'Hidden gem' to become visitor attraction

The Northern Echo: : Peter Seed, Estate Director at Ushaw College, 200 year old Catholic seminary. Picture: DAVID WOOD (9880634)

6:03am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

A CENTURIES old former Catholic seminary largely hidden from the public for decades is set to become the region’s newest visitor attraction.

Tributes to great-gran, 81, killed in road crash

The Northern Echo: Road crash victim Dolores Hubbert (9879544)

5:53pm Monday 1st September 2014

TRIBUTES have been paid to a great-grandmother who died following a road crash on Friday (August 29).

Suspended prison sentence for restaurateur who secretly filmed himself having sex with a young woman

The Northern Echo:

5:49pm Monday 1st September 2014

A RESTAURATEUR secretly filmed himself having sex with a teenage woman, a court was told.

DLI statue ready for Bishop's blessing

The Northern Echo: MEMORIAL STATUE: General view of the DLI memorial statue in Durham's Market Place. Picture: DAVID WOOD (9821554)

5:32pm Monday 1st September 2014

A MEMORIAL statue has been erected in a proud North-East regiment’s home city ahead of an official unveiling ceremony later this month (Sunday, September 14).

Gardener wants his tools to go to a good home

The Northern Echo: : Allotment holder Malcolm Johnson who is wanting to donate some of his tools. Picture DAVID WOOD (9880486)

5:12pm Monday 1st September 2014

A GARDENER is offering to give away many of his gardening tools.

Driver found dead after car goes over cliff

The Northern Echo: Driver was reported missing earlier (9878645)

4:29pm Monday 1st September 2014

POLICE are investigating after a man was found dead in a car at the bottom of cliffs.

Tributes to great-grandmother, 81, killed in road crash

The Northern Echo:

4:27pm Monday 1st September 2014

TRIBUTES have been paid to a great-grandmother who died in a road crash on Friday (August 29).

Danger driver led police on ten mile chase

1:58pm Monday 1st September 2014

A DRIVER who led police on a ten-mile chase said he was afraid to pull over in case he missed an appointment - 14 hours later.

Hundreds riding high after Durham bike event

The Northern Echo: PEDAL ON: The Durham Big Ride sets off on mass at County Hall.

12:33pm Monday 1st September 2014

HUNDREDS of cyclists of all ages took part in a mass bike ride around the North-East countryside.

Residents fears over plans for more student digs

The Northern Echo: (9823129)

8:02pm Monday 1st September 2014

CONCERNS have been raised over plans for a 395-bed student village on the outskirts of Durham City.

Accident death

5:43pm Monday 1st September 2014

A PEDESTRIAN injured in a collision with a taxi in Newcastle at the weekend has died. The accident happened at 2.30am on Sunday, (August 31) on the northbound slip-road from the Swan House roundabout to New Bridge Street on the Central Motorway. The man, aged 26, was taken to the city’s RVI hospital where he died this morning (Monday, September 1).

Young singers join Brit Award trio on stage

The Northern Echo: Blake: Ollie Baines, Humphrey Berney and Stephen Bowman

1:57pm Monday 1st September 2014

YOUNG singers from the region will join a Brit Award-winning trio on stage later this month (Friday, September 19).

Fund-raisers help Leon get his wheels

2:44pm Monday 1st September 2014

CHARITY fundraisers really put their backs into it when they took part in a lorry pull.

Play facilities opened at specialist heart unit

The Northern Echo: GRAND OPENING: Ivan and Nadine Hollingsworth (fundraisers from Seb4CHUF)  and their son Sebastian (5) officially open the new specialist play facility at the Children's Heart Unit at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital with nurses Emma Milner and Sophie

4:10pm Sunday 31st August 2014

PLAY facilities for children undergoing heart surgery were opened at a specialist centre in the North-East by a family who have raised thousands of pounds for the unit.

Power boat racing returns to the Tyne

The Northern Echo: Power boat racers on the River Tyne on Saturday

3:01pm Sunday 31st August 2014

THE high octane thrills and spills of power boat racing returned to the North-East over the weekend.

Flower show in Durham City is blooming marvellous

The Northern Echo: FLOWER FESTIVAL: Durham Flower Festival at Houghall College.

2:30pm Sunday 31st August 2014

THE inaugural Durham Flower Festival has been held over the weekend.

Fund-raisers help Leon get his wheels

The Northern Echo: HEAVE-HO: John Appleby after pulling the truck at the New Durham Club. (9823998)

12:20pm Saturday 30th August 2014

CHARITY fund-raisers really put their backs into it when they took part in a lorry-pull.

