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Rape pair put young victim through prolonged ordeal, treating her as "a mere object", court told.

The Northern Echo: Mark Wilson: Sentenced to 14 years in young offenders' institution after conviction for rape.

6:02am Friday 29th August 2014

TWO teenagers carried out a prolonged rape attack on a young girl they had picked up by car minutes earlier, a court heard yesterday.

"Cat" team on prowl for residents' help

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

12:15pm Friday 29th August 2014

RESIDENTS are being asked to set the priorities of a new action team set up to improve life in their village.

Four in court accused of rabbit cruelty

The Northern Echo: Durham Constabulary

5:59pm Thursday 28th August 2014

FOUR young men have appeared in court accused of torturing a pet rabbit before it was killed.

Fourteen year sentences for teen rapists who treated young victim "as mere object" during prolonged attack

The Northern Echo: Mark Wilson: Sentenced to 14 years in young offenders' institution after conviction for rape.

3:51pm Thursday 28th August 2014

TWO teenagers who subjected a younger girl to an “horrific” rape ordeal are each beginning 14-year sentences behind bars.

Shopping centre honoured for car park safety

The Northern Echo: PARK MARK: Dalton Park centre manager Jerry Hatch, foreground with their park mark award with security team, from left Gary Burlinson, Chris Smith, PCSO Martin Nicholson and PC Martin Thursfield.            Picture: ANDY LAMB (9746602)

5:09pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

A SHOPPING centre has been presented with an award for its efforts to cut crime in its car parks.

Cars on fire at Sacriston scrapyard

1:02am Wednesday 27th August 2014

A NUMBER of cars are reported to be alight at a scrapyard in Sacriston, County Durham (Tuesday).

Teenager hurt in hit-and-run crash

The Northern Echo: TEENAGER HURT: Police appealing for witnesses to South Hetton accident

4:34pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

A TEENAGE cyclist suffered a broken elbow in a hit-and-run collision.

New charity shop looking for support

2:04pm Monday 25th August 2014

A CHARITY shop opening in Seaham this week is looking for volunteers.

Stage set for first Durham Flower Festival

The Northern Echo: Show secretary Dianne Weir prepares for the first Durham Flower Festival

12:16pm Monday 25th August 2014

AN INAUGURAL flower festival will take place at the weekend (August 30-31).

Daughter applied for pay day loans using mother's name

The Northern Echo: Kelly Marie Lamont  leaves court after being given a suspended sentence for making fraudulent pay day loan applications.

1:29pm Sunday 24th August 2014

A WOMAN who made applications for pay day loans using her mother’s name and employment details walked free from court, but with a suspended prison sentence hanging over her.

Man with paedophilic tendencies jailed for two years over indecent image haul

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

2:20pm Friday 22nd August 2014

A MAN who developed “an addiction” for depraved images featuring young children has been jailed for two years.

Sailor rescued from life-raft after abandoning burning yacht off Seaham coast

The Northern Echo: Burning yacht off coast of Seaham, County Durham, with Hartlepool RNLI lifeboats. Picture: MARK TAYLOR (9579650)

10:49am Friday 22nd August 2014

A SAILOR has been rescued after abandoning his burning yacht off the North-East coast this morning (Friday, August 22).

Helicopter Museum at Shotton Airfield a step closer to lift-off

The Northern Echo: Proposed helicopter museum (9555585)

5:08pm Thursday 21st August 2014

PLANS for a North-East helicopter museum combined with a ground-breaking venture in the rehabilitation of disabled former armed forces personnel have taken a step forward.

Peterlee father-of-two faces jail after sex assault conviction

6:12pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A FATHER of two faces jail after he was convicted of sexually assaulting a young girl in broad daylight.

Police investigating Station Town shooting appeal for information about three vehicles

The Northern Echo: Scene of shooting in Station Town. The victim was in garden of second house from the left.  (9473659)

4:33pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

DETECTIVES investigation the shooting of a man in his garden have appealed for information about three cars seen in the area around the time of the attack.

Men arrested in connection with Station Town shooting released on police bail

The Northern Echo: Scene of shooting in Station Town. The victim was in garden of second house from the left.  (9473659)

10:29am Wednesday 20th August 2014

TWO men arrested in connection with the shooting of a man in his garden have been released on police bail pending further inquiries.

Two arrests following shooting of man in Station Town

The Northern Echo: Scene of shooting in Station Town. The victim was in garden of second house from the left.  (9473659)

10:17pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

A MAN shot five times after a number of cars pulled up outside his home is recovering in hospital tonight (Tuesday, August 19) as police continue a major investigation.

