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Cameron to meet families of victims of downed airliner

The Northern Echo: SUPER FAN: John Alder who died on board flight MH17 which was shot down over the Ukraine yesterday as it travelled from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur. Photo: Paul English/PA Wire.

1:28am Tuesday 29th July 2014

DAVID Cameron will meet the families of British victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines plane today as officials push for far-reaching economic sanctions against Russia.

Fishermen rescued after spending nine hours in a liferaft after boat sank off Sunderland

The Northern Echo:

7:16pm Monday 28th July 2014

TWO fishermen spent nine hours in a liferaft after their boat sank in the North Sea.

Anthem's Mag-nificent journey

The Northern Echo: : Cyclist Steve Brown hands over the commermorative anthem which celebrates the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta to Dr James Lancelot, Master of the Choristers and Organist at Durham Cathedral. Picture: DAVID WOOD (8685989)

6:48pm Monday 28th July 2014

A SPECIAL anthem composed to mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta was delivered to the North-East by bicycle today (Monday, July 28).

Summer fun at cathedral

The Northern Echo: Durham Cathedral

6:46pm Monday 28th July 2014

A CATHEDRAL has announced a summer programme of family events.

Pride success leads to further LGBTQ events in Durham

The Northern Echo: Miss Tess Tickle, dubbed the Queen of Durham

6:44pm Monday 28th July 2014

THE success of a city’s first pride festival has led organisers to stage monthly events.

Trade appears to hold up despite parking charges

The Northern Echo: One of the new parking fee machines on Yarm High Street.

6:16pm Monday 28th July 2014

A CONTROVERSIAL pay and display parking scheme introduced on a busy high street does not appear to have badly affected trade, despite dire predictions.

Businessman who lobbied council for years to make industrial estate more secure is forced to close business after being burgled

The Northern Echo: FISHY BUSINESS:Traders from Lawson Industrial Estate in Middlesbrough are calling for the council to put gates at the entrance of the estate after Barry Longstaff had his Fishing tackle business emptied by burglars at the weekend. Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

5:58pm Monday 28th July 2014

A DEVASTATED businessman who pleaded with a council for years to improve security on an industrial estate has been forced to close his doors for good after being targeted by burglars.

Career criminal in court for 181st offence

5:54pm Monday 28th July 2014

A JUDGE spoke of his disbelief as he sentenced a career criminal for his 181st offence - the fifth time he has broke into the same shop after hours.

FA marks anniversary of Sir Bobby Robson's death

The Northern Echo: MUCH MISSED: Sir Bobby Robson, pictured at the launch of The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation in Newcastle in 2008

5:48pm Monday 28th July 2014

THE Football Association has declared Thursday (July 31) Sir Bobby Robson Day to mark the fifth anniversary of his death.

Apprentice chef thrown in at the deep end at Sedgefield oyster festival

The Northern Echo: Hardwick Hall's head chef Mark Bennett with apprentice, Chelsea Layfield

5:26pm Monday 28th July 2014

AN apprentice who swapped her waitress uniform for chef whites is preparing for her biggest catering challenge to date at one of the region’s most prestigious social events.

Parents asked to report illegal tobacco sales to teens

The Northern Echo: Posters highlighting the threat from illegal tobacco sellers are going up across the North-East

5:26pm Monday 28th July 2014

NORTH-EAST parents are being urged to help keep illegal tobacco off the streets this summer.

Sedgefield Racecourse all set for evening of music, fashion and racing

The Northern Echo: Moni Tivony, star of BBC1 show The Voice, will perform at Ladies Evening at Sedgefield Racecourse next month

5:24pm Monday 28th July 2014

A SINGER who has collaborated with the likes of Mariah Carey and Chaka Khan will perform at one of the most glamorous events in the horseracing calendar next month.

Innovative process will help revive landscape described as "UK's rainforest"

The Northern Echo: INNOVATIVE PROCESS: The North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership is using an innovative new process to revive the region's peatlands.

5:24pm Monday 28th July 2014

BOG moss is being used to revive large areas of North-East landscape in an innovative trial.

Dr Who music show visiting Newcastle

The Northern Echo: (8673909)

5:22pm Monday 28th July 2014

A DOCTOR Who music show is coming to the region next May.

Warnings over swimming in cold water during heatwave

5:22pm Monday 28th July 2014

PEOPLE have been warned not to swim in reservoirs and rivers during the hot weather following a number of deaths in just over a week.

Interview with a showbiz legend and you've set the questions

The Northern Echo:

5:05pm Monday 28th July 2014

THE big interview of the week takes place tonight as our entertainments writer Viv Hardwick quizzes showbiz legend Sooty.

Protests over rail franchise consultation

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

4:59pm Monday 28th July 2014

A TRANSPORT union has pledged to ratchet up its campaign against a "bogus" consultation on the future of rail services in the region.

