Persistent thief jailed after falling for police lap-top trap

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.

5:38pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A PERSISTENT thief and burglar fell for a police ‘trap’ and broke into a vehicle to steal a lap-top computer.

Workman's hat contributes to £30,000 fine for Northumbrian Water over sewage leaks

The Northern Echo: Envirobnment Agency: Cleaning up Twizell Burn

5:24pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

ONE of the region’s biggest water companies has been fined £30,000 after sewage polluted two streams.

Durham on show for Northumbria in Bloom judges

The Northern Echo: Northumbria in Bloom judges visit the Botanic Garden in Durham City: Steve Ansdell, second from left, horticultural manager from Durham University shows around judges, Marian Foster, left, Mary Lou Downie, third from left and David Goodchild

5:22pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

DURHAM has been showing off its efforts to judges from the region’s biggest gardening contest.

Army chiefs search for surviving relatives of Battle of Somme hero

4:21pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

ARMY chiefs have are trying to trace surviving relatives of a North-East war hero who was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

Charity to stage sponsored dog walk

The Northern Echo: Mandy Taylor, from Blunsdon, has organised a sponsored dog walk and has received a royal letter from Charles and Camilla

2:19pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A CHARITY is urging dog owners to bring their pets out for a sponsored walk The North East Autism Society (NEAS) will hold Wag This Way at Hetton Lyons Country Park, Hetton-le-Hole, near Sunderland, on Sunday, May 11.

North-East mum makes finals of blog awards

The Northern Echo: BLOG HONOUR: Samantha Rickleton

1:54pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A MOTHER’S online advice blog offering tips on family activities has been nominated for a national award.

Experts make business case for rail line reopening

The Northern Echo: The Leamside line at Belmont, Durham

4:22pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A DISUSED railway line has moved a step closer to a possible reopening.

Police appeal for information about handbag snatch in Seaham

2:20pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

POLICE in Seaham are appealing for information after a handbag snatch yesterday (Tuesday, April 23).

Fram kids have the gift of the gab

The Northern Echo: Sarah Kingston, Christian Thompson-Hails and Joshua Morgan from Framwellgate School Durham receive the Youth Speak shield from Phil Mars, of Durham Rotary Club

1:24pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

SCHOOL pupils have gone head-to-head in a debating competition.

Ladies' lunch date for Grumpy Old Women creator

The Northern Echo: Last year's Ladies' Lunch

1:09pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

GRUMPY Old Women writer Judith Holder will be guest of honour at a North-East charity lunch later this week (Friday, April 25).

Getting shirty at Durham Cathedral

The Northern Echo: Samantha Stewart, 11, shows off a T-shirt design

12:52pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

CHILDREN are invited to design T-shirts inspired by Durham’s picturesque riverbanks this weekend (Saturday, April 26).

Australian singer Natalie Imbruglia to tread the boards at Newcastle Theatre Royal

The Northern Echo: Natalie Imbruglia

1:19pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

AUSTRALIAN singer Natalie Imbruglia will tread the boards in the North-East as part of her drama debut in the UK.

Corrie fan brings her passion to the page

The Northern Echo: Corrie fan Glenda Young on the TV soap set

12:46pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A NORTH-EAST Coronation Street fan has brought her passion to the page by charting the highs and lows of a touching love affair of the TV soap’s first transgender character.

A Medieval multiverse - 13th century bishop's creation theory not so far off the mark

The Northern Echo: Mysteries of the universe

12:38pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A MEDIEVAL bishop’s theory about the origins of the Universe may not have been so wide of the mark, according to North-East researchers.

Congregation to bid farewell to church after 120 years

The Northern Echo: FINAL FAREWELL: SHotley Bridge Methodist Church, which is closing after 120 years

12:11pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A CONGREGATION will gather this weekend to bid a final farewell to their church after 120 years.

Martin set for 200km duathlon test

The Northern Echo: Martin Wilson

12:19pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

AN ARTS chief will attempt a staggering charity challenge this weekend (Saturday, April 26).

Greens leader asks: How can music save the planet?

The Northern Echo: BID DROPPED: The Sage Gateshead

12:07pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

TEACHERS and musicians from across the region and beyond will gather in the North-East for a second annual music festival next week (April 29).

