Appeals against council's refusal for Gypsy sites upheld

The Northern Echo: About 20 caravans occupied the playing field over the weekend

6:32am Friday 25th July 2014

CONTROVERSIAL Gypsy site proposals that attracted hundreds of objections from villagers who raised £7,700 to fight them have been granted on appeal.

Nursing home holds a fundraising week for residents to enjoy

The Northern Echo: CHARITY RUN: Some of the staff and their families doing the charity run around the grounds of Rosedale Nursing Home at Catterick Garrison.  Picture:RICHARD DOUGHTY

8:04pm Friday 25th July 2014

A NURSING home aiming to break down misconceptions of how residents live has held a week-long fundraising activity week for all the family.

Drug dealer jailed after kilo of cannabis recovered from car

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

7:16pm Friday 25th July 2014

A DRUG dealer caught bringing £6,000-worth of cannabis to the North-East was jailed for two years.

Concern for mother and two missing children

The Northern Echo: MISSING MOTHER: Yoon Jin Jong

7:05pm Friday 25th July 2014

CLEVELAND Police have issued an urgent appeal for help in locating a mother and her two missing children

Pub landlord arrested in Claudia Lawrence inquiry describes his family's devastation

The Northern Echo: ARREST SHOCK: Paul Harris landlord of The Acomb pub in York

6:33pm Friday 25th July 2014

A PUB landlord arrested as part of the Claudia Lawrence investigation has described how it has left his family in turmoil.

Girl's chop for charity

The Northern Echo: : 9 year old Sophie Simpson has her hair cut for the Little Princess Trust. Picture: DAVID WOOD (8590618)

6:27pm Friday 25th July 2014

A GIRLY girl who loves to brush and style her hair went for the chop so she could help less fortunate children.

Chernobyl children visit region to boost immune system

The Northern Echo: CHERNOBYL CHILDREN: Belarusian children affected by Chernobyl disaster visit Teesdale

6:02pm Friday 25th July 2014

CHILDREN affected by the Chernobyl disaster have visited the region for a month long trip to boost their immune systems.

Search ongoing for man who has gone missing without medication

5:57pm Friday 25th July 2014

POLICE are still searching for a 25-year-old vulnerable man who has gone missing without medication.

Charity face painting event at Argos in Darlington

The Northern Echo:

7:32pm Friday 25th July 2014

A CHARITY event in aid of the Alzheimer's Society will be held in Darlington tomorrow.

Generous anonymous donor grants charity's wishes

The Northern Echo: CRAMPED: Yatton House Society's current venue - a temporary building it has inhabited for more than 30 years - is unsuitable for its current needs.

5:47pm Friday 25th July 2014

A GENEROUS mystery benefactor has granted the wishes of a charity for adults with disabilities - by providing them with land and a longed-for purpose-built home.

Teen table football champs from Darlington retain their title in Austria

The Northern Echo: TOP TABLE: Matthew Warr, left and Callum Oakes, both 17, pictured at Darlington with their international trophies for table football.           Picture: ANDY LAMB

5:43pm Friday 25th July 2014

TWO teenagers have restored pride to English football, not on the pitch but on the table.

Breaking news Low cloud forces cancellation of Friday's flying programme at Sunderland Airshow

The Northern Echo:

5:51pm Friday 25th July 2014

THE flying programme for the launch night of the 26th Sunderland International Airshow had had to be cancelled.

Angelina Ballerina is pirouetting into a North East theatre

The Northern Echo: FUN SHOW: The cast of Angelina Ballerina The Mousical at Darlington Civic Theatre

5:42pm Friday 25th July 2014

ANGELINA Ballerina is pirouetting onto the Darlington Civic Theatre stage this weekend for a family friendly production.

Politicians to debate future of energy

The Northern Echo: POWER PLAY: Future of Britain's energy supply to be debated

5:40pm Friday 25th July 2014

POLITICIANS from the main political parties will debate the future of the UK’s energy supply next month.

