Covering Esh Winning, Witton Gilbert, Bearpark, Ushaw Moor, Broompark, Langley Moor & Meadowfield, Framwellgate Moor, Belmont, Pittingtons, Sherburns, Shincliffe, Shadforth, Bowburn, Coxhoe, Kelloe, Quarrington Hill, Croxdale, Brandon, Brancepeth and other surrounding villages


Author sheds new light on ancient civilisation

The Northern Echo: LAUNCH EVENT: New book will be launched at The Oriental Museum, in Durham City

2:11pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

AN author is to launch the second in his series of novels set in a prehistoric civilisation.

Shoppers asked to vote in annual retail awards

The Northern Echo: CHASING HONOURS: Whisky River hopes for a repeat of last year's success at the Durham City Retail Awards (left to right) Hollie and Kate Shepherd, owners of Whisky River Cocktail Bar and Café, and manager Tom Binns.

2:05pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

SHOPPERS are being asked to vote for their favourite retailer as an awards scheme gets underway.

Children pay surprise musical tribute to much-loved teacher

The Northern Echo: MUSICAL TRIBUTE: Five-year-old Gracie Troupe, one of the children selected to make the presentation to Marie Hann at the evening, which was narrated by Harry West, 10.

2:01pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

SCHOOLCHILDREN hit the right note when they set out to celebrate the 30-year career of one of their teachers.

Club conversion plan refused

The Northern Echo: PLAN APPROVED: Durham County Council has approved bungalow plan

1:08pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

AN application to convert the ground floor of a social club into a flat has been refused.

Dog attack victim undergoes plastic surgery to serious injuries

The Northern Echo: Neighbourhood wardens leading away a muzzled American bulldog belonging to Stephen Potts (in purple top). Picture: GAVIN ENGELBRECHT (11777236)

7:04pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A MAN who was savaged by a pack of American bulldogs when he picked up his dog in a bid to protect it was due to undergo plastic surgery today (Wednesday, October 22).

Wife of businessman who suffered severe head injury in Darlington town centre fall calls for bikes to be banned from pedestrian areas

The Northern Echo: HEAD INJURY: Brian Coates

6:10am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

THE devastated wife of a businessman who suffered life-changing head injuries after a fall in a busy town centre has called for bikes to be banned from pedestrianised areas.

Durham prepares for one its biggest military parades in years

The Northern Echo: MILITARY PARADE: Soldiers from The Rifles, outside Durham Town Hall, during the regiment's Freedom of the City parade in 2008.

6:34pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

ONE of the biggest military parades a city has seen in years is to take place next month.

Families urged to draw inspiration from cathedral

The Northern Echo: BIG DRAW: Families invited for drawing event in cathedral

5:14pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

FAMILIES are invited to brush up their artistic skills at a two-day event designed to get people drawing.

Student accommodation proposals in Durham City

The Northern Echo: PUBLIC CONSULTATION: An exhibition about plans for a 440-bed student complex in Claypath, on shaow at Durham's Gala Theatre. Picture: TOM BANKS (11769839)

4:55pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A £50m scheme to build accommodation for 440 students in Durham city centre has been unveiled at a public consultation event.

Deadline approaches for funding awards scheme

The Northern Echo: (11807562)

1:48pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

GROUPS in and around Durham City have only days left to apply for a chance to share in £20,000.

Go-ahead for Bowburn housing development despite fears over school

The Northern Echo: PLAN APPROVED: Durham County Council has approved bungalow plan

1:41pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A HOUSING development has been given the go-ahead despite fears it would stand in the way of building a new village school.

Man released on bail after dog walker savaged near Durham

The Northern Echo:

12:37pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A MAN whose bulldogs allegedly savaged a fellow dog owner near Durham has been released on police bail.

Candidates debate on Twitter

The Northern Echo: SOCIAL MEDIA: Durham City MP Roberta Blackman-Woods

7:30pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

PARLIAMENTARY hopefuls took to social media to answer students’ questions in the first debate of the forthcoming General Election campaign.

'We knew this would happen', say residents outraged by fresh dog attack

The Northern Echo: A woman leads an American bulldog away from a field at Low Pittington. Dog was impounded. Picture: GAVIN ENGELBRECHT (11777228)

9:17pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A COMMUNITY has spoken of its outrage after a man who had his arm ripped off by his own dogs found himself at the centre of another incident involving his animals.

