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Directors of supported housing company to face fraud charges at crown court

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

4:51pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

DIRECTORS of a company which helps adults with learning difficulties are facing fraud charges.

Get paid to talk about TV

The Northern Echo: TV TALK: Telly addicts in Darlington are being offered the chance to get paid for sharing their views about what's on the box.

4:39pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

TELLY addicts in Darlington are being offered the chance to get paid for sharing their views about what's on the box.

Swimmer finds youngsters' message in a bottle

The Northern Echo: ON MESSAGE: The message in a bottle she found while training in the Tees

1:37pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

CHILDREN who threw a message in a bottle overboard during a boat trip up the River Tees were delighted when it was picked up by an open water swimmer.

Major search for woman on A66 near Darlington called off

9:23pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

A MAJOR search was launched tonight (Wednesday) after reports of a woman in distress on the A66 near Darlington.

Arrival of Lancaster bomber evokes memories for war veterans

The Northern Echo: ICONIC CRAFT: The Mynarski Memorial Lancaster is one of only two flightworthy Lancasters in the world

8:39pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

“When I heard those Merlin engines and I saw her coming in to land, it brought on a feeling of nostalgia. The hairs on the back of my neck stood up and it brought all the memories back of my time on the Lancasters.”

Veterans take to the sky to celebrate flypast

The Northern Echo: TAKING TO THE SKIES: Military veterans Bill sibthorpe and Norman Horton are to take part in a charity skydive as part of the Mynarski Lancaster visit.  They attend a veteran's group at Age UK in Darlington once a week and are hoping to raise money for

8:09pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

FOUR military veterans have volunteered to take part in a charity skydive over Durham Tees Valley Airport to celebrate the Mynarski Lancaster flypast.

Mynarski Memorial Lancaster arrives in the region ahead of nostalgic flypast

The Northern Echo:

5:32pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

A SYMBOL of Second World War history has landed in the region ahead of a nostalgic flypast event tomorrow.

Darlington takeaway scheme rejected by planners

The Northern Echo: APPLICATION REFUSED: Planners have rejected an application to turn a former barber shop in Belvedere Road, Darlington, into a takeaway for a second time

4:59pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

PLANNERS have rejected an application to turn a former Darlington barber shop into a takeaway for a second time.

Will poor Jed ever find a home?

The Northern Echo: RUFF TIME: Jed the dog

4:03pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

IS this the region's most overlooked rescue dog?

Teacher's lasting legacy at Darlington school after opening new £700,000 sports hall

The Northern Echo: LASTING MEMORY: Former DSMS assistant headteacher Dave Tucker

3:34pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

STUDENTS at a Darlington school will feel the benefit of a £700,000 sports hall when they return after the summer holidays next week.

All Blacks announcement marks remarkable turnaround for Darlington arena

The Northern Echo: DROP GOAL: England Rugby 2015 chief executive Debbie Jevans, centre, announces that The Northern Echo Arena will be an official team base for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, watched by World Cup winner Katy McLean and Mowden coach Danny Brown Picture: ANDY LAMB

6:03am Wednesday 27th August 2014

WHEN members of the All Blacks squad step out onto the pitch in Darlington in October next year, it will complete a remarkable turnaround in fortunes for the town's arena.

Echo lays down the Haka challenge

The Northern Echo: DO THE HAKA: Talite Vaioleti instructs young players to do the Haka at the Darlington Arena.            Picture: ANDY LAMB

6:03am Wednesday 27th August 2014

TO welcome the All Blacks, The Northern Echo is challenging the people of the North-East to set a world record for the biggest-ever haka.

World class facilities for World Cup stars

The Northern Echo: SPOTLIGHT ON: Tamara Taylor, left, and Katy McLean at the Darlington Arena Picture: ANDY LAMB

6:03am Wednesday 27th August 2014

THE lush green pitch at Mowden was just one of the factors in the club's successful bid to be named as an official team base for the rugby World Cup.

