Villagers hope to 'Save West Rainton' from 150 new homes

The Northern Echo: Michael Johnson (in white shirt, centre) with villagers who are opposed to building at West Rainton.

6:00am Saturday 19th April 2014

RESIDENTS say they are fighting to “Save West Rainton” from plans to build 150 homes in the village.

Children going to school hungry and cold as parents struggle to make ends meet, teaching union warns

The Northern Echo: Teachers may strike for first time at Quest Academy

12:10am Saturday 19th April 2014

CHILDREN are going to school hungry, cold and wearing dirty clothes because their parents are struggling for money, a teachers union has warned.

North Tyneside council cited as 'health and safety gone mad'

12:10am Saturday 19th April 2014

A NORTH-East council has been held up as an example of health and safety gone mad by a Government minister.

£10,000 boost for sports clubs in Durham and Chester-le-Street

The Northern Echo: Local youth football

3:00pm Friday 18th April 2014

A GRANT of £10,500 will support sports clubs across Durham and Chester-le-Street.

Great North Passion draws the crowds to hear story of Christ's death retold

The Northern Echo: The Great North Passion

5:01pm Friday 18th April 2014

A LIVE broadcast telling the story of the crucifiction of Jesus Christ has been staged in the North-East.

Netherlands navy submarine spends four days in North Shields

The Northern Echo: Netherlands navy submarine spends four days in North Shields

1:50pm Friday 18th April 2014

The Royal Netherlands Navy has returned to the region with the visit of the submarine HNLMS Walrus.

Award for Stanley school

The Northern Echo: North Durham Academy is appealing for community help

12:57pm Friday 18th April 2014

A SCHOOL in Stanley has received national recognition for students’ achievements at GCSE level.

Body of elderly man found in river

The Northern Echo: REG LEAD - Man accidentally stabbed ex-girlfriend

12:08pm Friday 18th April 2014

THE body of a 72 -year-old man from Durham has been recovered from the River Wear.

Ramblers step out on newly completed section of coastal path

The Northern Echo: Ramblers take in section of new coastal path in the North-East

11:40am Friday 18th April 2014

RAMBLERS stepped out with gusto for bracing walks along a newly opened stretch of coastal path in the North-East.

Death of popular North-East novelist Benita Brown

The Northern Echo: Popular North-East novelist Benita Brown, who died earlier this week in hospital on Tyneside.

11:40am Friday 18th April 2014

A NORTH-EAST novelist, who wrote in the regional romantic style popularised by Catherine Cookson, has died in hospital, aged 77.

Parents advised to make plans for 1D show at Sunderland

The Northern Echo: One Direction are play Sunderland on May 28

11:19am Friday 18th April 2014

PLANS are underway to prepare for pop superstars One Direction when they visit the region next month.

Good Friday means death, but Easter is about new beginnings

The Northern Echo: The Very Reverend Michael Sadgrove, the Dean of Durham

6:00am Friday 18th April 2014

IN an Easter message, the Very Reverend Michael Sadgrove, the Dean of Durham, argues the season is one of change, but also hope and expectation.

£20m student digs plan would create 'totally unbalanced community'

The Northern Echo: Neville House and Sheraton House

12:10am Friday 18th April 2014

RESIDENTS are gearing up for a County Hall showdown with developers who want to build ᆪ20m-worth of student digs on their doorstep.

Dozens of applications submitted for community funding from Police and Crime Commissioner

The Northern Echo: Durham Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg

1:35pm Friday 18th April 2014

MORE than 90 applications have been submitted for a share of £130,000 made available by County Durham’s police and crime commissioner to support community safety initiatives.

Help needed for Christian centre

The Northern Echo: Minsteracres Retreat Centre needs volunteers

1:38pm Friday 18th April 2014

VOLUNTEERS are needed to help maintain a spiritual centre in the countryside.

Public meeting debates welfare cuts

The Northern Echo: FOR ALL TO SEE: Inside Durham Town Hall, which visitors will be able to see as part of Heritage Open Days

11:40am Friday 18th April 2014

A PUBLIC meeting has been called to debate benefits and welfare spending.

REG SINGLE Polish man took life next to path

The Northern Echo: Coroner Andrew Tweddle

11:30am Friday 18th April 2014

A POLISH man hanged himself next to a cycle path, an inquest heard.

