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Long awaited war memorial unveiled in town's market place

The Northern Echo: NEW WAR MEMORIAL: The new memorial in Chester le Street. Picture: DAVID WOOD (11744786)

6:24pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A TOWN'S long-awaited new war memorial has been unveiled after a three-year fund-raising campaign.

Pedestrian seriously injured after being hit by car in Chester-le-Street

The Northern Echo: (11747569)

4:36pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A WOMAN pedestrian was seriously injured after being hit by a car on Lumley Road, Chester-le-Street.

Society to stage popular musical

The Northern Echo: Cast members Claire Bidnell ( Ann) and James Forster (Arthur Kipps) (11746279)

2:45pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

CHESTER-le-Street Amateur Operatic Society will next month (November ) stage the popular musical comedy Half a Sixpence.

School gets accolade for international work

The Northern Echo: Gave award (11690674)

1:11pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A CHESTER-le-Street school has been recognised for bringing the world into the classroom.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Chester-le-Street Post Office on the move

The Northern Echo: Proposed site of relocated branch of Chester-le-Street Post Office  (11588980)

6:09pm Thursday 16th October 2014

POST Office chiefs have announced plans to close Chester-le-Street’s main branch and relocate services in the town, despite objections from campaigners.

Rural bus services cut under city leaders’ plans to seize control of fares and routes, claims MP

3:27pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

RURAL bus services will be cut under city leaders’ plans to seize control of fares and routes, a North-East Labour MP warned today (Wednesday).

Plasterer hopes to cement a new career

The Northern Echo: NEW CHANCE: Ryan Viviers

2:53pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

A PLASTERER is cementing a new career for himself after landing a work placement with a housing developer.

Man seen to discard kitchen knife when police arrive at town centre pub

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

1:50pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

A MAN was seen to throw away a large kitchen knife when police arrived at a town centre pub to attend a report of “an on-going incident”.

Sex offender breached order by contacting 14-year-old girl, claiming to be 'Bella'

The Northern Echo: CROWN COURT: Sex offender Kieran Clough assisted by friends and family leaving Durham Crown today. Picture: DAVID WOOD

5:49pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

A SEX offender flouted a ban on using the internet to contact underage girls, a court heard.

Crime prevention roadshows roll into Chester-le-Street

The Northern Echo: CRIME ROADSHOWS: Cornerstones Community Centre in Chester-le-Street, which is among the venues for this month's crime prevention roadshows

12:12pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

A SERIES of crime prevention roadshows are to take place later this month.

Annual dog walk helps keep hospice up and running

The Northern Echo: GO WALKIES: Dogs take their owners on the charity walk at Chester-le-Street for St Cuthbert's Hopice chairty.          Picture: ANDY LAMB

6:05pm Sunday 12th October 2014

HUNDREDS of canine paws set out with a cause on a mass dog walk today (Sunday October 12).

Stitch in time for seamstress Karen

The Northern Echo: SEW GOOD: Lumley Castle seamstress Karen Riley marks 25 years in her job

12:55pm Sunday 12th October 2014

A SEAMSTRESS is celebrating her silver anniversary in one of the most unusual jobs in the hotel trade.

New community role for bank manager

6:38pm Friday 10th October 2014

A BANK manager has been selected for a new role helping bring people in her home town together.

Man fractured woman's eye socket with single punch

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

6:22pm Friday 10th October 2014

A MAN fractured a woman’s eye socket with a single punch, thrown in retaliation after she lashed out at him, a court was told.

High five! Ian's looking after the pennies

The Northern Echo: FUNDRAISER: Volunteer fundraiser Ian Watt (67) with just some of the half a million 5p pieces he has collected for the St Cuthbert's Hospice in Durham. Picture DAVID WOOD (11336892)

5:56pm Friday 10th October 2014

A HOSPICE fundraiser has collected his 500,00th 5p piece in aid of the cause.

And Clive has walked 500 miles...

