Fresh jobs blow for town with news that secure training centre is to close

The Northern Echo:

1:22pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

A NORTH-EAST MP has spoken of her shock at learning a secure training centre is to be closed.

Body of MH17 victim John Alder returned to North-East

The Northern Echo: John Alder, who died on board flight MH17

10:04am Thursday 23rd October 2014

THE body of one of the two Newcastle United fans who died when their plane was apparently shot down over Ukraine has been returned to the North-East.

Sex-accused scout leader 'never alone' with alleged victim

The Northern Echo: COURT APPEARANCE: Christopher Blakeborough arrives at Teesside Crown Court. (11704407)

7:12am Thursday 23rd October 2014

A CUB scout leader yesterday (Wednesday October 22) denied he had ever been alone with a young boy he is accused of sexually assaulting in a church hall cupboard.

Locum doctor denies groping two female patients at gp surgeries in region

The Northern Echo: Dr Unt Tun Maung who denies sexually assaulting tow female patients

6:44am Thursday 23rd October 2014

A DOCTOR has denied allegations that he groped two female patients who presented themselves for examination for common complaints at surgeries in the North-East.

Minister demands answers after airport drops safety-related objections to wind turbines after striking £10,000 deal with developer

The Northern Echo:

6:39am Thursday 23rd October 2014

A GOVERNMENT minister is demanding answers from a North-East airport that agreed to drop safety-related objections to renewable energy schemes after striking a £10,000 deal with the developer.

Inquest halted into Teesside student's Lake District death

The Northern Echo: UNANSWERED QUESTIONS: Matthew Jordan's body was found in Windermere in April.

6:24pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

AN inquest into the death of a Teesside student found dead in the Lake District has been halted after his family's solicitor complained of too many gaps in the evidence.

Concerns over future of historic North-East sites

The Northern Echo: DETERIORATING BUILDING: Plans for houses in the grounds of Hamsterley Hall have been rejected

6:03pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

A 13th century church and a gothic county house are just two of the North-East historic sites which feature on English Heritage’s At Risk Register this year.

Trainee teaching assistant in Hartlepool claims to be have sent home from school for having tattoos

The Northern Echo: Charlotte Tumilty, who says was sent home from a teaching placement for having tattoos. Photograph courtesy of the Hartlepool Mail

6:03pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

A TRAINEE teaching assistant has claimed she was told to go home for having tattoos.

VIDEO: Drone camera captures stunning aerial scenes of Richmond

The Northern Echo: AERIAL VIEWS: a still image from a Flight Over Richmond

5:24pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

THE beauty of a North Yorkshire market town has been captured on film from the air by a drone commissioned by a local man who runs a promotional website.

Anger over hospital cuts prompts two protests

The Northern Echo: HOSPITAL PROTEST: A protest by members of the Unison union objecting to the closure of the inhouse nursery at the  University Hospital of North Tees. Picture: TOM BANKS (11868584)

5:18pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

NHS hospital directors were faced with two separate protests when they arrived for a board meeting at a North-East hospital today (Thursday, October 23).

EE send widower a text message addressed to his late wife

The Northern Echo: BILL ISSUE:Tony Siddle from Darlington has been wrangling with EE for two years since his wife’s death to get her name removed from a phone bill contract. Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

4:36pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

DESPITE a 22-month wrangle by a widower to have his dead wife’s name removed from a phone bill, communications company EE has still not got the message.

Dogs walked by woman "with bad teeth" bite jogger on the bottom

The Northern Echo: Witness appeal (8875381)

4:30pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

A JOGGER was bitten on his bottom by two off-the-leash dogs.

Teacher and carer at Botton village threatened with eviction after alleged safeguarding issue he believes to be unfair

The Northern Echo: EVICTION NOTICE: Mark Barber

3:57pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

A TEACHER and volunteer carer with 20 years experience of working with vulnerable people has been threatened with eviction from his home after an ongoing dispute with charity bosses.

Construction work on schedule for Department for Education staff to move to Darlington town centre in the new year

The Northern Echo: TAKING SHAPE: The external work of the Department for Education (DfE) offices in the centre of Darlington is now complete.  Pictured in front of the building are James Bromiley and Phil North of the DfE and Council Leader Bill Dixon.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

2:50pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

THE finishing touches are being put to a multi-million pound office development that will safeguard hundreds of jobs for a North East town.

Plans to turn former Bishop Auckland care home into home for vulnerable young people withdrawn

The Northern Echo: FUTURE PLANS: South Church Nursing and Residential Home Picture: TOM BANKS.

2:38pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

PLANS to turn a former nursing home into a home for vulnerable young people have been withdrawn.

MPs to vote 'soon' on new gene therapy - pioneered by Newcastle University team

6:49am Thursday 23rd October 2014

MPs will vote soon on a new gene therapy to stop incurable diseases passing to babies – ending fears the Government is ducking the controversy.

