Drivers who rack up more than 12 points allowed to continue driving

The Northern Echo: test

6:02am Saturday 1st November 2014

MOTORISTS with more than 12 penalty points on their licence are still legally driving despite many committing multiple offences, The Northern Echo can reveal.

Ammunition found at former tyre centre in Spennymoor

The Northern Echo: FORMER OWNER: Jimmy Greenwood PICTURE: Keith Taylor

6:03am Saturday 1st November 2014

BOMB disposal experts were called to a former gun club after ammunition and flares were discovered by a family clearing out the premises after the owner died.

Councillors fear town council could be "finished" by bullying claims

The Northern Echo: BANKRUPTCY FEARS: Peterlee Town Council holds its meeting at Shotton Hall. Pic: Dommylive.

6:03am Saturday 1st November 2014

A NORTH-EAST town council could be "finished" by bullying and harassment allegations, councillors fear.

Man who bought Chief Constable's stolen bike (and fell off it!) is fined

The Northern Echo: GUILTY VERDICT: Shaun Maher who appeared at Peterlee Magistrates Court after the theft of the Chief Constable of Durham's bike. Picture: ANDY LAMB

7:55pm Friday 31st October 2014

A DRUNKEN man bought ten pounds worth of cannabis together with the Durham Chief Constable's stolen bike, a court heard.

Drink driver jailed for eight years for causing death of friend

The Northern Echo: Deceased: Bora passenger Adam Wilkinson, who would have died on impact.

7:12pm Friday 31st October 2014

A BEREAVED daughter today (Friday October 31) spoke of her family’s grief at the loss of her much-loved father - the tragic consequence of a foolhardy driving episode.

Tragedy of the nine-year-old Stockton boy who hanged himself after suffering severe neglect

The Northern Echo:

5:44pm Friday 31st October 2014

A NINE-YEAR-OLD boy hanged himself after suffering severe neglect and witnessing chronic domestic violence for years, an investigation has found.

Thousands across region could lose right to vote in radical shake-up

9:27pm Friday 31st October 2014

MORE than 230,000 people across the region are at risk of losing their right to vote, under a radical elections shake-up.

Artist Mackenzie Thorpe tells of joy at being asked to create Northern Echo front cover to mark First World War centenary

The Northern Echo:

6:40pm Friday 31st October 2014

WORLD-FAMOUS artist Mackenzie Thorpe told today of his thrill at being asked to produce a commemorative First World War centenary front cover for The Northern Echo.

Top Black Cat steps out as region celebrates Halloween

The Northern Echo: HAPPY HALLOWEEN: Cousins Peyton Robson, 5, and Logan Johnston, 4, have their faces painted at Bowlees Visitor Centre for Halloween. Picture: TOM BANKS (12197443)

6:22pm Friday 31st October 2014

NORTH-EAST soccer legend Jim Montgomery joined in the fun as the region celebrated Halloween today (Friday, Oct 31).

Senior clergyman steps down over handling of child abuse allegations

The Northern Echo: STEPPED DOWN: Lord David Hope. Picture John Giles / PA

6:04pm Friday 31st October 2014

A SENIOR clergyman in a Yorkshire diocese has resigned after a report criticised his handling of allegations of child abuse by a former cathedral dean.

Darlington's health hub opens for business

The Northern Echo: HEALTH PORTAL: A healthy living hub has opened at the Dolphin Centre in Darlington. In part of the new area are Healthy Darlington staff Emma Reah, Philippa Thomas, Sarah Watson and Heather Morehead Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

5:54pm Friday 31st October 2014

DARLINGTON residents looking for advice and information on a range of health issues – such as healthy eating, alcohol consumption and smoking – will now find it all in one place.

Police release images as they appeal to trace witnesses following fatal collision

The Northern Echo: POLICE SEARCH: Image of car similar to the one involved in fatal incident in Middlesbrough.

