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Victim's mother buys murder scene post office

The Northern Echo: MURDER SCENE: Police tape and flowers outside Melsonby post office shortly after the body of sub-postmistress was found inside.

7:06am Tuesday 30th September 2014

A VILLAGE post office which was the scene of brutal murder has been bought by the victim's mother to complete home improvements begun by her daughter.

Rejoice at prizewinning way to run the Friarage

2:49pm Friday 26th September 2014

IT’S a good news week this week, so in your face people who say newspapers only print bad news.

Finally, the column has a good idea

10:49am Friday 19th September 2014

STAMPYLONGNOSE – there's a name you may not be familiar with it. People also call him Mr Stampy Cat. That's more a formal name than a pseudonym, and it's definitely not a sussudio, which, according to Phil Collins, has no meaning whatsoever when he sang it in the 1985 hit single of the same name.

Fitting tribute to proud regiment

5:45am Friday 19th September 2014

THE legacy of the Durham Light Infantry (DLI) is deeply embedded in the hearts of North-East people, its soldiers having served with distinction in conflicts spanning more than two centuries.

Fitting tribute to proud regiment

3:53am Friday 19th September 2014

THE legacy of the Durham Light Infantry (DLI) is deeply embedded in the hearts of North-East people, its soldiers having served with distinction in conflicts spanning more than two centuries.

Lies, damned lies and statistics about vans

3:48am Friday 19th September 2014

The D&S received a press release this week from an insurance company which reported that Darlington was the van capital of Britain. The figures were astounding. The town apparently has 611 vans per 1,000 people - which is almost ten times the national average.

North-East calls on Scotland to save the union

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6:18pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

AS Scotland heads to the polls to decide the future of the Union, North-East decision makers give their thoughts on the vote.

"Not in our name," declare North-East Muslims as groups condemn IS beheadings

The Northern Echo: LIFE AT RISK: British man Alan Henning, a 47-year-old former cab driver from the Manchester area, is currently held hostage by Islamic State (IS) militants.

2:55pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

NORTH-East Muslims have condemned the murder of British aid worker David Haines declaring that ISIS terrorists had "nothing to do with Islam".

Darlington Memorial

12:29pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

Sir, – When you read the document published by the County Durham and Darlington NHS Trust called Right First Time 24/7 you can see the new name for a walk-in centre is to be emergency centre and the new name for A&E departments is going to be major emergency centres. It is proposed there are going to be only 40 to 70 major emergency centres in the country; that would be A&E Departments to you and me. Are we to have a major emergency centre in Darlington or not?

Scottish vote

12:23pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

Sir, – A No vote in the Scottish referendum will undoubtedly be bad news for the region. More money per capita is currently spent on Scotland than England, when really because of the make-up of the latter the reverse should be the case. We are in effect subsidising a country which has a higher standard of living than ourselves. How can this be right or fair.

Friarage concerns

12:17pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

Sir, – After some of the maternity services were withdrawn from the Friarage Hospital, it was with dismay that I read that you should no longer take your sick child to the A&E department at night as services were being scaled down.

Early years

12:08pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

Sir, – The 241 per cent increase in numbers of children being taught in primary school classes of over 30 pupils in North Yorkshire, from 314 in 2010 to 1,070 in 2014, is very bad news.

Delivery office

12:03pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

Sir, – Darlington Delivery Office has begun a pilot of Sunday opening. The initiative is designed to make it easier for online shoppers not at home during the day to get their parcels.

New date

11:57am Wednesday 17th September 2014

Sir, – An exhibition of Northallerton clocks in aid of the Friarage Hospital MRI Scanner Appeal is to be held at Tennants auction centre, Leyburn, starting later this month. It has been widely publicised in posters and flyers distributed throughout North Yorkshire, in articles published in newspapers and periodicals, in letters sent to numerous organisations in and around Northallerton and Leyburn and on the exhibition website (www.northallertonclocks.info).

Concert success

11:51am Wednesday 17th September 2014

Sir, – With reference to Spectator’s Notes (D&S Times, September 12), the Aysgarth concert featuring Show of Hands has been sold out for over a month and we now have a waiting list. I can only express my condolences to those of your colleagues who prefer Ant & Dec. Be assured that quality entertainment is always available in the Dales.

Good market

11:48am Wednesday 17th September 2014

Sir, – Having read many of the letter's recently surrounding Richmond recently, the team behind Richmond Farmers Market would like to remind the people of Richmond and councillors what a great and truly local farmers' market they have in the town. We have meat, cheese, beer, herbs and other products being made within 15 miles of Richmond (Lacey's Cheese, Richmond Beers, Garth Cottage Herbs) by honest, hardworking people who want to keep Richmond thriving. We like to think we contribute towards the appeal of the town. Our next market will be held tomorrow, Saturday, September 20, from 8:30am until 2:30pm and is on every third Saturday of the month.

Running issue

11:45am Wednesday 17th September 2014

Sir, – Here I am, keen marathon runner, member of Bedale Running Club and member Hambleton Leisure Centre, Northallerton. My usual long run yesterday morning included said leisure centre cross country course, football fields etc.

