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Charity night to help other sufferers of rare condition

The Northern Echo: CHARITY NIGHT: Irene and Alan Nattress who are holding a fundraiser in aid of the National Amyloidosis Centre.

5:05pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

A CHARITY night to help sufferers of a rare condition organised by a North-East couple has won the backing of a world famous British actor.

Three injured - one seriously - in two car smash at Medomsley

The Northern Echo:

8:11pm Saturday 23rd August 2014

A MAN was airlifted to hospital with serious head and pelvic injuriesthis afternoon after a collision involving two cars at Medomsley, County Durham.

Village takes delivery of defibrillator

The Northern Echo: NEW DEFIBRILLATOR: The Punch Bowl pub in Satley, near Lanchester, has installed a heart defibrillator after money was raised in the village. Pictured are, from the left, Colin Hodgson, Charlie Dobinson, Gavin Clark and David Gibson, all from Satley Parish

4:43pm Friday 22nd August 2014

AN ISOLATED rural community has taken charge of a new defibrillator for use in case of emergency.

Arsonists spark police appeal

The Northern Echo: OPERATION RELENTLESS: Four arrested in police raids

11:45am Friday 22nd August 2014

POLICE are appealing for information after arsonists lit fires in a farmer’s field near Lanchester twice in a matter of days. Officers say someone went into a field off the Lanchester Valley Walk, near Dora’s Wood, on Monday, placed cut straw at the foot of a beech tree and set fire to it.

Centre closing for repairs

The Northern Echo: Aileen Johnson (left,)  Kathleen Slater, Eileen Hopper, Ken Harris and Dorothy McNally from the Blackhill Art Group, one of the many local organisations which the soon-to-be renovated Blackhill Community Centre.

4:06pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

USERS of a community centre have been warned it is expected to remain out of use for up to six weeks while repairs are carried out, from next month.

Lanchester Dairies fined £10,000 for safety failings after worker's fall

The Northern Echo:

3:39pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

A DAIRY has been fined £10,000 for safety failings after a worker suffered life-changing injuries in a fall.

Rugby match to help tragic dad's young son

The Northern Echo: Jordon Graham with his mum Claire, dad Martin and sister Carly (9252422)

2:32pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

A RUGBY benefit match is to take place in memory of a young man who died in a tragic accident.

Party for woman born in early days of First World War

The Northern Echo: CENTURY AGO: Halem Ward who celebrates her 100th birthday pictured as a baby with her older sister Mary and her mother May

5:21pm Monday 11th August 2014

A WOMAN born days after her father was sent to serve in the First World War has celebrated her 100th birthday.

Mother’s campaign in memory of baby Brooklyn

The Northern Echo: FUNDRAISING TRIBUTE: Kayleigh Southern is raising money for a children's heart unit and her son Brooklyn's headstone Picture: TOM BANKS

5:19pm Monday 11th August 2014

A MOTHER is raising money for a children's hospital in memory of her 16-month-old son who died last month.

Woman born days after outbreak of First World War joins the 100 club like her sister

The Northern Echo:

5:06pm Monday 11th August 2014

A WOMAN born days after war was declared on Germany at the start of World War One has celebrated her 100th birthday.

Charity days to commemorate outbreak of First World War

The Northern Echo: WAR COMMEMORATION:From left: Guardsman Alastair MacFarlane, Helen Hall, of I Support A Hero, Lance Corporal Stevie Bennett, George McKay, of the Consett branch of the Royal British Legion and Guardsman John Hughes.

4:37pm Monday 11th August 2014

A CHARITY day commemorating the outbreak of World War One has been held in North-East.

Pizza the action at Stanley bowls club

The Northern Echo:

1:27pm Friday 8th August 2014

A BOWLING club in north Durham has widened its appeal within the community by opening an Italian restaurant.

Tributes paid to former councillor

The Northern Echo: TRIBUTES PAID: Mary Page during her time as chairman of Derwentside District Council

5:44pm Tuesday 5th August 2014

TRIBUTES have been paid following the death of the first female chairman of Derwentside District Council.