5:46pm Friday 31st October 2014

POLICE have released images of a silver Hyundai Santa Fe, similar to the one involved in the fatal collision with a silver Ford Fiesta on Tuesday evening.

Farewell to pioneering North-East referee Pat Partridge, who has died aged 81

The Northern Echo: A BEM for Retired Ref Pat Partridge PICTURE: Keith Taylor

5:38pm Friday 31st October 2014

PAT Partridge, one of the world’s top football referees, died on Friday aged 81.

North-East business leaders welcome pending news of major improvements to A1

The Northern Echo: BUSINESS LEADER: James Ramsbotham, chief executive of the North-East Chamber of Commerce

5:02pm Friday 31st October 2014

NORTH-EAST business leaders have welcomed news that major improvements to the A1 will be set out in the Government’s Autumn statement.

Police arrest suspected computer hacker after attack on force website

The Northern Echo: Police released a photograph of the dwelling they raided(12195333)

4:40pm Friday 31st October 2014

POLICE have today (Friday, October 31) raided the home of a suspected internet hacker after a North-East force’s website was attacked.

Remembering the region’s fallen soldiers

The Northern Echo: BROTHER REMEMBERED: Mike Wilson whose twin brother L Cpl David Wilson, from Spennymoor, died in Iraq, hammers in a cross with a poppy at the field of remembrance at Saltwwell Park, Gateshead.

4:12pm Friday 31st October 2014

THE identical twin brother of a soldier who died from a gunshot wound in Iraq has helped launch this year’s Field of Remembrance in the North-East.

Magician Paul Daniels turns down offer of stuffed rabbit for stage show

The Northern Echo: THAT'S MAGIC: Magician Paul Daniels offered a stuffed rabbit by PETA to use on stage.

3:38pm Friday 31st October 2014

RABBIT loving magician Paul Daniels has dismissed calls to drop live animals from his act after being bitten by one of his own pets – as he hasn’t used any for several years.

Collapsed manhole cover causes traffic chaos on A66 in Middlesbrough

The Northern Echo:

2:30pm Friday 31st October 2014

A COLLAPSED section of the A66 in Middlesbrough caused traffic chaos this morning.

Landlord and residents outraged by new A67 road closure

The Northern Echo: LOSING TRADE: Stephen Grabham outside The Spotted Dog in High Coniscliffe

1:51pm Friday 31st October 2014

RESIDENTS and business owners have expressed concerns that additional roadworks on a landslip-hit main road will hamper commuters and have a negative impact on trade.

Family of five-month-old baby told delays could have killed him after waiting 45 minutes for an ambulance

The Northern Echo: AMBULANCE DELAY: David McKenzie with 5 months old Ben. Picture: STUART BOULTON

6:32am Friday 31st October 2014

A FAMILY who waited more than 45 minutes for an ambulance were told their five-month-old baby could have died had he been left any longer.

Raiders steal disabled boy's van in Peterlee

The Northern Echo: Joanne Hall and her son Cameron. Picture: GAVIN ENGELBRECHT (12163132)

6:20am Friday 31st October 2014

A MOTHER has been left without vital support for her disabled teenage son after burglars made off with the family’s specially-adapted vehicle.

“I shouted for the lad next door but he wasn’t in" - man, 55, lucky to escape from Darlington industrial estate fire

The Northern Echo: AFTERMATH: The charred remains of the garage on Forge Way on the Cleveland Trading Estate in Darlington.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

6:03am Friday 31st October 2014

A MECHANIC said he was lucky to be alive after his garage, which had a highly explosive gas canister in, caught fire.

Council leaders will join meetings of Miliband Cabinet

The Northern Echo: CABINET INVITE: Labour leader Ed Miliband

12:03am Friday 31st October 2014

NORTH council leaders will join meetings of Ed Miliband’s Cabinet, under fresh Labour plans to devolve power and prosperity away from London.

