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Peterlee mayor calls on Labour councillors to resign amid bullying row

The Northern Echo: DEMAND:Mary Cartwright, the mayor of Peterlee, has called on two councillors accused of bullying the council clerk to stand down

11:13am Tuesday 1st December 2015

A MAYOR has called on two councillors at the centre of a bullying row to resign.

Thieves steal Christmas presents from shed - police appeal for information

The Northern Echo:

8:21am Tuesday 1st December 2015

A WOMAN has been left devastated after Christmas presents she had bought for her family were stolen from the outhouse of a property on Grange Avenue in Stockton.

Cyclist suffers head injuries in van smash

The Northern Echo:

8:50am Tuesday 1st December 2015

A CYCLIST suffered head injuries when he was struck by an HGV.

Five teenagers 'lucky to be alive' after horror crash

The Northern Echo:

7:37am Tuesday 1st December 2015

POLICE say five teenagers arre lucky to be alive after the car they were travelling in crashed last night.

Decision to pay NHS boss £225,000 a year 'disgraceful' says Unison as nurses see 'dramatic fall' in real time earnings

The Northern Echo: Siobhan McArdle, pictured, became the chief executive of South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust last month, taking over the top job from Tricia Hart who will leave the trust in January.

5:05am Tuesday 1st December 2015

THE new boss of James Cook and the Friarage hospitals will receive the same £225,000-a-year salary as her predecessor, NHS officials have confirmed.

Uninsured driver crawls out of wreckage and runs away

The Northern Echo:

7:48am Monday 30th November 2015

A MOTORIST was seen crawling out of this wreckage after a crash in Guisborough Road, Nunthorpe, overnight.

Lane reopens after accident on A1 between junction 59 Aycliffe and junction 60 Bradbury

The Northern Echo:

7:18am Monday 30th November 2015

THERE are currently delays on the A1 northbound following an accident between J59 A167 (Aycliffe) and J60 A689 (Bradbury).

North-East town council facing £300,000 bill to settle clerk's bullying claim

The Northern Echo: Peterlee Town Council, which is based at Shotton Hall, pictured, has been described as "shambolic" by one of its own councillors amid allegations of fraud, rows among councillors and demands for answers from electors.

4:02am Monday 30th November 2015

A NORTH-East town council is facing a £300,000 bill to pay off an employee who accused two councillors of bullying.

Real men don’t carry shopping in hessian bags

The Northern Echo: Items in supermarket plastic bags, as English shoppers face a 5p charge for plastic carrier bags from today as part of a Government scheme to reduce litter and protect wildlife. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday October 5, 2015. The scheme in

2:48pm Friday 27th November 2015

I KEEP forgetting to take my own bags to the supermarket to avoid the 5p charge.

Car crashes through boundary wall of Darlington house

The Northern Echo:

8:59am Friday 27th November 2015

A CAR has crashed through the boundary wall of a house in North Road, Darlington.

'At 3.30am some **** drove at great speed down Throston Grange Lane and hit the traffic island'

The Northern Echo:

2:00pm Friday 27th November 2015

A STOLEN car has crashed into a house in Hartlepool.

Two submachine guns found by police investigating Gipsy feud

The Northern Echo:

7:00am Friday 27th November 2015

POLICE have arrested a number of people and seized weapons and vehicles as part of a major operation across six force areas aimed at ending an escalating Gipsy feud.

Stores avoid last year's Black Friday chaos - even taking time to feed queueing public warm mince pies

The Northern Echo:

8:00am Friday 27th November 2015

BLACK Friday started early in the North-East as shopping queued up to bag bargains in one of the region's biggest shopping centres.

Stolen digger abandoned, getaway Land Rover burned out as police foil cash machine raiders

The Northern Echo:

3:00pm Wednesday 25th November 2015

ONE man was arrested by police after officers disturbed a group trying to steal a cash machine using a digger.

