Covering Seaham, Easington, South Hetton, Murton, Wingate, Thornley, Blackhall, Horden, Castle Eden, Haswell, Shotton and surrounding villages.


Parishioners begging vicars for food - Bishop of Durham

The Northern Echo: Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham

12:10am Thursday 17th April 2014

CHURCH vicars are increasingly being asked for help by hungry parishioners, the Bishop of Durham has claimed.

Fire crews called to blazes across County Durham

The Northern Echo: County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service

9:38pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

FIRE fighters across County Durham have been called to a series of blazes tonight, including incidents in Darlington, Willington, Peterlee, Horden and Newton Aycliffe.

Council agrees closure of five care homes

The Northern Echo: CLOSURE VOTE: A previous protest to save Newtown House care home in Stanhope

12:07pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

FIVE council-run care homes will close after councillors heard it is too expensive to keep them going.

463% rise in North-East foodbank users in just 12 months

The Northern Echo: The Right Reverend Justin Welby, left, packs a parcel with Alan Bell, centre, of Emmanuel Church and helper Peter MacLellan

12:10am Wednesday 16th April 2014

DOZENS of bishops and hundreds of faith leaders including the Bishop of Durham will today (Wednesday, April 16) demand the Government take urgent action to tackle the growing food crisis engulfing the UK.

'Amazing, appalling, shocking' - the reality of Foodbank Britain

The Northern Echo: Bishop Seamus Cunnigham and Bishop Mark Bryant at Gateshead Foodbank

12:10am Wednesday 16th April 2014

“AMAZING, appalling, shocking.” That was the verdict of Durham Foodbank co-ordinator Peter MacLellan on new figures, released today, revealing a 463 per cent rise in North-East foodbank users in just 12 months.

Deborah Wild is new manager of Langley House Care Centre in Horden

The Northern Echo: Deborah Wild is new manager of Langley House Care Centre in Horden

2:20pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

Langley House Care Centre in Sunderland Road, Horden, near Peterlee, has appointed Deborah Wild as its new manager. The mother-of-four, who lives in Horden, has been promoted from deputy manager to run the 26-bedroom owned by the Durham Aged Mineworkers’ Homes Association. She said:”I am delighted to be managing a home in the town where I live and which has its heart very much in the local community. I am supported by a great and highly trained staff team that also live locally so we are all committed to ensuring Langley is the best run home in the region.”

Off-duty paramedic saves Easington woman's life after heart stops in gym

The Northern Echo: REG LEAD  Richard Harris, Mary Harris and Paramedic Mark Syson.

11:41am Tuesday 15th April 2014

A 54-YEAR-OLD whose heart stopped while she trained on a running machine was called "the luckiest woman alive" after she was saved by an off-duty paramedic using the same gym.

Three-strikes burglar jailed for mandatory three years

The Northern Echo:

8:00am Tuesday 15th April 2014

A THIRD-STRIKE burglar left empty-handed but having badly damaged the scene of his latest break-in, a court heard.

Witness appeal after two passengers hurt in car crash at Dalton-le-Dale

4:16pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

POLICE are appealing for information after two passengers in a car were injured after the vehicle they were travelling in left the road and collided with a lamp-post at the weekend. 

Free office accommodation for charities and other groups in Peterlee

The Northern Echo: Free office accommodation for charities and other groups in Peterlee

2:33pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

CHARITIES and other qualifying groups have been invited to take up office space in an east Durham building – for free.

Plans to convert former Wingate pub into shops and apartments

4:54pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

Plans have been unveiled to convert a former Wingate pub into four shop units and five apartments. A planning application has been submitted to Durham County Council seeking permission for the development at The Queens Head, Front Street West, Wingate. Consideration is pending.

Community champions honoured across County Durham

The Northern Echo: Councillor John Robinson hands out the Chairman's Medals

10:51am Monday 14th April 2014

FOURTEEN community champions have been honoured for their voluntary and charitable efforts.

