A MAN escaped jail today despite torching his mother's house.
A RETIRED police officer and former soldier is tonight starting a ten-year prison sentence for a catalogue of sickening abuse against two children decades ago.
POLICE are warning householders to be on their guard, after a man posing as a water board official tricked his way into the home of a 96-year-old woman.
A TEENAGER changed his name so he could pretend to be one of Britain's top policemen.
Tickets are on sale for a music recital at Auckland Castle, in Bishop Auckland, featuring Sir Thomas Allen, Ruth Jenkins and Martin Martineau in aid of Durham Wildlife Trust on Sunday February 8.
LIFEBOAT volunteers helped the crew of a fishing boat after an electrical fire broke out off the coast of Sunderland this morning.
THE show will go on for a village youth group despite thieves causing damage to their venue- threatening its biggest annual fund raising event.
FOUR houses in a County Durham village were burgled last night. In the space of two hours thieves targeted car keys are four properties in Sedgefield and got away with two vehicles. Homes in Whitehouse Drive, The Leas, Hornby Avenue and The Meadows were all burgled between 8.15pm and 10.15pm on Thursday. At Whitehouse Drive thieves gained access through an unlocked front door and took the keys to a Vauxhall Corsa, though that vehicle was not stolen. Two sets of keys were taken in Hornby Avenue and a Citreon and Ford Ranger were snatched. A person was disturbed in the front porch of a house in The Leas and made off with a set of house keys. The remote control for a garage door was stolen from a house in The Meadows. PC John Seymour, of Sedgefield neighbourhood police team, said each break-in was the result of people leaving doors unlocked and vehicle keys within easy reach. PC Seymour said: "Opportunist thieves can strike anywhere and at any time but they can be thwarted by simple measures. Keep doors locked and don’t leave possessions on open view." He appealed for anyone in the area between 8pm and 10.30pm who may have seen people behaving suspiciously to contact Durham police on 0345-60-60-365 or Crimestoppers on 0800-555-111.
A wheelchair-accessible roundabout has been installed at Wolsingham Park for disabled children can be included in play. Charity Independence 4 Disability donated £2000 for the facility supplied by company G L Jones who specialise in disabled play equipment.
TEENAGERS have narrowly missed out on having music television channel MTV organise and host their end-of-term ball.
TIME is running out for entrants for a dance festival which has added new categories.
THE next generation of politicians got a taste of how democracy works during a visit to Darlington Town Hall.
A CONVICTED drug dealer and money launderer has been stripped of all his assets.
HUNDREDS of thousands of pounds will be invested to reduce the risk of homes flooding in Hartlepool.
A TEESSIDE primary school is taking part in an international food campaign to encourage pupils to eat school meals.
PLACES are up for grabs on a series of football coach courses to be held in Hartlepool.
MOTORISTS in Stockton are being given the chance to join a new scheme to protect their vehicles from theft.
POLICE are warning householders to be on their guard, after a man posing as a water official tricked his way into the home of a 96-yr-old woman.
A MAN has been charged with causing the death by dangerous driving of a popular academic and charity fundraiser.
A SHOP owner is offering a reward of £1,000 in a bid to track down a knife-wielding raider who threatened a female assistant.
ROBERT DINWIDDIE remains in contention at the Commercialbank Qatar Masters, despite failing to repeat his opening round heroics today.
NORTH Yorkshire should have a new railway station in the next four years.
HEALTH bosses have unveiled a new bus service to a north Durham community hospital.
THE country’s first development of Ikea houses has fallen flat with buyers.
WIGAN have signed Egypt striker Mido from Middlesbrough on loan until the end of the season.
PLANS to create a sprawling retirement community in the heart of North Yorkshire have sparked fury among local people.
THE driver of a coach which was involved in a crash in which a couple were killed has been charged with manslaughter.
ENVIRONMENTAL officers in an east Durham community are getting tough on waste offences with six takeaways warned to clean up their act or pay the price.
I’VE just had a dirty weekend, but not in the way you might expect!
THE 350Z isn’t your typical Nissan. When it first went on sale in the UK three years ago the entire year’s supply sold out in one hour!
FOUR houses in a County Durham village were burgled last night.
A NURSE killed her mother by hitting her over the head with an ornamental shire horse, a court heard today.
THIEVES used a JCB to smash their way into a supermarket cashpoint in the early hours of this morning.
A CAMPAIGN to boost road safety in the Yorkshire Dales is coming to fruition, with plans to put up signs warning drivers of horse hazards.
A WOMAN has been found guilty of crimes connected with the death of a puppy.
WORKSHOPS that allow talented people in north Durham to showcase their skills are being held.
A PROGRAMME of events combining healthy eating and exercise has been arranged for north Durham children.
ENGLAND footballer Steven Gerrard is to deny assaulting a man during a nightclub brawl, a court heard today.
POLICE are appealing for help in tracing a man in his early 20s who is suspected of shoplifting.
A SCHOOLGIRL has been treated in hospital after being struck by a car as she crossed a busy road.
THIS looks like being an exciting year for Darlington estate agent Westpark as it opens a second office in a prime town-centre location.
IN A BID to beat those winter blues, Keepmoat Homes North East is offering five per cent deposit paid on selected plots and developments.
THE property market has experienced a promising start to the New Year, according to County Homesearch, which has seen a greatly increased number of potential buyers registering for its services in the first two weeks of January 2009.
ALARGE majority of UK landlords refuse to be forced into selling properties as a result of the credit crunch, according to a survey among private-sector landlords by the Residential Landlords Association, whose members own over 100,000 properties throughout the UK.
IN THESE difficult times for the property market, it is refreshing to hear some good news for a change. This comes in the form of a house sale that has actually made a profit in practically the first year of its life.
BAIRSTOW Eves is this week hosting a three-day new-year property sale for homes across Tyneside following a successful yearend sale during December 2008.
NEWCASTLE today completed the signing of former Rangers forward Peter Lovenkrands until the end of the season.
IN A BID to help house-buyers beat the credit crunch, Bellway is promising to double savings of up to ten per cent of the price of one of its homes.
Wingrove, View Lane, Stanley, is an elegant, stone-built, semi-detached town house which has been reduced in price to £199,950 from £239,950 through agent J W Wood (01207 235221).