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Chester-le-Street News

Keith and Sharon Rochester, of Houghton-le-Spring (55059748)

Cuban holiday maker’s condition has deteriorated

Horseowner Pauline Bell, from Crook, who fosters ponies for the RSPCAs Felledge Equine Centre, pictured with with former foster ponies Bill and Toby (54757437)

Horse owners urged to offer rescued ponies a stable future

Durham County Council is holding a boundary review about a new community council for Pelton Fell

Residents asked about proposed new council for Pelton Fell

There's still time to enter this year's The Northern Echo Schools Awards

Nomination window extended for The Northern Echo Schools Awards 2016

A First TransPennine Express

Storm Henry causes problems for First TransPennine Express passengers at Newcastle, Chester-le-Street, Durham, Northallerton and Darlington

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Cash awards will be on offer to the winners of annual music contest

Annual search for talented musicians underway

SLEEP-OVER: Durham Crown Court trial told defendant Stan Simpson would share bed with nine-year-old boy sleeping over at their home.

Woman saw ex-partner in bed with boy, abuse trial told

Lee Bartlett, of Witton Gilbert, who went missing on Christmas Eve, has been found dead in Chester-le-Street

Man who disappeared at Christmas found dead hours after party

Laura-Jane Hardman, 17, from Pelton, Chester-le-Street, County Durham, will be studying at the Performers’ College, near Basildon, in Essex

Laura-Jane hopes college place will lead to West End shows

Charity fund raiser Joseph Beck, of Sacriston, is presented with his personalised pie by John Green, Taylors Butchers at Framwellgate Moor (53905135)

Great-grandfather presented with personalised pie for fund raising efforts

A lorry blown over during a previous storm

Severe weather warning issued for 70mph winds

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COMPLAINT: Durham Crown Court told first complaint over alleged activities of defendant Stanley Simpson was made to police, on New Year's Eve, 2005.

Man reported sexual abuse after hearing his attacker was seeking to adopt or foster a child, trial told

TRIAL: Legal advisor Stanley Simpson denies 34 allegations in trial which began at Durham Crown Court today (Tuesday January 26).

Advice centre worker denies claims of sex assaults on seven boys and girls over two decades

Bishop Auckland Table Tennis Chairman Matthew Porter and Jim Towns (53793480)

Games for the Brain sessions rolled out in County Durham

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Councillors will vote on Sacriston housing plan when they meet at County Hall next week

Sacriston housing plan to be decided by councillors

Keith Rochester in his hospital bed in Cuba and his wife Sharon (53468426)

Family of Keith Rochester elated at his "phenomenal" recovery in Cuban hospital

DEALER: Mark David Rocks, jailed for three years for heroin street selling in Chester-le-Street.

Two men jailed, with suspended sentence for third, for sales of heroin on town's streets

Some of the North-east cub scouts, who took part in the two-day party at London Zoo (53221017)

Cubs celebrate birthday milestone in zoo

Keith and Sharon Rochester, of Houghton-le-Spring  (52746542)

Seriously ill holiday maker Keith Rochester is making progress

A stilt walker during the Lumiere at Newker Primary School in Chester-le Street. Picture by Stuart Boulton. (52696331)

Newker Primary School in Chester-le-Street transformed by Lumiere spectacular created by pupils

Michael and Rebecca Winter, whose wedding at Lumley Castle was turned into a Winter wonderland by snow. Pic by Alan Mason (52637922)

It's a 'Winter' wonderland wedding for Tyneside couple at Lumley Castle

Abington, Ouston, Chester-le-Street. Photo: Google Street View

Masked men stab man during break-in before stealing BMW

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Keith and Sharon Rochester of Houghton-le-Spring (52521831)

Brother of missing kidney man Christopher Rochester fighting for his life in Cuba

Weather updates as snowfall causes travel disruption - send us your pictures

Weather updates as snowfall causes travel disruption - send us your pictures

Winners at last year's The Northern Farmer Awards

Last day to nominate someone in The Northern Farmer Awards

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County Hall in Durham  (52219824)

New housing plan for Urpeth Grange

Peterlee Magistrates' Court

Scrap man landed with bill of more than £800 for operating without proper licence

Steering a course for adventure, l to r, Adam Donald as Captain Crusoe, Joe Coulson as Sprat Crusoe, Malcolm Quinn as Dame Crystal Crusoe, and Emma Scott as Robinson Crusoe.

