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Tell us why you loved Sir Bobby Robson and leave your tributes

The Northern Echo: MUCH MISSED: Sir Bobby Robson, pictured at the launch of The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation in Newcastle in 2008

1:20pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

THURSDAY has been declared Sir Bobby Robson Day to mark the fifth anniversary of the legendary former England and Newcastle manager’s death.

Schoolgirl witnesses driver's "sex act" in car outside Darlington shops

The Northern Echo: Durham Constabulary

4:52pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

A MAN in a car performed an obscene act in front of a schoolgirl at the weekend.

Consultant Munawar Mecci from James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough will spend a day each week at The Gateway, a multi-million pound facility which opened in the town in January.

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2:10pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

AN internationally renowned consultant will be using his expertise to help people with spinal injuries at a North-East rehabilitation centre.

Yarm's £500,000 High Street improvements completed

The Northern Echo: Chairman of Yarm Town Council, Cllr Peter Monck and Mayor of Stockton, Cllr Barbara Inman at Yarm Town Hall. DAVE CHARNLEY

2:01pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

IMPROVEMENTS around Yarm’s Town Hall and war memorial have been completed in time for the town’s First World War centenary commemorations.

New figures show 33 per cent increase in accident house fires across Cleveland

1:56pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

FIREFIGHTERS have issued a warning to householders across Teesside after latest figures show a 33 per cent rise in accidental house fires.

Investigation into claims police officers beat injured deer to death with crowbar

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9:52am Wednesday 30th July 2014

TWO Durham Police firearms officers are being investigated over claims they killed an injured deer with a crowbar.

Cleveland Police responds to criticism of its handling of investigation into institutional racism

The Northern Echo: Cleveland police deputy chief constable Iain Spittal.

6:05am Wednesday 30th July 2014

A POLICE force has responded to criticism of its handling of an investigation into claims of institutional racism.

Rise in number of delayed hospital discharges shows "crisis in care", Labour claims

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6:04am Wednesday 30th July 2014

A BIG increase in patients stuck in the region’s hospitals after they are ready to go home exposes a “crisis in care”, it is claimed today (Wednesday, July 30).

Free school campaigners still confident about partners

6:04am Wednesday 30th July 2014

CAMPAIGNERS for a new free school have expressed confidence in the academy chain which is backing the project, despite heavy criticism from Ofsted.

Gerald Lee Pocket Park opens to fanfare - but is it Britain's smallest?

The Northern Echo: A local youngster helps the mayor as he opens the park named in his honour

6:04am Wednesday 30th July 2014

SERENADED in the sunshine by a brass band playing ‘It’s a Small World After All’, a colourful crowd in resplendent headgear gathered to celebrate the long-awaited opening of The Gerald Lee Pocket Park.

Chance to commemorate WW1 centenary by dedicating memorial tree

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6:04am Wednesday 30th July 2014

OVER the next four years, the Woodland Trust will be commemorating the centenary of the First World War by planting millions of trees across the country – and you have the chance to create a lasting tribute to a member of your family who sacrificed their life by dedicating a tree in their memory.

Durham rugby player Kenny Reader finishes his 1,000km challenge in honour of uncle

The Northern Echo: ONE HUNDRED: Kenneth Reader completes his 100th 10k run in 100 days. Picture: STUART BOULTON. (8749228)

10:05pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

AFTER running 10km every day for 100 days, Kenny Reader knew exactly what to do with his trainers.

Three held after man found wandering streets dies a day after apparently taking drugs at Newcastle party

The Northern Echo: Northumbria Police are investigating

8:39pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

POLICE have detained three people after a man found wandering the streets in a disoriented state died.

Bid to open large opencast mine refused over tourism fears

The Northern Echo: PLAN APPROVED: Durham County Council has approved bungalow plan

6:40pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

AN application to open a large opencast mine has been refused amid fears about its impact on the region’s tourist industry.

Woman critical after going missing for five hours after North York Moors horse fall

The Northern Echo: Ampleforth emergency: Air ambulance doctors treat the injured woman

6:26pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

A 43-YEAR-old woman was airlifted to hospital after she went missing for five hours after falling from her horse on the North York Moors.

Superfit Mary is still high-kicking at 90

The Northern Echo: KEEP FIT: Mary Slater during an over 60's keep fit session. Picture: STUART BOULTON

6:22pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

A SUPERFIT grandmother has been recognised for her dedication to keep fit classes as she celebrated her 90th birthday.

Exhibition dedicated to soldiers of Durham Light Infantry opens to mark First World War centenary

The Northern Echo: : Brenda Cole (right) and Edith Forsyth take a closer look at the new exhibition following the opening at Chester le Street Library. (8726983)

6:18pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

A POP-up exhibition dedicated to the soldiers of the Durham Light Infantry who served in WW1 has opened to mark the conflict’s centenary.

Durham Cathedral seeks two governors

The Northern Echo: Durham Cathedral

6:10pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

GOVERNORS are being sought for a cathedral.

