Drugs plot gang locked up as police pledge 'no hiding place' for organised crime cartels

The Northern Echo: Alan Crawford

8:20am Friday 19th September 2014

NINE men were behind bars last night for their parts in a huge plot to traffic high-purity cocaine in and out of the North-East.

Man claimed he would explode home-made device in threatening messages to ex-girlfriend

5:37pm Friday 19th September 2014

A MAN undergoing “emotional meltdown” after the break-up of a relationship created a home-made explosive which he threatened to detonate, a court heard.

University honoured for retaining its students

The Northern Echo: STAYING POWER: Students at Teesside University, which has the country's lowest drop-out rate

3:31pm Friday 19th September 2014

A UNIVERSITY which recruits almost half its undergraduates from working class backgrounds has been named the best in Britain for retaining its students.

Security man dragged along store car park as he tried to stop fleeing thief

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

6:59pm Friday 19th September 2014

A STORE detective was dragged along a shopping centre car park while trying to apprehend a fleeing shoplifter.

Man shattered leg testing gun

The Northern Echo: (10566605)

6:10pm Friday 19th September 2014

A FIRM has been fined £80,000 after a worker’s leg bone was shattered while test firing a gun on a range in the North-East.

Shrine is inspiration for artists

The Northern Echo: DRAWING INSPIRATION: Representation of John The Baptist

6:05pm Friday 19th September 2014

ARTISTS are being offered a chance to showcase their designs in one of the region’s most prestigious settings.

Police move to new city centre police station

The Northern Echo: New base in Newcastle (10566018)

5:53pm Friday 19th September 2014

NORTHUMBRIA Police have opened a new police station in the centre of Newcastle.

Careers advice for students from MP

The Northern Echo: CAREER ADVICE: Pat Glass MP talks to students Samantha Johnson, Reece Taylor and Rebecca Davidson during her visit to Derwentside College in Consett.

5:35pm Friday 19th September 2014

YOUNG people in north Durham have been getting careers advice from their local MP.

The fallen of Thornley remembered

The Northern Echo: WAR DEAD REMEMBERED: Thornley village holds a service to mark the centenary of the First World War at the village memorial.  Children from Thornley Primary School lay crosses in memory of each of the men from the village who dies in the war.  Picture: CHR

4:07pm Friday 19th September 2014

SCHOOL children of a former pit village today (Friday, September 19) marked the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War by laying individual crosses for each soldier from the community who died in the conflict.

Funding for gas safety work

3:12pm Friday 19th September 2014

A HOUSING provider has been given a £5,000 grant for gas safety work in the homes of elderly and vulnerable tenants in Durham.

Wine shop plan for old garage to be recommended for approval

The Northern Echo: Green light for transfer ballot (8309917)

11:51am Friday 19th September 2014

PLANS to convert a disused garage into a wine shop look set to win approval despite objections from residents.

Preparations for Washington Heritage and Community Festival

The Northern Echo: Pupils of Albany Park Primary School preparing for Washington Heritage and Community Festival - left programme development manger Karen Makepeace and event lead Kevin Roddy  (10528704)

11:37am Friday 19th September 2014

PREPARATIONS are underway for a heritage and community festival at the weekend.

Sea front works to begin on stretch of North-East coast road

7:22pm Friday 19th September 2014

A PROGRAMME of improvement works begin on a seafront road on a busy stretch of the North-East coast, on Monday (September 22).

Fatal crash suspect in court

The Northern Echo:

1:54pm Thursday 18th September 2014

A MAN has appeared in court charged in connection with a fatal crash following a police chase that led to the death of a businessman and father-of-two.

Ecstasy importer caught as he used his own address in online order

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

5:46pm Thursday 18th September 2014

A MAN who ordered ecstasy online was caught after the package was intercepted by Customs officials on arrival in this country.

Funeral for river tragedy teenager

The Northern Echo: Jordan Roberts (10310128)

5:36pm Thursday 18th September 2014

THE funeral of a teenager who drowned in a North-East river is to be held next week.

Stanley food group reaches for the stars

The Northern Echo: Pic Caption: TV star with staff from Come Eat Together as they pick up their National Lottery Award for Best Health Project which will be shown on BBC One Fri 19th September 2014. (L-R) Stephanie Esteris, Christopher Adamson, Julie Nicholls, John Barrowma

5:14pm Thursday 18th September 2014

STAFF from a community lunch club have been presented with an award at a star-studded red carpet ceremony.

