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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

The Northern Echo:

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

The Northern Echo:

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.

Sweet success for Darlington honey company

The Northern Echo: SWEET SUCCESS: Scot Varley, from The Honey B Company, which has won two Great Taste awards.

4:10pm Thursday 28th August 2014

AN artisan food company has tasted sweet success with a second award for its honey.

EE Darlington call centre manager was unfairly sacked, judge rules

The Northern Echo: LEGAL ACTION: Mother-of-two Fay Hand claims she was unfairly dismissed by EE.

6:02am Thursday 28th August 2014

A CALL centre manager has won her legal battle with mobile phone company EE after a judge ruled she was unfairly sacked when a worker was kicked in the head.

Call centre worker kicked unconscious by colleague speaks of his bitterness at being sacked

The Northern Echo: SACKED: Grant Potter who was sacked after being kicked unconscious by a colleague. Picture: RICHARD DOUGHTY

6:32am Tuesday 26th August 2014

A CALL centre worker has spoken of his bitterness after he was kicked unconscious by a colleague - and then sacked.

Actor and director Richard Attenborough dies aged 90

The Northern Echo:

10:15pm Sunday 24th August 2014

BRITISH actor and film director Richard Attenborough has died at the age of 90.

Sunderland owner lays down ice cold challenge to Newcastle counterpart

The Northern Echo: BIG TIP: Ellis Short

10:08pm Sunday 24th August 2014

SUNDERLAND AFC owner Ellis Short has nominated his Newcastle counterpart Mike Ashley to take the ice bucket challenge.

Daughter finds father after 46 years of being apart

The Northern Echo: BACK TOGETHER: Brother and sister Ian and Susan Hughes with their father Granville who they have found after 46 years.

9:38pm Sunday 24th August 2014

A WOMAN has spoken of her joy at finally meeting her father after 46 years of being apart.

Communities to be canvassed over bikes concerns

The Northern Echo: BIG SUCCESS: Durham's Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg, who is pictured here talking to shoppers in Newton Hall, Durham, says the scheme to tackle shoplifting is a big success.

9:02am Sunday 24th August 2014

POLICE in Darlington are to ask communities if they want to see a crackdown on adults riding bikes on the pavement.

Scheme to help women stealing food to feed families declared a success

The Northern Echo: BIG SUCCESS: Durham's Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg, who is pictured here talking to shoppers in Newton Hall, Durham, says the scheme to tackle shoplifting is a big success.

6:02pm Friday 22nd August 2014

HELPING rather than prosecuting women caught stealing food to feed their families is reducing reoffending, says a North-East police commissioner.

Corrie nearly ticked all the country cliche boxes

4:34pm Friday 22nd August 2014

KEN and Deirdre’s Welsh caravanning holiday is my new highlight of 2014. First Deirdre had a staring competition with a sheep and lost, then Ken and Deirdre went for a walk and were chased by a bull, except they didn’t get chased and it was actually a cow.

Concerns grow about anti-social behaviour at Dales beauty spot

The Northern Echo: BEAUTY SPOT: Concerns are growing about antis-coal behaviour beside the River Ure at Redmire.

4:23pm Friday 22nd August 2014

CONCERNS about anti-social behaviour at a Yorkshire Dales beauty spot have prompted calls for visitors to improve their behaviour or face public access being restricted.

North-East councils allow meetings to be filmed

The Northern Echo: PUBLIC ACCESS: Darlington Borough Council has joined other authorities in the region in allowing its meetings to be filmed.

4:21pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

COUNCILS in the region have agreed to allow the public to film their meetings after the Government ordered local authorities to improve access to voters.

Police investing North-East telecom scam make arrests

The Northern Echo: PHONE TROUBLE: Owner of the Devonport Country House Hotel in Middleton One Row Kathleen Tillbrook who has  signed up for a phone deal that she thinks is a con. Picture: ANDY LAMB.

6:36am Wednesday 20th August 2014

POLICE are investigating allegations of a telecommunications fraud which has targeted North-East small businesses.

Increase rail fares prompt protests

The Northern Echo: RAIL PROTEST: Action for Rail protesters protest increase in fares at Thornaby Station. Pictured Louise Baldock Labour candidate,  Mark Edmundson Unison northern area organiser, Pete Widlinski and Cllr Tracey Stott . Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

7:18pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

ABOVE inflation increases in train fares prompted protests at the region's rail stations.

Shortlist announced for operators bidding to run region's rail services

The Northern Echo: RAIL SUMMIT: A Northern Rail train arrives at Thornaby station

6:11pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

THE shortlist of train firms bidding to run the region's rail services has been announced - prompting concerns about foreign ownership and corporate greed from MPs and unions.

Shortlist of firms bidding to run region's rail services branded as "same old greedy companies"

The Northern Echo:

10:37am Tuesday 19th August 2014

THE shortlist of train companies bidding to run the region's rail services have been announced by the Government .

Woman cleared of abusing teenage boy

The Northern Echo: ON TRIAL: Susan Cunningham outside Teesside Crown Court.

3:58pm Friday 15th August 2014

A WOMAN accused of sexually abusing a young teenage boy has walked free from court after she was cleared by a jury on all charges.

Storm of biblical proportions is over in a flash

3:47pm Friday 15th August 2014

THE baby and I found ourselves driving home over the tops from Richmond in a big thunder and lightning storm last Friday. I was driving. She was navigating this time.

Drug dealer jailed after "nonsensical" story to jury

The Northern Echo: DEALER JAILED: Craig Walker concocted a "nonsensical" story about dealer's list.

5:08pm Thursday 14th August 2014

A DRUG supplier who concocted a "nonsensical" explanation for a dealer's list found by police was last night starting a four-and-a-half-year prison sentence.

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