Man tells 999 operator: "I've just killed my's f*****g disgraceful", court told

The Northern Echo: Teesside Crown Court

5:27pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

A MAN who killed his common-law wife hours after her brother's funeral called 999 and said: "I've just killed my wife who I've been with for 29 years. It's f*****g disgraceful," a court heard.

Man arrested after five hour stand-off with police

The Northern Echo:

5:15pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

A MAN has been detained after a five hour stand-off with police in North Shields.

Middlesbrough sex attacker was chased through street by victim's sister

The Northern Echo: COURT DATE: Teesside Crown Court

12:16pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

A SEX attacker was chased through the streets by his victim's sister until he ran into the long arm of the law.

Mother claims toddler son's life was put at risk by nurses on 'understaffed' children's ward

The Northern Echo: HOSPITAL PROBLEMS: Joshua Skelton, who is now back at home in Darlington  Picture: STUART BOULTON

6:58am Tuesday 30th September 2014

THE mother of a toddler with a rare medical condition has claimed her son’s life was put at risk by hospital staff who failed to ensure he got the treatment he needed.

Farmer is fed up after another car smashes through his wall

The Northern Echo: CRASH SCENE: The car that crashed into the fence at Royal Oak Farm.          Picture: ANDY LAMB

6:27pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

A FARMER is fed up of cars smashing through his wall after yet another one brought it down and ended up lodged in a tree.

NHS bosses reassure patients over closing hospital services

6:29pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

NHS bosses have moved to reassure patients over treatment availability, following the closure of consultant-led paediatric and maternity services at a general hospital.

Plans for biggest potash mine in Europe submitted

The Northern Echo: TEST WORK: York Potash drilling rig conducting exploratory work

6:01pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

PLANS have been resubmitted for a £1.5bn potash mine in a national park, along with an underground conveyor belt linking it to a processing plant on Teesside.

Have-a-go hero is rewarded by judge after stepping in when he saw woman having her throat slashed

The Northern Echo: LOCKED UP: Tony Griffin

2:32pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

A SHOPPER who became a have-a-go hero when he saw a woman having her throat slashed was yesterday praised by a judge.

Investigation continues into the death of solicitor found with stab wounds in Durham City

The Northern Echo: INQUEST REVIEW: Father-of-two Peter Maine died from stab wounds to his chest while out jogging in Durham City on September 1, last year.

2:18pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

DOCUMENTS relating to the death of a solicitor who suffered fatal stab wounds while jogging in Durham City have been handed to his family.

Admin assistant left child abuse pics in his desk at work

The Northern Echo: Teesside Crown Court

2:07pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

A PERVERT admin assistant who downloaded child abuse pictures on his works computer was unmasked after carelessly leaving a print-out in his desk.

Girls among youngest even legion members

The Northern Echo: NEW RECUIT: 8 year old Chiana Gray who has become an honorary junior member of the Royal British Legion.

6:33pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

A LITTLE girl who was moved following a First World War commemoration service is becoming one of the Royal British Legion’s youngest members.

Commemorative theme for this year’s Houghton Feast

The Northern Echo: Work in progress on the First World War commemorative piece by local artist Mark Burns Cassell commissioned by Sunderland City Council’s Coalfield Area Committee

6:11pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

A MODEL soldier covered in paper mache extracts of First World War poetry has been created to mark the launch of this year’s Houghton Feast.

Renowned ballet company to stage classic productions in Darlington

The Northern Echo: Darlington Civic Theatre

6:01pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

AN INTERNATIONALLY renowned ballet company will perform in the region next year.

Former pub landlady celebrates 106th birthday

The Northern Echo: GENERATION GAP: Evie Mason's great grandson Lucas Wells, three, wishes her a happy 106th birthday Picture: ANDY LAMB

5:57pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

A WOMAN who doesn’t drink alcohol marked her 106th birthday down the 'pub'.

Students help plant new HQ's memorial garden

The Northern Echo: YOUNG GARDENERS: Youngsters plant the Memorial garden at the new police headquarters at Aykley Heads. Deputy Chief Constable Michael Banks, in uniform, background, looks on.              Picture: ANDY LAMB (10957216)

5:43pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

SCHOOL children have helped plant a memorial garden at a new police force headquarters.

Bishop appeals for more readers

The Northern Echo: David Walker with his wife Judith (10956965)

5:34pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

A VICAR’S husband has become the first reader to be licensed by the Bishop of Durham.

Shake, rattle and roll - Echo reporter takes a Pacer train to Saltburn

The Northern Echo:

5:22pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

AS the Echo's Right Lines campaign to improve the region's railways gathers pace, Joe Willis takes the train to Saltburn to find out what life is like on board a notorious 30-year-old Pacer train.

