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Not guilty: Scout leader from Darlington cleared of sexually assaulting boys

The Northern Echo:

3:18pm Friday 24th October 2014

A SCOUT leader has been found not guilty of sexual assaults against boys.

Officers reunite Darlington man with his father's stolen service medals

The Northern Echo: GOOD WORK: DC John Tyers (left) reunites Robin Bateman with his father's service medals

5:51pm Friday 24th October 2014

A MAN whose father’s service medals were stolen during a break-in had no idea they had been taken until a police officer knocked on his door to return them.

Strike a light! Matchstick mystery baffles civic leaders

The Northern Echo: MODEL TOWN: The matchstick model of Darlington Town Hall housed at Darlington Town Hall Picture: ANDY LAMB

4:45pm Friday 24th October 2014

IF folklore is anything to go by, this impressive matchstick model of three enduring Darlington town centre landmarks was created by a German prisoner of war.

North-East headteacher backs government call for parenting classes

The Northern Echo: PARENTING CLASSES: Headteacher Chris Metcalfe backs government call for parenting classes

3:27pm Friday 24th October 2014

A DARLINGTON headteacher has backed Government calls for parenting classes after seeing a rise in children who are not ‘school ready’.

Dismay after deal for 'blot on the landscape' farm falls through

The Northern Echo: LEGAL WRANGLE: West Musgrave Farm

6:04am Friday 24th October 2014

A MULTI-MILLION pound stand-off over the valuation of a family farm is threatening to scupper local residents’ hopes of a clean-up at the site.

Scout leader tells court sexual assault allegations have left him "sickened"

The Northern Echo: COURT APPEARANCE: Christopher Blakeborough arrives at Teesside Crown Court. (11704407)

6:04am Friday 24th October 2014

A SCOUT leader has told a jury how allegations of sexual assault against boys which led to his suspension had left him "sickened".

Pounds from property firm will help cancer charity

The Northern Echo: CASH STASH: Staff  fundraise for Macmillan Cancer Support

5:02pm Friday 24th October 2014

A PROPERTY agent that has supported Macmillan for the last six years is donating £10 to the charity from each sale it makes.

Students' chance to talk politics

The Northern Echo: TALKING POLITICS: Josh Newton with QE students

3:24pm Friday 24th October 2014

AS part of a campaign to increase youth engagement with politics, a Darlington sixth form is hosting workshops where two students will win the chance to share their ideas at a national event in Parliament.

Darlington chosen for pilot parks project

The Northern Echo: PARK LIFE: Darlington Cares volunteers during an earlier project

3:14pm Friday 24th October 2014

A VOLUNTEERISM organisation is supporting a project aimed at developing new ways of sustaining and developing parks.

Community bus service offers help to residents in Darlington

The Northern Echo: BUS SERVICE: The Tees Valley Transport Brokerage project is offering transport to community groups and individuals in isolated parts of Darlington

11:37am Friday 24th October 2014

THE organisers of a minibus service that provides vital transport for people living in isolated areas are calling on Darlington residents to get involved in the scheme.

Darlington boutique owner launches new beauty clinic

The Northern Echo: GRAND OPENING: The White Room at Thomas Watson House in Darlington with owner Pat Copeland. Picture: DAVID WOOD (11882850)

10:19am Friday 24th October 2014

THE owner of a designer boutique has given her career a makeover and opened a beauty clinic.

Give every child a Christmas by supporting charity toy appeal

The Northern Echo: CHRISTMAS APPEAL: Major Colin Bradshaw and Katie Blundell from Darlington Cares who are launching the Darlington Christmas Toy Appeal.      Picture: ANDY LAMB (11762569)

6:03am Friday 24th October 2014

“GIVE every child in Darlington a Christmas”, is the plea behind a charity toy appeal being launched today.