North Pennines AONB non-existent according to Google Maps

The Northern Echo: PICTURE PERFECT: Snow covers the dales near Killhope, in Weardale, in the North Pennines.

7:02pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

TOURISM bosses have been left stumped by Google after the country’s second largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty was left off their maps.

100th birthday celebrations for popular and talented man

The Northern Echo: ONE HUNDRED: Les Robson, reads his birthday card from the Queen on his 100th birthday Picture: TOM BANKS

6:40pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

A MAN who forged his father’s signature so he could marry the love of his life has celebrated his 100th birthday.

Gluten free diagnosis leads to new life for Mandy

The Northern Echo: Mandy Savage

6:26pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

FINDING out she had a life-changing health condition led to a new career for Mandy Savage.

Captain urges fans to back charity's matchday

The Northern Echo: Sunderland captain John O'Shea (left)and Head Coach Gus Poyet with the Foundation Matchday shirt  (11879705)

6:14pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

SUNDERLAND AFC captain John O’ Shea is urging fans to support the club’s charity.

Spanish art exhibition unveiled at Auckland Castle

The Northern Echo: NEW EXHIBITION: Dr Chris Ferguson with some of the Spanish art on display

6:14pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

Never-before-seen works of Golden Age Spanish art have been unveiled in a new exhibition at a North-East heritage site

Football fan who tore up Koran could be facing ban from grounds around the country

The Northern Echo: HOOLIGAN IN COURT: Julie Phillips appeared at Teesside Magistrates Court for a football banning order.

6:14pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

A MIDDLESBROUGH fan is still facing the prospect of a football banning order after he attempt to have the case dismissed was refused.

Probe launched into alleged sex attack in woods

The Northern Echo: WITNESS PLEA: North Yorkshire Police are appealing to anyone who saw a blue Vauxhall Astra crashed near Ferrensby on Sunday night to call them

6:14pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

DETECTIVES are investigating reports of a sexual attack in woods close to a residential area.

Boys charged with attempted robbery in park

The Northern Echo: WITNESS PLEA: North Yorkshire Police are appealing to anyone who saw a blue Vauxhall Astra crashed near Ferrensby on Sunday night to call them

6:01pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

TWO 15-year-old boys have been charged over an attempted robbery in which a woman suffered a facial injury.

Police warnings after daylight burglaries in Barnard Castle

The Northern Echo: TV STOLEN: Police are investigating a burglary in Heighington

6:01pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

WITNESSES are being urged to come forward after burglars targeted three properties in Barnard Castle.

Anfield date is a dream come true for Arthur

The Northern Echo: FAN PHOTO: Arthur Howes, from Darlington, with Graeme Souness

5:59pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

THE chance to accompany his favourite players on to the field before a high-profile European match proved irresistible for one North-East football fan.

New vicars make church history

The Northern Echo: NEW CLERGY: Rev Alison Wallbank at Holy Trinity Church in Eggleston Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

5:59pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

It was a first for Teesdale on Sunday as two vicars were licensed to practice across two dioceses.

Sweet shop offering crispy locusts and chewy mealworms for Halloween

The Northern Echo: TRICK OR TREAT: York Dungeon is offering visitors to the Witchety Grub Tuck Shop some unsavoury treats this Halloween

5:57pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

A SWEET shop stocked with toe-curling surprises such as chewy mealworms, crispy locusts and tooth-crunching crickets has been created for Halloween.

Army Reserve recruitment events

The Northern Echo: ARMY RESERVE: Recruitment events for the Army Reserves are taking place across the region

5:57pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

RECRUITMENT events for the British Army Reserve are taking place across the region next week.

Look out for neighbours

The Northern Echo: FRIENDLY WARNING: Residents are asked to be aware of cold callers and look out for their neighbours

5:57pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

EVERYBODY needs good neighbours and that is the message of a campaign to tackle rogue traders.

Artist donates painting to charity

The Northern Echo: ART RAFFLE: Artist Sean Durkin and Middlesbrough Mayor Ray Mallon, with a oil painting that is to be raffled to raise money for Teesside Hospice. Picture: TOM BANKS

5:56pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

AN artist whose father caused a sensation when he stole a Lowry painting from a Middlesbrough gallery has donated one of his pieces of work to charity.

Rugby player hailed as inspirational charity fund-raiser

The Northern Echo: Event boosts funds(9469627)

5:54pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

A NORTH-EAST man has been hailed as "inspirational" by a charity chief after raising more than £12,000.

MP warns Government over household waste recycling target

5:52pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

AN MP has warned the Government it must take action to ensure it meets the EU target of recycling 50 per cent of household waste by 2020.

