Grub's on the up at most of region's hospitals

12:01am Friday 29th August 2014

MOST hospitals in the region are given high marks today (Friday) in the first ever ‘league tables’ judging the food given to their patients.

Grandfather cleared of historic abuse charge

The Northern Echo: ON TRIAL: Gordon Currie leaves Teesside Crown Court Picture: Tom Banks

4:46pm Thursday 28th August 2014

A GRANDFATHER accused of abusing a boy at his farm in the 1970s was today (Thursday, August 28) cleared by a jury in less than an hour.

Police officer apologises for Twitter selfies near crash scene

The Northern Echo:

3:03pm Thursday 28th August 2014

A POLICE officer has apologised after posting selfie-style photographs of emergency services staff smiling yards from the scene of a four-vehicle collision.

Suspected loan shark arrested in Bowburn

The Northern Echo: Durham Police

5:36pm Thursday 28th August 2014

A SUSPECTED loan shark has been arrested in the region.

Fourteen year sentences for teen rapists who treated young victim "as mere object" during prolonged attack

The Northern Echo: Mark Wilson: Sentenced to 14 years in young offenders' institution after conviction for rape.

3:51pm Thursday 28th August 2014

TWO teenagers who subjected a younger girl to an “horrific” rape ordeal are each beginning 14-year sentences behind bars.

Man jailed for bottle attack on girl, nine

The Northern Echo:

1:12pm Thursday 28th August 2014

A NINE-year-old gymnast who will be scarred for life after a drunken yob hurled a beer bottle through a car window asks her family if she is now ugly, a court heard.

Four in court accused of rabbit cruelty

The Northern Echo: The investigation has been carried out by Durham Constabulary and the RSPCA

5:59pm Thursday 28th August 2014

FOUR young men have appeared in court accused of torturing a pet rabbit before it was killed.

Drivers badly hurt after car crash on outskirts of Consett

The Northern Echo: Emergency services on the scene of the crash on Wednesday afternoon

11:12am Thursday 28th August 2014

POLICE are investigating after a collision between two cars, which injured both drivers.

Five arrested over drunken fight on train

3:05pm Thursday 28th August 2014

FIVE men have been arrested after a drunken brawl on a train in which passengers were injured.

Hundreds gather at memorial service to Second World War airman Andrew Mynarski

The Northern Echo:

1:26pm Thursday 28th August 2014

A SPECIAL service marked the start of a day of events to celebrate the arrival of the Mynarski Memorial Lancaster into the region.

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.

Cleveland Chief Constable takes part in ice bucket challenge and nominates her counterpart in Durham

The Northern Echo: Cleveland Police chief Jacqui Cheer interviewed on her two year anniversary on Teeside. (9791493)

10:24pm Thursday 28th August 2014

IT was not your usual appearance in front of a camera for Cleveland Police's Chief Constable Jacqui Cheer.

A fitting tribute

The Northern Echo: COMMEMORATIVE EVENT: RCAF standard bearer Edsel Amlin pays tribute at the spot where Mary Etheridge's ashes were scattered. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

8:39pm Thursday 28th August 2014

THE Northern Echo's editor Peter Barron paid tribute to all the readers who supported the campaign for a permanent memorial to Andrew Mynarski to be placed at Middleton St George.

Historic Lancaster's visit is a time for reflection and celebration

The Northern Echo: COMMEMORATIVE EVENT: Event held at the St George Hotel and Durham Tees Valley Airport to commemorate Second World War hero Andrew Mynarski,  Gathering of those who attended the service by his statue.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

8:31pm Thursday 28th August 2014

HUNDREDS descended on Durham Tees Valley Airport to witness the historic visit of the Mynarski Memorial Lancaster and the majestic bomber did not disappoint.

Launch of healing mask gives hope to patients who fear blindness

The Northern Echo: SLEEP MASK: Lorraine Helliwell pictured with Richard Kirk, chief executive of PolyPhonix   Lorraine is using the new electronic light-emitting sleepmask (made by a company based at NETPark, Sedgefield) her eyes greatly improved to the extend that an eye h

8:09pm Thursday 28th August 2014

IT’S an amazing story. The day before 55-year-old Lorraine Helliwell started wearing her Noctura 400 light-emitting sleep mask she underwent a routine eye examination at her local hospital.

Youngster battles her illness to take on charity fun run

The Northern Echo: CHARITY FUNDRAISER: 5 year old Missy Russell with her brother Jason (7) ahead of their fundraising walk. Picture: DAVID WOOD (9790151)

7:39pm Thursday 28th August 2014

A BRAVE youngster suffering with a rare and incurable brain condition is running a 3km race at the weekend to raise awareness.

