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Parishioners begging vicars for food - Bishop of Durham

The Northern Echo: Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham

12:10am Thursday 17th April 2014

CHURCH vicars are increasingly being asked for help by hungry parishioners, the Bishop of Durham has claimed.

Fire crews called to blazes across County Durham

The Northern Echo: County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service

9:38pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

FIRE fighters across County Durham have been called to a series of blazes tonight, including incidents in Darlington, Willington, Peterlee, Horden and Newton Aycliffe.

Judge issues warning to 'pain relief'' cannabis smokers

The Northern Echo: Police seized six cannbis plants from an address on Coleman Road, Belvedere

5:25pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A MAN who began growing his own cannabis in order to smoke the drug for pain relief has been given a suspended jail sentence.

South Park cafe reopens under council management after winter closure

The Northern Echo: Cafe in the park.

4:37pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A POPULAR cafe in a Darlington park has been taken over by the council to keep it open after a private operator pulled out.

Work begins on £38m national biologics centre in Darlington

The Northern Echo: Work takes place at the Centre for Process Innovation, at Wilton, near Redcar

4:32pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

WORK on a medical research centre hailed as a coup for technology and industry in the North-East has started with a ground-breaking ceremony.

New initiative delivers free online research papers

The Northern Echo: Epsom residents are visiting online porn websites hundreds of thousands of times a year

2:56pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

THOUSANDS of the world’s best academic papers are now available for free at Darlington libraries thanks to a new initiative.

Marathon brass band breaks world record

The Northern Echo: Natalie Davies (front left with red trombone) with the Huddersfield Marathon Band

2:33pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A DARLINGTON trombonist has played her way into the record books by completing the London Marathon whist performing with a brass band.

Award-winning journalist and devoted family man dies at the age of 81

The Northern Echo: Brian Edwards, a former Echo journalist, has died aged 81

2:09pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A FORMER Northern Echo journalist who won a prestigious award for exposing abuse at a Sri Lankan psychiatric hospital has died at the age of 81.

Bar to reopen after revamp

The Northern Echo: FAMILY AFFAIR: Carl Williams, right, with his father, John

1:52pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A FORMER assistant bar manager and DJ has turned licensee and is reopening a Darlington town centre venue under its former name.

Road closed after water tanker crash

The Northern Echo: TALKING POINT: The water tanker on its side. Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

9:43am Wednesday 16th April 2014

A NORMALLY-BUSY stretch of road is closed to traffic this morning, after a water tanker toppled over and came to rest on its side.

'Amazing, appalling, shocking' - the reality of Foodbank Britain

The Northern Echo: Bishop Seamus Cunnigham and Bishop Mark Bryant at Gateshead Foodbank

12:10am Wednesday 16th April 2014

“AMAZING, appalling, shocking.” That was the verdict of Durham Foodbank co-ordinator Peter MacLellan on new figures, released today, revealing a 463 per cent rise in North-East foodbank users in just 12 months.

463% rise in North-East foodbank users in just 12 months

The Northern Echo: The Right Reverend Justin Welby, left, packs a parcel with Alan Bell, centre, of Emmanuel Church and helper Peter MacLellan

12:10am Wednesday 16th April 2014

DOZENS of bishops and hundreds of faith leaders including the Bishop of Durham will today (Wednesday, April 16) demand the Government take urgent action to tackle the growing food crisis engulfing the UK.

Easter fun in Darlington

The Northern Echo: Great Malvern Easter Egg Hunt starts tomorrow (Saturday)

2:12pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A WEEKEND of family activities has been lined up to celebrate Easter in Darlington.

New dog training class

The Northern Echo: FRIEND: Ten-year-old Jake was brought to Dogs Trust in March.

12:57pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

The Skernedale Dog Training Club starts a new eight-week basic dog obedience training course for beginners on May 1.

Family of Darlington murder victim say their faith in justice has been restored after killer is jailed for life

The Northern Echo: Daniel Dodsworth

7:00pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

THE family of a man bludgeoned to death with a claw hammer said their faith in justice has been restored after his killer was sentenced to life in prison.

Waterways project aims to clean up streams

The Northern Echo: Grant for reserve work

1:37pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

A WATERWAYS project held a fun day with a serious message in Darlington.

Easter treat for Darlington shoppers

The Northern Echo: CELEBRATIONS PLANNED: The Cornmill shopping centre, in Darlington

12:39pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

DARLINGTON shoppers are set for an egg-stra special treat over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.

Veteran's plea for information about lost comrade

The Northern Echo: RESTING PLACE: ThCanadian War Cemetery at Bretteville-sur-Laize, in Normandy, where Sgt Bill Hampseed, from Stockton, is buried

6:00am Tuesday 15th April 2014

A SECOND World War veteran has appealed for help tracing relatives of a friend who was killed in action.

