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Chester-le-Street News

PRINCIPALS: Cast leads from Dryburn Theatrical Workshop's production of The Fifteen Streets. Left to right: Emma Scott as Mary Llewellyn, Phil Martin, as John O'Brien, and Kay Anderson, as Mary Ellen O'Brien. Picture location courtesy of Beamish Museum.

Theatre group brings Cookson classic to stage

REPAIR: Cocken Ford Bridge, which will be closed for 15 weeks

Concern raised over 15-week closure of road bridge

MANE ATTRACTION: Visitors make their way through Lambton Lion Park in the 1970s

Housing bid for historic estate to save heritage

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SPLASH: 9-year-old Marcey Dawson playing in the Splash Pad at Chester-le-Street's Riverside Park play area. Picture: STUART BOULTON. (36946011)

Splash down for park's new water attraction

JAILED: Machete carrier Neil Mundy jailed for 14 months over incident in Bishop Auckland last month.

Chester-le-Street man who abandoned machete in stranger's home jailed

INSIDE-OUT: Launch of anti suicide campaign with people wearing their clothes inside out at Great Lumley Community Centre picture: SARAH CALDECOTT (36688101)

Charity hopes to reduce risk of suicide

Coroner records suicide verdict for Chester-le-Street woman Alison Stamps

Stitch in time with First World War knitting project

PREMIERE: Amy Manson who stars in the film

Premiere of film shot in region

HARASSMENT: Jonathan Cummings jailed for a total of ten months for "stalking-type behaviour", after relationship ended.

Man who "stalked" former partner following split jailed for ten months.

RECORD ATTEMPT: Chester-le-Street Amateur Rowing Club members Craig Dowson and Steve Twycross on the River Wear contributing to the attempt to set a new world record for the biggest rowing lesson. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

Did we do it? Rowers wait on world record

CLEAN: Durham Crown Court told defendant has not touched drugs since he was caught with a stash to supply among friends, last December.

Man caught with drugs was not a dealer, but the buyer for small 'collective', court told.

EXPERIENCE: Sharon Sykes has been appointed as manager of The Elms, in Chester-le-Street

Manager appointed to run £6.5m assisted living development

ON-SONG: Shiney Row Male Voice Choir calls for fresh blood. Senior members are pictured honouring retiring former chairman of 33 years, Bobby Jobson. TOM BANKS

Male voice choir calls for new voices ahead of new performing season

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CHALLENGE: Young members of Chester-le-Street Amateur Rowing Club have a final practice session before a World Record attempt at a 24-hour rowing lesson. Group fronted by Patrick Dutton, Thomas Dowson and Lauren Snook. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

Rowers target world record

WARNING: Northumbria Police

Keep your homes safe, say police, after burglaries

CONCLUSION: Final donation to conclude community centre's repair bill target

Funding target reached to ensure future of well-used community centre

FUN DAY: Children enjoy an Activities Week in Chester-le-Street Market Place. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

Week of family fun begins

Three bailed after A1 arrests

Three bailed after A1 arrests

A1 closed at Chester-le-Street after police stop car following alleged firearms incident

A1 closed at Chester-le-Street after police stop car following alleged firearms incident

TAKEN: BMW 320d

3 cars damaged, 2 written-off, £14,000 damage - in under a mile

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PLANS: Land off Sycamore Road, Kimblesworth, where Gleeson Homes wants to build 24 houses. Picture: TOM BANKS

Save our green space - Kimblesworth villagers fight housing plan

VROOM: Batman with the Batmobile at DiddyCon, Chester le Street. Picture: TOM BANKS (34580636)

Convention brings comic book world to life

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FAKING IT: The Media Junkies play the Fake Festival at Chester-le-Street. Picture: TOM BANKS (34581598)

Sun shines on tribute act music festival

SENTENCING: Callum Seed was jailed at Durham Crown Court

Chester-le-Street knifeman jailed

Fire and ice charity challenge

Witnesses sought following spate of arson attacks on cars in Fencehouses

ACTIVITIES: Durham Police has organised the Market Place Activity Week in Chester-le-Street

Host of activities for whole family in Chester-le-Street

CESTRIA: Six of the current intake of apprentices at Cestria Community Housing

Cestria Community Housing is one of best places to work

Chester-le-Street to host young people's music festival

BIRTHDAY: Annie Cowell on her 107th birthday at St. Mary's Care Home, Chester le Street. Picture: TOM BANKS (34180469)

Annie celebrates her 107th birthday with a singsong

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RELATIVES: Jill Rowland is tracing her family history

Can you help with the Robson family tree?

INVESTIGATION: Durham Police are investigation the collision. Picture: DURHAM POLICE

Pedestrian seriously injured in Durham car crash

FUN: SpongeBob SquarePants to take to the field at cricket fund raiser

Children's favourites to bowl over audience at cricket fun day

Woman cut free from vehicle after collision

Woman cut free from vehicle after collision

WALK: Chester-le-Street based National Citizens Service take part in a sponsored walk in Durham City to raise money for a homlessness charity. Picture: TOM BANKS (33593254)

Teenagers take to streets with belongings to raise awareness about homelessness

Bus window smashed

EISTEDDFOD: Dancers from Jane Robson Dance & Theatre School entertain people at the Shotley Bridge Eisteddfod picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

Arts festival could become annual event

CAPSULE: Branch manager Lee Metters with children from Portobello Primary School, in Birtley

Children bury building society time capsule

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Michelle Webster with fiance Anthony Capstick and their daughter Sophia Capstick who died of suspected mitochondrial disease

NHS bombarded us with calls about our dead baby, say couple

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SING: Musicians and singers asked to apply for September showcase

Deadline to sign-up for festival

ANNIVERSARY: Members of Chester-le-Street Amateur Swimming Club celebrate sponsorship deal

Swimming club aims for big splash in anniversary year

PARTY: A band play at Selby Cottage Childcare Centre to mark its 25th anniversary. Picture: TOM BANKS

25 years of caring for kids

SCARY STUFF: Marc Rogerson of Chester Street in Waldrige village has made a zombie film with the help of his wife and children which will be premiereed at Tyneside Cinema on Friday. Marc his pictured with camera along with wife Jo and kids Beau (4), Archi

Father ropes in family to make zombie film he hopes will give him big break

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STEPPING OUT: Family and friends set off from the RVI on 14-mile sponsored walk

Family put best foot forward for cancer research

KAPOW: Batmobile to make appearance at DiddyCon

Town to host its first comic book convention

Woman attacked as she walked in street

HEADLINE: Blondied set for Chester-le-Street date

Line-up confirmed for Fake Festival

Defendant Ryan Drinkwater to return for sentence at Durham Crown Court, next month.

Trail of damage left by 20-year-old car thief

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CHEERS: Stadium owner Jeff McKenna launches anniversary beer festival

Hare of the dog as greyhound stadium hosts beer festival

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