THE Education Secretary has been accused of “grossly distorting the facts” after he claimed schoolchildren in North Yorkshire were being failed by the system.
MEMBERS of a Darlington golf club have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a merger aimed at giving it a viable future and saving taxpayers almost 180,000-a-year.
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DEVOTED charity supporters gave up their beds for the night to raise money for a good cause.
THE Football Association has carried out a series of interviews with match officials today as investigations continue into allegations from Chelsea that County Durham referee Mark Clattenburg used 'inappropriate language' towards their midfielder John Obi Mikel.
MILITARY police carried out a "cover-up" after a botched investigation into the tragic disappearance of a toddler, a North-East MP alleged tonight (November 8).
MORE used to much warmer climes, a Bee-eater has been spotted in Sunderland.
THE Right Reverend Justin Welby will have his work cut out if, as widely expected, he is named the new Archbishop of Canterbury tomorrow (November 9).
RELATIVES of a soldier killed in Afghanistan will launch an appeal at the weekend for a new war memorial in his home village.
THE families of two Gurkhas, one from County Durham, who were killed by a man wearing an Afghan police uniform sobbed as their bodies were repatriated to the UK today (Thursday, November 8).
TWO visually impaired veterans from County Durham will join hundreds of other ex-servicemen and women when they march to the Cenotaph in London on Remembrance Day.
A FORENSIC scientist told a jury how blood patterns in a pensioner's home were the result of repeated blows to the head and face.
THE maker of Flymo lawn mowers is set to axe about 40 skilled North-East workers as part of a bid to slash costs.
NEWCASTLE United boss Alan Pardew has made eight changes to his side for tonight's Europa League group game against Club Brugge.
TWO drivers escaped injury after a two vehicle collision in Heighington this afternoon (November 8).
PROFITS DOWN: Dairy Crest, which was the subject of angry farmers’ protests summer, reported a 16 per cent drop in profits today (November 8), despite strong sales of well-known supermarket brands Cathedral City and Clover.
THE transformation of Newton Aycliffe town centre took a major step forward today, with the opening of a new low cost supermarket attracting thousands of shoppers.
A planning application has been submitted to Durham County Council seeking permission to change the use of a piece of land next to 41 Carrowmore Road, Chester-le-Street, from public open space to private garden use. Consideration is pending.
THE founder of a radio station based at Europe’s biggest Army base has criticised the Ministry of Defence (MoD) after announcing the station is to shut down.
A DARLINGTON foster carer has received recognition for her ten years of service.
A WORKER who was crushed to death by a falling three-tonne anchor should not have been working with the equipment, an inquest has concluded.
LUXURY FAIR: Essence of Christmas, a three-day Christmas fair, will take place at York Racecourse from Friday, November 16 until Sunday, November 18, featuring more than 200 exhibitors. There will be gift retailers, designers, crafts people, health and beauty products, fashion, wine and whisky tastings, festive flowers and cooking demonstrations. It will be supporting Bethany’s Smile, a charity founded by 12-year-old Bethany Hare for the care of children with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses. Tickets are £8 and £6 concessions and children under-12 go free.
ALMOST £1.5 million worth of drugs destined for the streets of Teesside have been seized by police.
DRAMA students have enjoyed an acting masterclass led by one of the stars of a touring theatre production.
A TEN-YEAR-OLD and a 14-year-old rushed to the aid of a woman who was mugged on Monday.
CIVIL engineering is bridging the gap in young people’s knowledge of the sector with a challenge to students aged 10 to 18 to construct a replica of the Severn crossing.
MEMBERS of a Prince’s Trust team today (Thursday November 8) cycled 15 miles to raise cash for an animal rescue centre.
AN emergency accommodation scheme for vulnerable young people is in need of volunteers in a market town.
POLICE CHASE: Following a high-speed police chase through Norton on Monday October 29, a 17-year-old has been charged with a number of offences including aggravated vehicle taking, dangerous driving and criminal damage. He was also charged with a separate offence of burglary and a further offence of aggravated vehicle taking when he appeared before Teesside Magistrates Court today (THURS NOV 8).
SCHOOL pupils who contributed to an epic new storybook are getting sight of the finished work for the first time.
FAMILY FUN: People will be given the chance to have their say about health services in their local community at an event held at Maidendale House, in Firthmoor, Darlington, on Saturday, November 10.
THE FIRM at the centre of the Olympics security shambles has lost its contract to run a jail and failed to win any further prison contracts it was bidding for, the Ministry of Justice has said.
A SUSPECTED quad-bike thief was caught by police hiding in a Yorkshire Dales river.
A FLASHER has targeted a teenager as she walked along a street in the middle of the afternoon.
YOUNG train enthusiasts are invited to name a new painting set to go on display at a railway museum.
AN 18-YEAR-OLD will go before the courts following a spree of vandalism that left several cars damaged.
A FACEBOOK scam has claimed more than 20 victims in Middlesbrough alone, police have warned.
STALWARTS of Darlington’s volunteering community were rewarded for their dedication in a glittering awards ceremony.
GENEROUS customers at a Darlington news stand have helped swell the coffers of a charity that supports blind and partially-sighted people.
AN ASYLUM seeker sparked a major police response after calling 999 last month and pretending he was a doctor who had been shot, a court heard.
A COUNTY Durham woman, who lost her mother to cancer, has raised more than £2,500 for charity by holding a bonfire party in her honour.
RESEARCHERS in the region have helped prove that a drought lasting nearly a century helped destroy an ancient civilisation.
A FORENSIC scientist tells a jury how blood patterns in a pensioner's home were the result of repeated blows to the head and face.
People with heart disease in the North-East are being asked to give their views about local NHS services by taking part in a survey.
A DRAMATIC evacuation took place at a Darlington fish and chip cafe after fire swept through its kitchen area.
VETERAN SERVICE: Sedgefield Village Veterans are holding a service outside the old St Luke’s Church, now Winterton Park Spa and Leisure, at Winterton, Sedgefield, at 9.45am tomorrow (November 9).
CAMPAIGN headquarters for Labour’s candidate in the up-coming Middlesbrough by-election were opened yesterday.