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Darlington set for new retail park with an Aldi, Iceland and KFC

The Northern Echo: NEW STORE: Darlington's North Road area is set to welcome a new Aldi store

5:34pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A NEW retail park with an Aldi, KFC and Iceland outlets could be built in Darlington within the next two years after councillors approved plans.

Chance to help fund multi-million pound steam engine project

The Northern Echo: STEAMING AHEAD: Chris Ludlow's painting of the Prince of Wales and Tornado side by side

3:29pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A PROJECT to build Britain's most powerful steam locomotive has moved forward, with the formation of a £600,000 fundraising campaign to pay for its boiler.

Woman caught trying to steal condom machine armed with shopping trolley to haul it away

The Northern Echo:

1:26pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

CONDOMS offered no protection from the law for a bungling thief.

Academies and free schools blamed for rise in teenage pregnancies

The Northern Echo: True cost of teenage pregnancy problem more than £4m per year

6:58am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

TEENAGE pregnancies are on the rise in a North-East town because schools are dropping sex education, MPs have been told.

Boy tells Darlington scout leader trial of 'disgust' at being spanked

The Northern Echo: COURT APPEARANCE: Christopher Blakeborough arrives at Teesside Crown Court. (11704407)

6:46am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A BOY told a jury he felt "disgusted" after being spanked by a scout group leader during a camping trip.

Woman cut free after car collides with garage in Darlington

8:18pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A WOMAN had to be cut free from the wreck of her car after it left the road and collided with a garage in Darlington.

Father attacks Darlington primary school that let six-year-old girl walk home alone

The Northern Echo: Six year old Scarlett Shotton near her home on Neasham Road, Darlington.  She was allowed to walk out of her school by herself and ended up walking home.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (11836241)

7:26pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

THE father of a six-year-old girl who walked out of school alone without any of her teachers realising said he was “horrified” at the thought of what could have happened to his daughter.

Darlington churchyard set to be transformed into a riot of colour

The Northern Echo: BULB PLANTING: Darlington Friends of the Earth take part in a bulb planting in the grounds of St Cuthbert's Church, Darlington Picture: TOM BANKS

7:02pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

BLUEBELLS and snowdrops will help bring cheer to a North-East churchyard thanks to the work of green-fingered volunteers.

Darlington Council strongly objects to Scotch Corner designer complex

The Northern Echo: DESIGNER NAMES: An artist's impression of the designer complex at Scotch Corner

6:46pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

DARLINGTON councillors have objected to a proposed designer complex at Scotch Corner, fearing it would damage town centre trade.

Darlington councillors object to Sedgefield windfarm proposals

The Northern Echo: WINDFARM LANDSCAPE: Councillors were warned over the cumulative impact of separate wind turbine sites being approved

6:36pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

DARLINGTON Council has lodged its objection to proposals for a 24-turbine windfarm near Sedgefield.

'Close run thing' as attacker is spared jail

The Northern Echo: COURT DATE: Teesside Crown Court

6:08pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A MAN who punched his mother’s partner, causing him to break his nose, has been spared jail.

Sanctioned man who stole to eat is jailed

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Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court G.V.
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5:22pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A MAN who stole to eat after his benefits were stopped has been jailed.

Darlington residents hit out at missed bin collections and confusion over recycling

The Northern Echo: BIN FIRE: Craig Jones and his sister-in-law, Karen Gascoigne, and the damage caused by the wheelie bin fire

4:58pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

HOUSEHOLDERS have criticised a new kerbside waste collection service over missed bin collections and confusion over what items can be recycled.

Darlington man smashed van windscreen with axe following dispute with ex-girlfriend, a court heard

The Northern Echo: Steven John Hutchinson, 34, of Evenwood Gate, County Durham, was sentenced at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court

2:45pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A MAN used an axe to smash the window of a van containing his ex-partner and her new boyfriend, a court was told.

Bishop of Durham to dedicate war rolls of honour

The Northern Echo: FORMER PUPILS REMEMBERED: Ian Wood has unearthered two World War One memorials that were found in the bell tower of St John's Church off Yarm Road in Darlington.  They list former pupils of the St John's School that fought in the war (left), and d

1:29pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

AFTER languishing in a bell tower for four decades, two First World War rolls of honour will form the centrepiece of an exhibition in a North-East church.

Darlington school enjoys cash windfall thanks to Co-op staff

The Northern Echo: THANK YOU: Co-Op staff Sarah Scratchard and Danielle Bolam present a cheque to children at West Park Academy, Darlington, L-R, Mia Dowson, Amber Thomas, Jack Sludds and Isaac Purchase, all five

1:01pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

SUPERMARKET staff were invited to check-out a new outdoor play area after raising hundreds of pounds for its development.

Daffodils to mark church group's anniversary

The Northern Echo: SPRING BULBS: The Cockerton Methodist Church Ladies Group plant golden daffodils on the village green. Picture: STUART BOULTON

12:52pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A CHURCH group has helped ensure that its village will be awash with daffodils when it celebrates its 50th anniversary next year.

