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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.

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.

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.

Celebrating Cleasby's most famous son

The Northern Echo: PAINTING DONATED: John Robinson descendent Simon Robinson unveils the portrait of the former Bishop of London at St. Peter's church, Cleasby. Picture: STUART BOULTON

5:49pm Sunday 19th October 2014

AN exhibition celebrating the life of a former Bishop of London with roots in a small Darlington village drew the crowds to St Peter’s Church, Cleasby.

Former Brown Owl Joyce, 97, joins Brownies 100th anniversary celebrations

The Northern Echo: BROWNIES BIRTHDAY:Elm Ridge Brownies celebrate their 100th birthday with a church service and party. The oldest Brown Owl Joyce Williams, 97, pictured with the Brownies and leaders. Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

5:47pm Sunday 19th October 2014

A FORMER Brown Owl aged 97 joined current Brownies in celebrating the organisation’s 100th birthday in Darlington.

Meccano exhibition coming to Darlington

The Northern Echo: NUTS AND BOLTS: The North Eastern Meccano Society exhibition at St Cuthbert's in 2012.

6:06pm Sunday 19th October 2014

AN exhibition by the North Eastern Meccano Society is being held on Saturday (October 25).

I read up on contenders says Darlington gambler who beat bookies at Booker bets

The Northern Echo: GOOD BET: Australian author Richard Flanagan, who won this year's Man Booker Prize for his novel The Narrow Road To The Deep North.

6:04am Saturday 18th October 2014

A GAMBLER has revealed how he beat the bookmakers to make a profit from the Man Booker Prize.

Hundreds attend fundraising ball in Darlington

The Northern Echo: CHARITY BALL: The Mayor of Darlington coun. Gerald Lee makes a speech at his charity ball. (11633826)

1:47am Saturday 18th October 2014

HUNDREDS of people attended a fundraising ball hosted by a North-East mayor.

Spate of animal deaths in Darlington blamed on lurcher owners

The Northern Echo: TRAGIC END: Jodie is among the pets that have been savaged to death in Darlington

6:03am Friday 17th October 2014

POLICE believe a man and his dog may be responsible for a spate of animal deaths in an area of Darlington.

Schoolchildren in Question Time event

The Northern Echo: SCHOOL DEBATE: Longfield Academy students ready for their 'Question Time' event with, from left police commissioner Ron Hogg, Cllr Cyndi Hughes, Calvin Kipling, headteacher of Darlington School of Maths and Science, youth parliament member Danny B

4:58pm Friday 17th October 2014

AN MP, a councillor and a police and crime commissioner shared the stage with a young parliamentarian at a Question Time-style event at a North-East school.

Spooky events at steam venue

The Northern Echo: FRIGHT TRAIN: Spooky goings on will happen at hallow'een at The Head of Stream, say visitor assistant Gill Hamer, left, and admin officer Kelly McStravick Picture: ANDY LAMB

4:25pm Friday 17th October 2014

LITTLE monsters, witches and ghouls will find plenty to satisfy their curiosity at a North-East railway museum in the run-up to Halloween.

Unoccupied house was burgled by homeless man who moved in

The Northern Echo: Teesside Crown Court

4:25pm Friday 17th October 2014

A HOMELESS drug addict who bedded down in a temporarily unoccupied house and sold the homeowner’s furniture has been jailed.

Darlington primary school rated 'good' after Ofsted inspection

The Northern Echo: GOOD NEWS: Students from Skerne Park Academy celebrate its Ofsted success

1:54pm Friday 17th October 2014

STUDENTS and staff at a Darlington primary school are celebrating, after it was rated 'good' by Ofsted inspectors.

Out-of-town retail park to be discussed by Darlington planners

The Northern Echo: REFORM PLANS: Darlington town hall

11:26am Friday 17th October 2014

PLANNERS will next week discuss proposals for a retail park containing almost 4,000sq metres of shopping space.

