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Durham County Council approves 20mph limit outside schools

Plans to introduce a 20mph speed limit outside dozens of schools in County Durham have been given the go-ahead.

Part-time limits will be put in place outside 33 schools where the highest number of accidents involving children have occurred.

The schools include seven in Bishop Auckland, six in Chester-le-Street, five in Seaham and four in Consett.

Durham Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg said the move would help keep young people safe.

Durham County Council approved the plans at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

Only three such zones have been created in the county over the past 10 years, in Seaham, Durham City and Ferryhill.

The authority said 86% of accidents involving children happened within a 1,968ft (600m) radius of a school.

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