Covering Great Lumley, Sacriston, Ouston, Pelton, Perkinsville and other surrounding villages


Late night robbery victim suffers constant nightmares at ordeal at hands of young mugger

The Northern Echo: Michael Kingshott: Four-year sentence in young offenders' institution for "cowardly" attack on elderly woman

6:57am Wednesday 20th August 2014

A PENSIONER left bloodied and bruised after being punched in the face for just £28 cannot forget her terrifying ordeal.

Charity beer festival helps dementia sufferers

The Northern Echo: Event boosts funds(9469627)

4:47pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

A BEER festival held in Chester-le-Street raised almost £850 for a charity that helps people with dementia.

Donation invite to Chester-le-Street good causes

The Northern Echo: Donation offer (9446806)

2:10pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

A LEADING chain store is inviting local community groups and charities to apply for a £150 donation.

Thief takes 93-year-old's purse in Chester-le-Street shop

The Northern Echo: (9443387)

1:35pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a 93-year-old woman’s purse was stolen from her handbag while she was shopping.

Young couple call for road safety action after walking away from dramatic crash

The Northern Echo:

5:42pm Monday 18th August 2014

A YOUNG couple have told how they feared for their lives after their car skidded, flipped over twice and came to rest upside down in the middle of an unlit road.

Commissioner joins in the fun at the Market Place

The Northern Echo: MARKET WEEK: Town crier Marjorie Dodds, right, joins with Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg, PCSOs and civil supporters for the event in Chester-le-Street Market Place

4:21pm Monday 18th August 2014

CRIME Commissioner Ron Hogg was among the visitors to a week-long event police are staging in the centre of Chester-le-Street.

Post office to close for revamp

The Northern Echo:

2:36pm Thursday 14th August 2014

A VILLAGE post office is set to be upgraded as part of a nationwide modernisation programme.

Books donation to help South African youngsters

The Northern Echo: BOOK DONATION: Volunteers packing Roseberry Community School's library books into boxes to be shipped to needy schools in South African township. Pictured are Marjory Winnie, Maureen Duffy and Lesley Jordison. Picture: TOM BANKS (9265594)

4:00pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

BOOKS from a closed school’s library will help the education of youngsters in a South African township.

Police release photo of Sacriston pub raid suspect

The Northern Echo: CCTV picture issued after burglary (9245570)

2:34pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

POLICE investigating a pub burglary have issued a CCTV picture of a man they want to speak to.

Man held for machete attack

The Northern Echo: Durham Police have recovered a machete believed to have been used in the attack

4:43pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

A MAN charged with attempted murder following a machete attack which left a man with a cut head and a deep leg wound is to appear at Durham Crown Court.

Miniature pony and donkey set off on marathon trek in aid of RSPCA Felledge Equine Centre

The Northern Echo: L- R Scotch and Barley is the donkey with Chelsey Bailey and Tiggy Bays-Griffith  (9097273)

6:31pm Friday 8th August 2014

A MINIATURE pony is joining a donkey on a marathon 100-mile trek to help raise funds for a North-East equine centre.

Police hunt slash attackers

The Northern Echo: Seeking witnesses to assaults (9050499)

2:25pm Thursday 7th August 2014

A MAN has undergone surgery after being slashed on the side of the face in an early-hours attack.

Charity holds fundraising beer festival

The Northern Echo: (9039120)

1:13pm Thursday 7th August 2014

LOCAL charity fundraisers are holding a beer festival to raise money for the fight against Alzheimer’s Disease.

Vandals use tractor stolen from museum to churn up golf greens

The Northern Echo: Tractor stolen from Beamish Museum by vandals. Picture: GAVIN ENGELBRECHT (9008758)

4:44pm Wednesday 6th August 2014

VANDALS caused thousands of pounds worth of damage by driving over a golf course with a vintage museum tractor.

Animal charity shop seeks stock

The Northern Echo: (9000787)

12:39pm Wednesday 6th August 2014

STAFF and volunteers at a Chester-le-Street charity shop are appealing for donations furniture to or its new furniture and homeware section.

