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Darlington College and Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form students injured in head-on crash

The Northern Echo:

10:17am Thursday 18th September 2014

ALMOST a dozen students were injured in a head-on collision involving a college bus and a van.

Police warning as the use of legal highs increases

The Northern Echo: ON SALE: Some of the different types of legal highs that have been on sale, and banned, in the UK

6:32am Thursday 18th September 2014

THE increasing use of legal highs is the next big challenge facing the police and the NHS, a senior police officer has warned.

Meet Cluff, the man behind The Northern Echo's daily cartoon

The Northern Echo: EXHIBITION: John Longstaff, aka Echo cartoonist Cluff, is exhibiting his work. Picture: TOM BANKS (10487645)

6:32am Thursday 18th September 2014

HIS cartoons will be instantly recognisable to readers of The Northern Echo but the man behind the pen has always kept a low profile.

Countdown to major theatrical festival Jabberwocky Market begins

The Northern Echo: JABBERWOCKY: Major theatrical festival Jabberwocky Market launches a ‘festival hub’ as countdown to the October festival begins, pictured Poet Nader Al Hussein (10523154)

4:27pm Thursday 18th September 2014

THE COUNTDOWN to the return of a major theatrical festival has begun.

Female entrepreneurs celebrated at library event

The Northern Echo: WOMEN IN BUSINESS:Women into Business event at Crown Street Library, Darlington. Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT (10523026)

6:07pm Thursday 18th September 2014

FEMALE entrepreneurs were celebrated in Darlington today (Thursday, September 18).

Bohemian scrapsody as children turn trash into tunes

The Northern Echo: METAL SOUNDS: Children at High Coniscliffe School make music from scrap metal in a workshop put on by musicians Brendan Murphy and Rob Kitchen from The Sage in Gateshead.              Picture: ANDY LAMB (10519758)

5:42pm Thursday 18th September 2014

ANY old iron can be used to make sweet music, as North-East schoolchildren learned today (Thursday, September 18).

Cabinet to debate parking charge changes

The Northern Echo: PARKING TALKS: Proposed new parking charges displayed in Abbots Yard, Darlington Picture: ANDY LAMB

5:38pm Thursday 18th September 2014

COUNCILLORS will next week discuss plans for a raft of changes to parking arrangements in a North-East town.

Will this plump pumpkin steal the show at Hurworth Country Fair?

The Northern Echo: IT'S A BIG ONE: Rachel Dent of Low Dinsdale with a giant pumpkin she is hoping to enter into the Hurworth Country Fair, but only if someone is able to lift it Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

5:04pm Thursday 18th September 2014

A PARTICULARLY plump pumpkin has been cultivated by a North-East gardener.

Visitors go behind the scenes at organic dairy

The Northern Echo: ECO VISIT: Darlington mayor and mayoress Gerald and Ruth Lee present prizes to mini beast hunters, runner up Rosie Burgess and winner Bethany Lloyd, both seven

3:45pm Thursday 18th September 2014

ECO visitors proved they had a lot of bottle when they went in search of mini beasts at a North-East organic dairy.

School reunion for class of 1960

The Northern Echo: OLD BOYS: Members of Darlington Boys' Grammar School's class of 1960

2:04pm Thursday 18th September 2014

A GROUP of former students of what is now a sixth-form college reminisced about old times during an emotional reunion in Darlington.

New-look for airport's departure lounge

The Northern Echo: NEW FACILITIES: The upgraded lounge at Durham Tees Valley Airport

1:54pm Thursday 18th September 2014

PLANS to upgrade passenger facilities at Durham Tees Valley Airport have taken a step forward with the opening of new catering services.

Cold-callers under scrutiny in Darlington

The Northern Echo: REFORM PLANS: Darlington town hall

1:44pm Thursday 18th September 2014

DARLINGTON trading standards officers are investigating the alleged mis-selling of home energy efficiency assessments.