Funeral service commemorates soldiers who died in conflict

The Northern Echo: PAYING RESPECTS: Manager of Speckmans Funeral Service, Amanda Conway, at  the remembrance area in their premises in Wingate Picture: TOM BANKS

4:48pm Friday 24th October 2014

A FUNERAL director is helping people to remember those who have lost their lives during conflict by offering free poppy crosses to customers.

Sex-accused scout leader 'never alone' with alleged victim

The Northern Echo: COURT APPEARANCE: Christopher Blakeborough arrives at Teesside Crown Court. (11704407)

7:12am Thursday 23rd October 2014

A CUB scout leader yesterday (Wednesday October 22) denied he had ever been alone with a young boy he is accused of sexually assaulting in a church hall cupboard.

Minister demands answers after airport drops safety-related objections to wind turbines after striking £10,000 deal with developer

The Northern Echo:

6:39am Thursday 23rd October 2014

A GOVERNMENT minister is demanding answers from a North-East airport that agreed to drop safety-related objections to renewable energy schemes after striking a £10,000 deal with the developer.

Suggestion cop killer Harry Roberts carried out bank raid in Darlington in 1960s

The Northern Echo: Harry Roberts

9:33pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

IT has been suggested that notorious police killer Harry Roberts may have been responsible for a bank raid in Darlington in the mid-60s.

EE send widower a text message addressed to his late wife

The Northern Echo: BILL ISSUE:Tony Siddle from Darlington has been wrangling with EE for two years since his wife’s death to get her name removed from a phone bill contract. Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

4:36pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

DESPITE a 22-month wrangle by a widower to have his dead wife’s name removed from a phone bill, communications company EE has still not got the message.

Construction work on schedule for Department for Education staff to move to Darlington town centre in the new year

The Northern Echo: TAKING SHAPE: The external work of the Department for Education (DfE) offices in the centre of Darlington is now complete.  Pictured in front of the building are James Bromiley and Phil North of the DfE and Council Leader Bill Dixon.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

2:50pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

THE finishing touches are being put to a multi-million pound office development that will safeguard hundreds of jobs for a North East town.

Anfield date is a dream come true for Arthur

The Northern Echo: FAN PHOTO: Arthur Howes, from Darlington, with Graeme Souness

5:59pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

THE chance to accompany his favourite players on to the field before a high-profile European match proved irresistible for one North-East football fan.

Motorbike stolen from back yard

The Northern Echo: TV STOLEN: Police are investigating a burglary in Heighington

5:49pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

DURHAM Police are reminding motorbike owners to ensure their machines are secure following the theft of a pit bike from a back yard in Darlington.

Meeting over future of rail museum offer encouragement

The Northern Echo: (11874213)

5:15pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

A SERIES of public engagement meetings about the future of a North-East railway museum produced many useful suggestions, according to the man leading the project.

Residents voice concerns over development at former Eastbourne School site

The Northern Echo: HIGH ABOVE: The new houses at the former Eastbourne school site are being built on land so high that even the ground floor windows overlook existing properties on The Causeway, Darlington. The view from resident Tom Clarey's garden

5:12pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

RESIDENTS of a once-quiet Darlington street say their lives are being blighted by a new housing development which is progressing without any regard for their concerns.

Poppy appeal aims to top last year's fundraising effort

The Northern Echo: POPPY LAUNCH: Darlington mayor Cllr Gerald Lee lays a poppy wreath by a war memorial plaque at Darlington town hall, at the launch of this year's poppy appeal Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

4:36pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

A NORTH-EAST mayor spoke movingly at the launch of the annual Poppy appeal, commemorating those who have fallen in conflict.

Schools rugby teams take part in tournament

The Northern Echo: YOUTH GAMES: Participants in the Darlington Schools Tag Rugby finals

2:31pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

MEMBERS of a Darlington rugby club's community team have held a string of competitions at their ground.

