Call for the public to help tackle vandalism in Darlington's play parks

The Northern Echo: PARK ATTACK: Councillors Bob Carson, left, and Stephen Harker at the Play Dene in Darlington that is costing the council a lot in repairing attacks by vandals         Picture: ANDY LAMB

4:01pm Friday 1st August 2014

THE man responsible for looking after Darlington’s play parks has called on the public to help him tackle the ‘frustrating’ problem of repeated vandalism.

Richmond is finally ready to rock

The Northern Echo: HEADLINE ACT: The South, formerly the Beautiful South, headlines Richmond Live

11:21pm Friday 1st August 2014

AFTER a full week of setting up stages, tents and a backstage village to house the plethora of production staff and volunteers, Richmond Live is finally ready to rock.

Car lands on roof at Boldron

11:17pm Friday 1st August 2014

A CAR landed on its roof on the A66, Cross Lanes, at Boldron, County Durham, tonight.(Friday)

Woman, 60, and two children injured after car crashes down embankment in North Yorkshire

11:11pm Friday 1st August 2014

A WOMAN and two children were taken to hospital after a car crashed down a steep embankment in North Yorkshire.

Sir Ian Botham launches charity partnership with Rockliffe Hall

The Northern Echo: CHARITY LAUNCH: Sir Ian Botham at the launch of the new charity partnership Picture: STUART BOULTON

8:29pm Friday 1st August 2014

A CHAMPAGNE reception kick-started a year-long fundraising partnership between cricket legend Sir Ian Botham and a five-star resort.

Church choirmaster jailed for six years for abusing boys

The Northern Echo: JAILED: Robert Lambie

7:01pm Friday 1st August 2014

A CHOIRMASTER who used his respected church links as "a cloak" to groom and abuse boys was last night (Friday) starting a six-year prison sentence.

Newton Aycliffe artist prepares for grand unveiling of First World War masterpiece

The Northern Echo: WW1 ART:John Palliser's commemorative painting is being kept under wraps until its grand unveiling next week

6:49pm Friday 1st August 2014

A MILITARY artist will unveil his biggest and most poignant painting to date next week, as a tribute to the heroes of the First World War.

Stanley school bus crash driver "blacked out"

The Northern Echo: SCHOOL BUS CRASH: The scene of the accident near Stanley involving two school buses. Picture: GAVIN ENGELBRECHT (6788838)

6:47pm Friday 1st August 2014

A BUS driver is said to have blacked out moments before a crash between two school buses in County Durham, it emerged tonight.

Community bank invests in young footballers

The Northern Echo: NEW SEASON: Lesley Richardson Manager of Prince Bishop’s Community Bank with Stanley Under-12 captain Drew Frame sporting his new strip.

6:45pm Friday 1st August 2014

A JUNIOR football team is starting the season in style with a brand new kit.

Clive approaches charity fund-raising target step by step

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6:39pm Friday 1st August 2014

A SUPERMARKET worker is taking part in a sponsored walk to support the fundraising efforts of a colleague with Multiple Sclerosis.

Professional boxer and three other Darlington men charged with kidnap and false imprisonment

The Northern Echo: KIDNAP CHARGE: Heavyweight boxer Christopher Michael Burton, 33, of Lyonette Road, Darlington, is one of four men charged with kidnap and false imprisonment

6:31pm Friday 1st August 2014

A PROFESSIONAL boxer is one of four men charged with kidnap and false imprisonment.

Man arrested after woman found dead in Gateshead

6:29pm Friday 1st August 2014

A MAN has been arrested after a woman was found dead in Gateshead.

Catch the artistic waves at SIRF

The Northern Echo: STREET PERFORMING:  Full Stop; A Bus Stop With A Difference is performed by the Light The Fuse company as part of the Stockton International Riverside Festival in the High Street.

6:24pm Friday 1st August 2014

A HAIR salon with a difference set up shop on a town’s high street for one day only when artistic coiffeurs invited unsuspecting passers by to sit in their barber’s chair.

Sedgefield Show looks set to be biggest and best to date

The Northern Echo: FLUFFY FRIENDS: May Johnston, of Darlington,  strokes an Ivory Satin, a Lion Head and a Blue Fox  rabbit on the touch and feel table in the fur and feather section at last year's Sedgefield Show.

6:12pm Friday 1st August 2014

A TRADITIONAL agricultural show will return to Sedgefield next week offering everything from livestock competitions and country produce, to novelty dog shows.

Hospital kids with cameras

The Northern Echo: VIDEO DIARY: Six-year-old Samuel in his hospital bed. He is one of the child stars in Kids with Cameras on ITV this Thursday July 29 at 9pm.

6:02pm Friday 1st August 2014

MORE than 100 youngsters at a North-East hospital were given cameras to record their experiences for a new television series.