Gatiss to host charity talk-in

The Northern Echo: DARLINGTON TALK: Mark Gatiss

5:01pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

ACTOR, writer and novelist Mark Gatiss will return to the North-East this winter for an ‘in conversation’ event for charity.

Army serves documents relating to the death of County Durham soldier killed in Afghanistan

The Northern Echo: KILLED IN ACTION: Captain Richard Holloway, 29, from Hamsterley, near Bishop Auckland, was serving with the Royal Engineers, when he was killed by enemy fire east of Kabul, on December 23.

5:01pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

AN inquest review into the death of an Army captain killed in Afghanistan took place at the coroner’s court in Crook, County Durham, today (Tuesday, September 30).

Alert after elderly targeted by thieves

4:15pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

POLICE have issued an alert after three suspicious incidents at the homes of vulnerable people on the same day.

Anger at bid to demolish working farm buildings

The Northern Echo: BANK BRANCH CLOSURE: Great Ayton in North Yorkshire

4:12pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

PLANS to demolish working farm buildings used by tenant farmers as part of a scheme for new 113 homes have met with widespread opposition.

North's slow trains criticised by Minister

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

4:05pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

SLOW trains across the North were criticised by a Government minister – who promised improvements.

Cannabis farm uncovered in early hours

3:59pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

A CANNABIS farm has been discovered after police responded to reports of suspicious activity in the street.

Police appeal for couple after sex assault

3:55pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

A COUPLE who may have witnessed a city centre sex assault are being asked to come forward.

Warring sides prepare for inquiry showdown on 'growth catalyst' plan

The Northern Echo: CHANGES PROPOSED: Durham County Council

3:54pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

A MAJOR inquiry which could shape the region for decades to come begins tomorrow (Wednesday, October 1).

Region shows its caring side - adopting more youngsters than ever before

The Northern Echo: NICKY MORGAN: "Significant and sustained rise."

3:42pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

MORE children than ever before have been found new homes across the North-East over the past year.

Tyneside Boy, four, honoured for saving his school from blaze

The Northern Echo:

3:21pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

A FOUR-year-old boy has become one of the youngest people in the country to receive a bravery award after he saved his school from a fire.

Man stabbed in leg with screwdriver

The Northern Echo:

2:17pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

A MAN has been stabbed in the leg with a screwdriver after confronting a thief outside his Middlesbrough home.

Award-winning and provocative cabaret to be staged at the Jabberwocky Market theatrical festival

The Northern Echo: Ballad of the Burning Star will be performed at Jabberwocky Market (c) Alex Brenner

1:41pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

A PROVOCATIVE, award-winning play will take centre stage at a major theatrical festival opening in Darlington this week.

Reduction in parking charges to come into effect

The Northern Echo: ALL CHANGE: Reduced prices in some Darlington car parks takes effect tomorrow. Library image

1:33pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

ONE of a raft of controversial measures council chiefs hope will alleviate parking problems in Darlington town centre will come into effect tomorrow.

Reduction in class sizes at Darlington school

The Northern Echo: SMALLER CLASSES: Reid Street Academy chairwoman of governors, Carol Saunders, with pupils in one of the school’s new classrooms

1:13pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

CLASS sizes normally associated with the independent sector are to be introduced at a Darlington primary school thanks to a major investment in resources.

Suspended sentence for Darlington beer garden thug

The Northern Echo: COURT CASE: Rustam Utegenov took his mother's car from their home in Darlington

12:16pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

A DRINKER who smashed the jaw of another man during a bust-up in a beer garden has been told to pay his victim £2,000.

Victim's mother buys murder scene post office

The Northern Echo: MURDER SCENE: Police tape and flowers outside Melsonby post office shortly after the body of sub-postmistress was found inside.

7:06am Tuesday 30th September 2014

A VILLAGE post office which was the scene of brutal murder has been bought by the victim's mother to complete home improvements begun by her daughter.

Warden saw me buy parking ticket - fined cancer sufferer

The Northern Echo: PARKING FINE: David Brown and his wife Gail who received a parking ticket during their visit to the University Hospital of North Durham. Picture: DAVID WOOD (10882097)

6:49am Tuesday 30th September 2014

A CANCER sufferer claims a traffic warden saw her buy a parking ticket for an urgent hospital appointment before slapping a fine on her car just four minutes later.

Northern Rock worker tells conference 'life's back on track'

2:44am Tuesday 30th September 2014

A FORMER Northern Rock worker told the conference how his “life was back on track” after the sale to Virgin Money.

Sceptical lobster fisherman staggered by 350lb pumpkin

The Northern Echo: FRUIT EXPERIMENT: Sleights Primary School pupil Charlotte Cutt, eight, with the 350lb polyhalite-fed pumpkin and a lump of polyhalite

6:40am Tuesday 30th September 2014

A LOBSTER fisherman who was sceptical about the agricultural benefits of a £1.5bn polyhalite mine scheme has grown a 350lb pumpkin using just the mineral and water.

