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Albert Dryden is back

A man who shot a council officer dead in front of TV camera crews has been released from jail after having a stroke.

Albert Dryden, 76, had been serving life in prison for the murder of Harry Collinson, principal planning officer with Derwentside council in County Durham, in June 1991.

Collinson, 46, had been overseeing an operation to demolish a bungalow that Dryden had built without planning permission on his country lane smallholding in the village of Butsfield.

Diggers were on standby to start the demolition and TV camera crews and news reporters were at the site to witness the negotiations when Dryden opened fire, killing Collinson. Footage showing the moment Dryden started firing his first world war gun was shown on Look North, the BBC’s local evening news bulletin.

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