Mother of teenage murder victim suffer 'failure of justice' as killer has jail term cut for second time

The Northern Echo: VICTIM: Murder victim Samantha Madgin

2:29pm Monday 20th October 2014

THE family of an aspiring teenage model murdered in the street as she tried to break up a fight say there has been a 'failure of justice' after her killer was granted a second cut in her jail term.

Job hopes in food producer deal

The Northern Echo: FOOD PRODUCTION: Production line workers pictured previously at Tanfield Foods, in Consett, County Durham

2:43pm Monday 20th October 2014

A CONVENIENCE food maker has revealed plans to create North-East jobs after buying a specialist firm.

First aid awards for officers who revived pensioner in Chester-le-Street

The Northern Echo: AWARD: PCSO's Christine Taylor and Adrian Richards receive their awards from Derek Lythe, Dales area manager for St John's Ambulance (left) and Chief Superintendent  Ivan Wood (right). Picture: DAVID WOOD (11696108)

5:16pm Monday 20th October 2014

TWO police community support officers (PCSOs) have been commended for reviving a pensioner after she collapsed with a suspected heart attack – giving her family nine precious days with her before she died.

Proceeds of charity football match presented to Sara's Hope Foundation

The Northern Echo: L to R  Michael Bainbridge, Carol Bennett, Paul Bainbridge  (11697241)

5:59pm Monday 20th October 2014

THE PROCEEDS of a charity football match between superheroes and Disney princesses have been presented to a children’s foundation which sends children with cancer on holidays.

Judge adjourns sentence to allow cafe confrontation youth to pinpoint drain down which he discarded axe

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

5:57pm Monday 20th October 2014

CUSTOMERS at a town centre cafe were left terrified at the increasingly threatening behaviour of two youths, which resulted in one brandishing an axe, a court heard.

Vandals damage war memorial with airgun

5:52pm Monday 20th October 2014

A COMMUNITY has been outraged after vandals took “pot shots” at a war memorial with an airgun.

Vicar speaks out after churchyard rape

The Northern Echo: Investigations continue (9501322)

5:39pm Monday 20th October 2014

PRAYERS have been said for the victim of a churchyard rape.

Zombies take over college campus

The Northern Echo: UNDEAD RINGERS: Students prepare for zombie run

4:58pm Monday 20th October 2014

FLESH-EATING zombies will take over college grounds for what has become an annual Halloween spectacular.

Woman hurt in firework incident

The Northern Echo: (8968795)

4:52pm Monday 20th October 2014

A WOMAN was hurt after a lit firework was thrown into her car from another vehicle.

Man threatened with knife by burglars

The Northern Echo: Urging people to check callers' ID 10778195)

4:30pm Monday 20th October 2014

A MAN was threatened with a knife in a burglary at his home.

Chairman supporting hospice's remembrance campaign

The Northern Echo: CHRISTMAS SERVICE: Durham Miners' Association Brass Band will again perform at the service

3:01pm Monday 20th October 2014

DURHAM County Council chairman John Robinson is backing the St Cuthbert’s Hospice 2014 Light Up a Life campaign.

Armed robbers raid house in Sunderland

1:21pm Monday 20th October 2014

A GANG of masked men burst into a home and made off with electric goods and cash in a terrifying raid last night (Sunday, October 19).

Man hurt in attempted robbery in Shotton Colliery

The Northern Echo: (10592587)

1:17pm Monday 20th October 2014

A MAN was left bruised when he was kicked in the head and body by two would-be robbers in east Durham

Plans for £50m digs for 440 students on Claypath

The Northern Echo: Claypath, Durham

12:02am Monday 20th October 2014

A DEVELOPER has announced a £50m scheme to build accommodation for 440 students in Durham city centre.

Childhood illnesses can cause hearing loss in later life, Newcastle study finds

12:01am Monday 20th October 2014

COMMON childhood illnesses such as tonsillitis and ear infections can cause hearing loss later in life, according to results from a famous study.

It was just three points, says Sunderland fanzine editor after 8-0 humiliation as Cats keeper considers ticket refund

The Northern Echo:

10:30pm Sunday 19th October 2014

DESPITE their goalkeeper saying he believed Sunderland's players should look at reimbursing fans who witnessed the club's 8-0 thrashing at the weekend, a leading supporter says things need to be viewed in perspective.

Glendene Arts Academy action plan "not fit for purpose"

The Northern Echo: Glendene Arts Academy (11641456)

11:14am Sunday 19th October 2014

A TROUBLED North-East academy placed in special measures earlier this year has been told plans to transform its fortunes are “not fit for purpose”.

