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Neighbours alerted by dog attack victim's screams

The Northern Echo:

10:29am Monday 22nd September 2014

BLOOD-CURDLING screams alerted neighbours to an horrendous attack on a man by two of his dogs.

Pittington dog attack victim previously prosecuted over noise

The Northern Echo: Dogs owned by Stephen Potts in kennels in Low Pittington: Picture: GAVIN ENGELBRECHT (10614662)

9:01pm Monday 22nd September 2014

NEIGHBOURS of man savaged by two of his American Bulldogs say he was regularly seen in the village, walking up to seven dogs at a time.

Addict prepared for prison stint by concealing drugs about body

The Northern Echo: Ex-finance manager given suspended prison sentence at Durham Crown Court for defrauding small Crook company

6:35pm Monday 22nd September 2014

A DRUG-ADDICTED prisoner prepared for her latest spell behind bars by concealing a selection of drugs about her body, a court was told.

Breed responsible for several fatal attacks

5:43pm Monday 22nd September 2014

WITH a height of around 22-28 inches and weight of around 32-54kg, the American Bulldog is bigger than its English cousin.

College to help people on the road to recovery

The Northern Echo: : Durham Recovery College at the St Margaret's Health Centre in Crossgate, Durham. Picture: DAVID WOOD (10612458)

2:44pm Monday 22nd September 2014

A NEW college for mental health workers and service users has opened as a pilot project in Durham.

Grandfather completes walk of The Wall for water charity

The Northern Echo: BUILDING TOTAL: Jim O'Connor on Hadrian's Wall

4:55pm Sunday 21st September 2014

A GRANDFATHER has completed a charity walk along the length of Hadrian’s Wall in memory of his late wife.

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.

Hospital trust announces plans to spend £5.6m improving A&E in Darlington and Durham

The Northern Echo: SPENDING PLANS: The University Hospital of North Durham, in Durham City

6:32am Saturday 20th September 2014

A HOSPITAL trust has announced details of plans to spend more than £5m making improvements to accident and emergency departments in Darlington and Durham.

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.

University honoured for retaining its students

The Northern Echo: STAYING POWER: Students at Teesside University, which has the country's lowest drop-out rate

3:31pm Friday 19th September 2014

A UNIVERSITY which recruits almost half its undergraduates from working class backgrounds has been named the best in Britain for retaining its students.

Security man dragged along store car park as he tried to stop fleeing thief

The Northern Echo: Ex-finance manager given suspended prison sentence at Durham Crown Court for defrauding small Crook company

6:59pm Friday 19th September 2014

A STORE detective was dragged along a shopping centre car park while trying to apprehend a fleeing shoplifter.

Shrine is inspiration for artists

The Northern Echo: DRAWING INSPIRATION: Representation of John The Baptist

6:05pm Friday 19th September 2014

ARTISTS are being offered a chance to showcase their designs in one of the region’s most prestigious settings.

Funding for gas safety work

3:12pm Friday 19th September 2014

A HOUSING provider has been given a £5,000 grant for gas safety work in the homes of elderly and vulnerable tenants in Durham.

Wine shop plan for old garage to be recommended for approval

The Northern Echo: Green light for transfer ballot (8309917)

11:51am Friday 19th September 2014

PLANS to convert a disused garage into a wine shop look set to win approval despite objections from residents.

Ecstasy importer caught as he used his own address in online order

The Northern Echo: Ex-finance manager given suspended prison sentence at Durham Crown Court for defrauding small Crook company

5:46pm Thursday 18th September 2014

A MAN who ordered ecstasy online was caught after the package was intercepted by Customs officials on arrival in this country.

Funeral for river tragedy teenager

The Northern Echo: Jordan Roberts (10310128)

5:36pm Thursday 18th September 2014

THE funeral of a teenager who drowned in a North-East river is to be held next week.

Books for Boys at Durham University’s Palace Green Library

The Northern Echo: This is an illustration from an early edition of Scouting for Boys. 
Scouting for boys: a handbook for instruction in good citizenship 
Sir Robert Baden-Powell. 
London : C. Arthur Pearson, 1911.  (10525152)

4:49pm Thursday 18th September 2014

AN EXHIBITION of some of the books and publications that shaped the outlook of boys and young men in the run up to the First World War will open at the weekend.

Durham Shopping Extravaganza returns to Ramside Hall Hotel

The Northern Echo: Durham Shopping Extravaganza
 (10501880)

3:29pm Thursday 18th September 2014

THE DURHAM Shopping Extravaganza is returning to the city’s Ramside Hall Hotel this year, it has been announced.