Chester-le-Street businessman Gurhan Sayan jailed for sexual assault

The Northern Echo: BUSINESSMAN JAILED: Gurhan Sayan

5:38pm Friday 25th July 2014

A BUSINESSMAN from County Durham has become the first person to be jailed as part of a major police investigation into the sexual exploitation of vulnerable young women.

Tapas Bar reopens in memory of owner Peter Turnbull who put "heart and soul" into making it a success

The Northern Echo:

5:40pm Friday 25th July 2014

A TAPAS bar reopened today in memory of its owner, who died suddenly on Wednesday.

Teaching assistant admits kissing boy, but will stand trial over other alleged sexual activity

The Northern Echo: Accused former teaching assistant: Helen Louise Turnbull pictured outside Durham Crown Court. today. Picture: DAVID WOOD.

5:27pm Friday 25th July 2014

A TEACHING assistant has admitted kissing a male pupil at the school where she worked.

Kind youngsters get red carpet treatment at Super Sibling awards

The Northern Echo: : Special guests Willie Thorne (back left) and Steven Arnold (back right) join event organisers Lynne and Ian Lawrence and award winners Daisy Hodkinson (9, front left), Anna (6) and Thomas (8) Slyderink, Libby Sanderson (8), Zach Charlton (8) and Ruby Bu

4:52pm Friday 25th July 2014

A ‘SUPER sibling’ event has been held in memory of a loving big sister on the day after what would have been her 25th birthday.

Search for alternative beauty queen

The Northern Echo: BEAUTY PAGEANT: Ringmaster Walter and his wife Madame Caroline. York Dungeon is looking for its own beauty queens or kings

4:49pm Friday 25th July 2014

A YORK attraction is searching for a beauty queen with a difference to reign over its summer sideshow, Carnivale.

Professional golfer from Richmond, whose brother has autism, has organised a pro-am golf tournament in Richmond to raise funds for North-East Autism Society

The Northern Echo: CHARITY DRIVE: Richmond pro-golfer, Bradley Rowntree with his autistic brother,Adam(centre) and Paul McCairns of the North East Autism Society, who are promoting the pro-am golf tournament to raise money for the charity.   Picture:RICHARD DOUGHTY

4:49pm Friday 25th July 2014

A GOLFER is organising a fundraising tournament to raise awareness for the North East Autism Society in support of his brother, and has pulled in professional golfers to play alongside local amateurs.

Long-standing head of history at Richmond secondary school

The Northern Echo: SUPRISE SUPRISE: Teacher Mike Vasey was surprised with a retirement party by work colleagues after 39 years service. Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

4:47pm Friday 25th July 2014

A SURPRISE retirement party for a long-standing history teacher and head of year at a Richmond school celebrated the lasting effect he will have on the school.

Man left with serious head injuries following assault in Newton Aycliffe

The Northern Echo: Motorist banned for two years for drink driving

4:47pm Friday 25th July 2014

A MAN suffered serious head injuries following a vicious assault near a primary school.

First of five halls reopens

The Northern Echo: CENTRE OPENS: Residents celebrate the reopening of Mickle Grove Community Centre

4:45pm Friday 25th July 2014

THE first of five community venues saved from closure by a housing company has reopened and residents are now being urged to use it so they don’t lose it.

Champion cyclist 'Super Sid' awarded honorary doctorate

The Northern Echo: 'SUPER SID': Sid Barras winning a race in 1982.

4:43pm Friday 25th July 2014

A MIDDLESBROUGH-born cyclist who once beat road racing legend Eddy Merckx has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Sport Science in recognition of his distinguished career.

Golden couples in Ferryhill and Coundon celebrate 50-years of marriage

The Northern Echo: GOLDEN YEARS: Allan and Eileen Tate, from Ferryhill, celebrate fifty years of marriage. Picture: ANDY LAMB

4:23pm Friday 25th July 2014

CELEBRATING couples have made it a golden weekend in County Durham as they celebrate 50-years of marriage.

