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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

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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.

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

6:58pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

PROMISING Picassos have had their talent recognised at an annual show.

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.

Business owner and graffiti artist strike up unlikely partnership after usherette art proves a hit

The Northern Echo: ART ATTACK: Malcolm Hepper of Malcolm Hepper Framing on Whessoe Road, Darlington next to a newly created piece of graffiti on the side of his shop by graffiti artist Karl Striker.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (8442789)

5:15pm Monday 21st July 2014

CONFRONTED with a front door full of graffiti on a Monday morning, most business owners would be upset and some would consider calling the police.

Whirlwind romance leads to 50 years of wedded bliss

The Northern Echo: CELEBRATION: Arnold and Doreen Bower of Lowther Drive, Darlington are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (8442818)

4:57pm Monday 21st July 2014

A WHIRLWIND romance began fifty years of wedded bliss for a Darlington couple.

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

4:52pm Monday 21st July 2014

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

Mayors to gather for church service

The Northern Echo: Councillor Gerald Lee

4:40pm Monday 21st July 2014

MAYORS from across the region will gather for a church service this weekend.

More volunteers needed for restorative justice scheme

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

3:46pm Monday 21st July 2014

A DARLINGTON scheme that tackles conflict and anti-social behaviour is seeking volunteers in the area.

High-flying students rewarded at end of year ceremony

The Northern Echo: PRIZE-GIVING: Carmel College principal Maura Regan (centre) with joint winners of the Sylvia Pursey Vocalist Prize, Amelia Hughes (left) and Molly Cunningham

3:38pm Monday 21st July 2014

THE academic achievements of students at a Darlington school have been honoured at an annual award ceremony.

Landowner "dognapped" pets during weekend stroll, says walker

The Northern Echo: RIGHT OF WAY: Emma Heslop of Darlington pictured with her dogs Isla, Oscar and Drummer, who claims one of her pets was dognapped by a landowner as she walked across a field on a public footpath near Richmond. Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT.

3:35pm Monday 21st July 2014

A NURSE has told how her pets were "dognapped" by an angry landowner during a weekend walk.

Get active with help from Woody and Elsa at the Change4Life activity day

The Northern Echo: Change4Life

3:31pm Monday 21st July 2014

A DAY of physical activities for children inspired by popular Disney films will visit Darlington this week.

Crews called to kitchen fire

The Northern Echo: General view of County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters in Durham. (8426107)

12:55pm Monday 21st July 2014

FIRE crews from two service areas attended a kitchen fire near Darlington this lunchtime (Monday).

Staff dig deep for chosen charity

The Northern Echo: (6939014)

11:43am Monday 21st July 2014

STAFF at a town centre store have launched a new charity partnership after raising more than £7,500 for another good cause.

Council chiefs apologise after Darlington homes plan consultation row

The Northern Echo: GREEN AND PLEASANT: The proposed development site at Muscar House Farm, Darlington

10:05am Monday 21st July 2014

COUNCIL chiefs have apologised after residents who opposed plans for 90 homes on farmland on the outskirts of Darlington criticised the consultation process.

Dogs have their day at annual fundraiser

The Northern Echo: GOOD DOG: Visitors have a go on the agility course at the Darlington Dogs Trust fun day in South Park, Darlington   Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

9:09pm Sunday 20th July 2014

THERE were wagging tails and biscuits aplenty as dog lovers and their four-legged friends descended on a North-East park for a charity fun day.

Nuns will go on the run for charity

The Northern Echo: NUN RUN: People are being encouraged to dress up as nuns and run 5k to raise money for the Great North Air Ambulance Service

5:38pm Sunday 20th July 2014

LEGIONS of nuns will jog through a North-East park in aid of the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS).

Students get into gear for charity

The Northern Echo: PEDAL POWER: Carmel College Cycling Club raised £2,277 for St Teresa's Hospice by taking part in a 200-mile cycle challenge from Edinburgh to Darlington

5:36pm Sunday 20th July 2014

PEDAL power has helped a North-East cycling club raise more than £4,000 for charity.

Restored bus helps make wedding a day to remember

The Northern Echo: MAGIC BUS: Cameron Dulston and his bride, Christine Urwin, with the Daimler Fleetline bus they helped restore   Picture: ANDY LAMB

2:11pm Sunday 20th July 2014

A PIECE of the region’s transport heritage has helped make a North-East couple’s wedding a day to remember.

Young tennis stars to represent region in national competition

The Northern Echo: GAME, SET, MATCH: Fifteen-year-old tennis players James Souter and Andrew McBride from Hummersknott Academy  will represent Durham and Cleveland in the National Schools’ Cup     Picture: ANDY LAMB

8:42am Sunday 20th July 2014

YOUNG tennis players have bounced back from defeat to represent the region in a national competition.

Foster carers rewarded at awards night

The Northern Echo: CARING TOWN: Darlington Borough Council host an event at the Bannatyne Hotel to celebrate the work of foster carers in the town.  Cllr Cyndi Hughes speaks at the event.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (8318476)

9:38am Saturday 19th July 2014

THE DEDICATION of foster carers in Darlington was celebrated at an event on Wednesday.

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