Local charity opens new store

The Northern Echo: HELPING HAND: Lord Crathorne attends the opening of the new Herriot Hospice Homecare charity shop on the High Street in Stokesley.  (l-r) Lord Crathorne, hospice chairman Peter Kershaw and hospice chief executive Karen Wilkinson-Bell.  Picture: CHRIS BOOT

9:02pm Friday 31st October 2014

A CHARITY which provides hospice care to people in their own homes has opened its third charity shop.

New homes plan for village

7:02pm Friday 31st October 2014

PLANS have been submitted for 145 new homes in Howden-le-Wear.

Top comedy coming to town

The Northern Echo: COMEDY NIGHT: Teesside sketch group Heavy Petting are fresh from their Edinburgh Fringe show.

6:46pm Friday 31st October 2014

TWO Teesside comedy groups will tackle the winter blues with a bumper-size carnival of alternative comedy this weekend.

North Yorkshire chef voted one of top curry chefs in UK

The Northern Echo: AWARD: Chef Anwar Hussain from Jaipur Spice at the Busby Stoop Inn near Thirsk

6:44pm Friday 31st October 2014

A CHEF from North Yorkshire has been voted one of the best curry chefs in the UK at an awards in London.

Hunt for driver after girl knocked over

The Northern Echo: New base in Newcastle (10566018)

6:44pm Friday 31st October 2014

A YOUNG girl escaped injury when she was struck by a car on a pedestrian crossing.

New reptile shop for Bishop Auckland

The Northern Echo: REPTILE RETAIL: Glen Cooper has opened up a new exotic pet store in Bishop Auckland Picture: TOM BANKS

6:24pm Friday 31st October 2014

SPIDERS, snakes, chameleons and leopard geckos are proving popular at a new Bishop Auckland shop.

Most Remploy workers still out of work a year after the final factory closure, according to Union report

The Northern Echo: SHUT DOWN: The former  Remploy  factory in Spennymoor, Coutny Durham

6:08pm Friday 31st October 2014

THE majority of disabled workers laid off when the Government axed Remploy factories remain unemployed one year on, a report has revealed.

Cabaret night for hospice organised by entertainer

6:08pm Friday 31st October 2014

AN entertainer is holding a cabaret night for the hospice that cared for her father and grandfather.

Collapsed manhole caused early morning chaos on A66

The Northern Echo: ROAD DELAYS: Heavy traffic on the A66 East heading towards Middlesbrough by the junction leading to the Newport Bridge. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

6:06pm Friday 31st October 2014

A COLLAPSED section of the A66 in Middlesbrough caused traffic chaos this morning (Friday, October 31).

Party entertainer joins Checked and Vetted trades referral website

The Northern Echo: PUZZLE PARTY: Sara West, of Tall Tales Puzzle Parties, with her two children Angus and Aidan

6:04pm Friday 31st October 2014

A COUNTY Durham party entertainment business is offering confidence and peace of mind to customers after joining a trade referral website.

Chips away - Sedgefield MP supports dog microchipping campaign

The Northern Echo: CHIPS AWAY: Sedgefield MP Phil Wilson is supporting the Dogs Trust microchipping campaign

5:15pm Friday 31st October 2014

AN MP made new friends of the four-legged variety when he helped launch a dog microchipping campaign.

Fishburn barber to ditch the razor for Movember

The Northern Echo: RAISING AWARENESS: James Willcock, who runs the Sportsman Barber Shop in Fishburn, County Durham, is taking part in Movember for the second year running and is urging his customers to do the same.

5:10pm Friday 31st October 2014

A BARBER is encouraging his clients to ditch the razor and sport a moustache this November as part of an international men's health campaign.

Woman who had heart transplant 25 years ago embarks on career as health care assistant

The Northern Echo: SECOND CHANCE: Emma Thompson

5:07pm Friday 31st October 2014

A WOMAN who was born her heart ventricles the wrong way round has won her dream job as a health care assistant.