Performing arts academy proves a hit in first term

The Northern Echo: ON SONG: Some of the young members of the Inspire Performing Arts Academy

2:22pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

A NEW theatre school has welcomed more than 70 students in its first half term.

Uncle Doom and his Piano of Gloom set to bring Halloween chills to Darlington shopping centre

The Northern Echo: SPOOKY FUN: Uncle Doom and his Piano of Gloom

2:22pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

A SPOOKY guest will visit a North-East shopping centre this Halloween.

Chance to research First World War heritage

The Northern Echo: WAR RESEARCH: There will be a day of events about the First World War, at Darlington library, next month

11:41am Thursday 23rd October 2014

PEOPLE interested in researching the First World War can attend a series of events at Darlington library next month.

Father criticises Darlington primary school that let six-year-old girl walk home alone

The Northern Echo: Six year old Scarlett Shotton near her home on Neasham Road, Darlington.  She was allowed to walk out of her school by herself and ended up walking home.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (11836241)

7:26pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

THE father of a six-year-old girl who walked out of school alone without any of her teachers realising said he was “horrified” at the thought of what could have happened to his daughter.

Darlington set for new retail park with an Aldi, Iceland and KFC

The Northern Echo: NEW STORE: Darlington's North Road area is set to welcome a new Aldi store

5:34pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A NEW retail park with an Aldi, KFC and Iceland outlets could be built in Darlington within the next two years after councillors approved plans.

Chance to help fund multi-million pound steam engine project

The Northern Echo: STEAMING AHEAD: Chris Ludlow's painting of the Prince of Wales and Tornado side by side

3:29pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A PROJECT to build Britain's most powerful steam locomotive has moved forward, with the formation of a £600,000 fundraising campaign to pay for its boiler.

Woman caught trying to steal condom machine armed with shopping trolley to haul it away

The Northern Echo:

1:26pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

CONDOMS offered no protection from the law for a bungling thief.

Academies and free schools blamed for rise in teenage pregnancies

The Northern Echo: True cost of teenage pregnancy problem more than £4m per year

6:58am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

TEENAGE pregnancies are on the rise in a North-East town because schools are dropping sex education, MPs have been told.

Boy tells Darlington scout leader trial of 'disgust' at being spanked

The Northern Echo: COURT APPEARANCE: Christopher Blakeborough arrives at Teesside Crown Court. (11704407)

6:46am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A BOY told a jury he felt "disgusted" after being spanked by a scout group leader during a camping trip.

Woman cut free after car collides with garage in Darlington

8:18pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A WOMAN had to be cut free from the wreck of her car after it left the road and collided with a garage in Darlington.

Darlington churchyard set to be transformed into a riot of colour

The Northern Echo: BULB PLANTING: Darlington Friends of the Earth take part in a bulb planting in the grounds of St Cuthbert's Church, Darlington Picture: TOM BANKS

7:02pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

BLUEBELLS and snowdrops will help bring cheer to a North-East churchyard thanks to the work of green-fingered volunteers.

Darlington Council strongly objects to Scotch Corner designer complex

The Northern Echo: DESIGNER NAMES: An artist's impression of the designer complex at Scotch Corner

6:46pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

DARLINGTON councillors have objected to a proposed designer complex at Scotch Corner, fearing it would damage town centre trade.

Darlington councillors object to Sedgefield windfarm proposals

The Northern Echo: WINDFARM LANDSCAPE: Councillors were warned over the cumulative impact of separate wind turbine sites being approved

6:36pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

DARLINGTON Council has lodged its objection to proposals for a 24-turbine windfarm near Sedgefield.

'Close run thing' as attacker is spared jail

The Northern Echo: COURT DATE: Teesside Crown Court

6:08pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A MAN who punched his mother’s partner, causing him to break his nose, has been spared jail.

Sanctioned man who stole to eat is jailed

The Northern Echo: *PLEASE PUT IN TELEVISUAL*
Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court G.V.
Pic: Chris Booth       30/09/13 (11756717)

5:22pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A MAN who stole to eat after his benefits were stopped has been jailed.

