Family of five-month-old baby told delays could have killed him after waiting 45 minutes for an ambulance

The Northern Echo: AMBULANCE DELAY: David McKenzie with 5 months old Ben. Picture: STUART BOULTON

6:32am Friday 31st October 2014

A FAMILY who waited more than 45 minutes for an ambulance were told their five-month-old baby could have died had he been left any longer.

Landlord and residents outraged by new A67 road closure

The Northern Echo: LOSING TRADE: Stephen Grabham outside The Spotted Dog in High Coniscliffe

1:51pm Friday 31st October 2014

RESIDENTS and business owners have expressed concerns that additional roadworks on a landslip-hit main road will hamper commuters and have a negative impact on trade.

Collapsed manhole cover causes traffic chaos on A66 in Middlesbrough

The Northern Echo: MAJOR REPAIRS: Work is underway on a major facelift for Newport Bridge

11:10am Friday 31st October 2014

A COLLAPSED section of the A66 in Middlesbrough caused traffic chaos this morning.

Raiders steal disabled boy's van in Peterlee

The Northern Echo: Joanne Hall and her son Cameron. Picture: GAVIN ENGELBRECHT (12163132)

6:20am Friday 31st October 2014

A MOTHER has been left without vital support for her disabled teenage son after burglars made off with the family’s specially-adapted vehicle.

“I shouted for the lad next door but he wasn’t in" - man, 55, lucky to escape from Darlington industrial estate fire

The Northern Echo: AFTERMATH: The charred remains of the garage on Forge Way on the Cleveland Trading Estate in Darlington.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

6:03am Friday 31st October 2014

A MECHANIC said he was lucky to be alive after his garage, which had a highly explosive gas canister in, caught fire.

Council leaders will join meetings of Miliband Cabinet

The Northern Echo: CABINET INVITE: Labour leader Ed Miliband

12:03am Friday 31st October 2014

NORTH council leaders will join meetings of Ed Miliband’s Cabinet, under fresh Labour plans to devolve power and prosperity away from London.

Works starts on new rail platform

The Northern Echo: NEW PLATFORM: Cllr Wilkinson, right, with leader of the Council, Cllr Mark Robson and John Graham, Northallerton West project manager and Philip Smith, Wensleydale Railway Trust secretary.

2:22pm Friday 31st October 2014

WORK has started on a £51,000 scheme to link the Wensleydale Railway to Northallerton.

Health worker struck off after conviction

1:51pm Friday 31st October 2014

A MEMBER of a hospital operating theatre team has been struck off after being found guilty of making indecent images of children.

Warning after cash trapping devices found on ATMs

1:45pm Friday 31st October 2014

CUSTOMERS taking money out at cash machines are being warned to be aware of “cash trapping” devices, after one was found on an ATM in a North Yorkshire.

School makes good progress - but still room for improvement

The Northern Echo: (12034757)

12:24pm Friday 31st October 2014

A SCHOOL has been praised for its “can do” culture where all the students feel valued.

Man wanted in connection with theft of sculpture from Newcastle gallery

The Northern Echo:

11:57am Friday 31st October 2014

POLICE would like to question this man in connection with the theft of a sculpture worth thousands of pounds from a Newcastle gallery.

The shame and anger of a 'forgotten victim' - the mother of a man convicted for neglect of a child

The Northern Echo: SOCIAL SERVICES DOCUMENTS: Craig Dick's mother. Picture: STUART BOULTON.

11:06am Friday 31st October 2014

ASHAMED and frightened Sharon Dick watched her son taken to jail a terrible crime, went home, locked the door and did not leave for two days.

Dog owners warned over their animal's behaviour

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

11:34am Friday 31st October 2014

POLICE have reminded dog walkers of their responsibility to keep their dogs under control at all times after a Yorkshire terrier was injured in Darlington on Tuesday afternoon.

