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Sex pervert neighbour - who exposed himself for NINE years - denies scaring victim

The Northern Echo: SORRY: Ken Ward says he is sorry for harassing his neighbour - but doesn't believe he caused her distress.

8:29am Thursday 30th July 2015

A MILITARY fanatic who repeatedly exposed himself and performed a sex act in front of his neighbour says he does not believe he caused his victim any distress.

KFC denies rumours of free food for customers who camp out in Colonel Sanders costumes

The Northern Echo: RUMOUR: KFC denies rumours of free food for Colonel Sanders campers at its new Catterick restaurant.

10:50pm Wednesday 29th July 2015

BOSSES at restaurant chain KFC have denied they will be offering free food to anyone who dresses up as Colonel Sanders and camps outside a new store.

'Our finances are in good shape' says Darlington RFC as Quakers groundshare talks stall

The Northern Echo: Blackwell Meadows Rugby Club, Darlington.  (33586132)

11:40pm Wednesday 29th July 2015

DARLINGTON Rugby Football Club (DRFC) has turned a corner and is back in the black, say club bosses amid rumours its finances are standing in the way of the groundshare with the Quakers.

What would you do if you saw a rabbit suffering by the roadside?

The Northern Echo: What is the most humane thing to do when you see a rabbit suffering by the roadside?

6:04pm Tuesday 28th July 2015

I'M going to start by touching on a potentially distasteful subject. The cute stuff about the kids will be along soon enough, but you will have to skip to about the sixth of seven paragraph if you want to miss the controversy. Yeah, I didn't think so.

Have you been caught? Thousands of drivers nabbed for speeding through A1 roadworks

The Northern Echo: SPEED LIMIT: Speed cameras at roadworks on the A1M at Scotch Corner. Picture: STUART BOULTON.

3:30am Tuesday 28th July 2015

THOUSANDS of motorists have been caught speeding through roadworks on the A1 - with one driver spotted travelling at an average of more than 90mph.

HIV positive man tagged to stop him infecting sex workers

The Northern Echo: ORDER: Magistrates granted the request for a sexual risk order.

5:13pm Friday 24th July 2015

A COURT has used new powers to stop a HIV-positive man carrying out a threat to infect sex workers.

Richmond bank worker theft case postponed

The Northern Echo: BANK:  GV pic of Nat West in Richmond picture: SARAH CALDECOTT (32728202)

4:30pm Friday 24th July 2015

A BANK worker due to appear in court today (Friday, July 24) to face charges of stealing more than £250,000 from elderly customers' accounts is now scheduled to appear before magistrates in a fortnight.

Who will be the Tees Valley Mayor? Candidates already emerge for top job

The Northern Echo: CANDIDATE?: Former Middlesbrough Mayor Ray Mallon is understood to have considered standing for the position of Tees Valley Mayor, should an election place.

5:05am Friday 24th July 2015

CANDIDATES for the job of Tees Valley Mayor have already begun to emerge after council chiefs agreed to work with the Government to obtain greater powers.

Darlington MP fears rugby club getting "cold feet" over Quakers groundshare

The Northern Echo: FEARS: Darlington MP Jenny Chapman has urged members of Darlington RFC to make a decision on a proposed groundshare with the Quakers.

4:00am Friday 24th July 2015

DARLINGTON MP Jenny Chapman has urged members of Darlington RFC to make a decision on a proposed groundshare with the Quakers.

Four in ten North-East secondary school children have tried alcohol, report finds

The Northern Echo: PROBLEM: Four in ten North-East secondary school children have tried alcohol, a new report has found.

3:52pm Thursday 23rd July 2015

FOUR in ten North-East secondary school pupils have tried alcohol - the joint highest proportion in England, according to a new report.

Dozens of North-East police officers convicted of crimes

The Northern Echo: INVESTIGATION: Dozens of North-East police officers and PCSOs have been convicted of offences.

2:10am Friday 24th July 2015

DOZENS of North-East police officers and PCSOs have been prosecuted for criminal offences - including one convicted of possessing indecent images of children, an investigation has found.

