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River crossing shut after rescues
Stanhope Ford
Warning signs are already in place at either side of the crossing
A river crossing in County Durham will be closed during the winter following a number of high-profile rescues.

Barriers will be erected at both sides of Stanhope Ford to prevent motorists attempting to cross when the River Wear's levels are dangerously high.

The plans for closure between 1 October and 31 March were approved by Durham County Council's Highways Committee.

This year's scheme will commence in two to three weeks' time, once the barriers are in place.

The move is supported by the emergency services, but some local residents have called instead for automatic gates which close when the water reaches a certain level.

Signs are already in place at both sides of the river warning motorists about the risk of crossing the rain-swollen river.

The ford has seen numerous dramatic rescues, with the air ambulance called on several occasions to airlift motorists to safety.

The ford where so many vehicles have been stranded

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