Pregnant mother-of-two jailed after trying to smuggle drugs into prison

6:35am Saturday 23rd August 2014

A PREGNANT mother-of-two has been jailed for six months after she tried to smuggle up to £2,500 worth of drugs into prison.

Boy, four, denied entry to autistic brother's school

The Northern Echo: SCHOOL PLACE ANGER: Natacha Simms, pictured with her two autistic sons, Lewis Coughtrey, left, and Oscar Coughtrey, who are being sent to two different Durham primary schools. Picture: TOM BANKS (9597298)

6:32am Saturday 23rd August 2014

A PREGNANT mother-of-two is furious she faces having to send her two young sons, one of whom has autism, to separate schools.

Daughter's thanks for Gazza support

The Northern Echo: ALCOHOL PROBLEMS: Paul  Gascoigne

6:07pm Friday 22nd August 2014

THE daughter of troubled former North-East football star Paul Gascoigne has thanked well-wishers after he was pictured being put into an ambulance after reportedly being found slumped outside his home.

Village takes delivery of defibrillator

The Northern Echo: NEW DEFIBRILLATOR: The Punch Bowl pub in Satley, near Lanchester, has installed a heart defibrillator after money was raised in the village. Pictured are, from the left, Colin Hodgson, Charlie Dobinson, Gavin Clark and David Gibson, all from Satley Parish

4:43pm Friday 22nd August 2014

AN ISOLATED rural community has taken charge of a new defibrillator for use in case of emergency.

Charity boss' ice bucket challenge

The Northern Echo: CHARITY CHILLER: County Durham Foundation chief executive Barbara Gubbins does the Ice Bucket Challenge for charity outside her office in Meadowfield, Durham. Picture: TOM BANKS (9596644)

3:53pm Friday 22nd August 2014

A CHARITY boss is the latest to take on the ice bucket challenge.

Dragon Duncan is signed up as catwalk judge

The Northern Echo: "I'm in!" Duncan Bannatyne joins the judging panel of Miss Sunderland

3:34pm Friday 22nd August 2014

DRAGON’S Den star Duncan Bannatyne will be considering a different set of figures next month.

Man with paedophilic tendencies jailed for two years over indecent image haul

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

2:20pm Friday 22nd August 2014

A MAN who developed “an addiction” for depraved images featuring young children has been jailed for two years.

Council pledges over care service move

The Northern Echo: PRIORY HOUSE: A general view of Priory House, Pity Me, Durham. Picture: TOM BANKS (9048325)

2:18pm Friday 22nd August 2014

RESIDENTS angry social services for vulnerable families are being moved into their area have won a string of concessions from council chiefs.

Sports day to be held in aftermath of bus crash

12:26pm Friday 22nd August 2014

A FAMILY sports day will raise money for the emergency services which helped rescue children from a horrific bus crash.

Arsonists spark police appeal

The Northern Echo: OPERATION RELENTLESS: Four arrested in police raids

11:45am Friday 22nd August 2014

POLICE are appealing for information after arsonists lit fires in a farmer’s field near Lanchester twice in a matter of days. Officers say someone went into a field off the Lanchester Valley Walk, near Dora’s Wood, on Monday, placed cut straw at the foot of a beech tree and set fire to it.

Sailor rescued from life-raft after abandoning burning yacht off Seaham coast

The Northern Echo: Burning yacht off coast of Seaham, County Durham, with Hartlepool RNLI lifeboats. Picture: MARK TAYLOR (9579650)

10:49am Friday 22nd August 2014

A SAILOR has been rescued after abandoning his burning yacht off the North-East coast this morning (Friday, August 22).

Student gets A grade despite bus crash trauma

The Northern Echo: Charlotte Crawford who was involved in the Stanley bus crash on the day of her English language exam - for which she got an A. Picture: DOUG MOODY (9562153)

6:51am Friday 22nd August 2014

A STAR student who went from the wreckage of an horrific bus crash to sit a GCSE exam is celebrating an A grade for the paper.

Roads shake-up to tackle city's pollution

The Northern Echo: BUSY ROAD: Traffic crosses Milburngate Bridge, Durham  Picture: ANDY LAMB (9463604)

6:50am Friday 22nd August 2014

COUNCIL chiefs have announced a multi-million pound roads shake-up aimed at tackling a city’s growing air pollution problem.

Bailiff rage driver jailed for nine months for dangerous pursuit

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

5:44pm Thursday 21st August 2014

A MAN saw red when a bailiff turned up at his house, accompanied by two police officers, seeking payment for an unpaid fine.

Helicopter Museum at Shotton Airfield a step closer to lift-off

The Northern Echo: Proposed helicopter museum (9555585)

5:08pm Thursday 21st August 2014

PLANS for a North-East helicopter museum combined with a ground-breaking venture in the rehabilitation of disabled former armed forces personnel have taken a step forward.