Remembrance garden unveiled for Newcastle fans

The Northern Echo: Bob Moncur, second from right, with Reverend Canon Glyn Evans, right, welcome John Alder''s sister, Joyce Robbins and her husband, who live in Darlington, and Liam Sweeney's parents, Angela and Barry to the memorial garden at Newcastle United.

5:51pm Friday 29th August 2014

A PERMANENT memorial to two North-East football fans who died on board flight MH17 has been unveiled.

Newcastle United manager accepts ice bucket challenge from Sunderland AFC owner

The Northern Echo:

2:30pm Friday 29th August 2014

NEWCASTLE United manager Alan Pardew has completed the ice bucket challenge after being nominated by Sunderland AFC owner Ellis Short.

Body of John Alder, Newcastle fan killed on flight MH17, is identified

The Northern Echo:

11:03pm Friday 29th August 2014

THE Foreign Office has confirmed tonight (Friday) that the body of John Alder, one of two Newcastle United fans killed in the crash of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, has been identified.

Six charged over 43 house burglaries worth 'tens of thousands'

The Northern Echo: Durham Police

4:36pm Friday 29th August 2014

SIX people have appeared in court charged with conspiring to burgle 43 houses, stealing jewellery and cash worth tens of thousands of pounds.

Rape pair put young victim through prolonged ordeal, treating her as "a mere object", court told.

The Northern Echo: Mark Wilson: Sentenced to 14 years in young offenders' institution after conviction for rape.

6:02am Friday 29th August 2014

TWO teenagers carried out a prolonged rape attack on a young girl they had picked up by car minutes earlier, a court heard yesterday.

Mark Knopfler re-records Local Hero ahead of Great North Run to raise money for research into childhood cancer

The Northern Echo: GUITAR HERO: Mark Knopfler.

8:45pm Friday 29th August 2014

MARK Knopfler has re-recorded the iconic Local Hero theme ahead of next weekend’s Great North Run.

Woman, 81, dies after Rainton crash

The Northern Echo:

5:28pm Friday 29th August 2014

AN ELDERLY woman has died following a road crash.

Matt's charity baton cycle

The Northern Echo: CHARITY CYCLE RELAY: Cotswold's staff member Matt Witney (21) who is taking part in the charity baton cycle relay to Harrogate in aid of Wings for Life. Picture: DAVID WOOD (9810584)

5:15pm Friday 29th August 2014

A SHOP worker has cycled 70 miles as part of a charity baton relay.

Powering down the Tyne

The Northern Echo: : Thrill seekers take the opportunity to experience speed on the water ahead of the NE1 Zapcat Grand Prix powerboat race on the River Tyne in Newcastle. Picture: DAVID WOOD (9811488)

3:54pm Friday 29th August 2014

THERE will be high-speed boat racing on the River Tyne this weekend (August 30-31).

Firm gives new kit to football team

The Northern Echo: Hodgson Sayers Contracts Manager Colin Howey  (left) and   Managing Director John Sayers (right) with Beamish FC players.

3:25pm Friday 29th August 2014

A CHILDREN’S football team has a smart strip for the new season thanks to a local roofing and building firm.

"Cat" team on prowl for residents' help

The Northern Echo: PLAN APPROVED: Durham County Council has approved bungalow plan

12:15pm Friday 29th August 2014

RESIDENTS are being asked to set the priorities of a new action team set up to improve life in their village.

Drug farm costs home grower £100,000 in crime proceeds settlement

The Northern Echo: Ex-finance manager given suspended prison sentence at Durham Crown Court for defrauding small Crook company

11:31am Friday 29th August 2014

A MAN’S home cannabis farming operation has now cost him £100,000 following a crime proceeds court agreement, almost two years after his conviction.

Suspected loan shark arrested in Bowburn

The Northern Echo: Durham Police

5:36pm Thursday 28th August 2014

A SUSPECTED loan shark has been arrested in the region.

Four in court accused of rabbit cruelty

The Northern Echo: Durham Constabulary

5:59pm Thursday 28th August 2014

FOUR young men have appeared in court accused of torturing a pet rabbit before it was killed.

Drivers badly hurt after car crash on outskirts of Consett

The Northern Echo: Emergency services on the scene of the crash on Wednesday afternoon

11:12am Thursday 28th August 2014

POLICE are investigating after a collision between two cars, which injured both drivers.

Fourteen year sentences for teen rapists who treated young victim "as mere object" during prolonged attack

The Northern Echo: Mark Wilson: Sentenced to 14 years in young offenders' institution after conviction for rape.

3:51pm Thursday 28th August 2014

TWO teenagers who subjected a younger girl to an “horrific” rape ordeal are each beginning 14-year sentences behind bars.

