A WOMAN accused of burgling a neighbours house while he attended the funeral of his wife has been remanded in custody for her own safety.
A RAPIST was today jailed for five years for a brutal attack in a North-East park almost ten years ago.
Hundreds of jobs saved after two historic department stores are bought out of administration.
She says she wants to ignore being 40, but Kathryn Tickell agrees to discuss one of her most important concerts to date with Viv Hardwick and explains why moving house and releasing a new album aren't the best combination for a top Northumbrian piper and fiddler
MANY have tried and failed. TV comedy double acts have a hard time transferring from small to big screen. If Morecambe and Wise couldn't succeed, what makes Peep Show stars Mitchell and Webb think they can?.
YES, that's right the new film from David Fincher, the director of Seven, Fight Club and Panic Room, lasts getting on for three hours - a length normally reserved for historical epics or foreign art movies.
STEVE PRATT talks to actors Alison Pargeter and Liam McKenna about headline roles in The Northern Exposure Season at West Yorkshire Playhouse.
sBillingham performing arts student Kate Smiddy beat 600 other hopefuls to a singing tour contract and took the gamble of quitting her studies. On the eve of the show's arrival in her home town, she talks to Viv Hardwick.
More acts than ever are playing at Teessidefs massive Middlesbrough Music Live event next month. VIV HARDWICK reports.
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THANKS to everyone who entered last week's competition, which asked which pair of popular West Country folk stars have helped me out on my new CD.
The Durham Sinfonia, conducted by Philippe Bach, will appear at Durham Cathedral at 7.30pm on Saturday.
AFTER a successful 2006, The Sage Gateshead hosts three of the most talented female country artists in one show.
Jake Gyllenhaal follows landmark movies Brokeback Mountain and Jarhead with the based-on-truth film Zodiac, looking at a 1968 serial killer. Steve Pratt reports
A WEEK doesn't go by without someone saying how much they miss Charlie the builder with the big tool box from Coronation Street (ITV1).
THE Under-14 Boys Team of Wellfield Tennis Club reached the regional final of the LTA's National Junior Club League with a stunning victory over Blaydon at the weekend.
The Northern Echo Darlington Sunday Invitation League, Sunday, May 13, Division One Cup Final
The North-East continues to perform well in inter-regional tournaments and earlier this month the junior volleyball national finals were held at Sporkpark at the university of East Anglia.
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Darlington RA Ladies
BRINKBURN Dene Bowls Club explained they worked as a team to make sure they won the race to become winners of The Northern Echo's Grand Giveaway competition.
Darlington Building Society NYSD Premier League, Under-17s Junior League South
Invariably he's known as Hammy, but Ian Hamilton could just as easily answer to Porky. The lad's been pigging it a bit.
We British are mad about gardening, but it sometimes comes with side effects, such as back pain, which can make it feel like a chore
POLICE are treating the death of a 22-month-old old boy as suspicious.
With the holiday season beginning in earnest, there are many pitfalls for travellers to foreign countries. Here is some advice on how to stay healthy on your trip
RE your story, "Study links dementia with excess of calcium"
NOW that the revamp of Darlington town centre is nearly finished it's already starting to be pebble-dashed with disgusting chewing gum.
I RESENT our taxes being used to fund useless animal studies. UK universities have now spent £10m to research the harmful effects of ecstasy, cocaine, cannabis and amphetamines.
IN response to columnist Peter Mullen's article, "No smoke withoutfarce" (Echo, May 15), I would respond with the fact that churches are public buildings and work places and therefore must abide by the same smoke-free legislation as all public buildings and work places.
IT was distressing to read that Kate and Gerry McCann were studying pictures of paedophiles (including some from Britain) who were "known" to be in the area of Praia Da Luz, Portugal, at the time of the abduction of their daughter, Madeleine.
THE decision not to send a serving member of the Armed Forces to a place of danger because of who he is, is an affront to other servicemen and women.
Games played 14/05/2007 The top game of the night seen 1st placed P Robinson take on 3rd placed G Lawson. G Lawson set off at a flying pace taking the first 2 legs before Robinson fought back to take the next 2 legs to finish the game as a draw. This results keeps both players unbeaten record intact.
THE post of mayor could be introduced in two Wear Valley towns after new councils meet for the first time next week.
AN after-school club has been praised following a visit by Government inspectors.
A STREET robber who snatched a mobile phone and handbag from a woman who had lost her friend during a night out has been jailed for three years.
YOUNGSTERS will meet at Hall Garth School, Middlesbrough, for a Student Voice Day today to discuss a five-year national plan focusing on ways of improving the lives of Britain's children and young people.
A PIONEERING green initiative could see one of the region's most spectacular landscapes used to meet local energy needs.
The Wolfman (five, 8pm), The People's Coronation - Timewatch (BBC2, 9pm)
THE region's largest independent travel agent is opening a branch in Derwentside.
AN animal lover gave up part of her 50th birthday to step out in support of her favourite charity.
A GROUP of young people are going to Africa to build an orphanage.
TWO soldiers launched a "disgraceful" attack on an African man after a drunken night out.
EVERY young man who woos a young lady puts on his best clothes, straightens his tie, combs his hair, smiles his best smile and minds his manners.
JONNY Wilkinson has sent Newcastle team-mate Phil Dowson a good luck message ahead of this evening's England Saxons clash with the United States, and urged the Falcons flanker to make the most of his international opportunity.
However crazy your dreams for your wedding, birthday or christening cake, baker Dave Adamson and his wife Anne can fulful the sweetest fantasies.
UP to 750 jobs could be created if plans for an office development in North Yorkshire are approved.
A DEVELOPER who hopes to build a caravan park on derelict land has denied claims he would sell the land to gipsies if the project hits the buffers.
AFTER a hard-fought election campaign, students at Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College have announced their new president.
THE Crown pub in Crook has won a major brewery award.