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Last Updated: Wednesday, 8 October, 2003, 11:33 GMT 12:33 UK
Farmer missing after car crash
A search has resumed in County Durham for a farmer who disappeared after his car crashed into a wall.

Cliff Allen, 50, from North Yorkshire, was driving a Land Rover which hit a cottage near Sellset reservoir, in Lunedale, on Tuesday.

The farmer had bought two sheep in Weardale and was returning home when the crash happened at 1800 BST

While his passenger was being treated by paramedic, Mr Allen disappeared across the moors.

'Major operation'

A search involving a police helicopter and a fell rescue team failed to find Mr Allen and it was called off at 0300 BST.

About 35 volunteers joined the police to resume the search again on Wednesday morning.

Durham Police have also asked farmers to check their outbuildings.

Sergeant Bob Danby said: "This is a major operation which will continue as long as necessary.

"Clearly we don't know why Mr Allen left the area but our main concern is that he may have been injured in the accident and needs treating."

Mr Allen is described as being 5 ft 9 ins tall, slim, with brown wavy hair and a distinctive "Roman" nose.




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