Sponsorship continues for Vibe Awards in Darlington

The Northern Echo: YOUTH AWARDS: Darlington Building Society chief executive Colin Fyfe with Vibe Awards supporters Bayleigh Firth and Danny Brown Picture: TOM BANKS

1:34pm Thursday 18th September 2014

A DARLINGTON business leader has confirmed that his organisation will continue to sponsor an awards programme that recognises outstanding young people in the borough.

Recovering drug addicts and those affected by substance misuse stage play to raise money for soup kitchen

The Northern Echo: Ben McGill and Clare, volunteers working on Drac and the Rat

12:02am Thursday 18th September 2014

RECOVERING drug addicts and those affected by substance misuse will take centre stage in a quirky production this autumn.

Car parking charges to be slashed in Darlington

The Northern Echo:

6:00am Wednesday 17th September 2014

CAR parking charges are set to be slashed and a park and ride scheme introduced in Darlington as its council leader vows to “get shoppers in, get them parked and get them to stay”.

Renewed appeal for volunteers as Festival of Thrift approaches

6:31am Wednesday 17th September 2014

ORGANISERS of the award-winning Festival of Thrift have made a renewed appeal for volunteers as they get set to welcome about 30,000 people.

Three-year ban for Darlington man who kicked his dog in the ribs

The Northern Echo:

6:31am Wednesday 17th September 2014

A MAN who was filmed kicking his pet dog in the ribs has been banned from keeping animals for three years.

Tiny village punches above its weight as hundreds are honoured at Northumbria in Bloom awards

The Northern Echo: BLOOM WINNERS: Kevin and Valerie Porter with flowers in Middleton St. George. The village is one of the winners of Northumbria in Bloom. Picture: TOM BANKS (10445273)

6:04am Wednesday 17th September 2014

THE efforts of community gardeners from across the North-East have been recognised at the annual Northumbria in Bloom awards.

Hotel plans set for approval, despite objections

The Northern Echo: ARENA ADDITION: A shot of The Northern Echo Arena, from the approximate site of the planned hotel

4:27pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

PROPOSALS for a five-storey, 68-bedroom hotel in the shadow of a North-East stadium will go before planners next week.

Arthur Wharton statue to be built at St George's Park after long-running campaign

The Northern Echo: ON SIDE: Shaun Campbell hands a smaller version of the Arthur Wharton statue to UEFA President Michel Platini

1:08pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A LONG-RUNNING campaign to immortalise the first black professional footballer has achieved its aim with announcement that a statue will be erected at the new home of English football.

Pets go barking mad for dog holidays

The Northern Echo: DREAM TEAM: (L-R) Tracy Johnston, Sue Seward, Tina Young and Carrie Jarvis from Barking Mad

6:06pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

TWO North-East women have swapped their day jobs for a new career offering home-from-home holidays for dogs.

Can you help collect tonnes of clothes for air ambulance charity

The Northern Echo: TONNES OF CLOTHES: Sherwoods in Darlington are helping out with the Great North Air Ambulance's clothing appeal. Pictured are Claire Herworth from GNAAS, Jane Longstaff and Simon MacConachie from Sherwoods and Lian Martin from GNAAS Picture: TOM BANKS

5:01pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

AN air ambulance charity hopes to collect tonnes of unwanted clothing to keep its helicopters flying.

Nursery children put on their hard hats to visit building site

The Northern Echo: MINI DIGGER: Noyus Butrimavicius, 3, is shown around a digger by Graham Cooper, a project manager with Walter Thompson constuction, who are building the extension to Skerne Park School. Picture: TOM BANKS (10486831)

4:30pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A GROUP of nursery children fascinated by building work going on close to their playground have been given the chance to visit the construction site.

Jail for Darlington man who failed to complete unpaid work

The Northern Echo: SUSPENDED SENTENCE: Alan Davies, 28, of Selbourne Terrace, Darlington was given a suspended sentence after admitting affray

4:17pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

MAGISTRATES accused a prolific offender of showing a flagrant disregard for court orders as they jailed him for 16 weeks for failing to turn up for unpaid work.

