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Family of five-month-old baby told delays could have killed him after waiting 45 minutes for an ambulance

The Northern Echo: AMBULANCE DELAY: David McKenzie with 5 months old Ben. Picture: STUART BOULTON

6:32am Friday 31st October 2014

A FAMILY who waited more than 45 minutes for an ambulance were told their five-month-old baby could have died had he been left any longer.

“I shouted for the lad next door but he wasn’t in" - man, 55, lucky to escape from Darlington industrial estate fire

The Northern Echo: AFTERMATH: The charred remains of the garage on Forge Way on the Cleveland Trading Estate in Darlington.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

6:03am Friday 31st October 2014

A MECHANIC said he was lucky to be alive after his garage, which had a highly explosive gas canister in, caught fire.

Dog owners warned over their animal's behaviour

The Northern Echo: TV STOLEN: Police are investigating a burglary in Heighington

11:34am Friday 31st October 2014

POLICE have reminded dog walkers of their responsibility to keep their dogs under control at all times after a Yorkshire terrier was injured in Darlington on Tuesday afternoon.

Lord Lieutenant opens dementia zone at Age UK Darlington – and celebrates first anniversary of Good Friends

The Northern Echo: OFFICIAL OPENING: Lord Lieutenant Sue Snowdon (in red) visits The Arcade, Age UK Darlington's new dementia zone at Bradbury House on Beaumont Street West.  Pictured chatting to the domino club.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

4:32pm Thursday 30th October 2014

A LIFE-CHANGING dementia zone that offers craft classes and bingo has been opened by the Lord Lieutenant of County Durham.

What's On: Fireworks displays and bonfire nights in North-East and North Yorkshire

The Northern Echo: Fireworks over the Wicker Man at South Park, Oxford, in 2010. There is no wicker man this year, but organisers promise a spectacular show

11:49am Thursday 30th October 2014

Free and ticketed firework displays and bonfire nights across the North-East and North Yorkshire.

Chefs battle it out to be crowned best in the region

The Northern Echo: THE HEAT IS ON: Chris Murphy, a chef de partie at Hardwick Hall makes the finishing touches to his starter dish  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

6:06pm Thursday 30th October 2014

SOME of the North-East’s top chefs kept their cool in the kitchen as they battled it out to be crowned the best in the region.

Uncle Doom and his Piano of Gloom bring Halloween chills to Darlington shopping centre

The Northern Echo: SHOPPERS BEWARE: Uncle Doom and his Piano of Gloom patrols the Cornmill Centre, in Darlington, with his two spooky sidekicks Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

5:42pm Thursday 30th October 2014

A GHOULISH guest brought Halloween chills to visitors to a North-East shopping centre.

Landlord takes over dad's old drinking place

The Northern Echo: CHEERS: Dave Johnson is the new owner of the Hole in the Wall pub, Darlington. Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

5:35pm Thursday 30th October 2014

A DARLINGTON landlord has a special connection with his latest venture – it is his father’s old haunt.

Care home residents left devastated after heartless thieves steal flowers from garden

The Northern Echo: MISSING PLANTS:  North Park Care Home senior carer Juliet Florendo, deputy manager Mark Culley and head housekeeper Emelia McCaskill  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

4:38pm Thursday 30th October 2014

ELDERLY care home residents have been left devastated after callous thieves stole potted plants from their garden.

Frankenstein’s monster joins Darlington pupils for Mega Motion walk

The Northern Echo: MEGA MOTION: St Augustine’s Primary School pupil Joseph Ryan with Frankenstein’s Monster David Cooper

3:16pm Thursday 30th October 2014

SCHOOL superheroes battled monstrous visitors in an initiative designed to promote health and the environment.

Lifeline for Darlington over 50s group facing funding loss

The Northern Echo: HAPPY DAYS: GOLD members Audrey Lax, left, and Jean Thurkettle prepare for a tea dance in 2012

12:12pm Thursday 30th October 2014

A CHARITY has vowed to 'explore every opportunity' to help secure the future of an over 50s group, amid fears that it could fold when council funding ends next year.

