Father attacks Darlington primary school that let six-year-old girl walk home alone

The Northern Echo: Six year old Scarlett Shotton near her home on Neasham Road, Darlington.  She was allowed to walk out of her school by herself and ended up walking home.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (11836241)

7:26pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

THE father of a six-year-old girl who walked out of school alone without any of her teachers realising said he was “horrified” at the thought of what could have happened to his daughter.

Dog attack victim undergoes plastic surgery to serious injuries

The Northern Echo: Neighbourhood wardens leading away a muzzled American bulldog belonging to Stephen Potts (in purple top). Picture: GAVIN ENGELBRECHT (11777236)

7:04pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A MAN who was savaged by a pack of American bulldogs when he picked up his dog in a bid to protect it was due to undergo plastic surgery today (Wednesday, October 22).

Ottawa in lockdown as soldier shot dead by gunman

The Northern Echo:

10:16pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A CANADIAN soldier shot at the National War Memorial in Ottawa has died.

Council announces proposal to build own housing homes to help prevent migration from Yorkshire Dales communities

8:30pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

PLANS to revive rural communities by spending £5m on building new council houses have been criticised as having a high risk factor.

Darlington set for new retail park with an Aldi, Iceland and KFC

The Northern Echo: NEW STORE: Darlington's North Road area is set to welcome a new Aldi store

5:34pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A NEW retail park with an Aldi, KFC and Iceland outlets could be built in Darlington within the next two years after councillors approved plans.

Live updates as Middlesbrough Council outlines plans for further £14m cuts

The Northern Echo: STRAIGHT TALKING: Middlesbrough mayor Ray Mallon

5:40pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

AFTER cutting £60m from its budget since 2010 with the loss of more than 700 jobs, Middlesbrough Council is announcing tonight how it plans to shave off another £14m from its services next year.

Run Geordie Run steps out on greatest challenge yet - to run around the entire world

The Northern Echo: RUNNING MAN: Mark "Run Geordie Run" Allison prepares for his round the globe challenge on the Newcastle Quayside (11822897)

4:39pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

LONG distance runner Mark Allison has announced his biggest charity challenge to date: to run around the world.

Chance to help fund multi-million pound steam engine project

The Northern Echo: STEAMING AHEAD: Chris Ludlow's painting of the Prince of Wales and Tornado side by side

3:29pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A PROJECT to build Britain's most powerful steam locomotive has moved forward, with the formation of a £600,000 fundraising campaign to pay for its boiler.

Grieving son accepts apology for "crass" National Trust letter

The Northern Echo: INSENSITIVE LETTER: Mike Groom who received the letter from the National Trust. Picture: STUART BOULTON.

1:32pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A GRIEVING son has told of disappointment after the National Trust sent a letter to his widowed mother referring to his father as 'deceased supporter name' in capital letters.

Woman caught trying to steal condom machine armed with shopping trolley to haul it away

The Northern Echo:

1:26pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

CONDOMS offered no protection from the law for a bungling thief.

Academies and free schools blamed for rise in teenage pregnancies

The Northern Echo: True cost of teenage pregnancy problem more than £4m per year

6:58am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

TEENAGE pregnancies are on the rise in a North-East town because schools are dropping sex education, MPs have been told.

Boy tells Darlington scout leader trial of 'disgust' at being spanked

The Northern Echo: COURT APPEARANCE: Christopher Blakeborough arrives at Teesside Crown Court. (11704407)

6:46am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A BOY told a jury he felt "disgusted" after being spanked by a scout group leader during a camping trip.

Wife of businessman who suffered severe head injury in Darlington town centre fall calls for bikes to be banned from pedestrian areas

The Northern Echo: HEAD INJURY: Brian Coates

6:10am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

THE devastated wife of a businessman who suffered life-changing head injuries after a fall in a busy town centre has called for bikes to be banned from pedestrianised areas.

Woman cut free after car collides with garage in Darlington

8:18pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A WOMAN had to be cut free from the wreck of her car after it left the road and collided with a garage in Darlington.

Family thanks public for helping after woman hit by bus

8:03pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

THE family of a woman who was struck by a bus, suffering serious injuries, have thanked passers-by for their help.

North-East First World War soldier buried in France

The Northern Echo: WAR HERO: Newcastle-born Private William Alfred Singyard was one of 15 soldiers whose remains were discovered on a building site at Beaucamps-Ligny, in Northern France.

7:06pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

ONE hundred years after his death, a First World War soldier has finally been given a burial befitting a hero after his remains were found by French construction workers.

