Chemical alert as eight fire crews called to blaze at Teesport

The Northern Echo:

7:12pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A MACHINERY fire led to a full scale chemical alert at a North-East port tonight after fears were raised that hazardous materials could be involved.

Top Ten Scottish referendum tunes - can you do better?

The Northern Echo:

3:54pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

ON the eve of the Scottish referendum, here’s our Independence Top Ten. Any suggestions?

Newcastle issue statement after Jonas Gutierrez reveals cancer battle

The Northern Echo: STAYING FOCUSED: Jonas Gutierrez

3:26pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

FOOTBALL has united to support Newcastle star Jonas Gutierrez after the winger revealed his secret battle with testicular cancer. The club has confirmed he will continue to receive treatment in Argentina.

"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".

Jobseekers fall below one million for first time in six years

The Northern Echo: Mixed results on North-East employment

10:54am Wednesday 17th September 2014

THE number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance has fallen below one million for the first time in six years, new figures showed today.

Car parking charges to be slashed in Darlington

The Northern Echo:

6:00am Wednesday 17th September 2014

CAR parking charges are set to be slashed and a park and ride scheme introduced in Darlington as its council leader vows to “get shoppers in, get them parked and get them to stay”.

Top jockey Andrew Thornton shocks christening guests - by getting married

The Northern Echo: NEWLY WEDS: Andrew Thornton, Yvonne Dennis and baby Harry in the church

6:51pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A LEADING jump jockey and a wedding florist sprang a surprise on guests assembled for the christening of their son – by announcing they were interrupting the baptism to get married.

Jobs at risk as supermaket announces closure

The Northern Echo:

4:00pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

MORE than 80 people are at risk of losing their jobs after a supermarket announced it will close in November.

Scottish referendum: A view from south of the border

The Northern Echo: SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE REFERENDUM: Damien Weston owner of The Camien Cafe - the last cafe in England. Picture: STUART BOULTON

4:50pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

LAUGHTER rings out around the self-proclaimed Last Cafe in England the second we mention the words ‘newspaper’ and ‘Scottish referendum.’

Phoenix House celebrates first anniversary

The Northern Echo:

4:36pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A CENTRE that specialises in the mental, physical and emotional recovery of service personnel and veterans has today (Wednesday) celebrated its first anniversary.

Scottish referendum: Bravehearts and cool heads north of the border

The Northern Echo: SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE REFERENDUM: Paul O'Neill of Jedburgh. Picture: STUART BOULTON.

4:23pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

IT WAS easy to guess the views of the Scots piper, staring out to Scotland amid the stunning scenery at the Scottish-English border at Carters Bar.

£500 film wins horror award at top festival

The Northern Echo: FILM SUCCESS: Dean Midas Maynard and Dan Weatherer

6:31am Wednesday 17th September 2014

A HORROR film co-produced by a North-East man for just £500 has won a prestigious national award.

Renewed appeal for volunteers as Festival of Thrift approaches

6:31am Wednesday 17th September 2014

ORGANISERS of the award-winning Festival of Thrift have made a renewed appeal for volunteers as they get set to welcome about 30,000 people.

Three-year ban for Darlington man who kicked his dog in the ribs

The Northern Echo:

6:31am Wednesday 17th September 2014

A MAN who was filmed kicking his pet dog in the ribs has been banned from keeping animals for three years.

Steamy date at Shildon museum

The Northern Echo: SPECIAL GUEST: Bellerophon, which arrived at Locomotion: the National Railway Museum at Shildon earlier this week ahead of the Tenth Anniversary Steam Gala

3:38pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

GUESTS at a museum’s tenth anniversary event will not just include visitors on foot but also those that travel on tracks.

Tiny village punches above its weight as hundreds are honoured at Northumbria in Bloom awards

The Northern Echo: BLOOM WINNERS: Kevin and Valerie Porter with flowers in Middleton St. George. The village is one of the winners of Northumbria in Bloom. Picture: TOM BANKS (10445273)

6:04am Wednesday 17th September 2014

THE efforts of community gardeners from across the North-East have been recognised at the annual Northumbria in Bloom awards.

North-East calls on Scotland to save the union

The Northern Echo: Simon-Henig.jpg

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.

Robber steals schoolgirl's shoes and socks

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

6:10pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A TEENAGE girl is recovering after being knocked down by a robber who stole her shoes and socks.

