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Government to demand rail firm replaces hated Pacer trains

The Northern Echo:

6:20am Thursday 20th November 2014

NEW train operators will be tasked with making major improvements to the region's rail network - including replacing the unpopular Pacers, a senior Government official has told rail experts.

Police investigate sexually explicit comments to six-year-old playing Minecraft

The Northern Echo: POLICE INVESTIGATION: Police are investigating after a man made sexual remarks to a six-year-old boy playing Minecraft.

1:50pm Thursday 20th November 2014

POLICE are investigating after a father walked in on a man making sexual comments to his six-year-old boy over the internet

Combined authority would keep Tees Valley in "premier league"

The Northern Echo: NEW AUTHORITY: Each council leader, plus Middlesbrough's elected mayor - currently Ray Mallon - would sit on the Tees Valley Combined Authority.

6:09pm Tuesday 18th November 2014

THE creation of a combined authority would keep the Tees Valley in the "premier league" and hand the area the "major prize" of devolved powers, councillors will be told.

Region's police forces failing to record all crime, report reveals

5:33pm Tuesday 18th November 2014

THE Home Secretary has admitted that a report which revealed the widespread under-recording of crime in the region made disturbing reading for victims.

"Exciting future" for Darlington FC as accounts reveal improving finances

The Northern Echo: COMING HOME: Darlington FC hopes to be playing at Blackwell Meadows in time for the start of next season.

6:04am Tuesday 18th November 2014

DARLINGTON Football Club can look forward to an exciting future, club bosses say as an annual review reveals improving finances and growing stability.

Rail report calls for new trains, better stations and zoned fares

5:29pm Monday 17th November 2014

THE North should be given new trains, better stations and a zoned fare system to address the North-South divide, a new report claims.

Cameras catch 1,400 speeding motorists in A1 roadworks in two months

The Northern Echo:

8:33am Monday 17th November 2014

ALMOST 1,400 motorists have been caught speeding in less than two months by new cameras installed on the A1.

Yorkshire Dales community leader "brought authority into disrepute"

The Northern Echo: OFFICIAL COMPLAINT: John Blackie is accused of being discourteous to officers and other members.

8:23pm Friday 14th November 2014

A PROMINENT community leader claims he is the victim of a politically motivated and vexatious conspiracy after an investigator found he had brought a local authority into disrepute.

Tees Valley councils unveil combined authority plans

The Northern Echo: JOINING FORCES: From left, Middlesbrough mayor Ray Mallon, Redcar and Cleveland Council leader George Dunning, Tees Valley Unlimited managing director Stephen Catchpole, Darlington leader Bill Dixon, Stockton leader Bob Cook and Hartlepool leader Christop

5:07pm Thursday 13th November 2014

A COMBINED authority for the Tees Valley would lead to greater prosperity, it was claimed today as plans were unveiled for the area's five authorities to come together to seek devolved powers and greater funding.

Experts and politicians to debate future of region's rail network

The Northern Echo: ROLLING STOCK: A Northern Rail Pacer at Darlington railway station. Picture: ANDY LAMB

6:06am Tuesday 11th November 2014

THE future of the region's rail network will be debated at York's National Railway Museum next week.

Government urged not to skimp on A1 improvements

The Northern Echo: IMPROVEMENTS NEEDED: Traffic congestion on the A1 at Gateshead.

5:56pm Monday 10th November 2014

THE Government has been urged not to skimp on long-awaited upgrades announced today (Monday, November 10) to the region's road network.

A1 improvements due to be unveiled by Prime Minister

The Northern Echo: IMPROVEMENTS NEEDED: Traffic congestion on the A1 at Gateshead.

5:03am Monday 10th November 2014

LONG-awaited upgrades to key North-East roads are set to be unveiled today (Monday, November 10)by the Prime Minister as part of a £15bn investment strategy.

Government plans threaten future of national park, community leaders say

The Northern Echo: NATURAL LANDSCAPE: The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority offices in Bainbridge.

12:02am Monday 10th November 2014

GOVERNMENT plans to alter planing rules could speed up the steady tide of young families leaving the region's countryside, national park officials have warned.

Ten people rescued from island by lifeboat

The Northern Echo: CUT OFF: Ten people were rescued from St Mary's Island, near Whitley Bay.

11:51pm Sunday 9th November 2014

COASTGUARDS rescued ten people from an island after the party became cut off by the rising tide.

Car passenger left fighting for his life after Shildon crash

The Northern Echo:

11:31pm Sunday 9th November 2014

A MAN was left fighting for his life after a head-on collision between two cars on Sunday.

Injured soldiers appeal boosted by Echo's Remembrance Sunday special edition

7:55pm Sunday 9th November 2014

THE '£100,000 For 100 Years' appeal to help the rehabilitation of injured soldiers was boosted yesterday (Sunday) by the publication of a Remembrance Sunday special edition of The Northern Echo.

Wensleydale villagers given hope of high-speed internet

The Northern Echo: Residents in Chilton claim BT has left them cut off

11:43am Sunday 9th November 2014

A YORKSHIRE Dales village is to pilot ground-breaking technology which could provide a solution to the problem of delivering high-speed internet to remote communities.

