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WEDDING BELLS: Ant McPartlin, left, with groom Declan Donnelly before his wedding to Ali Astall, at St Michael's Church, Elswick, Newcastle

Declan Donnelly ties the knot in Newcastle - and Ant was best man

STAR: Cilla Black, who has died aged 72

Cilla Black, singer and star of Surprise Surprise and Blind Date, dies aged 72

Piglets saved from huge farm fire

NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY: Bollihope Common, near Frosterley  Picture: Gary Lintern

From darkness to light - photographer captures stunning night-scapes of Weardale and Durham

BANNED: Young banned driver Mark Coxon jailed for 19 months over police pursuit while on way to court

Young banned driver jailed over police pursuit at wheel of his brother's car on way to court

EDL and anti-fascist marches pass 'smoothly'

EDL and anti-fascist marches pass 'smoothly'

BROADBAND: Central Park, Darlington. Picture: STUART BOULTON.

Disconnect in Darlington as residents fight for broadband

CARNIVAL: One of the floats at Middleton in Teesdale carnival  Picture: STUART BOULTON

Middleton-in-Teesdale carnival enjoys the sunshine

CYCLING: Graeme Obree celebrating cycling at the GO Outdoors store in Stockton.

Cycling legend launches shop's revamp

OPERA: Tenors Unlimited

Rat Pack of Opera seeks choir to join them onstage in Darlington

CHARITY WALK: The Mayor of Darlington Tom Nutt and Locomotion No. 1. Picture: STUART BOULTON.

Get on board for railway heritage walk, urges Darlington mayor

BATHING WATER: Saltburn Pier is a popular destination seaside visitors

£5m scheme to improve bathing water at Saltburn will mean road closures

MAKEOVER: The team of volunteers outside the Trimdon Grange Community Centre

Community centre given DIY SOS style makeover

PETITION: PCC Ron Hogg will not sign cannabis petition

PCC Ron Hogg will not sign petition to legalise cannabis as activists declare war on prohibition

GROOMER: Defendant Adam Blackett jailed for three years and four months for trying to groom 14-year-old girl for sex

Man jailed for pestering girl for sex

Former County Durham soldier in court after driving wrong way down A1

Former North-East soldier drove wrong way down A1 before being halted by head-on crash

DEATH: Shane Tunney died on Wednesday.

Eighth teenager arrested in connection with Shane Tunney death

SLEEPING BAGS: Colin Bradshaw with just a few of the 300 sleeping bags bought by the Salvation Army after last year's appeal. Picture: TOM BANKS.

Protect the vulnerable by donating to sleeping bag appeal, urges foodbank manager

DEALER: Street level heroin dealer David Barker jailed for three years at Durham Crown Court today (Friday July 31).

Street dealer caught after police attend report of fight in road

FOUND: Brian Smith

Missing Middlesbrough man Brian Smith, 44, located in London

CAROUSEL: Performers use the carousel’s revolving platform to flip, roll, dive and spin to an eclectic Balkan and Gypsy-influenced score

Pictures: Merry-go-round show rounds off day two of SIRF arts festival

TOUGH: Ken Robson said he wrote a letter proposing tougher punishments for criminals to provoke debate

Lobotomies and public floggings: Aspiring Newton Aycliffe councillor calls for tougher punishments for criminals

APPEAL: Trail riders have launched legal fight over closure of Hexham Lane, Wolsingham

Trail Riders launch £10k appeal to take court action over access to country lane

CRITICISM: Liberal Democrat councillor Mark Wilkes

Durham council cuts chief exec salary by £15k

FUN: Kids take part in a summer sports camp at Durham Gilesgate Youth and Community Association. Picture: TOM BANKS

Sweet 16th for Gilesgate sports camp

REVAMP: The mock military battery at Wharton Park, Durham

Chance to see Durham park plans

SUNFLOWERS: Staff Nurse Helen Clarkson with the sunflowers at Teesside Hospice. Picture: STUART BOULTON.

Colourful launch of annual Sunflower Appeal

The Lustrum Beck pictured in 2012 after bursting its bank following heavy rainfall

Residents invited to learn more about next phase of Stockton's Lustrum Beck flood defence work

BUILDING: (L to R) Adrian Taylor of P + HS Architects, Heather Parry of the YAS and Nick Todd of contractors Clugston Construction at the site.

Work begins on new £10m venue

MUSICAL: North East music groups have been encouraged to apply for funding from a national charity

NATIONAL charity urges youth music groups to apply for funding

TRIAL: December date set for Durham Crown Court trial of accused John Keller in alleged racially-motivated assault case

Trial date agreed in case of man accused of unprovoked racially-motivated assault at bus stand

CHARITY: Teen hopes to raise money for charity with hair cut

Selfless Katie gets the chop for charity

AWARENESS: A new interactive website has been launched in County Durham in a bid to raise awareness of rural crime.

Website hopes to tackle rural crime

FRAUD: A woman needed financial help from her parents to keep it afloat after being ripped off by calculating Paul Mason, Teesside Crown Court heard.

Fraudster jailed for fleecing his fiancée and leaving her business on brink

CONVICTED: Former teaching assistant Helen Turnbull arriving at Peterlee Magistrates' Court

Schoolboy fling teaching assistant Helen Turnbull facing jail after running down woman

DANGER DRIVER: Matthew Dale

'Trying to kill himself' - young driver who tore through Spennymoor at 90mph

Pensioner found safe and well

Missing pensioner Peter Bond found safe and well

WARNING: Lisa Guthrie who is warning against the use of sun beds. Pic by North News

Skin cancer mum's plea to use spray tan not sunbeds

Joan Català performs Pelat on Stockton High Street. Picture: Dave Charnley

Pictures: Crowds flock to Stockton for day two of SIRF

CRUNCH: Anna Pollock, a former RAF medic, is tackled hard by the Mowden Rugby Club players during their tournament at Catterick Garrison. Picture: Richard Doughty Photography.

Mowden Park take to wheelchairs for veterans' challenge

TRIBUTES: Stella Robson

'A person of conviction and compassion' - Tributes as veteran councillor Stella Robson dies

CLEARED: Lee Renton

Pair cleared of stealing elderly cancer sufferer's pension money

EXCITED: John Maughan, 82, and Isaac Lathan, three, the oldest and youngest members of Ryton Rugby Football Club in Gateshead, who are looking forward to the World Cup

Rugby fans in scrum to see World Cup trophy

Accident causes delay on A1 in North Yorkshire

A1 crash causes major congestion but injuries minor

A1 crash

A1 crash

YORKSHIRE: Staff at Swinton Bivouac near Masham laying down the final preparations for their Yorkshire Day celebrations on Saturday, August 1

God's Own County gearing up for grand celebrations on Yorkshire Day

ACCIDENT: A 7-year-old girl has been taken to hospital after being knocked over in Consett

Girl, 7, airlifted to hospital after being knocked down

In his new book, David Lowther recalls the roles soldiers from the Durham Light Infantry played in its liberation 70 years ago

Remembering the horrors of Belsen

REUNITED: Harry Maddison and Councillor Gary Marshall at Moira Jones' grave

Deceased Barnard Castle family to be reunited thanks to Good Samaritan

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