Campaigners fight to retain ethos of Botton Village - with or without the charity that currently runs it

The Northern Echo: ACTION FOR BOTTON: Isabel Bennett-Henman, with friend Neil Shearer, a farmer at Botton Village

5:42pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A WOMAN with Down’s syndrome who has lived within a family-style community since she was a child has made an impassioned plea to the charity that runs it to scrap proposed changes to its ethos.

Hotel plans set for approval, despite objections

The Northern Echo: ARENA ADDITION: A shot of The Northern Echo Arena, from the approximate site of the planned hotel

4:27pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

PROPOSALS for a five-storey, 68-bedroom hotel in the shadow of a North-East stadium will go before planners next week.

Families vital for prisoner rehabilitation

The Northern Echo: Holme House prison launches an end-of-life suite

2:27pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A PRISON-based charity in the North-East has welcomed findings in a new report that not enough support is being given to families when offenders are released from jail.

Arthur Wharton statue to be built at St George's Park after long-running campaign

The Northern Echo: ON SIDE: Shaun Campbell hands a smaller version of the Arthur Wharton statue to UEFA President Michel Platini

1:08pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A LONG-RUNNING campaign to immortalise the first black professional footballer has achieved its aim with announcement that a statue will be erected at the new home of English football.

Spennymoor pub wants to extend hours

7:25pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

COUNCILLORS will consider an application for a Spennymoor pub to extend its opening hours with new measures to prevent underage drinking.

Cricketing legend launches Hetton School Cricket Academy

The Northern Echo: TEAM TALK: Former Durham cricketer Neil Killeen opens the cricket academy at Hetton School at a ceremony yessterday, here pictured giving tips to Eppleton and Durham team member Layla Tipton, 12.             Picture: ANDY LAMB (10485198)

6:45pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

DURHAM County cricketing stalwart Neil “Killer” Killeen today (Wednesday, September 17) helped launch a new academy aimed at nurturing young talent in the sport.

Female fraudster sold car despite knowing ownership has passed to loan company

The Northern Echo: Ex-finance manager given suspended prison sentence at Durham Crown Court for defrauding small Crook company

6:42pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A WOMAN sold a car despite its ownership having passed to a loan company, in lieu of repayments she failed to meet.

Writer's dream comes true with book publication

The Northern Echo: Write stuff: Xerxes Setna                               (10491710)

6:22pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A LOCAL author says budding writers of all ages should pursue their creative dreams after seeing his book published after years of waiting.

Man convicted of unlawful wounding after dog attack

The Northern Echo: DOG ATTACK: Teesside Crown Court

6:14pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A MAN has been convicted of unlawful wounding after he allowed his dog to attack a man over a £7 debt.

Pets go barking mad for dog holidays

The Northern Echo: DREAM TEAM: (L-R) Tracy Johnston, Sue Seward, Tina Young and Carrie Jarvis from Barking Mad

6:06pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

TWO North-East women have swapped their day jobs for a new career offering home-from-home holidays for dogs.

Ex-detective to give talk on Ripper mystery

The Northern Echo: Trevor Marriott (10492740)

6:06pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A FORMER murder squad detective will give a North-East theatre audience his twist on one of the UK’s most infamous murders.

Flying the flag for the Union

The Northern Echo: FLYING THE FLAG: Tom Reay and Mark Chatburn with the Scottish flag at Yarm town hall. Picture: STUART BOULTON.

5:50pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A SMALL fluttering show of support for the Union will be raised in Yarm as Scots go to the polls to vote in the independence referendum.

Rail preservation role for former MP

The Northern Echo: RAIL ROLE: Lord Foster of Bishop Auckland

5:50pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A LABOUR peer has been named as president of a group of enthusiasts dedicated to promote the world's first passenger railway line.

Pair charged with murdering man who died two years after attack

The Northern Echo: FATAL INJURIES: Stephen Eastwood

5:21pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

TWO people have appeared in court accused of murdering a man who died more than two years after being attacked.

Can you help collect tonnes of clothes for air ambulance charity

The Northern Echo: TONNES OF CLOTHES: Sherwoods in Darlington are helping out with the Great North Air Ambulance's clothing appeal. Pictured are Claire Herworth from GNAAS, Jane Longstaff and Simon MacConachie from Sherwoods and Lian Martin from GNAAS Picture: TOM BANKS

5:01pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

AN air ambulance charity hopes to collect tonnes of unwanted clothing to keep its helicopters flying.

Morrisons confirms timetable for new flagship Durham store

The Northern Echo: JOBS BOOST: Morrisons has opened a store in Blaydon, creating 180 jobs

5:00pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A SUPERMARKET giant has revealed the timescale for the opening of a new 250-job store.

