A MAN has admitted robbing and assaulting an old soldier at his rural home.
POLICE investigating a spate of graffiti in a coastal resort are hoping to track down the perpetrators through their exercise books.
In a ruling which has outraged parents, a paedophile has been given the right to protect his privacy. Lindsay Jennings asks whose right should come first?
TWO-YEAR-OLD LIam O'Hara, above, tried out a Formula One car for size when it made a pit stop in Darlington as part of a national tour.
TV stars come in all shapes and sizes - but few can be quite as magnificent as the eyecatcher that sailed into Whitby last night for a two-week visit.
BOGUS callers are posing as charity workers, a charity has warned.
FEMALE workers in the North-East will dress as men and present a mock bill to local authorities today to highlight the pay packet gender gap.
REPLACEMENTS for up to 90 trees that are being removed in various areas of Darlington will be a priority, Darlington Borough Council has said.
NEWCASTLE United believe they are firm favourites to land Australia midfielder Brett Emerton.
A MOVE to introduce a £25 annual fee for residents to use national park authority car parks has been defeated.
BELEAGUERED exam board Edexcel was under fire again yesterday as details emerged of another test blunder.
A WOMAN admitted trying to pass a number of drugs to an inmate during a visit to a top security prison.
PREPARATIONS for Darlington's 20th community carnival have been given a boost by a £1,442 donation from Abbey National.
PEOPLE planning to join a gym are being urged to be careful before signing a contract or parting with cash.
THOUSANDS of North-East workers will be hit in the pocket because of the Golden Jubilee celebrations, trade unions claim.
Teams from Darlington Dolphins Water Polo Club will take to the pool for a match this Saturday.
THE RSPCA has condemned the callous poisoning of pets after three cats and one dog were left to suffer a long and agonising death.
ONE of Darlington's oldest and most respected Quakers has died at the age of 89.
POLICE and social workers are powerless to warn parents of a "ruthless" paedophile living in their midst after a High Court ruling reignited the debate over identifying potentially dangerous child abusers.
A NEW initiative which aims to offer disillusioned teenagers an alternative to crime was launched in North Yorkshire yesterday.
A DEAF teenager was left shaken after being punched in the face in an unprovoked attack.
PLANS to build the North-East's biggest wind farm have been delayed over fears about its possible impact on Teesside Airport.
NATIONAL park chiefs have confirmed that Bainbridge has beaten Hawes to be home to a new northern base in the Yorkshire Dales.
WHILE wellies and hard hats are standard gear for building sites, the sight of a bricklayer in a wedding dress must have turned a few heads yesterday.
A FERRY operator will use a festival to give away prizes and promote its adopted charity.
Tenders are being sought for a chip van, ice cream van, burger van, hot-dog van and tea and sandwich van for a Help the Aged country fair at Whitworth Hall Country Park Estate, Spennymoor, on July 13 and 14.
UNION officials have called for an emergency meeting with senior managers to address concerns over a flagship housing development for elderly people.
THE opening of the Internet caf at Darlington Memorial Hospital is good news but it is time for a co-ordinated approach to the provision of computer facilities for public use throughout the borough.
SOLDIER John Loudon will be ensuring that the ceremonial field guns in his care are in top order for next month's Royal Salute.
LABOUR MP Ronnie Campbell went on trial yesterday accused of hitting a diner during a curry house brawl.
TWO disabled parking spaces are to be introduced for an experimental six months in Newsteads, Aiskew.
Reel, the new Irish boy band that plays a mixture of pop and celtic music, yesterday made an appearance in Newcastle. The five singer-songwriters were signing copies of their new single You Take Me Away at HMV in Northumberland Street.
BUYING a child seat for your car can be a safety lottery, a survey out today claims.
THE handling of paedophiles is the most vexed area of British law.
SOLDIER John Loudon will be ensuring that the ceremonial field guns in his care are in tip-top order for next month's Royal Salute.
GERMAN youngsters are visiting Darlington this week as part of an unusual exchange.
A NATIONAL fundraising event in aid of cancer research is coming to Darlington for the first time.
NEW Transport Secretary Alistair Darling faced fresh calls to sort out the scandal of Britain's crumbling railway barriers last night after a near-miss at yet another road bridge.
The pig farmer accused of starting the foot-and-mouth outbreak, Bobby Waugh, was today found guilty at South East Northumberland Magistrates Court of failing to tell officials that his herd had the virus.
CHURCH Commissioners have denied reports that the historic home of the Bishop of Durham could be sold.
Tea specialist Ringtons has launched a new range of fruit and herbal teas to broaden the selection on offer via its door-to-door delivery service, and to its business customers.
THE Big Brother contestants had better watch out. Firefighter Jonny "Joker" Regan is certain to have a few tricks up his sleeves to keep eagle-eyed viewers amused.
ABI Morgan's four-part drama Murder begins with a particularly nasty killing. A young man is attacked and savagely beaten while walking through the park.
FOR 130 years it was there on its corner site, providing employment for hundreds of men and spreading the name of Darlington around the world.
RU ready 4 it? Your child leaving home, that is. If so, it is time to flex your fingers and thumbs and introduce yourself to the joy of text - the ideal way to communicate with absent offspring.
IT'S not easy having a boy wizard in the house. Max, aged five, has become lethal with his magic wand ever since the name Harry Potter became an essential ingredient in family life the world over.
Strict new measures are being imposed by courts to cut down on North-East fines defaulters.
A NORTH EAST MP caught up in a late-night row in a curry house about his wife having an affair has been cleared of punching a constituent and using threatening language.
VILLAGERS who claim that teenage troublemakers are blighting their lives have been urged to report the culprits.
TWO council signs may have helped sink a bid to win village green status for a piece of recreation land.