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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.

It's show time at Lanchester

The Northern Echo: Horse classes are a major part of the show (7757348)

6:46pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

A VILLAGE is gearing up for its popular annual agricultural show.

Young lovers star in stage show together

The Northern Echo: NEW STAGE PRODUCTION: 20 year old Chris Ledger and Rebecca Davis (18) from the Act On Theatre Group ahead of their new production, The Phantom of the Opera. Picture: DAVID WOOD (7740887)

5:21pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

A YOUNG couple from the North-East are playing the lead roles in a classic musical love story.

Lanchester celebrates conclusion of banner project with parade

The Northern Echo: Replica of Fenhall Drift Lodge banner is paraded through Lanchester marking the culmination of a 12-month community project. Picture: GAVIN ENGELBRECHT (7633439)

4:54pm Friday 27th June 2014

A COMMUNITY turned out in force today (Friday, June 27) to celebrate the culmination of a year-long banner project with a parade through their village.

Consett businessman crash death: driver arrested in hospital

The Northern Echo: FAMILY TRIBUTE: Consett businessman Adam Wilkinson, who died in a crash on Ebchester Bank.

1:22pm Friday 27th June 2014

THE driver of a car chased by police that crashed and led to the death of a North-East businessman has been arrested in hospital.

Investigators looked at Savile's links with North-East hospitals

The Northern Echo: NO EVIDENCE: The former Dryburn Hospital accident and emergency entrance

5:51pm Thursday 26th June 2014

POLICE have been asked to investigate allegations that boys were procured for paedophile TV presenter Jimmy Savile in the North-East.

Landlord's charity effort gives church a lift

The Northern Echo: CHARITY RIDE: Sixty-two-year-old businessman Billy Morgan, pictured with church pastor DIdi Dolopei, is preparing for a 100-mile cycle ride in aid of his church’s building appeal. Picture: TOM BANKS (7543175)

5:46pm Wednesday 25th June 2014

A LANDLORD is hitting the road to raise money for one of his tenants.

UPDATED: Family pays tribute to Consett businessman who died after police pursuit

The Northern Echo: TRIBUTE: Adam Wilkinson

4:30pm Wednesday 25th June 2014

THE family of a businessman who died in a crash after a police pursuit have paid tribute to a “loving and dedicated” man.

Village to unveil miners' banner

The Northern Echo: BANNER UNFURLED: Lanchester Village Green, which will host the event

3:14pm Wednesday 25th June 2014

A VILLAGE will come to a standstill this week when its replica miners’ banner is paraded through the streets.

Two Consett men sentenced for offences on train

The Northern Echo: (7532334)

2:52pm Wednesday 25th June 2014

A MAN sexually assaulted a woman while his nephew racially abused a rail employee on the same train, a court has been told.

UPDATED: Man who died after car hit lamppost during police pursuit is named

The Northern Echo: The scene of the incident

4:20pm Tuesday 24th June 2014

A MAN who died after the car he was travelling in crashed following a pursuit by police has been named.

Taking part in blind drive 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 (7481539)

4:01pm Tuesday 24th June 2014

A YOUNG man who is visually impaired is taking part in a sponsored blind drive for charity.

Revealed: The hardly-used electric car charging points costing taxpayers up to £4,000

The Northern Echo: PARK AND RIDE: General view of Sniperley Park and Ride site in Durham. Picture: DAVID WOOD (7340981)

9:02am Tuesday 24th June 2014

SOME electric car charging points in the North-East have been used so little each re-charge has cost the taxpayer up to £4,000, The Northern Echo can reveal.

Police trainer wins £400,000 stress payout after identifying hundreds of tsunami victims

The Northern Echo: David Collins

2:38pm Monday 23rd June 2014

A POLICE trainer from the North-East who managed a mortuary after the 2004 Tsunami disaster has been awarded £400,000 compensation after suffering post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Musician aims to march in Durham Miners' Gala despite suffering a stroke

The Northern Echo: DETERMINED MUSICIAN: Bob Hayton who hopes to march in Durham Miners' Gala

6:04am Monday 23rd June 2014

A KEEN musician who was confined to a wheelchair following a stroke is hoping to march with his town band at the Durham Miners’ Gala.

