NEWCASTLE 0 BLACKBURN 2
MIDDLESBROUGH ended any fears of relegation with a hard-fought 1-0 win at Wigan Athletic, who themselves now face a battle to retain their Premiership status.
Hartlepool United 1 Bristol Rovers 2
IN view of the recent GMTV telephone scams, would it not be feasible for Newcastle United to sue EUFA and the Premiership for allowing them to enter competitions they had no chance of winning?
IS what Tony Blair is doing, just proposing to hand his leadership to Gordon Brown, democratic? I am not sure. At the last General Election Mr Blair was, and still is, Prime Minister. So how many people voted for Mr Blair and how many for the actual Labour Party? I think the fairest thing is to call a General Election.
I REFER to the advertisement (Echo, Page 13, Apr 30) taken out by Unison, the public service union, which urged people to use their vote in last Thursday's local elections to keep the BNP out.
RE reports about the possibility of homes being demolished under plans being drawn up by Darlington Borough Council (Echo, some editions, May 1).
I HAVE been following the Scottish parliamentary elections in the hope that the SNP would win a landslide.
IN his Dad at Large column about problems stemming from a broken fan on a fan-assisted oven (Echo, May 3), Peter Barron bemoans not being a handyman.
REGARDING your story about the inadequate size of parking spaces in the Commercial Street car park, Darlington (Echo, May 1).
AS a visitor from Canada, I was told that the Yorkshire Dales were a very beautiful part of your country. They certainly are, but I was taken aback by the amount of mud on the roads.
THE local elections are now over.
SEVERAL correspondents are ever ready to spring to the defence of immigration. Are they reacting against some supposed suggestion that foreigners are not nice people? I make no such claim. For me, the bottom line is quite simple: this is ours.
Barry Nelson is detained at this own pleasure in an extraordinary landmark Oxford hotel.
In the age of the ubiquitous blog, it might seem old fashioned, but novelist Wendy Roberson extols the virtues of keeping a journal.
The headlines announcing BBC1's new drama say it all. 'The nick of time' and 'Holby's arresting arrival'. For those who don't get the joke, they're referring to television's latest police show.
Performer Mike Maran set off to discover Picasso and found a father and son reunion instead.
A POWER company has defended safety devices fitted to electricity poles against claims that they spoil the look of a village.
TRANSPORT bosses are talking to a bus company to see if extra seats can be provided at short notice after overcrowding left passengers sitting on the floor.
Steve Bruce has quashed the speculation surrounding his imminent future as Birmingham boss by insisting he will see out the remaining two years of his contract.
CUBS and Scouts learned traditional campfire songs for a fundraising effort.
A THREE-YEAR experiment designed to boost the activity levels of children has been declared a success - despite research which appears to show it had the opposite effect.
MORE court trials are going ahead on the day they are planned in North Yorkshire than required by targets, according to figures released yesterday.
UNDER-pressure Newcastle United manager Glenn Roeder has come out fighting over recent speculation surrounding his tenure on Tyneside.
A BANNED driver who led police on a chase through Darlington town centre was yesterday jailed for 15 months.
Blackburn boss Mark Hughes has warned his side they must overcome the Michael Owen factor at St James' Park today if they are to keep their dream of European football alive.
JULIO ARCA is still adored by Sunderland fans, despite last summer's short move south to Middlesbrough, and he insists the Stadium of Light is destined for fantastic years under the new regime.
VOLUNTEERS involved in children's activities are being urged to attend a day-long networking event.
SPECULATION was growing last night that Tony Blair will make his historic announcement about stepping down as Prime Minister in his Sedgefield constituency on Thursday.
Leeds chairman Ken Bates confirmed his reputation as football's wheeler-dealer supreme by yesterday putting the club into administration and immediately forming a new company to buy it back again.
MUSIC group EMI yesterday said it had received takeover interest from "a number" of potential bidders.
A COMPANY on Teesside expects its turnover to push into the millions next year as it plans to launch its female health product into clinics nationwide.
DEPARTMENT store Robbs will close next weekend with the loss of 140 jobs - but bosses have been condemned as "brutal" for breaking the news to staff by rounding them up by ringing the fire alarm.
A LEAFLET aimed at discrediting an independent group was blamed for Labour's downfall in the Stockton Borough Council elections yesterday.
A CAMPAIGNING centenarian whose wheelchair protest helped save her council care home from closure has died.
IT was never going to be good news for Labour - but it could have been worse. In the end, there will be relief among Labour ranks that it wasn't total humiliation, and disappointment for the Tories that there weren't further gains.
A TEENAGER accused of raping two North-East schoolgirls at the Appleby Horse Fair in Cumbria has been found not guilty.
FINANCIAL management firm RMT FM is on the acquisition trail as it looks to more than treble its investment portfolio during the next five years.
A CANDIDATE who last served as a councillor 30 years ago was sensationally re-elected yesterday.
THE political future of Redcar and Cleveland District Council hung in the balance last night after no single party was able to take overall control in the local elections.
A TELEVISION engineer is dusting down his running shoes to raise money for a disability charity during this year's Great North Run.
LABOUR held on to power at Middlesbrough Council with a slender majority after they secured 26 of the 48 seats in Thursday's elections.
THE Labour group in Hartlepool lost three of its strongest seats in the local elections.
A SUPERMAKET chain is offering sponsorship to business students at Durham University.
LABOUR managed to increase their overwhelming majority on Easington District Council by taking two more seats.
CRAFTY residents in a Darlington village are to show their artistic side at a church exhibition this weekend.
LIBERAL Democrats in South Durham will be keeping politics in the family, after two members of two households were elected.
HEADS turned at the Wear Valley election count, as defeated candidate Norman Strongman appeared in overalls and flat cap.
AN election count ended in chaos when two victorious candidates were told they had lost.
A tree climber has proved he has a head for heights after winning a European championship.