Six museums offer Victorian experience through the summer holidays

The Northern Echo: REGION'S MUSEUMS: Children at the Dorman Museum stall in Preston Park. Picture: STUART BOULTON. (8675304)

4:51pm Monday 28th July 2014

FAMILIES were transported back to Victorian times as museums from across the region teamed up to offer summer activities.

Artificial limb expert fit to practice despite bullying and sexual harassment complaints proven

The Northern Echo: FIT TO PRACTICE: Benedict Doree, a prosthetist working for a private firm at the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, who is faced a fitness to practice hearing by the Health Care Professions Council after he bullied and sexually harassed coll

4:42pm Monday 28th July 2014

AN artificial limb expert has been given a warning by his professional body after a series of complaints that he bullied and sexually harassed colleagues were proven against him.

Pupils learn lessons in protecting bees

The Northern Echo: BEES LESSONS: Pupils at Forest-of-Teesdale Primary School who were part of four schools learning about bees over the last year.

4:40pm Monday 28th July 2014

PUPILS from across the North Pennines were busy as bees while learning lessons in helping to protect the endangered pollinators.

Members sought for sports arena development group

4:36pm Monday 28th July 2014

CAMPAIGNERS drawing up plans for the creation of a sports arena are inviting people to join their group.

Kenneth closes in on finishing line after 100 days of running

The Northern Echo: : Kenneth Reader (26) who is helping to raise money for the Alzheimers Society by running 10K everyday for 100 days. Picture: DAVID WOOD (8379878)

4:36pm Monday 28th July 2014

SUPPORTERS will gather tomorrow (Tuesday) night as a rugby player completes the final leg of a gruelling charity challenge.

Business challenges offers students insight into world of work

The Northern Echo: WINNING TEAM: A team of students representing Barnard Castle School's Modern Languages Department, which was crowned overall winners of the school's Industry Day.

4:36pm Monday 28th July 2014

PART of a school was transformed into an office-like environment offering students an insight into the world of work.

Durham passport workers stage one-day strike

The Northern Echo: : PCS union members John Conway (left), Viv Conway, John Cook, Jeff McGough, Royston Palmer and John Russell (right) picket outside the passport office in Durham. Picture: DAVID WOOD (8667462)

4:34pm Monday 28th July 2014

NORTH-East passport workers took part in a national strike against job cuts today (Monday, July 28), risking the wrath of would-be holidaymakers.

Newton Aycliffe nursery holds emotional graduation ceremony

The Northern Echo: Staff and youngsters at a recent graduation ceremony at House of Eden Nursery in Newton Aycliffe

4:34pm Monday 28th July 2014

THERE were mixed emotions at a Newton Aycliffe nursery when 36 youngsters moved on to pastures new.

Fatal accident victim named

The Northern Echo: (8679987)

4:31pm Monday 28th July 2014

A PEDESTRIAN who was knocked over and killed while walking home along a lane between two villages has been named by police.

Community flooding project approved

The Northern Echo: Severe flooding near Browns Bridge in Stockton in 2012

4:26pm Monday 28th July 2014

A NEW project supporting communities in more than 6,000 homes to prepare for flooding has been launched on Teesside.

Developers ask for more time before signing 900-home agreement for Wynyard, near Stockton

4:24pm Monday 28th July 2014

TWO already approved applications to build 900 homes in upmarket Wynyard, between Stockton and Hartlepool, will back before a council planning committee on Wednesday (July 30).

Award-winning dementia centre to open

4:06pm Monday 28th July 2014

AN award winning building providing treatment and assessment for people with dementia will be officially opened this week.

Sainsbury's backs re-homing charity

4:03pm Monday 28th July 2014

A SUPERMARKET has named its charity of the year.

Forest to host Gruffalo anniversary celebration

4:03pm Monday 28th July 2014

FAMILIES are invited to the deep dark woods to celebrate the 15th anniversary of a well-loved children’s book.

Growing sessions in Annfield Plain

The Northern Echo: Groundwork North East  (8659796)

4:01pm Monday 28th July 2014

A SERIES of free growing activities aimed at providing people with the opportunity to get involved in cultivating healthy, affordable food will be held in a north Durham community.

Honours shared as school passes first year

The Northern Echo: OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT: Prize winners at Durham Free School’s first presentation evening

4:01pm Monday 28th July 2014

A NEW free school has celebrated the end of its first academic year with a prize giving ceremony.

Carnival sculptures taking shape

The Northern Echo: RIVERSIDE FESTIVAL: Volunteer Kristina Merritt at work on sculptures for Stockton carnival. Picture: STUART BOULTON.

4:01pm Monday 28th July 2014

THE finishing touches are being put on the large sculptures that will take centre stage during the Stockton International Riverside Festival’s Community Carnival.