Youngsters meet the artist after emulating his Tour de France-inspired painting

The Northern Echo: YOUNG ARTISTS: Niamh Finn, Emily Todd, Angelica Wilson, Scarlett Atkinson and Tia Coates with artist Mackenzie Thorpe and his Over Hill and Dale painting.

4:03pm Friday 25th July 2014

BUDDING artists at a Richmond primary school have created a version of a Mackenzie Thorpe painting after learning about his work dedicated to the Tour de France.

Promoted Article: Join the World's Biggest Coffee Morning with Macmillan

The Northern Echo: World's Biggest Coffee Morning

4:00pm Friday 25th July 2014

Join people in your area for the Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning on Friday 26th September – all in the name of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Park wins second Green Flag

3:59pm Friday 25th July 2014

A PARK created on a former cokeworks and colliery has again won a coveted Green Flag award.

Sunflower appeal to celebrate a loved one's memory

The Northern Echo: FLOWERING MEMORIES: The launch of the Sunflower Memories campaign at Teesside Hospice in Middlesbrough. Staff Nurse Helen Clarkson plants one of the sunflowers dedicated to a loved one. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

3:37pm Friday 25th July 2014

A CHARITY’S annual Sunflower Appeal has been launched to help people remember a loved one in a very special way.

Youngster designs badge to raise cash for military charities

The Northern Echo: HEROES BADGE: Grace Maddison-Potts with HMS Heroes' representatives presenting a £600 cheque to Keith Allan, the service children's coordinator at Richmond School.

3:29pm Friday 25th July 2014

THE WINNER of a competition to design a badge for North Yorkshire Armed Forced Day 2014 has handed over a donation to the Royal British Legion.

Teenage charity founder sets of on tastebud tickling Coast to Coast trek

The Northern Echo: COASTING ALONG: Hannah Larkin, founder of teenage cancer charity Butterfly Giving and dad Paul Larkin undertaking a Coast to Coast walk to raise money for the charity.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

3:25pm Friday 25th July 2014

THE founder of a teenage cancer charity is setting off on a Coast to Coast adventure to raise funds for Butterfly Giving.

Residents encouraged to help shape Newton Aycliffe

The Northern Echo: Residents listen to a presentation about the Great Aycliffe Plan at Newton Aycliffe Youth and Community Centre. PICTURE: Martin Walker.

3:07pm Friday 25th July 2014

RESIDENTS were encouraged to voice their views on everything from housing and open spaces, to retail facilities and parking at an open evening in Newton Aycliffe this week.

Campaign to target drivers' fatal distraction

The Northern Echo: FATAL DISTRACTION: Campaign to cut injuries caused by distracted drivers

2:55pm Friday 25th July 2014

A WEEK-LONG campaign will be launched next week to cut the number of people killed and injured by distracted drivers on the region’s roads.

Man dies in road accident

The Northern Echo: Appeal for witnesses (8609799)

2:51pm Friday 25th July 2014

A MAN has died after being hit by a van as he walked along a lane late at night.

Police dog death: Man appears in court on drug charges

The Northern Echo: : General view of Penrith Road in Middlesbrough following the incident. Picture: DAVID WOOD (8359113)

2:35pm Friday 25th July 2014

A MAN at the centre of a police hunt where an elderly woman died after being bitten by a police dog has appeared in court.

Woman jailed for sadistic attack on vulnerable man

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

2:33pm Friday 25th July 2014

A WOMAN who carried out sadistic attacks on a vulnerable man has been jailed for 18 months.

Echo launches database of First World War soldiers

The Northern Echo:

2:25pm Friday 25th July 2014

DETAILS of nearly 2,000 North-East men who died in the First World War can now be found on The Northern Echo's dedicated website.

Green-fingered volunteers needed to help mark arts centre's second birthday

The Northern Echo: ART FAIR: The Bridge Centre for Visual Arts, in Yarm Road, Darlington, is holding an arts fair to mark its second birthday

1:49pm Friday 25th July 2014

A COMMUNITY arts venue is appealing for volunteers to help celebrate its second anniversary.

