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'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.

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.

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.

Tragic story of cancer sufferer who died two days after hearing he was to be father of twins

The Northern Echo:

6:04am Thursday 24th July 2014

Nicola Mansfield made her husband's dreams come true when she told him she was pregnant. Two days later, cancer sufferer John died. Nicola then faced her own battle when diagnosed with tumours while pregnant.

Italian deli brings a taste of the continent to Darlington

The Northern Echo: DELI-LICIOUS: Mayor and Mayoress of Darlington Gerald and Ruth Lee and Stefano and Emma Foffano at Foffano's new deli in Darlington's covered market Picture: STUART BOULTON

6:18pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A TASTE of the continent can now be found in Darlington after a new Italian deli opened its doors.

Darlington youngsters create banners to welcome Commonwealth Games

The Northern Echo: GAMES TRIBUTE: The unveiling of a banner for the Commonwealth Games at Darlington Crown Street Library, from left Kylie Porter, five, Shirley Kirk, three, Ellis Hogg, six and Holly Lawrence, nine. Adults, background from left Vicky Emmerson from the libra

5:55pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

YOUNGSTERS made sure the spirit of the Commonwealth Games is alive and well in a North-East town by helping to make colourful banners.

Young Darlington woman left caged dogs to starve to death

The Northern Echo: ANIMAL WELFARE: The RSPCA prosecuted a 20-year-old woman for causing suffering to her dogs

5:45pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A WOMAN has been given a suspended prison sentence for leaving her two dogs to starve to death in a locked cage.

Persistence pays in hunt for stolen bike

The Northern Echo: WELL DONE: Kirsty McStravick, right, and Det Con Ian Banham, with her recovered bike

4:39pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A DARLINGTON mother has been praised for her persistence after tracking down an an off-road motorbike stolen from her shed.

Jeweller fined for trademark offences

The Northern Echo: (8543239)

4:04pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A BUSINESSMAN convicted of trademark offences has been fined and warned he could face 14 days in jail if he does not pay up.

Special assembly for retiring headteacher

The Northern Echo: HEAD RETIRES: Sandra Battensby is retiring after 38 years at Gurney Pease Primary School in Darlington. Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT (8493247)

2:35pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A HEADTEACHER has retired following a career spanning 38 years.

Disabled football fan and Harry Potter villain join forces to make film

The Northern Echo: From L to R: Mike Jarvie, director of PIMM Productions, Craig Peterson, director of Growth Capital Ventures who run Growthfunders, Margaret Collins, director of PIMM Productions and Paul Hodgson

2:29pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A DISABLED football fan has joined forces with a Harry Potter villain in a bid to film the story of his life.

Tributes paid after owner of Darlington's Tapas Bar is found dead inside premises

The Northern Echo:

2:13pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

TRIBUTES have been paid to the owner of an award-winning North-East bar and restaurant.

Frozen to cast chill over summer holidays

The Northern Echo: Open Air Cinema

1:19pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A WILDLY popular children’s film will cast a chill over the summer holidays.

Poachers fined after being caught on camera

The Northern Echo: WITNESS PLEA: North Yorkshire Police are appealing to anyone who saw a blue Vauxhall Astra crashed near Ferrensby on Sunday night to call them

1:09pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

TWO men who were caught on camera walking across farmland with dogs have been fined.

Free fruit smoothies on offer at Darlington healthy living event

The Northern Echo: FIVE-A-DAY: Free fruit smoothies will be on offer at a healthy living event in Darlington tomorrow (Thursday, July 24)

12:54pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

SHOPPERS can cycle their way to their five-a-day at a healthy living event tomorrow (Thursday, July 24).

New homes proposal

The Northern Echo: DECISION TIME: Darlington Borough Council's planning committee will meet at Darlington Town Hall to discuss the homes plan

12:48pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

PLANNING permission is being sought for three new homes on the outskirts of Darlington.

CCTV released after bike theft

The Northern Echo: PERSON OF INTEREST: The man police are keen to question following a bike theft from Darlington station

11:47am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

BRITISH Transport Police (BTP) officers have released CCTV images after a bike was stolen from cycle racks outside Darlington railway station.

Getting to know future classmates

The Northern Echo: WINNER: Ewan Foster, 11, takes the 80m sprint

11:17am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

SPORTY students had a headstart on getting to know future classmates when four primary schools came together for an inaugural competition.

Spike in demand for foodbanks

The Northern Echo: FOODBANK: Karen Scott gets a food parcel from volunteer Ac Coltman at the foodbank at King's Church

11:12am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

COMMUNITY workers are urging people to increase food bank donations, as the summer holiday sparks a surge in demand.

Enjoy music in the park

The Northern Echo: MUSIC, MAESTRO: North Lodge Park, Darlington

11:12am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A BAND of volunteer musicians will play on the historic bandstand of a North-East park on Sunday (July 27).