Staff ride to raise money for charity

The Northern Echo: Staff ride to raise money for charity

3:00pm Monday 4th August 2014

BUILDING society staff in north Durham have pedalled their way to the end of a long-distance charity bike ride without ever leaving home turf.

Dodgy DJ spared jail for £13k benefit fraud

The Northern Echo: Ramside Hall Hotel, near Durham, where Lowery worked as a DJ

6:03am Monday 4th August 2014

A DISC jockey at a renowned hotel was playing the fiddle as well as the hits as he fraudulently claimed benefits totalling more than £13,000.

Hospice funds boosted by the Tour de Branch

The Northern Echo: (8861257)

1:44pm Sunday 3rd August 2014

STAFF from the Consett branch of the North-East’s biggest building society did their own Tour de France without leaving the office.

Derwentside Homes Welfare Rights Team helps tenants claim £2m in benefits and grants

The Northern Echo: Derwentside Homes (6297238)

4:14pm Friday 1st August 2014

A WELFARE team has been praised for helping tenants claim £2m in benefits and grants.

Pair get back into work with help from housing association

The Northern Echo: HELPING HAND: Joe O’Brien, Director of Lamplas Polymer Engineering (left) with new employees Danny Gill and David Williams.

1:54pm Friday 1st August 2014

TWO unemployed men have started a new career after help from a scheme run by a housing association.

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.

Protest at Israeli bombing of Gaza

The Northern Echo: FEELINGS EXPRESSED: A protest over the attacks on Gaza staged in Middlesbrough town centre with protestors lying on the street to symbolise the dead.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (8795802)

7:25pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

ABOUT 80 people played dead on a busy town centre street this evening WEDNESDAY in protest at Israel’s bombing of Gaza.

Fire station to hold open day

2:47pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

A FIRE station is to hold an open day to promote health and fitness for adults and children.

Family of teenager who died after assault launch fresh bid for justice

The Northern Echo: INQUEST APPEAL: The family of Kristian Thompson are urging the Attorney General's Office to order a fresh inquest into the teenager's death.

3:16pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

THE family of a North-East teenager who died ten months after being punched has launched a fresh bid to prove the attack caused his death.

Holiday accommodation at Knitsley Mill approved

The Northern Echo: County Hall, Durham, home of Durham County Council (6122845)

3:12pm Monday 28th July 2014

COUNCILLORS have approved plans for holiday accommodation next to a rural pub despite concerns about flooding and the scheme becoming a residential development.

Woman jailed for sadistic attack on vulnerable man

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

2:33pm Friday 25th July 2014

A WOMAN who carried out sadistic attacks on a vulnerable man has been jailed for 18 months.

New meters installed in fight against fuel poverty

The Northern Echo: NEW METERS: Vicky McCourt and Trevor Smith, both Derwentside Homes, inspect one of the smart prepayment meters which have been installed in a property at Moorside.

1:14pm Friday 25th July 2014

NEW prepayment meters are being installed in hundreds of homes to help residents pay for their gas and electricity.

Children's project to look after the humble bumble bee

The Northern Echo: BUZZY BEES: CHildren from the Grove Primary School with some of the bee-friendly equipment donated by housebuilder David Wilson Homes

12:29pm Thursday 24th July 2014

SCHOOLCHILDREN are keeping buzzy by offering a helping hand to the bumble bee.

Hundreds enjoy party in the park

The Northern Echo: SUMMER FUN: One of the acts as at Consett's Party In The Park

12:59pm Monday 21st July 2014

HUNDREDS of people enjoyed an annual party in the sunshine at the weekend.

Opencast plan wins council backing

The Northern Echo: (8372855)

2:03pm Sunday 20th July 2014

PLANS for a controversial opencast mine that requires the backing of two neighbouring authorities have cleared the first hurdle.

Great-grandmother dies after care home attack

The Northern Echo:

1:56pm Friday 18th July 2014

DETECTIVES are investigating after a great-grandmother died after she was attacked in a care home.

Prizes for pupils work to remember WW1 victims

The Northern Echo: GREAT WAR PRIZE WINNERS: Competition winners from St. Bede's RC school in Lanchester with school staff and event organisers. Pictured are; Shaun Bailey from I support a hero, art subject leader Caroline Dunbar, pupils Aaron Crozier, Jessica Goulbourn,

6:58pm Thursday 17th July 2014

PRIZES are being given to pupils for their work to commemorate the First World War.