£25m Catterick shopping complex nearing completion

The Northern Echo: LAUNCH: Several shops at Princes Gate, in Catterick Garrison, have already opened their doors to customers.

4:00pm Wednesday 22nd July 2015

A NEW £25m shopping and leisure complex is nearing completion as work continues to build a new town centre for Europe's biggest Army base.

Bank worker accused of stealing £250,000 from customers' accounts

The Northern Echo: BANK:  GV pic of Nat West in Richmond picture: SARAH CALDECOTT (32728753)

2:50am Thursday 23rd July 2015

A BANK worker has been charged with stealing more than £250,000 from elderly customers' accounts - with one victim who has since died allegedly losing £120,000.

Toaster demise means opportunity for an upgrade

The Northern Echo: TOASTER DRAMA: The grill just won't do

2:40pm Tuesday 21st July 2015

THERE'S been a lot of changes in the household since last week, with the biggest being the demise of the toaster.

Why do people take drugs? That's the real question, says former addict

The Northern Echo: SUPPORT: Former drug addict turned counsellor, Rob Etherson, says drugs decriminalisation will cut crime. Picture: TOM BANKS

4:01am Tuesday 21st July 2015

ROB Etherson knowns what he is talking about when it comes to drugs and their impact on society and individuals.

150 people died waiting for organ donor, shock new figures reveals

The Northern Echo: DONATE: More than 150 from the region have died waiting for an organ transplant in the last five years.

5:45pm Monday 20th July 2015

MORE than 150 people from the region have died in the last five years waiting for a transplant, a shocking new report shows.

Grave ornament theft prompts police appeal

The Northern Echo: Police are appealing to trace the owners of ornaments believed to be stolen from a grave in Stranton Cemetery in Hartlepool.

12:36pm Monday 20th July 2015

POLICE are appealing to trace the owners of ornaments believed to be stolen from a grave.

Van driver racially abused and then run over

The Northern Echo: ABUSE: The incident took place at the junctions of Kings Road, Trunk Road and Ormesby Road, in Middlesbrough.

2:40am Tuesday 21st July 2015

POLICE are appealing for information after a van driver was racially abused and then hit by a vehicle.

Locomotive named in honour of Wensleydale Railway Association

The Northern Echo: TRAIN: Rishi Sunak MP on the new locomotive named after the Wensleydale Railway at Leeming Bar Station. Picture: STUART BOULTON. (32417198)

7:22pm Friday 17th July 2015

A LOCOMOTIVE has been named in honour of a heritage railway organisation's celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Father of ISIS recruiter tells of family's 'shame and embarrassment'

The Northern Echo:

5:04pm Friday 17th July 2015

THE father of a North-East medic who is alleged to have recruited at least 16 students for Isis has spoken of his family's "shame and embarrassment".

Government refuses to limit 'crack cocaine' gambling machine bets to £2

The Northern Echo: REFUSAL: The Government has refused to limit 'crack cocaine' gambling machine bets to £2.

3:58pm Friday 17th July 2015

CAMPAIGNERS have spoken of their disappointment after the Government refused to reduce the maximum stake on so-called 'crack cocaine' gambling machines from £100 to £2.

Police appeal after 64-year-old attacked in park

The Northern Echo: APPEAL: A 64-year-old was attacked in Trinity Park, Stockton.

2:28pm Friday 17th July 2015

POLICE are appealing for information after a 64-year-old man was assaulted in a North-East park.

Tax credit cut to cost North-East families £32 a week

The Northern Echo: TAX: Cuts to tax credits imposed by George Osborne will cost North-East families a minimum of £23.72, a union claims.

6:00pm Thursday 16th July 2015

CUTS to tax credits will cost North-East families a minimum of £23.72 a week and remove £146m from the region's economy, a union has warned.

More North-East drinkers hospitalised with cancer than anywhere else in country

The Northern Echo: WARNING: North-East drinkers are more likely to be hospitalised with seven types of alcohol-related cancer than anywhere else in the country, experts say.