"North-East rail fares are high enough," campaigners tell Prime Minister

5:55pm Friday 7th November 2014

CAMPAIGNERS have pointed out that rail tickets near the Prime Minister's own constituency are cheaper that those in the North-East.

BBC rejects claims it invited Ukip to sit in Question Time audience

The Northern Echo: POLITICAL DEBATE: David Dimbleby chairs the debate during an earlier recording of BBC's Question Time at the Gala Theatre in Durham.

5:19pm Friday 7th November 2014

THE BBC has rejected suggestions that Ukip was invited to send members to sit in the Question time audience.

London hotel proves a winner with all the family

The Northern Echo: The Novotel London Blackfriars.

4:51pm Friday 7th November 2014

DURING the 2012 Olympics we found a bed and breakfast near King's Cross that was as cheap as chips and had a room that wasn't much bigger than a deep fat fryer.

Stockton UKIP candidate's anger at "vile" letter from Labour MP

The Northern Echo: UKIP CANDIDATE: Mandy Boylett is upset a letter sent by Stockton North MP Alex Cunningham.

4:51pm Friday 7th November 2014

A UKIP Parliamentary candidate said she felt intimidated and offended by a letter from a Labour MP questioning her party's links to a controversial Polish politician accused of Holocaust denial and misogyny.

HMRC agrees to write-off ex-miners' tax bill

The Northern Echo: HELP AVAILABLE: Alan Cummings, chairman of Durham Miners' Association, has urged ex-miners affeted by the tax issue to get contact him.

4:40pm Friday 7th November 2014

OFFICIALS have agreed not to pursue dozens of ex-miners who had not paid enough tax, says a miners' leader.

Gatwick lobbies North-Easy businesses over second runway plans

The Northern Echo: RUNWAY PLANS: Gatwick Airport is seeking backing for its plans to build a second runway.

6:24am Friday 7th November 2014

GATWICK Airport chiefs travel to the region to urge business leaders to back their plans for a second runway.

Two North-East hospitals investigate fresh Jimmy Savile abuse allegations

The Northern Echo:

12:04pm Thursday 6th November 2014

OFFICIALS are investigating fresh allegations that Jimmy Savile abused patients at two North-East hospitals.

Deputy Prime Minister pushes for Pacer trains to be replaced

The Northern Echo: NOT POPULAR: A Pacer at Darlington Station.

9:04pm Wednesday 5th November 2014

THE Deputy Prime Minister is pushing for greater investment in the region's transport infrastructure, saying London commuters would not accept aged Pacer trains.

Plans revealed for a combined authority for the Tees Valley

The Northern Echo:

11:03am Wednesday 5th November 2014

TEES Valley council leaders are working on a plan to develop a combined authority for the sub-region, rather than accept invites to join the existing North East Combined Authority.

Temporary fix funding system still being used 40 years on

The Northern Echo: FUNDING SYSTEM: Lord Barnett devised the system for allocating public spending that came to be known as the Barnett Formula. Pic: IAN NICHOLSON/PA Wire.

3:02pm Tuesday 4th November 2014

Lord Barnett has died, but the funding formula he devised lives on, despite its many critics. Joe Willis reports.

Death of man who devised the so-called Barnett Formula

The Northern Echo: FUNDING SYSTEM: Lord Barnett devised the system for allocating public spending that came to be known as the Barnett Formula. Pic: IAN NICHOLSON/PA Wire.

4:16pm Monday 3rd November 2014

THE man who devised the controversial Barnett Formula - which critics claim has robbed the North-East of billions of pounds of public funding - has died aged 91.

Convicted North-East paedophile leaves Scottish home after residents' campaign

The Northern Echo: MOVED HOME: Simeon Hope pictured in Scotland. Pic: Barrhead News.

4:06pm Monday 3rd November 2014

A FORMER North-East teacher has fled a Scottish town after it emerged he was a serial paedophile who once complained to The Northern Echo children were over-protected.

Man who devised the Barnett Formula dies aged 91

The Northern Echo:

12:02pm Monday 3rd November 2014

THE man who devised the unpopular Barnett Formula - which critics claim has robbed the North-East of billions of pounds of public funding - has died.

'Stay at home' say community leaders as young North-East Kurds join war against ISIS

The Northern Echo: KURDISH STRUGGLE: Ahmed Jaff in his Middlesbrough home. Picture: STUART BOULTON.

6:04am Monday 3rd November 2014

KURDISH-born British Nationals living in the region have travelled to the Middle East to fight the Islamic State, ignoring pleas to stay at home, The Northern Echo has learned.

Councillors fear town council could be "finished" by bullying claims

The Northern Echo: BANKRUPTCY FEARS: Peterlee Town Council holds its meeting at Shotton Hall. Pic: Dommylive.

6:03am Saturday 1st November 2014

A NORTH-EAST town council could be "finished" by bullying and harassment allegations, councillors fear.

