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Durham City News

CONTROVERSIAL SCHEME: Resident John Austin and others who oppose plans to build houses on farmland at Sherburn Village

Decision day for Sherburn homes scheme

SUPERMARKET: The site of a proposed new supermarket for Bowburn. Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

Could Bowburn finally get a supermarket?

SMILE: Jasmine takes delivery of life-changing trike

Generous Echo readers put a smile on Jasmine's face

TRIAL: Former police officer Vaughan Dodds, who served on the armed protection team at the constituency home of former Prime Minister Tony Blair, pictured leaving Teesside Crown Court today where he is on trial accused of benefits fraud

Tony Blair's former body guard attempted suicide three times, jury of fraud case hear

MAGNA CARTA: Historian Dr Christian Liddy with Durham Cathedral's unique 1216 issue of Magna Carta, which has been on display this summer. Picture: TOM BANKS

25,000 see Durham's Magna Carta - show closes Monday

OVERTURNED: The aftermath of the incident

Woman cut free from car crash on Durham high street

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CHEERS: Peter Lawson, chairman of Durham Camra and an organiser of the Durham Beer Festival, pulls a pint with Yousef Daubooni, marketing manager at Camerons brewery. Picture: MARK TALLENTIRE

Students toast success at Durham Beer Festival

CAMPAIGN: Opponents of Hargreaves' plans to opencast near Pittington

More talks on opencast plan as inquiry draws near

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SUSPECT: Mark Homer, who plays Giles Ralston in Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap

Can you solve theatre's most famous whodunit?

COMPETITON: Bishop Auckland town recreation ground is one of six parks included in the competition. From left: David Bailey and Lee Pairs from the Clean and Green team, Oliver Sherratt, head of direct services, Cllr Brian Stephens, Cabinet member for neig

Public urged to vote for favourite County Durham park

ACCUSED: Former police officer Vaughan Dodds, who served on the armed protection team at the constituency home of former Prime Minister Tony Blair, pictured leaving Teesside Crown Court on the first day of his trial

Tony Blair's former bodyguard was under surveillance as part of benefit fraud investigation

TRIAL: Former police officer Vaughan Dodds, pictured leaving Teesside Crown Court today (Tuesday, August 25), where he is on trial accused of benefits fraud

Former police officer denies £55,000 benefit fraud charges

AFTERNOON TEA: Delicious treats will be served up by chefs from Jesmond Dene House

Tea for a cause

NEW POST: Professor Stuart Corbridge, who will become Durham University vice-chancellor next week

New uni chief starts work

FESTIVAL: Helen Haswell from festival sponsors Agricultural Polymers, Durham Flower Festival show secretary Dianne How, Agricultural Polymers managing director Paul Griffin and Mrs Haswell's son Sam Haswell

Blooming great weekend beckons at Durham Flower Festival

HIGH HOPES: Old Shire Hall owner Shaun Crawley says talks with a leading international hotel operator are "going well". Picture: ANDY LAMB

'Leading hotel operator' interested in Old Shire Hall

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Fire crews called to report of adult in Old Durham Beck

Fire crews rescue man after he stumbled and fell into County Durham beck

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STUDENT PATROL: Two student volunteers, Jessica Bygrave and Adam Depsey, pictured at the launch of the Street Angels scheme in February. Picture: TOM BANKS

Bring back Street Angels, says mum of drowned student

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SUPPING: General public can begin sampling some of the 120-plus beers and ciders at 35th Durham Beer Festival from 6pm tomorrow (WEdnesday August 26).