Robinson Crusoe sails into Chester-le-Street

Plans to develop part of the Lambon Estate with housing have been backed by councillors

Council backing for Lambton Estate development plan

Children from Chester-le-Street CE Primary School who have brightened up the walls of the Cestria Hub and Durham County Council’s Customer Access Point

Artistic pupils brighten up office

Kay Carrick, senior donor development fundraiser at St Cuthbert’s Hospice, accepts a cheque of £2,490 from Dan Reavley, internal sales manager at Anglo Scottish Asset Finance

Car deals raise £2.5k for hospice

Raymond Gair, who joined Shiney Row Male Voice Choir in 1959

Veteran tenor retires after 50 years with choir

Goals member David Ward with Ron Young, Disability Cricket Officer at Durham Cricket Board and Rachel Ward, Table Cricket Development Officer for CP Sport.

Project members enjoy tabletop cricket day

The grounds of the Lambton Estate

Earl of Durham's historic Lambton Estate at 'critical point' - council to discuss £28.5m rescue plan

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The Shoes pub in Sacristan is to host a comedy night to help bring the community of the village together. one of the organisers of the event, licensee Simone Wilson poses under the stage lights. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (51129890)

Pub landlady to bring laughter to Sacriston's only pub with launch of comedy club

Survival expert Bruce Ferguson (right) shows customers how to forage for their food in the grounds of Lumley Castle

Restaurant customers to forage for their supper

RECOVERY: Some of the colony of mute swans slowly regaining numbers after the outbreak of poisoning in Riverside Park, Chester-le-Street, earlier in the year.

Swan colony slowly recovering after poisoning outbreak at park

Joseph, a Staffordshire cross, was found abandoned on Christmas Eve

Dog abandoned on Christmas Eve treated to festive lunch by RSPCA

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Nicole Robson presents a Christmas present to Chloe Guy, with her parents Scott Guy and Rachel Cook

Tragic teen's family bring Christmas cheer to sick kids

Pupils and staff at St Benet’s RC Primary School in Ouston with their new bin and cotton bags featuring Sophia Winship’s winning recycling poster design.

Schoolgirl's design wins recycling competition

PDSA store in Chester-le-Street is looking for donations of furniture

Furniture appeal to help poorly pets

(l-r) Lewis Stokes of The Banks Group; John Windows, Durham County Cricket Club Academy manager; Durham cricketer Brydon Carse; cricket club chief executive David Harker; Jane Robson, development manager at County Durham Community Foundation and Viv Stapl

Cricket club set to deliver new nursery ground after appeal tops fundraising target

England and Manchester City footballer Jill Scott coaching at Lord Lawson of Beamish School in Birtley. Picture by Stuart Boulton. (50494206)

International star endorses pioneering Girls Football Academy in the North-East

Labour PCC candidates Barry Coppinger, Vera Baird and Ron Hogg, pictured together in 2012

Labour re-selects Ron Hogg, Barry Coppinger and Vera Baird as PCC candidates

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A traditional North-East Christmas scene in the Edwardian town at Beamish Museum.

Museum recreates a Christmas scene from a bygone era

Durham County Council has warned that "very difficult" decisions still need to be taken in order to make savings between now and 2020

£44m - the amount the region's councils will lose next year due to cuts

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Durham Crown Court  (50142721)

Bournmoor man man who stabbed his girlfriend "accidentally" while arguing over mobile phone is spared jail

Snow Angels need new recruits. Front PCSO Christine Taylor pictured with Lisa Coverdale, Customer Relationship Manager from Cestria Community Housing joined by PCSO Adrian Richards (left) and PCSO Janelle Taylor (centre) with staff from Cestria Community

Hunt launched for volunteer Snow Angels

Staff at the Co-operative Food distribution centre in Birtley donated more than 150 presents for disadvantaged children (L to R): Clare Maclauchlan, Carol Taylor, and Jaime Wilkie, Communications Officer at Children North East.

Warehouse staff help North-east children's charity

England bowler Mark Wood samples some of the food and drink that will be on offer on Super Sunday during the England v Sri Lanka Test match. Picture: NORTH NEWS AND PICTURES

Cricket Test will offer 'Super Sunday' as England face Sri Lanka at Durham

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