Books for Boys at Durham University’s Palace Green Library

The Northern Echo: This is an illustration from an early edition of Scouting for Boys. 
Scouting for boys: a handbook for instruction in good citizenship 
Sir Robert Baden-Powell. 
London : C. Arthur Pearson, 1911.  (10525152)

4:49pm Thursday 18th September 2014

AN EXHIBITION of some of the books and publications that shaped the outlook of boys and young men in the run up to the First World War will open at the weekend.

Durham Shopping Extravaganza returns to Ramside Hall Hotel

The Northern Echo: Durham Shopping Extravaganza

3:29pm Thursday 18th September 2014

THE DURHAM Shopping Extravaganza is returning to the city’s Ramside Hall Hotel this year, it has been announced.

Police to call on Consett and Stanley off-licences to operate Challenge 25

The Northern Echo: (9443387)

2:42pm Thursday 18th September 2014

OFF-licences are being urged to help fight under-age drinking and the anti-social behaviour that goes with it.

All the fun of the fair is coming to Bowburn

The Northern Echo: Bowburn Community Centre (10477401)

2:12pm Thursday 18th September 2014

A VILLAGE is gearing up for its annual family fun day next weekend.

Woman dragged by train after getting wrist trapped in door

The Northern Echo: First TransPennine is moving carriages to the Chilterns

2:06pm Thursday 18th September 2014

A WOMAN passenger was dragged along a platform by a departing train after getting her wrist trapped in a door, an accident report has revealed.

Arrests follow bike thefts from Tilly and her sisters

The Northern Echo: Tilly, Lucy-Anna and Tia Lockey

1:52pm Thursday 18th September 2014

THREE men and a woman have been arrested following theft of three children’s bikes belonging to a girl who lost her hands after contracting meningitis as a baby and her sisters.

Ted helps cathedral meet model milestone

The Northern Echo: MODEL MAKERS: Rev Ted Drayton who was presented with a Lego medal from Dean of Durham, The Very Reverend Michael Sadgrove

1:38pm Thursday 18th September 2014

A CLERGYMAN has unwittingly helped a cathedral appeal reach an important milestone.

Newcastle issue statement after Jonas Gutierrez reveals cancer battle

The Northern Echo: STAYING FOCUSED: Jonas Gutierrez

3:26pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

FOOTBALL has united to support Newcastle star Jonas Gutierrez after the winger revealed his secret battle with testicular cancer. The club has confirmed he will continue to receive treatment in Argentina.

Cricketing legend launches Hetton School Cricket Academy

The Northern Echo: TEAM TALK: Former Durham cricketer Neil Killeen opens the cricket academy at Hetton School at a ceremony yessterday, here pictured giving tips to Eppleton and Durham team member Layla Tipton, 12.             Picture: ANDY LAMB (10485198)

6:45pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

DURHAM County cricketing stalwart Neil “Killer” Killeen today (Wednesday, September 17) helped launch a new academy aimed at nurturing young talent in the sport.

Female fraudster sold car despite knowing ownership has passed to loan company

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

6:42pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A WOMAN sold a car despite its ownership having passed to a loan company, in lieu of repayments she failed to meet.

Writer's dream comes true with book publication

The Northern Echo: Write stuff: Xerxes Setna                               (10491710)

6:22pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A LOCAL author says budding writers of all ages should pursue their creative dreams after seeing his book published after years of waiting.

Ex-detective to give talk on Ripper mystery

The Northern Echo: Trevor Marriott (10492740)

6:06pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A FORMER murder squad detective will give a North-East theatre audience his twist on one of the UK’s most infamous murders.

Morrisons confirms timetable for new flagship Durham store

The Northern Echo: JOBS BOOST: Morrisons has opened a store in Blaydon, creating 180 jobs

5:00pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A SUPERMARKET giant has revealed the timescale for the opening of a new 250-job store.

Sage Gateshead to run coaches from Teesside for classical concerts

The Northern Echo: Sage Gateshead (10488244)

4:58pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

THE NORTH-EAST’S premier music venue has announced it will be providing coach transport from Teesside for selected concerts during the coming classical season.

Edwardian one-man show for Beamish visitors

The Northern Echo: CROWD PULLER: David Armstrong puts on 'Mr Armstrong's Travelling Show' for visitors to the agricultural show at Beamish Museum.         Picture: ANDY LAMB (10485159)

4:30pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

AN Edwardian one-man variety show is one of the new attractions at a leading museum’s agricultural show from bygone days.