Hospital celebrates life-giving landmark

6:41pm Thursday 28th August 2014

A NORTH-EAST hospital is throwing a party to mark the 100th patient born with complex heart disease to have undergone a heart transplant.

New look for community centre

The Northern Echo: SOCIAL HEART: Users of the revamped Haven Community Centre in South Moor from left Christine Foord, Brian White, Derek Gibson, Lilian Peveller, Marie Peveller and chairman of the South Moor Partnership Colin Henderson.

5:46pm Thursday 28th August 2014

A COMMUNITY centre is hoping to attract new members after undergoing a facelift.

Laundry move clears way for 395-bed student village

The Northern Echo: The Berendsen laundry, in Neville's Cross, which could make way for student accommodation (9784476)

4:52pm Thursday 28th August 2014

MULTI-MILLION pound plans have been announced for a 395-bed student village on an industrial site.

Magpies' summer signings visit exhibition about their new club

The Northern Echo: TOON TIMES: Daryl Janmaat and Siem de Jong with youngsters from Redheugh Boys Club at the exhibition

4:30pm Thursday 28th August 2014

TWO of Newcastle United’s summer signings discovered even more about their new club today (Thursday, August 28) by visiting a special Magpies exhibition with local youngsters.

Choir returns for new season

The Northern Echo: Durham Choral Society in rehearsals

4:13pm Thursday 28th August 2014

A POPULAR choir starts rehearsals for its new season next week.

Warm reception for sing-a-long Frozen

The Northern Echo: SING ALONG: Student Jade Ballantine, centre, dressed for her role as Queen Elsa in Frozen performed to an audience in Sacriston Community Centre. Youngsters who dressed up to watch and join in the performance, from left Paige Gordon, 7, Lauren Simpson, 3,

3:55pm Thursday 28th August 2014

CHILDREN turned up in droves for a sing-along screening of the hit Disney film Frozen at a new mobile cinema.

Four-day beer festival begins

The Northern Echo: BEER CHEERS: Volunteers at Durham Beer Festival raise a toast to the start of the proceedings. CAMRA members, from left Jess Durham, Gregory Marler, Nigel Brown, Andy Stowell and John Reed.          Picture: ANDY LAMB (9746627)

1:28pm Thursday 28th August 2014

DURHAM’S annual beer festival has got underway.

Man jailed for bottle attack on girl, nine

The Northern Echo:

1:12pm Thursday 28th August 2014

A NINE-year-old gymnast who will be scarred for life after a drunken yob hurled a beer bottle through a car window asks her family if she is now ugly, a court heard.

Van carrying windows and conservatory parts crashes on A69

The Northern Echo:

11:46am Thursday 28th August 2014

A VAN carrying windows and conservatory parts has crashed on the side of the A69 near Corbridge, Northumberland.

Play suspended at Yorkshire v Durham after spectator suffers heart attack

The Northern Echo: Members of Unite who work for the Yorkshire Ambulance Service plan more strikes over claims that safety is being put at risk.

11:08am Thursday 28th August 2014

THE Yorkshire v Durham Royal London Cup quarter-final at Headingley was suspended for 30 minutes this morning after a spectator suffered a heart attack.

Shadforth's Big Weekend returns

The Northern Echo: A scarecrow from last year's festival

2:16pm Thursday 28th August 2014

A VILLAGE’S ‘big weekend’ returns next month.

Illicit ride on brother's motorcycle ended in collision with back of taxi

The Northern Echo: Ex-finance manager given suspended prison sentence at Durham Crown Court for defrauding small Crook company

4:31pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

AN unlicensed rider who used his brother's motorbike without permission was over the drink-drive limit when he crashed into the back of another vehicle, a court heard.

Six arrested in dawn drug raids across County Durham and Wearside

The Northern Echo:

1:15pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

SIX people have been arrested for suspected drugs and money laundering offences this morning.

Sting to play brace of shows at Sage Gateshead next year

The Northern Echo: Sting: performing at run's celebration event(9681793)

4:41pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

NORTH-East music legend Sting will give special concerts next year at one of the region’s leading venues.

Police called after drugs found at sweet factory

The Northern Echo: (9752323)

10:29pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

DRUGS have been found among Jelly Tots at the Nestle factory in Newcastle.

Two rescued after Consett crash

8:12pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

TWO people were rescued after a two-car collision in Consett.

Shopping centre honoured for car park safety

The Northern Echo: PARK MARK: Dalton Park centre manager Jerry Hatch, foreground with their park mark award with security team, from left Gary Burlinson, Chris Smith, PCSO Martin Nicholson and PC Martin Thursfield.            Picture: ANDY LAMB (9746602)

5:09pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

A SHOPPING centre has been presented with an award for its efforts to cut crime in its car parks.

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