£20m student digs plan would create 'totally unbalanced community'

The Northern Echo: Neville House and Sheraton House

12:10am Friday 18th April 2014

RESIDENTS are gearing up for a County Hall showdown with developers who want to build ᆪ20m-worth of student digs on their doorstep.

Surprise delivery at farm as Doris the camel follows Maisy the llama into labour

The Northern Echo: SURPRISE DELIVERY: Bactrian camel Doris with her calf

11:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A CAMEL with two humps and a bump has stunned her owners by giving birth to a calf.

Missing Teesside man found safe and well

The Northern Echo:

9:40pm Thursday 17th April 2014

POLICE searching for a missing Middlesbrough man said he has now returned home safe and well.

Man who died following house fire in Gateshead is named

The Northern Echo: The house in Redemarsh, Leam Lane, Gateshead

5:09pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A MAN who died in hospital following a house fire in Gateshead has been named.

Political spat marks birth of 'super authority'

The Northern Echo: UNFAIR: Simon Henig

5:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

THE leader of a new “super authority” has insisted it will be subject to proper scrutiny, but admitted that will mostly be by fellow Labour councillors.

Approval given for 120 homes in Spennymoor on DurhamGate site

The Northern Echo: County council approves plans for 120 homes in Spennymoor

5:53pm Thursday 17th April 2014

PROPOSALS to build 120 dwellings on one of the North-East’s largest building sites have been supported after claims the plan would boost the area.

Man died after being pulled from the River Wear in Washington

The Northern Echo: Northumbria Police logo

4:23pm Thursday 17th April 2014

POLICE have recovered the body of a man from the River Wear today (Thursday, April 17).

Hundreds sign petition demanding all housing decisions are delayed

The Northern Echo: Nominations are being sought to find the unsung heroes of Sedgefield in County Durham

3:56pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A PETITION demanding all decisions relating to future housing in Sedgefield are postponed has been handed over to Durham County Council.

Drug addict jailed after nursing home burglary

The Northern Echo: Drug addict jailed after nursing home burglary

4:17pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A DRUG addict who burgled a nursing home in the middle of the night as its residents were sleeping has been given a two year jail sentence.

Elderly woman dies after lighting up a cigarette while using an oxygen mask

The Northern Echo: An oxygen mask similar to the one used by 77-year-old Margaret Woodward

5:20pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A PENSIONER died after her face was engulfed in flames - because she insisted on smoking while wearing an oxygen mask, an inquest heard.

Family of missing soldier make sad journey north after body discovered

The Northern Echo: Tyler Pearson

4:33pm Thursday 17th April 2014

THE death toll in the rivers of York this year has risen to three with the tragic discovery of the body of a young man.

Egg rolling event gets Easter started for North-East youngsters

3:36pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A TRADITIONAL North-East Easter event was back on the calendar today (Thursday, April 17) after being cancelled last year.

Couple who met through babysitting celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary in Ferryhill

The Northern Echo: Ken and Sylvia Spencer celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary

4:28pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A DIAMOND couple who met through babysitting are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary.

Phoenix House holds bake sale to raise cash for Help For Heroes.

3:23pm Thursday 17th April 2014

BAKING enthusiasts at a Help For Heroes recovery centre in Catterick Garrison have contributed towards a fundraising cake sale to benefit centres across the UK.

Petition against supermarket plan

The Northern Echo: Ryedale District Council logo - zxc

3:36pm Thursday 17th April 2014

CAMPAIGNERS protesting against plans to build a supermarket Malton have handed over a petition ahead of a crunch meeting next week.

Takeaways conning customers switching beef for lamb, according to report

The Northern Echo: Restaurants fined for serving beef as lamb curry

5:02pm Thursday 17th April 2014

TAKEAWAY customers are being ripped off after a number of local curry houses were found to be substituting lamb with beef, according to a new survey.

Head teacher denies sex offences involving teenage boy

The Northern Echo: DENIES CHARGES: Anne Lakey

3:08pm Thursday 17th April 2014

AN acclaimed head teacher has denied historic sex allegations involving a teenage boy.

Archbishop follows Maundy Thursday tradition

The Northern Echo: Dr Sentamu washes the feet of Kate Whitworth.

3:17pm Thursday 17th April 2014

THE Archbishop of York followed one of the great Christian tradition when he washed the feet of 12 people today, April 17.

Darlington restorative justice scheme praised for its effectiveness by Ministry of Justice

The Northern Echo: Bill Dixon

2:30pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A SCHEME to tackle low-level crime and anti-social behaviour through restorative action in Darlington has out-performed other similar initiatives elsewhere in the UK, figures have shown.

