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NEWS FROM YOUR AREA

Homes plan for former dairy site

The Northern Echo: A GV of  the former Stonebridge diary site, off the A690, Neville’s Cross, Durham.
Picture by Tom Banks 27-04-14 (8510086)

6:51pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

PLANS to build houses on a former dairy site which had been earmarked for a £12.5m business park have been approved.

Thousands enjoy brass festival

The Northern Echo: Jaipur Kawa band perform in Durham City  (8506051)

6:41pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

MORE than 30,000 people attended concerts, events and workshops over a ten-day musical festival.

Weekend return for 'a right old song and dance'

The Northern Echo: Dancers at the Durham Folk Party 2012 (8507821)

6:03pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

AN ANNUAL folk festival returns this weekend (July 25-27).

More student digs backed, despite 'gross over-supply' claim

The Northern Echo: County Hall, Durham, home of Durham County Council (6122845)

4:50pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

COUNCILLORS have approved another 109 student beds for Durham, despite claims the city is now suffering a gross over-supply of such accommodation.

Bishop's wife heads to Games

The Northern Echo: Rosemary Butler with husband Paul, the Bishop of Durham (8474928)

2:56pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A BISHOP’S wife is heading to Glasgow to provide first aid at the Commonwealth Games.

Lights out to mark war centenary

The Northern Echo: First World War trenches (8448778)

2:41pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A SPECIAL evening is being planned to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Work to upgrade sewer network due to begin at Newton Hall, Durham City

The Northern Echo:

12:03pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

WORK is due to begin on a £1.1m upgrade to a sewer network on a Durham City housing estate.

More to see at kids’ visitor centre

The Northern Echo: : Colin Dixon (left) with Duke and Keith Martell (right)  from the North East cowboy re-enactor's Martell's Raiders test out the new Wild West indoor play area at Adventure Valley in Durham. Picture: DAVID WOOD (8394332)

10:20am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A FAMILY theme park in the North-East has expanded, creating four new areas for children.

Two churches, one priest, two bishops - one faith?

The Northern Echo: Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham, with women priests who were ordained in 1994 (8438161)

5:54pm Monday 21st July 2014

A PRIEST tasked with leading one church which accepts women bishops and another which refuses them had to be blessed by two bishops, all in one service.

Durham pilot of bus payment card

The Northern Echo: (8447468)

5:22pm Monday 21st July 2014

DURHAM City bus passengers are helping to road test a new cashless payment system.

Raft race helps charities keep their heads above water

The Northern Echo: Durham Raft Race organisers, contestants and beneficiaries

4:04pm Monday 21st July 2014

A RAFT race has raised more than £2,000 for charity.

Slimmer Michael saddles up for Big Ride

The Northern Echo: Clive Baxter, Shaun Clark, Michael Sinclair and Luke Sinclair. Michael is preparing for his fourth Durham Big Ride (8440355)

4:02pm Monday 21st July 2014

A CYCLIST who has shed nearly four stones is gearing up for his fourth annual community ride.

Good Citizens do their bit for charity

The Northern Echo: : Mayor of Durham councillor John Robinson talks with owner Olivier Bernard during his visit to Durham City Football Club. Picture: DAVID WOOD (8397066)

3:00pm Monday 21st July 2014

A CHARITY day at a Northern League club has been hailed as a success.

Foto-Fest help for young snappers

The Northern Echo: Durham Town Hall

2:30pm Monday 21st July 2014

YOUNG photographers are invited to get advice and tips on entering an inaugural competition at an event this weekend.

Teen volunteer wins national acclaim

The Northern Echo: : Junior Neighbourhood Watch coordinator Andrew Donnelly (16) from Ushaw Moor, Durham. Picture: DAVID WOOD (8426246)

1:27pm Monday 21st July 2014

A TEENAGER, believed to be the country’s youngest Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator, has won national praise for his tireless community work.

Masons pledge to build on cathedral backing

The Northern Echo: Durham Cathedral

1:27pm Monday 21st July 2014

FREEMASONS have donated £50,000 to a cathedral.

Bike event marks its 20th anniversary

The Northern Echo: ON YER BIKE: Durham's Police HQ Aykley Heads plays host to the Bikewise event featuring lots of entertainment. Musical entertainment.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (8402747)

5:33pm Sunday 20th July 2014

BIKERS from across the region have taken part in the 20th anniversary of an event to promote motorcycle safety.

Councillors to decide on housing plan for former dairy site

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

3:37pm Sunday 20th July 2014

PLANNING officers are recommending that a housing development on the site of a former dairy be granted planning permission.

