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Schoolgirl witnesses driver's "sex act" in car outside Darlington shops

The Northern Echo: Durham Constabulary

4:52pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

A MAN in a car performed an obscene act in front of a schoolgirl at the weekend.

Schoolboy pleads with world leaders to stop the Israel/Palestine conflict

The Northern Echo: (8794829)

7:24pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

A NORTH-EAST schoolboy has begged world leaders to intervene in the Israeli and Palestinian conflict.

Additions allowed to the Asda site at Whinbush Way in Darlington

The Northern Echo: ASDA

5:53pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

ASDA has been granted permission to make additions to its Whinbush Way supermarket site in Darlington.

Councillor backs residents in fight against development proposals

5:45pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

A COUNCILLOR has given his backing to a campaign by local residents to prevent housing development on a green field site.

Churches childrens' club rocks

The Northern Echo: SEASIDE ROCK: Children having fun at Seaside Rock holiday club at Bondgate Methodist Church. Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

5:30pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

CHILDREN from churches across Darlington are making sure that the start of their summer holiday truly rocks.

Darlington primary school students go for gold in end of year show

The Northern Echo: GOING FOR GOLD: Primary school children get a taste of life at DSMS

5:23pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

HUNDREDS of students prepared for life at the big school in spectacular fashion as they went for gold in an extravaganza of song, dance and drama.

Councillors clash at Darlington planning meeting which approves log cabin scheme for vulnerable people

The Northern Echo: CABINET MEETING: Darlington Town Hall

5:21pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

TENSIONS rose at a planning meeting in which a councillor described a proposed accommodation development for vulnerable youngsters as being like an “open prison”.

Darlington FC launches first fans' survey

3:06pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

DARLINGTON FC has launched its first official fans’ survey to collect independent views on how the club is being run.

Gerald Lee Pocket Park opens to fanfare - but is it Britain's smallest?

The Northern Echo: A local youngster helps the mayor as he opens the park named in his honour

6:04am Wednesday 30th July 2014

SERENADED in the sunshine by a brass band playing ‘It’s a Small World After All’, a colourful crowd in resplendent headgear gathered to celebrate the long-awaited opening of The Gerald Lee Pocket Park.

Superfit Mary is still high-kicking at 90

The Northern Echo: KEEP FIT: Mary Slater during an over 60's keep fit session. Picture: STUART BOULTON

6:22pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

A SUPERFIT grandmother has been recognised for her dedication to keep fit classes as she celebrated her 90th birthday.

Plans to build on Middleton St George playing field dropped after village opposition

4:15pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

A PROPOSAL to build community facilities on a village playing field has been dropped after it was opposed by a large number of residents.

AC/DC legend Brian Johnson to rev up nostalgia motor racing weekend

The Northern Echo: HIGHWAY TO CROFT: Brian Johnson with his 1964 Mini Cooper

3:30pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

ROCK legend and renowned petrol head Brian Johnson is set to rev up a retro motoring festival this weekend with his beloved Mini.

Outdoor cinema to return after proving a hit with families

The Northern Echo: BY THE SEA: Families enjoy the first Seaside Cinema event in Darlington's Market Square

1:15pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

A FREE outdoor cinema in Darlington’s Market Square proved so popular that organisers have arranged to repeat the event.

Christian centre celebrates first anniversary in Darlington

The Northern Echo: CHURCH SUCCESS: The first anniversary for The Word of Life International Christian Centre in Darlington was celebrated on Saturday by, amongst many, from left Tracey Freeman, chief executive of Darlington charity First Stop, Pastor Emmanuel Chundula, Darl

12:45pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

COMMUNITY representatives gathered to celebrate the first anniversary of a Christian centre in Darlington.

Exhibition of Darlington artists opens

The Northern Echo: IN THE PICTURE: Darlington Building Society in Darlington town centre is hosting an exhibition of work by members of Darlington Society of Arts (DSA).  Pictured by the exhibition are Colin Farrant of DSA, Gina Morton of DSA and an exhibitor, and Sharon Wi

12:35pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

LOCAL artists are at the heart of a new exhibition in Darlington.

Victim of dog attack calls for pet owners to keep their dogs on leads

The Northern Echo: ATTACKED: Deborah Forster and her Yorkshire terrier Ted were both injured after being set upon by another dog near to where they live in Darlington.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (8678245)

6:04am Tuesday 29th July 2014

A WOMAN called for dogs to be kept on leads after being attacked by a loose animal, which also savaged her pet.

Plans for new betting shop at site of former newsagent granted permission

The Northern Echo: Plans for new betting shop at site of former newsagent granted permission

3:08pm Monday 28th July 2014

A BETTING firm has been granted permission to open a bookmakers at the site of a former newsagent.

Club of the Year success for junior football club in Darlington

The Northern Echo: WINNING TEAM: The Mayor of Darlington, Councillor Gerald Lee and his Mayoress, Ruth Lee, present he Club of the Year trophy to Darlington TSC

2:31pm Monday 28th July 2014

A DARLINGTON club has beaten off competition from across the region to be crowned Teesside Junior Football Alliance’s Club of the Year 2014.