Debt drove young man to suicide

The Northern Echo: Coroner Andrew Tweddle

2:35pm Thursday 17th April 2014

FINANCIAL debt that mounted up over a year drove a young man to take his life.

Extra class for photography enthusiasts

The Northern Echo: Joanne Coates, who lives in Manor House, beat almost 100 other entrants to win the competition

1:46pm Thursday 17th April 2014

POPULAR digital photography classes held in Durham are increasing to three a week to meet demand.

Final touches put in place as indoor bowls club prepares to host 'FA Cup of Bowls'

The Northern Echo: Members of Darlington Indoor Bowls Club play in front of the new electronic scoreboard

1:58pm Thursday 17th April 2014

INDOOR bowls enthusiasts are looking forward to a weekend of high-level sport as a North-East club prepares to host the sport's equivalent of the FA Cup.

New blooms bring fresh life to town park

The Northern Echo: Christian Whitfield, five, and his brother Ben, seven, lead the bulb planting session at West Park in Newton Aycliffe

1:38pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A TOWN park will soon be bursting with colour thanks to the efforts of green-fingered youngsters.

Unexplained death: post-mortem inconclusive

The Northern Echo: Cleveland Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman in her 70s died

4:29pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A POST-MORTEM examination carried out following the unexplained death of a 39-year-old man has proved inconclusive.

Bedale car park sell off to make way for bypass is confirmed as traders raise concerns

The Northern Echo: Temporary car park in Darlington granted permission to continue while spaces are reduced to build multi-storey and cinema development

1:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A MARKET town is to sacrifice one of its two existing car-parks as part of the drive towards a new 42.5m bypass.

Toddlers egg-cell at painting

The Northern Echo: Charlie Murdoch, William Kenyon and Niamh Strike, all aged 3, with their designs

12:38pm Thursday 17th April 2014

THERE was definitely no egg on the faces of children at a Stockton day nursery as they got into the Easter spirit.

New people come forward in hunt for missing Claudia

The Northern Echo: Plea for information on 39th birthday of Claudia Lawrence

2:37pm Thursday 17th April 2014

EFFORTS to solve the riddle of the disappearance of Claudia Lawrence have been given renewed impetus as more leads emerge.

Body is found by police searching for missing soldier

The Northern Echo: Tyler Pearson

12:16pm Thursday 17th April 2014

The body of a man was recovered from the River Ouse in York this morning by police who have been searching for missing soldier Tyler Pearson.

Superhero costumes for supermarket workers

The Northern Echo: A previous Dance for Diabetes event at another Tesco store

11:44am Thursday 17th April 2014

SUPERMARKET staff donned superhero costumes to raise money for charity today (Thursday, April 17).

Axed motorcycle Easter Egg Run is revived

The Northern Echo: Bikers will start the run from Tesco at Dragonville, Durham

11:58am Thursday 17th April 2014

MORE than 200 bikers have pledged to attend a replacement Easter Egg Run after the original event was cancelled by Durham Police.

Sneak preview of exhibition celebrating the bridge making heritage of Teesside

The Northern Echo: Bridgemaster Alan Murray and principal engineer Rodger Wakerley with Sydney Harbour Bridge print

12:23pm Thursday 17th April 2014

THE Transporter Bridge Visitor Centre will reopen its doors for four days this Easter Bank Holiday weekend offering members of the public a sneak preview of the new ‘Bridging the World’ exhibition.

Rallying call for volunteers to help clean up Redcar beach

The Northern Echo: The stretch of Redcar beach where the woman's body was found yesterday

11:19am Thursday 17th April 2014

AN army of volunteer litter pickers is expected to descend on a Redcar as part of this year’s national Big Beach Clean Up.

Anti-crime meetings in Shildon believed to be under threat are to continue

The Northern Echo: Durham Police Constabulary Headquarters, Aykley Heads, Durham. GV

3:27pm Thursday 17th April 2014

PROPOSALS to cut anti-crime meetings from monthly to bi-monthly in Shildon have been placed on hold after residents raised concerns at the plans.

Family's joy as baby born three months early finally comes home

The Northern Echo: BACK HOME: Alison Marshall with her mother, Marie Spooner

6:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

A BABY who fought for survival after being born three months early has finally been released from hospital, five months after her birth.

Silk postcards from the trenches take pride of place in reopening Weardale Museum

The Northern Echo: David Heatherington with some of the postcards

6:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

A RARE collection of cards sent from the trenches will go on display at a County Durham museum on Good Friday (April 18). Duncan Leatherdale got a sneak peak at the silk postcards.