Upmarket bar 'will create up to 100 jobs'

The Northern Echo: BRANCHING OUT: The Keys in Yarm. Another outlet is planned for Darlington

5:56pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

WORK is under way on a seven-figure project to convert a 160-year-old grade II-listed building into an upmarket nightspot, which will create up to 100 jobs.

Property firm gives its backing to new legislation to allow agricultural buildings to be turned into homes

The Northern Echo: CONVERSION: Ministers appear to have listened to barn concerns

5:37pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

A NORTH-East property firm has given its backing to new legislation that allows disused agricultural buildings to be turned into residential homes.

Parish council adds its objections to plans to merge rural Darlington council wards

The Northern Echo: The draft ward boundaries for Darlington Borough Council as proposed by the Boundary Commission

2:39pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

MEMBERS of a parish council have described plans to merge two of Darlington’s rural electoral wards into one as ‘ludicrous’.

Charity coffers swelled by Grease run

The Northern Echo: GREASED LIGHTNING: Selena Blain (Sandy) and Michael Hirst (Danny) with Jenny Chapman MP presenting a cheque to St Teresa's Hospice Operations Manager Brian Campey

11:00am Tuesday 15th April 2014

A THEATRE society handed over a cheque for £3,000 to St Teresa's Hospice following a successful ten night run of Grease at the Darlington Civic Theatre.

Lauren going for gold in Miss England contest

The Northern Echo: Lauren Abel

5:27pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

REIGNING Miss Durham Lauren Abel is hoping to represent Darlington in the finals of Miss England.

Police on the hunt for thief who stole from Darlington market stall

The Northern Echo:

2:56pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

MARKET THEFT: Police are appealing for information after a pipe and a tobacco tin were stolen from a market stall in Darlington town centre. The incident at the regular stall, which stands opposite the Costa coffee shop, happened at noon on Monday, April 14. Two customers alerted the stall holder that a man was stealing goods – the man ran off in the direction of the town clock. The man is described as white, in his 20s and wearing a grey hoodie, which he had zipped up. Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Inglis in the Priority Crime Team on the non-emergency 101 number or 01325-742275.

Jury expected to retire in Darlington murder trial

The Northern Echo: Murder accused, Daniel Dodsworth

5:06pm Monday 14th April 2014

A JURY is expected to retire tomorrow morning (Tuesday, April 14) to consider its verdict in the trial of a man accused of bludgeoning his friend to death with a claw hammer.

Mother's pride as Army captain is awarded MBE

The Northern Echo: Captain Steffan Wright with his MBE and his mother Gisela Taylor

2:11pm Monday 14th April 2014

THE mother of an Army captain who was raised in Darlington has spoken of her pride after he was awarded an MBE.

CCTV released after cars vandalised near Darlington station

The Northern Echo: CCTV RELEASED: A man British Transport Police want to question after cars were vandalised near Darlington Station

11:48am Monday 14th April 2014

POLICE have released CCTV images of a man they are keen to question after a high-value car was vandalised.

Budding chef Ruth goes back to school

The Northern Echo: FINISHING TOUCH: Apprentice chef Ruth Hansom

11:32am Monday 14th April 2014

A BUDDING Darlington chef who earned an apprenticeship with a two-star Michelin chef returned to her old school to cook up a treat for her teachers.

GP opening hours to be extended after £2.9m cash boost to improve care

The Northern Echo: Skin specialist: Dr Jenny Steel

12:10am Monday 14th April 2014

FAMILY doctors in the region have been given an extra £2.9m to make it easier to see a GP, prevent unnecessary hospital admissions and ease pressure on hospital A&E departments.

Sign of the times for Darlington community centre

The Northern Echo: NEW SIGNS: Jenny Ivison and Carol Huitson from RDW, Martin Landers Trustee at Red Hall Community Centre  and Josh Palin from DBS at the front.

5:33pm Monday 14th April 2014

A DARLINGTON community centre is starting to notice the impact of eye-catching signage created to promote its facilities.

Inside Out celebrates its seventh birthday with Craig Charles DJ set

The Northern Echo: Craig Charles brings his Funk and Soul show to the Citadel

3:10pm Monday 14th April 2014

A DARLINGTON nightclub that has played host to some of the biggest DJs in the industry will celebrate its seventh anniversary with a weekend of events.

Preparations for second annual Darlington Arts Festival under way

The Northern Echo: BIG PLANS: Darlington Arts Festival committee members, from left: Yvonne Preston, John Dean and Jo Land

2:05pm Monday 14th April 2014

PREPARATIONS are under way for the second annual Darlington Arts Festival, which starts later this month and runs throughout May.

Panto time for Newton Aycliffe dancers

The Northern Echo: Darlington Civic Theatre

4:04pm Monday 14th April 2014

A GROUP of young dancers have been chosen to star in a UK production of Peter Pan when it takes to the stage at a North-East theatre this weekend.

Truck and car collide on Darlington inner ring road

The Northern Echo:

7:34pm Monday 14th April 2014

POLICE said no-one was hurt when a truck and a car collided on Darlington's inner ring road tonight (Monday, April 14).