Darlington churchyard set to be transformed into a riot of colour

The Northern Echo: BULB PLANTING: Darlington Friends of the Earth take part in a bulb planting in the grounds of St Cuthbert's Church, Darlington Picture: TOM BANKS

7:02pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

BLUEBELLS and snowdrops will help bring cheer to a North-East churchyard thanks to the work of green-fingered volunteers.

Police probe as rally sabotage leads to 19 cars crashing off the course

The Northern Echo: RALLY: Police are investigating the cause of an accident at a rally in which 19 cars came off the road

7:00pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

MORE than a dozen rally drivers crashed their cars amid accusations of foul play during a high profile event in North Yorkshire.

Darlington Council strongly objects to Scotch Corner designer complex

The Northern Echo: DESIGNER NAMES: An artist's impression of the designer complex at Scotch Corner

6:46pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

DARLINGTON councillors have objected to a proposed designer complex at Scotch Corner, fearing it would damage town centre trade.

Woman said relative was put forward as "independent" witness to small claims hearing, as he was "professional"

The Northern Echo: Ann and Mark Joughin who deny trying to pervert the course of justice prior to, and at county court hearing

6:44pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

THE wife of a police officer could not understand why he denied knowing a relative who acted as an “independent expert” for them at a court hearing.

Family perplexed by giant pumpkin

The Northern Echo: FAIRY DUST: The pumpkin grown by Deanna Arrowsmith from Brompton.  Picture: RICHARD DOUGHTY

6:40pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A FAMILY could have been forgiven for thinking a fairy godmother had been at work after discovering a pumpkin had ballooned to mammoth proportions.

Darlington councillors object to Sedgefield windfarm proposals

The Northern Echo: WINDFARM LANDSCAPE: Councillors were warned over the cumulative impact of separate wind turbine sites being approved

6:36pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

DARLINGTON Council has lodged its objection to proposals for a 24-turbine windfarm near Sedgefield.

Flood defenceswill be improved this week

6:34pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

WORK will begin this week to improve Weardale’s flood defences.

Durham prepares for one its biggest military parades in years

The Northern Echo: MILITARY PARADE: Soldiers from The Rifles, outside Durham Town Hall, during the regiment's Freedom of the City parade in 2008.

6:34pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

ONE of the biggest military parades a city has seen in years is to take place next month.

'Close run thing' as attacker is spared jail

The Northern Echo: COURT DATE: Teesside Crown Court

6:08pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A MAN who punched his mother’s partner, causing him to break his nose, has been spared jail.

Fresh appeal following Northallerton robbery

The Northern Echo: BLACK EYE: The injured woman.

6:08pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

POLICE investigating the robbery of a woman in a park in Northallerton have released an image of her injuries.

Yorkshire's Grand Depart could be immortalised in feature film

5:47pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

THE enormous success of the Tour de France’s Yorkshire Grand Départ has led to hopes it could be turned into a feature film.

Students put through their paces by top martial arts fighter

The Northern Echo: MIXED MARTIAL ARTS: Dangerous Davey Grant teaches his sport to students at Stockton Riverside College sports Centre. Picture: STUART BOULTON.

5:34pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A LEADING mixed martial arts fighter has been showing off his moves when he called into a college.

Fire-hit waste firm unveils extension plan at 'unsuitable site'

5:22pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A 115-YEAR-OLD waste firm which was urged to move after being hit by a second major blaze in three years has revealed a plan to consolidate its operations at its site.

Sanctioned man who stole to eat is jailed

The Northern Echo: *PLEASE PUT IN TELEVISUAL*
Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court G.V.
Pic: Chris Booth       30/09/13 (11756717)

5:22pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A MAN who stole to eat after his benefits were stopped has been jailed.

Families urged to draw inspiration from cathedral

The Northern Echo: BIG DRAW: Families invited for drawing event in cathedral

5:14pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

FAMILIES are invited to brush up their artistic skills at a two-day event designed to get people drawing.

Trimdon youngsters triumph in model making contest

The Northern Echo: MECCANO CHALLENGE: Pupils from Deaf Hill Primary School who won the  Great Engineers School Challenge using Meccano. Picture: TOM BANKS

5:11pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

PLAYFUL youngsters of today could be the ingenious engineers of tomorrow after taking part in a model making competition.

Affordable homes getting off the ground

The Northern Echo: AFFORDABLE HOUSING: Thirteen Group’s Director of Development and Regeneration Martin Hawthorne.