Councils freezing non-essential services ahead of fresh funding cuts expected to be announced on Wednesday

The Northern Echo: Councils are freezing non-essential services in order to protect statutory services such as rubbish collections

12:03am Monday 23rd November 2015

COUNCILS are starting to freeze non-essential services as they reach a "tipping point" ahead of an expected fresh round of deep spending cuts, new research has revealed.

Dales Festival of Food and Drink 'will be held in 2016'

The Northern Echo: It had been feared that the 2015 Dales Festival of Food and Drink would be the last.

8:09pm Sunday 22nd November 2015

THE Dales Festival of Food and Drink will go ahead next year after a new organising team was established.

North-East's poorest residents face 20 years of bad health, shocking new report claims

The Northern Echo: Middlesbrough, pictured, had high levels of inequality between the most and least deprived areas - 21 years for men and 20 for women.

1:00pm Saturday 21st November 2015

PEOPLE living in the poorest parts of the North-East can expect to suffer up to 20 years of poor health compared to those in the richest, new figures show.

Wensleydale School sixth form 'not closing' says head

The Northern Echo: The Wensleydale School's interim headmaster Peter Whelan said neither the governors not the local authority had any plans to cease provision for post-16 study at this school.

4:06pm Friday 20th November 2015

THE headmaster of The Wensleydale School has written to parents advising that there are no plans to close the school's sixth form.

A Dales Life: A1 closure and flooding cause a perfect storm

The Northern Echo: Hawes Flooding: Pictures by Thomas Beresford

7:10am Friday 20th November 2015

SOMEONE rang up North Yorkshire Police this week to report flood water on the road at Croft to be told by a slightly panicky sounding operator that there was "flooding everywhere" which was of course an exaggeration although it has been quite wet .

Tax credit cuts will hit 200,000 children in the North-East and North Yorkshire, charity warns

The Northern Echo: Chancellor George Osborne will reveal changes to the Government's tax credit cuts plan at the Autumn statement next week.

4:02am Thursday 19th November 2015

MORE than 200,000 children in the North-East and North Yorkshire live in families facing cuts to their tax credits, research by a charity has revealed.

Tax credit cuts will hit 200,000 children in the North-East and North Yorkshire, charity warns

The Northern Echo: Chancellor George Osborne will reveal changes to the Government's tax credit cuts plan at the Autumn statement next week.

4:01am Thursday 19th November 2015

MORE than 200,000 children in the North-East and North Yorkshire live in families facing cuts to their tax credits, research by a charity has revealed.

North-East claimants set to lose £1,410 a year due to tax credit cuts

The Northern Echo: Chancellor George Osborne wants "a transition to a higher wage, lower tax and lower welfare economy".

4:02am Wednesday 18th November 2015

FAMILIES in the North-East will be among the hardest hit by cuts to tax credits with the average claimant set to lose £1,410 a year, it has been claimed.

Counties risk losing out to cities in devolution deals, report warns

The Northern Echo: Think tank IPPR warns that counties could lose out to bigger cities like Newcastle, pictured.

3:31pm Monday 16th November 2015

THE region's counties could lose out to the cities in the drive for devolution, a think tank has warned.

Motorists thanked for patience after A1 closure causes major delays

The Northern Echo:

12:00pm Monday 16th November 2015

MOTORISTS have been thanked for the patience after the weekend closure of the A1 near Catterick to demolish a bridge caused delays and congestion.

Wensleydale School sixth form at risk of closure

8:16am Friday 13th November 2015

THE Wensleydale School has been warned that it could lose its sixth form in the "near future" amid concerns over falling pupil numbers, changes to funding and poor results.

Bad news week after stone theft and sixth form threat

The Northern Echo: Walling stone was stolen overnight from beside a road in the Yorkshire Dales.

7:57am Friday 13th November 2015

YET again I bring bad news. In anticipation I've googled 'how to deliver bad news' and the first point is to set and manage expectations beforehand.

Family demands answers after blind pensioner left on floor for three hours waiting for ambulance

The Northern Echo: Louise Wilson, Winifred Turner's grandaughter, says the family wants answers after the pensioner was left lying on the floor for more than three hours.