New meters installed in fight against fuel poverty

The Northern Echo: NEW METERS: Vicky McCourt and Trevor Smith, both Derwentside Homes, inspect one of the smart prepayment meters which have been installed in a property at Moorside.

1:14pm Friday 25th July 2014

NEW prepayment meters are being installed in hundreds of homes to help residents pay for their gas and electricity.

Paws for a Cause at Chester-le-Street's Riverside Park

The Northern Echo: Martha Barker, three, who will be one of the judges at Paws for a Cause, with her pet dog Hunter Picture: GAVIN ENGELBRECHT (8606619)

1:11pm Friday 25th July 2014

THREE-YEAR-OLD Martha Barker has been checking out some of the canine competitors ahead of a sponsored walk for Durham's St Cuthbert's Hospice.

Come Dine With Me hopes to recruit contestants from Durham

The Northern Echo: DINNER PARTY: A previous edition of Celebrity Come Dine With Me

1:05pm Friday 25th July 2014

PRODUCERS of the popular TV show Come Dine With Me are looking to recruit contestants for their new series.

Renowned a cappella ensemble to plat Richmond church

The Northern Echo: RICHMOND CONCERT: Renowned jazz a cappella ensemble the Oxford Gargoyles who will be performing in Richmond in August.

12:41pm Friday 25th July 2014

A RENOWNED jazz a cappella group will perform in Richmond next month ahead of a performance at

Soldiers to attend First World War ceremony

12:41pm Friday 25th July 2014

SCORES of soldiers are set to attend a candlelit vigil to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Log cabins plans set for approval despite objections

The Northern Echo: PLANNING MEETING: Darlington Town Hall

12:35pm Friday 25th July 2014

COUNCILLORS look set to approve controversial plans for accommodation for vulnerable young people, despite objections from residents.

Bypass costs cut by a fifth

The Northern Echo: FINAL APPROVAL: The route of the Bedale A684 bypass

12:35pm Friday 25th July 2014

THE cost of a long-awaited bypass has been reduced by more than 20 per cent, saving £8m on original estimates.

Appeal to find vulnerable missing man last seen in Thornaby

The Northern Echo:

12:30pm Friday 25th July 2014

POLICE are appealing for information to trace a 25-year-old vulnerable man who has gone missing without medication.

Thorny garden issue at Stainton Mews

The Northern Echo: Frustrated residents of Stainton Mews l-r Iain McCabe, Robert Aasht, Dominic Dunn, Sue and Mike Johnston.

12:13pm Friday 25th July 2014

HOMEOWNERS on a new estate said they are being stung by spiralling costs to have its small communal gardens maintained.

Blueprint to revamp Thirsk town centre is unveiled

The Northern Echo: NEW LOOK: An artist's impression of the plan for Thirsk Market Place

12:11pm Friday 25th July 2014

A BLUEPRINT to reinvigorate a historic market square after the controversial felling of mature trees has been unveiled.

Summer fair raises hundreds for Darlington care home

The Northern Echo: PARTY TIME: Residents with their families, friends and former mayor and mayoress of Darlington, Charles and Carol Johnson at Eastbourne Care Home in Darlington  Picture: STUART BOULTON

11:47am Friday 25th July 2014

A SUMMER fair helped to raise hundreds of pounds towards entertainment and activities for residents at a Darlington care home.

Students' talents showcased at annual summer show

The Northern Echo: WORKS OF ART: Pupils from Hummersknott  Academy with their winning artwork, from left Chebet Chemorei, 16, Nadia McLoughlin, Jess Birkbeck, 16, Erin Hughes, 15, Ian Hughes from The Art Shop who handed out prize vouchers and Hannah Matthews, 16          Pi

11:39am Friday 25th July 2014

PROMISING Picassos have had their talent recognised at an annual show.

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