Home Sweet Home for Darlington charity that tackles homelessness

The Northern Echo: CHARITY HELP: First Stop Darlington has a new home thanks to a £105,000 loan

4:06pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A CHARITY which works to end homelessness in Darlington has been able to buy a home of its own thanks to a £105,000 bank loan.

Dog wardens win Gold award for their efforts to help stray dogs

The Northern Echo: WELL DONE: Darlington dog warden Andy with Alfie the dog

1:01pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

THE dog warden team in Darlington has received an award for its work with stray animals for the fifth year in a row.

Town's most vulnerable will be kept warm this winter as sleeping bag appeal hits target

The Northern Echo: SLEEPING BAGS: Colin Bradshaw with just a few of the 300 sleeping bags bought by the Salvation Army after an appeal. Picture: TOM BANKS (10487759)

5:04pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

HUNDREDS of vulnerable people will be kept warm this winter after an appeal for sleeping bags hit its target.

Make-do and mend at the Fix-It Cafe

1:01pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

MAKE-DO and mend is the ethos behind an event taking place on Saturday (September 20).

Volunteers urged to help transform Darlington churchyard into eco-friendly haven

The Northern Echo: SOWING THE SEEDS: Members of Darlington Friends of the Earth, Durham Wildlife Trust, Darlington and Teesdale Naturalists' Field Club, Darlington Borough Council, mayor Councillor Gerald Lee and Reverend Robert Williamson launch the wildflower project

4:17pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

GREEN-FINGERED volunteers are being encouraged to help transform a town centre churchyard into an eco-friendly haven.

Town centre violence drops in Darlington but alcohol harm continues to cost millions

The Northern Echo: Vandals blight residents' lives with car vandalism attacks

3:17pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

THE ill-effects of alcohol are costing Darlington’s local economy more than £43m a year, a senior police officer has warned councillors.

Professional darts players to give fan masterclass

The Northern Echo: Darts player Terry Jenkins in action

2:25pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

PROFESSIONAL darts players will show off their skills at a masterclass for fans.

Breast cancer survivor celebrates 37 years since diagnosis at charity fashion show

The Northern Echo: IN STYLE: Helen Haydock, pictured at the pre-fashion show photo shoot

1:05pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

A NORTH-East woman who survived breast cancer more than 35 years ago is to take to the catwalk for a celebrity fashion show to launch Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Viewers warned of possible disruption to Freeview services as 4G masts go live

The Northern Echo:

12:55pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

PEOPLE living in Darlington and Stockton have been warned of possible disruption to Freeview television services as new 4G mobile masts are switched on.

Children's theatre

12:58pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

CHILDREN'S theatre specialists Theatre Hullabaloo will present Angel at the Dolphin Centre, Darlington on Friday, October 10. The play, about the relationship between young and old, tackles issues around dementia and memory-loss in a child-friendly manner and is suitable for over-tens. Tickets are £5.50 and can be booked by calling 01325-486555.

Tanker overturns in Darlington

The Northern Echo:

8:47pm Monday 15th September 2014

ONE person has been taken to hospital after a tanker overturned in Darlington tonight.

MP backs call for payday loan ad ban

The Northern Echo: PASSPORT OUTRAGE: Darlington MP Jenny Chapman

6:04am Monday 15th September 2014

A CALL to ban payday loan adverts from television and radio before the 9pm watershed has received the backing of a North-East MP who said she would go even further.

Cockney barrow-boy, war veteran, parish councillor and community leader - the many lives of Alby Burton, who died this week

The Northern Echo:

6:04am Monday 15th September 2014

DURING World War Two, British soldier Alby Burton disobeyed orders to lead a group of German girls in a lively dance through war-ravaged streets.

Office romance led to 70 years of marriage for platinum couple

The Northern Echo: PLATINUM COUPLE: Married for 70 years - Harry and Hilda Rogers Picture: STUART BOULTON

6:34pm Monday 15th September 2014

AN office romance blossomed into 70 years of marriage for a North-East couple who celebrate their platinum wedding anniversary tomorrow (Tuesday, September 16).