Darlington residents hit out at missed bin collections and confusion over recycling

The Northern Echo: BIN FIRE: Craig Jones and his sister-in-law, Karen Gascoigne, and the damage caused by the wheelie bin fire

4:58pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

HOUSEHOLDERS have criticised a new kerbside waste collection service over missed bin collections and confusion over what items can be recycled.

Darlington man smashed van windscreen with axe following dispute with ex-girlfriend, a court heard

The Northern Echo: Steven John Hutchinson, 34, of Evenwood Gate, County Durham, was sentenced at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court

2:45pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A MAN used an axe to smash the window of a van containing his ex-partner and her new boyfriend, a court was told.

Bishop of Durham to dedicate war rolls of honour

The Northern Echo: FORMER PUPILS REMEMBERED: Ian Wood has unearthered two World War One memorials that were found in the bell tower of St John's Church off Yarm Road in Darlington.  They list former pupils of the St John's School that fought in the war (left), and d

1:29pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

AFTER languishing in a bell tower for four decades, two First World War rolls of honour will form the centrepiece of an exhibition in a North-East church.

Darlington school enjoys cash windfall thanks to Co-op staff

The Northern Echo: THANK YOU: Co-Op staff Sarah Scratchard and Danielle Bolam present a cheque to children at West Park Academy, Darlington, L-R, Mia Dowson, Amber Thomas, Jack Sludds and Isaac Purchase, all five

1:01pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

SUPERMARKET staff were invited to check-out a new outdoor play area after raising hundreds of pounds for its development.

Daffodils to mark church group's anniversary

The Northern Echo: SPRING BULBS: The Cockerton Methodist Church Ladies Group plant golden daffodils on the village green. Picture: STUART BOULTON

12:52pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A CHURCH group has helped ensure that its village will be awash with daffodils when it celebrates its 50th anniversary next year.

System will help hard-of-hearing theatregoers

The Northern Echo: LOUD AND CLEAR: A new radio frequency hearing system has been introduced at the Civic Theatre in Darlington after funding through the Friends of Darlington Civic Theatre membership subsciption.  Friends of Darlington Civic Theatre, members of the voluntar

7:49pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

REGULAR visitors to a North-East theatre have helped fund a new system to help hard-of-hearing patrons.

Bench in memory of junior football team coach 'Mally'

The Northern Echo: MUCH MISSED: The memorial bench placed in Middleton St George in honour of Mally Turnbull

1:01pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A MEMORIAL bench has been placed in Middleton St George playing field in honour of Malcolm Turnbull, known as Mally, who coached junior football teams in the village for many years.

Demonstrators in Darlington protest against blacklisting

The Northern Echo: CROCODILE TEARS: Trade unionists highlight the construction industry blacklists outside the gates of Cleveland Bridge in Darlington. Picture: STUART BOULTON

5:15pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

UNION members held a protest demonstration outside a Darlington business it says was responsible for blacklisting construction workers.

Tribute to talented Darlington musician John Morton

The Northern Echo: HAPPY MEMORIES: John Morton

4:41pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A TALENTED musician who played his unusual instrument in productions featuring stars of the stage an screen has died at the age of 83.

Good Samaritan has phone stolen trying to help homeless man

The Northern Echo: *PLEASE PUT IN TELEVISUAL*
Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court G.V.
Pic: Chris Booth       30/09/13 (11756717)

4:10pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A GOOD Samaritan had his phone stolen while trying to help a homeless man.

Huge party marks Brownies' 100th birthday

The Northern Echo: BIRTHDAY BASH: More than 100 Brownies descend on Adventure Point, in Darlington, to celebrate 100 years of the organisation Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

2:45pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

DOZENS of youngsters have enjoyed a big Brownie party to celebrate the organisation’s 100th birthday.



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