12:15pm Thursday 27th November 2014
With two of the region's police forces preparing to take on new recruits, the standard of fitness required of newcomers to the police service has become a matter of scrutiny. Andy Walker weighs up both sides of the argument.
3:01pm Wednesday 26th November 2014
DEPENDING on who you believe, hydraulic fracturing – or fracking – is the answer to Britain’s energy prayers or an environmental disaster waiting to happen.
7:50pm Thursday 27th November 2014
The Headline Challenge is played out every week day between The Northern Echo and BBC Tees. You can play along by following @echopeterbarron and @alibrownlee on Twitter.
7:26pm Thursday 27th November 2014
IRRESPECTIVE of the verdict in September’s referendum on Scottish independence, there was always deep concern about the potential impact it could have on the North-East of England.
12:16pm Thursday 27th November 2014
“YOU are the worst mother. Ever,” said my 12-year-old son, last Monday. It’s not the first time I’ve been told this. Having five boys, I have had my many shortcomings pointed out to me on a regular basis over the years. Just as well I have a thick skin.
12:06pm Thursday 27th November 2014
FACEBOOK has been accused by members of Lee Rigby's family of having "blood on its hands" after it emerged that one of the fusilier's killers had used the social media network to reveal his intention to kill a soldier.
11:41am Monday 24th November 2014
THE Northern Echo has always maintained that the Government's austerity cuts have hit this region the hardest.
7:00pm Thursday 27th November 2014
WHAT a brilliant move by the Government .
6:59pm Thursday 27th November 2014
THIS week I took my partner and her friend to Stockton to visit a material shop as they are both quilting fanatics.
6:58pm Thursday 27th November 2014
THANKS for printing my moan about littering (HAS, Nov 27), however I must point out that when I mentioned Bishvegans I was referring to the collective term for people from Bishop Auckland, or Bish Vegas as it's known by the classier folk of the town.
2:35pm Wednesday 19th November 2014
Getting divorced does not have to mean going into battle, says solicitor Elizabeth Gallagher ahead of family dispute resolution week. Raymond Crisp reports.
12:26pm Wednesday 12th November 2014
As the professionals fight it out in the MasterChef kitchen, Keeley Bolger explains how things went when she put her cooking skills to the test.
2:42pm Thursday 27th November 2014
It's affecting growing numbers, yet many of us don't know anything about it. To mark Mouth Cancer Awareness Month, let's brush up on the facts.
11:59am Tuesday 18th November 2014
As scientists reveal nothing beats a good old scratch, Nel Staveley discovers what might be causing the itch in the first place.
11:21am Thursday 20th November 2014
Chris Webber can’t claim to be cool, but he can tackle a smoke-on-site burger at Darlington’s Hoboken Grill.
11:04am Thursday 13th November 2014
Lizzie Anderson is spoilt for choice at the Cinnamon Club Indian Restaurant, Trimdon Village.
2:38pm Tuesday 18th November 2014
BLACK bream is not a fish people automatically think off when planning a trip to the fishmongers. But it’s worth it with its sweet, white, firm flesh.
2:31pm Tuesday 18th November 2014
ALREADY dreading the Christmas kitchen slog? Foodie fairy godmother Mary Berry shares her festive feasting secrets. Try this one from her new book - Mary Berry Cooks The Perfect...
8:58am Saturday 22nd November 2014
TWO by two, the stone sleepers are again marching along the embankment at Brusselton. They were laid very neatly very nearly 200 years ago, but as the centuries swept by, they became abandoned and then overgrown.
8:56am Saturday 22nd November 2014
ONE hundred years ago, "the Lady Editor" of The Northern Echo invited the paper's readers to contribute to its Hints and Recipes column. The column gives a fascinating insight to how life on the home front was unfolding as the privations of war began to bite. Here are some contributions from this week in 1914:
11:50am Thursday 13th November 2014
SMALL city cars are supposed to be cheeky. They're the Artful Dodgers of the motoring world.
5:17pm Tuesday 4th November 2014
KIA is nothing if not bold and with the Optima it takes on some pretty major opposition head on in the competitive family saloon market.
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