A fitting place for Mary's ashes

The Northern Echo: COMMEMORATIVE EVENT: Event held at the St George Hotel and Durham Tees Valley Airport to commemorate Second World War hero Andrew Mynarski and the arrival of a Lancaster bomber from Canada. Phil Etheridge  after laying his mother's ashes before a two

7:33pm Thursday 28th August 2014

PHIL Etheridge travelled from Canada to Durham Tees Valley Airport with a very special mission in mind.

Hospital celebrates life-giving landmark

6:41pm Thursday 28th August 2014

A NORTH-EAST hospital is throwing a party to mark the 100th patient born with complex heart disease to have undergone a heart transplant.

Police not always recording crime accurately, says official inspector

6:14pm Thursday 28th August 2014

CLEVELAND and North Yorkshire Police forces have been rebuked for failures in the way they record crime.

New look for community centre

The Northern Echo: SOCIAL HEART: Users of the revamped Haven Community Centre in South Moor from left Christine Foord, Brian White, Derek Gibson, Lilian Peveller, Marie Peveller and chairman of the South Moor Partnership Colin Henderson.

5:46pm Thursday 28th August 2014

A COMMUNITY centre is hoping to attract new members after undergoing a facelift.

Benefit fraud 'paid for home improvements'

5:33pm Thursday 28th August 2014

A DISABLED man fraudulently claimed almost £20,000 in pension credits which he spent on home improvements, a court was told.

145th annual Weardale Show this Saturday

5:29pm Thursday 28th August 2014

THE annual Weardale Agricultural Show is set to celebrate its 145th year this weekend.

First dance led to 60 years of marriage for Darlington couple

The Northern Echo: HAPPY ANNIVERSARY: Tom and Shirley Frame from Darlington have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary      Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

5:29pm Thursday 28th August 2014

A DIAMOND couple who met at a military dance have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

Quarry extension recommended for approval

5:21pm Thursday 28th August 2014

A PROPOSED quarry extension that will boost employment but has prompted environmental concerns has been recommended for approval by council planners.

Man jailed after stealing 40ft of electricity cable from industrial site

The Northern Echo: Kieran Gough struggled with court guards after being jailed for watching dogs kill a fox

5:21pm Thursday 28th August 2014

A MAN has been jailed after making off with 40ft of electricity cable belonging to an industrial estate on a bike.

Laundry move clears way for 395-bed student village

The Northern Echo: The Berendsen laundry, in Neville's Cross, which could make way for student accommodation (9784476)

4:52pm Thursday 28th August 2014

MULTI-MILLION pound plans have been announced for a 395-bed student village on an industrial site.

Free rickshaw ride for shoppers to celebrate successful summer

The Northern Echo: RICKSHAW RIDE: Hillstreet Shopping Centre in Middlesbrough celebrates successful summer with free rickshaw rides for customers pictured Julie Pickering with her niece Mya Graham, five, and daughter Emily, eight. Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

4:50pm Thursday 28th August 2014

SHOPPERS were given a helping hand to carry their bags when they were offered a free rickshaw ride in Middlesbrough.

Time running out to have say on housing future in Hartlepool

The Northern Echo: Hartlepool Civic Centre

4:40pm Thursday 28th August 2014

PEOPLE are being urged to take the opportunity to have their say on the future of housing in Hartlepool.

Complaints against NHS have increased

4:37pm Thursday 28th August 2014

MORE than 5,600 written complaints were made against the NHS in the North-East and Cumbria during 2013-14, according to new figures.

Magpies' summer signings visit exhibition about their new club

The Northern Echo: TOON TIMES: Daryl Janmaat and Siem de Jong with youngsters from Redheugh Boys Club at the exhibition

4:30pm Thursday 28th August 2014

TWO of Newcastle United’s summer signings discovered even more about their new club today (Thursday, August 28) by visiting a special Magpies exhibition with local youngsters.

Estate could be yours - for £1m-plus

The Northern Echo: NEWSHAM GRANGE: Expected to fetch between £1m and £1.2m

4:23pm Thursday 28th August 2014

AN extensive country estate is expected to fetch between £1m and £1.2m when it goes under the hammer in North Yorkshire next month.

Activity festival gets underway in Darlington

The Northern Echo: MEGA FESTIVAL: 3Sixty bike display team perform at the Mega festival in Darlington Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

4:23pm Thursday 28th August 2014

SHOPPERS in a North-East town had the chance to discover the benefits of a healthy lifestyle during an activity festival.