Teesdale vet's mercy mission to save Sri Lankan street dogs

The Northern Echo: MERCY MISSION: Janey Lowes in Sri Lanka this summer with a stray dog

2:15pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

A TEESDALE vet will swap the North-East for Sri Lanka this weekend to help tackle the country’s stray dog problem.

Excavations expose how family introduced new flavours to Britain

The Northern Echo: HISTORY REVEALED: Archeological studies have revealed details about the transformation of the grounds during the 18th century

5:08pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

ARCHAEOLOGISTS have exposed the scale of an 18th century olive oil merchant family's drive to introduce a range of culinary tastes to Britain.

Residents invited to join in new era for vital village facility

The Northern Echo: NEW LOOK: Chairman Keith Pounder (front) with committee members Anne Yard (left) and Margaret Hamilton (right) from the Quarrington Hill Community Association who have taken charge of the community centre following the refurbishment. Picture: DAVID WOOD (

4:53pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

VILLAGE leaders are inviting fellow residents to join them in celebrating a new era for their community centre.

Engineering employees celebrate taking triathlon title

The Northern Echo: FIRST PLACE: From left to right, Jim Pyrah, Ewan Porteous and Chris Garcia are presented with their winning plaques.

4:53pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

A TRIO of staff from a Darlington Engineering firm are celebrating taking first place at the Teesdale Triathlon last weekend.

Women urged to let go of their barely-worn shoes

The Northern Echo: KIND SOLES CAMPAIGN: (l-r) Barkers managing director Charles Barker, Val Boasman of the Northallerton Cancer Research shop and Anthea Richardson from Barkers shoe department, who are urging women with a passion for shoes to help in a fundraising initiativ

1:13pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

WOMEN with barely-worn shoes lying discarded and unloved in the bottom of their wardrobe are urged to hand them over for a good cause.

Overhaul for meadows

1:19pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

MORE than 160 acres of hay meadow has been restored and enhanced in an area of outstanding natural beauty in North Yorkshire. The restoration has provided essential habitat in the Nidderdale area, which covers areas from Masham and Ripon to Pateley Bridge and beyond. It now means more than 240 acres of hay meadow has been created in the area in the past three years. Further work is planned in the next two years with moves to introduce wildflowers to 120 acres of hay meadows, pastures, road verges and buffer strips at the edge of silage fields. For more information on the Nidderdale AONB hay meadow restoration project contact or ring 01423-556035.

Tennants Auctioneers to hold celebrity valuation event

The Northern Echo: NEW SALEROOM: Tennants in Leyburn

1:19pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

AN AUCTION house is celebrating the opening of a new saleroom with a celebrity antique valuation day.

90-year-old celebrates 40 years of RNLI service

The Northern Echo: Edgar Atkinson receives his Certificate of thanks from Hartlepool RNLI Operations Manager, Mike Craddy

12:26pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

THE 90-year-old treasurer of Hartlepool's RNLI celebrated his birthday - and 40 years' service with the charity.

Students help teacher say thanks for cancer treatment

The Northern Echo: THANK YOU: Students at Northallerton College with a cheque for £200 for the Trinity Holistic Centre with Kathryn Almond, head of complementary therapies at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Northallerton College PE teacher Alastair Macra

1:16pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

STUDENTS pulled together to raise funds for a holistic charity that helped one of their teachers to beat cancer.

Women's refuge boosted by generous community

The Northern Echo: WOMEN'S REFUGE: Ruth Dawson, Alison Hope and Paula Carling, of the Wear Valley Women's Aid Picture: STUART BOULTON.

6:02am Tuesday 30th September 2014

A WOMEN’S refuge has been overwhelmed by the generosity shown by pub customers at a fundraiser held in memory of a domestic abuse victim.

'My home will be safe as houses at last,' says Middlesbrough dad after he agrees compromise solution with social landlord

12:39pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

A FATHER-OF-TWO has told of his gratitude after his social housing landlord agreed to make what he claims was a safety hazard in his home safe.

Book now for Minster carols

The Northern Echo: FESTIVE SOUNDS: Last year's Minster carol service.

2:40pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

THE big day is still nearly three months away – but thoughts are already turning to the festive season.

Darlington to host international rugby double header

The Northern Echo:

10:24am Monday 29th September 2014

THE NORTHERN ECHO ARENA, in Darlington, will host an international rugby double-header next March.

My guilt over hammer attack rapist, by ex-wife who did not report beatings

The Northern Echo:

11:04am Monday 29th September 2014

THE former wife of a stalker-rapist, who planned to bury his victim in a shallow grave, spoke for the first time last night about her years of hell.

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