Teenager charged with causing death of father-of-three Andrew Corfield remanded in custody

The Northern Echo:

3:50pm Thursday 30th October 2014

AN 18-year-old man has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving following a crash that killed Andrew Corfield.

Sexual abuse victims urge others to come forward

The Northern Echo:

6:03am Thursday 30th October 2014

A WOMAN who was raped by her father is calling on victims of sexual abuse to come forward to put their attackers behind bars.

Lindisfarne Hoard saved for the North-East

The Northern Echo: COIN FINDERS: Richard Mason, left and Alan Short, finders of the two coin hoards at Lindisfarne, pictured at the collection displayed in the Great North Museum in Newcastle.                Picture: ANDY LAMB (12164293)

7:42pm Thursday 30th October 2014

A TREASURE trove of gold and silver coins discovered on Holy Island has been saved for the region following a £30,000 fundraising campaign.

Court hears boy describe machete and bat-wielding gang as 'bunch of cowards'

The Northern Echo: COURT DATE: Teesside Crown Court

6:04pm Thursday 30th October 2014

A YOUNG boy whose parents were attacked after a machete and bat-wielding gang burst into their home said those responsible were a "bunch of cowards”.

Sedgefield PC launches London Marathon fundraising campaign at Salute Our Heroes raceday

The Northern Echo: FUNDRAISING MISSION: PC Keith Todd is taking part in the London Marathon  to raise funds for ABF The Soldiers Charity. He is pictured on his stepper in training at Sedgefield Racecourse's Salute Our Heroes raceday.  PICTURE: Keith Taylor

5:40pm Thursday 30th October 2014

A DAREDEVIL policeman launched his latest charity challenge at Sedgefield Racecourse’s annual armed forces fundraiser today (Thursday, October 30).

Shadow Health Secretary has 'moral obligation' to build new hospital

The Northern Echo: HEALTH TALK: Andy Burnham, Shadow Health Secretary,  delivers the Keynote Speech at Future for Health and Wellbeing in the NE conference at The Durham Centre, Durham City. Picture: TOM BANKS (12151898)

5:23pm Thursday 30th October 2014

SHADOW Health Secretary Andy Burnham has told The Northern Echo he felt “a moral obligation” to revive the stalled project to build a new super-hospital in the North-East if Labour win the next election.

Calls for civilian rangers at military training ranges to take part in a 24-hour strike over proposed redundancies

5:21pm Thursday 30th October 2014

STRIKE action is being called for civilian workers at military training ranges across the country over concerns about redundancies and safety.

Police boss Ronn Hogg welcomes drug misuse report

The Northern Echo: DRUG MISUSE: Durham Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg has been a long time advocate of reviewing drugs policy.

5:12pm Thursday 30th October 2014

A CRIME commissioner has welcomed a new study into the government’s approach to drug misuse - labelling it 'long overdue'.

Widow sues council over asbestos death of her husband

The Northern Echo:

4:54pm Thursday 30th October 2014

THE widow of a former councillor who died of asbestos-related cancer is suing a council

Lord Lieutenant opens dementia zone at Age UK Darlington – and celebrates first anniversary of Good Friends

The Northern Echo: OFFICIAL OPENING: Lord Lieutenant Sue Snowdon (in red) visits The Arcade, Age UK Darlington's new dementia zone at Bradbury House on Beaumont Street West.  Pictured chatting to the domino club.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

4:32pm Thursday 30th October 2014

A LIFE-CHANGING dementia zone that offers craft classes and bingo has been opened by the Lord Lieutenant of County Durham.

Inspector orders council on rethink student digs

The Northern Echo: Durham City MP Roberta Blackman-Woods

3:54pm Thursday 30th October 2014

A PLANNING inspector has told a council to rethink its student housing policy, in a move welcomed by delighted campaigners.