Appeal after mountain bike stolen from outside Darlington shop

The Northern Echo: Lewes teenagers questioned over attempted break-in at Brighton flat

3:41pm Monday 14th April 2014

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a mountain bike was stolen from outside a town centre shop.

Chance to hear more about wind farms

The Northern Echo: GREEN LIGHT: Carmarthenshire's planning committee approved an application to erect a wind turbine on land off Heol Ddu on the outskirts of Ammanford.

12:15pm Monday 14th April 2014

FARMERS and land owners are invited to an open day to hear about the benefits of controversial on-farm wind energy.

National charity backs young photographer's project

The Northern Echo: An example of James Hobson's work; pictured is Thomas Cullen, 18

8:10pm Sunday 13th April 2014

A PHOTOGRAPHY student inspired by a friend with Down’s syndrome has won the support of a national charity for his portrayal of the condition.

Hartlepool manager attends tournament in tribute to popular coach

The Northern Echo: Hartlepool boss Colin Cooper presents a charity trophy to captain of the Wilsons Boys winning team Dean Irvine at the football match fundraiser at Middleton St George. Lynn Turnbull and 20 year old Beej Turnbull, wife and son of the late Mally Turn

5:31pm Sunday 13th April 2014

HARTLEPOOL United manager Colin Cooper was the guest of honour at a five-a-side competition organised in memory of a popular football coach.

Council secures £8,000 to test nightlights

3:10pm Sunday 13th April 2014

DARLINGTON Council’s trading standards team has secured £8,000 of government funding to test the safety of plug-in nightlights on sale in the borough.

Jazz concert in Darlington

The Northern Echo: Bring in the Springtime with Latin Jazz and Wine

11:44am Sunday 13th April 2014

Jazz musicians Jeff Barnhart and John Hallam will perform at St Augustines’ Parish Centre on Larchfield Street on May 3.

Tasty textiles on display

The Northern Echo: The Bobbin Shed on Lingfield Point where textile artists are based held an open day/exhibition

11:36am Sunday 13th April 2014

AN exhibition of artwork created by textile artists and students went on display at Lingfield Point over the weekend.

Parents' heartfelt tribute to Darlington detective

The Northern Echo: MUCH MISSED: Detective Sergeant Dave Storey

10:00am Sunday 13th April 2014

THE parents of a respected detective who died just a week after his retirement have paid tribute to a ‘fantastic husband, father, son and brother’.

Mayor to officially relaunch refurbished post office

The Northern Echo: New Darlington mayor, Charles Johnson, and his wife and mayoress, Carol

4:26pm Sunday 13th April 2014

Darlington Mayor Coun Charles Johnson will officially relaunch a village post office on Tuesday following its closure for refurbishment.

Parish objects to plans to merge rural wards at Darlington Borough Council

The Northern Echo: The draft ward boundaries for Darlington Borough Council as proposed by the Boundary Commission

2:00pm Saturday 12th April 2014

FEARS have been raised that rural parts of Darlington could be neglected in future years if plans to merge two adjoining council wards go ahead.

By-election to be held for Mowden council seat

The Northern Echo: Darlington town hall, where Darlington Borough Council's planning committee will discuss proposals for a children's residential centre near Heighington

11:30am Saturday 12th April 2014

A BY-ELECTION has been called to elect a new Councillor to represent the Mowden Ward on Darlington Borough Council.

TV's Helen Skelton to appear at open day

The Northern Echo: Presenter Helen Skelton, who will leave Blue Peter at the end of September

6:08pm Friday 11th April 2014

FORMER Blue Presenter Helen Skelton will make an appearance at a country store’s open day on Easter Saturday.

Murder accused an 'accomplished and cunning liar' court told

The Northern Echo: Murder accused, Daniel Dodsworth

6:13pm Friday 11th April 2014

A MAN described as an accomplished and cunning liar sent Facebook messages to the man he allegedly beat to death with a claw hammer in an attempt to cover his tracks, a court heard.

Appeal against council's refusal to grant gypsy site permission

The Northern Echo: The travellers who have moved on to land in Cirencester

3:10pm Friday 11th April 2014

A HEARING has taken place over a council’s refusal to grant planning permission for three new gypsy pitches on the outskirts of Darlington.

Locomotion cake to be focal point of Darlington food festival

The Northern Echo: Alex Hirst of Distinct Darlington and chef Martyn Edmonds from Clervaux Bakery with the Locomotion cake

2:34pm Friday 11th April 2014

AN edible homage to the North East’s railway heritage will form the focal point of a food festival in Darlington.

Charity donation offer after 'scum' shoot pet hens

The Northern Echo: l Michelle Richens’ pet  Brahma hen, Janet. Michelle lives in Lydiard Millicent

11:57am Friday 11th April 2014

A GRANDFATHER has offered to donate money to charity in return for information leading to the conviction of yobs who shot dead two pet hens.

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