Gun-toting robbers injure staff member in raid on North-East club

The Northern Echo: Northumbria Police are investigating

12:19pm Sunday 19th October 2014

GUN-toting robbers injured a member of staff in a daylight raid on a North-East social club.

Teenage girl raped in Tyneside churchyard

The Northern Echo:

10:16am Sunday 19th October 2014

A TEENAGE girl was forced into a churchyard and raped by another teenager on Tyneside.

New car stolen after thieves enter South Tyneside home

The Northern Echo: CARS THEFT: Thieves stole this Skoda.

2:13pm Sunday 19th October 2014

BURGLARS stole a brand new car after breaking into a house on South Tyneside.

Hidden names added to war memorial

The Northern Echo: NEW NAME: Dot Jones, archivist at Barnard Castle School looks at the new name on the wooden panel in the chapel Picture: ANDY LAMB

10:46am Sunday 19th October 2014

THE names of two soldiers killed in the First World War have been added to a school memorial after lying hidden for nearly a century.

Comic gold dust under the hammer

The Northern Echo: COMIC AUCTION: X-Men under the hammer (11648804)

7:10pm Sunday 19th October 2014

A COLLECTION of comic ‘gold dust’ including early Marvel editions will be centre stage at a special comic and toy sale.

Bringing empty properties back into use in Sunderland

7:12pm Sunday 19th October 2014

MORE empty properties are being brought back into use through community partnership in a North-East city.

Oxjam music festival takes over Durham

The Northern Echo: OXJAM: Dave Brittle performs at The Fish Tank in Durham City for the Oxjam music festival. Picture: TOM BANKS (11644904)

3:53pm Sunday 19th October 2014

A CHARITY music festival was held across four city centre venues today (Sunday, October 19).

Charlie and Lola come to Newcastle

The Northern Echo: Charlie and Lola at Northern Stage Charlie and Lola's Extremely New Play. Pictured with Lilly Madine (left) and Riosin Sharp (right)  (11645755)

4:51pm Sunday 19th October 2014

CHILDREN’S favourites Charlie and Lola dropped in to meet some of the region’s youngest performers at the weekend as they embarked on a national tour.

Friends raise funds for Children's Heart Unit at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital

The Northern Echo: L-R Jamie Bolam, Andrew Warner and David Park preparing for sponsored cycle ride in aid of the Children's Heart Unit at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle. Picture: GAVIN ENGELBRECHT (11643553)

2:58pm Sunday 19th October 2014

THREE cycling partners are preparing for a sponsored bike ride to raise funds and awareness of a North-East children's heart unit caring for the baby daughter of a friend.

Newcastle United's Premier League game delayed by broken TV screen

The Northern Echo:

3:56pm Saturday 18th October 2014

NEWCASTLE UNITED'S home Premier League game against Leicester City was delayed owing to safety concerns regarding the club's new giant TV screen at St James' Park.

Judge slams 'villain' mother who lead criminal family firm

The Northern Echo: General view of Newcastle Crown Court. (11631524)

1:02am Saturday 18th October 2014

A JUDGE has condemned a family of professional shoplifters who stole designer clothes and sold them on the internet.

Clothes bank set up to help those in need

The Northern Echo: EXTRA SERVICE: Durham Food Bank already distributes food parcels in Brandon.

11:28am Saturday 18th October 2014

A CLOTHES bank offering free clothing and toiletries to people who use food banks is to be launched later this month.

Russian student jailed after making terrorists 'explosive of choice' while at Newcastle University

The Northern Echo: LONE ACTS: Vladimir Aust

6:09pm Friday 17th October 2014

A Russian student who made the terrorists' "explosive of choice" and boasted on social networks of using peroxide to "whiten n******" has been jailed for two years.

Award recognises Donna’s dedicated volunteer work

The Northern Echo: SHORT LISTED: Durham Community Action volunteering awards nominees.

8:47pm Friday 17th October 2014

A woman from a North-East village has been honoured for her devoted community work. Gavin Havery met Donna Bruce after she received her well-deserved award.

New cultural vision for Sunderland

The Northern Echo: Member of Ballet Lorent at launch of new Cultural Vision for Sunderland. Picture: GAVIN ENGELBRECHT (11633308)

7:24pm Friday 17th October 2014

A NEW vision placing the culture and the arts at the heart of the regeneration of Sunderland was unveiled today (Friday, October 17).

Man arrested after pensioner conned

6:59pm Friday 17th October 2014

A PENSIONER was targeted by a doorstep caller who persuaded him to part with hundreds of pounds in exchange for poor-quality clothing.

Kev cuts the ribbon on £646k pitch

The Northern Echo: Kevin Ball in his playing days, pursuing Jamie Redknapp

6:43pm Friday 17th October 2014

FORMER Sunderland captain Kevin Ball has opened new football facilities today (Friday, October 17).