Residents take part in community clean-up

The Northern Echo: COMMUNITY CLEAN-UP: Councillor Eunice Huntington (left) and Joyce Lovack, chair of Our Place community group and secretary of the residents association (right) take part in the litter pick in Shotton. Picture: DAVID WOOD (11743760)

5:48pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

RESIDENTS have joined forces with council staff to take part in a community clean up day.

Step forward for Durham supermarket plans

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

5:28pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A PROPOSED 300-job supermarket moved a significant step forward when it cleared a major planning hurdle.

Permission granted for 81 homes in village

The Northern Echo: PLAN APPROVED: Durham County Council has approved bungalow plan

5:19pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

PLANNING permission has been granted for a new development of 81 homes in a village.

University celebrates science with festival

The Northern Echo: HEAVENS ABOVE: Telescope sheds new light on the universe

4:41pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A UNIVERSITY will showcase a replica of a telescope designed to shed new light on the universe at its annual Celebrate Science festival next week.

Police arrest man after fresh dog attack, just weeks after his own arm was ripped off

The Northern Echo:

3:43pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

THIS is the moment a man who had his arm ripped off by his own dogs was led away by police after his animals were at the centre of a fresh incident.

Chairman supporting hospice's remembrance campaign

The Northern Echo: CHRISTMAS SERVICE: Durham Miners' Association Brass Band will again perform at the service

3:01pm Monday 20th October 2014

DURHAM County Council chairman John Robinson is backing the St Cuthbert’s Hospice 2014 Light Up a Life campaign.

Plans for £50m digs for 440 students on Claypath

The Northern Echo: Claypath, Durham

12:02am Monday 20th October 2014

A DEVELOPER has announced a £50m scheme to build accommodation for 440 students in Durham city centre.

Oxjam music festival takes over Durham

The Northern Echo: OXJAM: Dave Brittle performs at The Fish Tank in Durham City for the Oxjam music festival. Picture: TOM BANKS (11644904)

3:53pm Sunday 19th October 2014

A CHARITY music festival was held across four city centre venues today (Sunday, October 19).

Friends raise funds for Children's Heart Unit at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital

The Northern Echo: L-R Jamie Bolam, Andrew Warner and David Park preparing for sponsored cycle ride in aid of the Children's Heart Unit at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle. Picture: GAVIN ENGELBRECHT (11643553)

2:58pm Sunday 19th October 2014

THREE cycling partners are preparing for a sponsored bike ride to raise funds and awareness of a North-East children's heart unit caring for the baby daughter of a friend.

Judge slams 'villain' mother who lead criminal family firm

The Northern Echo: General view of Newcastle Crown Court. (11631524)

1:02am Saturday 18th October 2014

A JUDGE has condemned a family of professional shoplifters who stole designer clothes and sold them on the internet.

Clothes bank set up to help those in need

The Northern Echo: EXTRA SERVICE: Durham Food Bank already distributes food parcels in Brandon.

11:28am Saturday 18th October 2014

A CLOTHES bank offering free clothing and toiletries to people who use food banks is to be launched later this month.

Award-winning author visits Durham school

The Northern Echo: TALKING BOOKS: Author Kevin Brooks talks to students during his visit to St Leonard's RC School in Durham. Picture: DAVID WOOD (11628207)

6:03pm Friday 17th October 2014

A CARNEGIE Medal-winning author dropped in at a North-East school today (Friday, October 17).

Children's illustrator visits cathedral

The Northern Echo: BOOK SIGNING: Jackie Morris

4:22pm Friday 17th October 2014

A BESTSELLING children’s author and illustrator signed copies of her latest book during her visit to a North-east cathedral.

Court told "independent expert" used by police officer and wife in support of civil hearing defence was her sister's partner

The Northern Echo: Ann and Mark Joughin who deny trying to pervert the course of justice prior to, and at county court hearing

6:21pm Thursday 16th October 2014

A SERVING police officer and his wife put forward her sister’s partner as an “independent expert” to support their defence in a county court action brought against them by a builder.

Mix-up leaves former miners owing hundreds to tax man

The Northern Echo: HELP AVAILABLE: Alan Cummings, chairman of Durham Miners' Association, has urged ex-miners affeted by the tax issue to get contact him.

6:53am Thursday 16th October 2014

A MINERS' leader has called for an investigation after miners were left owing hundreds of pounds in unpaid tax.

Summit to get children reading

The Northern Echo: David Almond (11595184)

6:09pm Thursday 16th October 2014

A SUMMIT of best-selling children’s authors and librarians is aimed at getting young people to read more.