5:11pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

WORK has started on two projects to help boost the number of affordable new homes on Teesside.

Northern barons' towns to celebrate Magna Carta milestone

The Northern Echo: HISTORIC MILESTONE: Thirsk and nearby Topcliffe and Helmsley are planning a range of events to mark the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta

4:59pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

REBEL barons from the North who helped force King John to guarantee freedoms will be heralded at celebrations to mark the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta.

Bus regulation deal taken to next stage

The Northern Echo: BUS REGULATION: Bus companies are unhappy at the plans to take services back under council control.

4:59pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

COUNCILLORS have backed plans which would see bus services taken back under local authority control.

Teams called into action to support Hospice

The Northern Echo: CHARITY FOOTBALL: Staff and gym users at Xercise4less launch the Butterwick Hospice football tournament.

4:59pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

FOOTBALLERS are encouraged to pull on their boots and raise money for charity.

Darlington residents hit out at missed bin collections and confusion over recycling

The Northern Echo: BIN FIRE: Craig Jones and his sister-in-law, Karen Gascoigne, and the damage caused by the wheelie bin fire

4:58pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

HOUSEHOLDERS have criticised a new kerbside waste collection service over missed bin collections and confusion over what items can be recycled.

Student accommodation proposals in Durham City

The Northern Echo: PUBLIC CONSULTATION: An exhibition about plans for a 440-bed student complex in Claypath, on shaow at Durham's Gala Theatre. Picture: TOM BANKS (11769839)

4:55pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A £50m scheme to build accommodation for 440 students in Durham city centre has been unveiled at a public consultation event.

Children help council brighten up community

The Northern Echo: BULB PLANTING: The Mayor of Chilton, Elizabeth Bruce, helps Chilton youngsters plant bulbs Picture: TOM BANKS

4:47pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

THOUSANDS of bulbs have been planted by a team of young volunteers who want to give their community a blast of colour.

Trimdon Foundry prepares for two parish by-elections

The Northern Echo: PARISH BY-ELECTION: Two by-elections will be held to elect three new councillors for Trimdon Foundry Parish Council

4:43pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

TWO by-elections will be held for a parish council which lost its chairman and two councillors within weeks.

Chance to have say on housing future

The Northern Echo: Hartlepool Civic Centre

4:04pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

RESIDENTS are being urged to have their say on the future of housing in Hartlepool.

Museum to host top wildlife photography exhibition

The Northern Echo: PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION: Redcar photographer Tony Robinson showcasing his work at Kirkleatham Museum

3:55pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

WILDLIFE lovers will be able to enjoy a new exhibition by some of the country's finest photographers when it opens at the weekend.

Alert after house raids that may have been linked

3:51pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

TWO house burglaries within days of each other are believed to have been linked.

Safety warning ahead of the clocks going back

The Northern Echo: STAY SAFE: North Yorkshire County Council and North Yorkshire Police road safety officers Fiona Ancell and John Jakes spell out the message – Be bright, Be safe.

3:43pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

AS the nights draw in road safety officials have been out and about in North Yorkshire warning road users of the dangers that darkness brings.

Woman admits 12 charges of assault at Barnard Castle hospital

The Northern Echo: COURT HEARING: Guilty pleas were entered on Danielle Walker's behalf at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court in County Durham

3:18pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A WOMAN has been charged with 12 counts of assault by beating at a hospital.

Skatepark dream becomes a reality

3:18pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

THE half-pipe dreams of skateboarders, BMX cyclists, scooter riders and skaters of having a better place to perform their tricks has become a reality.

Faster broadband across the North-East

2:45pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

THOUSANDS of North-East homes are to benefit from faster broadband.

Darlington man smashed van windscreen with axe following dispute with ex-girlfriend, a court heard

The Northern Echo: Steven John Hutchinson, 34, of Evenwood Gate, County Durham, was sentenced at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court

2:45pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A MAN used an axe to smash the window of a van containing his ex-partner and her new boyfriend, a court was told.

Artistic war tribute

The Northern Echo: WINNERS PRESENTATION: Mayor Pauline Crathorne with Eddie Serrell, Gillian Barnes, Ella-May Connolly and Kasey Newton

1:55pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

ARTISTIC creations were exhibited at two events in Ferryhill to commemorate the centenary of the start of the First World War.

MP's surgery shake-up

The Northern Echo: Kevan Jones: New advice surgery

1:51pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

NORTH Durham Labour MP Kevan Jones is adding a new village venue to the monthly advice surgeries he holds for constituents.





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