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Social workers jailed for sexually abusing vulnerable boys at North-East residential homes

The Northern Echo: John Leslie Duncan

6:39pm Thursday 24th April 2014

TWO former social workers who subjected vulnerable young boys to a campaign of sexual abuse were today (Thursday, April 24) given lengthy jail sentences. 

Durham Police join effort to dissuade Muslims from joining Syrian civil war

The Northern Echo: A photo from the Syrian revolt in August last year (Pic: AP Photo/SANA)

12:15pm Thursday 24th April 2014

NORTH-East police are seeking to stop young Muslims going to fight in Syria.

Man appearing in court accused of bank robbery

The Northern Echo: Police begin investigation at scene of town centre bank robbery in Stanley

9:17am Thursday 24th April 2014

A MAN was due to appear in court on Thursday accused of carrying out a robbery a town centre bank earlier this week.

Congregation to bid farewell to church after 120 years

The Northern Echo: FINAL FAREWELL: SHotley Bridge Methodist Church, which is closing after 120 years

12:11pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A CONGREGATION will gather this weekend to bid a final farewell to their church after 120 years.

Sponsored walk for hospice

The Northern Echo: CUT ABOVE: Annette Embleton gets her hair shaved for charity

3:36pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

TEA TOTAL: Staff and residents at two Consett care homes raised £680 for charity. Redwell Hills and Abigail Lodge care homes raised the money for Macmillan Cancer Support during the charity’s annual coffee morning campaign. During the campaign, Redwell Hills care assistant Annette Embleton raised more than £500 for the cause by having her hair shaved off.

Group hopes rare mineral find could help protect valley against opencasting

The Northern Echo: Tufa gound in a County Durham stream

5:06pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A GREEN group hopes the discovery of a rare rock formation could help their fight against opencasting.

Northern Rock Foundation closure a 'massive blow for North-East charities'

The Northern Echo: Justin Welby at Bike Stop, Darlington

5:49pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

CHARITIES across the North-East have suffered a major blow with the demise of the Northern Rock Foundation. Mark Tallentire reports.

Awards for community volunteers announced

The Northern Echo: Sarah Robinson of Durham Community Action

6:40am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

AWARDS are to be presented to recognise the contribution volunteers make to the communities of County Durham.

Pet owners warned Easter eggs could prove fatal for dogs

The Northern Echo: Easter eggs could prove fatal for curious dogs

6:22pm Monday 21st April 2014

DOG owners are being warned that their haul of Easter eggs could prove poisonous to curious pets.

Child’s play coming to Consett

The Northern Echo: The cast of Pirate Gran

12:10pm Sunday 20th April 2014

A PLAY for children is coming to the Empire Theatre in Consett.

Store to support Alsatian charity

The Northern Echo: Pets at Home store in Consett has announced Shepherd Support UK is its chosen charity partner.

11:55am Sunday 20th April 2014

A PET store, which recently opened in north Durham, is hoping to make a difference to the lives of German Shepherd dogs.

Great North Passion draws the crowds to hear story of Christ's death retold

The Northern Echo: The Great North Passion

5:01pm Friday 18th April 2014

A LIVE broadcast telling the story of the crucifiction of Jesus Christ has been staged in the North-East.

Help needed for Christian centre

The Northern Echo: Minsteracres Retreat Centre needs volunteers

1:38pm Friday 18th April 2014

VOLUNTEERS are needed to help maintain a spiritual centre in the countryside.

Parishioners begging vicars for food - Bishop of Durham

The Northern Echo: Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham

12:10am Thursday 17th April 2014

CHURCH vicars are increasingly being asked for help by hungry parishioners, the Bishop of Durham has claimed.

Nine holes at Hall Hill Farm

The Northern Echo: Ann Darlington feeding a lamb

11:14am Thursday 17th April 2014

A CRAZY golf course has been opened at a farm visitor attraction.

Family's desperation as fundraising for Fraja dries up

The Northern Echo: Fraja Simpson with parents Michelle and Garry.

1:50pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

THE parents of a girl who has battled a rare cancer have spoken of their devastation after donations to their £500,000 drive to fund life-saving treatment slowed to a trickle.

463% rise in North-East foodbank users in just 12 months

The Northern Echo: The Right Reverend Justin Welby, left, packs a parcel with Alan Bell, centre, of Emmanuel Church and helper Peter MacLellan

12:10am Wednesday 16th April 2014

DOZENS of bishops and hundreds of faith leaders including the Bishop of Durham will today (Wednesday, April 16) demand the Government take urgent action to tackle the growing food crisis engulfing the UK.

