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Consett News

EARNINGS: David Soulsby, pictured in 2004

Fraudster couple who made £100,000 will pay back just £5 each

EAT: Blackhill Comrades Club has now started a Heat And Eat project to provide free evening meals to people who are struggling, including older people and lonely. Pictured are Heather McDonald, Terri Lee-Shield and Matthew Sandford preparing a meal. Pictu

Free hot meals and chance to socialise at Blackhill Comrades Club

RAIDS: Drugs have been seized following raids in Consett and Hamsterley Colliery

Drug arrests in Consett and Hamsterley Colliery

SOLAR: The site of a proposed solar farm in Templetown, Consett. Picture: TOM BANKS. (39821044)

Plans unveiled for major solar farm on outskirts of Consett

JAILED: Calvin John Chapman, given nine year prison sentence and made subject of registration as a sex offender, indefinitely.

Rapist jailed for nine years for sustained assault

HONOURS: The awards evening was held at The Empire Theatre in Consett.

Awards evening for community sports

OH YES IT IS: The cast of this year's panto 'Jack and the Beanstalk' at the Empire theatre, Consett. Beth Shannon (Maid Marian), Erin Laverick (Bo-Peep), Soner Dogan (Jedward Jellyspoon) and Laura Scott (Red Riding Hood).  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH. (40031581)

Empire Theatre launches its panto

CRASH: Three injured in crash on Medomsley Road

Police appeal after three hurt in Consett crash

LAUNCH: Lady Elsie Robson to open art exhibition

Lady Elsie to open hospice art show

QUILT: Quilters from Leadgate Community Centre have made a quilt to raise money for the Great North Air Ambulance. Picture: TOM BANKS. (39692367)

Leadgate Craft and Chat Club create patchwork quilt for Great North Air Ambulance

GRANTS: Meeting to take place in Ebchester about community funding

Wind farm cash available for community groups

HANDOVER: (l to r) Durham County Council Leader Cllr Simon Henig, DAMHA Chief Executive Paul Mullis and Dysart Developments Managing Director Mark Shortadd the finishing touches to a plaque marking the official handover of 30 new bungalows

Housebuilders complete 30 bungalow development

BRAVE: Caroline Tennant, who risked her own life to save her nieghbour from a house fire on Oakdale Road, Consett, . Picture: TOM BANKS. (39581715)

Mum risks her life to help neighbour as fire rips through home

WARNING: Recorder warns defendant that custody could be outcome on his return for sentence at Durham Crown Court next month.

Jail warning to man who started fires at rear of home

ALLOTMENT: An allotment for pupils at Villa Real School  Consett has been developed with the help from Consett Academy pupils, the scheme was run in conjunction with the Durham Agency Against Crime. Pictured Laura Reay 14 from Villa Real School and Morgan

MEMBERS of a youth development project transform Villa Real School allotment area

TREK: (l-r) Sammie McCormick and Cheryl Waddell with their huskies

Huskies help couple conquer Three Peaks Challenge

Cannabis farm

: Brockwell  Court Care Home in Consett. Picture: DAVID WOOD. (39062423)

Senior nurse who slept on duty at Consett care home struck off for misconduct

SICK: Toby Rea

Game of Thrones scripts auctioned for sick toddler Toby Rea

BRASS: Money seized from convicted criminals has been used to buy four cornets for Blackhall Youth Band. Presenting the money to the band are PC Joe Greenwood and PC Tony Murray from the Financial Investigations Team. Picture: TOM BANKS. (38707118)

Blackhall Youth Band get instruments from cash seized from criminals

DIED: 89-year-old Jennie Bryant

Manslaughter charge over Consett care home death


Farm burglaries prompt warning

SELLING: Butcher David Yager with his granddaughter, Phoebe

End of an era for Consett pork shop

THEFT: Durham police are investigating

Items stolen from baby's grave

GUILTY: Andrew Ferguson was convicted at Newcastle Crown Court

Consett man guilty of rape after trial

POISONED: Poisoned Red Kite at Edmundbyers

Illegal poisoning of three red kites deals blow to efforts to re-establish North-East population

The scene in Chopwell last night

Couple accused of two-year-old's murder moved out of North-East home after protest by residents

OPERATION: The initiative was co-ordinated by Durham Constabulary

Illegal motorists targeted in police crackdown

REPORTER: Beth Carr's funeral is being held last this month

Funeral of well-known County Durham reporter

Emergency services at scene of Lanchester collision

Two women injured in Lanchester collision

ACCIDENT: The crash near Lanchester

Women cut free after car crash


Hospice holds charity cycle ride

Newcastle Crown Court  (37809678)

Woman beaten, raped and choked in her own home by drunken man, trial told

BOUNDARIES: Court told defendant Darren Richard Lough did not appear to know the "boundaries" when dealing with younger females.

Man jailed for grabbing girl's bottom after propositioning her for sex

MISSION: Steve Watson is helping Syrian refugees.

Mercy mission to help Syrian refugees

COURT: The case was brought by Durham County Council

Court for man who refused to clear up rubbish

PERFORMER: Billie Aken-Tyers in The Commedia Rapunzel

An actors’ life for Billie

APPEAL: Detectives are appealing for witnesses to Burnhope burglary

Cash and jewellery taken during village burglary

PATRON: Alan Shearer with Henry Dancer

Charity helping people smile through the sadness

TOUR: The new Consett Academy off Medomsley Road in the town. The front of the school. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (36822703)

Consett Academy ready for pupils’ first day of school

ACCIDENT: An ambulance overturned while responding to an emergency. PIC: Tracy Johnson/Incidents on Teesside and County Durham.

Ambulance overturns on emergency call after collision with car - inquiry launched


Pub to host beer belly fun run

DETAINED: Nineteen-year-old Jordan Smith given 27-month sentence in young offenders' institution after judge ruled cannabis growth was not just for his own use.

Loft growth cannabis user locked up after judge rules there was commercial element to operation

LEGACY: Lady Elsie Robson is raising funds for her late husband's foundation

Lady Elsie backs charity night for good causes

REMEMBER: Lisa Clarke

Nurse to take part in twilight walk in memory of her friend

CHEERS: Three-day beer festival to take place at Shotley Bridge Cricket Club later this month

Cheers all round as beer festival returns

REUNION: Ex-mechanic Billy Robson to hold reunion for former Consett steelworkers

Steelmen to hold reunion 35 years after closure of Consett works

MASTERCLASS: Make-up and skincare tips on offer at cancer masterclass

Make-up masterclass for women coping with cancer

THANKS: Family and friends of Jemma Telford, right, who suffered heart failure shortly after giving birth, are raising money for the Children’s Heart Unit Foundation by doing the Coast to Coast ride. Also pictured is Jemma's sister Shannon Lishman and J

Family of heart failure mother raises money for medics who saved her life

LIKED A LAUGH: The late Muriel Foster, pictured with her late husband

'She would have been in tears of laughter at us all' - granny-themed walk in memory of Muriel

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