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


Exhibition recalls the Great War

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.

Closure-threatened bowls clubs were promised £350k

The Northern Echo: GRASS CUTTING DISPUTE: General view of the Riverside Gardens Bowling Greens home of Chester le Street Bowling Club. Picture: DAVID WOOD (7615830)

12:02am Friday 11th July 2014

BOWLS clubs facing an uncertain future under council cutbacks were promised nearly £350,000-worth of investment just two years ago, The Northern Echo can reveal.

Primary school plan set for approval

The Northern Echo: Looking to close infant school

3:17pm Thursday 10th July 2014

PLANS to create a single primary school for an area of Chester-le-Street could be approved next week.

Bid to seize drug profit cash from convicted cannabis farmer and rapist

The Northern Echo: Court bid to seize drug sale cash from convicted rapist and cannabis farmer Eiraj Zarazadeh put back at Durham Crown Court

5:04pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

A BID to confiscate potentially hundreds of thousands of pounds from a convicted rapist and cannabis farmer has been delayed until October.

Under-performing children's centres face uncertain future under £1m cuts plan

The Northern Echo: CHANGES PROPOSED: Durham County Council

4:37pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

NEARLY two-thirds of a county’s children’s centres face an uncertain future, after council chiefs admitted they had not produced the hoped-for impact for the poorest children.

Force-wide crackdown on teen tipplers

The Northern Echo: : Alan Simpson from CAP (Community Alcohol Partnership) speaking at the launch of Operation ARIES (Alcohol, Related, Intervention, Enforcement, Support) event at the Town Hall in Durham. Picture: DAVID WOOD (7981961)

12:02am Wednesday 9th July 2014

UNDER-age drinkers across County Durham and Darlington are the target of a major campaign launched today (Tuesday, July 8).

Theatre school children prepare for first stage show

The Northern Echo: STAGE SET: Children in dress rehearsals for I Love You Miss Hannigan routine from Annie. Left to right: Sara Allen, Chloe Johnson, Natalie Mannion, Isla Cowan, Kierra Smith, Jessica Smith, Sophie Robinson, Kiera Scotter, Kate Roseberry and Grace Tweddle.

11:58am Wednesday 9th July 2014

CHILDREN from a theatre school are putting the finishing touches to their first summer showcase.

Woman jailed for heroin-fuelled attack

The Northern Echo: Ex-finance manager given suspended prison sentence at Durham Crown Court for defrauding small Crook company

7:12am Monday 7th July 2014

A WOMAN was kicked in the face by a heroin user until she lost consciousness, a court heard.

Young driver jailed following dangerous pursuit

The Northern Echo: Ex-finance manager given suspended prison sentence at Durham Crown Court for defrauding small Crook company

12:54pm Sunday 6th July 2014

A YOUNG unlicensed motorist was jailed over what a judge labelled “a prolonged piece of bad driving”.

Appeal after family pet cats poisoned

The Northern Echo: Devastated young cat owner Rowan Hutchinson pictured with Rocky, one of his two pets put down after suspected poisoning

12:30pm Sunday 6th July 2014

A FAMILY has been left heartbroken following the death of their two pet cats, both believed to have been poisoned.

Clampdown over misuse of blue badges

The Northern Echo: Durham County Council's planning committee approved the  barn plan in Oakenshaw

5:58pm Friday 4th July 2014

TRAFFIC wardens will be cracking down on motorists who misuse disabled parking badges.

Jury fails to reach verdict in school head teacher indecent assault trial

The Northern Echo: ACCLAIMED HEADTEACHER: Anne Lakey arrives at Durham Crown Court for her trial

12:23pm Friday 4th July 2014

THE jury in the trial of a highflying head teacher accused of sex offences against a teenage boy has failed to reach a verdict.

Church launches appeal to secure its future

The Northern Echo: : General view of St Peter's and St John's Anglican and Methodist Church in Sacriston. Picture: DAVID WOOD (7738842)

12:41pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

A VILLAGE Methodist church faces an uncertain future after a sharing arrangement with Anglicans ended.

Jury out in Durham school head sex trial

The Northern Echo: DENIES CHARGES: Anne Lakey arriving at Durham Crown Court for second day of trial over alleged relationship with underage boy

1:25pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014

THE jury in the trial of a school head accused of having sex with a teenage boy has gone out to consider its verdict.

School head sex trial jurors urged to forget Rolf Harris and other celebrity cases

The Northern Echo: ACCLAIMED HEADTEACHER: Anne Lakey arrives at Durham Crown Court for her trial

7:44pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

JURORS were today (July 1) told to forget recent high profile cases when considering their verdict in the trial of a school head accused of having sex with a teenage boy.

More flood protection work for Chester-le-Street

The Northern Echo: : General view of Front Street in Chester le Street. Picture: DAVID WOOD (7736878)

3:52pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

THE latest phase of a flood protection scheme for 120 Chester-le-Street homes and businesses starts this month.

School head Anne Lakey thought teen sex claim was 'hoax'

The Northern Echo:

6:54pm Monday 30th June 2014

AN acclaimed school head said she thought an email claiming she had a sexual relationship with a teenage boy was “a hoax”.

We're jacking it in - council cutbacks threaten bowls clubs

The Northern Echo: GRASS CUTTING DISPUTE: General view of the Riverside Gardens Bowling Greens home of Chester le Street Bowling Club. Picture: DAVID WOOD (7615830)

6:04am Monday 30th June 2014

BOWLS players fear long-established North-East clubs could be forced to close under council funding cutbacks.

Runners don animal-themed fancy dress

The Northern Echo: CHARITY EVENT: Runners take part in the Lambton Run. Picture: DAVID WOOD

6:08pm Sunday 29th June 2014

RUNNERS in animal-themed fancy dress were a colourful sight as they jogged through the grounds of a North-East estate.

National stage for young dancers

The Northern Echo: Some of the young dancers who will compete at the National Festival of Fitness, Movement and Dance

6:05pm Sunday 29th June 2014

TWO dance groups have been chosen to represent the region at a national festival.

School head labels teen sex claim as "fantasy"

The Northern Echo: DENIES CHARGES: Anne Lakey arriving at Durham Crown Court for second day of trial over alleged relationship with underage boy

6:07pm Friday 27th June 2014

A SCHOOL head dismissed allegations that she had sexual relations with a young teenage boy as “fantasy” and “a figment” of her accuser’s imagination.

Hoping to reach the highest peak for charity

4:40pm Friday 27th June 2014

A WOMAN from Chester-le-Street is climbing Ben Nevis for the Alzheimer’s Society in memory of her grandfather.

Runners on their marks for annual event

The Northern Echo: FUN RUN: Both runs will take place in grounds of Lambton Estate

3:30pm Friday 27th June 2014

ABOUT 1,000 runners of all ages will be on the starting line for an annual fundraising run.

Athletics event reaches 50th anniversary

The Northern Echo: The 50th annual meeting for primary schools of the Chester-le-Street Junior Schools Athletic Association at the Riverside, Chester-le-Street.  Action from a girls' 60m heat.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (7555314)

1:30pm Friday 27th June 2014

AN athletics association has hosted its 50th annual district sports event.

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