Dorothy hangs up her lollipop after 37 years

The Northern Echo: GOODBYE CHEER: Pupils at Shotley Bridge Infants say farewell to lollipop lady Dorothy Locker after 37 years service.      Picture: ANDY LAMB (8301211)

4:15pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

A SCHOOL crossing patrol lady is hanging up her lollipop after almost 40 years.

Teenager taken to hospital after car crash

The Northern Echo: ROAD ACCIDENT: Alan Cowie was killed on January 28 on the A19, North Yorkshire.

1:56pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

POLICE are appealing for witnesses to a car crash which left a teenager in hospital.

Body found in search for Consett man who went missing on way to work

The Northern Echo: MISSING MAN: Dean Robson

1:30pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

POLICE searching for a 22-year-old man who was reported missing yesterday have found a body, officers confirmed this afternoon.

Former lap dancing club wins nightclub licence

The Northern Echo: CHANGES PROPOSED: Durham County Council

4:02pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

A CONTROVERSIAL lap dancing club can reopen as a nightclub, councillors have decided.

Licence granted for former nightclub with conditions

The Northern Echo:

3:15pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

A CONTROVERSIAL lap dancing club can reopen as a nightclub, councillors have decided.

Progress for plans for free school

The Northern Echo: (8127062)

12:02pm Sunday 13th July 2014

PROPOSALS to create a free school on a former north Durham industrial site have been shortlisted for consideration by the Government.

Gang jailed for eight years for armed stand-off

The Northern Echo: Andrew Wright, who has been jailed for five years (8116377)

9:40pm Friday 11th July 2014

A GANG armed themselves with a gun, a samurai sword and a sledgehammer before setting off on a revenge mission - provoking a major armed police response.

Police arrest three people on suspicion of drug offences

5:48pm Friday 11th July 2014

TWO men and a woman have been arrested today (Friday, July 11) on suspicion of drug offences.

Controversial club could reopen its doors

The Northern Echo:

3:56pm Friday 11th July 2014

COUNCILLORS will next week discuss whether a controversial lap dancing club can reopen as a nightclub.

Cannabis farmer jailed over "significant commercial enterprise"

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

6:22pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

A DOMESTIC cannabis growing operation was considered on such a scale that a judge classed it as, “a significant commercial enterprise”.

New play area for primary school

The Northern Echo: NEW PITCH: Councillor Stephen Robinson (left) and John O'Connor from Benfieldside, Blackhill, Bridgehill and Shotley Bridge Community Partnership (right) attend the opening of the new play area at St Mary's RC Primary School with pupils Tilly Lock

4:40pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

CHILDREN from a north Durham school got a new play area after writing to their local councillors.

Cash to fund play area for children

5:03pm Monday 7th July 2014

MONEY from an energy firm is being used to create a new play area in north Durham.

Village show hoping for revival in fortunes

The Northern Echo: GREAT DANE: Jason Hugill with Larry the Great Dane from Middlesbrough in the showring at Lanchester Show.        Picture: ANDY LAMB (7897701)

5:43pm Sunday 6th July 2014

A VILLAGE agricultural show hopes to return to its former glories after taking formative steps over the weekend.

Dogs called to heel to help children's charity

The Northern Echo: TIME FOR WALKIES: Charity to stage dog walk in Gibside grounds

1:31pm Friday 4th July 2014

A CHARITY is calling on pet lovers and their four-legged friends to take part in a sponsored dog walk.

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.

Death crash suspect quizzed by police

4:41pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014

A MOTORIST suspected of causing the death of his friend by trying evade police in a late night chase has been bailed pending further inquiries.

Visually impaired Consett man takes the wheel for charity

The Northern Echo: CHARITY FUNDRIASER: Paul James (31) who plans to take part in a blind driving event for charity. Picture: DAVID WOOD (7481537)

1:57pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014

A DISABLED man from the North-East has raised almost £550 for charity by taking part in a blind drive.

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