Hopes raised for Ava after Slovakian therapy

The Northern Echo: : 3 year old Ava Roberts (left) with her parents Mark and Judith and sister Molly (6) having returned from Slovakia. Picture: DAVID WOOD (8947614)

2:08pm Tuesday 5th August 2014

THE parents of a disabled tot hope she may one day talk and sit unaided following a very encouraging fortnight of intensive treatment in Slovakia.

Annie on song for her 106th birthday

The Northern Echo: :  (Ann) Annie Cowell celebrates her 106th birthday at the St Mary's Nursing Home in Chester le Street. Picture: DAVID WOOD (8924523)

5:42pm Monday 4th August 2014

ONE of the country’s oldest residents celebrated her 106th birthday with a singsong.

Clive approaches his charity fundraising target step by step

The Northern Echo: (8862575)

2:46pm Sunday 3rd August 2014

A SUPERMARKET worker is doing a sponsored walk with to support the fundraising efforts of a college with multiple sclerosis.

Family's pride at success of Sir Bobby Robson's cancer charity five years on from his death

The Northern Echo:

5:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

SIR BOBBY ROBSON’S widow has spoken of the family’s pride at the success of his cancer charity, as she reflected on the five years since his death.

Bobby Robson's top 12 gaffes

The Northern Echo:

5:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

Sir Bobby Robson had a way with words. When he spoke, people listened. However, there are  times when he possibly wished they hadn't 

Bobby's legacy lives on as cancer foundation continues to tackle disease head on

The Northern Echo:

5:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

FACING CANCER for the fifth – and what he knew would be the final time – Sir Bobby Robson focused on a new goal far removed from the football field.

Timeline: Sir Bobby Robson

The Northern Echo:

5:00am Thursday 31st July 2014

Robert William Robson was born in Sacriston on February 1933 as the fourth of five sons. He grew up in Langley Park on the outskirts of Durham.

Rotary funding helps town's homeless

The Northern Echo: (8776968)

2:45pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

HOMLESS people in Chester-le-Street will benefit from a charity donation by the town’s Rotary Club.

Exhibition dedicated to soldiers of Durham Light Infantry opens to mark First World War centenary

The Northern Echo: : Brenda Cole (right) and Edith Forsyth take a closer look at the new exhibition following the opening at Chester le Street Library. (8726983)

6:18pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

A POP-up exhibition dedicated to the soldiers of the Durham Light Infantry who served in WW1 has opened to mark the conflict’s centenary.

Music of rock legends performed in the park

The Northern Echo: Coming to Chester-le-Street (8708092)

1:47pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

AN outdoor concert dedicated to tribute bands is expected to attract thousands of fans.

Charity's thanks for fundraising support

The Northern Echo: (8705314)

12:41pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

A CANCER charity has thanked the people of Chester-le-Street for raising money for its work.

Fatal accident victim named

The Northern Echo: (8679987)

4:31pm Monday 28th July 2014

A PEDESTRIAN who was knocked over and killed while walking home along a lane between two villages has been named by police.

Pupils thank officials who heard their speed plea

The Northern Echo: Class One pupils with road marking operatives Mathew Toothill (kneeling)  and Terry Fox, of contractors Coupe Line (8617914)

12:15pm Sunday 27th July 2014

SCHOOLCHILDREN wrote to thank County Hall officials who answered their pleas for help to slow down traffic outside their school.

Police appeal after park dog bite

The Northern Echo: FAMILY FUN: Police to hold family fun day (6250118)

3:27pm Sunday 27th July 2014

POLICE have appealed for information from visitors to a popular public park who may have witnessed a dog attack on a child.

Chester-le-Street businessman Gurhan Sayan jailed for sexual assault

The Northern Echo: BUSINESSMAN JAILED: Gurhan Sayan

5:38pm Friday 25th July 2014

A BUSINESSMAN from County Durham has become the first person to be jailed as part of a major police investigation into the sexual exploitation of vulnerable young women.

Park wins second Green Flag

3:59pm Friday 25th July 2014

A PARK created on a former cokeworks and colliery has again won a coveted Green Flag award.