Landlords encouraged to counteract terrorism

7:54pm Monday 15th September 2014

LANDLORDS can learn about tackling terrorism at an event tomorrow (Tuesday, September 16).

North-East politician criticises "soft justice" and calls for more criminals to be sent to prison

The Northern Echo: Peter Cuthbertson

6:28pm Monday 15th September 2014

A WOULD-BE MP has criticised "soft justice" and called for more criminals to be sent to prison.

Autism charity prepares for Darlington rainbow run

The Northern Echo: COLOURFUL FUN: Promotion of  the North East Autism Society's Run the Spectrum  in South Park, Darlington, on Sunday, September 21.  Pictured: (L to R): Rhys Dunn (six), James Gannon (15), senior teacher, Steve Wilkinson, Georgia Hutchinson (14), Danic

5:58pm Monday 15th September 2014

A CHARITY is staging an exciting new race this weekend that will turn runners into a blaze of colour.

Darlington Arts Festival launches for 2015 with call for new performers and artists

The Northern Echo: A dance troop perform at the 2014 Darlington Arts Festival

5:18pm Monday 15th September 2014

ARTISTS, performers and businesses who want to showcase their talents to the public have been urged to sign up to the Darlington Arts Festival.

Darlington pensioner's 'ridiculous' ambulance wait

The Northern Echo: AMBULANCE WAIT: Kathleen Milne, aged 80, who was left waiting for an ambulance after she fell near her Darlington home Picture: STUART BOULTON

4:53pm Monday 15th September 2014

AMBULANCE chiefs have apologised after a vulnerable pensioner was left lying on the ground for almost an hour after a fall near her home.

Vandals blight residents' lives with car attacks

The Northern Echo: Vandals blight residents' lives with car vandalism attacks

4:09pm Monday 15th September 2014

POLICE in Darlington have appealed for information after a series of seemingly motiveless vandalism attacks on cars in the Branksome area of town.

Darlington Civic Theatre launches Regeneration book club

The Northern Echo: APPEAL TO READERS: Darlington Civic Theatre marketing officer Rebecca King who is running the book club  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

2:08pm Monday 15th September 2014

BOOKWORMS and theatre fans can combine their interests with the launch of a book club.

Chance to take part in pop-up art event

The Northern Echo: ART EVENT: A pop-up art exhibition will be held in Hurworth in November

2:37pm Monday 15th September 2014

YOUNG art and design graduates will be given the chance to sell their original artwork direct to the public at a forthcoming pop-up event, writes David Huntley.

Students give school's new rewards scheme a thumbs up

The Northern Echo: NEW SCHEME: DSMS headteacher Calvin Kipling

2:32pm Monday 15th September 2014

BEHAVIOUR good and bad is under scrutiny at a North-East school thanks to an innovative rewards scheme which uses the latest computer technology.

Bank staff's mountain trek boosts hospices

The Northern Echo: FUNDRAISING HIKE: Kay Mackintosh, of Northallerton, and Fiona Allen-Ross, of Richmond, at the foot of Ben Nevis

1:40pm Monday 15th September 2014

A PAIR of bank workers have helped raise more than £80,000 for a charity which supports hospices by climbing the UK's highest mountain.

Serial Darlington fraudster convicted of Raleigh Chopper scam

The Northern Echo: FOUND GUILTY: Philip Quinn at Teesside Crown Court

6:04am Monday 15th September 2014

A JURY saw through the lies of a conman who ripped off ebay customers – and found him guilty in a little over three-quarters-of-an-hour.

Musical celebrating the sounds of the sixties opens its doors in Darlington

The Northern Echo: AMBULANCE MEETING:Middleton-in-Teesdale public meeting about controversial ambulance staffing changes. Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT  (10384740)

7:51pm Monday 15th September 2014

THE stars of a new musical celebrating the best hits of the Swinging Sixties have gathered ahead of its opening night in a North-East theatre.

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