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Chester-le-Street News

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


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

FINAL: The team from Hermitage Academy who will take part in he competition at the British Library

Sixth formers reach final of national debating contest

TRAGEDY: Scene of last week's accident in Sacriston

Elderly pedestrian dies in hospital after road accident

RETURN: Back Into The Wild entertain the crowds at last year's Fake Festival at Chester-le-Street.

Fake Festival makes return to Chester-le-Street

Firefighters dampening down the stables in the wake of the overnight fire on April 20.

Plans drawn up to rebuild arson-hit stables

HELP: From left to right, top row: Di Tute, PC Lee Jackson, Joyce Shaw, PC Michelle Williamson. Front row: Joan Durran, Jane Brown and Reverend Anne Jeffery

Staying safe on nights out in north Durham

BLAST: David Harker, Durham County Cricket Club chief executive, and Barbara Gubbins, chief executive of County Durham Community Foundation, prepare for Big Birthday Blast

Celebrate your big day at region's biggest birthday party

CRITICAL: Elderly woman injured in Sacriston accident

Elderly woman critical after accident

CAUGHT: Paramedic William Mitchell has been struck off.

Paramedic who groped patient in back of ambulance is struck off

STAGE: Park View School students working with primary pupils on new show

Primary pupils prepare to take to the stage

HONOUR: Allyson Rose with Chester-le-Street Amateur Rowing Club head coach Steven Thompson

Oarsome Allyson is honoured by rowing club

FUN: (l-r) Our House cast members Lucy McCabe, Joe Coulson, Phil Martin, Gary Eglinton, Adam Donald, Emma Scott and Charlotte Archer

Theatre group prepared for summer Madness

FINISH: The cycling team at the finishing point

Charity worker completes coast to castle fundraising ride

LONG SERVICE: David Cheetham, right, with Go North East managing director Kevin Carr, centre, and fellow long-serving employee Stuart Irwin, left

50 years on the buses for fitter Dave

WINNER: Jordy Armstrong, nine, comes first past the post in the Colourama 5K race at Durham on Saturday. Picture: ANDY LAMB  (28244820)

Nine-year-old with arthritis sets up a group for other children

Two men arrested by armed police in Chester-le-Street

Two men arrested by armed police in Chester-le-Street

SENTENCE: Andrea Nicholson, who walked free from Durham Crown Court after receiving a suspended prison sentence today (June 4). Picture: TOM BANKS

Woman who stole from elderly relative spared prison after paying back the entire sum

FUNDING: David Harker, Durham County Cricket Club's chief executive.

Cricket club moves closer to delivering new nursery ground


Lumley Castle near Chester-le-Street placed on market with price tag of £6m

BIRTHDAY: Pupils and staff of St Benet's RC School, Ouston, celebrate the school's 40th birthday. Picture: TOM BANKS (27845321)

School celebrates 40th anniversary

Darlington police have launched an amnesty yesterday, for the return of their missing yellow traffic cones (27726069)

Motorway roadworks are postponed

RELIEF: Defendant Susan Roche has spoken of relief after two-year burden of assault allegation is lifted following jury's unanimous 'not guilty' verdict.

Accused speaks of relief after being cleared of attack on terminally-ill father's partner

JAILED: Kevin Lee, jailed for latest offences of dishonesty, while also recalled to serve remainder of previous five-year sentence

Regular offender back behind bars after being caught with burglary haul

ACCUSED: Susan Roche pictured leaving Durham Crown Court, where she was giving evidence on second day of trial.

Attack accused claims she was only trying to calm terminally-ill father's "manic" partner

NEW HOME: Andrea Sinclair at her new home at The Green, Nettlesworth

Grass is Green-er at new estate


Man cleans up own drunken graffiti spree

SHINE-ON: Durham cricketers (left to right) Graham Onions, Jamie Harrison and Ryan Buckley admire the club's new floodlights.

Let there be light!

New Foodbank opens

ACCUSED: Susan Roche pictured leaving Durham Crown Court after an earlier hearing in case

Court told woman attacked terminally-ill father's partner

FUTURISTIC: Richard Coates and Dinish Kumar

New software allows home buyers to take virtual tour of properties

Durham Crown Court told defendant's initial claims may have been genuine, but offending then spanned years from 2004 to 2010.

Businessman jailed for VAT refund claims on bogus overseas sales

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