NHS bosses deny petition claims that Darlington A&E is at risk of closure

6:03am Wednesday 3rd September 2014

BOSSES at an NHS hospital trust have denied there are any plans to close one of its accident and emergency departments after a petition calling for the facility to be ‘saved’ was circulated in the area.

North-East can lead the way on drug police reform, says crime commissioner

The Northern Echo: BIG SUCCESS: Durham's Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg, who is pictured here talking to local resident Helen Green and her sons James (9) and Daniel (5) in Newton Hall, Durham, says the scheme to tackle shoplifting is a big success.

6:03am Wednesday 3rd September 2014

"THE war on drugs has failed. The criminalisation of people addicted to drugs has been a destructive force in every conceivable arena; from ethics to politics, health to policing, social work to economics.

Farmer protests after police kill Billy the bull

The Northern Echo: BILLY BULL: Philip Marley with his bull lying where it was shot by police. Picture: STUART BOULTON.

12:02am Wednesday 3rd September 2014

A FURIOUS farmer has made an official complaint to North Yorkshire police after armed officers shot his prize bull.

Scientists given research boost

12:32am Wednesday 3rd September 2014

ALZHEIMER’S Research UK has increased its investment in North-East scientists as the fight against dementia is stepped up.

Deprivation one of the biggest factors for lower life expectation in parts of Darlington, new figures show

The Northern Echo: Darlington town hall, where the Snipe Lane appeal was heard by a government inspector

2:18pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

HIGH levels of deprivation in parts of Darlington continue to be a cause for concern as new statistics show a large gap in the death rates between people living in different areas of the town.

Staff allowed to return to police station after package found to be safe

The Northern Echo:

10:21am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

STAFF have been allowed back in to Northallerton Police Station after a suspicious package was found not to be dangerous.

Rogue Darlington landlord fined over 4ft bedroom

The Northern Echo:

6:00am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

A ROGUE landlord has been fined more than £30,000 after letting a house that could have killed his tenants and which contained a bedroom with a ceiling less than four feet high.

Woman, 66, stabbed with pen on Blackpool coach trip

The Northern Echo: Cynthia Bell with the pen still lodged in her arm (9910016)

1:12pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

A COACH trip organiser is recovering at home in the North-East after being stabbed in the arm with a pen during a visit to Blackpool.

Cameron condemns second beheading after Islamic State militants release video of US journalist

The Northern Echo:

7:17pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

DAVID Cameron has condemned a "disgusting and despicable" video apparently showing a second US journalist being beheaded by Islamic State militants.

'No cause for alarm' following gas leak in Darlington town centre

The Northern Echo:

4:50pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

GAS company bosses have assured the public that there is no imminent danger following a major leak in the centre of Darlington.

Work due to start on Darlington's £30m cinema and leisure development

The Northern Echo: FUNDING FOUND: An artist's impression of the Feethams Leisure development, where building work will begin this month

6:02am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

WORK on a highly-anticipated £30m cinema and leisure development for Darlington is set to start in the next few weeks, The Northern Echo can reveal.

Cameron slams 'barbaric' hostage murder

The Northern Echo: BARBARIC KILLING: Journalist Steven Sotloff being held by the militant group Islamic State

9:14pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

DAVID Cameron has condemned as "despicable and barbaric" the apparent slaughter of a second US journalist by Islamic State (IS) extremists - as it emerged that a British hostage is also under threat.

Brain tumour boy's parents freed in Spain

The Northern Echo: CASE DROPPED: Brett King and Naghemeh King, the parents of brain tumour patient Ashya King

8:36pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

THE parents of brain tumour patient Ashya King are being released in Spain, according to family members.

Family pet missing for over a week

7:03pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

A FAMILY has been searching day and night for their beloved golden cocker spaniel who has been missing for over a week.

Still time for nominations for Tees Valley’s Black and Minority Ethnic communities awards

The Northern Echo: AWARDS NOMINATIONS: Lifetime achievement award winner Pete Widlinski, from 2010, with BME Network Co-ordinator Idrees Rashid.

6:58pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

THE achievements of the Tees Valley’s Black and Minority Ethnic communities are celebrated at an annual awards event later this month.

Ring-a-ding-ding: Chinese keepsakes sell for hundreds of pounds at Barnard Castle auction

The Northern Echo: TOP PRICE: Two 19th Century bronze dings, which are believed to be have been brought to England from China by Reverend Jonathan Lees, an eminent missionary

6:54pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

KEEPSAKES believed to have been collected by an eminent English missionary in China during the late 19th Century surpassed auctioneer’s estimates by hundreds of pounds at a recent sale.