Man dies in road accident

The Northern Echo: Appeal for witnesses (8609799)

2:51pm Friday 25th July 2014

A MAN has died after being hit by a van as he walked along a lane late at night.

Paws for a Cause at Chester-le-Street's Riverside Park

The Northern Echo: Martha Barker, three, who will be one of the judges at Paws for a Cause, with her pet dog Hunter Picture: GAVIN ENGELBRECHT (8606619)

1:11pm Friday 25th July 2014

THREE-YEAR-OLD Martha Barker has been checking out some of the canine competitors ahead of a sponsored walk for Durham's St Cuthbert's Hospice.

Brave Ava 'improving' under Slovakian therapy

The Northern Echo:

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Pupils hit the right notes for charity

The Northern Echo: : Singer songwriter Emily Smith (14, front/left) with guitarist Jack Mylchreest (15) with fellow students from Park View School who have created a charity single to help raise money for If U Care Share. Picture: DAVID WOOD (8379090)

2:29pm Sunday 20th July 2014

PUPILS have spent the last week of term recording a single to raise money for a local charity.

Two conmen jailed after elderly Chester-le-Street woman is fleeced of thousands of pounds

The Northern Echo: Newcastle Crown Court  (8389331)

1:31pm Sunday 20th July 2014

A CONMAN labour who fleeced an elderly householder of several thousand pounds and a man who helped cash a fraudulent cheque are beginning jail sentences.

Pool reopens for summer fun

The Northern Echo: Did makeover (8369554)

2:47pm Friday 18th July 2014

A POPULAR paddling pool reopens tomorrow (Saturday, July 19) in time for the start of the school summer holidays.

Delays ahead as work starts on improvements to busy roads

The Northern Echo: Granted application (8248423)

2:33pm Friday 18th July 2014

WORK to improve three busy road junctions and ease traffic congestion in Chester-le-Street begins this weekend.

Durham's police chief unveils new plan in fight against bilking

The Northern Echo: THEFT WARNING: Chief Constable Mike Barton with a poster warning about fuel theft.       Picture: ANDY LAMB (8303838)

6:25pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

DURHAM’S chief constable has unveiled plans to identify those filling stations not doing enough to tackle fuel theft - by parking an unused patrol car nearby.

Youngsters make garden lovely for elderly residents

The Northern Echo: left to right: Dean Elder and Kayley Thompson. Back l-r Jimmy Angel, Sam Brown, Marina Sewell (resident), Dan Walker, Susan Armstrong (resident) and Sam Bancroft.(8302003)

4:33pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

YOUNG volunteers from the Prince’s Trust have renovated the communal garden at a sheltered housing scheme.

School closure plan agreed by council cabinet

The Northern Echo: CLOSING DOWN: South Pelaw School at Chester-le-Street.      Picture: ANDY LAMB (8301246)

4:26pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

PLANS to create a single primary school for an area of Chester-le-Street have been given the go-ahead.

Bloom judges cast an eye over rival bids

The Northern Echo: : Northumbria In Bloom judges Marian Foster (left), David Goodchild and Mary Lou Downie during their tour of Durham Botanic Gardens. Picture: DAVID WOOD (8238006)

4:23pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

JUDGES are casting an eye over rival bids for a prestigious competition.

Village festival hailed a big success

The Northern Echo: Fun on the inflatables at village festival (8127621)

5:11pm Sunday 13th July 2014

ORGANISERS have already announced the date of a festival next year after 3,000 people attended a weekend of fun in a former pit village.

Inspector appointed to lead hearing into County Durham Plan

The Northern Echo: PLAN APPROVED: Durham County Council has approved bungalow plan

4:00pm Friday 11th July 2014

DETAILS have been announced for the public examination of a plan which will guide economic development in County Durham for the next 15 years.

Headteacher to face retrial on child sex allegations

The Northern Echo:

10:18am Friday 11th July 2014

A HIGHFLYING head teacher is to face a retrial in the New Year on historic child sex charges.

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