Luxury haul from home near Northallerton

3:50pm Monday 28th July 2014

DETECTIVES have turned to the public for help after raiders targeted a property near Northallerton earlier this month.

Crackdown on council tax fraud

3:40pm Monday 28th July 2014

A DISTRICT council is employing the services of a private company to carry out checks on people it suspects are wrongly claiming a council tax discount.

Pedestrian airlifted to hospital after being hit by bus

The Northern Echo:

3:35pm Monday 28th July 2014

A PEDESTRIAN has been airlifted to hospital after being hit by a bus.

Fracking protection for national parks welcomed

The Northern Echo: BEAUTY SPOT: Langdale End on the North York Moors. Fracking will only be allowed in national parks in exceptional circumstances.

3:28pm Monday 28th July 2014

NATIONAL park chiefs have welcomed government plans to prevent fracking within their boundaries - except in "exceptional circumstances".

Foodbank opens in church hall to help cash strapped Chilton residents

The Northern Echo: STOCKING UP: Volunteers Margaret Taylor, Mike Morrison and Brenda Johnson help to stock Chilton foodbank.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

3:26pm Monday 28th July 2014

A FOODBANK set up to help cash strapped residents has been praised for its efforts on the day that it opened.

Holiday accommodation at Knitsley Mill approved

The Northern Echo: County Hall, Durham, home of Durham County Council (6122845)

3:12pm Monday 28th July 2014

COUNCILLORS have approved plans for holiday accommodation next to a rural pub despite concerns about flooding and the scheme becoming a residential development.

Plans for new betting shop at site of former newsagent granted permission

The Northern Echo: Plans for new betting shop at site of former newsagent granted permission

3:08pm Monday 28th July 2014

A BETTING firm has been granted permission to open a bookmakers at the site of a former newsagent.

Scaling new heights for charity

The Northern Echo: MOUNTAIN CHALLENGE: Damien Wilson (right) pictured climbing Mont Blanc with his cousin Mark Charlton in 2012.

2:56pm Monday 28th July 2014

AN intrepid council boss will be scaling new heights this autumn to raise money for charity.

Old pupils welcome at school reunion

The Northern Echo: OLD SCHOOL REUNION: Ex-pupils of the Durham Johnston Whinney Hill site are having a reunion. Picture: TOM BANKS (8161541)

2:56pm Monday 28th July 2014

OLD classmates are invited to a school reunion this autumn.

TV star opens park's new attractions

The Northern Echo: : TV presenter Michaela Strachan officially opens the new Farm Yard attraction at Adventure Valley. Picture: DAVID WOOD (8668700)

2:54pm Monday 28th July 2014

CHILDREN’s TV and wildlife presenter Michaela Strachan was the star attraction at the opening of an adventure park’s new theatre.

Teachers sponged for toilet charity

The Northern Echo: Niamh Sykes, Dylan Glenton, Revd Canon Judy Hirst, headteacher Pam Monaghan, Jude Dudley and Gini Stephenson support the Toilet Twinning scheme  (8658623)

2:52pm Monday 28th July 2014

SCHOOL pupils helped set up clean toilets for poor children across the globe by throwing wet sponges at their teachers.

Stars back James Bond night for hospice

The Northern Echo: SIGNED PHOTO: Keira Knightley

2:50pm Monday 28th July 2014

ROCK legend Sir Elton John and Hollywood star Keira Knightley are just two of the celebrities backing a hospice’s charity ball.

Club of the Year success for junior football club in Darlington

The Northern Echo: WINNING TEAM: The Mayor of Darlington, Councillor Gerald Lee and his Mayoress, Ruth Lee, present he Club of the Year trophy to Darlington TSC

2:31pm Monday 28th July 2014

A DARLINGTON club has beaten off competition from across the region to be crowned Teesside Junior Football Alliance’s Club of the Year 2014.

Initiative helps ease transition from primary to secondary school

The Northern Echo: STEPPING UP: Chloe Naisbitt, 11, of Northwood Primary School, with DSMS student Lucy Edmond, 12

2:27pm Monday 28th July 2014

PRIMARY school children have been stepping up to the mark in an initiative designed to prepare them for life at the big school.

Maize maze delights Chernobyl children

The Northern Echo: MAZE FUN: Chernobyl youngsters enjoying their North Yorkshire day out.

2:13pm Monday 28th July 2014

YOUNGSTERS from the still suffering scene of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster enjoyed a fun-packed day in the sun in North Yorkshire.

Cycling superstar's bike comes under the hammer

The Northern Echo: FOR SALE: Mark Cavendish's 2010 Scott Addict bike.

2:09pm Monday 28th July 2014

THE Tour de France may be over for another year but there is still chance to capture the memories of the event’s hugely successful excursion to Yorkshire.





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