Happy returns for diamond couple

The Northern Echo: DIAMOND COUPLE: Ronnie and Betty Baty of Framwellgate Moor who celebrate their diamond wedding       Picture: ANDY LAMB

3:13pm Thursday 24th July 2014

A COUPLE have celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary with a return trip to the area where they first met.

Durham rapist sentenced after sex register fail

The Northern Echo: Bradley Valks appeared at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court

3:05pm Thursday 24th July 2014

A CONVICTED rapist has admitted failing to tell police that he was living with his girlfriend and her two teenage children for a month.

Lucky scratchcard bags grocery store worker £70k

The Northern Echo: Deborah and Simon Maddison celebrate winning £70,000 on a scratchcard (8576515)

2:43pm Thursday 24th July 2014

A GROCERY store worker has won £70,000 on a scratchcard.

Brave Ava 'improving' under Slovakian therapy

2:18pm Thursday 24th July 2014

THE father of a seriously ill young girl whose plight has touched the hearts of many says she is already showing noticeable improvement just days after starting potentially life-changing treatment.

Exploring everyday life in the last 10,000 years

The Northern Echo: ROMAN REMAINS: Gemma Lewis, deputy curator of archaeology for Durham University at the new gallery in the library at Palace Green. Gemma is at the roman display holding a cult figurine.          Picture: ANDY LAMB (8562506)

2:14pm Thursday 24th July 2014

A NEW exhibition exploring everyday life in the region over the past 10,000 years opens this weekend (Saturday, July 26).

A knockout of a funday for hospice

The Northern Echo: TEAM FUN: The Knockout Challenge features a host of fun games

2:08pm Thursday 24th July 2014

SPECTATORS are being invited along to cheer on the teams taking part in the St Teresa’s Hospice Knockout Challenge on Sunday.

Children's project to look after the humble bumble bee

The Northern Echo: BUZZY BEES: CHildren from the Grove Primary School with some of the bee-friendly equipment donated by housebuilder David Wilson Homes

12:29pm Thursday 24th July 2014

SCHOOLCHILDREN are keeping buzzy by offering a helping hand to the bumble bee.

Parish to shrink

12:15pm Thursday 24th July 2014

A PARISH council is to be reduced in size after a lack of willing volunteers put its viability at risk.

Ex-chorister steps out for old school

10:32am Thursday 24th July 2014

A FORMER chorister is to undertake a sponsored walk to help other children attend his old school.

Cancer campaign reaches Westminster

The Northern Echo: CHARITY CAMPAIGNER: Nicola McCann, a Cancer Research UK ambassador

10:32am Thursday 24th July 2014

A NORTH-East charity campaigner has taken part in a day of action at Westminster.

Sunderland teen charged over offensive MH17 tweet

The Northern Echo:

10:12am Thursday 24th July 2014

A TEENAGER has been charged with sending an offensive Tweet over the Ukrainian plane tragedy.

Charity appeal in memory of much-loved deputy head

The Northern Echo: Mark Bushnell, whose body was found at Blackhall Rocks, pictured with wife Joanna (8532986)

9:16pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A CHARITY appeal has been launched in memory of a much-loved deputy headteacher of a private school whose body was found on a North-East beach.

Family row led to stabbing

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

6:23pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A MAN stabbed his step-father in the leg after an apparently mundane domestic row turned violent.

Teenager dies during school trip to Tanzania

The Northern Echo: TANZANIAN TRAGEDY: Children were on expedition to East Africa when the incident happened

5:23pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A TEENAGER has died during a school expedition to Tanzania after suffering a "severe allergic reaction".

New book explores 'Curious County Durham'

The Northern Echo: The cover of Martin Dufferwiel's The A-Z of Curious County Durham (8550781)

5:05pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A COUNTY’S curiosities are explored in a new book.

Bishop blesses new burial ground

The Northern Echo: CEMETERY CONSECRATION: The Bishop of Jarrow Mark Bryant leads a walk around Belmont Cemetery consecrating the two halves of the ground.       Picture: ANDY LAMB (8544954)

4:45pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

NEW ground has been blessed for burials at a North-East cemetery.