Main road closed at Sutton Bank

6:51pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

ONE of the region's steepest roads will be closed for a week from September 8 while repair and maintenance work is carried out.

Councillors agree to purchase of former fire station for children's theatre scheme

The Northern Echo: Darlington Civic Theatre

6:38pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

COUNCILLORS have agreed to release funding to buy a former fire station set to be transformed into a specialist children’s theatre.

Meet the team who keep cathedral alive

6:34pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

THE stoneyard of York Minster is preparing to throw open its doors to the public.

Pathway project puts reserve visitors on the wildlife trail

The Northern Echo: A way-maker on the kestrel trail (9946720)

6:32pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

CONSERVATIONISTS hope work on their nature reserve will make it more attractive to the public.

Hundreds sign petition to safeguard the future of Binchester Roman Fort

The Northern Echo: ROMAN REMAINS: Head curator at Auckland Castle Chris Ferguson at the Binchester Roman Fort near Bishop Auckland Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

6:30pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

A PETITION backing a charitable trust’s bid to buy an internationally-important Roman Fort attracted almost 1,000 signatures in its first 24 hours.

Call for 'England of the regions'

The Northern Echo: REGIONAL CALL: Linda Riordan and Paul Salveson, of the Hannah Mitchell Foundation

6:30pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

A CAMPAIGN group has renewed its call for more powers to be devolved to the north.

Folk club's Scots-theme night for referendum day

The Northern Echo: CULTURE CHANGE: Durham City Folk Club is staging an evening of Scottish songs on the day of independence referendum

6:10pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

FOLK club members will pay heed to events in Scotland when they meet later this month.

Vintage vinyl fans to attend collectors' event

6:04pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

FANS of the classic sound of vinyl records are expected to descend on Richmond this Sunday, September 7.

Resident's fury at MP's decision to support wind farm

The Northern Echo: Banks Renewables are seeking planning permission for four wind turbines to be installed near Hamsterley

5:40pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

RESIDENTS are furious that an MP has given her backing to proposals for a wind farm they vehemently object to.

NHS protest mothers joined by thousands on epic walk

The Northern Echo: HIGH PROFILE: Singer-songwriter Billy Bragg, who has agreed to play at the People's March for the NHS rally in Trafalgar Square

5:38pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

THOUSANDS of supporters have joined the People’s March for the NHS from Jarrow to London, according to organisers.

Back from the bread - family spot gran's image in Naan bread

The Northern Echo:

5:19pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

IT was a case of nan bread rather than naan bread for curry house diner Anthony Nelson when he spotted the face of his late grandmother on a night out.

Teaching assistant "had sex with pupil", court told

4:59pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

A TEACHING assistant who is alleged to have befriended and had sex with a pupil told him: “This is wrong”.

"Overwhelming evidence" to support decriminalisation of drugs, says police commissioner

The Northern Echo: BIG SUCCESS: Durham's Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg, who is pictured here talking to local resident Helen Green and her sons James (9) and Daniel (5) in Newton Hall, Durham, says the scheme to tackle shoplifting is a big success.

4:47pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

A NORTH-East police and crime commissioner (PCC) has called for the region to lead the nation on drug policy reform, saying there is now "overwhelming evidence" to support decriminalisation.

MPs' protests fail to derail gene therapy plans

The Northern Echo: Alex Cunningham, MP for Stockton North

4:39pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

PROTESTS by a group of MPs have failed to derail plans for “three parent babies”, to stop incurable diseases passing to the next generations.

Masterchef presenter dishes up £1m eating project grant

The Northern Echo: FIRST COURSE: John Torode with Come Eat Together project staff and volunteers at East Stanley

4:29pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

CELEBRITY chef John Torode has served up news of a £1m lottery windfall to a healthy eating project for older people.

Capital effort as firefighter completes gruelling London to Newcastle cycle ride

The Northern Echo: FINISH LINE: Steven Birbeck completes his gruelling cycle ride

4:29pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

A FIREFIGHTER has completed a challenging cycle ride from London to Newcastle in less than 24 hours.

Princess has date in Richmond

4:26pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

PRINCESS Anne will take the salute when the Royal Corps of Signals holds a Freedom Parade in Richmond’s Market Place on September 11.

