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Mother claims toddler son's life was put at risk by nurses on 'understaffed' children's ward

The Northern Echo: HOSPITAL PROBLEMS: Joshua Skelton, who is now back at home in Darlington  Picture: STUART BOULTON

6:58am Tuesday 30th September 2014

THE mother of a toddler with a rare medical condition has claimed her son’s life was put at risk by hospital staff who failed to ensure he got the treatment he needed.

Admin assistant left child abuse pics in his desk at work

The Northern Echo: Teesside Crown Court

2:07pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

A PERVERT admin assistant who downloaded child abuse pictures on his works computer was unmasked after carelessly leaving a print-out in his desk.

Renowned ballet company to stage classic productions in Darlington

The Northern Echo: Darlington Civic Theatre

6:01pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

AN INTERNATIONALLY renowned ballet company will perform in the region next year.

Gatiss to host charity talk-in

The Northern Echo: DARLINGTON TALK: Mark Gatiss

5:01pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

ACTOR, writer and novelist Mark Gatiss will return to the North-East this winter for an ‘in conversation’ event for charity.

Award-winning and provocative cabaret to be staged at the Jabberwocky Market theatrical festival

The Northern Echo: Ballad of the Burning Star will be performed at Jabberwocky Market (c) Alex Brenner

1:41pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

A PROVOCATIVE, award-winning play will take centre stage at a major theatrical festival opening in Darlington this week.

Reduction in parking charges to come into effect

The Northern Echo: ALL CHANGE: Reduced prices in some Darlington car parks takes effect tomorrow. Library image

1:33pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

ONE of a raft of controversial measures council chiefs hope will alleviate parking problems in Darlington town centre will come into effect tomorrow.

Reduction in class sizes at Darlington school

The Northern Echo: SMALLER CLASSES: Reid Street Academy chairwoman of governors, Carol Saunders, with pupils in one of the school’s new classrooms

1:13pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

CLASS sizes normally associated with the independent sector are to be introduced at a Darlington primary school thanks to a major investment in resources.

Suspended sentence for Darlington beer garden thug

The Northern Echo: COURT CASE: Rustam Utegenov took his mother's car from their home in Darlington

12:16pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

A DRINKER who smashed the jaw of another man during a bust-up in a beer garden has been told to pay his victim £2,000.

Engineering employees celebrate taking triathlon title

The Northern Echo: FIRST PLACE: From left to right, Jim Pyrah, Ewan Porteous and Chris Garcia are presented with their winning plaques.

4:53pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

A TRIO of staff from a Darlington Engineering firm are celebrating taking first place at the Teesdale Triathlon last weekend.

Darlington to host international rugby double header

The Northern Echo:

10:24am Monday 29th September 2014

THE NORTHERN ECHO ARENA, in Darlington, will host an international rugby double-header next March.

Money raised is a tribute to the work of mapmaker Bob

3:34pm Monday 29th September 2014

THE unique legacy of a teacher and musician has raised more than £10,000 to help fight the cancer which claimed his life.

North-East MP explains no-show in crucial vote on Middle East military action

The Northern Echo: LEAD Technologies Inc. V1.01 (8576719)

3:23pm Monday 29th September 2014

A NORTH-EAST MP has explained her reason for not taking part in a Commons vote on air strikes in Iraq.

Soap serial killer takes to the stage in Darlington

The Northern Echo: DOUBLE DEATH:Darlington Civic Theatre welcomes Double Death

Starring Kim Tiddy,Tom Butcher,Judy Buxton and Brian Capron  .Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

7:36pm Monday 29th September 2014

THRILL-SEEKERS are promised an edge-of-their-seat performance in a thriller being staged at a North-East theatre.

Darlington MP slams 'unhelpful' A&E petition – which has now disappeared

The Northern Echo: CYCLIST HURT: A 27-year-old man was taken to Darlington Memorial Hospital after being knocked off his bike in a suspected hit-and-run

5:44pm Monday 29th September 2014

DARLINGTON'S MP has added her voice to those criticising a petition to 'save' the town's accident and emergency (A&E) department, despite repeated assurances about its future.