Phone befriending scheme looks for new volunteers

The Northern Echo: SILVER TALK: The launch of the award-winning telephone befriending service

1:23pm Saturday 21st June 2014

A TELEPHONE befriending service is looking for new volunteers.

School celebrations to mark opening of new library

The Northern Echo: NEW LIBRARY OPENING: Pat Glass MP (center) joins pupils Sophie Pharoah (7), Louise Chatt (7), Jude Innes (6) and Kaden Hall (6) and Headteacher Karen Holden following the opening of the new library at Delves Lane Primary School. Picture: DAVID WOOD (73684

5:38pm Friday 20th June 2014

A POLITICIAN has visited a primary school to open its new library.

Burst water main causes chaos in Consett

The Northern Echo: BURST WATER MAIN: A water official accesses the situation following the incident on Priestman Avenue, The Grove near Consett. Picture: DAVID WOOD (7369333)

5:16pm Friday 20th June 2014

STREETS in the North-East have flooded after a water main burst.

Family tribute to young Consett father who died in crash

The Northern Echo: TRIBUTE: Dean Robinson

3:50pm Thursday 19th June 2014

A FAMILY has paid tribute to a young father who died when his car hit a tree on a country road.

Two drivers hurt in car crash

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

10:12am Wednesday 18th June 2014

TWO drivers have been taken to hospital after an accident this morning (June 18).

MP reopens revamped village post office

The Northern Echo: POSTMAN PAT: MP Pat Glass reopens the new-look post office in Ebchester

2:24pm Saturday 14th June 2014

A MODERNISED village post office has been reopened by an MP.

Tory official "tickled pink" at Queen's Birthday Honours recognition

The Northern Echo: TICKLED PINK: Councillor Ian Galletley

10:30pm Friday 13th June 2014

Politicians, businesspeople, volunteers and community figures from across the region have been speaking to The Northern Echo of their pride at being recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

Windfarm provides windfall for schoolchildren

The Northern Echo: SCHOOL GRANT: School to build games area after wind farm grant

12:22pm Friday 13th June 2014

SCHOOLCHILDREN will benefit from a grant given by an energy company.

Mining company withdraws controversial plan

The Northern Echo: (7114501)

5:55pm Thursday 12th June 2014

CONTROVERSIAL plans to create an opencast coal mine on the border of County Durham and Northumberland have been withdrawn.

Court date for man accused of injuring officer

The Northern Echo: LEAD Technologies Inc. V1.01 (7061562)

2:45pm Wednesday 11th June 2014

A MAN is due to appear at Durham Crown Court charged with wounding a police officer.

Party for care home residents

The Northern Echo: CARE TAKEN: Staff at Rosemount Care Home in Consett where they are celebrating 30 years. From left Samantha Soulsby, Kerry Bell, manager Mary Westgarth and Kathleen Turner.      Picture: ANDY LAMB (6849690)

4:10pm Tuesday 10th June 2014

A CARE home in north Durham has held a party to commemorate its 30th anniversary.

Man who posed as law student jailed for sexually abusing teenage girl later found dead

The Northern Echo: SENT TO JAIL: Kevin Palmer

3:38pm Tuesday 10th June 2014

A MAN who posed as a student has been jailed for sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl found dead months later.

Remembering the forgotten lads of village orphanage who fought and died in the First World War

The Northern Echo: Jim Clarke and the plaque honouring old boys of the then Gateshead Cottage Homes - now in St Mary Magdalene's Church, Medomsley. Picture: GAVIN ENGELBRECHT  (6978226)

6:16am Tuesday 10th June 2014

JIM Clarke vividly recalls how, as a young orphan, he buffed up a brass plaque taking pride of place in a children?s home.

World Cup fundraisers get ball over the line after mammoth trek

The Northern Echo: (6986281)

7:01pm Monday 9th June 2014

THREE men have achieved their goal of dribbling a football 1,966 km to the World Cup.

Council shut Consett road on safety grounds after landslip

3:48pm Friday 6th June 2014

A COUNTRY road damaged by a landslip is to be closed for the foreseeable future.

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