Initiative helps ease transition from primary to secondary school

The Northern Echo: STEPPING UP: Chloe Naisbitt, 11, of Northwood Primary School, with DSMS student Lucy Edmond, 12

2:27pm Monday 28th July 2014

PRIMARY school children have been stepping up to the mark in an initiative designed to prepare them for life at the big school.

Hundreds of North-East parents fined for taking their children out of school

The Northern Echo: SCHOOL FINE: Sharon Temple from Darlington has been fined for taking her children out of school to go on holiday but she says she will do it again. Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT (8460944)

6:02am Monday 28th July 2014

HUNDREDS of North-East parents have been fined for pulling their children out of school for a family holiday, an investigation by The Northern Echo has found.

Flying the flag for quality green spaces in Darlington

The Northern Echo: GREEN FLAG: Darlington's South Park (picture by Keith Rowland)

12:04am Monday 28th July 2014

DARLINGTON’S South Park and West Cemetery have retained their prestigious Green Flag Award to keep them listed among the best green spaces in the country.

Big row over Britain's smallest park as council leader criticises naming it after a "right-wing Tory"

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

12:02am Monday 28th July 2014

IN a big row over a small park, a council leader has criticised the naming of a plot of land after a “right wing Tory”.

Feline a little scared, cat rescued from telegraph pole by firemen

The Northern Echo: Home safe: Mrs Pollock with Alfie

7:27pm Sunday 27th July 2014

A CAT stuck up a tree is the stereotypical rescue for firemen.

Charity event is a knockout

The Northern Echo: WATER FUN: Liam Hughes from the St Teresa's Terrors team races with a welly full of water in the It's a Knockout competition at Blackwell Meadows.         Picture: ANDY LAMB

5:52pm Sunday 27th July 2014

A FUN-FILLED afternoon of It’s a Knockout-style games saw hundreds of visitors descend on Darlington this weekend.

Mayors from across the region gather for civic service

The Northern Echo: MAYORS WALK: A procession of Mayors from around the region make their way to church at Heighington for the Mayor of Darlington's service.         Picture: ANDY LAMB

5:51pm Sunday 27th July 2014

FIFTEEN Mayors from across the region joined the Bishop of Jarrow at a special service for the new Mayor of Darlington.

South Park's swearing parrot replaced by Lollipop the dancing African grey

The Northern Echo: SOUTH PARK PARROT: Lollipop the new African Grey for Darlington's South Park aviary

12:28pm Sunday 27th July 2014

PARK staff left bereft by the death of a foul-mouthed parrot have welcomed its replacement in the aviary.

Judge jails one-man crimewave after admitting he got it wrong before in letting him off

The Northern Echo: PROFESSIONAL BURGLAR: Jamie Marriott

12:02pm Sunday 27th July 2014

A PROFESSIONAL burglar, who sends crime figures soaring when he is on the loose, is behind bars.

Paramedic borrows bicycle to reach injured cyclist

The Northern Echo: EMERGENCY AID: The teenage boy receiving treatment at the scene

10:58am Sunday 27th July 2014

A PARAMEDIC commandeered a bicycle to reach a teenager who suffered serious head and neck injuries after falling off his bike.

'Disgraceful' ambulance response time highlighted by engineering boss

The Northern Echo: AIR ASSISTANCE: The Great North Air Ambulance Service at the scene on Cleveland Trading Estate, Darlington

6:43am Saturday 26th July 2014

AN employee bleeding heavily from a wound had to wait almost an hour for an ambulance after suffering a serious industrial accident, it has emerged.

Rambling grandmother raises £300 for Alzheimer's charity

The Northern Echo: FIT FUNDS: Christine Wright, 74, walked the equivalent of a marathon a month for charity

1:21pm Saturday 26th July 2014

A GRANDMOTHER in her seventies has raised funds for The Alzheimer’s Society by completing a triple marathon walking challenge.

Darlington School of Mathematics and Science celebrates 50th anniversary

The Northern Echo: GOLDEN MOMENT: DSMS head teacher Calvin Kipling, left, helps cut the 50th anniversary cake with former teachers Tony Forster, Linda Lindley, pupil of ’64 Maria Rochester and retired art teacher Arthur Morgan

1:01pm Saturday 26th July 2014

HUNDREDS of visitors took a trip down memory lane as a school opened its doors to celebrate half a century of learning.

Students create rubbish artwork from bottle tops

The Northern Echo: GETTING THRIFTY: Students from Hummersknott Academy, in Darlington, show off their upcycled sculptures which will be shown at the upcoming Festival of Thrift. Pictured from left are Jack McVay, 14, Lydia Barnes, 14, art and design teacher Maggie Harrison,

12:43pm Saturday 26th July 2014

THOUSANDS of discarded bottle tops have been given a new lease of life thanks to students at a North-East school.

Drugs charge

12:28pm Saturday 26th July 2014

FRED Patterson, of Gladstone Street, Darlington, has pleaded guilty to producing four cannabis plants. Magistrates in Newton Aycliffe heard the 46-year-old had grown the class B drug for his own use. Patterson was fined £110 and ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge and £85 court costs.