Happiness is a trip to Saltburn (the long way round) says 3,000-mile journey cyclist

The Northern Echo: RIDER RETURNS: Kendal Aitken returns to Saltburn after cycling around the coast of England, raising money for charity and promoting nature, freedom and happiness.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

6:01pm Friday 1st August 2014

A CYCLIST has biked 3,000 miles around the coast of Britain to spread a positive message about nature, freedom and happiness.

Tourist attractions praised for accessibility efforts

The Northern Echo: Ampleforth Abbey

5:58pm Friday 1st August 2014

A NUMBER of Yorkshire tourist attractions have been praised for being accessible to older travellers.

Biggest ever heart/lung transplant team ready to compete

The Northern Echo: An artist's impression of how the proposed  new Children's Heart Unit will look at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle

5:58pm Friday 1st August 2014

A RECORD number of adults and children who have had heart or lung transplants in the North-East are preparing to compete in the British Transplant Games next week.

Bookies shop' held up at knifepoint

5:57pm Friday 1st August 2014

A ROBBER held up a bookmakers at knifepoint before fleeing on foot with a haul of cash.

The power of beautiful flowers used to remember town's First World War dead

The Northern Echo: Irene Green, 94, has been growing sunflowers in memory of her uncle who died in the Great War

5:56pm Friday 1st August 2014

A 94-YEAR-OLD woman has made a special effort to remember just one of the First World War's fallen soldiers from her home town.

Pelican fits the bill at bird sanctuary

The Northern Echo: PLEASED AS PERCY: Dalmatian Pelican 'Percy' is re-homed at the Kirkleatham Owl Centre in Redcar.  Pictured being fed by volunteer Natalie Winner.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

5:55pm Friday 1st August 2014

A LARGE new arrival who is confused about his identity has been welcomed to a bird sanctuary.

Captain Cook and Viking warrior declare allegiance to Yorkshire

The Northern Echo: YORKSHIRE DECLARED: Chris Foote Wood reads out a Yorkshire declaration while dressed as Captain Cook to celebrate Yorkshire Day on Redcar High Street.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

5:55pm Friday 1st August 2014

AN explorer and a Viking warrior were in Redcar to help the town to mark its Yorkshire roots with a special reading of the Yorkshire Declaration of Integrity.

Steampunks set to descend on Darlington

5:32pm Friday 1st August 2014

STEAMPUNKS will descend on a North-East town this weekend.

Village remembers this weekend

The Northern Echo: : Sweetheart cushion on display at St Peter's Church in Byers Green. Picture: DAVID WOOD (8860523)

5:30pm Friday 1st August 2014

A VILLAGE will commemorate its First World War sacrifices with an exhibition and church service.

Village fun at weekend

5:12pm Friday 1st August 2014

VILLAGERS are invited to a community fun day in West Cornforth this weekend.

Starving stray Cypriot dog rescued by Peterlee tattoo artist

The Northern Echo: DOG RESCUE: Evan the dog rescued by Robbie Matthews, in Cyprus, with his pet passport

4:58pm Friday 1st August 2014

A TATTOO artist who rescued a stray injured dog from the streets in Cyprus has secured a passport to bring the animal home to the UK.

Police investigate litter left in Barnard Castle

The Northern Echo: NO RESPECT: Litter left behind by visitors to a river bank in Barnard Castle

4:58pm Friday 1st August 2014

POLICE are investigating after litter was found strewn across a river bank in Barnard Castle.

North-East security boss jailed for four years over immigration scam

The Northern Echo: 'OPERATED SCAM': Casmir Ekwuhga

4:54pm Friday 1st August 2014

A SECURITY boss at the heart of a major immigration scam collapsed in the dock after he was jailed for four years.

Award-winning Darlington market prepares to celebrate second birthday

The Northern Echo: Darlington market

4:20pm Friday 1st August 2014

A MONTHLY market is inviting shoppers to help celebrate its second birthday.

Derwentside Homes Welfare Rights Team helps tenants claim £2m in benefits and grants

The Northern Echo: Derwentside Homes (6297238)

4:14pm Friday 1st August 2014

A WELFARE team has been praised for helping tenants claim £2m in benefits and grants.

Skydive for sexual health in Swaziland

The Northern Echo: Kirri Ridd

4:06pm Friday 1st August 2014

A DARLINGTON woman will leap from a plane this weekend in a bid to improve sexual health in Swaziland.

Accidental cinema meeting leads to Shildon couple's diamond wedding

The Northern Echo: GOLDEN WEDDING: Roy Pybus and his wife Edna on their wedding day

3:53pm Friday 1st August 2014

A DIAMOND couple who met by accident on a trip to the cinema have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

Man suffers serious facial injuries in brutal attack in Durham City

The Northern Echo: WITNESS APPEAL: Police are appealing for witnesses after a house was broken into in Darlington

3:51pm Friday 1st August 2014

A MAN has undergone extensive facial surgery after being subjected to a brutal attack in Durham city centre.