5:04am Thursday 12th November 2015

A FAMILY has demanded answers after a blind pensioner was left lying on the floor for more than three hours waiting for an ambulance.

Regional road safety conference to be held in Darlington

The Northern Echo: Employers, defensive driving experts and members of the legal profession are set to meet later this month for the North-East’s first transport summit.

4:32pm Wednesday 11th November 2015

THE rising human and financial toll of accidents and injuries on North-East roads have prompted a move to draw up a regional road safety strategy.

Agency's otter collecting budget empty

11:57am Wednesday 11th November 2015

FOR all those readers wanting an update on the dead otter situation you're in the right place - 'dead otter update' is my middle name, which made primary school really tough.

Championship footballer Mike Dawson returns to his home town to inspire a new generation of players

The Northern Echo: Rhys Swift, 11, receives an outstanding achievement award from his hero Hull star Mike Dawson.

1:57pm Tuesday 10th November 2015

YOUNG football players were given a fascinating glimpse into the life of a professional when former England defender Mike Dawson returned to his home town.

Hundreds of Syrian refugees could be given sanctuary in North Yorkshire

The Northern Echo: Syrian families fleeing their war-torn country could be given sanctuary in North Yorkshire.

4:42pm Monday 9th November 2015

HUNDREDS of Syrian refugees who have fled the war-torn country could be given sanctuary in North Yorkshire.

North-East local authorities urged to spend more on mental health

The Northern Echo:

8:28am Monday 9th November 2015

COUNCILS in the North-East have been criticised for spending less than two per cent of their public health budgets on mental health.

British tourists clash with Sharm el-Sheikh hotel staff but Bishop Auckland holidaymakers staying put

The Northern Echo: Natasha Sugden, from Bishop Auckland, who is on holiday at the resort with her mother Melanie Sugden, says they feel safe in Sharm el-Sheikh and were happy staying until the end of their holiday.

5:10am Friday 6th November 2015

BRITISH tourists have clashed with Sharm el-Sheikh hotel staff as tensions rise over delayed flights, although North-East holidaymakers say they still feel safe at the Egyptian resort.

Family's joy at pet pug Elsie's safe return

The Northern Echo: 17-month-old Elsie was found near South Hetton petrol station on Thursday morning after going missing on Sunday evening from Jessica Bridge's garden in Gray Avenue, Murton.

3:59pm Thursday 5th November 2015

A FAMILY has spoken of their joy after their pet pug was found safe and well following its suspected theft from their County Durham garden.

Richmond church missionary jailed for abusing children allowed to return to the Philippines

The Northern Echo: Craig Martin Burrows, 50, pictured, worked with disadvantaged children in the Philippines for 30 years before he was jailed in June this year.

1:37pm Thursday 5th November 2015

A CHURCH missionary from North Yorkshire jailed in the UK for child sex crimes will be allowed to return to his Asian home on his release, appeal judges have ruled.

Ruling leaves Tyne and Wear bus regulation plans in tatters

The Northern Echo: Stagecoach bus in Swindon town centre..Pic  -gv.Date 29/5/15.Pic By Dave Cox. (27539100)

8:20am Tuesday 3rd November 2015

PLANS to bring Tyne and Wear buses back under public control are in tatters this morning after they were judged to be unworkable.

Brit award winners Scouting for Girls to play Tan Hill

The Northern Echo: Scouting for Girls outside the Tan Hill with landlords Viv and Steve Bailey, centre.

5:05am Tuesday 3rd November 2015

A BRIT Award winning band is to swap festival headline slots for a gig at Britain's highest pub when it becomes the latest chart-topping act to play Tan Hill.

Catterick GP practice extension 'could damage viability of Friarage Hospital'

The Northern Echo: NEW SERVICE: The Friarage Hospital, Northallerton, where a sexual health centre has been launched

12:00am Monday 2nd November 2015

A PROPOSED extension to a North Yorkshire medical practice could damage the viability of the Friarage Hospital, it has been suggested amid claims of "uproar" among GPs who knew nothing of the scheme.