Care home residents tackle Alzheimers' Society walk to raise funds for dementia research

The Northern Echo: PARK WALK: Marion Precious, 98, and Winifred Howe, 91, during the National Memory Walk in Stewart Park, Middlesbrough

5:32pm Monday 29th September 2014

A 98-YEAR-OLD woman was among dozens of people from across the region to take part in a charity walk on behalf of the Alzheimer’s Society.

Thrift festival director looks ahead to next year

The Northern Echo: FESTIVAL BOSS: Stella Hall, Festival of Thrift director pictured

4:41pm Monday 29th September 2014

THE director of a festival that attracted tens of thousands of people to a North-East town has called on the public to share their ideas for next year's event.

Work begins to renovate derelict unit on High Northgate

The Northern Echo: THE position of the derelict property undergoing renovation on High Northgate, Darlington   Source: Google Maps

3:55pm Monday 29th September 2014

WORK to renovate a near derelict building on Darlington’s High Northgate has been started by a developer, who hopes to bring the site’s retail and residential uses back to life.

Thousands raised at charity punk rock night

The Northern Echo: FUNDS RAISED: A representative from Macmillan Cancer Support receives a cheque on behalf of the punk fundraiser

2:16pm Monday 29th September 2014

A PUNK rock night featuring live music from eight bands raised more than £3,000 for a cancer charity, organisers have revealed.

Enthusiastic teenage baker Jess of Darlington sets up street cafe for Macmillan Nurses

The Northern Echo: CAKE & COFFEE:13-year-old girl Jessica May from Darlington holds a street coffee morning for Macmillan Nurses. Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

2:09pm Monday 29th September 2014

A TEENAGE girl sold coffee and cakes on the street for the third year running for the Macmillan Nurses at the weekend.

Senior police officers praises rural community for its efforts to tackle crime

The Northern Echo: WELL DONE: PCSO John Angus receives a Chief Constable's Commendation award from Chief Superintendent Graham Hall at the Middleton St George Pact meeting

10:25am Monday 29th September 2014

A SENIOR police officer has spoken of the importance of local knowledge and community efforts after a rural village reported some of the lowest figures in County Durham.

Rugby club backing the nuns on the run

The Northern Echo: CHARITY BACKING: Mowden pair Chris McTurk and Mark Ireland join Sister Act cast member Fiona Thomas and Miles the GNAAS mascot to promote the Nun Run.

1:51pm Monday 29th September 2014

A CHARITY fun run has gained the support of a rugby club, just days before the run is due to take place.

Police find drugs in Darlington man's freezer while he was on bail for other offences

12:26pm Sunday 28th September 2014

AN addict was caught with hundreds of pounds worth of amphetamine in his freezer just weeks after he had been questioned and bailed for drugs.

Council bosses hail Festival of Thrift

The Northern Echo: FESTIVAL OF THRIFT: Crowds flock to the festival. Picture: STUART BOULTON

1:06pm Sunday 28th September 2014

COUNCIL chiefs and Darlington’s MP have hailed the Festival of Thrift for boosting business in the borough.

Author brings the story of the Stockton and Darlington Railway to life

The Northern Echo: BOOK LAUNCH: Tony Stowers launches his new book 'No.1' at Darlington Crown Street library. (10827282)

11:03am Sunday 28th September 2014

AN author has used his imagination to bring to life the tale of the Stockton and Darlington Railway and how it influenced the lives of people in the North East.

Visitors embrace the thrifty ethos

The Northern Echo: FESTIVAL OF THRIFT: On the main stage. Picture: STUART BOULTON. (10835222)

1:54pm Sunday 28th September 2014

THERE really was something for everybody at the Festival of Thrift and the broad range of people visiting over the weekend proved that thrift is for all.