Theatre group raises £1,000 for Newton Aycliffe Down syndrome charity

The Northern Echo: FUNDRAISING SUCCESS: Members of Stagecoach with children at the Education Centre for Children with Down Syndrome. Lucy Moss, 16, holds the cheque for £1048 raised by the performing arts group. Picture: ANDY LAMB

3:51pm Friday 1st August 2014

A PERFORMING arts group has raised more than £1,000 for a charity that helps children with Down syndrome reach their potential.

Scottish fiddle player and composer to play in Reeth

3:33pm Friday 1st August 2014

REETH Memorial Hall in Swaledale will host Scottish fiddle player and composer Duncan Chisholm on Thursday, August 14.

Former footballer's hotel on sale for £1.2m

The Northern Echo: (8728246)

3:25pm Friday 1st August 2014

AN AWARD winning hotel owned by former Darlington and Sunderland footballer Marco Gabbiadini and his wife Deborah has been placed up for sale with a price tag of £1.2m.

Man attacked as he walks home

3:22pm Friday 1st August 2014

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a man was assaulted in Catterick Garrison.

Five arrests in just six days for new team of cycling crime-fighters

The Northern Echo: Chief Constable Dave Jones with the new team.

3:08pm Friday 1st August 2014

A NEW squad of crime-fighters have followed the lead set by policemen of old – by taking to pedal power.

Boost for planned multi-sensory centre

The Northern Echo: CASH BOOST: The trust is currently creating a multi-sensory centre.

2:34pm Friday 1st August 2014

A BANK has helped ambitious plans for a new multi-sensory centre for people with learning disabilities move a step closer.

Beauty spots retain Green Flag status thanks to volunteer support

The Northern Echo: VOLUNTEERS REWARDED: Pictured with volunteers at Flatts Lane Woodland Country Park are Kevin Wilson, Natural Heritage manager), Councillor Olwyn Peters and Councillor Christopher Massey

2:28pm Friday 1st August 2014

VOLUNTEERS are celebrating after their dedication helped three of Redcar and Cleveland’s beauty spots retain their Green Flag Status.

Man jailed for pool cue pub attack

The Northern Echo: Durham Crown Court.

2:09pm Friday 1st August 2014

A MAN who launched an unprovoked attack on a pub pool player, head butting him and hitting him with a cue, has been jailed.

Heritage menu created from a Victorian workhouse prison garden for a special dinner party

The Northern Echo: GARDEN DINNER PREPARATION: Volunteer gardener Mick Allison dressed in Victorian costume with chef Matthew Lockwood at the Ripon Workhouse Museum garden

2:08pm Friday 1st August 2014

A PRISON museum’s Victorian kitchen garden is to be put back to full usage after a local chef designed a menu incorporating its rare produce.

New community pub landlord comes from talented chef stock

The Northern Echo: NEW MANAGEMENT: Stuart Miller

2:06pm Friday 1st August 2014

AMBITIOUS plans to showcase North Yorkshire produce are being put in place in a popular community pub.

Fears for market towns' future grow as new town centre development continues to increase its footprint

The Northern Echo: PLANNING APPROVAL: Richmondshire District Council

2:02pm Friday 1st August 2014

FEARS for the future of Richmondshire’s market towns are growing after plans to further expand a new town centre in Catterick Garrison were approved.

Good innings for historic cricket cup

The Northern Echo: Cleveland Cricket League’s chairman, Peter Lodge, with former teammate Deputy Mayor of Middlesbrough, councillor Dave Budd and the Cleveland Cup .

1:53pm Friday 1st August 2014

CRICKET fans can expect to be bowled over at the re-appearance of a piece of local history for the first time in 10 years at an upcoming cup final.

Darlington Credit Union branches out to customers in Northallerton and Richmond

1:34pm Friday 1st August 2014

A CREDIT union has branched out with the help of two Citizens’ Advice Bureaus in order to serve more customers who may be struggling with their finances.

Man in court after police find 300 cannabis plants at house in Darlington

The Northern Echo: CANNABIS FARM: The cannabis plants police found at the house in Branksome Terrace, Darlington

1:27pm Friday 1st August 2014

A MAN has admitted a charge of being concerned in the production of a Class B drug after several hundred cannabis plants were found in a terraced house.

Man cleared of historic sex assaults on children in care home

1:23pm Friday 1st August 2014

A MAN has been cleared of a string of sexual assaults against children dating back to the 1970s.

Shameless star attends Darlington charity shop opening

The Northern Echo: OFFICIAL RE-OPENING: The British Heart Foundation shop in Northgate, Darlington is re-launched by actress Sue Vincent (far left) who appeared in TV show Shameless, while Darlington mayor Councillor Gerald Lee makes a speech Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

1:22pm Friday 1st August 2014

A TELEVISION star helped bring a touch of glamour to the re-launch of a North-East charity shop.

Drive to build a better future for flood victims in Pakistan

The Northern Echo:

1:43pm Friday 1st August 2014

He could not speak English when he moved to the region at the age of 14, but Nas Khan is now one of its top businessmen, who has built a village for flood victims in Pakistan. He tells Lucy Richardson how the North-East has shaped him.

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