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Chester-le-Street News

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

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

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

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

CHEERS: Stadium owner Jeff McKenna launches anniversary beer festival

Hare of the dog as greyhound stadium hosts beer festival

PEAK: Members of the Duke of Edinburgh awards team during their expedition to The Pyrenees

Six scale new heights on mountain expedition

CONFISCATION: Prosecution to seek crime proceeds confiscation order against rapist in hearing at Durham Crown Court, in August.

Crown given leave to seek proceeds of crime confiscation order against man serving nine-year sentence for rape

Teachers banned for sexual relationship with 15-year-old girl

Teachers banned for sexual relationship with 15-year-old girl

RELEASE: Pupils from Church Chare, Chester-le-Street who have released a song to the internet for charity.      Picture: ANDY LAMB (32396385)

School records charity single

WINNER: Sophia Winship, seated at the front on the school’s new rainbow picnic bench, with some of her classmates and Melissa Morris, of Marmax Products Ltd, Paula George and Rachel Gatland, of Durham County Council, and Claire Caulfield, deputy headtea

Pupils' poster wins recycling competition

TRAGIC: David and Angela Cockburn with daughters Carley Ann and Bethany and granddaughter Lacie Jade

No criminal charges following horror crash that claimed lives of Ouston family

POEM: Former pupil Joy Wanless unveils her poem at Woodlea Primary School in Woodstone Village. Picture: STUART BOULTON. (32165597)

Woodlea Primary School unveils permanent reminder of the past

AWARDS: Holocaust Awareness champion  Michaela Crawley (centre) presents Anne Frank awards to pupils at The Hermitage School, Chester-le-Street picture: SARAH CALDECOTT (31883296)

Youngsters made Holocaust Memorial champions

JAILED: Damon Davison given 20-month prison sentence for knife injury incident on Christmas Eve.

Man grabbed knife fearing he was to be stabbed in Christmas Eve confrontation

CONFESSION: Defendant Michael Knowles handed himself in to police within hours of failed store robbery attempt

Would-be robber handed himself in to police after unsuccessful store raid

OPENING: County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust chairman, Professor Paul Keane, performs the opening of the new pain management unit at Chester le Street Community Hospital. Picture: TOM BANKS (31570719)

New pain management unit opens at Chester-le-Street Community Hospital

FLYING: Annual clay pigeon shoot at Lambton Estates raises money for air ambulance

Clay pigeon shoot raises £8,000 to keep air ambulance flying

OPENING: Sam Turnbull officially opens the Langley Park community garden. Picture: TOM BANKS (31569419)

Langley Park celebrate the official opening of new community garden

PREPARED: (l-r) Scout leader Allan Forster and Gary Trotter from Hadrian Technology with a security camera.

Scouts prepared to take on the vandals with help of cameras

FULL: Ropery Lane Cemetery in Chester-le-Street is reaching capacity

Cemetery to be extended as graveyard reaches capacity

Birtley Rotary Club have raised money to pay for specialist equipment for three year old Liam Jefferson from West Pelton who has cerebral palsy.  Liam is pictured with mum Leanne Jefferson, rotary club president  Pauline Turner, Jenifer Wilson, Ray Palmer

Generous donation for little Liam after family appeal

WINNERS: Lumley Castle near Chester-le-Street hosts the Nepac awards for people who help prisoners, their families and the community. Some of the winners and persons involved with the awards. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (30880325)

Awards for North-East work in crime reduction

LOOSE: The suspected water cobra on the loose

Boy spots snake in house but mum thought he was joking - then it bit the family dog

APPRENTICE: Katie Bulmer-Cooke at Lord Lawson of Beamish School in Birtley. Picture: STUART BOULTON.

Back to school for Apprentice star Katie

FINAL: (l-r) Hermitage team members Sarah Taylor, teacher Caroline West, Michaela Crawley, Thomas Goulding and Ryan Bell

Teenagers finish third in prestigious national debating competition

OPEN: Pupil Leah Debrick and members of the school council with guests outside the new shop

Young entrepreneurs open Fairtrade tuck shop

ANNIVERSARY: University and military experts to discuss events of 1915 at conference

Experts mark anniversary of First World War at conference

FUNDRAISERS: Cyclists who pedalled 150 miles over two days for Ali Puckering

Crash victim mum 'humbled' by fundraising

ALMOST THERE: Chris Wright on one of his daily runs for year-long challenge

Year-long running challenge reaches halfway point

SHE SAID YES: Mark Goddard and Jane Shannon following his proposal to her at the Glastonbury Festival

Wedding bands - Chester-le-Street man proposes to fiance with Glastonbury banner

COUNTDOWN: Primary school children hope to launch their own rocket next week

Kids crack computer codes to launch their own rocket

EXPERTS: Connor Minto, on the left, and brother Callum Minto, nine, meet PC Mark Outhwaite at Durham Police armoury

Schoolboy shot in face invited to meet police gun experts

TALENTED: Ballet dancer Ella Boyd as she rehearses at the Hermitage School, Chester le Street. Picture: TOM BANKS (29892401)

She's an Ell' of a dancer

Prosecution offer "no evidence" in case at Durham Crown Court of former club steward charged with theft of cash from premises.

Prosecution drop case against former steward accused of stealing from club safe

FUNDRAISING: Leanne Jefferson with daughter Leonie, 7, and sons Luke, 19 months  and Liam, three.

Campaign launched to buy severely disabled three-year-old Liam a specialist car seat

CEREMONY: l-r former Lawson Court warden Jean Laws, Cestria Development and Regeneration Manager Stephen Riding, Cestria Managing Director Martin Warhurst, Isos Assistant Director of Development and Property Zoe Hawthorne.

Topping out ceremony held at £6.5m housing development

HONOUR: Sea cadet Lewis Oliver is presented with his trophy by Cllr John Robinson, chairman of Durham County Council

Teenager honoured for tireless community work

ASHES: Bill Stephenson, of Wesley Terrace, Chester le Street, has unearthed the ashes of Thomas Lawson Cox, in his back garden. Picture: TOM BANKS (29284591)

Man’s ashes found buried in garden

DEVOTED GRANDMOTHER: Doreen Campbell

Family pays tribute to devoted great-grandmother who died in road accident

MARATHON: Cyclists on way back to Chester-le-Street during charity attempt

Cyclists complete gruelling charity ride

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