Academies and free schools blamed for rise in teenage pregnancies

The Northern Echo: HELP OFFERED: Darlington Borough Council is offering help to young people leaving care

6:58am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

TEENAGE pregnancies are on the rise in a North-East town because schools are dropping sex education, MPs have been told.

Boy tells Darlington scout leader trial of 'disgust' at being spanked

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

6:46am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A BOY told a jury he felt "disgusted" after being spanked by a scout group leader during a camping trip.

Cabbie's fare is banned driver who smashed into his taxi and gave false details

The Northern Echo: METER ISSUES: Two taxi drivers have faced magistrates for driving without their meters switched on.

1:47pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A BANNED driver couldn't believe his bad luck when a taxi driver he had duped months earlier turned up on his doorstep for a fare.

Fears that urgent care centres 'may be axed'

The Northern Echo:

6:02am Tuesday 21st October 2014

FEARS are growing that NHS urgent care centres at three County Durham towns are earmarked for closure.

Walking changes could predict dementia

10:02pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

THE way someone walks is linked to dementia in Parkinson's disease, North-East researchers have found.

Danger driver who struck police officer jailed for three years

The Northern Echo: Dean Andrew Watts, who drove girlfriend's car after drinking to celebrate his 23rd birthday.

7:20pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A POLICE officer laying a stinger device was thrown over the bonnet of the car he was trying to bring to a halt, a court heard.

Building gifted to Barnard Castle community remains empty after county council rejects community hub plan

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

7:04pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A BUILDING gifted to a town is set to remain empty after Durham County Council rejected plans to turn it into a community hub.

Thousands raised to support Charlie and raise money for Cystic Fibrosis research

The Northern Echo: FUNDRAISERS: Charlie York, in the checked shirt, with friends from Aysgarth School

5:51pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A TEN-YEAR-OLD boy managed to complete part of a sponsored walk held to support him, despite just undergoing a double lung transplant.

Demonstrators in Darlington protest against blacklisting

The Northern Echo: CROCODILE TEARS: Trade unionists highlight the construction industry blacklists outside the gates of Cleveland Bridge in Darlington. Picture: STUART BOULTON

5:15pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

UNION members held a protest demonstration outside a Darlington business it says was responsible for blacklisting construction workers.

Wife of businessman who suffered severe head injury in Darlington town centre fall calls for bikes to be banned from pedestrian areas

The Northern Echo: HEAD INJURY: Brian Coates

5:15pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

THE devastated wife of a businessman who suffered life-changing head injuries after a fall in a busy town centre has called for bikes to be banned from pedestrianised areas.

Flamingo Land behind plans for major coastal visitor attraction

The Northern Echo: THE FUTURE: The former Futurist Theatre in Scarborough. Flamingo Land has put in a bid to turn the site into a major visitor attraction

5:15pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

FLAMINGO Land has lodged a bid to create a botanic garden and roller coaster on the site of the former Futurist theatre.

Celebration of historic locomotives short-listed for tourism award

The Northern Echo: SHORT-LISTED EVENT: The Great Goodbye exhibition at Locomotion, The National Railway Museum at Shildon brought together the six surviving A4 Pacific locomotives.

5:01pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A MUSEUM'S tribute to an historic locomotive that drew crowds from far and wide is on track for an award.

Delivery men admit selling fake vodka

The Northern Echo: ILLEGAL VODKA: PCSO Michelle Williamson and Sergeant  Tim Robson from the Alcohol Reduction Team with just some of the illegal vodka seized during the operation in Stanley.

4:55pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

TWO men have appeared in court charged with selling potentially lethal counterfeit vodka using an illegal drink delivery service.

Woman dragged to the ground and robbed by youths in Northallerton

The Northern Echo: Call council hotline to report ASB

4:36pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A WOMAN was dragged to the ground and robbed as she walked home through a town park, police have revealed.

Girl beats broken back for marathon swim to help those who saved her

The Northern Echo: BIG THANK-YOU: Natasha Sedgwick with Yorkshire Air Ambulance paramedic Graham Pemberton.

2:33pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A TEENAGER has fought her way back to health after breaking her back – and four of her ribs - in a head-on road smash.

UK first for North-East hospital

The Northern Echo: Pictured (left to right) Dr John Greenaway and Mr Yks Viswanath with Daniel Bedwell of CJ Medical outside the endoscopy unit at James Cook Hospital.

1:56pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A NORTH-EAST hospital has become the first in the UK to perform a new endoscopic procedure for NHS patients with serious digestive problems.