Spectacular view

11:23am Wednesday 17th September 2014

Sir, – Being brought up in the Upper Dale in the thirties, I have always enjoyed a trip back, but I never realised how spectacular the view of Penhill coming out of Leyburn was until reading Mark Flowers' article (D&S, July 25) stating how all the exotic places he has visited across the planet, none of them could compare with the view of Penhill coming out of Leyburn.

Parachute Regiment recruits to star on new TV channel

The Northern Echo: PARA: Young recruits from 'P' Company are presented with the coveted red beret from Company Commander, Major Chris Collier at Catterick Garrison. The event was filmed by a new Forces TV channel.  Picture: RICHARD DOUGHTY

6:32pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

RECRUITS hoping to join one of the world's most famous Army regiments are set to appear in a new documentary.

Biker dies in Dales collision as campaign spreads motorcycle safety message

The Northern Echo: BIKE SAFETY: North Yorkshire County Council chairman Tim Swales with Saskia Kouyioumtzi, the county council’s road safety and travel awareness officer and a biker at Oliver’s Mount Races.

6:36pm Monday 15th September 2014

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a motorcyclist died in a collision in the Yorkshire Dales.

New road layout should ease village rat-run concerns

The Northern Echo: DIRECTION CHANGE: Richmond MP William Hague

4:55pm Monday 15th September 2014

RESIDENTS concerned about the impact of improvements to the A1 have welcomed measures to discourage drivers using their village as a rat run.

Motorcyclist dies in Yorkshire Dales collision

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12:29pm Monday 15th September 2014

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a motorcyclist died in a collision in the Yorkshire Dales.

Family embroiled in party wall battle Durham County Council

The Northern Echo: WALL ROW: Paul Kelley is having trouble with a wall (pictured) owned by Durham County Council that is joined to his West Cornforth home. Picture: TOM BANKS.

6:03am Monday 15th September 2014

A FAMILY embroiled in a two-year legal row with Durham County Council over a defective party wall claim the authority is failing in its legal duty.

Big thank you

6:23pm Friday 12th September 2014

Sir, – A big thank you and well done to David Beadle from Shildon who completed the Great North Run in one hour 44 mins and so far has raised over £600 for The Friends of Darlington Memorial Hospital Volunteer Car Service. David’s father John Beadle is one of the 15 volunteer drivers based at DMH who provide transport to needy patients in and out of hospital giving both their time and use of their own cars receiving a small payment to cover fuel and running costs. These volunteers do an exceptional job for patients living in Darlington and the wider rural areas who do not need an ambulance but otherwise have travel to hospital difficulties Last year they looked after over 7,000 patients and travelled 284,000 miles. David’s efforts and very valuable contribution to help offset the costs of the service is greatly appreciated.

Bumps have to go

6:18pm Friday 12th September 2014

Sir, – The letter from the chair of Skeeby Parish Council (D&S Times, August 29), which purports to give the full facts, requires some corrections and additions. Firstly, the reference to a very serious accident soon after the fatal one on July 13, 1999 is incorrect. The county council's accredited accident statistics show that the first serious accident after this date was November 12, 2002, which was after the installation of the speed humps.

Deputy Prime Minister calls on young to help solve North/South divide

The Northern Echo: Deputy Prime Minster Nick Clegg.

5:59pm Friday 12th September 2014

THE Deputy Prime Minister has urged 16 to 24-year-olds to take part in debate on tackling the North/South divide.

Skeeby bumps

5:47pm Friday 12th September 2014

Sir, – I applaud the letter that Donald Harker wrote (D&S Times, August 15) drawing attention again to the usage of speed humps and road safety in Skeeby.

True politician

5:15pm Friday 12th September 2014

Sir, – Good to see that Mr Parsons is a true politician and only mentions the point that does not affect him which is the Richmond shops. I, among a lot of others, used to buy all my Christmas presents from these shops a long time ago – but no longer.

Fashion show

4:58pm Friday 12th September 2014

Sir, - I refer to the letter from Cllr Stuart Parsons (D&S Timnes, September 5) in response to a letter from Mrs Kemp the week earlier - where upon Cllr Parsons calls upon us all to celebrate our wonderful town. We could not agree more, and have in fact organised an event to do just that. Shop Local Charity Fashion Show is happening in Richmond on October 25 in the Town Hall and is a celebration and coming together of the many wonderful local independent businesses we have in Richmond and the surrounding area.

Forget Scotland, it's all about pairing odd socks

3:59pm Friday 12th September 2014

I WAS planning to start this week's column with something witty and informative about the Scottish independence referendum next week, but alas the witty and informative cupboard is bare.

Welcome development

1:23pm Friday 12th September 2014

WORK is due to start shortly on the £30m Feethams Leisure complex, the developers have announced.

Report calls for more powers to be handed to English regions

The Northern Echo: DEVOLVED POWERS: Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg who will launch a report calling for a major programme of devolution within England in the decade after the next election. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire.

6:02am Friday 12th September 2014

THE Deputy Prime Minister will today (Friday, September 12) unveil a report proposing wide-ranging powers being handed to the English regions as the Scottish referendum prompts fresh calls in the North-East for devolution.

