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Police warning over PIN con

The Northern Echo: Rawdon murder probe - police have started an investigation

3:16pm Thursday 24th April 2014

CROOKS have stolen thousands of pounds by tricking bank customers into revealing their PIN.

Long-serving health volunteers rewarded for their efforts

The Northern Echo: Long-serving volunteers John Lindley and Molly Faux cut the cake at their surprise party

2:59pm Thursday 24th April 2014

TWO long-serving volunteers who have helped dozens of people improve their fitness have been rewarded for their efforts.

Students pay birthday tribute to the Bard

The Northern Echo: The cast of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream performed by students at Northallerton College.

2:50pm Thursday 24th April 2014

STUDENTS paid homage to one of the world’s greatest writers by raising the curtain to a classic comedy to mark the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare.

Public invited to session about emergency planning

The Northern Echo: Holding meeting

2:51pm Thursday 24th April 2014

RESIDENTS in Chester-le-Street will be able to find out about emergencies such as flooding at a special event.

Zombie pub crawl all for charity

The Northern Echo: Zombie Walk poster

2:58pm Thursday 24th April 2014

DRINKERS are invited to join a zombie pub crawl for charity this weekend (Sunday, April 27).

Steward makes bowls for Cathedral appeal in garage workshop

The Northern Echo: The St Cuthbert's Cross bowls

2:37pm Thursday 24th April 2014

A CATHEDRAL steward has created a set of glass bowls to support its £10m fundraising campaign.

Councillors updated on £7m town centre revamp

The Northern Echo: Great Aycliffe Town Council will increase its council tax precept for the first time in five years

2:24pm Thursday 24th April 2014

COUNCILLORS were given an update on a multi-million pound revamp of Newton Aycliffe town centre this week.

City to remember its debt to brave French pilot

The Northern Echo: The French pilot Yves Mahe, who single-handedly tried to protect York from a devastating attack by about 40 German Luftwaffe. A plaque is to be erected in the city in his memory this year

1:22pm Thursday 24th April 2014

A WARTIME aircraft is to be towed into the centre of York to mark the devastating bombing of the city - and the lone French pilot who averted an even bigger disaster.

Former Bishop of Durham portrait unveiled alongside his predecessors

The Northern Echo: The first portrait of the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby by artist Roger Wagner

1:00pm Thursday 24th April 2014

A STRIKING new portrait of the Archbishop of Canterbury has taken pride of place alongside his illustrious predecessors at the North-East castle he once called home.

Watch the horrifying moment a potholer gets stuck in a cave

The Northern Echo: STUCK: Bob Johnson during his ordeal

12:54pm Thursday 24th April 2014

A POTHOLER has told of the terrifying moment he stuck in one of the UK’s most treacherous caves as water flooded in.

A cuppa goodwill

The Northern Echo: Staff from Hallgarth care home with a cheque for Macmillan

2:23pm Thursday 24th April 2014

STAFF and residents at a care home have taken tea for charity.

Commercial Feature: Macmillan Night In

The Northern Echo: Macmillan Night In

12:30pm Thursday 24th April 2014

On Friday 16th May, friends in the North East will be swapping a night out on the town for a Night In with their favourite people – all in the name of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Campaign launched to avoid recycling contamination in County Durham

The Northern Echo: County council launches recycling advice scheme

1:33pm Thursday 24th April 2014

RESIDENTS are being urged to ensure that they use the right recycling bin when they place items out for collection.

Cash-strapped council support credit union with £50,000 grant

The Northern Echo: DISAPPOINTED: Councillor Bill Dixon said it was "puzzling" as to why the project missed out on funding

2:28pm Thursday 24th April 2014

A CASH-STRAPPED council has dug deep to support its local credit union with a £50,000 grant.

New course launched for budding teachers

The Northern Echo: Parents pay the price in truancy crackdown

12:37pm Thursday 24th April 2014

TEACHING assistants are being offered the best start to their careers with a new course that gives them a taste of life in the classroom.

Newcastle look ahead

The Northern Echo: Flowery language: This picture has nothing to do with anything

12:11pm Thursday 24th April 2014

NEWCASTLE UNITED are focusing attentions on Portugal this summer after a run of form which has exposed a lack of depth in the squad many feared would prove costly at the start of the season.

Students present homelessness research to North-East MEP

The Northern Echo: Tackling homelessness, L-R, MEP Stephen Hughes, Tom Jackson, Lucy Phillips, Simon Hannaford, Amelia Hughes, Tom Shorten and Emma Anyan

12:11pm Thursday 24th April 2014

STUDENTS used a musical presentation to brief an MEP on their research into homelessness, which they have just shared with young people from six nations.