What's On: Fireworks displays and bonfire nights in North-East and North Yorkshire

The Northern Echo: Fireworks over the Wicker Man at South Park, Oxford, in 2010. There is no wicker man this year, but organisers promise a spectacular show

11:49am Thursday 30th October 2014

Free and ticketed firework displays and bonfire nights across the North-East and North Yorkshire.

Artist's impression issued of suspect in sex assault of 12-year-old girl

The Northern Echo: Artist's impression of man suspected of carrying out recent sex assault on 12-year-old girl

10:33am Thursday 30th October 2014

AN image of a man sought over a sexual assault on a girl has been issued by police.

Archbishop of York apologises for hurt cause to victim of abuse by Saltburn priest

The Northern Echo: HEINOUS CRIME: Dennis Franks

6:08am Thursday 30th October 2014

THE Archbishop of York has apologised to a man for "abuse and hurt" caused by an Anglican priest.

Profits from church sale will not go directly back into village

The Northern Echo: VILLAGE CHURCH: County councillor John Shuttleworth outside of Rookhope Parish Church

8:58pm Thursday 30th October 2014

PROCEEDS from the sale of a former village church will not go directly back to the village, church commissioners have confirmed.

Sheep rustlers strike in east Durham

The Northern Echo: Barry Knight with some of his remaining lambs. Picture: GAVIN ENGELBRECHT (12164068)

7:08pm Thursday 30th October 2014

A FARMER has been left devastated after rustlers stole lambs worth thousands of pounds the night they were to have been taken to the market.

Leading silver experts to give talk at auction house

The Northern Echo: ANTIQUES EXPERTS: Leading silver experts are to give a talk at Tennants of Leyburn

6:27pm Thursday 30th October 2014

TWO of the country’s leading silver specialists are to give a talk at a leading auction house in North Yorkshire.

Suspended jail sentence for mother who set fire to family home

The Northern Echo: COURT DATE: Teesside Crown Court

6:19pm Thursday 30th October 2014

A WOMAN was arrested by police for her own safety after she ran back into her burning home while firefighters tackled a blaze she started.

Town's war memorial restored in time for WW1 centenary service

The Northern Echo: MEMORIAL RESTORED: Councillor John Hart (left) with local resident Colin Hayton by the newly restored Tow Law war memorial. PICTURE: Keith Taylor

6:15pm Thursday 30th October 2014

A TOWN’S war memorial has been restored in time for a special service to mark the outbreak of the First World War.

Terrier cross Gigi is looking for her first loving home

The Northern Echo: HOME NEEDED: Gigi the terrier cross

6:11pm Thursday 30th October 2014

A DOG which has been in the care of an animal charity for more than 200 days is still in need of a home.

Bullied teen 'refuses to do unpaid work'

The Northern Echo: COURT DATE: Teesside Crown Court

6:09pm Thursday 30th October 2014

A TEENAGER who was handed a suspended jail sentence after striking his mother with an ornament has refused to do any more unpaid work because of bullies, a court heard.

Treats on the street for young customers donning Hallowe'en theme outfits

The Northern Echo: TRICK OR TREAT: Seven-year-old Isabel Harrison with Claire Greener-Tobin from Santander in Stanley. Businesses are giving out chocolate coins to kids in Hallowe'en fancy dress . Picture: TOM BANKS

6:08pm Thursday 30th October 2014

TRADERS are offering treats rather than tricks to young customers sporting fancy dress on a Hallowe’en theme.

Chefs battle it out to be crowned best in the region

The Northern Echo: THE HEAT IS ON: Chris Murphy, a chef de partie at Hardwick Hall makes the finishing touches to his starter dish  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

6:06pm Thursday 30th October 2014

SOME of the North-East’s top chefs kept their cool in the kitchen as they battled it out to be crowned the best in the region.

Sedgefield supermarket helps generous Brenda send home comforts to British troops

The Northern Echo: HOME COMFORTS: Brenda Storey (right), collects supplies for soldiers from Steve Robson, acting store manager, and Jo Robinson, community ambassador at Sainsbury's in Sedgefield. PICTURE: Keith Taylor

6:04pm Thursday 30th October 2014

A WOMAN who sends parcels of treats to soldiers serving abroad has received a donation of goodies from her local supermarket.