Swan song from cathedral choir

The Northern Echo: : Choral Scholars and Choristers add their piece to the Lego model with Cathedral Lay Clark Deryck Webb (left) and Master of the Choristers and Organist Jame Lancelot (right) during the event at Durham Cathedral. Picture: DAVID WOOD (8397175)

2:03pm Sunday 20th July 2014

CHORISTERS and choral scholars leaving Durham Cathedral have recreated the quire area as part of the North-East landmark’s Lego model.

Woman given suspended jail term for taking most of man's life savings

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

6:01am Saturday 19th July 2014

A WOMAN took most of an elderly man’s life savings which she and her husband were storing on his behalf, a court was told.

Month-long delay in sentencing motorway road bridge missile thrower

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

4:45pm Friday 18th July 2014

SENTENCE on a youth who threw a concrete slab from a road bridge over the A1(M), smashing the cab window of a passing lorry, will take place next month.

Angry young woman attacked her ex's new partner

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

4:23pm Friday 18th July 2014

A YOUNG woman engaged in a “campaign of intimidation” before attacking her ex-partner’s new girlfriend.

Kenneth closing in on finish line in 100-day run

The Northern Echo: : Kenneth Reader's uncle Sol 'Solly' Reader.  (8379889)

3:59pm Friday 18th July 2014

A RUGBY player is approaching the finishing line as he attempts to complete an epic 1,000km charity challenge.

Helen becomes first woman to take on gruelling challenge

The Northern Echo: PEDAL POWER: Helen Tones leads the field on a previous fund raising effort

2:39pm Friday 18th July 2014

AN exercise co-ordinator will put her skills to the test this weekend when she becomes the first woman to take on a gruelling 202-mile charity challenge.

'Mind reading' bank Atom brings 400 jobs to the North-East

The Northern Echo:

12:00am Friday 18th July 2014

UP to 400 jobs will be created when the world’s first “telepathic” bank opens its UK headquarters in the North-East next year.

Durham's police chief joins stunt rider ahead of Bikewise event

The Northern Echo: RIDE ON: Chief Constable Mike Barton and stunt rider Dave Coates get a taste of Sunday's Bikewise event at Aykley Heads police HQ.       Picture: ANDY LAMB (8303677)

9:10am Friday 18th July 2014

DURHAM’S chief constable helped a stunt rider test out his quad bike ahead of a popular annual motorcycle event on Sunday.

Missing person charity teams up with police to offer text lifeline

The Northern Echo: TEXT ALERT: Durham Police have teamed up with Missing People to lauch a text alert service. Pictured are Karen Robinson, head of development and partnerships for Missing People, and PC Terry Archibold, response officer from Derwentside. Picture: TOM BANKS

2:49pm Thursday 17th July 2014

A POTENTIAL text lifeline for vulnerable missing people is being set up after an agreement between police and a national charity.

City's annual bear hunt gets underway

The Northern Echo: BEAR HUNT: The launch of the police-run summer bear hunt, in which teddy bears are hidden in shops around Durham City, with children and various representitive from the city and the police. Picture: TOM BANKS (8337217)

2:35pm Thursday 17th July 2014

IF you go down to the shops today, you’re in for a big surprise.

Lollipop lady Sheila looks forward to final day

The Northern Echo: FINAL CROSSING: Sheila Gaskell is about to hang up her lollipop after 40 years' service

1:59pm Thursday 17th July 2014

A LONG-SERVING lollipop lady is preparing for her final day at work after 40 years of helping children cross the road.

Hundreds expected to take part in new trail run

The Northern Echo: GET SET: Around 300 runners expected to take part in first Coxhoe trail run

12:19pm Thursday 17th July 2014

HUNDREDS of runners are expected to take part in a new 10k event taking place later this year.

Life sentence for long-term inmate's prison hammer attack on child killer

The Northern Echo: HAMMER ATTACK: Frankland Prison

9:34pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

A CONVICTED child killer suffered skull fractures in an unprovoked prison hammer attack, a court was told.

Durham's police chief unveils new plan in fight against bilking

The Northern Echo: THEFT WARNING: Chief Constable Mike Barton with a poster warning about fuel theft.       Picture: ANDY LAMB (8303838)

6:25pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

DURHAM’S chief constable has unveiled plans to identify those filling stations not doing enough to tackle fuel theft - by parking an unused patrol car nearby.

Community to remember outbreak of war

The Northern Echo: FIRST SHOTS: Belmont to commemorate outbreak of war

1:04pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

A FOUR-YEAR programme of activities to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War is set to be launched.

