A pub in Houghton has closed at short notice.
The Copt Hill Restaurant and Bar, in Seaham Road, just yards from Houghton Golf Club, is now shut.
A sign on the venue's front door reads: "We apologise but due to unforeseen circumstances we will be closed until further notice".
The news has been mentioned on the Houghton Residents Facebook page by a number of users.
There was no answer at the pub when the Echo called its phone number.
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