Having a ball for charity

The Northern Echo: The Radisson Blu Hotel, Durham

5:43pm Thursday 16th October 2014

A CHARITY ball will raise money for research into Cystic Fibrosis.

Delicious Durham appeal to Londoners

The Northern Echo: The Visit County Durham posters at the London Underground Leicester Square station

5:14pm Thursday 16th October 2014

TOURISM chiefs are trying to tempt hungry London commuters to the region for a foodie holiday.

Jump on board for the TakeOff Festival

The Northern Echo: Hansel and Gretel from the TakeOff Festival

5:05pm Thursday 16th October 2014

A CHILDREN’S theatre festival takes place next week (October 20-26).

Bishops' is best, bar none

The Northern Echo: The Bishops' Mill in Durham, which has won the Toilet of the Year award. (11581369)

3:06pm Thursday 16th October 2014

A WETHERSPOONS pub has been named the best in a city at an annual awards.

Two children injured after being knocked down outside North Durham Academy

The Northern Echo: North Durham Academy is appealing for community help

10:28am Wednesday 15th October 2014

TWO girls have been taken to hospital with serious injuries after being knocked over outside their school.

Couple accused of giving providing misleading and false statements in their defence to civil action

The Northern Echo: Ann and Mark Joughin who deny trying to pervert the course of justice prior to, and at county court hearing

6:40pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

A COUPLE have gone on trial accused of providing misleading evidence in support of their defence to a county court action.

Rural bus services cut under city leaders’ plans to seize control of fares and routes, claims MP

3:27pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

RURAL bus services will be cut under city leaders’ plans to seize control of fares and routes, a North-East Labour MP warned today (Wednesday).

Blockbusters 'here to stay' at Gala despite art house plan

1:50pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

HOLLYWOOD blockbusters are “here to stay” despite plans to turn a county’s main cinema into an art house venue, a council chief has promised.

Laughing all the way

The Northern Echo: Andy Zaltzman

2:14pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

FOUR top comedians will take to the stage at a North-East theatre this month (October).

Ending landfill an 'extraordinary achievement', says council leader

The Northern Echo: Durham County Council leader Simon Henig attaches collection day stickers to recycling bins in Chester-le-Street in 2012 (11317923)

2:44pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

ENDING landfill in Durham is one of the county council’s greatest achievements of its first five years, its leader said today (Wednesday, October 15).

Durham stones

2:44pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

DURHAM Cathedral has been listed in the UK’s top 100 geosites.

Green belt plan leaves Durham a cathedral and castle in a housing estate, say council plan critics

The Northern Echo: Durham County Council's proposed new north-west Durham green belt

3:57pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

DURHAM could be reduced to a cathedral and castle surrounded by a housing estate if council plans to tear up the green belt get the go-ahead, an inquiry heard today (Tuesday, October 14).

Region's striking NHS workers say 'enough is enough' when it comes to pay

The Northern Echo:

9:48am Tuesday 14th October 2014

STRIKING midwives waving blue ‘Enough is Enough’ banners were on picket lines at hospitals across the region yesterday, talking strike action for the first time in their royal college’s 133 year history.

Council debates Morrisons store plan for Durham

The Northern Echo: : General view of the B&Q extra store, Durham City Retail Park. Picture: DAVID WOOD (11491922)

5:34pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

COUNCILLORS will debate plans for a major new supermarket next week (Tuesday, October 21).

Service honours road victims

The Northern Echo: SERVICE VENUE: Durham Cathedral

5:18pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

PEOPLE who have lost loved ones on the region’s roads are invited to a first-of-its-kind memorial service.

Four venues, 30 bands, five days to go - Oxjam Durham

5:07pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

A CHARITY music festival will take place across four city centre venues this weekend (Sunday, October 19).

The military brilliance of Roland Boys Bradford

5:03pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

A NORTH-East First World War hero is the subject of a talk this weekend (Saturday, October 18).

Europe's oldest book back in Durham

The Northern Echo: The St Cuthbert Gospel (11486059)

4:37pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

EUROPE’S oldest surviving book has returned to the North-East.

Sauna and more beds under £18m hotel scheme

The Northern Echo: An artist's impression of the new Ramside Hall facilities (11481754)

4:25pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

DETAILS have been announced of a new £18m hotel development.

Grieving families take protest to London embassies

The Northern Echo: LONDON PROTEST: Grieving families who have lost loved ones abroad used a double-decker bus to protest outside embassies in London.

4:27pm Monday 13th October 2014

FAMILIES unhappy at the help they received after loved ones died abroad boarded an open top double-decker bus to get their message across.

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