Darlington poachers caught lamping on farmland are fined

The Northern Echo: WITNESS PLEA: North Yorkshire Police are appealing to anyone who saw a blue Vauxhall Astra crashed near Ferrensby on Sunday night to call them

4:19pm Thursday 28th August 2014

TWO poachers who were spotted hunting nocturnal animals by shining a light into their eyes have been fined.

Man split partner's head open with a ceramic bowl, court hears

4:17pm Thursday 28th August 2014

A DRUNKEN argument led to a man splitting his partner’s head open with a ceramic bowl, a court heard.

Sixty years of give and take

The Northern Echo: Richard Doughty (9780879)

4:17pm Thursday 28th August 2014

HAPPY couple Eric and Mollie Dent are celebrating – after notching up 60 years of wedded bliss.

Choir returns for new season

The Northern Echo: Durham Choral Society in rehearsals

4:13pm Thursday 28th August 2014

A POPULAR choir starts rehearsals for its new season next week.

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.

Darlington councillors raise concerns over government planning legislation

The Northern Echo: NEW FLATS: Northgate House, in Darlington

3:59pm Thursday 28th August 2014

COUNCILLORS have raised concerns over government legislation which could allow a high-rise office block to be transformed into residential flats without consulting nearby residents.

Warm reception for sing-a-long Frozen

The Northern Echo: SING ALONG: Student Jade Ballantine, centre, dressed for her role as Queen Elsa in Frozen performed to an audience in Sacriston Community Centre. Youngsters who dressed up to watch and join in the performance, from left Paige Gordon, 7, Lauren Simpson, 3,

3:55pm Thursday 28th August 2014

CHILDREN turned up in droves for a sing-along screening of the hit Disney film Frozen at a new mobile cinema.

University joins forces with Festival of Thrift

The Northern Echo: FLASH BACK: A stall at last year's Festival of Thrift, at Lingfield Point, in Darlington Picture: ANDY LAMB

3:37pm Thursday 28th August 2014

A NATIONALLY-ACCLAIMED festival has announced a link-up with a North-East university.

Production to highlight WWI experiences of Tees Valley residents

The Northern Echo: Homecoming will commemorate war experiences of Tees Valley residents

3:27pm Thursday 28th August 2014

THE wartime experiences of North-East residents lie at the heart of an upcoming theatrical production.

Yob who threw rock through moving train window could have killed the woman it hit

3:25pm Thursday 28th August 2014

A YOB who threw a rock through the window of a moving train could have killed the woman it hit, according to the British Transport Police (BTP).

Four-day beer festival begins

The Northern Echo: BEER CHEERS: Volunteers at Durham Beer Festival raise a toast to the start of the proceedings. CAMRA members, from left Jess Durham, Gregory Marler, Nigel Brown, Andy Stowell and John Reed.          Picture: ANDY LAMB (9746627)

1:28pm Thursday 28th August 2014

DURHAM’S annual beer festival has got underway.

Self-deception could explain disasters

1:26pm Thursday 28th August 2014

OVER confident people can fool others into believing they are more talented than they actually are, a study has found.

Leading entrepreneur to share his expertise with local Samaritans branch

1:14pm Thursday 28th August 2014

A LEADING businessman has become the new patron of the North Yorkshire branch of the Samaritans.

Plans develop to protect future water supplies

12:39pm Thursday 28th August 2014

WATER bosses have set out their vision for the expected challenges they face across Yorkshire over the next 25 years.

Appeal to trace owner of cat rescued from busy road in Wolsingham

The Northern Echo: CAT FOUND:The cat rescued by Dave and Sally Rowley in Wolsingham. Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

12:23pm Thursday 28th August 2014

A COUPLE who saved a friendly cat from imminent death on a busy road are appealing to her owner to come forward.

The Northern Echo lays wreath in memory of Canadian war hero

The Northern Echo:

12:22pm Thursday 28th August 2014

The editor of The Northern Echo this morning laid a wreath at the statue of war hero Andrew Mynarski.

School to open its doors to aspiring jazz musicians

The Northern Echo: TICKET SALES: Headteacher David Dunn and Stephanie Richardson outside Strickland and Holt on Yarm High Street.

11:50am Thursday 28th August 2014

TALENTED young jazz musicians are taking to the stage at Yarm School when it plays host to the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO).

Van carrying windows and conservatory parts crashes on A69

The Northern Echo:

11:46am Thursday 28th August 2014

A VAN carrying windows and conservatory parts has crashed on the side of the A69 near Corbridge, Northumberland.

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