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Local good causes celebrate cash boost from big landlord

The Northern Echo: Representatives of the community groups awarded funding by Cestria Community Housing  with Abbey Brown, Cestria Business Administration Apprentice (holding cheque). (10618043)

3:54pm Monday 22nd September 2014

THIRTEEN community groups in Chester-le-Street are sharing £15,000 worth of grants from the town’s biggest social landlord,

Glenn's in the running for fitness award double

The Northern Echo: Glenn Hill (10555556)

9:34am Sunday 21st September 2014

A CHESTER-le-Street personal trainer and his gym have been shortlisted in prestigious fitness industry awards.

Property agent raises charity cash with coffee morning

The Northern Echo: COFFEE MORNING: Venture Properties is taking part in the World's Biggest Coffee Morning this Friday, September 26

7:06pm Sunday 21st September 2014

A PROPERTY agent is taking part in the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning to raise money for charity.

Post office revamp will mean longer opening hours

The Northern Echo: Rev\amping post offices (10547622)

4:37pm Saturday 20th September 2014

A MAIN post office in Chester-le-Street is to get an upgrade that will see it opening for longer each day.

Drugs plot gang locked up as police pledge 'no hiding place' for organised crime cartels

The Northern Echo: Alan Crawford

8:20am Friday 19th September 2014

NINE men were behind bars last night for their parts in a huge plot to traffic high-purity cocaine in and out of the North-East.

Man claimed he would explode home-made device in threatening messages to ex-girlfriend

5:37pm Friday 19th September 2014

A MAN undergoing “emotional meltdown” after the break-up of a relationship created a home-made explosive which he threatened to detonate, a court heard.

Writer's dream comes true with book publication

The Northern Echo: Write stuff: Xerxes Setna                               (10491710)

6:22pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A LOCAL author says budding writers of all ages should pursue their creative dreams after seeing his book published after years of waiting.

Edwardian one-man show for Beamish visitors

The Northern Echo: CROWD PULLER: David Armstrong puts on 'Mr Armstrong's Travelling Show' for visitors to the agricultural show at Beamish Museum.         Picture: ANDY LAMB (10485159)

4:30pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

AN Edwardian one-man variety show is one of the new attractions at a leading museum’s agricultural show from bygone days.

Exhibition looks at war's impact on Pelton folk

The Northern Echo: : General view of the Lavender Centre in Pelton. Picture: DAVID WOOD (10380835)

6:04pm Monday 15th September 2014

AN exhibition is being held on the impact of the First World War on people in a North-East village.

Charity event to celebrate end of girl's chemotherapy treatment

The Northern Echo: HAVING A PARTY: Mum Jess Hardman and friend Stevi (correct) Bage are planning a big public “end-of-chemotherapy” party for Jess' daughter Casey, 4, which will raise money for cancer charities. Picture: TOM BANKS (10235749)

2:21pm Friday 12th September 2014

THE parents of a four-year-old girl suffering from a rare life-threatening disease are planning a party to celebrate the end of a chemotherapy course – and to raise cash for charity.

Van driver guilty of injuring woman as it is revealed Shotton Colliery triple death crash motorist was in accident two weeks before fatal collision

The Northern Echo: GUILTY VERDICT: Roy Morrison arrives at Teesside Crown Court today (Thursday, September 11), where he was found guilty of causing serious injury by dangerous driving

5:25pm Thursday 11th September 2014

A VAN driver is facing jail after being found guilty of badly injuring a pedestrian as he raced a sports car through village streets.

Woman seriously hurt as young drivers "raced through village streets", court hears

The Northern Echo: CROWN COURT: Teesside Crown Court where Robert Thompson was given a suspended sentence for making threats to kill

6:02am Wednesday 10th September 2014

A PEDESTRIAN suffered serious injuries when she was hit by a van as two young drivers had a race through village streets, a court was told yesterday (Tuesday, September 9).

Pharmacy staff's Great North Run charity tonic

The Northern Echo: FUNDRIASERS: Staff members Ranjeet Khanda (left), Matthew Welburn and Paul Jackson (right) from Middle Chare Pharmacy in Chester le Street who helped raise money for Alzheimer's Research UK during the Great North Run. Picture: DAVID WOOD (10159811)

2:00pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

A TRIO from a Chester-le-Street pharmacy did the Great North Run to promote healthy living.

Heroin substitute pills found in prison visitor's pocket

8:52pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

A RECOVERING drug addict was jailed for three months after being found with four heroin-substitute pills in his pocket during a prison visit.