Hunt for kitten missing from Middleton St George home

The Northern Echo: MISSING: Five-month-old kitten Archie

3:46pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

ARCHIE, a five month old, long-haired, grey tabby kitten is missing in the Middleton St George/Middleton One Row area of Darlington

Council plays down fears of traffic disruption after closing major airport route days before the arrival of the Mynarski Lancaster Memorial flight

The Northern Echo:

6:06pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

A COUNCIL has insisted there will be no disruption to a nostalgic flypast event expected to attract thousands of people, despite closing one of the main routes to the airport for resurfacing works.

Story of tragic Darlington couple helps widow smash fundraising target

The Northern Echo: Nicola Mansfield with twins Archie John and Ella Kate

4:50pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

THE tragic story of a Darlington couple which touched the hearts of people across the country has helped a young widow smash her fundraising target.

Care home fun day raises more than £500 for charity

The Northern Echo: HAIR SHAVE:Tracey Kieran, a carer at Willow Green Care Home, in Darlington, has her head shaved as part of a fundraising party at the home Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

4:47pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

THE immense success of a fundraiser at a Darlington care home resulted in more than £500 being raised for charity.

Councillors set to release £5.5m of funding for Redhall estate improvements

The Northern Echo: Darlington town hall, where the Snipe Lane appeal was heard by a government inspector

4:18pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

SENIOR councillors are set to release millions of pounds of funding to improve council housing stock in the Redhall area of Darlington.

Disabled Darlington woman abandons court appeal on bus access rights

The Northern Echo: COURT APPEAL: A Darlington woman has abandoned her legal case against Arriva's first come, first served policy on wheelchair bays

4:00pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

A DISABLED Darlington woman has abandoned her legal case against a bus company over its policy on spaces for wheelchair users.

Free tribute concert hailed a success

The Northern Echo: ON A HIGH NOTE: Lady Gaga tribute act 'Girl Aloud' performs at the free music event in Darlington market square  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

1:22pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

GREY clouds and the threat of rain failed to dampen the spirits of music fans as a tribute concert came to the region.

Call centre worker kicked unconscious by colleague speaks of his bitterness at being sacked

The Northern Echo: SACKED: Grant Potter who was sacked after being kicked unconscious by a colleague. Picture: RICHARD DOUGHTY

6:32am Tuesday 26th August 2014

A CALL centre worker has spoken of his bitterness after he was kicked unconscious by a colleague - and then sacked.

Festival brings fun and fitness to Darlington

6:02am Tuesday 26th August 2014

FESTIVAL fever will hit Darlington this week as a popular event returns to the town.

House burgled while occupants were on holiday

5:28pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

POLICE are appealing for information after a Darlington home was burgled while the occupants were on holiday.

Flower show sees guests have a blooming good time

The Northern Echo: FLOWERY DISPLAY: Darlington Chrysanthemum and Dahlia Society show at St Cuthbert's church hall, Darlington marking the society's 75th anniversary.  Copy pic of a Northern Despatch photo showing the hosting of the event in the 1960's at the Bat

3:14pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

VISITORS to a Darlington church had a blooming good time on bank holiday Monday.

Major golf tournament draws thousands to the region

The Northern Echo: TAKING TITLE: Winner Cesar Monasterio with Rockliffe Hall’s Chairman, Warwick Brindle

6:28pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

AROUND 10,000 people visited the North-East as a major European golf tournament returned to the region.

Send us your 'haka' videos to welcome All Blacks to Darlington

The Northern Echo:

10:12am Tuesday 26th August 2014

TO welcome the legendary All Blacks, we want to see the people of Darlington do the haka.

Campaigners' joy after housing plans dropped

The Northern Echo: GOOD NEWS: The Friends of Cocker Beck

9:04am Tuesday 26th August 2014

OVERJOYED campaigners are celebrating after controversial plans to build houses on a popular conservation area were dropped.