Prince's Trust students offer Darlington shoppers a lesson in fencing

The Northern Echo: ON GUARD: Prince's Trust students will offer Darlington shoppers lessons in fencing

11:06am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A GROUP of Prince’s Trust students will be crossing swords with shoppers in a North-East town to teach them the basics of fencing.

Training company hopes to tackle construction industry's skills shortage

The Northern Echo: NEW ACADEMY: Peter Robinson, chairman of the Nordic Focus Training Group, outside their new training academy

11:04am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A NORTH-EAST training and apprenticeship provider is relocating to tackle a skills shortage in the construction industry.

Commonwealth Games help get creative juices flowing in Darlington

The Northern Echo: SEW AND SEW: Textile artist Sarah Oatley, right, with a group creating banners at Darlington's Crown Street Library to mark the start of the Commonwealth Games. Others, from left, are Lesley McGee, senior library officer Vicky Emmerson, Michelle Barke

9:53am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

ASPIRING artists and spirited sewers welcomed the Commonwealth Games with a riot of colour and creativity.

Sweet success for Darlington business

The Northern Echo: SWEET TREAT: Sanae Aljabory owner of Retro Sweet shop in Darlington wins Darlingtons independent business of the year. Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT (8493300)

7:00pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

THE taste of success is definitely sweet for one Darlington businesswoman.

Green-fingered Dennis is blooming angry after competition axed

The Northern Echo: BLOOMING MAD: Dennis Woodcock, from Darlington, who is upset after Darlington in Bloom was cancelled. Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

6:41pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A CANCER survivor with a keen interest in gardening has expressed disgust after a town's 'in bloom' competition was cancelled because of a lack of entries.

More than just a feather in his cap as pigeon takes a breather on Darlington man's head

The Northern Echo:

5:51pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

THERE were coos all round when a pigeon set up home on a pensioner’s flat cap.

Suspended sentence for knife woman tackled by brave Matalan staff in Darlington

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

4:43pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A KNIFE-wielding thief who was bravely tackled and disarmed by shop staff has been handed a suspended jail sentence.

Positive progress in parking row

The Northern Echo: Darlington Borough Council leader Councillor Bill Dixon

2:17pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

POSITIVE headway is being made in a parking row that has divided Darlington, a trader who attended a private meeting with council officials has said.

Overnight closures for St Cuthbert's Way as construction work continues

The Northern Echo: Traders have said disruptive roadworks are driving shoppers out of their town

12:21pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

OVERNIGHT road closures through the centre of Darlington have been announced as part of work to reconfigure a major route.

Rugby club to host charity fun day

The Northern Echo: CHARITY DAY: Mowden coach Danny Brown

11:53am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A FAMILY fun day at a Darlington rugby club will raise funds for a North-East charity.

Fond farewell as long-serving headteacher steps down

The Northern Echo: A FOND FAREWELL: Headteacher David Ackroyd is retiring from Northwood Primary School on Pendleton Road, Darlington.  Pictured sat in his story telling chair with pupils (back) Chloe Whelan (11), Carla Cooper (11) Reece Earle (11), Jack Bray (11) and (fron

11:02am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

STUDENTS at a Darlington primary school have said a fond farewell to their headteacher, who has retired after a career spanning more than 40 years.

Darlington college's legal eagles win inaugural 'criminal justice trial' competition

The Northern Echo: The winning Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College legal team.  Pictured (L-to-R): Anna Chamberlain, Jasmine Guy and Gabriel Robinson.

10:27am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A DARLINGTON sixth form college is celebrating winning Teesside University’s inaugural ‘criminal justice trial’ competition.

New regional schools commissioner vows to continue academies revolution

The Northern Echo: Janet Renou,  the new North of England Schools Commissioner, who will be based in Darlington

10:27am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

From modest beginnings in 1988, the academies programme has come a long way.

Looking for a new home for Pumpkin the cat

The Northern Echo: Pumpkin the cat, who is looking for a new home

6:23pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

AN animal charity is looking for a home for a friendly cat left without owners due to a house move.

Wife of Darlington man convicted of serious assault puts up banners proclaiming his innocence

The Northern Echo: FAMILY CAMPAIGN: Jaime Collishaw with her children Joshua, Calvin-Paul, Alfie, Brianie and Kaitlin outside their house in Darlington. Picture: DAVID WOOD

6:03am Monday 21st July 2014

THE wife and children of a man convicted of a violent crime he says he did not commit have put banners proclaiming his innocence outside their home as part of a campaign to free him.

Comedy festival hailed a success

The Northern Echo: COMEDY TRAIN: Patrick Monahan

5:36pm Monday 21st July 2014

AFTER three weeks of shows held across ten venues, the curtain comes down on the Darlington Comedy Festival this week.



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