Taylor's charity total

The Northern Echo: Mamma Mia! writer Catherine Johnson to visit Wotton-under-Edge's Electric Picture House

11:55am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A SCHOOLBOY has helped raise £708.14 for St Cuthbert’s Hospice, Durham City. Taylor Farrington, 11, from Chester-le-Street, raised £354.07 for the cause during Lent by donating pocket money, selling homemade scones and doing odd jobs. His total was matched by Indigo Software, where his mother Jacky Farrington works, and Taylor presented the money to the hospice last week.

Bowburn signs up to Our Big Gig

The Northern Echo: BEST OF BRASS: Pittington Brass Band performing at Durham Miners' gala

11:36am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A VILLAGE has won Government funding to stage its own music event this summer.

Pilgrim cyclists' 125-mile charity challenge

The Northern Echo: Holy Island

11:09am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

ELVEN pilgrim cyclists are to pedal from Holy Island to Durham Cathedral for charity.

Man arrested on suspicion of bank robbery following morning raid by police

The Northern Echo: Police begin investigation at scene of town centre bank robbery in Stanley

9:31am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

POLICE investigating a robbery at a town centre bank today (Wednesday April 23) arrested a man suspected of carrying out the raid.

Historic school sets its sights on major rebuild

The Northern Echo: An artist's impression of the new look school submitted to Durham County Council

10:40am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A SCHOOL celebrating its 400th anniversary this year has formally submitted plans for a major rebuild.

Sponsored walk for hospice

The Northern Echo: CUT ABOVE: Annette Embleton gets her hair shaved for charity

3:36pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

TEA TOTAL: Staff and residents at two Consett care homes raised £680 for charity. Redwell Hills and Abigail Lodge care homes raised the money for Macmillan Cancer Support during the charity’s annual coffee morning campaign. During the campaign, Redwell Hills care assistant Annette Embleton raised more than £500 for the cause by having her hair shaved off.

Andrew Christer to play Bishop Auckland Methodist Church organ

The Northern Echo: Mamma Mia! writer Catherine Johnson to visit Wotton-under-Edge's Electric Picture House

5:23pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

South Durham events

MP calls for boycott of Virgin Money, as bank ends funding for Northern Rock Foundation

The Northern Echo: Northern Rock Foundation

11:00pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

LABOUR MPs spoke of their anger tonight (Tuesday, April 22) after it emerged the North-East’s biggest charity, the Northern Rock Foundation, is to close.

Police release images of man wanted in connection with Stanley bank raid

The Northern Echo: Wanted

9:11pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

POLICE have released images of a suspected teenage robber who made off with a large amount of cash from a town centre bank today (Tuesday, April 22).

Man fined after swallowing a live goldfish in Neknominate challenge

The Northern Echo: Goldfish Smokey settling in at home

5:30pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A MAN has been fined £300 after pleading guilty to swallowing a live goldfish in a Neknominate challenge.

Group hopes rare mineral find could help protect valley against opencasting

The Northern Echo: Tufa gound in a County Durham stream

5:06pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A GREEN group hopes the discovery of a rare rock formation could help their fight against opencasting.

More than 30 anglers caught during Easter crackdown on illegal fishing

The Northern Echo: GONE FISHING: A serene spot is at Llanover on the Usk just above Pantygoitre Bridge.

4:48pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

OFFICERS from the Environment Agency caught 34 people fishing illegally on the region’s waterways over the Easter weekend.

Northern Rock Foundation closure a 'massive blow for North-East charities'

The Northern Echo: Justin Welby at Bike Stop, Darlington

5:49pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

CHARITIES across the North-East have suffered a major blow with the demise of the Northern Rock Foundation. Mark Tallentire reports.

Safe Sextet next up at monthly jazz session in empty shop premises

The Northern Echo: More music entertainment provided by the Fringe Festival at Dinham Millennium Green. Picture Mark Bowen.

3:07pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

THE second in a series of monthly jazz nights takes place in a vacant city centre shop premises turned arts venue next week.

Rotarians present £2,000 to Macmillan

The Northern Echo: Bill Sones, Michelle Muir and John Shaw

3:33pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A ROTARY club has collected £2,000 for a cancer charity.

Advice for teenage jobseekers

The Northern Echo: Job centre - jobs

2:45pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

DROP-IN sessions for older teenagers who are looking either for work, college or training opportunities are to take place.

Grant-making body Northern Rock Foundation to close after Virgin Money funding talks end

The Northern Echo: Fury at Northern Rock bonus plan

2:38pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

THE Northern Rock Foundation - the region's largest independent grant-making body - is to close after talks with Virgin Money over future funding came to an end without an agreement.

