EIGHT North-East sporting venues are in the running to host disabled athletes preparing for the London 2012 Paralympics.
A GARAGE and a house were damaged and a van destroyed in a fire in Stokesley tonight.
A GROUND floor flat was severely damaged by fire tonight.
TWO men were still being questioned by detectives tonight following an armed robbery at an estate post office.
A GRIEVING family has paid tribute to a soldier killed in action in Afghanistan.
A former cabinet minister has slammed proposals to remove phone boxes from some of Wear Valley's remotest villages.
A burning for sale' sign caught early by the house owner averted tragedy last night.
IREALLY wanted to hate the i10. I wanted to hate its daft little name, its daft little shape, its daft little engine, which I was sure would take longer to reach 60mph than a coat of paint would take to dry, and its daft little wheels that…
LIFE'S looking tough. The mortgage is in arrears, the gas bill has just landed with a thump, the price of diesel is going through the roof and there are rich relatives to help out.
After an enthralling football season many fans would like the opportunity to rest from all the excitement. However, the season is not over yet as Euro 2008 in Austria and Switzerland is just a week away.
DO you like sex in the morning? As the distributors have kept the movie version of the TV hit under wraps since its London premiere a couple of weeks ago, there was no alternative but join a dozen other Sex-seekers at the first public cinema…
NEWCASTLE United footballer Joey Barton has been cleared of criminal damage.
BRITISH number one Andy Murray was beaten in four sets by clay-court specialist Nicolas Almagro in round three of the French Open.
JOHN George has happy memories of Croft and the touring car driver is looking forward to making a return this weekend.
A WOMAN who threw a glass at her pregnant friend's face during a row has been spared jail.
GROOMING salon Trampas The Men's Room has seen a thriving first few weeks of business. Deputy Business Editor Deborah Johnson meets its proprietor Karen Forster, the second of The Northern Echo's finalists in the If We Can You Can challenge.
NINE people were jailed today following an operation aimed at closing down cannabis factories run by organised crime groups.
A £1,000 reward is being offered to help catch thieves who stole gardening equipment from a charity.
A TEENAGE engineering student has landed his dream job with a multi-national company after gaining experience from as far afield at Italy.
BARNARD Castle's Robert Dinwiddie clearly likes Fridays.
TWO planning applications are expected to be given approval which will add a further eight apartments in Darlington.
The band who lay claim to being the US's longest-touring Ska outfit, are booked to play The Forum, Darlington, on September 5.
The Wearsiders' self-financed third album sees them combine the frantic pace of their first LP and the catchy elements of follow-up, News & Tributes into exquisite harmonies and solid punk integrity.
The band's second album shows the Leeds outfit have clearly been busy.
A TRUSTED family doctor who downloaded hundreds of images of child abuse has been jailed.
JASON Kennedy has completed a permanent move from Middlesbrough to Darlington after an impressive loan spell with the Quakers last season.
Andy Welch talks to Tim Burgess of The Charlatans about the band's tenth album and tour.
THE current financial turbulence that is affecting us all in the UK presents one more worry for promoters and organisers of music events across the region.
SIGNING a record deal, being asked to play on Jools Holland's show and getting your first single playlisted on Radio 1 is a good year by any up-and-coming artist's standards.
These 13 tracks make an ideal introduction to the blues and souldrenched alto saxophonist.
The Munchener Kammerorchestra under the baton of its youthful artistic director Alexander Liebreich deliver a translucent rendition of Haydn's Symphonies 39 and 45, better known as the Farewell.
IF you're a modern country music fan rather than a traditionalist then the new release by Phil Vassar is an album not to be missed.
DURHAM wicketkeeper Phil Mustard has been axed from the England one-day squad.
MARTYN Bell believes Croft this weekend offers him a chance of a breakthrough first point of 2008.
FABRIZIO Giovanardi says qualifying well at Croft tomorrow will be doubly important as its twisty nature makes overtaking more difficult than at other circuits.
NEWCASTLE Falcons' preparations for the new season have continued apace, with the news that former South Africa A captain Russell Winter has signed a new one-year deal with the club.
PEOPLE living on an estate have petitioned their housing association to replace ageing windows in their homes before the onset of winter.
THE Big Bad Wolf is appearing twice daily at a medieval manor house.
WATER has been pumped into Durham City's £12.3m swimming pool for the first time.
A TAKEAWAY boss has overcome objections to reverse a ban on him serving people who call at his premises.
AERIAL skills will be put to the test this weekend at the Teesside Model Air Show.
A RANGE of local produce, from bacon to buffalo meat and pickles to poultry, was on sale at the first farmers' market in Stockton, launched yesterday.
HARTLEPOOL Borough Council's cabinet this week agreed a new pay and grading structure for the authority.
REFUGEES have been helping to instil pride into a housing estate.
IT'S always a joy to see John Otway.
IT was spine-tingling to hear the unmistakable voice of the Little Waster across the auditorium as his original costumes hung on dummies on the stage before us.
OKAY, so you're more likely to get a custard pie in the eye than Harrison Ford's fist - luckily, for me, it was the former - but the very last thing you'll do is sulk during this show.
Emmerdale (ITV1, 7pm); Peep Show (C4, 10.35pm); Johnny Cash: Country Gold (BBC4, 10pm) WHAT'S this? Emmerdale reaching its 5,000th episode tonight and no celebrations.
The column meets a North-East company where pets aren't just man's best friend but family members too. EVERY pet has its little ways...
A 29-YEAR-old man is fighting for his life after plunging 80ft from cliffs.