Man with large collection of indecent child images escapes immediate prison sentence

The Northern Echo: Ex-finance manager given suspended prison sentence at Durham Crown Court for defrauding small Crook company

5:00pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A MAN escaped an immediate prison sentence, despite amassing 1,979 indecent images of children over a three-year period.

Sage Gateshead to run coaches from Teesside for classical concerts

The Northern Echo: Sage Gateshead (10488244)

4:58pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

THE NORTH-EAST’S premier music venue has announced it will be providing coach transport from Teesside for selected concerts during the coming classical season.

Heroes celebrate Invictus Games success

The Northern Echo: ON TARGET: Invictus Games medal winners Mikey Hall and David Hubber celebrating their success in archery  Picture:RICHARD DOUGHTY

4:52pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

HEROES who took part in Prince Harry’s Invictus Games have returned to Phoenix House to proudly show off their medals.

Skeleton scans reveal Richard III died in hail of blows

The Northern Echo: BATTLE WOUNDS: A scan showing injuries to the skull of King Richard III, who died in the thick of battle after losing his helmet

4:33pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

KING Richard III was probably killed during a group or sustained attack in which he received two blows to the head, scientists have concluded.

Nursery children put on their hard hats to visit building site

The Northern Echo: MINI DIGGER: Noyus Butrimavicius, 3, is shown around a digger by Graham Cooper, a project manager with Walter Thompson constuction, who are building the extension to Skerne Park School. Picture: TOM BANKS (10486831)

4:30pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A GROUP of nursery children fascinated by building work going on close to their playground have been given the chance to visit the construction site.

Homecoming gig for region's "own Slowhand"

The Northern Echo: Mike Hall on stage as Eric Clapton (10484243)

4:30pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

THE North-East’s own Eric Clapton is looking forward to playing in his home town after a five-year absence.

Edwardian one-man show for Beamish visitors

The Northern Echo: CROWD PULLER: David Armstrong puts on 'Mr Armstrong's Travelling Show' for visitors to the agricultural show at Beamish Museum.         Picture: ANDY LAMB (10485159)

4:30pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

AN Edwardian one-man variety show is one of the new attractions at a leading museum’s agricultural show from bygone days.

Sisters to perform at annual charity ball

The Northern Echo: SINGING STARS: Sisters Alice and Emma Jordan are to perform at the County Durham Carers Support fundraising event Picture: TOM BANKS

4:27pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

TWO talented young siblings will take to the stage tomorrow for a carers support fundraising ball.

Academy appoints new head

The Northern Echo: Unity City Academy's new head of school, Richard Harrison, pictured with executive principal Sue Hare.

4:20pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A NEW headteacher has been appointed at Unity City Academy, in east Middlesbrough.

Jail for Darlington man who failed to complete unpaid work

The Northern Echo: SUSPENDED SENTENCE: Alan Davies, 28, of Selbourne Terrace, Darlington was given a suspended sentence after admitting affray

4:17pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

MAGISTRATES accused a prolific offender of showing a flagrant disregard for court orders as they jailed him for 16 weeks for failing to turn up for unpaid work.

Home Sweet Home for Darlington charity that tackles homelessness

The Northern Echo: CHARITY HELP: First Stop Darlington has a new home thanks to a £105,000 loan

4:06pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A CHARITY which works to end homelessness in Darlington has been able to buy a home of its own thanks to a £105,000 bank loan.

Man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder

The Northern Echo: FATAL COLLISION: Cleveland Police appeal for witnesses to fatal collision on A19.

3:41pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A MAN has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after an overturned van was found to have been shot at with a firearm.

Durham students are the country's best university charity fundraisers

The Northern Echo: Participants in a recent Jail Break Challenge (10479934)

3:16pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

DURHAM University student fundraisers have been voted the best in the country.

High notes for historic bands at festival by waterfall

The Northern Echo: HIGH NOTE: Members of the Shepherd Group Concert Band, which claimed the Banks Music Cup at the Hardraw Scar Brass Band Festival

3:10pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A BRASS band whose history dates to the early years of Queen Victoria's reign has secured a top place at a prestigious brass band competition.

Former care home manager struck off

3:03pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A FORMER care home manager who "failed to keep patients safe" has been struck off.

Long-standing football team finally nets with league record

The Northern Echo: ALWAYS UNITED: The North York Cosmos, who have played together for 40 seasons

1:47pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A GROUP of tradesmen have nailed a six-a-side football league's longevity record by playing 40 consecutive seasons together.

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