Father gets to the church on time

The Northern Echo: PROUD FATHER: Alf Mead (left) looks on as his daughter Judith gets married to Adam Kane. Picture: STUART BOULTON

5:01pm Sunday 28th September 2014

PROUD dad Alf Mead was exactly where he should have been on Saturday - walking his daughter down the aisle after flying halfway round the world to surprise her.

Father flies halfway round the world to surprise daughter at wedding

The Northern Echo: SURPRISE SURPRISE: Alf Mead and his daughter Judith during the wedding rehearsal at the Blackwell Grange Hotel in Darlington. Picture: STUART BOULTON. (10830405)

6:04am Saturday 27th September 2014

A BRIDE’S big day was made all the more special when her father flew halfway round the world to surprise her at the wedding rehearsal.

Darlington choreographer's delight at launching Jabberwocky Market

The Northern Echo: SOLAS FAE: The show is being performed in Darlington's Cattle Market

11:28am Saturday 27th September 2014

A DARLINGTON choreographer has spoken of her delight at launching this year’s Jabberwocky Market on Thursday with a show in the Cattle Market.

Thousands of illegal cigarettes seized in Darlington

The Northern Echo: TOBACCO HAUL: Fair Trading Officer Shaun Trevor with the siezed illegal tobacco and cigarettes at Darlington Picture: ANDY LAMB

6:14pm Friday 26th September 2014

TENS of thousands of illegal cigarettes have been seized by trading standards officials, following a series of raids in Darlington.

Darlington councillors condemn 'dangerous' A&E petition

The Northern Echo: CYCLIST HURT: A 27-year-old man was taken to Darlington Memorial Hospital after being knocked off his bike in a suspected hit-and-run

5:01pm Friday 26th September 2014

OPPOSING councillors set aside political differences to pour scorn on a 'scurrilous, spurious and dangerous' petition about accident and emergency (A&E) services at a North-East hospital.

Efforts to re-open pumping station continue

The Northern Echo: OUT OF STEAM: Tees Cottage Pumping Station, in Darlington

1:28pm Friday 26th September 2014

EFFORTS to re-open a piece of the region's industrial heritage have taken a step forward, The Northern Echo has learnt.

Chance to buy stunning Lancaster image

The Northern Echo: Geoff Hill's photo of the Lancaster bomber is now available to buy online

5:54pm Friday 26th September 2014

THIS stunning image of the Mynarski Memorial Lancaster is now on sale on The Northern Echo's photosales website.

Council's pledge to make improvements – if necessary – after employee jailed for theft

The Northern Echo: AUDIT PLEDGE: Darlington Borough Council chief executive Ada Burns

2:14pm Friday 26th September 2014

A COUNCIL chief executive has pledged to make any necessary improvements to auditing procedures, after an employee was jailed for equipment theft worth almost £80,000.

Campaigners call for support against housing plans

6:22pm Friday 26th September 2014

CAMPAIGNERS fighting plans to build housing on a playing field at Bellburn Lane have added their voice to calls for people to attend a meeting where the plans will be discussed.

Region gets baking and brewing for Macmillan Cancer Support

The Northern Echo: NEIGHBOURLY DEED: Sandra Phipps, left, chair of Darlington Neighbourhood Watch Association and Annette Metcalfe from Durham Constabulary offer cake and coffee to visitors to the Macmillan Coffee morning in Central House, Darlington.      Picture: ANDY LAM

5:14pm Friday 26th September 2014

FRIENDS, colleagues and children across the region raised their mugs to Macmillan Cancer Support to celebrate the charity’s Big Coffee Morning campaign.

Detailed plans submitted for £1million hospice extension

The Northern Echo: FUTURE PLANS: Director of clinical services Victoria Ashley and hospice chief executive Jane Bradshaw outside the main building of St Teresa's Hospice in Darlington which is set to be extended.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

5:01pm Friday 26th September 2014

PROGRESS is being made on a multi-million pound in-patient unit at St Teresa’s Hospice, with detailed drawings been submitted by architects.

