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Call for the public to help tackle vandalism in Darlington's play parks

The Northern Echo: PARK ATTACK: Councillors Bob Carson, left, and Stephen Harker at the Play Dene in Darlington that is costing the council a lot in repairing attacks by vandals         Picture: ANDY LAMB

4:01pm Friday 1st August 2014

THE man responsible for looking after Darlington’s play parks has called on the public to help him tackle the ‘frustrating’ problem of repeated vandalism.

Award-winning Darlington market prepares to celebrate second birthday

The Northern Echo: Darlington market

4:20pm Friday 1st August 2014

A MONTHLY market is inviting shoppers to help celebrate its second birthday.

Skydive for sexual health in Swaziland

The Northern Echo: Kirri Ridd

4:06pm Friday 1st August 2014

A DARLINGTON woman will leap from a plane this weekend in a bid to improve sexual health in Swaziland.

Man in court after police find 300 cannabis plants at house in Darlington

The Northern Echo: CANNABIS FARM: The cannabis plants police found at the house in Branksome Terrace, Darlington

1:27pm Friday 1st August 2014

A MAN has admitted a charge of being concerned in the production of a Class B drug after several hundred cannabis plants were found in a terraced house.

Shameless star attends Darlington charity shop opening

The Northern Echo: OFFICIAL RE-OPENING: The British Heart Foundation shop in Northgate, Darlington is re-launched by actress Sue Vincent (far left) who appeared in TV show Shameless, while Darlington mayor Councillor Gerald Lee makes a speech Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

1:22pm Friday 1st August 2014

A TELEVISION star helped bring a touch of glamour to the re-launch of a North-East charity shop.

Woman blinded when friend "stamped on her face with stilettos," court told

The Northern Echo: DENIES ATTACK: Melissa Causer outside Teesside Crown Court, Middlesbrough Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

6:04am Friday 1st August 2014

A YOUNG woman was blinded when her best friend stamped on her face while wearing "lethal" stilettos, a court was told yesterday (Thursday, July 31).

Visitor passes available on Monday for Mynarski Lancaster visit

The Northern Echo: HISTORIC FLYPAST: The Mynarski Memorial Lancaster will stop at Durham Tees Valley Airport on August 28

6:03am Friday 1st August 2014

VISITOR passes to see the Mynarski Memorial Lancaster at a North-East airport later this month will be available from Monday.

Darlington car wash worker is accomplished Kurdish artist who fled Saddam's brutal regime

The Northern Echo: ARTIST EXTRAORDINAIRE: Mariwan Abdullah of Eldon Street, Darlington with a selection of his artwork.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (8817754)

6:03am Friday 1st August 2014

A DARLINGTON businessman can be revealed today as an accomplished Kurdish artist who fled Saddam Hussein’s brutal regime.

Danger driver sped through Darlington at 90mph, court told

The Northern Echo: CROWN COURT: Teesside Crown Court where Robert Thompson was given a suspended sentence for making threats to kill

6:01am Friday 1st August 2014

A DANGER driver lost control of his uninsured pick-up truck and ploughed head-on into a tree during a police pursuit, a court heard yesterday (Thursday, July 31).

Five appear in court following Darlington drugs raids

5:43pm Thursday 31st July 2014

FIVE people arrested during a series of drugs raids have appeared in court.

Womens' RAF relay reaches region to mark anniversary triple

The Northern Echo: RAF RIDE: Retired RAF Air Vice-Marshal Phil Roser, with cyclist Karen Dunn, tour regional co-ordinator Liz King, cyclist Vicki Gatenby and DTVA manager Shaun Woods (Picture by Dave Alderson)

5:32pm Thursday 31st July 2014

A NATIONAL relay to mark a trio of military anniversaries and raise money for charity has reached the region.

Antifungal cream costs Darlington shoplifter more than £280 in court

The Northern Echo: CHOCOLATE THIEF: Ian Mulholland, 42, from Darlington stole chocolate to survive, court hears

5:16pm Thursday 31st July 2014

STEALING tubes of antifungal cream has left a Darlington shoplifter more than £280 out of pocket.

Police aim to shame petrol stations into doing more to tackle fuel theft

The Northern Echo: Police park a van near Morrisons petrol station to raise awareness of bilking. Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT (8821698)

5:12pm Thursday 31st July 2014

A HIGHLY visible scheme to shame petrol retailers into doing more to tackle the growing problem of fuel theft across the region has been launched at a major supermarket.

Teenager shaves her head for charity in memory of big brother

The Northern Echo: HEADS UP: Barber Darrel Johnson (right) and Paige Harker have had their heads shaved to riase money for cancer research.  Pictured at Darrel's barber shop Dapper on North Road, Darlington.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (8827355)

5:08pm Thursday 31st July 2014

A DARLINGTON woman is hoping to raise thousands for charity by shaving her head in memory of her big brother.

Unpaid work for Darlington teenager whose smoke bomb prank went wrong

The Northern Echo: SUSPENDED SENTENCE: Alan Davies, 28, of Selbourne Terrace, Darlington was given a suspended sentence after admitting affray

4:35pm Thursday 31st July 2014

A TEENAGER who started a fire at a family home by posting a homemade smoke bomb through the letterbox has been ordered to complete 160 hours of unpaid work.

From Darlington to Glasgow to cheer on Commonwealth athletes

The Northern Echo: GAMES FUN: Corporation Road Primary School deputy head Ann Pringleton enjoys a Commonwealth Games netball match with pupils

2:40pm Thursday 31st July 2014

SCHOOLCHILDREN from Darlington cheered on England’s hopes in the Commonwealth Games with a special trip to Glasgow.

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.

Darlington squirrel is nuts for carving in his own image

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9:57pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

WOOD you believe it? This grey squirrel in South Park, Darlington is clearly a fan of this carving in his own image.

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

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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.



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