3:25pm Thursday 16th July 2015

NORTH-East drinkers are more likely to be hospitalised with seven types of alcohol-related cancer than anywhere else in the country, experts say.

Friends cycle 900 miles in 12 days for life-saving hospital

The Northern Echo: RIDE: Adam Riddle, left, and Geoff Blair cycled 900 miles in 12 days.

1:51pm Wednesday 15th July 2015

TWO friends cycled 900 miles in just 12 days to raise money for a hospital which helped to save one of their lives.

Successful search for missing man in Yorkshire Dales

The Northern Echo: West Witton, near Leyburn

4:13pm Monday 13th July 2015

A MISSING man was found in the Yorkshire Dales after emergency services searched into the night.

'Questions must be asked' about North-East super-council chief's tax arrangements

The Northern Echo: QUESTIONS: Adam Wilkinson was hired by the North East Combined Authority on a nine-month contract.

3:10pm Monday 13th July 2015

CAMPAIGNERS say "serious questions must be asked" after it emerged the temporary boss of the new North East Combined Authority (NECA) was being paid through a limited company.

Rare fish returns to the region as water quality improves

The Northern Echo: RETURN: Paul Frear, Environment Agency fisheries officer, with a sea lamprey.

3:46pm Friday 10th July 2015

A SPECIES of rare and protected fish has been spotted in the region's rivers following improvements in river water quality.

Ditch the hygiene standards and pitch that tent

The Northern Echo: View towards Muker village from Kearton's Wood, Swaledale, North Yorkshire

11:51am Friday 10th July 2015

WE had a very pleasant time camping up at Usha Gap, just outside Muker, at the weekend.

Coastal death toll rise prompts safety warning

The Northern Echo:

12:03am Thursday 9th July 2015

VISITORS to the seaside this summer have been urged to take care after new figures reveal a rise in the number of people losing their life the startling in the region's seas.

More than £7,000 raised at Wensleydale RUFC annual ball

The Northern Echo:

12:37pm Wednesday 8th July 2015

PLAYERS, parents, officials and supporters of Wensleydale RUFC gathered for the club's annual ball at Tennants in Leyburn.

North-East household income £17,000 below London, study reveals

The Northern Echo: POWERHOUSE: Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has been urged to invest more in the North.

5:57pm Tuesday 7th July 2015

THE average North-East family income is now £17,000 below that of families in London, a new study reveals.

Former road builder given VIP tour of A1 upgrade

The Northern Echo: VISIT: John Parkinson, right, one of the original A1 materials engineers who helped build the old A1, and Tom Howard, Highways England project manager, at the site of the new A1 upgrade. Picture: TOM BANKS

9:20pm Tuesday 7th July 2015

A RETIRED road builder found on the site of the ongoing A1 improvements has learnt how the current generation construct motorways.

Businessman hoping to buy historic Windlestone Hall facing bankruptcy

The Northern Echo: CLAIM: Garry Moat is facing bankruptcy proceedings.

6:03am Tuesday 7th July 2015

A BUSINESSMAN at the centre of a row over ownership of one of the region's most important historic buildings is facing bankruptcy proceedings over a previous business deal, The Echo can reveal.

Dales school celebrates badminton success

The Northern Echo: Dales school celebrates badminton success

11:48am Sunday 5th July 2015

A SCHOOL is celebrating success on the badminton court.

Olympic athlete pops into primary to motivate future stars

The Northern Echo: VISIT: Olympic athlete Rebekah Wilson, with Richmond Primary School pupils, back row from left, Angus Potter, Ben Dale, Olivia Brooks and Adanna Anyadiegwu. Front row, Joe Carruthers and Ellie Hayes.

11:46am Sunday 5th July 2015

AN Olympic athlete called in to Richmond Primary School to inspire the next generation of sporting stars.

Don't bug the bees we depend on for survival

The Northern Echo: There are 24 different species of bumblebee. Picture: Nick Ansell/PA

4:41pm Friday 3rd July 2015

WE have a bees' nest in the garden, which I'm pretty excited about.