Lumiere to return after council funding agreed

The Northern Echo: LIGHT FANTASTIC: Keyframes piece during last year's Lumiere

12:26pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

THE popular light festival Lumiere is to return to the streets of Durham next year after £500,000 council funding was agreed to stage the event.

Bloom judges cast an eye over rival bids

The Northern Echo: : Northumbria In Bloom judges Marian Foster (left), David Goodchild and Mary Lou Downie during their tour of Durham Botanic Gardens. Picture: DAVID WOOD (8238006)

4:23pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

JUDGES are casting an eye over rival bids for a prestigious competition.

Restaurant bar wins licence fight against residents

The Northern Echo: Granted application (8248423)

3:56pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

A RESTAURANT bar has been allowed to open despite fears from nearby residents it could herald the return of "boy racers".

Long-running automobile club returns to his spiritual home

The Northern Echo: : Members of the Durham Automobile Club with some of their vehicles. Picture: DAVID WOOD (8238471)

2:34pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

ONE of the region’s longest-running motor clubs is returning to its old home.

Inquest review held into death of Wynyard solicitor

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.

1:18pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

A REVIEW hearing prior to an inquest into the death of a solicitor who died from stab wounds to the chest while jogging took place today (Tuesday, July 15).

Land Registry sell off abandoned

The Northern Echo: REGSITRY PROTEST: Durham City MP Roberta Blackman-Woods joins campaigners calling for the Land Registry to be kept in public ownership earlier this year

6:03am Tuesday 15th July 2014

THE controversial sell-off of the Land Registry was abandoned yesterday (Monday, July 14), after ministers admitted it had run into overwhelming opposition.

Object lesson in war

The Northern Echo: CHANGES PROPOSED: Durham County Council

5:49pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

THE fascinating stories behind a selection of objects and artefacts from the First World War will be the subject of a talk this weekend.

Building society staff take on "Tour de France"

The Northern Echo: SADDLE UP: Tour de France passes through North Yorkshire

5:26pm Monday 14th July 2014

BUILDING society staff hope to complete the Tour de France from the comfort of their own office.

West Rainton residents plea over development

The Northern Echo: HELP REQUESTED: Eric Pickles.

4:44pm Monday 14th July 2014

RESIDENTS fighting to prevent a housing development being built on the edge of their village are calling on the Government to help.

Residents urge Pickles to call in controversial housing scheme

The Northern Echo: The development site (8199615)

4:27pm Monday 14th July 2014

RESIDENTS fighting to prevent a housing development being built on the edge of their village are calling on the Government to help.

Germany win World Cup

The Northern Echo:

10:43pm Sunday 13th July 2014

GERMANY have won the World Cup for the first time since 1990 with a 1-0 injury time victory over Argentina in Rio de Janeiro.

Around 100,000 people toast absent friends at an emotional Durham Miners' Gala

The Northern Echo: : Bands perform during the130th Durham Miners' Gala. Picture: DAVID WOOD (8156929)

6:30pm Sunday 13th July 2014

ABSENT friends were remembered at the biggest event in the socialist calendar over the weekend.

Sir Bobby’s old club is relaunched for the next generation of footballers

The Northern Echo: GOOD CONTROL: Durham Federation Under 10s (whites) take on Deerness Valley (orange/black) during the event at Langley Park Sports and Social Club. Picture: DAVID WOOD (8156682)

4:15pm Sunday 13th July 2014

THE junior football club where a young Sir Bobby Robson learned his skills, has been re-launched after 20 years on the touchline.

'Mad' axe-wielding biker jailed over theft row

The Northern Echo: Axe man Gareth Laidman, who has been jailed for three years (8131234)

12:30pm Sunday 13th July 2014

A DRUNKEN biker “gone mad” appeared at a former friend's front door wielding an axe above his head, terrifying his partner, a court heard.

Gala remembers stalwart speakers

The Northern Echo:

3:50pm Saturday 12th July 2014

FOR the first time in 60 years residents of a former pit village will march behind their own banner at today's (Saturday, July 12) 130th Durham Miners’ Gala.

Relaunch of Sir Bobby’s old club

The Northern Echo: Sir Bobby Robson

9:53pm Friday 11th July 2014

LADY Elsie Robson is presiding over the officially reopening of the junior football club where her famous late husband learned his trade.

Man who abducted and sexually assaulted girl jailed

The Northern Echo: Colin Luke, who has been jailed for four-and-a-half years (8131001)

7:58pm Friday 11th July 2014

A MAN who abducted a young girl from a public park and sexually assaulted her has been jailed.



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