'Amazing, appalling, shocking' - the reality of Foodbank Britain

The Northern Echo: Bishop Seamus Cunnigham and Bishop Mark Bryant at Gateshead Foodbank

12:10am Wednesday 16th April 2014

“AMAZING, appalling, shocking.” That was the verdict of Durham Foodbank co-ordinator Peter MacLellan on new figures, released today, revealing a 463 per cent rise in North-East foodbank users in just 12 months.

Police name Dipton man who died in Gateshead crash

5:03pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A MAN who died following a crash in Gateshead had been named.

Former Consett councillor to be honoured by Durham University

The Northern Echo: Bob Young

3:15pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A BUSINESSMAN and former councillor who donated £1m to Durham University is to receive an honorary degree from the institution.

X Factor winner announced extra acoustic show

The Northern Echo: EXTRA DATE: X Factor winner Joe McElderry

11:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

SINGER Joe McElderry has announced an acoustic show later this year.

Man, 49, killed as car rolls onto roof in Gateshead

The Northern Echo: Appeal for witnesses

10:27am Tuesday 15th April 2014

A MAN has died following a crash in Gateshead.

Award for community stalwart

The Northern Echo: Pat Glass MP

5:29pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

A FORMER councillor has been honoured in recognition of over 50 years of community service to Consett.

Medomsley abuse victim hits out at former deputy speaker Nigel Evans' time limit suggestion

The Northern Echo: John McCabe

5:53pm Monday 14th April 2014

A MAN repeatedly raped by a predatory prison officer at Medomsley Detention Centre has hit out against a suggestion by a former commons deputy speaker that there should time limits imposed on historical sexual abuse cases.

Community champions honoured across County Durham

The Northern Echo: Councillor John Robinson hands out the Chairman's Medals

10:51am Monday 14th April 2014

FOURTEEN community champions have been honoured for their voluntary and charitable efforts.

Learn how to bank online

The Northern Echo: Age UK is starting a new meeting for men in Stanley

1:39pm Monday 14th April 2014

Age UK County Durham is hosting a free online banking training session for the over 50's who are customers of Lloyds, TSB and Halifax at North Road Methodist Church in Durham on Wednesday, April 16 from 10am-12 noon. Refreshments provided. Call Barbara Webb on 01207-280119 for more information.

Get a fresh look for spring at Banardo's charity shops

The Northern Echo: Around 30 per cent of clothing in the average UK wardrobe remains unworn for more than one year

4:12pm Sunday 13th April 2014

CHARITY shop bosses are hoping spring clean fever will encourage shoppers to bag a bargain with Barnardo’s.

Consett surgery now "meeting standard" in wake of inspection rap by watchdog

The Northern Echo: Issued formal warning

2:10pm Sunday 13th April 2014

A GP practice has been given a clean bill of health just months after a national watchdog gave it a formal warning over cleanliness.

Peters wins first series of Derwent Reservoir elite cycling event

The Northern Echo: Alex Peters (centre of trio) celebrates on podium after Saturday afternoon's race with runner up Peter Hawkins (right of trio) and Yanto Barker who finished third, and presenter Oliver Rogers

9:52am Sunday 13th April 2014

Alex Peters won the first stage of British Cycling's elite road series yesterday (Saturday, April 12) afternoon taking in Derwent reservoir.

Senior Government ministers twice warned over detention centre abuse

The Northern Echo: Carol Kyle's brother David Caldwell who died at Medomsley.

6:30am Saturday 12th April 2014

SENIOR Government ministers were twice warned that young inmates were being abused by staff at a detention centre - but dismissed it as unfounded, The Northern Echo can reveal.

Juniper wins inaugural women's Derwent Reservoir race

The Northern Echo: Nicola Juniper (centre) on the podium with runner up Alexi Shaw (right) and third placed Molly Weaver n third place (left)

2:32pm Saturday 12th April 2014

Derwent Reservoir played host to the 'Alexandra Women's Tour of the Reservoir' - part of British Cycling's elite road series this morning (Saturday 12 April).

Medomsley Detention Centre: the "unpleasant experience" which grew into brutality and sexual abuse

The Northern Echo: Inmates at Medomsley Detention Centre scrub the toilets

6:30am Saturday 12th April 2014

GAVIN ENGELBRECHT trawls through The Northern Echo archives to uncover evidence that the authorities missed several chances to uncover the scale of abuse at Medomsley Detention Centre.

Olympic cycling champion Ed Clancy to take part in gruelling reservoir race

The Northern Echo: Olympic gold medallist Ed Clancy and elite cyclists Louise Borthwick (left) and Helen Wyman prepares for this weekend’s elite cycling race around Derwent reservoir.