Motorbike stolen from back yard

The Northern Echo: TV STOLEN: Police are investigating a burglary in Heighington

5:49pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

DURHAM Police are reminding motorbike owners to ensure their machines are secure following the theft of a pit bike from a back yard in Darlington.

Youths arrested in drive against stone throwing from bridges

The Northern Echo: New base in Newcastle (10566018)

5:49pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

POLICE have arrested two youths for throwing things from a bridge onto cars and lorries passing below.

Trimdon Grange bids a sad farewell to its Methodist church

The Northern Echo: LAST SERVICE: Members of  Trimdon Grange Methodist Church gather for a photograph ahead of the church's last service on Sunday, October 26. Picture: TOM BANKS

5:49pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

A CONGREGATION will bid a sad farewell to a church which has been at the heart of their lives for decades this weekend.

Durham City will come to standstill to pay last respects to inspirational hospice bride

The Northern Echo: Happily married couple - June and Jim Carter. Picture: GAVIN ENGELBRECHT (11096871)

5:26pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

A CITY will come to a standstill next week to pay its last respects to an inspirational hospice bride who died days after fulfilling her wish to marry her fiancé of 30 years.

Road safety warning as clocks go back

5:21pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

NEW figures have revealed a sharp rise in road accidents when the clocks go back, prompting a safety warning from experts.

Meeting over future of rail museum offer encouragement

The Northern Echo: (11874213)

5:15pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

A SERIES of public engagement meetings about the future of a North-East railway museum produced many useful suggestions, according to the man leading the project.

Airfield campaigners question council's powers after High Court action ends

The Northern Echo: PLANNING SAGA: Bagby Airfield manager Steve Hoyle and supporters celebrating in January after an appeal against enforcement action by Hambleton District Council

5:12pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

A LONG-RUNNING row over noise at an airfield looks set to continue after a campaign group dropped its High Court legal action against a council.

Residents voice concerns over development at former Eastbourne School site

The Northern Echo: HIGH ABOVE: The new houses at the former Eastbourne school site are being built on land so high that even the ground floor windows overlook existing properties on The Causeway, Darlington. The view from resident Tom Clarey's garden

5:12pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

RESIDENTS of a once-quiet Darlington street say their lives are being blighted by a new housing development which is progressing without any regard for their concerns.

World market returns to town

The Northern Echo: PIE HEAVEN: Durham Mayor and Mayoress John and Maxine Robinson admire the fruit pies made by continental market stallholder Marcin Swierzowski, right.       Picture: ANDY LAMB (11859061)

5:09pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

A WORLD Village market has returned to the region, offering a feast of flavours from across the globe for four days.

More shops opening in Stockton, against national trend - but councillor warns against complacency

The Northern Echo: On-going roadworks on Stockton High Street

5:02pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

CLAIMS that a town centre is bucking the national trend by actually increasing the number of shops have been queried.

Volunteers wanted for the Big Tees Sleepout

The Northern Echo: SLEEPING ROUGH: Louise Williams, Annie Hunter and Dominique Finn who took part in last year's event.

4:51pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

PEOPLE across the area are being challenged to sleep rough for the night to raise awareness of local poverty and homelessness.

Young people attend interactive careers fair

The Northern Echo: CYCLE FIT: Gemma Dobson from Local Motion takes 14 year old Tanfield School pupil Connor King through a cycle challenge at the Get A Buzz day in the Durham Centre, Belmont.        Picture: ANDY LAMB (11859110)

4:36pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

ALMOST 2,000 young people attended an interactive careers event today (Thursday, October 23) which looked to promote their employability skills.

Poppy appeal aims to top last year's fundraising effort

The Northern Echo: POPPY LAUNCH: Darlington mayor Cllr Gerald Lee lays a poppy wreath by a war memorial plaque at Darlington town hall, at the launch of this year's poppy appeal Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

4:36pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

A NORTH-EAST mayor spoke movingly at the launch of the annual Poppy appeal, commemorating those who have fallen in conflict.

Search continues to find missing cocker spaniel

The Northern Echo: MISSING DOG: Eight-year-old Fern (left) who has been missing for more than a month

4:33pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

THE search is continuing to find a beloved family pet which has been missing for more than a month.

Police blitz against travelling criminals

The Northern Echo: POLICE BLITZ: A car is seized during the operation.

4:27pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

FOUR people were arrested during a police day of action aimed at deterring travelling criminals.

Euro-boost for innovative film made in North Yorkshire

4:24pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

A MOVIE produced as a result of an academic-industry partnership is flying the flag for UK independent film-makers with screenings at international festivals in Europe.

Care home residents honoured in gardening competition

The Northern Echo: GARDEN AWARD: Activities co-ordinator Gail Bowden, (back) home manager Anna Clark (front) and resident Joan Grayson (on bench).

4:21pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

RESIDENTS of a care home have won a national award for their green-fingered skills.

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