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NEWS FROM YOUR AREA

Fresh jobs blow for town with news that secure training centre is to close

The Northern Echo:

1:22pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

A NORTH-EAST MP has spoken of her shock at learning a secure training centre is to be closed.

Delivery men admit selling fake vodka

The Northern Echo: ILLEGAL VODKA: PCSO Michelle Williamson and Sergeant  Tim Robson from the Alcohol Reduction Team with just some of the illegal vodka seized during the operation in Stanley.

4:55pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

TWO men have appeared in court charged with selling potentially lethal counterfeit vodka using an illegal drink delivery service.

Job hopes in food producer deal

The Northern Echo: FOOD PRODUCTION: Production line workers pictured previously at Tanfield Foods, in Consett, County Durham

2:43pm Monday 20th October 2014

A CONVENIENCE food maker has revealed plans to create North-East jobs after buying a specialist firm.

Man arrested after pensioner conned

6:59pm Friday 17th October 2014

A PENSIONER was targeted by a doorstep caller who persuaded him to part with hundreds of pounds in exchange for poor-quality clothing.

MP backs protesters over opencast plan

The Northern Echo: NURSERY FEARS: North West Durham MP Pat Glass

5:19pm Friday 17th October 2014

AN MP has raised concerns about a mining company’s ability to complete the restoration of an opencast site after coal has been extracted.

Pick axe handle man jailed

The Northern Echo: Dixon was sentenced at Durham Crown Court

4:02pm Friday 17th October 2014

A MAN who brandished a pick axe handle outside in a North-East nightspot has been jailed for a year.

Coal company says restoration of opencast will ultimately enhance valley

The Northern Echo: PLANNING INQUIRY: UK Coal will move hedgerows as part of the restoration proposals for the Bradley site

5:10pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

A COAL company has insisted that its restoration of a proposed opencast site will ultimately enhance a country valley.

Woman in court over death of man lying in road

6:22pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

A WOMAN has appeared in court accused of causing the death by careless driving of a student lying in the road.

Tandem duo’s charity bike ride

The Northern Echo: Matty Stephenson, at the back, and James Gilbert, in front, are cycling to Oxford from Stanley

5:37pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

TWO young men are cycling from Stanley in County Durham to Oxford on a tandem bike to raise money for a homeless charity.

Man flown to hospital

The Northern Echo: The Great North Air Ambulance on the Derwent Walk at Medomsley

5:49pm Monday 13th October 2014

AN elderly man was airlifted to hospital after collapsing in an area popular with walkers.

Wine warehouse gets go-ahead

The Northern Echo: Wine merchant Simon Wrightson at his Colburn warehouse. (11354498)

2:37pm Saturday 11th October 2014

A WINE bottling company has been granted planning permission for a new warehouse which it says could create up to 70 new jobs.

Art inspired by childhood during Consett’s steel era

The Northern Echo: WILD ROVERS: Phil recalls people breaking into songs in Consett pubs while the rest of the punters just got on with their drinks.

12:02am Friday 10th October 2014

PAINTINGS featuring people of the North-East set against a backdrop of heavy industry are forming part of a forthcoming exhibition.

Mining company accused of "bullying philosophy" at opencast inquiry

The Northern Echo: PLANNING INQUIRY: Opencast campaigners claim red kites are attracting more tourists to the Derwent Valley

1:21pm Friday 10th October 2014

A MINING company has been accused of adopting “a bullying philosophy” over its plans for an opencast in a country valley.

Another 15 servicemen added to village memorial to mark anniversary of First World War

The Northern Echo:

4:25pm Thursday 9th October 2014

THE names of 15 men who lost their lives as a result of the First World War have been added to a village memorial to mark the centenary of the conflict.

America stage success for former am dram star Billie

The Northern Echo: (11224451)

1:38pm Thursday 9th October 2014

A PERFORMER from the North-East has completed the run of a new play by a five-time Tony nominated playwright.

Union brands crisp factory consultation talks 'a sham'

The Northern Echo:

10:58am Wednesday 8th October 2014

UNION bosses have branded the consultation process into a threatened North-East crisp factory as a sham.

Another public inquiry over Leadgate opencast plan

4:30pm Tuesday 7th October 2014

A SECOND public inquiry over controversial plans to create an opencast coalmine in north Durham countryside is underway.

