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NEWS FROM YOUR AREA

Inspector orders council on rethink student digs

The Northern Echo: Durham City MP Roberta Blackman-Woods

3:54pm Thursday 30th October 2014

A PLANNING inspector has told a council to rethink its student housing policy, in a move welcomed by delighted campaigners.

Pianist Stephen Raine returns to Durham roots for recitals

The Northern Echo: Stephen Raine (12122223)

2:01pm Thursday 30th October 2014

A YOUNG concert pianist who has appeared at venues across the UK and beyond is returning to his Durham roots for two recitals next week.

Mysterious hoard baffles cathedral experts

The Northern Echo: OLD FIND: Archaeologists working in the Monks' Dormitory at Durham Cathedral have found newspapers hidden under a bookcase by 1880s workmen. Picture: TOM BANKS (12113718)

5:08pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

THE discovery of a forgotten time capsule has baffled history buffs at Durham Cathedral.

Teens to learn rural skills

The Northern Echo: (12120351)

7:03pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

MORE teenagers will be taught traditional rural skills such as dry stone walling, thanks to a charitable grant.

Indian teachers visit Bowburn school

The Northern Echo: SCHOOL VISIT: Jen Syer, Jan Blackburn, Shirin Amerjee, Jan Blakey, Rinku Paul, headteacher Christine Ormerod and Brian Stobie, with Jake Dunbar, Phoebe Short, Scott Parnaby and Millie Stark

4:58pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

A VILLAGE school has welcomed a visit by two Indian teachers.

Bikers back air ambulance

4:30pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

BIKERS have raised nearly £30,000 for the Great North Air Ambulance.

Criminals get lessons .... in crime

The Northern Echo: ATTACKS: Frankland Prison, near Durham City, has seen an increase of more than 200 per cent

9:34am Wednesday 29th October 2014

SOME of the country's most dangerous criminals will be embarking on pioneering classes behind bars - to learn more about crime.

Award for furniture project

The Northern Echo: Awards ceremony host Philip Ward; Rachel Gatland, a waste strategy and policy officer at Durham County Council; Victoria Burrell, a waste strategy team manager at Durham County Council; Victor Perez-Mares, senior communications manager at award sponsors

4:27pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

A FURNITURE reuse scheme has won a national award.

Painting donated to Durham museum

The Northern Echo: In x Out by Mohammed Joha (12018798)

3:32pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

A NORTH-East museum’s modern art collection has been boosted by the donation of a painting from a leading Palestinian artist.

Miners march on Parliament over 1984 strike

The Northern Echo: Members of the Durham Miners Association raise a banner ahead of the funeral of former Labour cabinet minister Tony Benn at St Margaret's Church, Westminster, central London.  (11987519)

6:03am Tuesday 28th October 2014

FORMER miners from the region will march on Parliament today (Tuesday, October 27) to demand more support for coalfield communities.

Moving farewell to inspirational hospice bride

The Northern Echo: SOLEMN MOMENT: June Carter's funeral cortege makes its way to Durham Cathedral. Picture: STUART BOULTON. (11982328)

4:57pm Monday 27th October 2014

A USUALLY bustling city centre came to a moving standstill in tribute to an inspirational hospice bride today (Monday, October 27).

Man in court over out of control dogs allegation

The Northern Echo: (9443387)

4:44pm Monday 27th October 2014

A MAN is due in court after an incident in which dogs attacked another man.

Wear treasures talk

The Northern Echo: NEW EXHIBITION: Fireman and amateur archaeologist Gary Bankhead whose collection is on display in the new exhibition at the Palace Green Library in Durham. Picture: DAVID WOOD (6895869)

5:47pm Monday 27th October 2014

A DIVER who discovered more than 3,500 artefacts buried in the River Wear will discuss his findings this weekend (Sunday, November 2).

Children have a wild time reading

The Northern Echo: STORY TIME: Mia Noone and Niamh Williams, back, and Hannah Jones and Audrey Hartnell, front, with Stella the Storyteller

4:02pm Monday 27th October 2014

MORE than a hundred children took part in a wildlife-themed reading event.