System will help hard-of-hearing theatregoers

The Northern Echo: LOUD AND CLEAR: A new radio frequency hearing system has been introduced at the Civic Theatre in Darlington after funding through the Friends of Darlington Civic Theatre membership subsciption.  Friends of Darlington Civic Theatre, members of the voluntar

7:49pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

REGULAR visitors to a North-East theatre have helped fund a new system to help hard-of-hearing patrons.

Bench in memory of junior football team coach 'Mally'

The Northern Echo: MUCH MISSED: The memorial bench placed in Middleton St George in honour of Mally Turnbull

1:01pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A MEMORIAL bench has been placed in Middleton St George playing field in honour of Malcolm Turnbull, known as Mally, who coached junior football teams in the village for many years.

Demonstrators in Darlington protest against blacklisting

The Northern Echo: CROCODILE TEARS: Trade unionists highlight the construction industry blacklists outside the gates of Cleveland Bridge in Darlington. Picture: STUART BOULTON

5:15pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

UNION members held a protest demonstration outside a Darlington business it says was responsible for blacklisting construction workers.

Tribute to talented Darlington musician John Morton

The Northern Echo: HAPPY MEMORIES: John Morton

4:41pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A TALENTED musician who played his unusual instrument in productions featuring stars of the stage an screen has died at the age of 83.

Good Samaritan has phone stolen trying to help homeless man

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Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court G.V.
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4:10pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A GOOD Samaritan had his phone stolen while trying to help a homeless man.

Huge party marks Brownies' 100th birthday

The Northern Echo: BIRTHDAY BASH: More than 100 Brownies descend on Adventure Point, in Darlington, to celebrate 100 years of the organisation Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

2:45pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

DOZENS of youngsters have enjoyed a big Brownie party to celebrate the organisation’s 100th birthday.

Operatic society launches search for new talent

The Northern Echo: INTO THE HABIT: Samantha Morrison in rehearsal mode as Mother Superior in Sister Act Picture: STUDIO SMILE PHOTOGRAPHY

2:15pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A COMMUNITY theatre group will be swapping nuns' habits for cans of hairspray and is looking for specific performers to help make the transition.

Volunteers create historical online resource of North Eastern Railway staff

The Northern Echo: ONLINE RESOURCE: Volunteers working at The Head of Steam in Darlington have complied hundreds of records of former railway workers (file pic)

2:01pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

AN online resource for family and railway historians has gone live thanks to the hard work of volunteers.

Christmas shoebox appeal to provide gifts for needy children is launched

The Northern Echo: FESTIVE JOY: A Christmas shoebox brings a smile to a girl in Montenegro thanks to last year's campaign

1:41pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A CAMPAIGN to collect shoeboxes of small toys and gifts for needy children around the world has been launched for the second year.

Dog of the Month: Florence the Staffordshire Bull Terrier

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12:39pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

EACH month The Northern Echo highlights one of the many dogs looking for a home at the Dogs Trust Darlington, in Sadberge, near Darlington.

Scout leader accused of sexual assaults on two young boys

The Northern Echo: COURT APPEARANCE: Christopher Blakeborough arrives at Teesside Crown Court. (11704407)

6:53am Tuesday 21st October 2014

A SCOUT group leader sexually assaulted a young boy after luring him away from his home to choose a new jumper, a court heard.

Police tackle 'large group of youths' in park

The Northern Echo: IDYLLIC SCENE: But visitors to Darlington's South Park would have been greeted by a more sinister sight on Saturday evening

5:22pm Monday 20th October 2014

POLICE are investigating an attempted bag-snatch in a North-East park - following reports of a gathering of a large group of youths.

Prayers said for Darlington charity worker on frontline of fight against Ebola

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6:02am Monday 20th October 2014

PRAYERS were said yesterday for the safe return of a North-east charity worker on the frontline of the battle against Ebola.

Veteran who lived life of crime turns life round with help of North-East charity

The Northern Echo: VITAL SUPPORT: Keith Cooper, left, with Garreth Murrell

1:10pm Monday 20th October 2014

A TRAUMATISED veteran who lived a life of crime has turned his fortunes around thanks to a North-East charity.

North-East rugby stars honoured at civic reception in Darlington

The Northern Echo:

7:18pm Monday 20th October 2014

TWO North-East rugby players who lifted the women’s World Cup this summer have been honoured at a civic reception.

Renowned producer joins North-East film company to make story about the life of a disabled Darlington football fan

The Northern Echo: Tony Waddington

6:03pm Monday 20th October 2014

A RENOWNED producer and songwriter has joined forces with a North-East film company.

Year of achievements for rail heritage group

The Northern Echo: HISTORIC DAY: A horse-drawn coach races the Locomotion No 1 on the opening day of the Stockton and Darlington Railway, in 1825

4:51pm Monday 20th October 2014

A GROUP set up to promote the world's first passenger railway has reached its first anniversary – and says it is full steam ahead for future projects.

Heritage nod for North-East station

The Northern Echo: RED ALERT: The 'red wheel' plaque at North Road station, in Darlington

4:30pm Monday 20th October 2014

THE historic importance of one of the region's oldest railway stations has been acknowledged by a national charity.