Durham Police join effort to dissuade Muslims from joining Syrian civil war

The Northern Echo: A photo from the Syrian revolt in August last year (Pic: AP Photo/SANA)

12:15pm Thursday 24th April 2014

NORTH-East police are seeking to stop young Muslims going to fight in Syria.

Fair arriving in town centre

12:02pm Thursday 24th April 2014

Northallerton’s annual May Fair will run in the town from May 1 until May 5.

Extreme stunt show heading to arena

The Northern Echo: There will be daredevil stunts galore at the Darlington Arena

11:57am Thursday 24th April 2014

MONSTER trucks, motorcycles and general mayhem is heading to the Darlington Arena next month.

Ship naming honour for former Darlington resident

The Northern Echo: Ginny McCloy (front row, centre) during the official naming ceremony in South Korea

11:40am Thursday 24th April 2014

A FORMER Darlington resident has had her work in the oil industry recognised by having a ship named after her.

Fire safety advice and days out on offer at cancer support group

The Northern Echo: Allison White, centre, who has suffered from Leukemia from 2009 and is setting up a cancer support group, pictured at Bishop Auckland hospital with Liam Ryan, left and Bernadette Measures.

11:14am Thursday 24th April 2014

FIRE safety is just one of the topics to be covered at a cancer support group meeting in Newton Aycliffe next week.

Rail museum in Shildon offers visitors chance to see 3D model scan

The Northern Echo: A new model engine is to be unveiled at a railway museum

12:22pm Thursday 24th April 2014

VISITORS to a railway museum will be able to see a 3D scan of a new model engine which is to go on sale in a Shildon museum.

Author to reveal the secret of creating the perfect villain

The Northern Echo: Classes as part of Darlington Arts Festival

11:57am Thursday 24th April 2014

A CRIME novelist will be delivering masterclasses as part of a major arts festival.

Socialism and political satire

The Northern Echo: New Savile satire pulls no punches

11:34am Thursday 24th April 2014

CAFE Create is celebrating the 100th anniversary of a seminal socialist text and hosting an exhibition on political satire.

Family of liver transplant child to hold charity fun day

The Northern Echo: Tegan Ross, eight, at last year's Liver Disease Foundation fun day

10:18am Thursday 24th April 2014

THE family of an eight-year-old girl who underwent a lifesaving liver transplant as a baby are planning a charity fun day.

New College Durham named second best in England

The Northern Echo: John Widdowson

11:58am Thursday 24th April 2014

A COLLEGE is celebrating after being named the second best in England.

Man appearing in court accused of bank robbery

The Northern Echo: Police begin investigation at scene of town centre bank robbery in Stanley

9:17am Thursday 24th April 2014

A MAN was due to appear in court on Thursday accused of carrying out a robbery a town centre bank earlier this week.

Flood defence work to protect North-East nuclear power plant

The Northern Echo: WHAT'S THE FUTURE?: Hartlepool power station.

7:00am Thursday 24th April 2014

FLOOD defences at Hartlepool Nuclear Power Station have been improved following the Fukushima disaster in Japan.

'Appalling, ugly, a disgrace, an abomination' - latest row over Durham Market Place

The Northern Echo: 'ABOMINATION': Tarmac instead of paving slabs in Durham Market Place

6:40am Thursday 24th April 2014

UGLY tarmac making an ‘abomination’ of a £5.5m market place is purely a temporary measure aimed at avoiding disruption to city centre trade, project bosses have insisted.

Families' spending power growing twice as fast in North-East as London

The Northern Echo: The Office for National Statistics says households are spending more with GDP on the increase

12:10am Thursday 24th April 2014

Families' spending power is growing almost twice as fast in the North-East as in London as the economy recovers, a report has found.

Common bacteria in soil and water 'talk' to each other, study finds

The Northern Echo: Cheaper to produce than bullets

12:10am Thursday 24th April 2014

Common bacteria found in soil and water ''talk'' to each other using a language in some ways as sophisticated as our own, say North-East scientists.

More than 30,000 visitors expected at food festival

The Northern Echo: SHOWCASE OF BEST IN REGION Visitors enjoy the attractions in the castle courtyard at a previous Bishop Auckland food festival

2:51pm Thursday 24th April 2014

MORE than 30,000 people are expected to visit the Bishop Auckland Food Festival this weekend.

Hutton Magna's Old Vicarage to welcome visitors as part of National Gardens Scheme

2:23pm Thursday 24th April 2014

KEEN gardeners will have the chance to see fabulous flowers and a mature orchard this weekend.

Spennymoor teenager threatened to damage phone while drunk

The Northern Echo: Lee David Sams, of Farncombe Terrace, Evenwood, pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court

1:11pm Thursday 24th April 2014

A TEENAGER rang police and threatened to destroy a public phone while drunk days after being given a court order to tackle his alcohol problems.