Review into urgent care service in County Durham and Darlington

2:13pm Friday 3rd October 2014

A REVIEW into urgent and emergency care services across County Durham and Darlington is being carried out, it has emerged.

Motorist admits causing death of passenger by dangerous driving, while over the limit

The Northern Echo:

7:21pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

A MAN has admitted causing the death of a friend by dangerous driving, while over the drink-drive limit.

Building society staff workers go the extra mile for Willow Burn Hospice

6:49pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

TWO members of staff of a north Durham building society have gone the extra mile – or 13 – to raise £1,000 for a local hospice.

Girls among youngest ever legion members

The Northern Echo: NEW RECUIT: 8 year old Chiana Gray who has become an honorary junior member of the Royal British Legion.

6:33pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

A LITTLE girl who was moved following a First World War commemoration service is becoming one of the Royal British Legion’s youngest members.

Grandmother who took up karate after neighbour attack becomes black belt at 71

The Northern Echo: BLACK BELT: Liz Lawson

6:03am Saturday 27th September 2014

A GRANDMOTHER who took up karate after being assaulted by a neighbour has become a black belt at the age of 71.

Golden bolt installed in Consett Academy frame

The Northern Echo: GOLDEN BOLT: (from left) Michael Rutherford, Carillion project manager, Councillor Ossie Johnson, Durham County Council’s Cabinet member for children and young people’s services, Consett Academy student Adam Davison and principal Kevin Reynold

4:54pm Thursday 25th September 2014

A CEREMONIAL golden bolt has been fitted into place to celebrate a landmark in the development of a £43m school and sports complex.

Police shock at age of youngster's drinking alcohol in north Durham

The Northern Echo: (10592587)

7:52pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

POLICE have spoken of their shock at the age of children they are finding drinking alcohol in north Durham – with booze seized from some as young as 12.

Controlled explosion

6:14pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

BOMB disposal experts carried out a controlled explosion on a small quantity of out-of-date flares and fireworks on Woody Close, Delves Lane, Consett, this morning. (Tuesday, September 23)

Hassockfield Secure Training Centre gets good report

5:33pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

A SECURE training centre has been given a good inspection report with several excellent ratings by an educational watchdog.

Fatal driver was speeding and over drink-drive limit

The Northern Echo:

5:20pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

A CORONER has recorded a verdict of accidental death after hearing a young father was double the drink-drive limit when he crashed his girlfriend's car.

Olympic gymnast visits primary school children

The Northern Echo: SPECIAL VISITOR: Retired Commonwealth Games gold medal winning gymnast Craig Heap talks to pupils during his visit to Delves Lane Junior School.

5:45pm Monday 22nd September 2014

OLYMPIC gymnast Craig Heap has made an inspirational visit to a North-East primary school.

Walk to raise awareness of second opencast inquiry

The Northern Echo: PROTEST WALK: Opencast protestors hold walk to near Dipton to raise awareness of the public inquiry over a long running development saga.

5:23pm Sunday 21st September 2014

CAMPAIGNERS fighting plans for an opencast mine in the North-East have staged a protest walk.

Major opposition to Lanchester housing plan

10:26am Sunday 21st September 2014

CONTROVERSIAL plans to create a housing estate on the outskirts of a picturesque village are being revised following a surge of public opposition.

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.

Careers advice for students from MP

The Northern Echo: CAREER ADVICE: Pat Glass MP talks to students Samantha Johnson, Reece Taylor and Rebecca Davidson during her visit to Derwentside College in Consett.

5:35pm Friday 19th September 2014

YOUNG people in north Durham have been getting careers advice from their local MP.

Fatal crash suspect in court

The Northern Echo:

1:54pm Thursday 18th September 2014

A MAN has appeared in court charged in connection with a fatal crash following a police chase that led to the death of a businessman and father-of-two.

Arrests follow bike thefts from Tilly and her sisters

The Northern Echo: Tilly, Lucy-Anna and Tia Lockey

1:52pm Thursday 18th September 2014

THREE men and a woman have been arrested following theft of three children’s bikes belonging to a girl who lost her hands after contracting meningitis as a baby and her sisters.

Magical carpet ride for Consett theatregoers

The Northern Echo: PANTO CAST: Players from this years performance of Aladdin at Consett Empire Theatre.           Picture: ANDY LAMB   (10485253)

4:30pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

AN ACTION-PACKED magical carpet ride filled with adventure, glittering costumes, special effects is promised when a north Durham theatre stages its annual pantomime this year.