Great North Runner Stephen's doing it for dad

The Northern Echo: Charity fundraiser Stephen Cronin and his wife Suzanne (9558678)

3:48pm Thursday 21st August 2014

A CHILDREN’S doctor is doing the Great North Run for charity in honour of his father.

Heritage railway to host vintage car event

The Northern Echo: BEETLE MANIA: Event organiser Jorden Sayer

3:44pm Thursday 21st August 2014

DOZENS of vintage Volkswagens will descend on the world’s oldest railway this weekend.

Appeal after hospital's gardening equipment is stolen

The Northern Echo: Witness appeal (8875381)

3:40pm Thursday 21st August 2014

POLICE are urging people to be on the look-out for gardening equipment stolen in a hospital burglary.

Foundation's five new faces

The Northern Echo: Lef to right: Lauren Davis, Zoe Fairless, Jane Briggs, Jo Dalton and Peter Redman

3:38pm Thursday 21st August 2014

A CHARITABLE foundation has recruited five new staff.

Funeral of jet crash "gentle giant" Liam Sweeney

The Northern Echo: Newcastle United coach John Carver and team captain Fabricio Coloccini arrive at funeral of Liam Sweeney  (9553572)

3:12pm Thursday 21st August 2014

NEWCASTLE United fan Liam Sweeney was "a gentle giant" and a "family man", the funeral of the first British victim of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 to be identified was told today (Thursday, August 21).

Snap yourself a cathedral selfie

The Northern Echo: An aerial view of Durham Cathedral

1:57pm Thursday 21st August 2014

THE selfie phenomenon has reached Durham Cathedral.

Football fans warned of new match-day parking restrictions

The Northern Echo: Fans travelling to the Sunderland's Stadium of Light for Sunday's opening Premier League home match of the season warned of new parking restrictions

10:55am Thursday 21st August 2014

FOOTBALL fans are reminded of new residents-only parking scheme in streets near Sunderland’s Stadium of Light.

All rosy as agency boss Andy tours ice rink rebuild

The Northern Echo: Councillor Neil Foster, Homes and Communities Agency chief executive Andy Rose and Neil McMillan, development director at Carillion Developments, laying down a foundation at Freeman's Reach

10:51am Thursday 21st August 2014

A REGENERATION chief has toured a £27m scheme to replace Durham’s former ice rink with offices.

Parents' horror as boy, three, slips down faulty manhole

The Northern Echo: Parents' horror as boy, three, slips down faulty manhole

6:44am Thursday 21st August 2014

A SHOCKED couple are calling for action after a manhole cover gave way and their three-year-old son narrowly avoided plummeting into a drain.

Man jailed over petrol threat and sinister texts to 'ex'.

The Northern Echo: Clive Richardson: Jailed for three years for campaign of harassment on former partner.

7:14pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A MAN who could not accept the end of a relationship bombarded his former partner with increasingly threatening and hurtful text messages.

Wartime food on the menu at Court

The Northern Echo:

6:34pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A RESTAURATEUR is offering a wartime at home menu to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Festival of entertainment takes to streets of Durham

The Northern Echo: STREETS AHEAD: Performer The Space Cowboy

6:28pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

VISITORS to an annual street festival are encouraged to share their favourite moments of the event on social media.

Peterlee father-of-two faces jail after sex assault conviction

6:12pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A FATHER of two faces jail after he was convicted of sexually assaulting a young girl in broad daylight.

New police HQ ready for Durham force

The Northern Echo: (9529606)

6:10pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A POLICE force is starting the move from its old headquarters to a new £15m base.

Funeral details of Flight MH17 victim Liam Sweeney

The Northern Echo: TOON FAN: Liam Sweeney, who was killed along with fellow Newcastle United supporter John Alder on the doomed Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 while travelling to New Zealand to cheer on their side for a pre-season tour.

6:08pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

THE FUNERAL of one of the devoted Newcastle United fans who died on the doomed Flight MH17 will be held tomorrow (Thursday, August 21).

Farmers urged to help fight rustling

The Northern Echo: Jane and Mark Gray at Broom House Farm, Witton Gilbert (9094739)

5:32pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A LANDOWNERS’ group is urging rural communities to pull together to combat a rustling rush.

Police investigating Station Town shooting appeal for information about three vehicles

The Northern Echo: Scene of shooting in Station Town. The victim was in garden of second house from the left.  (9473659)

4:33pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

DETECTIVES investigation the shooting of a man in his garden have appealed for information about three cars seen in the area around the time of the attack.

Centre closing for repairs

The Northern Echo: Aileen Johnson (left,)  Kathleen Slater, Eileen Hopper, Ken Harris and Dorothy McNally from the Blackhill Art Group, one of the many local organisations which the soon-to-be renovated Blackhill Community Centre.

4:06pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

USERS of a community centre have been warned it is expected to remain out of use for up to six weeks while repairs are carried out, from next month.