Peterlee father-of-two denies sexual assaulting teenager

The Northern Echo: Teesside Crown Court

5:08pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

A FATHER of two has denied sexually assaulting a girl in the street.

Two arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after man shot several times in his garden

The Northern Echo: Durham Constabulary

10:42am Tuesday 19th August 2014

A MAN has been shot several times after a number of cars pulled up outside his home yesterday afternoon.

Project that saved Hetton Smithy is shortlisted for national award

The Northern Echo: John Guy in action at the Hetton Smithy  (9426123)

5:56pm Monday 18th August 2014

A PROJECT that restored a 19th century blacksmith’s shop to its former glory has been shortlisted for a national award.

Final preparations underway for opening of Thornley Village Centre

The Northern Echo: Handing over of the keys of Thornley Village Centre.  (9418497)

4:16pm Monday 18th August 2014

COMMUNITY leaders are making final preparations for the opening of a new village centre in east Durham.

Woman admits starting fire at rented home

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

4:05pm Monday 18th August 2014

A WOMAN has admitted responsibility for a fire which broke out in the living room of her home.

Residents oppose plans for housing development on southern outskirts of Seaham

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

12:01pm Sunday 17th August 2014

PLANS for a major new housing development on the edge of an east Durham town have been met with overwhelming opposition from residents of a neighbouring village who fear they will be swallowed up in an urban sprawl.

Sisters to stand trial over alleged ear-biting incident at village cricket club function

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

6:02pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

TWO sisters have denied responsibility for biting off part of another woman’s ear in a late night fracas at a function at a village cricket club.

Hopes raised for new Seaham school

The Northern Echo: David Shield, Head teacher of Seaham School of Technology pictured at the school for business feature on chools that badly need rebuilding. (9273250)

5:08pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

MUCH-delayed plans to build a new secondary school have moved a step closer to becoming a reality.

Appeal to trace Good Samaritans who stepped in to help robbery bid victim

The Northern Echo: FAMILY FUN: Police to hold family fun day (6250118)

4:07pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after an attempted robbery on a man walking his dog at the weekend.

Burglar who claimed he was looking for somewhere to sleep is jailed

The Northern Echo: Teesside Crown Court

3:25pm Monday 11th August 2014

A BURGLAR caught in an empty house told police he was looking for somewhere to sleep after falling out with his girlfriend.

Volunteers clean up Crimdon beach

The Northern Echo: Volunteers help clear away litter at Crimdon beach. Picture: KEITH TAYLOR (9098594)

8:31pm Friday 8th August 2014

VOLUNTEERS turned out in force to help clear up litter from an increasingly popular beach in east Durham.

Conman jailed for robbing elderly women

The Northern Echo: Durham Crown Court

3:01pm Friday 8th August 2014

A CONMAN who stole from two women in their 80s has been jailed for nearly two years.

Blackhall woman overcomes odds to be selected for international beauty pageant

The Northern Echo: : 20 year old Megan Crombie. Picture: DAVID WOOD (9064361)

2:33pm Friday 8th August 2014

A YOUNG woman who has overcome chronic fatigue syndrome to live an active and fruitful life is celebrating after being selected for an international beauty pageant.

Talent group for youngsters set to expand into Peterlee

The Northern Echo: STAGE SCHOOL: A  talent school, which has provided actors for ITV's Vera, is to run classes in Peterlee

4:52pm Thursday 7th August 2014

A TALENT school for aspiring actors in Newcastle has proven to be so popular that it is to expand and run classes in County Durham.

Seaham mark Great War centenary

The Northern Echo: : 91 year old veteran Jack Watson from Silksworth in Sunderland attends the First World War commemoration event in Seaham wearing his medals (right) and those of his father, Jacob Watson (left) who served in the Royal Medical Corps during WW1. Picture: DA

3:45pm Monday 4th August 2014

RESIDENTS of an east Durham community marked the Great War centenary with a parade followed by a picnic – building up to a candlelit vigil this evening (Monday, August 4).

£85,000 raised in 12 weeks to keep Tommy on Seaham seafront

The Northern Echo: COMMUNITY EFFORT: Creator Ray Lonsdale with his sculpture Picture: North News

6:04am Monday 4th August 2014

A SCULPTOR has welcomed news that a much-loved statue he created will remain in a North-East town after the community raised £85,000 to buy it in just 12 weeks.

Sorry daddy - drunk teen piles company car into neighbour's kitchen

The Northern Echo: : Macauley Hall pictured leaving Durham Crown Court. Picture: DAVID WOOD (8858202)

6:02am Saturday 2nd August 2014

A BOOZY teenage girl’s craving for music led to her crashing her father’s company car into a neighbour’s kitchen, causing more than £30,000-worth of damage.