North Pennines AONB launches summer walks in Weardale

The Northern Echo: Walkers in Weardale

2:37pm Thursday 24th April 2014

A SUMMER of walks will launch this weekend with a ramble around one of County Durham’s hidden gems.

Get up close with nature at Upper Teesdale reserve events

The Northern Echo: Get up close with nature at Upper Teesdale reserve events

3:18pm Thursday 24th April 2014

A TRIO of events has been organised to help outdoor enthusiasts get up close and personal with the Moor House Upper Teesdale National Nature Reserve.

Bhangra star signed up to Middlesbrough Mela

The Northern Echo: Bhangra star signed up to Middlesbrough Mela

2:39pm Thursday 24th April 2014

A BHANGRA star and an Asian R’n’B singer-songwriter have been signed up to perform at an annual multi-cultural festival.

Two men arrested after late night stab attack

The Northern Echo: Morale at a North-East police force at its lowest ebb, said its federation chairman

11:11am Thursday 24th April 2014

STAB wounds were suffered by two men in a late night attack in the Grangetown area of Middlesbrough.

Tread the boards by signing up for adult acting lessons

The Northern Echo: Early bird tickets are available until April 28 for Teesside Hospice's Seaside Starlight Stroll 2014 which has a pirate theme. Pictured (L-R) are Kim Bradley, Michael Freeman, Leanne Irvine and Jane O'Byrne

12:55pm Thursday 24th April 2014

Adult acting classes for people with some stage experience are being held every Monday during term time from 7pm to 9pm at Middlesbrough Town Hall costing £3 per session. Subjects covered will include physicality, vocalisation and visualisation when creating a part. To book call the box office on 01642-729729.

Led Zeppelin tribute to play Darlington

The Northern Echo: Led Zeppelin return to Greenwich with history's most over-subscribed gig

12:22pm Thursday 24th April 2014

LED ZEPPELIN Black Dog will pay tribute to classic rock band Led Zeppelin when they play at The Forum in Darlington on Friday May 2. Tickets are £7 in advance or £8 at the door. Doors open at 7.30pm.

Crisis charity seeks DVD and CD donations

The Northern Echo: Mamma Mia! writer Catherine Johnson to visit Wotton-under-Edge's Electric Picture House

10:39am Thursday 24th April 2014

LIFELINE COMMUNITY Action, a charity that provides everyday essentials to families and individuals in crisis in Newton Aycliffe, is asking for donations of DVDs, CDs and Blu-Rays to sell. For every £1 raised, the charity will be able to claim £10-worth of household items for people in need. Donations can be dropped off at the Helping Hands off ice, at St Clare’s Church, St Cuthbert’s Way. Alternatively, call 07936-431262 to arrange collection.

Families offered advice on universal credit changes in Willington

The Northern Echo: Mamma Mia! writer Catherine Johnson to visit Wotton-under-Edge's Electric Picture House

2:24pm Thursday 24th April 2014

South Durham events

Butterknowle open mic night

The Northern Echo: Mamma Mia! writer Catherine Johnson to visit Wotton-under-Edge's Electric Picture House

2:29pm Thursday 24th April 2014

An open mic night is taking place at Butterknowle Village Hall on Sunday, April 27.

Cowshill to host tea dance

The Northern Echo: Mamma Mia! writer Catherine Johnson to visit Wotton-under-Edge's Electric Picture House

2:48pm Thursday 24th April 2014

South Durham event

MP demands answers from Treasury over Northern Rock Foundation demise

The Northern Echo: Northern Rock Foundation

11:00pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A NORTH-East MP who led a campaign to protect the Northern Rock Foundation will try to force a Treasury minister to Parliament to answer questions over its demise.

Anti-nuclear campaigner brings crusade to Darlington

The Northern Echo: Bruce Kent, vice-president and former CND chairman, before talking at the Time To Scrap Trident public meeting at the Friends Meeting House in York

10:00pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

ONE of Britain’s best-known peace campaigners has brought his anti-nuclear crusade to the North-East.

Government to explore dualling 10.5 miles of A1 north of Newcastle

The Northern Echo: Government to explore dualling 10.5 miles of A1 north of Newcastle

9:40pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

PARTS of the A1 could remain single lane even after a long hoped-for upgrade of the key road, it emerged today (Thursday, April 23).

Police searching for missing Boosbeck man Trevor Himsworth

The Northern Echo: Trevor Hindmarsh

11:29pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

CONCERN has been expressed for a 48-year-old man missing from East Cleveland since Tuesday.

Teenagers find man's body in barn in Brotton

The Northern Echo: The scene at Brotton. Picture courtesy of Incidentsonteesside

8:55pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

THREE teenagers found a man's body in a barn in East Cleveland.





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