Conservative MP calls for "national debate" on fracking

The Northern Echo: POLITICAL CHANGE: Thirsk and Malton MP Anne Mcintosh

5:58pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

THE North Yorkshire MP tasked with looking into fracking has expressed concerns about the controversial method – saying the country need a national debate on its future energy supplies.

Fly-tippers drop three tonnes of rubbish at Albert Park, Middlesbrough which is then left for nearly three weeks

The Northern Echo: LOAD OF RUBBISH:Michael Dunn and Billy Charlton with dog Sonny pictured in Albert Park where rubbish has been dumped in the disabled parking area and left for three weeks.Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

5:44pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

THREE tonnes of rubbish dumped in a disabled parking spot at one of the region's most famous parks have been left for nearly three weeks.

Pedestrian, 62, 'stable' as police investigate how he came to be run over by bus

The Northern Echo: Police investigating following the North Road bus crash (8735820)

5:34pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

POLICE are poring over CCTV footage to work out how a man came to be run over by a bus on a busy high street.

Plans for student digs on hospital site are rejected

The Northern Echo: PLAN APPROVED: Durham County Council has approved bungalow plan

5:32pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

PLANS for an eight-storey block of student apartments, which opponents said would be the tallest building in Durham other than its famous cathedral, have been rejected.

This is their Durham

The Northern Echo: : Mayor of Durham, Councillor John Robinson (left) with fellow judges, Joe Grabham, President of Durham Photographic Society, Mark Tallentire form the Northen Echo and Durham Times, Ruth Robson, Head of Marketing and Events at Durham Cathedral and Loraine

5:30pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

THE winners of a children’s photography competition have been chosen.

Show success at Ryedale

The Northern Echo: PUTTING ON A SHOW: Mr Richardson with Laurel Bank Butterfly at Ryedale Show. Picture David Harrison.

5:28pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

A RECORD number of entries were attracted to this year’s Ryedale Show, with more competitors drawn from further afield than ever before.

Renowned organists in Durham City

The Northern Echo: Cathedral organist and Master of the Choristers Dr James Lancelot

5:25pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

RENOWNED organists from around the world will arrive in Durham tomorrow (Wednesday, July 30) as part of the annual congress of the Incorporated Association of Organists (IAO).

Tasty role for leading chef at Flavours of Herriot Country Awards

The Northern Echo: STEPHANIE MOON: "Really honoured."

5:25pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

ONE of Yorkshire’s most prominent chefs will be playing a key role in one of the region’s highest-profile food award schemes this year.

Tickets are selling fast for the Weardale Railway's Polar Express ride

The Northern Echo: POLAR EXPRESS: Tickets are on sale for this year's Weardale Railway Polar Express ride

5:23pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

ORGANISERS of the Weardale Railway’s popular Polar Express ride have already sold more than 6,000 tickets since they went on sale recently.

Councillors hope to keep historic building for community use

The Northern Echo: COMMUNITY BUILDING: Barnard Castle Town Council hopes to lease Woodleigh to keep the building for community use.

5:14pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

TOWN councillors have pledged to create a business plan in a bid to lease an empty community building.

Golf club becomes first in region to introduce hybrid game 'footgolf'

The Northern Echo: ON THE BALL: Owner Andrew Marsay trying out the new footgolf course at Stokesley.   Picture: RICHARD DOUGHTY

5:02pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

A GOLF club has become the first in the region to introduce a new variation of the game, which is gaining in popularity.

Sunflowers bloom in memory of First World War heroes at Sedgefield care home

The Northern Echo: SUNFLOWER COMMEMORATION: Residents and staff at Willowdene Care Home in Sedgefield with the sunflowers sown and grown for the WW1 celebrations. From left: residents Bill Todd and Gordon Balfour, activities co-ordinator Angela Penman, manager Alison Kelly,

4:59pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

FRIENDSHIPS blossomed at a care home when staff and residents planted sunflowers in memory of soldiers who died in the First World War.

Ambitious scheme to give extra care to people who need it

4:39pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

AMBITIOUS plans to provide special housing for older and disabled people alongside major changes in the kind of help available are going out to the public for consultation across North Yorkshire.

Mobile speed camera locations this week in North Yorkshire (July 30 - August 5)

The Northern Echo: Police reveal speed camera locations

4:41pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

ENFORCEMENT locations for police mobile safety cameras for week commencing Wednesday July 30, 2014.

Plans to build on Middleton St George playing field dropped after village opposition

4:15pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

A PROPOSAL to build community facilities on a village playing field has been dropped after it was opposed by a large number of residents.

New network tasked with tackling countryside crime

3:56pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

THE Government is pumping £40,000 into a new initiative to tackle crime in the countryside.

Mountain rescue called to help injured cyclist

The Northern Echo: INJURED CYCLIST: Members of Cleveland Mountain Rescue Team at their base

3:54pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

A TEENAGE cyclist had to be taken to hospital after suffering cuts and bruises and a suspected broken collar bone when he crashed in a disused quarry.