Beer to start flowing at city's 35th real ale extravaganza

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HIGH FLIERS: Thomas Gorham and Callan Harris performing as Head First Acrobats

Don't miss the Washington trapeze

HALF-MARATHON: Kevin Ferguson is tackling the Great North Run for Barnardo's

Kevin's (half) marathon effort

999 PLEA: The North East Ambulance Service is asking people to call 999 in an emergency

'Don't call ambulance on Facebook' say chiefs after social media message from Durham man

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INFERNO: Fire engulfs the car and bike following the accident at Thinford Picture: Natalie Whitfield

Motorcyclist injured in Thinford fireball accident "awake and alert"

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CLOSURES: Repair work continues on Milburngate Bridge, Durham. Picture: KEITH TAYLOR

More overnight closures for Milburngate Bridge

TRIBUTE: The late Bill Grant, pictured with his wife Jenny

Charity cycle honours rowing coach

RALLYING CRY: Tom Betts, commercial services and programming officer at the DLI Museum, with David Haw, from the North East Military Vehicle Club, prepare for the North East Military Vehicle Rally

Military vehicle rally this weekend

FUN DAY: Snow White and Rapunzel characters at the St John's Church Hall fundraiser

Family fun boosts hall fund

OPEN DAY: Durham Cathedral head gardener Geoff MacCallum. Picture: JED WEE

Explore cathedral's secret garden

MISSED: Jim O'Connor pictured with his late wife Dorothy and their grandchildren

'A lot of good has come out of it': donations top charity theft haul

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VOTING: The police and Electoral Commission have been notified after voters in County Durham receive two postal packs.

Police notified after County Durham voters sent two postal packs

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JAILED: Stephen Potts arriving at court today

Breeder jailed and six dogs to be destroyed after attack on 63-year-old

FORMER MP: Former Durham City MP Gerry Steinberg, who has died aged 70

Gerry Steinberg: Former Durham MP dies, aged 70

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SCHEME DELAYED: Work to install 'smart' traffic lights on Leazes Bowl (pictured) and Gilesgate roundabouts in Durham City has been delayed, as it has been discovered that New Elvet Bridge needs essential maintenance. Picture CHRIS BOOTH

More delays ahead: Double blow for Durham drivers

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VISIT: The Queen during a visit to Durham in 2012, speaking to Justin Welby, then Bishop of Durham

Honouring the Queen

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ART: Stanley-born artist Richard Studham shows off his new art exhibition at Durham Cathedral. Picture: TOM BANKS

Homecoming show for artist

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WORKSHOPS: Participants enjoy Let's Circus skills sessions

Free circus lessons at streets festival

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PROPOSALS: Empiric Student Property wants to build 131 student bedrooms on the Fram Well House site, seen in the background. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

More student digs: plans filed for another 131 rooms

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JAILED: Charlotte Syers, 27, from Durham, has been jailed for 12 months at Newcastle Crown Court after stealing more than £52,000 from British Airways

British Airways: Complaints worker stole £52,000 by faking lost baggage claims and selling vouchers on eBay

LOCAL TALENT: A poster for the Durham Origins Festival

Free festival celebrates Durham's music scene

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WALK: William Reilly, in the white T-shirt, and Shaun Newton, in the blue t-shirt, with other participants on a previous sponsored walk

Sponsored walk in Jesus' footsteps

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IN ACTION: Durham Choral Society performing at Durham Cathedral. Picture: JOHN ATTLE

Choir returns for new season

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FUN DAYS: Durham Cathedral, seen from across the River Wear

Fun 'four' all the family

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HOT: A fire-breather entertains the crowds in Durham City. Picture: TOM BANKS

Feeling hot, hot, hot

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REPAIRS: Essential work underway to repair leaking south aisle roof at St Michael and All Angels Church, in Houghton-le-Spring..

Repairs now underway to patch up "very leaky" roof on parish church.

REFURBISHED: Brandon Community Hall. Picture: TOM BANKS

Open weekend after village hall revamp

Investigation into Facebook messages urging violence at Durham prison

Investigation into Facebook messages urging violence at Durham prison

CLOSURE: Overnight closures planned on Milburngate Bridge

Busy bridge to be closed on three successive nights as roadworks continue

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BATTLE: Teenager Alaina Harrison who is attempting to halt the spread of Himalayan Balsam near her Esh Winning home

Teenager's battle to stop alien invader

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TRAGIC: Durham University student Sope Peters, who died in the River Wear

University controversially scraps Street Angels scheme launched after river deaths

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REMEMBERED: Brancepeth Castle which served as an army hospital during the First World War. Picture: DAVID WOOD

Any old iron... beds?

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