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COASTGUARDS were called out tonight after three youths were reported stranded on rocks in the sea.
A DEVOUT Hindu lost his High Court battle this morning for the legal right to be cremated on a traditional open-air funeral pyre.
A BROTHER and sister were struck by a taxi after running into its path near a zebra crossing, police said tonight.
A CHINESE couple involved in a football betting scam who were murdered in their own flat had received a series of threats over the internet before their deaths, a court heard today.
A CHARITY that helps impoverished families turn their houses into homes is itself planning a move.
A NUMBER of disability day service centres are facing closure as councillors discuss their future.
GREEN fingered schoolchildren have been given the right tools to grow their own fruit and vegetables.
YOUTH crime is in the spotlight after plans have been unveiled to invest £700,000 to tackle the problem.
A TEENAGE student has called on the Government to appoint a minister for men, claiming the lack of such a politician is detrimental to equality.
A PUB in Darlington could have its licence revoked after a police drugs raid landed a haul of cocaine.
A LOYALTY card scheme to encourage shoppers to get behind local independent retailers has now signed up more than 80 businesses.
ADULT learners celebrated in style after reaching personal goals in education.
RAILWAY museum staff are trying to trace four former engine drivers for an oral history project.
WINDFARM developers chose one of the breeziest days of the year to unveil plans for turbines on the edge of a popular beauty spot.
SPECIAL events are under way at one of England’s largest and highest nature reserves in the North Pennine hills.
PARENTS whose children have complex special needs are being given in a say in how services in County Durham can be linked.
PLAYERS union body the Professional Footballers Association (PFA) has denied that Darlington FC's first team squad has been released.
REDCAR and Cleveland Council has expressed its "shock and sadness" at the announcement by Corus to begin consulting on possible redundancies.
BOTH sides seemed keen to make up for lost time when the start was delayed until 12.20 by rain as Sussex added 73 runs but lost three wickets in the first 70 minutes. They were 342 for nine when lunch was taken at 1.30, still 38 behind.
Business Secretary Peter Mandelson has said Corus should seek legal action to reinstate its agreement with buyers and keep its Redcar plant open.
TWO brothers are to take centre stage at an orchestra’s concert later this month.
POLICE are appealing for help tracing two men seen behaving suspiciously in a supermarket.
CORUS may take legal action against the consortium of steel slab buyers which has thrown the future of its giant Redcar plant into turmoil.
BUSINESS Secretary Peter Mandelson has pledged the Government's support to closure-thretened Corus.
PASSENGERS had a lucky escape when a youth smashed a bus window as it drove through Hartlepool.
A FACTORY worker who killed a grandfather in a motiveless and unprovoked attack outside a pub was today jailed for three years.
MORE than 500 cyclists, including Olympic and international bikers, will head for a forest in the region this weekend.
VOTERS in a small village can call into their local for a pint and a vote on North Yorkshire County Council election day.
LORD Mandelson today rejected claims he used taxpayers cash to renovate his home for profit, insisting the money was spent on essential maintenance.
CAMPAIGNERS are calling for urgent action to improve disabled access at Thirsk Railway Station after labelling it a disgrace.
Appointed Young Conductor in Association with the Northern Sinfonia at the age of 19 and the first conductor of the then new Young Sinfonia 10 years ago, Ilvan Volkov’s career has blossomed since. Now the chief conductor at the Scottish Symphony…
Appointed Young Conductor in Association with the Northern Sinfonia at the age of 19 and the first conductor of the then new Young Sinfonia 10 years ago, Ilvan Volkov’s career has blossomed since
ENGLAND'S hopes of wrapping up a quick first Test win at Lord's were dashed by rain this morning.
REDCAR MP Vera Baird has reacted angrily to the decision to mothball the blast furnace at Corus on Teesside.
Popular culture is under renewed attack from a cult phenomenon known as Star Trek . . .
WITH the entertainment world going Abbacadabra at the moment, any show boasting a strong tribute link is bound to earn some bookings.
NICHOLAS KRAEMER, a leading exponent of early music, treated the audience to an intimate evening of music-making.
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FIVE members of the same North-East family have been charged with offences relating to an alleged £1m fraud.
A GIRL’S handbag is her life support system. Take our handbags away and our lives fall apart.
Marjorie McIntyre meets a woman who turned the loss of her banking job into an opportunity to set up on her own
Twenty years ago a new centre began welcoming people with mental health problems. Health Editor Barry Nelson finds out who it’s helping today.
Reader's question JOAN often walks in the woods near Middleton-One-Row and loves the wild garlic that is growing there at this time of year. She wants to know how she can get some to grow at the bottom of her garden, in a semishaded area…
PETER MULLEN (Echo, May 5) criticises attempts to achieve equality by invoking the obvious argument that by nature we are not all the same. This is not the point. Nor is it enough to suggest “equality of opportunity” is an adequate alternative.…
AT Lanchester, in County Durham, the A691 has a 30mph speed limit, sensibly so.
THERE has been a great deal of debate about the Durham Park and Ride, which prompts me to write about the new park and ride at Filey Road, Scarborough.
DIDN’T Margaret Thatcher do well when she was Minister of Pensions by stopping pensions from increasing with the cost of living?
I SUPPOSE we’ve all done it. I know I have.
I BELIEVE we have lost 179 of our young men fighting a futile war in Iraq.