Fire at industrial estate in Darlington

The Northern Echo:

5:12pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

FIREFIGHTERS have brought a blaze that started in a commercial garage on an industrial estate under control.

Hunt for armed robber with a painted face who threatened Darlington cashier with a knife

The Northern Echo: Parents reassured after alleged Darlington child abduction found to be a false alarm

7:07pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

RESIDENTS have spoken of their shock after a knife-wielding robber with a painted face threatened a newsagent cashier in broad daylight.

Darlington grandmother has a close shave for charity

The Northern Echo: CHARITY HEAD SHAVE: Anne O'Donnell and mobile hair stylist Ann-Marie Davies

6:09pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

A GRANDMOTHER had a close shave to help raise money for a cause close to her heart.

Man stored cocaine because of drug debt, court hears

The Northern Echo: COURT DATE: Teesside Crown Court

5:59pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

POLICE found a large amount of cocaine stored in a man’s house after they stopped him in possession of the drug while in his car.

Police clampdown on large gatherings of young people in Darlington

The Northern Echo: SAFETY CONCERNS: Inspector Mick Button, of Darlington police

5:59pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

POLICE have asked parents to ensure they know the whereabouts of their children after a number of serious assaults were reported during large gatherings of youths.

'Raoul Moat' threat man spared jail again

The Northern Echo: COURT DATE: Teesside Crown Court

5:55pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

A YOB who threatened to stab a resident at the hostel he was living at has been spared jail despite breaching a suspended prison sentence for making vicious threats to police officers.

Danger driver back in court over damaged door

The Northern Echo: COURT DATE: Teesside Crown Court

5:55pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

A DANGEROUS driver who breached the terms of a suspended jail sentence by kicking and breaking a door in a fit of anger has seen the suspension increased.

Darlington woman pleads with lurcher owners to muzzle their dogs after her cat was savaged by neighbour's pet

The Northern Echo: MUZZLE LURCHERS: Shirley Young has called for the muzzling of lurchers after her cat, Oscar (pictured), was allegedly savaged by neighbour's cat

1:18pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

A WOMAN has called for lurchers to be muzzled after her cat was killed by a neighbour’s pet.

Artist Daniel leapfrogs rivals

The Northern Echo: Daniel Callaghan's winning drawing

1:18pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

A SCHOOLBOY has won a drawing contest.

Group's thanks as Tornado takes a break

The Northern Echo: FULL STEAM: Tornado at York Station earlier this year

1:16pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

THE group that built Britain's first steam engine for 50 years has thanked the public for its support since it entered service, after it was taken off the rails for maintenance.

Darlington's new £10m retail park will create 150 jobs

The Northern Echo: RETAIL PARK: An artist's impression of how the new retail park will look

10:40pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

DEVELOPERS behind a new retail park in Darlington have confirmed they are investing £10million in the project and creating 150 new jobs.

Law firm pledges £1,000 to help save historic Darlington church

The Northern Echo: CASH WINDFALL: Latimer Hinks have donated £1,000 to St Cuthbert's Church, in Darlington. From left, Latimer Hinks marketing manager Andrea Tobin, St Cuthbert's treasurer Brian Johnson and Latimer Hinks partner Anne Elliott

5:04pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

A LAW firm has helped to secure the future of an iconic Darlington church with a cash donation.

Sixty years of wedded bliss celebrated by former penpals

The Northern Echo: ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS: Jim and Sylvia Baldwin from Darlington celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

4:53pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

IT was a love letter straight from the heart that led to 60 years of marriage for a Darlington couple.

Chefs to gather for cooking contest

The Northern Echo: FLASH BACK: Chefs at a similar event at the college back in 2012

3:40pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

ELEVEN of the region’s top chefs will be feeling the heat of the kitchen this week as they battle it out in a tough competition.