Landlord submits plans for new bungalows

The Northern Echo: The charity, Victim Support, is working with the social landlord, Derwentside Homes, and Durham County Council’s Safe Durham Partnership.

2:19pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A HOUSING association has revealed plans to build dozens of new bungalows.

£50,000 Lottery jackpot for sport in Coxhoe

The Northern Echo: John Hepplewhite works out at the Active Life Centre, Coxhoe

11:12am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A LEISURE centre saved from closure by dedicated volunteers is celebrating a major boost, after securing nearly £50,000 in Lottery funding.

Lack of council funding means pothole woe will continue for region's motorists

The Northern Echo: A pothole in Orchard Road, Darlington

6:40am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

COUNCILS across the North East are doing their best to fix the potholes littering our roads but will never repair them all unless the government is prepared to spend billions, according to the AA.

Awards for community volunteers announced

The Northern Echo: Sarah Robinson of Durham Community Action

6:40am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

AWARDS are to be presented to recognise the contribution volunteers make to the communities of County Durham.

'Bedroom tax' hitting region the hardest

The Northern Echo: North Durham MP Kevan Jones

12:00am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

BENEFITS claimants in the North-East and North Yorkshire have been hit harder by Government’s ‘bedroom tax’ than any other region, a new study has revealed.

Brenda Collins in Bowburn

The Northern Echo: Mamma Mia! writer Catherine Johnson to visit Wotton-under-Edge's Electric Picture House

11:40am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

BRENDA Collins will give a concert in Bowburn Community Centre, Durham Road, Bowburn, on Friday (April 25). The show is for over 18s only. Tickets are ᆪ3. The bar opens at 6.30pm. Proceeds will go to Bowburn Community Association and the Bowburn Banner Group.

Fighters getting their kicks on the world stage

The Northern Echo: Jamie Bates and Mick Terrill

6:44pm Monday 21st April 2014

TWO kickboxers from the North-East are taking on the best of the best.

Pet owners warned Easter eggs could prove fatal for dogs

The Northern Echo: Easter eggs could prove fatal for curious dogs

6:22pm Monday 21st April 2014

DOG owners are being warned that their haul of Easter eggs could prove poisonous to curious pets.

Easter family fun in Tanfield

The Northern Echo: Daisy Sterling, aged eight, takes part in the Easter Egg hunt at St Margaret's Church Tanfield today.

5:56pm Monday 21st April 2014

A COMMUNITY fun day has been held for families in the North-East.

MP to ask police force why it investigated children building woodland den

The Northern Echo: Chi Onwurah

5:13pm Monday 21st April 2014

An MP has asked a police force for an explanation after an officer was sent to investigate a group of children making a den in a wood.

Cafe to open for young people in Stanley

The Northern Echo: Christine's Cafe will be open on Fridays from May 9

2:20pm Monday 21st April 2014

A CAFE in north Durham is opening its doors to young people in a bid to tackle anti social behaviour.

Eyes down for a full house

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

2:27pm Monday 21st April 2014

Afternoon tea and prize bingo sessions take place every Wednesday in Age UK County Durham's Resource Room, 16c Betjeman Close, East Stanley.

Skin cancer rates soar in the North East as the search for the 'perfect tan' continues

The Northern Echo: Warning as skin cancer is on the rise in East Lancashire

12:10am Monday 21st April 2014

SKIN cancer rates in the North-East have more than trebled in the last 20 years, with hundreds of people diagnosed every year, new figures have shown.

Councils accused of hoarding millions of pounds worth of art

The Northern Echo: Tyne and Wear Museums and Archives said that large numbers of the city's art collection was rotated or loaned to other museums.

6:07pm Sunday 20th April 2014

COUNCILS across the country are hoarding millions of pounds worth of publicly owned works of art, an investigation has revealed.

Donation to The Prince's Trust will help young people in County Durham set up their own businesses

The Northern Echo: £22M DONATIONS: County Durham Community Foundation

5:32pm Sunday 20th April 2014

A YOUTH enterprise scheme run by the Prince’s Trust has been awarded £75,000 to help young people in the North East start their own businesses.

Police hunt thief wearing Halloween mask after supermarket raid

The Northern Echo: Police hunt masked thief

5:36pm Sunday 20th April 2014

STAFF at a supermarket have been left shaken after a man wearing a Halloween mask and pink gloves burst in and stole money.

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