Police appeal for stolen HGV wheels

5:02pm Friday 31st October 2014

POLICE are appealing for information after £13,000 worth of alloy HGV wheels were stolen from a dealership in Roecliffe near Boroughbridge.

Project looking for volunteers to be good neighbours

5:00pm Friday 31st October 2014

A PROJECT that provides support to older or vulnerable people is calling for volunteers to act as good neighbours.

Police tackle anti-social behaviour and underage drinking in Bishop Auckland

The Northern Echo: PARK HELP: Councillor Sam Zair is looking at ideas to clampdown on problems at Bishop Auckland Recreation Ground

4:43pm Friday 31st October 2014

PLANS to close a popular Bishop Auckland park at night are just one of the ideas being considered to prevent anti-social behaviour and underage drinking.

Roadshows aim to raise cancer awareness

4:34pm Friday 31st October 2014

AN NHS trust is to hold ‘mini-roadshows’ in the dining rooms of four hospitals to make more people aware of the signs and symptoms of mouth cancer.

Woman hit by heavy goods lorry in Sandsend, near Whitby

4:31pm Friday 31st October 2014

A WOMAN has suffered serious leg injuries after being hit by a heavy goods lorry at on the A174 at Sandsend, near Whitby.

A bit of Christmas magic comes to Stockton, but it's no pantomime

The Northern Echo: CINDERELLA: 17 year old Charlotte Dickinson who is playing the main role in Stockton Riverside College's panto, pictured at Ormesby Hall in Middlesbrough. Picture: STUART BOULTON.

3:47pm Friday 31st October 2014

THERE'S nothing like a Christmas show to help get you in the festive spirit and this year Musical Theatre students at Stockton Riverside College are promising a spectacular performance of a children’s classic - but it is no pantomime.

What makes great teaching?

The Northern Echo: Professor Rob Coe from Durham University.   HIs report highlights good and bad teaching practices.

3:47pm Friday 31st October 2014

LAVISH praise for students is among popular teaching practices not supported by evidence, according to a new report which reviews research on how to develop great teachers.

Little book of offers for Darlington shoppers

The Northern Echo: FLASH BACK: Distinct Darlington manager Alex Hirst with little books of offers from retailers in 2012

3:36pm Friday 31st October 2014

DARLINGTON shoppers on the hunt for Christmas gifts can enjoy festive bargains with a book of deals and discounts.

Police officers honoured for quick-thinking to save lives in river rescues

The Northern Echo: BRAVERY AWARDS: Police officers, PCSOs and members of the public receiving awards for bravery

3:33pm Friday 31st October 2014

POLICE officers have been awarded for their bravery at a ceremony at their North Yorkshire headquarters.

School plan to be discussed by councillors

The Northern Echo: The decision will be made by members of Durham County Council

3:19pm Friday 31st October 2014

COUNCILLORS are meeting tomorrow (Tuesday, November 4) to discuss plans to rebuild a secondary school in East Durham.

Elderly woman robbed by cycling thief

The Northern Echo: Witness appeal (8875381)

3:06pm Friday 31st October 2014

POLICE are appealing for information after an elderly woman was robbed by a cycling thief.

Works starts on new rail platform

The Northern Echo: NEW PLATFORM: Cllr Wilkinson, right, with leader of the Council, Cllr Mark Robson and John Graham, Northallerton West project manager and Philip Smith, Wensleydale Railway Trust secretary.

2:22pm Friday 31st October 2014

WORK has started on a £51,000 scheme to link the Wensleydale Railway to Northallerton.

Health worker struck off after conviction

1:51pm Friday 31st October 2014

A MEMBER of a hospital operating theatre team has been struck off after being found guilty of making indecent images of children.

Warning after cash trapping devices found on ATMs

1:45pm Friday 31st October 2014

CUSTOMERS taking money out at cash machines are being warned to be aware of “cash trapping” devices, after one was found on an ATM in a North Yorkshire.

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