High hopes for Darlington's newly formed Polish football team

The Northern Echo: HIGH HOPES: The newly formed Polish football team at Middleton Rangers Football Club, in Darlington  Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

6:32am Tuesday 26th August 2014

A NEWLY formed Polish football team have set their sights on winning a league title after being scouted by a North-East club.

Professional deal is Katy's reward for lifting women's rugby world cup

The Northern Echo: WORLD BEATERS: Captain Katy McLean holds the trophy as England celebrate their World Cup win earlier this month

6:40pm Monday 25th August 2014

A NORTH-East rugby player who recently lifted the women's World Cup has been rewarded with a professional contract.

Walking, talking robot entertains Darlington shoppers

The Northern Echo: COMPUTER SAYS YES: The Cornmill Centre, in Darlington, plays host to Vulcan the robot  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

5:26pm Monday 25th August 2014

SHOPPING for bank holiday bargains felt a little out of this world for visitors to a North-East shopping centre.

1,000 mile butcher's bike challenge brings ex-Royal Marine to the region

The Northern Echo: PEDAL POWER: Ex-Royal Marine and Special Forces veteran Nigel Thomas with his 1947 butcher's bike in Darlington

2:35pm Monday 25th August 2014

A FORMER Royal Marine and Special Forces veteran is in for some saddle sores as he makes his way through the region on his nationwide charity bike ride – on a 1940s butcher’s bike.

Boutique hotel celebrates a year in business

The Northern Echo: ONE UP: Hotel director Natalie Cooper, centre, with operations manager Clare Robson, left, and accounts manager Victoria McGuigan, right

12:14pm Monday 25th August 2014

AN eight-bedroom townhouse hotel in the heart of Darlington celebrated its first anniversary with a party for customers and suppliers.

Business park with a difference is perfect for the Festival of Thrift

The Northern Echo: THRIFTY ATTRACTIONS: A rag and bone entertainer at last year's Festival of Thrift at Lingfield Point, Darlington

11:37am Monday 25th August 2014

JOHN Orchard, a director of Lingfield Point’s owner Marchday, was one of the main men behind the launch of the first Festival of Thrift held in Darlington last year.

Determined Darlington duo set to represent Great Britain at World Triathlon Championships

The Northern Echo: DETERMINED DUO: Christian Brown (left) and Peter Prior are representing Great Britain at the World Triathlon Championships in Canada     Pic:SARAH CALDECOTT

11:33am Monday 25th August 2014

TWO talented North-East athletes are preparing to represent Great Britain at the World Triathlon Championships.

Bank staff get stuck in to help special school

The Northern Echo: CLEAN UP:Barclaycard staff helping to tidy up the Education Village’s disabled children’s playground/garden pictured front Ian Thomas from Barclaycard and Jill Scott health and safety manager at the Education Village. Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

6:02am Monday 25th August 2014

BARCLAYCARD staff swapped their desks for tools to help spruce up the playground of a special school in Darlington.

Daughter finds father after 46 years of being apart

The Northern Echo: BACK TOGETHER: Brother and sister Ian and Susan Hughes with their father Granville who they have found after 46 years.

9:38pm Sunday 24th August 2014

A WOMAN has spoken of her joy at finally meeting her father after 46 years of being apart.

Jabberwocky Market returns to Darlington for a third time

The Northern Echo: THEATRE FESTIVAL: Onlookers watch a performance during the Jabberwocky Market in Darlington town centre

5:26pm Sunday 24th August 2014

A POPULAR theatrical festival is returning to the region later this year.

Charity set up in memory of Heighington brain tumour victim raises £15,000 for medical bikers

The Northern Echo: CHARITY BIKES: Rob Shields and Edward Gardiner, left, of Madathon, with members of The Northumbria Blood Bikes. Picture: Keith Taylor

5:15pm Sunday 24th August 2014

FUNDRAISERS for a charity set up in memory of a young woman who died of a brain tumour have collected £15,000 for two motorbikes.

Darlington training academy nominated for national award

9:27am Sunday 24th August 2014

A NORTH-EAST training academy has been nominated for a national award and is appealing for public votes to help it win.