All the fun of the fair is coming to Bowburn

The Northern Echo: Bowburn Community Centre (10477401)

2:12pm Thursday 18th September 2014

A VILLAGE is gearing up for its annual family fun day next weekend.

Ted helps cathedral meet model milestone

The Northern Echo: MODEL MAKERS: Rev Ted Drayton who was presented with a Lego medal from Dean of Durham, The Very Reverend Michael Sadgrove

1:38pm Thursday 18th September 2014

A CLERGYMAN has unwittingly helped a cathedral appeal reach an important milestone.

Morrisons confirms timetable for new flagship Durham store

The Northern Echo: JOBS BOOST: Morrisons has opened a store in Blaydon, creating 180 jobs

5:00pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A SUPERMARKET giant has revealed the timescale for the opening of a new 250-job store.

Homecoming gig for region's "own Slowhand"

The Northern Echo: Mike Hall on stage as Eric Clapton (10484243)

4:30pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

THE North-East’s own Eric Clapton is looking forward to playing in his home town after a five-year absence.

Durham students are the country's best university charity fundraisers

The Northern Echo: Participants in a recent Jail Break Challenge (10479934)

3:16pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

DURHAM University student fundraisers have been voted the best in the country.

Former care home manager struck off

3:03pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A FORMER care home manager who "failed to keep patients safe" has been struck off.

Dean invites prayers at cathedral for Scottish voters

The Northern Echo: VOTE PRAYER: The Dean of Durham, The Very Reverens Michael Sadgrove

1:16pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

ONE of the North-East’s most important places of worship is inviting people to pray for voters in the Scottish Independence Referendum.

First teenagers sign up to police cadet scheme

The Northern Echo: NEW CADETS:  The first teenagers, aged 13-17, who have been inducted into Durham police’s new police cadets section. Picture: TOM BANKS (10445239)

8:03am Wednesday 17th September 2014

TEENAGE recruits have become the first to sign up for a new police cadet team.

Pledge over Scottish spending if nation votes 'No' sparks angry backlash

The Northern Echo: UNITED KINGDOM: flags at the Gretna Auld Acquaintance Cairn, ahead of voting in the Scottish Referendum

6:03am Wednesday 17th September 2014

A CROSS-party pledge to preserve Scotland’s higher public spending forever if it votes ‘No’ tomorrow (Thursday) triggered an angry backlash yesterday (Tuesday).

Drugs recovered from inmate within days of admission to prison

The Northern Echo: Ex-finance manager given suspended prison sentence at Durham Crown Court for defrauding small Crook company

12:26pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A FEMALE inmate was found with drugs within days of being admitted to prison.

Musicians in the swing for new Big Band

The Northern Echo: NEW BAND: The Gala Theatre Big Band meet for the first time in Durham. Picture: TOM BANKS (10445280)

8:12pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

MUSICIANS from across the North-East are swinging into action as the region’s newest Big Band began rehearsals.

Students win through to national debating final

The Northern Echo: NATIONAL FINALS: Students from St Leonard's take a break during the national debating finals in Liverpool

5:21pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

A TEAM of students have represented the region at a national debating championships.

Uni retains 'top 100 in world' status

The Northern Echo: Exterior of the Bill Bryson Library and the Calman Learning Centre at  Durham University.

12:50pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

DURHAM University has again been ranked among the world’s top universities for the employability of its graduates, according to the new 2014/15 QS World University Rankings.

Off-road run to become annual event

The Northern Echo: FIRST WINNER: Coxhoe Trail Run winner Iain Twaddle with run organiser Bal Verdi (left) and Hope Construction Materials’ Coxhoe Quarry manager Willie Nelson (right)

12:48pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

ORGANISERS of a 10k run say they plan to make it an annual event after the success of the inaugural race.

Lego model of Durham Cathedral approaches 100,000 landmark

The Northern Echo: : Lego volunteer Ian Craigs pictured with the cathedral model as it nears the landmark 100,000th brick. Picture: DAVID WOOD (10365981)

6:39pm Monday 15th September 2014

ANTICIPATION is mounting to see who may place the 100,000th Lego brick in a model of Durham Cathedral.

Dean invites prayers at cathedral for Scottish voters

The Northern Echo: VOTE PRAYER: The Dean of Durham, The Very Reverens Michael Sadgrove

4:55pm Monday 15th September 2014

ONE of the North-East’s most important places of worship is inviting people to pray for voters in the Scottish Independence Referendum.

Hero's daughter pays poetic tribute to fallen soldiers at Durham Cathedral service

The Northern Echo: SPECIAL SERVICE: DLI Reunion and World War One centenary commemoration service at Durham Cathedral.  Ginalee Brownson  reads her poem 'My Country'.  She won a competition organsied by the DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery, and her father was kille

7:12pm Sunday 14th September 2014

THE daughter of a hero soldier killed in Afghanistan read her own poignant poem at one of the region’s biggest First World War centenary events today (Sunday, September 14).

