Police are investigating a possible sighting of ex-Grange pupil Samantha Lewthwaite, who is one of the world’s most wanted people.
The White Widow was reportedly spotted by guests when she allegedly checked into Bannatyne hotel in Darlington on Boxing Day.
Lewthwaite was married to 7/7 bomber Germaine Lindsay and the pair lived in Aylesbury.
In 2013 Interpol placed her on its internationally wanted people ‘red’ list at the request of the Kenyan authorities.
Lewthwaite, 32, who is also believed to use the alias ‘Natalie Webb’, is wanted by Kenya on charges of being in possession of explosives and conspiracy to commit a felony dating back to December 2011.
She was also linked to the terrorist attack at a shopping centre in Nairobi in 2013 and the Garissa University College attack last year.
A Durham Police spokesman said: “Police received a report that a woman said to resemble Samantha Lewthwaite, aka The White Widow, had checked into Bannatyne’s Hotel, Darlington on Boxing Day.
“Inquiries are currently taking place in relation to the report.”
The four star Bannatyne Hotel is part of a chain run by the Dragons’ Den businessman Duncan Bannatyne.