Police deny withholding evidence and staging cover up of deer bludgeoning

The Northern Echo:

8:07am Tuesday 21st October 2014

SENIOR police officers insisted last night they had thoroughly investigated claims two officers bludgeoned a deer to death with crowbars.

Army medics' Africa mission to battle Ebola outbreak

The Northern Echo: HEALTH MISSION: Members of Catterick Garrison-based 5 Medical regiment are set to help battle the Ebola outbreak, in Sierra Leone

7:02am Tuesday 21st October 2014

EIGHTY FOUR Army medics have been deployed to west Africa to help in the battle against the deadly Ebola virus.

'Shocking' number of primary school starters unable to put on coat or use toilet on own - Alan Milburn

The Northern Echo: Former Cabinet ministers Alan Milburn, who has been accused of plotting to force Gordon Brown to step down as Prime Minister

6:10am Tuesday 21st October 2014

THE number of children who start school unable to go to the toilet or put on a coat by themselves is “shocking”, Alan Milburn has warned.

Use of private ambulances in NHS 'rockets'

The Northern Echo:

12:03am Tuesday 21st October 2014

SPENDING on private ambulance services in the North-East and Yorkshire has more than quadrupled to hit £2.9m and £3.5m respectively, according to new figures from Labour.

'We knew this would happen', say residents outraged by fresh dog attack

The Northern Echo: A woman leads an American bulldog away from a field at Low Pittington. Dog was impounded. Picture: GAVIN ENGELBRECHT (11777228)

9:17pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A COMMUNITY has spoken of its outrage after a man who had his arm ripped off by his own dogs found himself at the centre of another incident involving his animals.

Woman struck by bus in Stockton

The Northern Echo:

8:41pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

POLICE are appealing for information after a woman was seriously injured by a bus this evening.

Bus services back under council control

The Northern Echo: PROFITS RISE: A Stagecoach hybrid bus operating in Newcastle

7:16pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A DECISION has been made to take bus services in Tyne and Wear back under council control.

Privacy fears could stall 'DNA diets'

The Northern Echo: Professor Lynn Frewer from Newcastle University

7:06pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

BENEFICIAL personalised diet plans will not be widely accepted until regulations are in place to protect information about our DNA, new research has shown.

Inquest into the death of naked Stockton man in police custody continues

The Northern Echo: Kirk Williams

6:50pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A CUSTODY sergeant told an inquest that, contrary to earlier reports, he had not been made aware that a fellow police officer urgently wanted a prisoner to go to hospital instead of a police cell.

Long awaited war memorial unveiled in town's market place

The Northern Echo: NEW WAR MEMORIAL: The new memorial in Chester le Street. Picture: DAVID WOOD (11744786)

6:24pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A TOWN'S long-awaited new war memorial has been unveiled after a three-year fund-raising campaign.

Hat-trick of football writers give pre-match talk

6:09pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A TRIO of Teesside football writers are holding a discussion on the beautiful game ahead of this Saturday's Boro match.

Major redevelopment plan takes big step closer

6:05pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A LANDMARK deal has been signed to start the redevelopment of a 35-hectare site in the centre of York.

MPs to vote on whether Thatcher Government misled country over Miners' Strike

5:59pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

MPs will vote next week on whether the Thatcher Government “misled the public” about its conduct during the miners’ strike.

Teesside vet gives advice to calm pets on Bonfire Night

The Northern Echo: Lenny the dog who was frightened at last year's Bonfire Night in the Leeds area

5:51pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A TEESSIDE vet has issued advice on how to keep pets calm in the Bonfire Night period.

Residents take part in community clean-up

The Northern Echo: COMMUNITY CLEAN-UP: Councillor Eunice Huntington (left) and Joyce Lovack, chair of Our Place community group and secretary of the residents association (right) take part in the litter pick in Shotton. Picture: DAVID WOOD (11743760)

5:48pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

RESIDENTS have joined forces with council staff to take part in a community clean up day.

Man's heartfelt plea to meet football manager

The Northern Echo: SOCCER HERO: Fred Stewart from Crook who wants to meet his hero, Wenger, at the Sunderland v Arsenal match this weekend.      Picture: ANDY LAMB

5:42pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A MAN is making a heartfelt plea to make his dreams come true at a football match this Saturday (October 25).

Work set to start on A66 resurfacing project

The Northern Echo: RESURFACING PLANNED: Work is due to start on resurfacing work on the A66 near Stockton.

5:35pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A £2.3m scheme to resurface a stretch of the A66 on Teesside will begin next week.

Residents' community safety concerns aired at meeting

The Northern Echo: PARTNERSHIP MEETING: Senior representatives from the Safer Hartlepool Partnership face questions from the public.