Hoarding art wins national award

The Northern Echo: ART WALL: Artists whose work has brightened up hoardings at The Elms in Chester-le-Street get their award from mascot Ivor Goodsite, centre. Artists, from left June Turner, Norma Menzies, Pauline Thompson, Christine Borthwick, Rose Lockey and Beryl Ringla

3:41pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

ARTWORK created to brighten up a Chester-le-Street construction site has won a national award.

Free family fun this weekend

3:18pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

LEISURE centres will offer free family activities this weekend.

Parish to shrink

3:12pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A PARISH council is to be reduced in size after a lack of willing volunteers put its viability at risk.

Councillor: I didn't know your village existed

The Northern Echo: County Hall, Durham, home of Durham County Council (6122845)

2:35pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

PLANS to build new homes in a picturesque village have been thrown out after a councillor admitted he had only learned of the community’s existence hours before.

Councillors reject plans to build 44 homes on outskirts of Shotton Colliery

The Northern Echo: County Hall, Durham, home of Durham County Council (6122845)

12:13pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

COUNCILLORS have thrown out plans to build 44 homes on farmland on the outskirts of a village.

The Mousetrap returns to Newcastle Theatre Royal

The Northern Echo: FAMOUS PLAY: Michael Fenner plays Mr Paravicini in the Mousetrap

11:15am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

THE 60th anniversary tour of Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap has been extended and will visit the North-East for the second time, it has been announced.

Parents warned predatory paedophiles may use online gaming to contact children

The Northern Echo: Stephen Quinnell, given extended four-year prison sentence for inciting young boy to commit sex act in front of web cam.

6:03am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A JUDGE urged parents to beware that predatory paedophiles may use online gaming as a means of contacting under age children.

Interim head takes over school after teachers threaten to strike

The Northern Echo: NEED TO IMPROVE: Shotton Hall Primary School in County Durham. Picture: TOM BANKS (8270782)

12:02am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A SCHOOL where teachers have voted to take industrial action over allegations of “unacceptable management practices” has appointed a new interim head teacher after the previous head resigned.

Boy hurt when rope swing snaps at Castle Eden Dene

The Northern Echo: General view of County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters in Durham. (8426107)

8:14pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A TEENAGE boy was admitted to hospital tonight (Tuesday, July 22) for a precautionary medical check after falling ten feet down a ravine when a makeshift rope swing snapped.

Homes plan for former dairy site

The Northern Echo: A GV of  the former Stonebridge diary site, off the A690, Neville’s Cross, Durham.
Picture by Tom Banks 27-04-14 (8510086)

6:51pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

PLANS to build houses on a former dairy site which had been earmarked for a £12.5m business park have been approved.

Arson attacks

6:47pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

POLICE are investigating two arson attacks on vehicles in east Durham, on Wednesday, July 17.

Thousands enjoy brass festival

The Northern Echo: Jaipur Kawa band perform in Durham City  (8506051)

6:41pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

MORE than 30,000 people attended concerts, events and workshops over a ten-day musical festival.

Weekend return for 'a right old song and dance'

The Northern Echo: Dancers at the Durham Folk Party 2012 (8507821)

6:03pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

AN ANNUAL folk festival returns this weekend (July 25-27).

Police will use the crusher in their fight against illegal off-road bike riding

The Northern Echo: : Some of the seized motorcycles being crushed following the police crackdown. Picture: DAVID WOOD (8484964)

5:16pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

YOUNGSTERS who illegally ride off-road motorbikes face having their machines crushed, police are warning.

'Much-needed' new homes scheme backed

The Northern Echo: County Hall, Durham, home of Durham County Council (6122845)

5:07pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

COUNCILLORS have backed plans to build new homes in a village, after hearing they were much-needed in the former pit community.

Big day as Ada celebrates her 100th birthday

The Northern Echo: : Ada Dodd who celebrates her 100th birth at the Pelton Grange Care Home. Picture DAVID WOOD (8440286)

5:04pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

IT was party time at a Chester-le-Street old people’s home as one of its newest residents celebrated her 100th birthday.

'Three-parent IVF' moves step closer

4:57pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

PLANS to legalise babies being born with three genetic parents have come another step closer.

More student digs backed, despite 'gross over-supply' claim

The Northern Echo: County Hall, Durham, home of Durham County Council (6122845)

4:50pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

COUNCILLORS have approved another 109 student beds for Durham, despite claims the city is now suffering a gross over-supply of such accommodation.