Award-winning author visits Durham school

The Northern Echo: TALKING BOOKS: Author Kevin Brooks talks to students during his visit to St Leonard's RC School in Durham. Picture: DAVID WOOD (11628207)

6:03pm Friday 17th October 2014

A CARNEGIE Medal-winning author dropped in at a North-East school today (Friday, October 17).

MP backs protesters over opencast plan

The Northern Echo: NURSERY FEARS: North West Durham MP Pat Glass

5:19pm Friday 17th October 2014

AN MP has raised concerns about a mining company’s ability to complete the restoration of an opencast site after coal has been extracted.

Village to take action against cold callers

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

5:10pm Friday 17th October 2014

UNWELCOME doorstep callers are to be given a frosty reception from next month with the launch of a new initiative.

Children's illustrator visits cathedral

The Northern Echo: BOOK SIGNING: Jackie Morris

4:22pm Friday 17th October 2014

A BESTSELLING children’s author and illustrator signed copies of her latest book during her visit to a North-east cathedral.

Pick axe handle man jailed

The Northern Echo: Dixon was sentenced at Durham Crown Court

4:02pm Friday 17th October 2014

A MAN who brandished a pick axe handle outside in a North-East nightspot has been jailed for a year.

Phoenix lads aflame on both football pitch and running track

The Northern Echo: JUNIOR FUNDRAISERS: Boys from the Durham Phoenix under-11 football team have raised money for Cancer Research UK by competing in the recent Junior Great North Run Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

11:22am Friday 17th October 2014

YOUNG footballers swapped their boots for running shoes to help boost the funds of both their club and a national cancer charity.

College opens its own travel agency

The Northern Echo: TRAVEL PLANS: John Hays, managing director of Hays Travel officially opens the new travel agency at East Durham College with Mandy Sert, head of travel and tourism (left), pincipal Suzanne Duncan and branch manager Julie Heath (right) Picture: DAVID WOOD

11:17am Friday 17th October 2014

EAST Durham College has opened its very own own travel agency.

Family's shock as they receive "I'm watching over you" text message from dead grandmother

The Northern Echo:

2:31pm Thursday 16th October 2014

A FAMILY were shocked to receive text messages from their dead grandmother who had been buried with her mobile phone three years earlier.

Ebola outbreak puts Pardew on African Cup alert

The Northern Echo:

6:33pm Thursday 16th October 2014

NEWCASTLE boss Alan Pardew has revealed the club are making provisions for their African Nations Cup hopefuls amid the Ebola crisis on the continent.

Court told "independent expert" used by police officer and wife in support of civil hearing defence was her sister's partner

The Northern Echo: Ann and Mark Joughin who deny trying to pervert the course of justice prior to, and at county court hearing

6:21pm Thursday 16th October 2014

A SERVING police officer and his wife put forward her sister’s partner as an “independent expert” to support their defence in a county court action brought against them by a builder.

Mix-up leaves former miners owing hundreds to tax man

The Northern Echo: HELP AVAILABLE: Alan Cummings, chairman of Durham Miners' Association, has urged ex-miners affeted by the tax issue to get contact him.

6:53am Thursday 16th October 2014

A MINERS' leader has called for an investigation after miners were left owing hundreds of pounds in unpaid tax.

Crisis of North East Ambulance Service revealed in secret files

The Northern Echo:

6:30am Thursday 16th October 2014

THE “crisis” facing the North East Ambulance Service is laid bare in secret files, an MP said yesterday – with worried police stepping in to take injured people to hospital.

Efforts of volunteers recognised at awards night

The Northern Echo: AWARD WINNER: Volunteer of the Year Donna Bruce. Picture: DAVID WOOD (11596672)

11:02pm Thursday 16th October 2014

A WOMAN has been honoured for her dedicated voluntary work helping young people in a North-East community.

IT'S tiaras and tuxedos time for Toma

The Northern Echo: Toma Fund - Newcastle-born Jordan Thompson, who lost his battle against cancer aged only 15 (11596305)

6:52pm Thursday 16th October 2014

A CHILDREN’S charity is holding a third annual fundraising dinner.

Witnesses to car shunt feared they could be struck before vehicle hit lamppost

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

6:52pm Thursday 16th October 2014

A MOTORIST lost control of his car after clipping a kerb, struck a lamppost and careered into a parked vehicle.

Sunderland Police hold week-long operation

The Northern Echo: Police in Farringdon, Sunderland (11596247)

6:41pm Thursday 16th October 2014

POLICE in Sunderland are carrying out a week-long operation to make the area safer.

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