Learn about internet safety at free event in Darlington

The Northern Echo: FREE EVENT: Learn more about internet safety, crime prevention, drugs and alcohol and antisocial behaviour at the Community Carousel events

3:28pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

ADVICE on how to keep safe online will be on offer at a series of free events in Darlington.

Teenager blackmailed and robbed elderly man to pay off drugs debt

The Northern Echo: Kieran Gough struggled with court guards after being jailed for watching dogs kill a fox

6:25pm Monday 27th October 2014

A TEENAGER blackmailed and robbed a 67-year-old man because he needed to pay off a drugs debt, a court was told.

Community rally round to support family who lost everything - including their pet dog - in a house fire

The Northern Echo: OFFERING THANKS: Lori Rainwater with daughter Brooke

4:44pm Monday 27th October 2014

A WOMAN who dragged her screaming children from a ferocious house fire has thanked the community for rallying around in their time of need.

A fashionable way to say thank you

The Northern Echo: CHARITY SHOW: Caroline Baker, June Dent and Carolyn Newman. Picture: STUART BOULTON

5:20pm Monday 27th October 2014

A FASHION show organised by a North-East riding club will support a cause particularly close to two riders’ hearts.

Scout leader cleared of sexually assaulting two young boys remains suspended

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

4:47pm Monday 27th October 2014

THE Scout Association is yet to decide whether to reinstate a scout leader cleared of sexual assault against two young boys.

Happy 'howl-oween' at the Dogs Trust

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3:58pm Monday 27th October 2014

DOGS Trust Darlington calling on dog lovers to attend a very special ‘howl-oween’ fundraising event on Thursday (October 30).

Navy recruit riding high

The Northern Echo: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: Nicholas Stranks receives the certificate of course completion from VIP Captain Steve Dainton CBE Royal Navy, Commanding Officer HMS Collingwood

3:33pm Monday 27th October 2014

A DARLINGTON man is celebrating after graduating as a weapon engineer for the Royal Navy.

Council officer defends Darlington riverside park scheme

The Northern Echo:

9:45am Monday 27th October 2014

A COUNCIL officer has defended the development of a riverside park along the River Skerne, as some traders question if the money could be better spent elsewhere in Darlington.

Sweet spell of success for Darlington student

The Northern Echo: WHIZZ KID: Student Saffi Ullah, 15, gets a buzz from winning Darlington School of Mathematics and Science’s first ever spelling bee

5:41pm Monday 27th October 2014

STUDENTS proved to be word perfect as they took part in an inaugural school spelling bee.

Crime chief backs campaign against sending indecent images

The Northern Echo: Police and crime commissioner Ron Hogg talks to children at Etherley Lane Primary School in Bishop Auckland about cyber bullying.

5:41pm Monday 27th October 2014

AN online petition calling for adults to stop sending sexual messages to children has been backed by Durham’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

Happy 'howl-oween' at the Dogs Trust

The Northern Echo: (11727554)

4:33pm Monday 27th October 2014

DOGS Trust Darlington is calling on dog lovers to attend a very special ‘howl-oween’ fundraising event on Thursday .

Appeal over lost keys in Darlington

The Northern Echo: LOST KEYS: Car keys. Library image – these are not the keys that were stolen

3:27pm Monday 27th October 2014

THE mother of a woman who lost a set of keys in Darlington has appealed for anyone who knows their whereabouts to come forward.

Poetry workshop to explore themes of war

The Northern Echo:

4:00pm Monday 27th October 2014

A POETRY workshop led by established poet Jacqui Rowe will take place at Darlington Library on Wednesday, November 5. The workshop is being held in conjunction with Darlington Civic Theatre and will explore themes of war and responses to war. It is being held ahead of upcoming performances of Pat Barker's Regeneration, being staged at the Civic from Tuesday, November 11 until Saturday, November 15. Admission to the workshop is £10 and includes a ticket for the show. Tickets for Regeneration are now on sale and range from £17.40 to £27.

