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Man charged over 'death threats' against Durham councillors

Mike Barton Image copyright Durham Police
Image caption The letter was sent to Durham Police Chief Constable Mike Barton at the end of February

A man has been charged over alleged death threats made against Labour county councillors in Durham.

It follows a letter sent to Durham Police Chief Constable Mike Barton in February which the force said stated "contracts" had been taken out on 57 councillors.

A 39-year-old man from Lanchester, near Durham City, has been charged with sending a malicious communication.

He has been bailed to attend Peterlee Magistrates' Court on 16 May.

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