Young Darlington residents urged to make their mark

4:43pm Friday 26th September 2014

YOUNG Darlington residents are being urged to vote on which issues are most important to them as part of a national youth parliament campaign.

Addict stole for drug money

The Northern Echo: LAW COURT: Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court

1:04pm Friday 26th September 2014

A HEROIN addict battling his addiction shoplifted to buy drugs after finding out his girlfriend was going to prison, a court heard.

Food festival organiser appeals for stallholders

The Northern Echo:

12:57pm Friday 26th September 2014

THE organisers of a food fair due to take place next month have appealed for local businesses interested in having a stall to come forward.

Rotary cyclists raise £4,500 for charity with Way of the Roses cycle ride

The Northern Echo: THREE DAYS: The Rotary cycle team celebrate the end of the ride at Bridlington

12:08pm Friday 26th September 2014

A GROUP of Rotarians from Darlington raised £4,500 for charity by tackling the gruelling Way of the Roses cycle ride.

Heroin addict 'heading in the right direction'

The Northern Echo: LAW COURT: Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court

11:49am Friday 26th September 2014

A RECOVERING heroin addict with a long-standing drug habit has appeared in court for shoplifting.

Council approves parking changes in Darlington

The Northern Echo: FAIR TREATMENT: Darlington councillor Bill Dixon said staff regrades and downgrades have happened across the board at the council

9:01pm Thursday 25th September 2014

CHANGES to parking arrangements in a North-East town have been approved – but may be "too little, too late" to help traders, according to a senior councillor.

Plans for hotel next to the Darlington Arena agreed by planners

The Northern Echo: PLANS PASSED: The site map for the proposed hotel on the outskirts of Darlington

6:02am Thursday 25th September 2014

THE developer behind a proposed 68-bedroom hotel on the outskirts of a North-East town say their research has proved there is a need for extra capacity in the area, despite fears of lost business from existing hoteliers.

Senior councillors get into the festival swing

The Northern Echo: THRIFT ART: Artist Shane Waltener during a workshop with Amelia Cavill  from Red Hall Primary School ahead of the Festival of Thrift. Picture: TOM BANKS

7:28pm Thursday 25th September 2014

SENIOR councillors dancing around the town hall and schoolchildren working with an acclaimed artist have continued the Festival of Thrift countdown this week.

Have your say on development plans at meeting

The Northern Echo: NO THANKS: Opponents of the Muscar House Farm housing plans

4:50pm Thursday 25th September 2014

OPPONENTS of plans to build 90 homes on the outskirts of Darlington are being encouraged to attend a meeting where the development framework underpinning the proposals will be discussed.

Raising funds in brother's memory

The Northern Echo: BIG CHALLENGE: The team at the Pen y Fan peak base camp

2:50pm Thursday 25th September 2014

A TRANSPORT professional is on target to help raise £10,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support after reaching new peaks during a 24-hour mountaineering relay.

Thatched pub regains Michelin star after 'wilderness years'

The Northern Echo: COVETED AWARD: Chef Andrew Pern, at The Star Inn, Harome, near Helmsley

2:48pm Thursday 25th September 2014

A COUNTY has cemented its reputation for fine dining after three restaurants were awarded Michelin star accolades.

Man took his anger out on a car tyre

The Northern Echo: LAW COURT: Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court

2:47pm Thursday 25th September 2014

A DISGRUNTLED man channelled his frustration at being asked to leave his own home by slashing the tyres of a nearby car.

Pair log on for new business venture

The Northern Echo: CARVING BUSINESS: Ben Rennison, left and Lukas Beben at their wooden sculpture business at Cleasby Picture: ANDY LAMB

2:41pm Thursday 25th September 2014

A FIREWOOD business owner has hit upon an artistic way of diversifying – creating intricate sculptures out of logs.

Witness appeal after Darlington break-in

The Northern Echo: POLICE APPEAL: Items were stolen from a house in Westerhope Court, Faverdale, earlier this month

2:35pm Thursday 25th September 2014

POLICE are investigating a house burglary in which power tools, jewellery and a safe were stolen.

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