Council leader's budget warning

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

5:34pm Sunday 26th October 2014

A NORTH-EAST council leader has warned his authority is 'only just starting' the process of making difficult financial decisions – potentially including millions more pounds worth of spending cuts.

Volunteers plant seeds for new heritage trail

The Northern Echo: NEW ROUTE: Volunteers at Snipe Pond work on the heritage trail that will eventually run from South Park to Snipe Pond, near Croft Picture: ANDY LAMB

3:24pm Sunday 26th October 2014

DOZENS of volunteers rolled up their sleeves to help lay the foundations for a heritage trail linking a North-East park with a nearby beauty spot.

Glittering night for Darlington students

The Northern Echo: AWARD WINNER: Chelsea Morison with head student's award

1:57pm Sunday 26th October 2014

HIGH-ACHIEVING students were celebrated as a Darlington school held its annual senior awards ceremony.

Building interest in engineering through Meccano

The Northern Echo: BUILDERS UNITED: A North-Eastern Meccano Society exhibition of models at St Cuthbert's church hall, Darlington Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

1:56pm Sunday 26th October 2014

MECCANO fans young and old gathered for an exhibition of the popular model construction sets in a North-East town.

TV award hope for North-East vet

The Northern Echo: BAFTA CHANCE: From left, Billie-Jo Duncan, Jason Atherton, host Alex Riley and Amber Davison

11:26am Sunday 26th October 2014

A NORTH-EAST vet could find himself in the unlikely position of joining the likes of Daniel Day-Lewis and Chiwetel Ejiofor in winning a high-profile award.

Halloween fun for all

The Northern Echo: FRIGHT SIGHT: Skeleton Henry Jackson, two, pulls a scary face at the Halloween party at Pierremont Community Centre in Darlington. Picture: ANDY LAMB

11:02am Sunday 26th October 2014

SPOOKY-THEMED fun was the order of the day for youngsters who dressed in their scariest ghoulish garb to celebrate the forthcoming Halloween.

Quakers target return to Darlington in time for start of next season

The Northern Echo: COMING HOME: Darlington FC hopes to be playing at Blackwell Meadows in time for the start of next season.

6:03am Saturday 25th October 2014

A TARGET for Darlington FC to be back playing in its home town ready for the start of the 2015/16 season has been set.

Builder's response to residents' criticism

The Northern Echo: TROUBLE BUILDING: The Esh building work at the former site of Eastbourne School, Darlington as seen from street The Fairway.  Residents in existing properties have had problems with the contractors.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

11:37am Saturday 25th October 2014

A CONSTRUCTION company criticised over a £7million housing development on the site of a former school has reaffirmed its commitment to community consultation.

Not guilty: Scout leader from Darlington cleared of sexually assaulting boys

The Northern Echo:

3:18pm Friday 24th October 2014

A SCOUT leader has been found not guilty of sexual assaults against boys.

Officers reunite Darlington man with his father's stolen service medals

The Northern Echo: GOOD WORK: DC John Tyers (left) reunites Robin Bateman with his father's service medals

5:51pm Friday 24th October 2014

A MAN whose father’s service medals were stolen during a break-in had no idea they had been taken until a police officer knocked on his door to return them.

Strike a light! Matchstick mystery baffles civic leaders

The Northern Echo: MODEL TOWN: The matchstick model of Darlington Town Hall housed at Darlington Town Hall Picture: ANDY LAMB

4:45pm Friday 24th October 2014

IF folklore is anything to go by, this impressive matchstick model of three enduring Darlington town centre landmarks was created by a German prisoner of war.

North-East headteacher backs government call for parenting classes

The Northern Echo: PARENTING CLASSES: Headteacher Chris Metcalfe backs government call for parenting classes

3:27pm Friday 24th October 2014

A DARLINGTON headteacher has backed Government calls for parenting classes after seeing a rise in children who are not ‘school ready’.

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