Discover your family history

The Northern Echo: WAR: Men of 6DLI in a trench at Potijze, Belgium, on May 24, 1915. Image reproduced by permission of the trustees of the former DLI and Durham County Record Office

11:30am Friday 18th April 2014

ASPIRING family historians can get tips on researching their ancestors.

Ramside dinner raises £5,000 for Durham hospice

The Northern Echo: Fiona Vallis and Tim Boyd

11:30am Friday 18th April 2014

A DINNER to celebrate a hotel’s 50th anniversary has raised more than £5,000 for a hospice.

Drug death just a day after prison release

The Northern Echo: Northumbria Police logo

11:30am Friday 18th April 2014

A MAN died as a result of drug abuse just a day after being released from prison, an inquest heard.

Easter egg hunt for Durham shoppers

The Northern Echo: Easter egg hunt held in Durham City

11:57am Friday 18th April 2014

CHILDREN in Durham City have been taking part in an Easter egg hunt.

Man who died following house fire in Gateshead is named

The Northern Echo: The house in Redemarsh, Leam Lane, Gateshead

5:09pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A MAN who died in hospital following a house fire in Gateshead has been named.

Political spat marks birth of 'super authority'

The Northern Echo: UNFAIR: Simon Henig

5:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

THE leader of a new “super authority” has insisted it will be subject to proper scrutiny, but admitted that will mostly be by fellow Labour councillors.

Man died after being pulled from the River Wear in Washington

The Northern Echo: Northumbria Police logo

4:23pm Thursday 17th April 2014

POLICE have recovered the body of a man from the River Wear today (Thursday, April 17).

Egg rolling event gets Easter started for North-East youngsters

3:36pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A TRADITIONAL North-East Easter event was back on the calendar today (Thursday, April 17) after being cancelled last year.

Head teacher denies sex offences involving teenage boy

The Northern Echo: DENIES CHARGES: Anne Lakey

3:08pm Thursday 17th April 2014

AN acclaimed head teacher has denied historic sex allegations involving a teenage boy.

Debt drove young man to suicide

The Northern Echo: Coroner Andrew Tweddle

2:35pm Thursday 17th April 2014

FINANCIAL debt that mounted up over a year drove a young man to take his life.

Extra class for photography enthusiasts

The Northern Echo: Joanne Coates, who lives in Manor House, beat almost 100 other entrants to win the competition

1:46pm Thursday 17th April 2014

POPULAR digital photography classes held in Durham are increasing to three a week to meet demand.

Superhero costumes for supermarket workers

The Northern Echo: A previous Dance for Diabetes event at another Tesco store

11:44am Thursday 17th April 2014

SUPERMARKET staff donned superhero costumes to raise money for charity today (Thursday, April 17).

Axed motorcycle Easter Egg Run is revived

The Northern Echo: Bikers will start the run from Tesco at Dragonville, Durham

11:58am Thursday 17th April 2014

MORE than 200 bikers have pledged to attend a replacement Easter Egg Run after the original event was cancelled by Durham Police.

Parishioners begging vicars for food - Bishop of Durham

The Northern Echo: Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham

12:10am Thursday 17th April 2014

CHURCH vicars are increasingly being asked for help by hungry parishioners, the Bishop of Durham has claimed.

Warrant issued for arrest of man who assisted conman labourer

The Northern Echo: STATLEY BEARING: Construction of Durham Crown Court was problematical to say the least, but the architecture of the completed building has stood the test of time.

12:10pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A WARRANT has been issued for the arrest of a man convicted of assisting a conman labourer, who fleeced an elderly householder of thousands of pounds.

Watches worth thousands of pounds stolen in Chester-le-Street house burglary

The Northern Echo: Police investigate car arson attack

11:52am Thursday 17th April 2014

WATCHES and jewellery worth more than £20,000 has been stolen in a burglary at a collector’s home.

Nine holes at Hall Hill Farm

The Northern Echo: Ann Darlington feeding a lamb

11:14am Thursday 17th April 2014

A CRAZY golf course has been opened at a farm visitor attraction.

Grundy wonders: what makes a good townscape?

