Emergency service mock terror drill in County Durham

image captionPolice, ambulance and fire crews have joined forces for the mock exercise

Emergency services in County Durham are testing how they would respond to a potential terror attack.

Exercise Butterworth is taking place at the international Riverside Cricket Ground in Chester-le-Street.

It involves a simulated chemical, biological or nuclear attack moments before the start of a match at the Riverside in Chester-le-Street.

The police, ambulance and fire brigade are taking part in what has been described as a realistic scenario.

The aims of the exercise are to test existing joint arrangements, develop the working relationship between them, and encourage further knowledge-sharing.

Stuart Errington, from the County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service, said: "Let's hope we never have to do this type of event for real, but if we have to we have all of the skills and preparation work already there."

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