National park expansion

The Northern Echo: Environment Secretary Liz Truss will highlight the plight of British dairy farmers at an EU summit in September

3:07pm Friday 30th October 2015

IT has taken more than six years but the expansion of the Yorkshire Dales National Park has finally been rubber-stamped by the Government.

Otter killed by motorists heading to the talkies

The Northern Echo: The Empire Cinema in Catterick. Picture: ANDREW YOUNG

5:57am Friday 30th October 2015

IT has been a bit of a shock in recent weeks to find people taking notice of what appears within this small space on the back of the Weekend supplement.

High speed pursuit through Middlesbrough ends in two arrests

The Northern Echo:

8:15am Friday 23rd October 2015

A MOTORIST has been arrested for failing a drugs test after speeding off from police.

Wensleydale Railway story could (won't) be turned into film

The Northern Echo: The explosion ruined the Railway Hotel and that night soldiers not to salvaged what beer they could from its open cellars, presumably as the injured were still being treated nearby.

12:30am Friday 23rd October 2015

THE Wensleydale Railway is buying an old, disused railway bridge over the A1 and hope to use it to plug a gap where once there was a stone bridge at Redmire. It is hoped the purchase will mean the line can be extended to Aysgarth Falls in due course.

Restaurant Review: Spice Restaurant and Bar, Bedale

The Northern Echo: Spice Restaurant and Bar, Bedale.

10:40am Thursday 22nd October 2015

Joe Willis has a memorable meal at Bedale’s newest Indian restaurant.

Victim undergoes three operations after being bitten during attack

The Northern Echo:

9:00am Thursday 22nd October 2015

A 20-year-old man had to undergo three operations for a bite wound inflicted during an assault.

Garage owner puts up £1,000 reward to catch arsonists

The Northern Echo: Two cars were destroyed in the blaze at A1 Garage in Tunstall near Catterick Garrison.

5:05am Thursday 22nd October 2015

A GARAGE owner has put up a £1,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the people responsible for an arson attack on his business.

North-East junior doctors to protest over new contract

The Northern Echo: Demonstrators listen to speeches in Waterloo Place during the 'Let's Save the NHS' rally and protest march by junior doctors in London on Saturday. Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire.

3:55pm Tuesday 20th October 2015

JUNIOR doctors will take to the region's streets this weekend in protest at the Government's plans to introduce a new contract which they claim will lead to 30 per cent pay cuts.

Planning permission refused for extra care scheme in Hawes

The Northern Echo: The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority rejected an application for the facility at Turfy Hill, in Hawes, at its monthly planning meeting on Tuesday

1:15pm Monday 19th October 2015

PLANNERS have refused permission for a 40-bed extra care scheme for the elderly in the Yorkshire Dales.

Wensleydale Railway buy bridge to allow Aysgarth link

The Northern Echo: Fort Bridge, near Catterick Racecourse, will be used to plug a gap in the Wensleydale line at Redmire.

6:05am Monday 19th October 2015

A HERITAGE railway's ambitions plans to extend deep into the Yorkshire Dales have taken another step forward with the purchase of a second-hand bridge.

Don't let the sun go down on my musical youth

The Northern Echo: FIRST CD: I bought my first album, The Very Best of Elton John, from Solid Sounds in Queen's Arcade, in Darlington. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

1:32pm Friday 16th October 2015

FEW activities would be improved by a knock on the door in the middle of the night from the police, but throwing out your CD collection is one of them.

Family's heartbreak after classic car destroyed in suspected arson attack

The Northern Echo: Kevin Hebron's rare Ford Cortina was destroyed in a fire in the early hours of Monday.

6:30am Thursday 15th October 2015

A CLASSIC car enthusiast has spoken of his despair after his rare Ford Cortina - which he and his family had spent years restoring - was destroyed in a suspected arson attack.

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