Works starts on new rail platform

The Northern Echo: NEW PLATFORM: Cllr Wilkinson, right, with leader of the Council, Cllr Mark Robson and John Graham, Northallerton West project manager and Philip Smith, Wensleydale Railway Trust secretary.

2:22pm Friday 31st October 2014

WORK has started on a £51,000 scheme to link the Wensleydale Railway to Northallerton.

Works starts on new rail platform to link Northallerton to Dales

The Northern Echo: NEW PLATFORM: Cllr Wilkinson, right, with leader of the Council, Cllr Mark Robson and John Graham, Northallerton West project manager and Philip Smith, Wensleydale Railway Trust secretary.

8:59am Friday 31st October 2014

WORK has started on a £51,000 scheme to link the Wensleydale Railway to Northallerton.

The Woodman Inn, Burneston, Bedale

The Northern Echo: The Woodman Inn at Burneston. See Eating Out (12078888)

2:55pm Thursday 30th October 2014

WITH winter fast approaching, the nights drawing in and the weather surely about to take a turn for the worse, it's not always easy to find the energy and inclination to head out for something to eat.

Interim governors bring stability to secondary school

The Northern Echo: GOOD RESULTS: Richmond School.

6:16pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

AN interim board of governors brought in to run a North Yorkshire secondary school brought much-needed stability, independent inspectors found.

HS3 "must benefit the whole of the North"

The Northern Echo:

6:46am Tuesday 28th October 2014

THE Government has been urged to ensure new high-speed rail plans - dubbed HS3 - bring benefits to the entire region and not just the North's big cities.

Miners march on Parliament over 1984 strike

The Northern Echo: Members of the Durham Miners Association raise a banner ahead of the funeral of former Labour cabinet minister Tony Benn at St Margaret's Church, Westminster, central London.  (11987519)

6:03am Tuesday 28th October 2014

FORMER miners from the region will march on Parliament today (Tuesday, October 27) to demand more support for coalfield communities.

Upturn in North-East house building

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3:45pm Saturday 25th October 2014

NEW figures have revealed a sharp rise in the number of new homes being built in the region.

Quakers target return to Darlington in time for start of next season

The Northern Echo: COMING HOME: Darlington FC hopes to be playing at Blackwell Meadows in time for the start of next season.

6:03am Saturday 25th October 2014

A TARGET for Darlington FC to be back playing in its home town ready for the start of the 2015/16 season has been set.

Buffet cars to be axed from Hitachi's East Coast Main Line trains

The Northern Echo: HARD TO SWALLOW: New East Coast Main Line trains will not include buffet cars.

6:56pm Friday 24th October 2014

A UNION says it is "shocked and appalled" that new Intercity Express trains being built in the region will not feature buffet cars.

High hopes for wannabe Tory MP

10:02am Friday 24th October 2014

THE Conservatives have selected their man to contest the Richmond seat – the safest in the country – at the next general election.

Inquest halted into Teesside student's Lake District death

The Northern Echo: UNANSWERED QUESTIONS: Matthew Jordan's body was found in Windermere in April.

6:24pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

AN inquest into the death of a Teesside student found dead in the Lake District has been halted after his family's solicitor complained of too many gaps in the evidence.

Road safety warning as clocks go back

5:21pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

NEW figures have revealed a sharp rise in road accidents when the clocks go back, prompting a safety warning from experts.

Plans for new Teesside super-hospital suspended

The Northern Echo:

1:03pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

PLANS to build a Teesside "super-hospital" at Wynyard Park have been suspended by the Government, it is understood.

North-East First World War soldier buried in France

The Northern Echo: WAR HERO: Newcastle-born Private William Alfred Singyard was one of 15 soldiers whose remains were discovered on a building site at Beaucamps-Ligny, in Northern France.

7:06pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

ONE hundred years after his death, a First World War soldier has finally been given a burial befitting a hero after his remains were found by French construction workers.

Bus regulation deal taken to next stage

The Northern Echo: BUS REGULATION: Bus companies are unhappy at the plans to take services back under council control.

4:59pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

COUNCILLORS have backed plans which would see bus services taken back under local authority control.

Celebration of historic locomotives short-listed for tourism award

The Northern Echo: SHORT-LISTED EVENT: The Great Goodbye exhibition at Locomotion, The National Railway Museum at Shildon brought together the six surviving A4 Pacific locomotives.

5:01pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A MUSEUM'S tribute to an historic locomotive that drew crowds from far and wide is on track for an award.

Legal threat by businessman over Wynyard Park allegation

The Northern Echo: DEBT FREE: Chris Musgrave says Wynyard Park is now debt free.

6:02am Monday 20th October 2014

A PROMINENT businessman is threatening legal action against an anonymous blogger who questioned the financial viability of a major North-East business park.

I read up on contenders says Darlington gambler who beat bookies at Booker bets

The Northern Echo: GOOD BET: Australian author Richard Flanagan, who won this year's Man Booker Prize for his novel The Narrow Road To The Deep North.

6:04am Saturday 18th October 2014

A GAMBLER has revealed how he beat the bookmakers to make a profit from the Man Booker Prize.

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