Homecoming gig for region's "own Slowhand"

The Northern Echo: Mike Hall on stage as Eric Clapton (10484243)

4:30pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

THE North-East’s own Eric Clapton is looking forward to playing in his home town after a five-year absence.

Durham students are the country's best university charity fundraisers

The Northern Echo: Participants in a recent Jail Break Challenge (10479934)

3:16pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

DURHAM University student fundraisers have been voted the best in the country.

Former care home manager struck off

3:03pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A FORMER care home manager who "failed to keep patients safe" has been struck off.

Dean invites prayers at cathedral for Scottish voters

The Northern Echo: VOTE PRAYER: The Dean of Durham, The Very Reverens Michael Sadgrove

1:16pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

ONE of the North-East’s most important places of worship is inviting people to pray for voters in the Scottish Independence Referendum.

First teenagers sign up to police cadet scheme

The Northern Echo: NEW CADETS:  The first teenagers, aged 13-17, who have been inducted into Durham police’s new police cadets section. Picture: TOM BANKS (10445239)

8:03am Wednesday 17th September 2014

TEENAGE recruits have become the first to sign up for a new police cadet team.

Pledge over Scottish spending if nation votes 'No' sparks angry backlash

The Northern Echo: UNITED KINGDOM: flags at the Gretna Auld Acquaintance Cairn, ahead of voting in the Scottish Referendum

6:03am Wednesday 17th September 2014

A CROSS-party pledge to preserve Scotland’s higher public spending forever if it votes ‘No’ tomorrow (Thursday) triggered an angry backlash yesterday (Tuesday).

Drugs recovered from inmate within days of admission to prison

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

12:26pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A FEMALE inmate was found with drugs within days of being admitted to prison.

Magical carpet ride for Consett theatregoers

The Northern Echo: PANTO CAST: Players from this years performance of Aladdin at Consett Empire Theatre.           Picture: ANDY LAMB   (10485253)

4:30pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

AN ACTION-PACKED magical carpet ride filled with adventure, glittering costumes, special effects is promised when a north Durham theatre stages its annual pantomime this year.

Teenager raped in busy city centre bar

The Northern Echo:

1:13pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

A TEENAGER has been raped inside a busy city centre bar.

Musicians in the swing for new Big Band

The Northern Echo: NEW BAND: The Gala Theatre Big Band meet for the first time in Durham. Picture: TOM BANKS (10445280)

8:12pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

MUSICIANS from across the North-East are swinging into action as the region’s newest Big Band began rehearsals.

Party punch left engagement guest with broken jaw

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

6:14pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

AN irate guest at an engagement party broke the jaw of a distant relative who was trying to calm him, a court was told.

Students win through to national debating final

The Northern Echo: NATIONAL FINALS: Students from St Leonard's take a break during the national debating finals in Liverpool

5:21pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

A TEAM of students have represented the region at a national debating championships.

Workman warned he is facing prison after a series of botched jobs

The Northern Echo: Teesside Crown Court

5:06pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

A WOEFUL workman is facing prison for a series of botched jobs which left his customers thousands of pounds out-of-pocket.

Missing elderly Stanley man found

The Northern Echo:

4:35pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

POLICE in Stanley are becoming increasingly concerned for an elderly man who is missing from home.

Praise for Newcastle University

The Northern Echo:

12:03am Tuesday 16th September 2014

A GLOBAL survey of universities has confirmed Newcastle University as being in the top one per cent of universities in the world.

Uni retains 'top 100 in world' status

The Northern Echo: Exterior of the Bill Bryson Library and the Calman Learning Centre at  Durham University.

12:50pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

DURHAM University has again been ranked among the world’s top universities for the employability of its graduates, according to the new 2014/15 QS World University Rankings.

Best exam results ever for Consett charity

The Northern Echo: EXAM SUCCESS: Consett and District YMCA chief executive, Billy Robson with Pat Glass MP with star student Cameron Charlton (16) following his exam success.

5:42pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

A CHARITY is celebrating after getting its best set of exam results ever for its alternative education programme.

Off-road run to become annual event

The Northern Echo: FIRST WINNER: Coxhoe Trail Run winner Iain Twaddle with run organiser Bal Verdi (left) and Hope Construction Materials’ Coxhoe Quarry manager Willie Nelson (right)

12:48pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

ORGANISERS of a 10k run say they plan to make it an annual event after the success of the inaugural race.

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