The Northern Echo: ‘SO MUCH WASTE’: local historian and TV presenter  John Grundy looks over Durham Market Place from the Town Hall balcony

2:38pm Thursday 17th April 2014

BROADCASTER and architectural historian John Grundy will give a lecture titled ‘What makes a good townscape?’ in room ER140 of Durham University’s Elvet Riverside 1 building, New Elvet, Durham, on Tuesday, April 29, at 5.30pm. The lecture is part of the Durham World Heritage Site Architecture and Conservation series. To book a free place, email:

Parkinson's awareness event

The Northern Echo: FOR ALL TO SEE: Inside Durham Town Hall, which visitors will be able to see as part of Heritage Open Days

2:21pm Thursday 17th April 2014

THE North Durham branch of Parkinson’s UK held a coffee and information day at Durham Town Hall on Saturday, April 12, as part of Parkinson’s Awareness Week. Visitors included Durham City MP Roberta Blackman-Woods.

Exercise classes for older people

The Northern Echo: Age UK is starting a new meeting for men in Stanley

2:17pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Light exercise sessions to build up stamina and confidence are being held in the Parish Centre on Church Chare in Chester-le-Street.

Man cleared of killing Pc Keith Blakelock gives first interview since trial verdict

The Northern Echo: RIOT VICTIM: PC Keith Blakelock

10:10pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

THE man cleared of killing Pc Keith Blakelock in the 1985 Tottenham riots has spoken of the anger and disappointment he would feel as a member of the murdered policeman's family.

Fire crews called to blazes across County Durham

The Northern Echo: County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service

9:38pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

FIRE fighters across County Durham have been called to a series of blazes tonight, including incidents in Darlington, Willington, Peterlee, Horden and Newton Aycliffe.

Man arrested on suspicion of murder following house fire in Gateshead

The Northern Echo: The house in Redemarsh, Leam Lane, Gateshead

3:21pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A MAN has been arrested on suspicion of murder following a house fire which claimed the life of a man.

Sunderland AFC's Foundation of Light appeals for runners to come to aid of charity

The Northern Echo: ON THE MOVE: Runners in last year's Sunderland 10k

1:54pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

TIME is running for athletes of all ages and abilities to take their marks in aid of a North-East charity.

Family's desperation as fundraising for Fraja dries up

The Northern Echo: Fraja Simpson with parents Michelle and Garry.

1:50pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

THE parents of a girl who has battled a rare cancer have spoken of their devastation after donations to their £500,000 drive to fund life-saving treatment slowed to a trickle.

Schoolgirl robbed at knifepoint

The Northern Echo: Northumbria Police logo

1:39pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A SCHOOLGIRL has been robbed at knifepoint as she waited at a bus stop.

Council agrees closure of five care homes

The Northern Echo: CLOSURE VOTE: A previous protest to save Newtown House care home in Stanhope

12:07pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

FIVE council-run care homes will close after councillors heard it is too expensive to keep them going.

Police appeal after fire leaves two men in hospital

The Northern Echo: Northumbria Police has investigated the allegations

12:21am Wednesday 16th April 2014

TWO men are in hospital, one critically ill, after a fire on Tyneside last night.

'Amazing, appalling, shocking' - the reality of Foodbank Britain

The Northern Echo: Bishop Seamus Cunnigham and Bishop Mark Bryant at Gateshead Foodbank

12:10am Wednesday 16th April 2014

“AMAZING, appalling, shocking.” That was the verdict of Durham Foodbank co-ordinator Peter MacLellan on new figures, released today, revealing a 463 per cent rise in North-East foodbank users in just 12 months.

463% rise in North-East foodbank users in just 12 months

The Northern Echo: The Right Reverend Justin Welby, left, packs a parcel with Alan Bell, centre, of Emmanuel Church and helper Peter MacLellan

12:10am Wednesday 16th April 2014

DOZENS of bishops and hundreds of faith leaders including the Bishop of Durham will today (Wednesday, April 16) demand the Government take urgent action to tackle the growing food crisis engulfing the UK.

Durham City improvement plans approved by council cabinet

The Northern Echo: BEAUTIFUL: As the first bite of winter approaches, autumn is coming to its peak around the Durham Cathedral peninsula in Durham City. On the banks surrounding the large wooded meander of the River Wear, stands the 11th century Durham Cathedral

4:05pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

SCHEMES to improve the centre of Durham City have been given the go ahead by councillors.

Police name Dipton man who died in Gateshead crash

5:03pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A MAN who died following a crash in Gateshead had been named.

You are nearer God's heart in a garden than anywhere else on earth...

The Northern Echo: Durham Cathedral head gardener Geoff MacCullum with the Dean of Durham, Michael Sadgrove

3:31pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A CATHEDRAL’s head gardener is celebrating 25 years’ service.

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