Chester-le-Street arts project gets funding to put the town in the picture

The Northern Echo: Directors (left to right): Gillian Westrip, Sharon Gollan, Miranda Petersen, Tracey Barnes and Anne Proctor. (9520459)

3:55pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

AN arts project is celebrating its first birthday with a big funding boost.

Second crash at Pittington where accidents are 'rare'

3:22pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

DETAILS have emerged of a second crash where a young couple had a miraculous escape at the weekend.

Durham Light Infantry Memorial foundations laid as fundraising target is reached

The Northern Echo: STATUE SITE: Col Arthur Charlton at the site in Durham Market Place where the statue will be erected next month.     Picture: ANDY LAMB (9509767)

3:18pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A STATUE immortalising the sacrifices of the Durham Light Infantry took a step closer to reality today (August 20) as workers laid its foundation – and it was revealed that veterans had reached their fundraising target.

Youngsters brighten up Durham unit's grounds

The Northern Echo: GARDEN OPEN: Trust chair Lesley Bessant is shown the new garden at NHS Durham by ten year old Briar Watson from Chester-le-Street.          Picture: ANDY LAMB (9509811)

2:24pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

EVERYTHING in the garden is lovely at a centre for youngsters with mental health issues.

Police give bail to suspects arrested over disappearance of Sunderland brothers

The Northern Echo: Investigations continue (9501322)

2:00pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

SEVEN people arrested after three brothers went missing have been bailed by police pending further enquiries.

Display of flowers with an eastern twist

The Northern Echo: JAPANESE ART: Erico Natsui with her flowers ball, part of the Japanese flower exhibition at the Palace Green library in Durham City.          Picture: ANDY LAMB (9508410)

1:58pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

AN exhibition has offered a rare chance to see an eastern take on the traditional art of flower arranging.

Fish and chips treat for Mabel, 103

The Northern Echo: Birthday girl Mabel Raine, 103, with Councillor John Robinson, chairman of Durham County Council, his wife Maxine, left, and vice-chairman Jan Blakey (9493942)

1:50pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

BIRTHDAY girl Mabel is truly old Labour.

Cash boost for centre revamp

The Northern Echo: Framwellgate Moor, Durham City- Colin Hillary (left), chairman of the community association and parish councillor Terry Moderate, pictured outside Framwellgate Moor community centre, where the community association is to take over the council-run communit

12:53pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A PROJECT to expand and improve a Victorian community centre has received a cash boost.

Men arrested in connection with Station Town shooting released on police bail

The Northern Echo: Scene of shooting in Station Town. The victim was in garden of second house from the left.  (9473659)

10:29am Wednesday 20th August 2014

TWO men arrested in connection with the shooting of a man in his garden have been released on police bail pending further inquiries.

Late night robbery victim suffers constant nightmares at ordeal at hands of young mugger

The Northern Echo: Michael Kingshott: Four-year sentence in young offenders' institution for "cowardly" attack on elderly woman

6:57am Wednesday 20th August 2014

A PENSIONER left bloodied and bruised after being punched in the face for just £28 cannot forget her terrifying ordeal.

Two arrests following shooting of man in Station Town

The Northern Echo: Scene of shooting in Station Town. The victim was in garden of second house from the left.  (9473659)

10:17pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

A MAN shot five times after a number of cars pulled up outside his home is recovering in hospital tonight (Tuesday, August 19) as police continue a major investigation.

Sacked salesman bought £300k of cars on firm's account

The Northern Echo: Newcastle Crown Court  (8389331)

8:33pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

A SACKED salesman has walked free from court despite drunkenly ordering nearly £300,000-worth of cars on his former bosses’ account.

Northumbria Police may have wrongly classified rape cases as "no crime", it is revealed

The Northern Echo: Northumbria Police chief constable Sue Sim

6:41pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

NORTHUMBRIA Police wrongly classified some rape cases as “no crime”, it has been revealed.

Bikers' ride commemorates war dead

The Northern Echo: Bikers and Legion gather to bless the fallen at Washington Village War Memorial. Picture: KEITH BLUNDY (9476096)

6:09pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

A WAR memorial garden in the North-East played host to a wreath that is touring the UK to commemorate men who and women who have fallen in battle in the last 100 years.

Rare turban loaned to North-east museum

The Northern Echo: RARE HEADGEAR: The rare Sikh Fortress Turban that goes on show this week at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

5:15pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

A RARE turban goes on display this weekend as part of an exhibition on the North-East’s Sikh community.

Peterlee father-of-two denies sexual assaulting teenager

The Northern Echo: Teesside Crown Court

5:08pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

A FATHER of two has denied sexually assaulting a girl in the street.

New appeal over murder riddle

4:56pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

POLICE investigating the murder of a middle-aged man have renewed their appeal for information two months after he was last seen.

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