Covering Lanchester, Shotley Bridge, Ebchester, Medomsley, Leadgate, Delves Lane, Castleside, Moorside, Dipton


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BOMB disposal experts carried out a controlled explosion on a small quantity of out-of-date flares and fireworks on Woody Close, Delves Lane, Consett, this morning.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

Drivers badly hurt after car crash on outskirts of Consett

The Northern Echo: Emergency services on the scene of the crash on Wednesday afternoon

11:12am Thursday 28th August 2014

POLICE are investigating after a collision between two cars, which injured both drivers.

Two rescued after Consett crash

8:12pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

TWO people were rescued after a two-car collision in Consett.

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.

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