Party punch left engagement guest with broken jaw

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

6:14pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

AN irate guest at an engagement party broke the jaw of a distant relative who was trying to calm him, a court was told.

Best exam results ever for Consett charity

The Northern Echo: EXAM SUCCESS: Consett and District YMCA chief executive, Billy Robson with Pat Glass MP with star student Cameron Charlton (16) following his exam success.

5:42pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

A CHARITY is celebrating after getting its best set of exam results ever for its alternative education programme.

Crisp factory closure not certain, says MP

The Northern Echo: CRISP FACTORY: Pat Glass MP outside KP Snacks in Consett.

6:32pm Monday 15th September 2014

CLOSING a North-East crisp factory may not be a ‘done deal’, an MP has said ahead of a meeting with business secretary Vince Cable.

Thieves steal bikes from Tilly and her sisters

The Northern Echo: BIKES STOLEN: Tilly, Lucy-Anna and Tia Lockey

4:40pm Monday 15th September 2014

THIEVES who stole three children’s bikes, including one belonging to a girl who lost her hands after contracting meningitis as a baby, have been branded "mindless".

Investigation into abusive bus driver still ongoing

The Northern Echo: DRIVER SUSPENDED: Cyclist Jack Smith took video footage of the bus driver he claimed verbally abused him

4:11pm Friday 12th September 2014

AN INVESTIGATION into an abusive bus driver is still on-going.

Bus driver suspended after being caught on camera abusing cyclist and mocking his speech impediment

The Northern Echo: DRIVER SUSPENDED: Cyclist Jack Smith took video footage of the bus driver he claimed verbally abused him

6:32am Wednesday 10th September 2014

A BUS driver has been suspended after being caught on video verbally abusing a young cyclist training for a charity ride in memory of his brother.

Consett man was found hanged, inquest told

5:51pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

A YOUNG man who was found hanged in woodland near his home intended to take his own life, a coroner ruled today. (Wednesday, September 10)

Raccoon spotted in Chopwell garden

The Northern Echo: On the fence: The raccoon photographed by Ralph Lowes.

12:51am Wednesday 10th September 2014

THEY are more usually spotted in North America, so you can imagine the surprise of one North-East householder when he came across this unusual sight in his back garden.

Craft fair to send Scouts to Japan

The Northern Echo: Dominic Biasi and Jude Shilcock prepare for the 23rd World Scout Jamboree (10064510)

6:04pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

TWO Scouts have been chosen to represent the region at a worldwide jamboree.

Play park opened to the public

The Northern Echo: PARK OPENING: Lord Devonport Chairman of Project Genesis Trust (left) joins Morris Muter, Chair of the Dysart Group at the official opening on Fawcett Park in Consett.

5:26pm Monday 8th September 2014

A PUBLIC park celebrating Consett’s industrial heritage has opened on the town’s former steelworks site.

War hero honoured with street naming in Hamsterley Colliery

The Northern Echo: : Gilly Mills (left) neice of Bombardier Robery Key unveils the plaque in Hamsterley Colliery with Geraldine Kay, Chief Executive of Derwentside Homes and Francine Charpentier, Membre de Notre Association on who attended the event on behalf on the people

6:33am Saturday 6th September 2014

A STREET was yesterday (Friday, September 5) named in honour of a war hero 70 years after he died in a grenade explosion saving the lives of a group of children.

Date set for inquiry into controversial opencast mining plan

4:00pm Friday 5th September 2014

RESIDENTS are gearing up for another fight to stop opencast mining near their homes.

Home of Phileas Fogg crisps facing closure

The Northern Echo:

6:00am Friday 5th September 2014

PLANS to close a North-East crisp factory which once made a household name of a County Durham town were revealed last night.

Capital effort as firefighter completes gruelling London to Newcastle cycle ride

The Northern Echo: FINISH LINE: Steven Birbeck completes his gruelling cycle ride

4:29pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

A FIREFIGHTER has completed a challenging cycle ride from London to Newcastle in less than 24 hours.

Suspended prison sentence for restaurateur who secretly filmed himself having sex with a young woman

The Northern Echo:

5:49pm Monday 1st September 2014

A RESTAURATEUR secretly filmed himself having sex with a teenage woman, a court was told.



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