attending a property in Kendrew Street, police were alerted to the presence of a suspicious package and called in explosives experts from Catterick Garrison to assess the situation.
A 100-metre cordon was established and several roads and car parks were closed in the town centre, with police supported by partner agencies including County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service, the North East Ambulance Service and Darlington Borough Council.
After further examination of the package, it was determined there was no danger to the public and the cordon was lifted shortly after 6pm.
A spokesman for Durham Constabulary said: “We would like to thank everyone for their patience during today’s incident.
“We are aware today’s police operation caused significant disruption, but public safety remains our top priority”.