Darlington scouts to celebrate landmark anniversary

The Northern Echo: ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS: The 8th Darlington Scout Group celebrates its anniversary in 2015

10:46am Friday 17th October 2014

PREPARATIONS are underway to help a Darlington Scout group celebrate its centenary next year.

Crown 'seeking millions' from Darlington illegal waste businessman Raymond Shepherd

The Northern Echo:

2:39pm Thursday 16th October 2014

A BUSINESSMAN who was found guilty of illegally storing and dumping waste will face a court hearing next year when prosecutors will attempt to claw back millions of pounds from his criminal earnings.

Statue dedicated to Darlington footballer who became world's first black professional is officially unveiled

The Northern Echo:

9:55am Thursday 16th October 2014

A STATUE of the Darlington footballer who became the first black professional will be unveiled today at the new home of English football.

Rare artwork by Nelson Mandela in Darlington

The Northern Echo: MANDELA ART: ‘Reflections of Robben Island’ – David Elstob, Head of Fine Sales at Thomas Watson Auctioneers, with artwork by Nelson Mandela.

5:10pm Thursday 16th October 2014

RARE artwork by the late Nelson Mandela will be on view in Darlington next month before it goes under the hammer.

Darlington dancers wow at Disneyland Paris

The Northern Echo: TOP DANCERS: Winners from the Born to Dance school. Front row from left to right is Liberty Easton, Ellie Bancroft, Lillie Coates, Hannah Short and Millie Turley.Back row - Anna Siddall, Emily Price, Ellie Coates, Olivia Butterworth, Shannon Wigley and Je

5:08pm Thursday 16th October 2014

A TEAM of young dancers from Darlington took to the stage at Disneyland Paris to wow judges in an international competition.

Huge increase in passenger numbers at Dinsdale

3:37pm Thursday 16th October 2014

TRANSPORT bosses have hailed the news that passenger numbers at Dinsdale station, Middleton St George, have increased by 70 per over the last two years.

Comic Manford backs McIntyre's Darlington stage exit

The Northern Echo: Jason Manford performing on stage during the Teenage Cancer Trust series of charity gigs, at the Royal Albert Hall, in London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 25, 2014. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire (11551370)

5:28pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

COMEDIAN Jason Manford has backed Michael McIntyre's decision to walk off stage during a sell-out show in Darlington because a woman in the front row was causing a nuisance.

Jailed for blade-carrying and assault despite barrister's 'chaos' warning

The Northern Echo: COURT CASE: Rustam Utegenov took his mother's car from their home in Darlington

3:20pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

A MOTHER who "hit life's down escalator" when her partner died a day after she was jailed for benefit fraud had appeared in court for the eighth time for carrying a knife in public.

Darlington mother tells of horror at house blaze and smoke alarm that saved family

The Northern Echo:

9:30am Wednesday 15th October 2014

A MOTHER and her three children escaped a devastating house fire yesterday after being alerted by a smoke alarm.

Stopping shop crime

The Northern Echo: SECURITY AWARDS: Police and Crime commissioner for Middlesbrough Barry Coppinger, left, at the Shopwatch awards in Durham Town Hall handing this winning trophy to Colin Smith, operations manager, centre, and Graham Strange, Project Manager for Safe in Tee

5:44pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

TACKLING shop crime was the big issue at a conference held in the region today (Wednesday, October 15).

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The Northern Echo: POLICE COMMENDATIONS:Chief Supt Graham Hall  (right) handing out commendations for those involved in the Police cadet programme in Darlington pictured from left PC Iain Robertson, PCSO Simon Callan and Bryan Russell Executive manager for Durham Agency Aga

5:10pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

POLICE and crime agency staff have been praised for their success in re-establishing a police cadet programme in Darlington.

Recovering flat fire burns victim speaks to police

The Northern Echo: FLAT FIRE: The scene of the fire on Geneva Road, Darlington, on August 4

4:06pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

A WOMAN who suffered 40 per cent burns to her body in a Darlington flat fire is recovering and helping police with their investigation.



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