Dog walkers gear up for annual hospice sponsored walk

The Northern Echo: Hoping to pass the £500 mark (10119569)

3:07pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

A DOG lover is hoping to take her fund-raising total past £500 when she does her fourth sponsored dog walk.

Brother and sister walk free from court despite fleecing dementia pensioner out of £2,520

The Northern Echo: George Thompson (centre) pictured arriving at Durham Crown Court yesterday.

6:03am Saturday 6th September 2014

THE family of an elderly dementia sufferer spoke of their anger last night after a brother and sister who fleeced her out of more than £2,500 walked free.

Big delays near motorway junction after has main collapse

The Northern Echo: TRAFFIC STOPPER: The scene at Chester-le-Street as gas engineers dig up the dual carriageway.         Picture: ANDY LAMB (9981274)

4:50pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014

GAS engineers have pledged to fix a broken gas main as quickly as possible to prevent a repetition of rush-hour traffic chaos.

Gas main collapse causes traffic chaos

The Northern Echo:

9:36am Wednesday 3rd September 2014

THE collapse of a gas main under a busy road caused knock-on traffic tailbacks at rush hour today (Wednesday, September 3).

Gardener wants his tools to go to a good home

The Northern Echo: : Allotment holder Malcolm Johnson who is wanting to donate some of his tools. Picture DAVID WOOD (9880486)

5:12pm Monday 1st September 2014

A GARDENER is offering to give away many of his gardening tools.

Warm reception for sing-a-long Frozen

The Northern Echo: SING ALONG: Student Jade Ballantine, centre, dressed for her role as Queen Elsa in Frozen performed to an audience in Sacriston Community Centre. Youngsters who dressed up to watch and join in the performance, from left Paige Gordon, 7, Lauren Simpson, 3,

3:55pm Thursday 28th August 2014

CHILDREN turned up in droves for a sing-along screening of the hit Disney film Frozen at a new mobile cinema.

Play suspended at Yorkshire v Durham after spectator suffers heart attack

The Northern Echo: Members of Unite who work for the Yorkshire Ambulance Service plan more strikes over claims that safety is being put at risk.

11:08am Thursday 28th August 2014

THE Yorkshire v Durham Royal London Cup quarter-final at Headingley was suspended for 30 minutes this morning after a spectator suffered a heart attack.

Fun day to open community cafe

The Northern Echo: Supporting new venture (9730441)

1:57pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

A VILLAGE will launch its new community cafe with a fun day.

New seats for village path

The Northern Echo: : Artist Jim Roberts (left) with Colin Reynolds from the Pelton Fell Community Partnership, Steven Craig, Clean and Green manager from Durham County Council and Lynne Miller, Senior Projects Officer from Groundworks (right) with one of the new benches as

5:55pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

A WELL-used footpath in a former colliery village is getting a makeover.

Cottage damaged by fire in Ouston

1:17am Tuesday 26th August 2014

A COTTAGE on the West Line Industrial Estate, Ouston, County Durham was severely damaged by fire last night (Monday).

Blaze wrecks cottage

The Northern Echo: Three crews tackled blaze (9684409)

4:31pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

A COTTAGE was badly damaged in a blaze thought to have been started by a log burning fire.

Voyeur covertly filmed boys and young men in "private situations", court told.

The Northern Echo: Stephen Stonehouse given suspended sentence for covert filming of young men and boys.

9:00pm Sunday 24th August 2014

A VOYEUR secretly filmed boys and young men for his own sexual gratification, a court was told.

Pregnant mother-of-two jailed after trying to smuggle drugs into prison

6:35am Saturday 23rd August 2014

A PREGNANT mother-of-two has been jailed for six months after she tried to smuggle up to £2,500 worth of drugs into prison.

Student gets A grade despite bus crash trauma

The Northern Echo: Charlotte Crawford who was involved in the Stanley bus crash on the day of her English language exam - for which she got an A. Picture: DOUG MOODY (9562153)

6:51am Friday 22nd August 2014

A STAR student who went from the wreckage of an horrific bus crash to sit a GCSE exam is celebrating an A grade for the paper.

Chester-le-Street arts project gets funding to put the town in the picture

The Northern Echo: Directors (left to right): Gillian Westrip, Sharon Gollan, Miranda Petersen, Tracey Barnes and Anne Proctor. (9520459)

3:55pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

AN arts project is celebrating its first birthday with a big funding boost.

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.



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