Starving stray Cypriot dog rescued by Peterlee tattoo artist

The Northern Echo: DOG RESCUE: Evan the dog rescued by Robbie Matthews, in Cyprus, with his pet passport

4:58pm Friday 1st August 2014

A TATTOO artist who rescued a stray injured dog from the streets in Cyprus has secured a passport to bring the animal home to the UK.

Craft hub at east Durham garden centre expands

The Northern Echo: Craft hub at Plants R Ross (8816235)

1:53pm Friday 1st August 2014

A GARDEN centre has unveiled plans to expand a craft hub aimed at helping people set up new businesses.

Flood protection work starts on historic pier

The Northern Echo: VITAL WORK: Seaham North Pier

1:45pm Monday 28th July 2014

WORK on a £3.4m project on a historic pier aimed at protecting an east Durham town from flooding is getting underway this week.

Tommy target reached to ensure statue stays in town

3:45pm Sunday 27th July 2014

THE mission to ensure a much-loved steel statue remains in a North-East coastal town appears to have proved successful.

Drug dealer jailed after kilo of cannabis recovered from car

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

7:16pm Friday 25th July 2014

A DRUG dealer caught bringing £6,000-worth of cannabis to the North-East was jailed for two years.

Teaching assistant admits kissing boy, but will stand trial over other alleged sexual activity

The Northern Echo: Accused former teaching assistant: Helen Louise Turnbull pictured outside Durham Crown Court. today. Picture: DAVID WOOD.

5:27pm Friday 25th July 2014

A TEACHING assistant has admitted kissing a male pupil at the school where she worked.

Lucky scratchcard bags grocery store worker £70k

The Northern Echo: Deborah and Simon Maddison celebrate winning £70,000 on a scratchcard (8576515)

2:43pm Thursday 24th July 2014

A GROCERY store worker has won £70,000 on a scratchcard.

Family row led to stabbing

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

6:23pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A MAN stabbed his step-father in the leg after an apparently mundane domestic row turned violent.

Interim head takes over school after teachers threaten to strike

The Northern Echo: NEED TO IMPROVE: Shotton Hall Primary School in County Durham. Picture: TOM BANKS (8270782)

12:02am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A SCHOOL where teachers have voted to take industrial action over allegations of “unacceptable management practices” has appointed a new interim head teacher after the previous head resigned.

Boy hurt when rope swing snaps at Castle Eden Dene

The Northern Echo: General view of County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters in Durham. (8426107)

8:14pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A TEENAGE boy was admitted to hospital tonight (Tuesday, July 22) for a precautionary medical check after falling ten feet down a ravine when a makeshift rope swing snapped.

Arson attacks

6:47pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

POLICE are investigating two arson attacks on vehicles in east Durham, on Wednesday, July 17.

'Much-needed' new homes scheme backed

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

5:07pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

COUNCILLORS have backed plans to build new homes in a village, after hearing they were much-needed in the former pit community.

Inspirational head teacher of Wingate Community Nursery School retires after 24 years

The Northern Echo: RETIRING: Paddy Beels OBE, Headteacher at Wingate Community Nursery School. Picture: DAVID WOOD (8382500)

2:53pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

AN INSPIRATIONAL nursery school head teacher, recognised both nationally and internationally for her work with young children and families, was given a Royal send-off when she retired.

Police volunteer from Shotton Colliery awarded by Home Office for outstanding work

The Northern Echo: Stephen Maitland (left) and Mary Calam, director general of the Crime and Policing Group at the Home Office.
 (8472410)

11:50am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A VOLUNTEER with Durham Constabulary has won national acclaim for his outstanding contribution to making people in an east Durham community feel safer.

Residents challenge approval of widening of Wheatley Hill Service Station back entrance

The Northern Echo: Wheatley Hill Service Station

9:56pm Monday 21st July 2014

RESIDENTS are challenging a council’s decision to allow a filling station to retain a widened rear exit - which they say is directing traffic from a busy bypass along their once-quiet street.

Residents to challenge council decision allowing Wheatley Hill Service Station to keep widened back entrance

The Northern Echo: Margaret Hedley at back entrance to Wheatley Hill Service Station. Picture: GAVIN ENGELBRECHT (8435276)

3:51pm Monday 21st July 2014

RESIDENTS are challenging a council decision to allow a filling station to keep a widened rear exit - which they say directs traffic from a busy bypass along their once-quiet street.



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