Durham Light Infantry statue is formally dedicated

The Northern Echo:

2:30pm Sunday 14th September 2014

A LONG campaign by veterans to have a permanent memorial to the Durham Light Infantry placed in the heart of the regiment’s home county culminated in a moving dedication ceremony today.

War reporter Kate Adie speaks at commemoration event

The Northern Echo: Former war report Kate Adie with her newest book, Fighting on the Home Front: The Legacy of Women in World War One.

2:42pm Sunday 14th September 2014

FEARLESS broadcaster Kate Adie has taken in part in a series of events to commemorate the outbreak of World War One.

Family fun at village’s ‘Big Weekend’

The Northern Echo: BIG WEEKEND: Frankie Brown, four, from Shadforth with one of the scarecrows in the scarecrow festival.

2:57pm Sunday 14th September 2014

A COMMUNITY in north Durham has taken part in a weekend of family fun.

Mother of Jordan Roberts pays tribute to her "wonderful son"

The Northern Echo:

10:41am Friday 12th September 2014

THE mother of 17-year-old Jordan Roberts, who died after getting into difficulties in the River Wear on Monday, has paid tribute to her "wonderful and much loved" son.

Car thief spotted at wheel of stolen vehicle by police

The Northern Echo: Ex-finance manager given suspended prison sentence at Durham Crown Court for defrauding small Crook company

6:31pm Friday 12th September 2014

A THIEF drove off in a car after taking its keys when he broke into another vehicle parked nearby.

Police spotted car thief as he drove at speed through city

The Northern Echo: Ex-finance manager given suspended prison sentence at Durham Crown Court for defrauding small Crook company

6:01pm Friday 12th September 2014

A THIEF drove off in a car after taking its keys when he broke into another vehicle.

Move to new base for county's police almost finished

The Northern Echo: NNEW HOME: Chief Constable Mike Barton (front) joins fellow staff members in new Durham Constabulary Headquarters building at Aykley Heads in Durham. Picture:  DAVID WOOD (10312847)

5:31pm Friday 12th September 2014

DURHAM Police have almost completed their move to new headquarters.

DLI statue to be dedicated as city marks the centenary of World War One

The Northern Echo: The new statue will be dedicated on Sunday (10303096)

3:32pm Friday 12th September 2014

A MEMORIAL to soldiers of the Durham Light Infantry (DLI) will be dedicated as part of a weekend of First World War centenary events.

Landlord helps tenants claim extra benefits

The Northern Echo:

2:54pm Friday 12th September 2014

TENANTS have been helped to claim an extra £650,000 by a specialist team set up by their social landlord.

Advice charity wins funding for history project

6:38pm Friday 12th September 2014

A CHARITY celebrating its 75th birthday has been awarded nearly £10,000 for a project to uncover the social history of County Durham and its residents.

Van driver guilty of injuring woman as it is revealed Shotton Colliery triple death crash motorist was in accident two weeks before fatal collision

The Northern Echo: GUILTY VERDICT: Roy Morrison arrives at Teesside Crown Court today (Thursday, September 11), where he was found guilty of causing serious injury by dangerous driving

5:25pm Thursday 11th September 2014

A VAN driver is facing jail after being found guilty of badly injuring a pedestrian as he raced a sports car through village streets.

Tributes left for tragic teenager

5:01pm Thursday 11th September 2014

FLORAL tributes have been left at the North-East beauty spot where a teenager drowned earlier this week.

Unions pledge to fight hospital trust's plans to make 350 staff redundant

The Northern Echo: University Hospital of North Durham. GV

2:22pm Thursday 11th September 2014

UNIONS have pledged to fight a North-East hospital trust’s plans to make up to 350 staff redundant.

Century-old poppy from the trenches fronts new war website

The Northern Echo: DURHAM AT WAR: Ruth Crofton who donated the logo of a new Durham at War website – fragile remnants of a real poppy picked by soldier John Harkess in the trenches and sent home to his wife, Ann. Picture: TOM BANKS (10234368)

6:02am Thursday 11th September 2014

ONE of two poppies sent home from the First World War trenches by a North-East soldier killed in action has become the logo of a major new history website.

Club welcomes American visitors to city

The Northern Echo: DURHAM VISIT: Visitors from Durham, North Carolina, are shown around Durham Town Hall by the Mayor's bodyguards. Picture: TOM BANKS (10255049)

3:49pm Thursday 11th September 2014

A ROTARY Club has welcomed its namesake from across the Atlantic.



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