Householder hit with sticks by gang of intruders

The Northern Echo: Northumbria Police

4:46pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A GANG of seven men forced their way into a flat and beat the householder with sticks.

Bishop's wife heads to Games

The Northern Echo: Rosemary Butler with husband Paul, the Bishop of Durham (8474928)

2:56pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A BISHOP’S wife is heading to Glasgow to provide first aid at the Commonwealth Games.

Inspirational head teacher of Wingate Community Nursery School retires after 24 years

The Northern Echo: RETIRING: Paddy Beels OBE, Headteacher at Wingate Community Nursery School. Picture: DAVID WOOD (8382500)

2:53pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

AN INSPIRATIONAL nursery school head teacher, recognised both nationally and internationally for her work with young children and families, was given a Royal send-off when she retired.

Lights out to mark war centenary

The Northern Echo: First World War trenches (8448778)

2:41pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A SPECIAL evening is being planned to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Work to upgrade sewer network due to begin at Newton Hall, Durham City

The Northern Echo:

12:03pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

WORK is due to begin on a £1.1m upgrade to a sewer network on a Durham City housing estate.

Police volunteer from Shotton Colliery awarded by Home Office for outstanding work

The Northern Echo: Stephen Maitland (left) and Mary Calam, director general of the Crime and Policing Group at the Home Office.

11:50am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A VOLUNTEER with Durham Constabulary has won national acclaim for his outstanding contribution to making people in an east Durham community feel safer.

Police warning after suspected heroin death in Gateshead

The Northern Echo: Heroin imported into the UK and Europe using concealments within suitcases

12:06pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

POLICE are warning people about the dangers of taking illegal drugs after a man died in Gateshead.

More to see at kids’ visitor centre

The Northern Echo: : Colin Dixon (left) with Duke and Keith Martell (right)  from the North East cowboy re-enactor's Martell's Raiders test out the new Wild West indoor play area at Adventure Valley in Durham. Picture: DAVID WOOD (8394332)

10:20am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A FAMILY theme park in the North-East has expanded, creating four new areas for children.

Patient transport scheme needs volunteer drivers

The Northern Echo: (8437728)

1:41pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

VOLUNTEERS are urgently needed to drive elderly and infirm patients to and from doctor appointments in Chester-le-Street.

Residents challenge approval of widening of Wheatley Hill Service Station back entrance

The Northern Echo: Wheatley Hill Service Station

9:56pm Monday 21st July 2014

RESIDENTS are challenging a council’s decision to allow a filling station to retain a widened rear exit - which they say is directing traffic from a busy bypass along their once-quiet street.

Lady Elsie thanks fans for raising money for Newcastle United fans who perished in airline tragedy

The Northern Echo: Lady Elsie Robson  (8448843)

6:20pm Monday 21st July 2014

LADY Elsie Robson has thanked fans who have raised money in memory of Newcastle United fans Liam Sweeney and John Alder.

A minute's applause for two Newcastle United fans who died in Malaysian Airlines tragedy

The Northern Echo: Emotional scene at St James' Park (8446679)

6:04pm Monday 21st July 2014

THE SOUND of loud clapping reverberated around Newcastle United’s home ground today (Monday, July 21) as hundreds of people remembered two loyal fans killed in the Malaysia Airlines catastrophe.

Two churches, one priest, two bishops - one faith?

The Northern Echo: Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham, with women priests who were ordained in 1994 (8438161)

5:54pm Monday 21st July 2014

A PRIEST tasked with leading one church which accepts women bishops and another which refuses them had to be blessed by two bishops, all in one service.

Durham pilot of bus payment card

The Northern Echo: (8447468)

5:22pm Monday 21st July 2014

DURHAM City bus passengers are helping to road test a new cashless payment system.

Train passenger's rucksack stolen

The Northern Echo: Police want to speak to this man about the theft of a rucksack (8441804)

4:42pm Monday 21st July 2014

POLICE want to speak to a man after a passenger’s rucksack was stolen from a train.

Raft race helps charities keep their heads above water

The Northern Echo: Durham Raft Race organisers, contestants and beneficiaries

4:04pm Monday 21st July 2014

A RAFT race has raised more than £2,000 for charity.

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