Campaigners hope to boost business with Bishop Auckland bike ride

The Northern Echo: BIKE RACE: Councillor Colin Race, mayor of Bishop Auckland, with Councillor Zam Zair plus Ben Etherington and Craig Anderson, of Achieve Skinnergate Cycle Racing.

3:52pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

PROMOTERS hope the first road cycle race to be held in a North-East town will provide a much needed financial boost.

Council stands firm on grass cutting decision

3:38pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

APPEALS to rethink cutbacks on cutting grass road verges across North Yorkshire have been thrown out by county council bosses, leaving many town and parish councils to foot the bills themselves.

Image released of man wanted in connection with assault which left victim in critical condition

The Northern Echo: CRITICAL CONDTION: Police want to speak to this man in connection with two assaults in Hartlepool at the weekend where one man remains in a critical condition in hospital.

3:34pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

POLICE have released CCTV images of a man they want to speak to in relation to two serious assaults at the weekend, which left one victim in a critical condition in hospital.

Busy night for lifeboatmen following dramatic rescue

The Northern Echo: The life-raft used by two fishermen drifting at sea for nine hours. Picture courtesy of Hartlepool RNLI

3:32pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

LIFEBOATMEN were called out two more times in quick succession after a dramatic rescue last night. (Monday, July 28)

AC/DC legend Brian Johnson to rev up nostalgia motor racing weekend

The Northern Echo: HIGHWAY TO CROFT: Brian Johnson with his 1964 Mini Cooper

3:30pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

ROCK legend and renowned petrol head Brian Johnson is set to rev up a retro motoring festival this weekend with his beloved Mini.

Police double speed camera van fleet to target danger motorists

The Northern Echo: TRACKING DRIVERS: North Yorkshire Police's speed camera van

3:30pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

THE number of safety camera vans operating on the roads of England’s biggest county is set to double as police step up an initiative against rogue motorists.

Royal residence turned B and B plays host to rock star

The Northern Echo: Top Gaff: Sandra Johnson, Liam Gallagher, Wendy and Eric Desiles at Rudby Hall

3:20pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

A FORMER royal residence which opened its doors to the paying public for the first time has played host to celebrity royalty, welcoming rock star Liam Gallagher as its first bed and breakfast guest.

Family of teenager who died after assault launch fresh bid for justice

The Northern Echo: INQUEST APPEAL: The family of Kristian Thompson are urging the Attorney General's Office to order a fresh inquest into the teenager's death.

3:16pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

THE family of a North-East teenager who died ten months after being punched has launched a fresh bid to prove the attack caused his death.

Family distraught after vandals ruin stillborn baby's grave

The Northern Echo: GRAVE RUINED: Vandals ruined a stillborn baby's grave in Barnard Castle cemetery, leaving only a small vase at the scene.

3:16pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

A FAMILY was left distraught after vandals damaged a stillborn baby’s grave just weeks before the fifth anniversary of his death.

Love and romance through song and poetry at Barnard Castle's Witham Hall

The Northern Echo: Miranda Wright Singers (L-R) Emily Bullock, Charlotte Heslop from Tom Rowarth, Sarah Ryan, Ana Fernandez-Guerra and Jordan Carlton. Picture: Jen Hart (8720242)

3:13pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

SOME of the best young vocal talents from across North-East will perform stories of love and romance through song and poetry.

Crook pub loses licence over drug and underage drinking concerns

The Northern Echo: Durham County Council’s licensing committee has voted to revoke the licence of  Lotty's Bar in Crook. Picture: DAVID WOOD

2:58pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

A LANDLADY has vowed to appeal a decision to revoke the licence of her family pub following concerns about drug use and underage drinking.

Award success for Bishop Auckland stroke survivor who became an artist

The Northern Echo: ART AWARD: Ken Tooby with Amy Waite, of the Stroke Association, shows off his artwork

2:50pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

A STROKE survivor who took up painting to help him to recover has been praised for his artwork.

Charity runners bid to raise £500 for charity by completing Sunderland Color Run

The Northern Echo: CHARITY RUN: Ruth Murray and Wendy Bailey who took part in the Sunderland Color Run for charity

2:47pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

CHARITY runners took part in a North-East fun run to help raise money for causes close to their hearts.

Cycle race 'worth £300k'

The Northern Echo: Cyclists race down Crossgate, Durham, in the Pearl Izumi Tour Series (8706859)

2:45pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

AN ELITE cycle race boosted the region’s economy by nearly £300,000, a report claims.

Tow Law charity match raises £1,000 for Sir Bobby Robson Foundation

The Northern Echo: ACTION SHOT: Northern League players, past and present, battled it out for the President’s Cup to raise money for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation

2:45pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

A FOOTBALL club that was saved from financial ruin by the late Sir Bobby Robson has raised more than £1,000 for his cancer charity.





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