The Northern Echo: Liz Hilland, Clive Lancaster and Mark Ellis, of Go North East (11328442)

12:43pm Friday 10th October 2014

A CHARITY fundraiser who has spent months walking to work instead of catching the bus is nearing the end of his journey.

Inspirational hospice bride June Carter dies at St Cuthbert's Hospice in Durham

The Northern Echo: Happily married couple - June and Jim Carter. Picture: GAVIN ENGELBRECHT (11096871)

5:44pm Thursday 9th October 2014

TRIBUTES have poured in for an inspirational hospice bride who fulfilled her wish to marry her fiancé of 30 years – days before she succumbed to cancer.

David's fund-raising for African charity ride

The Northern Echo:

12:14pm Thursday 9th October 2014

A CHESTER-le-Street man will take part in a 223-mile cycle ride in Africa for a charity that recycles unwanted bikes.

Man carried knife in nightclub "for protection"

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

6:59pm Tuesday 7th October 2014

A MAN concealed a meat cleaver within his clothing at a nightclub as “protection” against people with whom he was in debt, a court heard.

Cash recovered from jailed conmen passed back to elderly victim

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

7:38pm Monday 6th October 2014

AN elderly victim of two conmen was today (Monday October 6) returned thousands of pounds she lost as part of the cruel deception.

Tobacco salesman put up smokescreen to cover for thefts

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

12:37am Monday 6th October 2014

A SALESMAN tried to put up a smokescreen to cover for the theft of cash and stock within months of starting a job with a worldwide tobacco company.

Landlord forms new housing group

The Northern Echo: (10826880)

4:56pm Sunday 5th October 2014

CHESTER-le-Street’s biggest landlord has teamed up with another housing provider to form a new group.

Blind Joanne's tales of Uska the guide dog

The Northern Echo: Joanne Roberts and Uska (10882256)

2:52pm Saturday 4th October 2014

A WOMAN who effectively lost her sight 12 years ago has written an e-book about life with her guide dog.

Children's therapy charity makes its home in an old village surgery

The Northern Echo: GRAND OPENING: 6 year old Philip Scott and his mum Diane (left) join Patrons Kelly Hinch from MetroRadio and Sunderland AFC's Danny Graham during the official opening of the new Heel & Toe Centre in Pelton. Picture: DAVID WOOD (11097158)

12:02am Saturday 4th October 2014

A CHARITY that provides free specialist therapy for youngsters with cerebral palsy has officially opened its new base in a former doctors' surgery.

Emotional moment as bride with terminal cancer weds her soulmate of 30 years

The Northern Echo: Staff clap as June Webster on as she is wheeled to the aisle. Picture: GAVIN ENGELBRECHT (11096861)

6:47pm Friday 3rd October 2014

A WOMAN with terminal cancer today fulfilled her wish of marrying her fiancé of more than 30 years at a poignant ceremony at the hospice where she is being cared for.

Blindfolded pair given brief taste of city centre life without sight

The Northern Echo: BLINDFOLDED: Ron Hogg, Police and Crime Comissioner for Durham Constabulary, wearing a blindfold, is guided through Durham by Lucy Dixon from the RNIB. Picture: TOM BANKS (11093884)

5:15pm Friday 3rd October 2014

AN MP and a Crime Commissioner were given a brief experience of the difficulties experienced by people with sight loss when they walked blindfolded through a city centre.

Cancer patient to wed her partner in hospice ceremony

The Northern Echo: Bride-to-be June Webster (11014977)

6:04am Thursday 2nd October 2014

A WOMAN with terminal cancer is to marry her fiancé of 30 years in the hospice where she is being cared for.

Dog owner claims new pet Buster was sitting on accelerator pedal during high speed police chase

The Northern Echo: Piggles was a Staffordshire bull terrier similar to this

6:04am Thursday 2nd October 2014

A FIRST-TIME dog owner blamed Buster, his newly acquired bull terrier, for a high-speed pursuit which could have caused serious injuries or even a fatality.