5:35pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

RESIDENTS were given the chance to air their views and concerns about the future direction of community safety priorities in their town.

Funding for war memorial garden

The Northern Echo: SPRUCE UP: Pupils help planting at the Coundon village war memorial with Stefa McManners, chairwoman of the Save Our Soldier Appeal, gardener Adrian Slack and ten-year-old Mia Kilding Picture: ANDY LAMB

5:31pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

SCHOOL children spent the day tidying a war memorial garden ahead of Remembrance Day thanks to a grant.

Step forward for Durham supermarket plans

The Northern Echo: JOBS BOOST: Morrisons has opened a store in Blaydon, creating 180 jobs

5:28pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A PROPOSED 300-job supermarket moved a significant step forward when it cleared a major planning hurdle.

Fly killer caused historic hall blaze

The Northern Echo: ON FIRE: Firefighters tackle the blaze at Crathorne Hall.  Picture:RICHARD DOUGHTY

5:20pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A FLY zapper is believed to have started the fire which devastated Crathorne Hall Hotel earlier this month.

Appeal to find missing woman

The Northern Echo: POLICE APPEAL: Roksana Baran, who is missing from her home in Harrogate

5:20pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

POLICE are appealing for help in tracing a woman missing since the weekend.

Permission granted for 81 homes in village

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

5:19pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

PLANNING permission has been granted for a new development of 81 homes in a village.

Grant helps Great Aycliffe toddlers get the best start in life

The Northern Echo: NEW PROJECT: The toddler group at Woodham Community Centre in Newton Aycliffe is one of eight groups to benefit from the Healthy Starts project, which has received funding from Great Aycliffe and Middridge Partnership (Gamp) Pictured is Joanne Charlton wi

5:05pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A HEALTH and well-being project aimed at giving children the best start in life has received a £5,000 funding boost.

Church calls on community to share their views

4:55pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

COMMUNITIES across the Ripon area are being invited to join in a consultation day about the future direction of the cathedral

Fisburn's own Repunzel donates hair to cancer charity

The Northern Echo: LOCKS AWAY: Phoebe Wright, seven, gets her hair cut for the Little Princess Trust at Sedgefield Hardwick Primary School. Picture: ANDY LAMB

4:55pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

REPUNZEL may be the heroine of the fairytale but it was little Phoebe Wright who stole the show when she donated her golden locks to charity.

Mental health boss urges public to shun 'offensive' costumes

The Northern Echo: John Lawlor, chief executive of a North-East mental health trust, who has called for 'offensive' Halloween costumes to be removed from sale and shunned by the public.

4:55pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A CAMPAIGN by a North-East mental health trust to remove “offensive” Halloween costume from sale has been backed by the police.

Spooky goings on in the park

The Northern Echo: SPOOKY FUN: Weird and wonderful characters inhabit Preston Park and visitors gather for the Halloween spooky walk.

4:46pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

HARDY souls are in for a shocking night when they venture out on a spooky walk next week.

Last chance to get tickets for charity masquerade ball

The Northern Echo: MASQUERADE BALL: Models Joanna Eaves, Poppy O'Hagan and Carmen Mallinson were the winning entries in the Masquerade Ball competition held by Redcar and Cleveland College earlier this year.

4:46pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

PARTYGOERS are being asked to don their finest disguises in aid of Breast Cancer Care.

University celebrates science with festival

The Northern Echo: HEAVENS ABOVE: Telescope sheds new light on the universe

4:41pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A UNIVERSITY will showcase a replica of a telescope designed to shed new light on the universe at its annual Celebrate Science festival next week.

Tribute to talented Darlington musician John Morton

The Northern Echo: HAPPY MEMORIES: John Morton

4:41pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A TALENTED musician who played his unusual instrument in productions featuring stars of the stage an screen has died at the age of 83.

Police appeal after thefts from gardens in residential area

The Northern Echo: Police stage house-to-house inquiries in Shiney Row after series of thefts from gardens in the neighbourhood

4:36pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

POLICE have appealed for information after a series of thefts from neighbouring gardens.

Investigation into suspicious Spennymoor car fires continues

The Northern Echo: FIRE DAMAGE: The remains of the Citroen C3 that was set on fire in Whitworth Terrace in Spennymoor

4:36pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

TWO fires which destroyed cars parked in neighbouring streets on the same night are being treated as arson.

Pedestrian seriously injured after being hit by car in Chester-le-Street

The Northern Echo: (11747569)

4:36pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A WOMAN pedestrian was seriously injured after being hit by a car on Lumley Road, Chester-le-Street.

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