Officer dislocates shoulder trying to arrest a man in Middlesbrough

The Northern Echo: Cleveland Police are investigating the case of a man stabbed in the street

4:23pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

MEMBERS of the public have been praised by police after they helped apprehend a man who dislocated an officer's soldier when he intervened as the man was threatening people.

Have your say on polling arrangements in Darlington

The Northern Echo: CURRENT VENUE: A polling station at Hurworth Primary School during a 2012 by-election

4:18pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

HOUSEHOLDERS across Darlington are being urged to have their say on the polling stations currently being used for elections in the borough.

House of Fraser deal for Darlington jewellery maker

The Northern Echo: SWEET SUCCESS: Jewellery maker Jessica Flinn, from Darlington

3:58pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

A SUCCESSFUL young jewellery designer from Darlington has had her latest stock taken on by a high street brand.

Improved rail travel facilities unveiled at train station

The Northern Echo: TRAVEL HUB:Councillor Neil Foster launches travel hub at Bishop Auckland Railway Station pictured front with Sarah Fay, of the Local Motion scheme. Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

3:32pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

A SCHEME to help to ease road congestion by encouraging more people to use the train has been launched at Bishop Auckland Railway Station.

Pilots 'showed benefit' of free school meals

The Northern Echo: Children at Red Rose Primary School in Chester-le-Street enjoy their free school meals.

3:22pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

THE key role played by North-East schools in persuading the Government to introduce free school meals for all four to seven-year-olds has been underlined by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

Howden-le-Wear residents object to plans for up to 145 new homes

The Northern Echo: Durham County Council’s Start Today campaign has helped 336 youngsters onto the job ladder.

3:18pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

PLANS to create up to 145 new homes on the outskirts of a village have prompted concerns about traffic, loss of fields and increased pressure on schools and other amenities.

Councillors recommended to back old pumping station scheme

The Northern Echo: : General view of the North Dalton Pumping Station near Cold Hesledon. Picture: DAVID WOOD (9901710)

2:36pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

COUNCILLORS are being recommended to approve housing plan at a Victorian water pumping station that will safeguard its future.

Licence challenge as 'Spag' fails underage booze test

The Northern Echo: La Spaghettata on Saddler Street in Durham. (9919977)

2:28pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

A POPULAR nightspot has again been caught selling alcohol to underage teens.

Jail threat to Darlington man whose victim was put in induced coma

2:18pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

A MAN is facing jail after admitting a vicious attack which saw the victim placed into an induced coma.

Taxi drivers in court after failing to engage meters

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

2:16pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

TWO taxi drivers have faced magistrates for driving without their meters switched on.

Staff celebrate after store put on "saved list"

The Northern Echo: Staff of Lakeland Leather who launched a campaign to save it

2:12pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

A CAMPAIGN by staff to save their jobs has paid off after administrators revealed the Lakeland Leather, in Northallerton, is the first of 18 previously doomed stores to sign a new lease.

Darlington rugby players join ice bucket challenge craze

The Northern Echo:

2:02pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

MEMBERS of a rugby club's first-team squad today became the latest to take part in the ALS ice bucket challenge.

Study will assess effect of working shifts on police officers

The Northern Echo: APPEAL: North Yorkshire Police are appealing to the public to help with information following an attack in Northallerton

1:30pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

A POLICE federation is joining forces with its counterparts from around the country in order to commission to research into the effects that shifts have on its members.

Classical star Russell Watson starts Christmas tour at Durham Cathedral

The Northern Echo: Tenor Russell Watson

1:14pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

CLASSICAL music star Russell Watson will start a Christmas tour of UK cathedrals in Durham this November.

Bid to trace spitting train drunk

1:12pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

A DRUNK who spat in the face of a station worker after being ejected from a train is being sought by police.

Businessman supports 17 youth teams with new kits

The Northern Echo: CUT ABOVE: Football team Middleton Rangers Juniors have received sponsorship from barbers Class Cuts on North Road, Darlington. Pictured outside the salon are are members of the team with barber Ranj Ali Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

12:17pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

A BUSINESSMAN who moved to Darlington five years ago has sponsored 17 youth football teams to give something back to the local community.

'Hidden gem' to become visitor attraction

The Northern Echo: : Peter Seed, Estate Director at Ushaw College, 200 year old Catholic seminary. Picture: DAVID WOOD (9880634)

6:03am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

A CENTURIES old former Catholic seminary largely hidden from the public for decades is set to become the region’s newest visitor attraction.

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