Communities to be canvassed over bikes concerns

The Northern Echo: BIG SUCCESS: Durham's Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg, who is pictured here talking to shoppers in Newton Hall, Durham, says the scheme to tackle shoplifting is a big success.

9:02am Sunday 24th August 2014

POLICE in Darlington are to ask communities if they want to see a crackdown on adults riding bikes on the pavement.

Dementia patients forced to move home

The Northern Echo: St John's Care Home in Hundens Lane Darlington, which is due to close in October.

6:33am Saturday 23rd August 2014

SEVENTEEN elderly patients with dementia or other mental health issues will have to be found new homes after the NHS decided it could no longer afford to keep their under-occupied care home open.

Last chance to enter blooming great competition

The Northern Echo: BLOOMING CHANCE:Twelve Central hairdressing, in Middleton St George, has entered Darlington in Bloom in the business category. Pictured is beautician Leila Ghanadi Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

6:02am Saturday 23rd August 2014

THE Bank Holiday weekend marks the last chance for garden enthusiasts to enter the revived Darlington in Bloom contest.

Man charged after Darlington hotel drama

The Northern Echo: HOTEL DRAMA: Crowds gather in Darlington after a person appeared on a fourth-storey hotel window ledge Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

4:45pm Friday 22nd August 2014

A 21-YEAR-OLD man has been charged with causing a public nuisance after a two-hour incident in which large parts of a town centre was cordoned off.

Betty welcomes Mynarski Memorial Lancaster to UK ahead of Middleton-St-George visit

The Northern Echo: WONDERFUL OCCASION: Betty Amlin pictured with the ground crew of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight under the Canadian Lancaster Bomber at RAF Coningsby

4:41pm Friday 22nd August 2014

A WOMAN who led a campaign to commemorate the heroic actions of a Royal Canadian Air Force pilot officer during the Second World War has welcomed his memorial aircraft into the country.

International athletes take part in Darlington kettlebell competition

The Northern Echo: HEAVY LIFTING: Kettlebell athlete and competition organiser Steven Gordon competing in Darlington

1:44pm Friday 22nd August 2014

ATHLETES from across the world descended on Darlington as the town hosted its first ever kettlebell competition.

Improving Darlington school achieves record GCSE results

The Northern Echo: LEADING THE WAY: Former DSMS head boy James Allison who achieved top grades in his GCSEs

1:00pm Friday 22nd August 2014

ONE of the region’s fastest improving schools has secured record results for the third time in the past four years since new management transformed its fortunes.

Darlington couple complete ten-year challenge

The Northern Echo: HILL CLIMBERS: Peter and Philippa Sinclair celebrate at the top of Holme Fell

12:56pm Friday 22nd August 2014

A DARLINGTON couple have completed the challenge of climbing all 214 Wainwright peaks after almost ten years.

Vital advice service for over-50s faces funding struggle

The Northern Echo: Age UK Chief Executive Officer Gillian Peel. (9586834)

12:04pm Friday 22nd August 2014

A SERVICE providing essential advice for older people is under threat as it faces a struggle for funding.

Amateur golfers take on world class stars as English Senior Open returns

The Northern Echo: PRO-AM: Phoenix House team player Paul Nichol putts a shot watched by team pro Paul Wesselingh at Rockliffe Hall          Picture: ANDY LAMB

6:12pm Thursday 21st August 2014

A GENTLE breeze whips through the trees surrounding Rockliffe Hall’s perfectly manicured course, while golfers in brightly coloured jumpers make last minute adjustments to their swing.

Mr Universe bid by Darlington bodybuilder aged 52

The Northern Echo: MUSCLEMAN HOPEFUL: 52yr old Don Learoyd from Darlington has qualified for the Nabba Universe bodybuilding competition.  Pictured at Grant's Gym on Chestnut Street, Darlington.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

4:52pm Thursday 21st August 2014

A BODYBUILDER will be flexing his muscles in a bid to claim a Mr Universe title at the age of 52.

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