Hundreds descend on Darlington for cyclo-cross championship

The Northern Echo: HIGH JUMP: A competitor takes part in the cyclo-cross event in Darlington Picture: STUART BOULTON

4:30pm Monday 20th October 2014

HUNDREDS of cyclists of all ages and abilities got in the saddle to take part in a regional cyclo-cross championship.

Appeal after tools stolen

The Northern Echo:

3:01pm Monday 20th October 2014

TWO large toolboxes containing power and hand-tools were stolen from the garage of a house in Whessoe Road, close to its junction with Longfield Road, in Darlington, overnight on Saturday (October 18).

Field of poppies to be created at Darlington church

The Northern Echo: REMEMBRANCE DAY: A field of poppies will be planted St Cuthbert’s Church, in Darlington, to mark the centenary of the First World War

2:57pm Monday 20th October 2014

A FIELD of poppies will be planted in a Darlington church to mark the centenary of the First World War.

Housing development changes could cause a loss of privacy

2:53pm Monday 20th October 2014

RESIDENTS have complained about a potential loss of privacy as developers propose to alter housing plans.

'Joyride' arrest after high-speed chase

The Northern Echo: CHASE DRAMA: The Vauxhall Corsa on its roof after the early-hours chase over the weekend

12:46pm Monday 20th October 2014

A SUSPECTED joyrider was arrested after an early-hours police chase resulted in a car crashing and landing on its roof.

Joy for Polam Hall showjumpers

The Northern Echo: HORSE PLAY: The Polam Hall School team. From left, Anna Robinson on Treacle Candy, Hannah Raw on Glenwoodstud Dark Emerald, team principal Karen Robinson, Alex Moorhouse on Lady Kate, Hannah Guy on Clonagh Boy

10:45am Monday 20th October 2014

AN equestrian team from Darlington enjoyed success at a recent event.

Future of Middleton St George playing field sparks angry debate at parish council

The Northern Echo: Future of Middleton St George playing field sparks angry debate at parish council

10:24am Monday 20th October 2014

TENSIONS rose at a parish council meeting as the future of a village play park was discussed at length.

Last chance to join Heritage Campus discussions

The Northern Echo: HERITAGE SITE: Tim Crawshaw, officer for environment and urban design at Darlington Borough Council, Cllr Chris McEwan, Cllr Nick Wallis and John Anderson, the council's assistant director for regeneration, with Locomotion No. 1 at the Head of Steam M

3:41pm Monday 20th October 2014

RESIDENTS, businesses and community groups are invited to attend the final public event where they can have their say on the vision of railway heritage in Darlington.

Care home residents record Christmas CD for dementia charity

The Northern Echo: CHRISTMAS RECORDING: Residents and staff from Willow Green Care Home record their Christmas songs at The Forum in Darlington.          Picture: ANDY LAMB

9:34am Monday 20th October 2014

A BAND of care home residents and staff members are raising their voices to raise money by recording a charity Christmas CD.

Tick the box and become an organ donor, urges Darlington man awaiting double transplant

The Northern Echo: KIDNEY FAILURE AWARENESS: Michael Bainbridge at his Darlington home. Picture: STUART BOULTON. (11425891)

10:52am Sunday 19th October 2014

‘JUST tick the box’ is the message from a North-East man awaiting a double organ transplant.

Darlington park and ride service launched

7:36pm Sunday 19th October 2014

A NEW Saturday park-and-ride service has now launched in Darlington.

Knitted poppy appeal gathers pace

The Northern Echo: NEEDLE AND THREAD: A group of knitters are taking up the challenge to produce 2,236 poppies made from wool to commemorate each of the North Eastern Railway workers who died in the First World War. Pictured in Crown Street Library, Darlington Picture: CHRI

4:50pm Sunday 19th October 2014

LINE dancers, pensioners and knitting groups are among the scores of people keeping the ball rolling as part of a regional knitted poppies appeal.

Schoolgirl who nearly died in car crash is flown to Florida

The Northern Echo: DISNEYLAND TRIP: 12-year-old Sharnice Watson. Picture: STUART BOULTON

3:19pm Sunday 19th October 2014

A SCHOOLGIRL left fighting for life after a car crash has had her bravery rewarded with a trip to Disneyland.

External work complete on £8m Darlington development

The Northern Echo: NEW OFFICES: Work on the Department for Education offices in Darlington began in December last yearPictured in February is: centre Councillor Bill Dixon, Leader of Darlington Borough Council with Left Andrew McCully Director General of the Department for

6:46pm Sunday 19th October 2014

EXTERNAL work on a multi-million pound office development in Darlington is now complete.

War games and Spanish football among the lessons learnt at Darlington school

The Northern Echo: WAR GAMES: Education Village pupils play war games; Lucy Snowden Owen Carter Callum Bruce Kiar Kirby and Noah Sykes

7:08pm Sunday 19th October 2014

SCHOOLCHILDREN in Darlington have risen to the challenge tackling everything from war games to Spanish football in a unique initiative to equip them with skills for life.



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