West End classic is a sell-out at Darlington school

The Northern Echo: TECHNICOLOUR DREAMCOAT: Carmel College student George Ford as Joseph

11:20am Saturday 26th July 2014

SELL out crowds gave students the ovation they deserved after bringing the year to a tumultuous conclusion with a classic performance.

Dress up as a nun for charity fun run

12:22pm Saturday 26th July 2014

RUNNERS are being encouraged to don their habit and sprint with their sisters in aid of the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS).

Appeals against council's refusal for Gypsy sites upheld

The Northern Echo: About 20 caravans occupied the playing field over the weekend

6:32am Friday 25th July 2014

CONTROVERSIAL Gypsy site proposals that attracted hundreds of objections from villagers who raised £7,700 to fight them have been granted on appeal.

Charity face painting event at Argos in Darlington

The Northern Echo:

7:32pm Friday 25th July 2014

A CHARITY event in aid of the Alzheimer's Society will be held in Darlington tomorrow.

Teen table football champs from Darlington retain their title in Austria

The Northern Echo: TOP TABLE: Matthew Warr, left and Callum Oakes, both 17, pictured at Darlington with their international trophies for table football.           Picture: ANDY LAMB

5:43pm Friday 25th July 2014

TWO teenagers have restored pride to English football, not on the pitch but on the table.

Angelina Ballerina is pirouetting into a North East theatre

The Northern Echo: FUN SHOW: The cast of Angelina Ballerina The Mousical at Darlington Civic Theatre

5:42pm Friday 25th July 2014

ANGELINA Ballerina is pirouetting onto the Darlington Civic Theatre stage this weekend for a family friendly production.

Tapas Bar reopens in memory of owner Peter Turnbull who put "heart and soul" into making it a success

The Northern Echo:

5:40pm Friday 25th July 2014

A TAPAS bar reopened today in memory of its owner, who died suddenly on Wednesday.

Green-fingered volunteers needed to help mark arts centre's second birthday

The Northern Echo: ART FAIR: The Bridge Centre for Visual Arts, in Yarm Road, Darlington, is holding an arts fair to mark its second birthday

1:49pm Friday 25th July 2014

A COMMUNITY arts venue is appealing for volunteers to help celebrate its second anniversary.

Log cabins plans set for approval despite objections

The Northern Echo: PLANNING MEETING: Darlington Town Hall

12:35pm Friday 25th July 2014

COUNCILLORS look set to approve controversial plans for accommodation for vulnerable young people, despite objections from residents.

Summer fair raises hundreds for Darlington care home

The Northern Echo: PARTY TIME: Residents with their families, friends and former mayor and mayoress of Darlington, Charles and Carol Johnson at Eastbourne Care Home in Darlington  Picture: STUART BOULTON

11:47am Friday 25th July 2014

A SUMMER fair helped to raise hundreds of pounds towards entertainment and activities for residents at a Darlington care home.

Students' talents showcased at annual summer show

The Northern Echo: WORKS OF ART: Pupils from Hummersknott  Academy with their winning artwork, from left Chebet Chemorei, 16, Nadia McLoughlin, Jess Birkbeck, 16, Erin Hughes, 15, Ian Hughes from The Art Shop who handed out prize vouchers and Hannah Matthews, 16          Pi

11:39am Friday 25th July 2014

PROMISING Picassos have had their talent recognised at an annual show.

The seaside comes to Darlington as annual summer event gets underway

The Northern Echo: SUMMER FUN: Giselle Popo, four, enjoys Darlington by the Sea  Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

5:40pm Thursday 24th July 2014

WITH a sandy beach, deckchairs and a baking hot sun, Darlington seemed more southern Spain than North-East England as a popular summer attraction got underway.

Town's shock at death of Tapas Bar restaurant owner Peter Turnbull

The Northern Echo: FLORAL TRIBUTES: Flowers left outside the Tapas Bar in Darlington. Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

5:16pm Thursday 24th July 2014

FLOWERS have been left outside an award-winning bar and restaurant following the death of its owner.

Boxer weighs in to support charity effort

The Northern Echo: CHARITY SUPPORT: Darlington boxer Stuart Hall with Lisa Atkinson from Specsavers, who have teamed up to raise money for three charities Picture:RICHARD DOUGHTY

3:39pm Thursday 24th July 2014

A NORTH-EAST boxing hero has kicked off a fundraising campaign for a charity close to his heart.

Credit union passes £1m investment milestone

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

3:11pm Thursday 24th July 2014

A NORTH-EAST credit union is winning its battle against payday lenders after clocking up more than £1m in investments for the first time.

Darlington man admits child abduction charges

The Northern Echo: Teesside Crown Court

2:31pm Thursday 24th July 2014

A MAN has been warned he faces prison after he admitted two charges of child abduction.

Golfers invited to tee off for charity

The Northern Echo: GOLF DAY: Darlington-based consultancy We Do HR is urging local businesses and golf fanatics to take part in its fundraising tournament at Rockliffe Hall on Tuesday, August 5

2:10pm Thursday 24th July 2014

GOLF enthusiasts can raise vital funds for a North-East charity at an annual tournament next month.



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