Deadline looms for community grant bids

The Northern Echo: (10027074)

5:33pm Monday 27th October 2014

COMMUNITY groups have until Tuesday (October 28) to apply for grants from a city forum.

Man fined for dropping fag into drain

The Northern Echo: A man has been fined for dropping a cigarette butt into an open drain. Library picture

5:05pm Monday 27th October 2014

A MAN has been fined for dropping a cigarette butt into an open drain.

Seasonal spookiness at Hall Hill Farm

The Northern Echo: (11939128)

5:09pm Sunday 26th October 2014

A GIANT pumpkin and a 22ft scarecrow are among the spooky additions to a North-East visitor attraction.

Open day at rural centre

The Northern Echo: OPEN DAY: Brigid Press, centre, from Lionmouth rural centre at Broadgate Farm chats with Malcolm and Yvonne Bannister whose stall selling hand-crafted accessories was situated in the greenhouse on the open day on Saturday.

2:37pm Sunday 26th October 2014

A COUNTRYSIDE retreat has held an open day to showcase its work within the community.

Rotary chairman's trek for polio charities

The Northern Echo: CHARITY FUNDRIASER: Deputy Mayor councillor Partick Conway (left) joins David Yates, President of Durham's Rotary Club during his walk at Maiden Castle Sports ground in Durham. Picture: DAVID WOOD (11914902)

5:25pm Friday 24th October 2014

A LEADING Rotarian is spending half a day walking 30 miles to help the fight against polio.

Police officer and wife cleared over alleged misleading information given to county court hearing

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

6:04am Friday 24th October 2014

A POLICE officer and his wife walked free from court after being cleared of charges relating to allegedly misleading information put forward in a civil case in which they were involved.

Rugby player hailed as inspirational charity fund-raiser

The Northern Echo: Event boosts funds(9469627)

5:54pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

A NORTH-EAST man has been hailed as "inspirational" by a charity chief after raising more than £12,000.

Durham City will come to standstill to pay last respects to inspirational hospice bride

The Northern Echo: Happily married couple - June and Jim Carter. Picture: GAVIN ENGELBRECHT (11096871)

5:26pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

A CITY will come to a standstill next week to pay its last respects to an inspirational hospice bride who died days after fulfilling her wish to marry her fiancé of 30 years.

World market returns to town

The Northern Echo: PIE HEAVEN: Durham Mayor and Mayoress John and Maxine Robinson admire the fruit pies made by continental market stallholder Marcin Swierzowski, right.       Picture: ANDY LAMB (11859061)

5:09pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

A WORLD Village market has returned to the region, offering a feast of flavours from across the globe for four days.

Young people attend interactive careers fair

The Northern Echo: CYCLE FIT: Gemma Dobson from Local Motion takes 14 year old Tanfield School pupil Connor King through a cycle challenge at the Get A Buzz day in the Durham Centre, Belmont.        Picture: ANDY LAMB (11859110)

4:36pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

ALMOST 2,000 young people attended an interactive careers event today (Thursday, October 23) which looked to promote their employability skills.

Care home residents honoured in gardening competition

The Northern Echo: GARDEN AWARD: Activities co-ordinator Gail Bowden, (back) home manager Anna Clark (front) and resident Joan Grayson (on bench).

4:21pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

RESIDENTS of a care home have won a national award for their green-fingered skills.

A mine of information on Durham miners

The Northern Echo: (11870635)

4:08pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

THE records of 200,000 miners who worked in the Durham Coalfield can now be viewed online.

The Sixteen Choral Pilgrimage comes to Durham Cathedral

The Northern Echo: The Sixteen. Picture: Josep Molina  (11864745)

2:50pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

THE WORLD-RENOWNED choral group The Sixteen bring their latest choral pilgrimage to Durham Cathedral tomorrow (Friday, October 24).

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.



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