Castle Howard's annual NSPCC Christmas Fair will be opened by the Apprentice's Nick Hewer

The Northern Echo: CHRISTMAS FAIR: Castle Howard

6:00pm Thursday 30th October 2014

A CHRISTMAS fair to fundraise for a child protection charity will be opened by Apprentice star and Lord Alan Sugar’s right hand man, Nick Hewer.

Tributes to mark centenary of dramatic sea rescue

The Northern Echo: TREACHEROUS RESCUE: The stricken HMHS Rohilla and rescuers

5:58pm Thursday 30th October 2014

POIGNANT tributes are taking place over the next three days to mark the centenary of one of the most dramatic sea rescues ever to take place off the Yorkshire coast.

'Major changes' to council services to plug £46m funding gap

The Northern Echo: Gateshead Council leader Mick Henry (left) with Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes

5:50pm Thursday 30th October 2014

A COUNCIL is warning of major changes to its services as it seeks to plug a £46m funding gap.

Parents urged to warn children of the dangers of playing near electricity pylons

The Northern Echo: ELECTRICITY WARNING: Northern Powergrid is warning people of the dangers of playing with electricity

5:46pm Thursday 30th October 2014

PARENTS are being urged to warn their children of the dangers of climbing pylons or of playing near to electricity lines.

Uncle Doom and his Piano of Gloom bring Halloween chills to Darlington shopping centre

The Northern Echo: SHOPPERS BEWARE: Uncle Doom and his Piano of Gloom patrols the Cornmill Centre, in Darlington, with his two spooky sidekicks Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

5:42pm Thursday 30th October 2014

A GHOULISH guest brought Halloween chills to visitors to a North-East shopping centre.

Fire ravaged historic hotel to re-open in days

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

5:40pm Thursday 30th October 2014

THE historic Crathorne Hall hotel, which was recently ravaged by fire, is expected to re-open in a matter of days.

Council tax relief scheme extended

The Northern Echo: (10027074)

5:38pm Thursday 30th October 2014

A PIONEERING scheme to protect benefit payments is to be continued.

Landlord takes over dad's old drinking place

The Northern Echo: CHEERS: Dave Johnson is the new owner of the Hole in the Wall pub, Darlington. Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

5:35pm Thursday 30th October 2014

A DARLINGTON landlord has a special connection with his latest venture – it is his father’s old haunt.

A motorcyclist has been killed after a collision with a car and a van in North Yorkshire

5:35pm Thursday 30th October 2014

A MOTORCYCLIST has died after a collision with a van and a car in North Yorkshire

Six arrested after armed raid at Co-op store

The Northern Echo: Police investigate robbery of delivery man dropping off consignment of laughing gas

5:33pm Thursday 30th October 2014

SIX people were arrested today (Thursday October 30) in the wake of an armed raid at a small town store.

Creepy crawlies coming out of the woodwork at nature reserve

The Northern Echo: SEPTEMBER FUN: A family at RSPB Saltholme

5:30pm Thursday 30th October 2014

VISITORS are being invited to meet creatures that creep, crawl and slither, as RSPB Saltholme rounds off a week of Halloween fun.

Police plea to hit-and-run driver

The Northern Echo: (9443387)

5:24pm Thursday 30th October 2014

POLICE are urging a hit-and-run driver to come forward after a cyclist was knocked off his bike.

Diwali festival lights up the night sky in Stockton

The Northern Echo: FESTIVAL OF LIGHT: Mahum Butt displays her fire fans at a Diwali inspired event at the Durham University Queen's Campus in Stockton. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

5:18pm Thursday 30th October 2014

HUNDREDS of people gathered together on Teesside to celebrate a festival inspired by Diwali.

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