Girls Aloud star hopes for chain reaction after linking up with North Yorkshire singer and brass band

The Northern Echo: ON TOUR: Alistair Griffin and Kimberley Walsh record the video for the official Tour de France Grand Depart song

12:10am Thursday 17th April 2014

GIRLS Aloud singer Kimberley Walsh, Fame Academy contestant Alistair Griffin and a brass band immortalised by a movie have joined forces to record an anthem for Yorkshire’s Tour de France Grand Départ.

Parishioners begging vicars for food - Bishop of Durham

The Northern Echo: Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham

12:10am Thursday 17th April 2014

CHURCH vicars are increasingly being asked for help by hungry parishioners, the Bishop of Durham has claimed.

Thousands of extra County Durham businesses can benefit from rate relief

The Northern Echo: Empty units along Poole High Street

5:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

THOUSANDS of businesses could benefit from reduced rates in a bid to turn around failing high streets.

Court shown video of living conditions at Evenwood Gate dog breeder's compound

The Northern Echo: Darlington Magistrates Court GV

2:29pm Thursday 17th April 2014

ANIMAL welfare officials found dozens of dogs living in kennels with urine-soaked saw dust and surrounded by piles of faeces when they visited a County Durham breeder's compound, a court was told.

Seaside resort beauty pageant compared to Carry On film after handbags fracas

The Northern Echo: WHAT A CARRY ON: Trouble at Miss Scarborough beauty contest were likened to a scene from a Carry On film

12:23pm Thursday 17th April 2014

THE organiser of the Miss England competition has compared a seaside resort’s beauty pageant to a Carry On film after a fracas broke out as the winner was revealed.

Warrant issued for arrest of man who assisted conman labourer

The Northern Echo: STATLEY BEARING: Construction of Durham Crown Court was problematical to say the least, but the architecture of the completed building has stood the test of time.

12:10pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A WARRANT has been issued for the arrest of a man convicted of assisting a conman labourer, who fleeced an elderly householder of thousands of pounds.

Watches worth thousands of pounds stolen in Chester-le-Street house burglary

The Northern Echo: Police investigate car arson attack

11:52am Thursday 17th April 2014

WATCHES and jewellery worth more than £20,000 has been stolen in a burglary at a collector’s home.

Nine holes at Hall Hill Farm

The Northern Echo: Ann Darlington feeding a lamb

11:14am Thursday 17th April 2014

A CRAZY golf course has been opened at a farm visitor attraction.

200 people sign Richmond School petition

The Northern Echo: Richmond School building

12:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

A PETITION calling for an investigation into alleged problems at Richmond School has been submitted to the authorities amid claims of a cover-up.

Man denies indecent assault charge

3:43pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A MAN is to face a trial after denying indecently assaulting a girl.

Music exam success for Newton le Willows pupils

The Northern Echo: Piano plan for Brighton station: our top 10 train playlist

3:37pm Thursday 17th April 2014

EXAM SUCCESS: Music pupils of Andrew Nelson of Newton-le-Willows, have passed their Associated Board music exams.

Vintage sale stalls available

The Northern Echo: Vintage style: Invest in some fashion history

2:56pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Stalls can now be booked at a vintage fashion fair being held at the Dolphin Centre this summer.

Grundy wonders: what makes a good townscape?

The Northern Echo: ‘SO MUCH WASTE’: local historian and TV presenter  John Grundy looks over Durham Market Place from the Town Hall balcony

2:38pm Thursday 17th April 2014

BROADCASTER and architectural historian John Grundy will give a lecture titled ‘What makes a good townscape?’ in room ER140 of Durham University’s Elvet Riverside 1 building, New Elvet, Durham, on Tuesday, April 29, at 5.30pm. The lecture is part of the Durham World Heritage Site Architecture and Conservation series. To book a free place, email:

Parkinson's awareness event

The Northern Echo: FOR ALL TO SEE: Inside Durham Town Hall, which visitors will be able to see as part of Heritage Open Days

2:21pm Thursday 17th April 2014

THE North Durham branch of Parkinson’s UK held a coffee and information day at Durham Town Hall on Saturday, April 12, as part of Parkinson’s Awareness Week. Visitors included Durham City MP Roberta Blackman-Woods.

Free chipping and check-ups for Middlesbrough dog owners

The Northern Echo: Dogs Trust Sponsored Walk

3:13pm Thursday 17th April 2014

MIDDLESBROUGH Council is joining forces with the Dogs Trust to offer free dog chipping and check-ups.

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