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House fire at North Cowton

Fire devastates house next to service station in North Cowton

ACTION: Union members at Tata Steel have voted for strike action over proposed changes to pensions. Pictured is a workers at its Hartlepool Pipe Mill

Hundreds of steelworkers set for pensions strike

JAILED: Alan Cooper, who knifed his 14-year-old nephew, Jordan, nine times

Second mental health trust admits failings

SEARCH: Search teams at the scene

UPDATED 6.30PM: Body of teacher recovered from river at Low Force

BUSINESS: Part of the Just Say N2O flyer delivered to homes in Durham City

Businessman defends selling 'legal high' for delivery to your door

RELIEF: Defendant Susan Roche has spoken of relief after two-year burden of assault allegation is lifted following jury's unanimous 'not guilty' verdict.

Accused speaks of relief after being cleared of attack on terminally-ill father's partner

JAILED: Scott Weedall

"26 cider cans" man who battered woman unconscious is jailed

JAILED: Katrina Livingstone jailed for arson (27538861)

Mother and daughter who set fire to their home jailed for arson

SITE: Tata Steel's Beam Mill, at Lackenby, near Redcar

UPDATED: North-East steelworkers vote to strike over pensions

SUPPORT: Supporters have created the 'We support the Eleven Arches page' on Facebook Picture: DAVID WOOD

Facebook page set up to support Eleven Arches bid in Bishop Auckland

SUCCESS: Student social worker Helene Brown

Student social worker awarded prestigious ambassador role from national body

JAILED: Kevin Lee, jailed for latest offences of dishonesty, while also recalled to serve remainder of previous five-year sentence

Regular offender back behind bars after being caught with burglary haul

Durham County Council (27544074)

Child seat clinics held as part of Child Safety Week

POLYNESIAN: An exhibition of cloth and costumes at the Captain Cook Museum

Polynesian costume exhibition at Captain Cook Memorial Museum

THE WITHAM: Cliff Brown with his applewood clock. Picture: STUART BOULTON. (27542595)

Applewood carvings commemorate Witham refurbishment

LOCAL HERO: Jackie Milburn

Milburn and Halfpenny declared local heroes

Roundabout incident

Residents' anger over pub being turned into a alcohol recovery facility

FINISHED: Members of Emmanuel Church Cycling Club at Durham Cathedral at the end of their three-day charity ride

Pilgrim ride for charity

Hammer-wielding man robs ice cream van

Arrests made after vacuum thefts

FUN DAY: A previous Newton Hall fun day

Fab Four - church stages quartet of fun days

EFFORT: Cyclists Michael Hall, Thomas Jackson, Elliiot Kay and David Beeby

Charity effort honours tragic rowing coach

ROYAL OCCASION: HRH Princess Royal officially opens Durham's new £14 million police headquearters.  Arriving by helicopter and greeted by school children.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (26372956)

Police invite old boys and girls back for force anniversary celebration

VANDALISED: PC Keith Todd and Paul Everson, operations officer at Hardwick Park, survey the damage

Vandals deface Georgian folly in Sedgefield

CAMPAIGN LAUNCH: A warning to people about using social media to advertise to burglars that they are on holiday.  Outside Dawson and Sanderson on Stockton High Street with 'warning postcards' are Dt Insp Glen Westmoreland, Sgt Darren Bainbridge and travel

Holidaymakers are effectively 'advertising' to burglars that their home is empty, say police

CASH: A man has denied rigging a cash machine with a device used by fraudsters. Pic: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Man denies cash machine scam

LIGHTS: Great Aycliffe Town Council hopes to save A167 street lights within its boundary Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

Bid to save A167 street lights near Newton Aycliffe

SURGERY: Cllr Cyndi Hughes

Go and get the guitar: plan to freshen up councillors' surgeries

PRICE IS RIGHT: The Half Moon Pub on Northgate in Darlington is celebrating its second birthday by turning the clock back on its beer prices.  Landlord John Anderson with pint and £2.50.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

Pub turns the clock back on beer prices to celebrate anniversary

ON DISPLAY: Magna Carta at 800 exhibition held at the Palace Green Library in Durham City.  King John's seal.  A similar seal would have been attached to the Magna Carta 1215. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

Magna Carta show ready to go

DEAL: The Gala Theatre in Durham

Cinema could grow under outsourcing deal

VISIT: Spennymoor Mayor Cllr Geoff O'Hehir and consort Elizabeth visit the D (Rifles) Coy Fifth Fusiliers at their barracks in Bishop Auckland

Spennymoor Mayor visits the town’s freedom troops in Bishop Auckland

TRAVELS: One of Durham Cathedral's three copies of Magna Carta, from 1216, 1225 and 1300

Sending the Carta to Canada

RECOVERING: Holly the Jack Russell, with the injuries to her leg. Picture: MARK TALLENTIRE

OAP's lifeline terrier savaged by 'Staffy'

CARVING: Morgan Murray (background) and Benedikt Isfeld Benediktsson (foreground) carving with stone at the workshop.

Carving in stone for community art

RADIO: East Durham College students go behind the scenes at radio station  (27486590)

East Durham College students go behind the scenes radio station

BUDDING: Governor Mark Spooner helped pupils, including Katie Mains, Charley Huntrods and Amy Gaskill, to create hanging baskets for North Park Primary School

Spennymoor youngsters brighten up school grounds

MUSIC: The scene at last year's competition.

Calling all young musicians

COSTLY: The Yorkshire Air Ambulance needs to raise £12,000 a day.

Help needed in turning county yellow

BEASTS: Community artist Rick Havely with some of his medieval style banners he created at Rural Arts. Picture: Richard Doughty Photography

Charity encourages children to create their own Magna Carta-inspired artwork

BEHAVIOUR: Pierre the llama at Big Sheep Little Cow

Children's farm deals with unruly animals ahead of music festival crowds' arrival

NO HOLDING BACK: Martin Wilby, owner of The Lab gym on Faverdale Industrial Estate in Darlington has won a Ju Jitsu championship which took place in Coventry. Pictured in the gym throwing Richie Duggan. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

Jiu Jistsu champ flies the flag for the North-East

BUILDING WORRIES: Andrew Gatenby, of Allerton Steel Ltd, in Northallerton. The company is concerned about the submission of a planning application to build houses next door to the business which is a noisy, dusty 24-hour operation. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

North Northallerton housing plan described as 'bonkers' by business chief

BOARD: Members of the board of South Durham Health CIC who developed the suicide prevention scheme

Life-saving scheme extended

CHARITY FUNDRAISER: Suzanne Pigott (centre) with Pat Flanagan and Sue Holden (who met Anne at Butterwick Hospice) and Hackworth Court residents Kath Northam, Joyce Kendrick and Mary Fraser.

Friends of much loved charity fundraiser raise cash in her memory

MAYOR: Stephen Akers-Belcher who is standing down as Hartlepool mayor

Charity fund-raising success for controversial mayor

REGENERATION: A rebuilding project in the Red Hall area of Darlington with 56 homes being demolished and new ones being built.  The old and the new by Epsom Court.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

Multi-million pound regeneration of Darlington estate gathers pace

YORKSHIRE FIRST: Cllr Steve Kay with one of the new road signs asserting east Cleveland's Yorkshire identity

East Cleveland reasserts its Yorkshire identity in bright, new signs

GOOD: GP practice praised by inspectors

Neasham Road GP practice praised by inspectors

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