3:50pm Friday 11th April 2014

SOME of Britain’s elite cyclists, including Olympic gold medallist Ed Clancy, will be in action on the North-east’s roads this weekend.

Line-up announced for music festival

The Northern Echo: SECOND FESTIVAL: Supporters promote last year's festival, which returns for a second time this month

10:57am Friday 11th April 2014

THE second Consett Festival featuring a day of live music is being held at the end of the month.

Money raised in memory of Lee

The Northern Echo: Laura Walley from the Spotlight Community Theatre Productions (front left) presents the cheque to Chief Executive of Consett and District YMCA Billy Robson with Rebekka Robson (back left), Lucy Hillary (back right) and Sue Smith (right).

1:52pm Thursday 10th April 2014

A BUSKERS night has raised more than £1,300 in memory of a charity worker who died last year.

Golf pros launch coaching scheme for youngsters

The Northern Echo: TEE TIME: A golfer at Stressholme

11:29am Thursday 10th April 2014

PROFESSIONAL golf is being offered to youngsters in North Durham.

Police investigate attack on driver

The Northern Echo: Police are holding a public meeting

12:30pm Thursday 10th April 2014

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after a driver was seriously assaulted by another motorist.

Charity supporting people with learning disabilities across North Durham gets three years of funding

The Northern Echo: PRIZE PACK: Sheila Harris with some of the prizes on offer at the charity night

11:55am Thursday 10th April 2014

A CHARITY that supports people with learning disabilities is celebrating a lottery windfall that will secure the future of its service in north Durham.

Match staged in memory of Susan

The Northern Echo: Susan Gowland

7:00pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

A SCHEME to tackle anti-social behaviour has celebrated its second birthday with a football match in memory of one of its founders.

Fun swim sessions for kids

The Northern Echo: Leisureworks is offering children free swimming

2:34pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

Fun swim sessions with toys and music for children aged up to five years are running at Belle Vue Swim Centre, Consett on Mondays, Tuesdays Wednesdays and Fridays from 12pm-1pm. Admission for one parent and one child costs £3.

Learn how to play a round

The Northern Echo: Beamish Park Hotel's Golf Academy

12:01pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

WOULD-be golfers in the Stanley area are being offered the chance to learn the sport.

Cricket club looks to recruit young hopefuls

The Northern Echo: NEW SEASON: Shotley Bridge Cricket Club

12:14pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

A CRICKET club is looking for young recruits ahead of the new season.

Bobsleigh champion to attend charity event

The Northern Echo: CAKE BAKE: Champion bobsleigh driver Mica McNeill

10:20am Wednesday 9th April 2014

A CHAMPION athlete and a radio presenter will be the guests at a charity event next month.

Have your say on crime

The Northern Echo: Police are holding a public meeting

1:50pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

A public meeting to discuss concerns about crime in Durham City is being held on Thursday, April 10, at 6pm in Elvet Riverside Lecture Theatres, New Elvet, Durham. Community police officers will be there. All welcome.

Road closed for new sewer

The Northern Echo: Bus services are being diverted

4:18pm Monday 7th April 2014

A MAIN road in north Durham is to be closed for six weeks to allow a new sewer to be installed.

Free swimming for kids

The Northern Echo: Leisureworks is offering children free swimming

1:49pm Monday 7th April 2014

All children enrolled on Leisureworks’ Learn to Swim Programme are now entitled to free swimming during public swim sessions at The Louisa Centre, Stanley and Belle Vue Swim Centre, Consett.

Swan song for male voice choir

The Northern Echo: Members of Leadgate Gleemen, which is disbanding.

1:21pm Sunday 6th April 2014

A MALE voice choir in north Durham is disbanding after more than 70 years of performing.

Green energy plant to open in Consett later this year

The Northern Echo: The Thomas Swan site at Crookhall, near Consett.

11:12am Sunday 6th April 2014

A GREEN energy plant in north Durham is expected to be up and running by the end of the year.

Live lambing returns to Hall Hill Farm

The Northern Echo: Lambing Live: Ann Darlington of Hall Hill Farm

12:29pm Friday 4th April 2014

A VISITOR attraction in the North-East is bringing live lambing direct to people’s homes.

Many employers failing to pay a 'living wage' - TUC

The Northern Echo: Beth Farhat has been appointed as the Northern TUC’s new regional secretary

4:42pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

THOUSANDS of workers in the North-East are in jobs paying less than the living wage, according to the TUC.



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