Brother of Dreamspace survivor avoids jail

The Northern Echo: Newcastle Crown Court  (8389331)

6:50am Thursday 2nd October 2014

THE BROTHER of a survivor of the Dreamspace tragedy escaped prison yesterday (Wednesday, October 1) after clipping a security officer and policemen with his car as he tried to escape after being caught shoplifting.

Pensioner hit by air pellet

The Northern Echo: (9443387)

4:54pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

POLICE are appealing for information after a 71-year-old woman was injured by an air rifle.

12 years in jail for danger driver who caused triple-fatal crash

The Northern Echo:

12:01pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

A HEARTBROKEN mother has warned of the perils of dangerous driving after the boy racer who caused the death of her daughter and two other women was jailed for 12-and-a-half-years.

My girl lollipop - Samantha is county's youngest school crossing patrol

The Northern Echo: Family business:  Samantha Yuill and her  father Robert (10988970)

1:30pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

THE daughter of a lollipop man has become County Durham’s youngest school crossing patrol.

Family brand Russell ‘offensive’ over tasteless grandfather jokes

The Northern Echo: Sam Wright in one of the television adverts

6:10pm Monday 29th September 2014

RELATIVES of an elderly man who was mocked after appearing in an advert for a bank before he died have said Russell Brand should apologise.

Princesses victory over superheroes in charity game

The Northern Echo: CHARITY FUNDRAISER: Fundraisers take part in the charity football match in Pelton.

4:06pm Sunday 28th September 2014

A CHARITY football match between superheroes and Disney princesses raised more than £4,500.

Housing provider honoured for work with apprentices

The Northern Echo: (10826880)

10:47am Saturday 27th September 2014

CHESTER-le-Street’s biggest landlord has been recognised for its apprentice mentoring scheme.

Police chiefs launch formal complaint against crown court judge

The Northern Echo: SUSPENDED SENTENCE: Anthony Bruce

6:53pm Friday 26th September 2014

THE North-East’s three police and crime commissioners are making an official complaint about a judge who spared a wife beater jail despite hearing how he had bitten, throttled and held a knife to her throat.

Book theme charity day at primary school

The Northern Echo: ROALD DAHL FUN DAY: Staff member Sue Webb takes part in the fun as The BFG with Louise Muncaster (6).

5:52pm Friday 26th September 2014

YOUNGSTERS took part in a charity event inspired by one of Britain’s best loved children’s authors.

Tribesmen join walkers on the path taken by St Cuthbert

The Northern Echo:

4:57pm Friday 26th September 2014

AMAZONIAN tribesmen environmental campaigners joined North-East churchgoers on the path of one of the region’s greatest saints.

Dog walkers gearing up for hospice fund-raiser

4:40pm Friday 26th September 2014

SCORES of dog lovers have signed up their canine companions for St Cuthbert’s Hospice’s fundraising Paws for a Cause walk.

Wife beater's sentence can not be challenged, CPS confirms

The Northern Echo: SUSPENDED SENTENCE: Anthony Bruce

6:03am Thursday 25th September 2014

THE sentence given to a vicious wife-beater who controversially walked free from court cannot be reviewed by prosecutors, it was revealed last night (Wednesday, September 24).

Police Commissioner attacks "offensive" assault sentence

2:52pm Thursday 25th September 2014

A POLICE Commissioner has spoken of her outrage after a brute who held a knife to his wife’s throat and shot her with a pellet gun during a sustained attack walked free with a suspended sentence.

Man spared jail despite biting, choking and shooting wife

The Northern Echo: SUSPENDED SENTENCE: Anthony Bruce

6:04am Wednesday 24th September 2014

A BRUTE who bit and choked his wife before holding a knife to her throat and shooting her has walked free from court.

Dementia charity holds Memory Walk in Chester-le-Street

The Northern Echo: (9039120)

12:01pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

THE Alzheimer’s Society is holding a walk in Chester-le-Street to raise money for its work with dementia sufferers.



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