Seaside fun on the Yorkshire coast

The Northern Echo: The cafe at Sand le Mere Holiday Village.

3:39pm Thursday 11th September 2014

AS a family we love the seaside so a long weekend on the East Yorkshire coast was eagerly anticipated by everyone except the grumpy 16-year-old.

New Royal baby will be spare to the heir

The Northern Echo: FAMILY TRIP: The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive with Prince George at Wellington Military Terminal on the first day of their official to Australia.

3:58pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

THE "spare to the heir" is often a difficult role to fulfil within the Royal Family.

Call for North-East to join Scotland

The Northern Echo: INDEPENDENCE VOTE: The Flags of  St George, the flag of Scotland and the Great Britain flag fly high in North Northumberland not far from the Scotish Boarders.

4:49pm Monday 8th September 2014

PARTS of the North-East should be allowed to join an independent Scotland, a campaigner has claimed.

Thousands of North-East pet owners fined for dog fouling

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6:40am Monday 8th September 2014

COUNCILS in the region have declared war on dog mess - with thousands of irresponsible pet owners being hit with fines for fouling.

MP raises concerns in Parliament about the future of region's rail network

The Northern Echo: RAIL CONCERNS: Stockton North MP Alex Cunningham who has put forward an early day motion on the Northern and TransPennine Express franchises.

6:30pm Friday 5th September 2014

A NORTH-East MP is hoping to highlight fears about the impact of the Northern Rail and TransPennine Express refranchising exercise in Parliament.

Police force rapped for sending PCSOs to violent incidents

The Northern Echo: Temporary Chief Constable Tim Madgwick (10011735)

6:35am Friday 5th September 2014

INSPECTORS have criticised a police force for allowing officers to take photographs of crime scenes and victims' injuries on their own mobile phones.

"Good idea" for public to investigate crime, says North-East police chief

The Northern Echo: Durham Constabulary Chief Constable Mike Barton.

6:02pm Thursday 4th September 2014

VICTIMS of crime can help police by investigating their own crime, says a North-East police chief.

Councils call for faster rail links with London

The Northern Echo: COUNCIL STATEMENT: A First TransPennine Express train at Yarm Station.

6:07am Thursday 4th September 2014

REDUCING the journey time for trains travelling between London and Newcastle to two-and-a-half hours has been identified as a key aim by North-East councils.

Police boss calls for drugs to be legal

The Northern Echo: BIG SUCCESS: Durham's Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg, who is pictured here talking to local resident Helen Green and her sons James (9) and Daniel (5) in Newton Hall, Durham, says the scheme to tackle shoplifting is a big success.

6:03am Wednesday 3rd September 2014

"THE war on drugs has failed. The criminalisation of people addicted to drugs has been a destructive force in every conceivable arena; from ethics to politics, health to policing, social work to economics.

Union plans rail protests at North stations

The Northern Echo: RAIL PROTEST: Action for Rail protesters protest increase in fares at Thornaby Station. Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

5:42pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

A UNION has organised protests across the North to mark the axing of off-peak rail fares.

"Overwhelming evidence" to support decriminalisation of drugs, says police commissioner

The Northern Echo: BIG SUCCESS: Durham's Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg, who is pictured here talking to local resident Helen Green and her sons James (9) and Daniel (5) in Newton Hall, Durham, says the scheme to tackle shoplifting is a big success.

4:47pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

A NORTH-East police and crime commissioner (PCC) has called for the region to lead the nation on drug policy reform, saying there is now "overwhelming evidence" to support decriminalisation.

Staff allowed to return to police station after package found to be safe

The Northern Echo:

10:21am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

STAFF have been allowed back in to Northallerton Police Station after a suspicious package was found not to be dangerous.

County Durham and Darlington Fire Service looking to cut staff and review services to save £3.6m

The Northern Echo: CUTS PLAN: Spennymoor Fire Station Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

7:50pm Monday 1st September 2014

A NORTH-East fire service is proposing to cut staff and review services to fill a £3.6m funding gap.

New owners of Dales Italian on path to success

The Northern Echo: DINING OUT: Giovanni's restaurant in Leyburn. Picture: STUART BOULTON.

6:27pm Monday 1st September 2014

BY a quirk of fate that I still don't quite understand, we found ourselves without childcare duties on a Wednesday night recently.

Fears raised Government has set wrong tone for rail service refranchising

6:03am Monday 1st September 2014

IT is agreed that the Northern Rail and TransPennine Express refranchising exercise will shape the region's rail services for years to come.

Northern Echo launches campaign calling for major investment in North-East rail

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

6:03am Monday 1st September 2014

NOW is the time for the Government to think big and invest in the North-East and North Yorkshire's rail network.

Nothing to do but ponder flossing fundamentals

3:44pm Friday 29th August 2014

I HAVEN’T seen or done anything interesting this week so hold on to your hats because this could be a bumpy ride.

Newcastle United manager accepts ice bucket challenge from Sunderland AFC owner

The Northern Echo:

2:30pm Friday 29th August 2014

NEWCASTLE United manager Alan Pardew has completed the ice bucket challenge after being nominated by Sunderland AFC owner Ellis Short.

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