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Investigation continues into the death of solicitor found with stab wounds in Durham City

The Northern Echo: INQUEST REVIEW: Father-of-two Peter Maine died from stab wounds to his chest while out jogging in Durham City on September 1, last year.

2:18pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

DOCUMENTS relating to the death of a solicitor who suffered fatal stab wounds while jogging in Durham City have been handed to his family.

Students help plant new HQ's memorial garden

The Northern Echo: YOUNG GARDENERS: Youngsters plant the Memorial garden at the new police headquarters at Aykley Heads. Deputy Chief Constable Michael Banks, in uniform, background, looks on.              Picture: ANDY LAMB (10957216)

5:43pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

SCHOOL children have helped plant a memorial garden at a new police force headquarters.

Warring sides prepare for inquiry showdown on 'growth catalyst' plan

The Northern Echo: CHANGES PROPOSED: Durham County Council

3:54pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

A MAJOR inquiry which could shape the region for decades to come begins tomorrow (Wednesday, October 1).

Warden saw me buy parking ticket - fined cancer sufferer

The Northern Echo: PARKING FINE: David Brown and his wife Gail who received a parking ticket during their visit to the University Hospital of North Durham. Picture: DAVID WOOD (10882097)

6:49am Tuesday 30th September 2014

A CANCER sufferer claims a traffic warden saw her buy a parking ticket for an urgent hospital appointment before slapping a fine on her car just four minutes later.

Residents invited to join in new era for vital village facility

The Northern Echo: NEW LOOK: Chairman Keith Pounder (front) with committee members Anne Yard (left) and Margaret Hamilton (right) from the Quarrington Hill Community Association who have taken charge of the community centre following the refurbishment. Picture: DAVID WOOD (

4:53pm Tuesday 30th September 2014

VILLAGE leaders are inviting fellow residents to join them in celebrating a new era for their community centre.

Row with "ex" turned to violence outside castle wedding party

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

7:04pm Monday 29th September 2014

AN ALCOHOLIC "punched the living daylights" out of his ex-partner at a wedding party.

Injured man airlifted to hospital after ravine rescue

The Northern Echo: FLYING RESUE: The Great North Air Ambulance Service attended the scene of the crash near  Raby Hunt Inn in Summerhouses, near Gainford, County Durham

7:14pm Monday 29th September 2014

A MAN was rescued by firefighters tonight after falling up to 20ft down a steep ravine.

Durham science firm bought by Japanese giant

The Northern Echo: Durham University

5:44pm Monday 29th September 2014

A NORTH-East science firm has been bought up by a Japanese stem cell company, offering hope for the development of better heart, liver and nerve cells.

Harrison's great prehistoric bake off

The Northern Echo: Harrison Turnbull with his mother Kate and his dinosaur cake (10890888)

5:16pm Monday 29th September 2014

RELATIVES of a young leukaemia sufferer have been raising money for a charity that brought a smile to his face.

Abuse probe delays 'unfortunate' - bishop

The Northern Echo: The Bishop of Durham

1:48pm Monday 29th September 2014

THE North-East’s most senior churchman has criticised delays to the Government’s historic child abuse inquiry.

Road work to begin at Mt Oswald

The Northern Echo: John Ruddick

4:56pm Monday 29th September 2014

WORK on a £200m housing development is about to take another step forward.

Sports pitch opened in Coxhoe

The Northern Echo: GRAND OPENING: Roberta Blackman Woods MP (right) officially opens the new sports facility at the Active Life Centre in Coxhoe with centre manager Melanie Adams  (left), Samson from Sunderland AFC, Ethan Purvis (12), Jacob Dunn (10), Joshua Mounter (10) an

10:52am Sunday 28th September 2014

COMMUNITY sports facilities have been officially opened in north Durham.

Stained glass window marks school's 600th anniversary

The Northern Echo: LIGHT YEARS: Year 12 student Alex Douglas with Head Teacher Kieran McLaughlin, Dean of Durham the Very Rev Michael Sadgrove and the stained glass window he designed. (10828204)

11:20am Sunday 28th September 2014

ONE of the country’s oldest schools has had stained glass window designed for its chapel to mark its 600th anniversary.

Singer to perform farm gig for Ugandan charity

The Northern Echo: FARM GIG: A nurse looks after a newborn baby in a Ugandan maternity unit

2:57pm Sunday 28th September 2014

A SINGER-songwriter is to perform a gig next week to raise money for children with disabilities in rural Uganda.

Original Scouting For Boys is centrepiece of new exhibition

The Northern Echo: BOOKS FOR BOYS: An edition of 'The Boys' Own Paper Annual' on display at an exhibition at Palace Green Library, Durham. Picture: TOM BANKS (10787910)

1:39pm Friday 26th September 2014

AN original manuscript of one of the world’s most-read books is the centrepiece of a new exhibition of adventure books.