Thieves steal lead from another Dales church roof

The Northern Echo: THEFT: Thieves have stolen the lead off the roof at St Andrew's Church, in Aysgarth.

3:29pm Thursday 2nd July 2015

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after thieves stole large quantities of lead from a Yorkshire Dales church.

Train company offers grants for conservation work

The Northern Echo: GRANT: First TransPennine Express has joined forces with the Forestry Commission to give community environmental projects across the region the opportunity to win a grant of up to £2,500.

3:27pm Thursday 2nd July 2015

A TRAIN operator has donated £20,000 towards tree and woodland conservation projects

'Jenny Nicholl case won't close until teenager found' say police

The Northern Echo: REGRET: Retired North Yorkshire Police Assistant Chief Constable Sue Cross, who was the senior investigating officer who oversaw the murder investigation, said regrets that the team was not able to find Jenny.

5:05am Tuesday 30th June 2015

POLICE say the investigation into the murder of Jenny Nicholl will not fully close until the teenager's remains are found.

Parents still seek truth ten years after daughter Jenny Nicholl's murder

The Northern Echo:

10:20am Tuesday 30th June 2015

Ten years ago today, Jenny Nicholl left home and was never seen again by her parents who are still seeking the truth behind their daughter’s murder. Joe Willis reports.

Park pilgrimage still sounding good years later

The Northern Echo:

4:42pm Friday 26th June 2015

IN the last month or so I've seen several buzzards, a red kite, a peregrine falcon, numerous kestrels, a barn owl and a short-eared owl around and about.

Fewer people dying on region's roads - but more people injured

The Northern Echo: ACCIDENT: Fewer people are dying on the region's roads - but more are being injured in accidents.

4:37pm Friday 26th June 2015

A FALL in the number of people killed on the region's roads has been welcomed by road safety chiefs.

North-East soldiers train with 'enemy' Russian tanks as tensions grow between Moscow and West

The Northern Echo: ENEMY: A Russian-made BMP-1 tank, similar to the one used by soldiers training at Catterick Garrison.

5:04am Friday 26th June 2015

SOLDIERS at Europe's biggest Army base are training with Russian tanks representing the enemy amid heightened tensions between Moscow and the West.

Time judges take domestic abuse seriously

The Northern Echo:

4:07am Friday 26th June 2015

ANDREW Foulds laughed as he left Teesside Crown Court yesterday.

Metro mayor plans are 'greatest threat to local policing' says police commissioner

The Northern Echo:

6:51pm Thursday 25th June 2015

A METRO mayor for Yorkshire would be the greatest threat to local policing, claims North Yorkshire police and crime commissioner Julia Mulligan.

Anger as council chief is paid almost £1,000 a day

The Northern Echo: PAY: Adam Wilkinson, the interim head of paid service at the North East Combined Authority, is to be paid almost £1,000 a day. Picture courtesy of Derby Telegraph.

6:16am Thursday 25th June 2015

A PART-TIME council chief's wages of almost £1,000 a day have been described as "totally wrong".

Durham man could have suffered heart attack due to medication, coroner rules

The Northern Echo: DEATH: Andrew Watt's body was found in a French country lane.

4:36pm Wednesday 24th June 2015

THE family of a man found dead in France say someone could have got away with murder after a coroner recorded an open verdict on the death.

North-East leaders urged to develop Great North Plan

The Northern Echo: CONSULTATION: North-East leaders are being urged to shape the future of the region’s economy by contributing to the development of a Great North Plan.

5:12am Wednesday 24th June 2015

NORTH-East leaders are being urged to shape the future of the region’s economy by contributing to the development of a Great North Plan capable of delivering a Northern Powerhouse.

Woman injured in supermarket basket collision

The Northern Echo: INCIDENT: A woman needed hospital treatment after being knocked over by staff member.

2:45pm Tuesday 23rd June 2015

A SUPERMARKET shopper needed hospital treatment after being knocked over by a shop worker.

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