Young ballerina celebrates success

4:51pm Friday 26th September 2014

A YOUNG ballerina is celebrating after being selected for a place on a prestigious ballet programme.

Dog attack man has arm amputated

The Northern Echo: Stephen Potts (10634913)

4:23pm Thursday 25th September 2014

A DOG breeder whose two American bulldogs savaged him while he took them for a walk has had an arm amputated.

Pledge to clamp down on late night parking

The Northern Echo: PARKING CLAMPDOWN: Claypath in Durham

6:50pm Thursday 25th September 2014

A CRACKDOWN on drivers who flout traffic and parking rules in the centre of Durham on weekend nights will be repeated.

Man at wheel of stolen car claimed he bought it from owner earlier that day

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

4:59pm Thursday 25th September 2014

A MAN caught at the wheel of a car taken after a burglary told police he had bought it off the owner earlier that day.

Origami and calligraphy on offer for languages day

The Northern Echo: LANGUAGES DAY: European Day of Languages is marked in Durham with series of events including Japanese calligraphy. Pictured are Kyoko Emoto show Klara Anna Capova how to write Japanese characters. Picture: TOM BANKS (10762465)

4:02pm Thursday 25th September 2014

ORIGAMI and a traditional Japanese tea ceremony brought a touch of the east to the region today.

Drive to keep students Durham University students safe during freshers' week

The Northern Echo: Sope Peters (10765651)

2:45pm Thursday 25th September 2014

POLICE are mounting a concerted drive to ensure the safety of students as thousands prepare to converge on Durham City for freshers’ week.

Warning of probable three-year sentence for third-strike burglar

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

1:48pm Thursday 25th September 2014

A THIRD-STRIKE burglar was warned to expect the mandatory minimum of a three-year prison sentence.

Fate of dog that attacked its owner in High Pittington remains in balance

The Northern Echo: Stephen Potts (10634913)

11:20am Thursday 25th September 2014

THE FATE of a dog that joined in a savage attack on its owner remains in the balance.

Archbishop to speak at memorial service

The Northern Echo: MEMORIAL SERVICE: The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu.

2:54pm Thursday 25th September 2014

THE Archbishop of York is to read in his native tongue of Luganda at a special memorial service for his namesake at Durham Cathedral.

Prison criticised over suicide of Shakespeare book thief Raymond Scott

The Northern Echo:

1:31pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

A PRISONS watchdog has found that more should have been done to protect Shakespeare book thief Raymond Scott, who took his own life in his cell.

Employee stole cash collected from parents at special school

The Northern Echo: COURT APPEARANCE: Heather Waterson pictured leaving Consett Magistrates Court.

6:04am Wednesday 24th September 2014

A CLERICAL worker at a North-East special school stole cash collected from parents to pay for trips and school dinners for their children, a court heard.

North scientist wins major astronomy prize

5:30pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

A NOW commonly used technique to measure the expansion of the universe has earned a Durham University scientist an international prize.

Orchestra North East prepares for concert at Durham Cathedral

The Northern Echo:

1:49pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

THE globally-acclaimed violinist Anna-Liisa Bezrodny will be returning to Durham City for a concert with Orchestra North-East next month.

Man mauled by American bulldogs in High Pittington remains in serious condition

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

6:32pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

A MAN who was savaged by his own dogs remains in a serious condition in hospital tonight (Tuesday, September 23).

Plans to move post office at West Rainton

The Northern Echo: Rev\amping post offices (10547622)

5:23pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

A VILLAGE post office could be moved to new premises where it would be given an open plan format and longer opening.

Downton Abbey memorabilia to go under the hammer for hospice

The Northern Echo: ABBEY AUCTION: Photo signed by cast of Downton Abbey among items to be auctioned for charity

5:04pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

A SIGNED photo from the cast of TV’s Downton Abbey will be among the lots up for auction during a night to raise funds for a North-East hospice.

Woman injured in van accident

The Northern Echo: (10592587)

3:45pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

A 73-YEAR-OLD woman who was part of a Chinese touring party has suffered serious injuries after being hit by a van while walking to her coach.

A hard knight's day in the Market Place

The Northern Echo: Dawn of Chivalry bringing medieval entertainment to Durham Market Place in September of last year  (10661710)

2:12pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

A MEDIEVAL-themed fund-raising event will be held in Durham Market Place this weekend in aid of St Cuthbert’s Hospice.

Panto favourites return to Gala for Christmas show

The Northern Echo: GENIE-US: The cast of the 2014-15 panto Aladdin at The Gala Theatre in Durham (10624578)

1:53pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

PANTO favourites are to return to the stage this Christmas for one of the region’s biggest annual shows.

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.



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