First section of the England Coastal Path opens in North-East

The Northern Echo: Niall Benson (left), Heritage Coast Officer from Durham Heritage Coast Partnership with Rob Aubrook (right), Area Manager from Natural England.

2:52pm Sunday 13th April 2014

STRETCH of the England Coast Path has been opened in the North-East.

Benidorm or bust for motor-mad mates - and all for brave Bradley

The Northern Echo: Anthony McGinty (left) and Anthony Usher with their Benidorm-bound VW Passat

2:10pm Sunday 13th April 2014

IT’S Bendiorm or bust for two motor-mad mates, all in aid of a young cancer sufferer.

Registry Office redevelopment

The Northern Echo: Residents are urging Durham County Council to oppose a housing scheme

11:34am Sunday 13th April 2014

Persimmon Homes is seeking planning permission from Durham County Council to build 57 homes – with two, three, or four bedrooms - on the site of the former Registry Office and Area Education Office in York Road, Peterlee.

Castle Eden farmer has one of largest privately-owned solar panels installed on his land

The Northern Echo: Castle Eden farmer has one of largest privately-owned solar panels installed on his land

6:28pm Friday 11th April 2014

ONE of the largest privately-owned solar panel installations in the North-East has been set up on a farm.

Carer admits defrauding vulnerable pensioner out of thousands of pounds

The Northern Echo: Ashley Maddison

12:30pm Thursday 10th April 2014

A CARER has admitted going on a fraudulent spending spree using a card belonging to a vulnerable pensioner she was looking after.

Charity supporting people with learning disabilities across North Durham gets three years of funding

The Northern Echo: PRIZE PACK: Sheila Harris with some of the prizes on offer at the charity night

11:55am Thursday 10th April 2014

A CHARITY that supports people with learning disabilities is celebrating a lottery windfall that will secure the future of its service in north Durham.

Man who admits causing injuries in Boxing Day attack given prison warning

The Northern Echo: STATLEY BEARING: Construction of Durham Crown Court was problematical to say the least, but the architecture of the completed building has stood the test of time.

6:50pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

A MAN involved in a Boxing Day disturbance in which he inflicted an injury with a knife was today (Tuesday April 8) told to expect a prison sentence.

Easter sports fun in Peterlee

The Northern Echo: Durham County Council will send new concessionary bus passes to more than 10,000 residents this month

12:20pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

YOUNG people in east Durham are being invited to try out new sports in their local park this Easter.

New head chef for top hotel

The Northern Echo: NEW CHEF: Ross Grieve and Simon Bolsover

1:26pm Monday 7th April 2014

A GLOBETROTTING chef is to take over the kitchens at an award-winning North-east hotel.

Seaham baby Chanel is Britain's youngest heart op tot

The Northern Echo: 'DETERMINED': Chanel with parents Fay and Michael Murrish

5:07pm Sunday 6th April 2014

A BABY, who became Britain's youngest-ever person to have open heart surgery just minutes after being born, is recovering after a series of life saving operations.

Three arrested in school fraud probe bailed

The Northern Echo: Glendene Arts Academy, Easington Colliery

2:10pm Friday 4th April 2014

THREE people arrested over an alleged six-figure fraud at a North-East academy school have been bailed.

Many employers failing to pay a 'living wage' - TUC

The Northern Echo: Beth Farhat has been appointed as the Northern TUC’s new regional secretary

4:42pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

THOUSANDS of workers in the North-East are in jobs paying less than the living wage, according to the TUC.

Man in court over triple death crash

The Northern Echo: Funeral service of community stalwart Anne Peachey

4:15pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

A MAN appeared in court today (Thursday April 3) in connection with a road accident which caused the deaths of three women last summer.

£500,000 Lottery grant to help County Durham remember First World War

The Northern Echo: Replica tank outside the Miners' Hall, Murton, 1918

12:04pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

A LOTTERY grant of nearly £500,000 will help the North-East mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Arrests in Darlington and Whitley Bay as police probe Easington Academy

The Northern Echo: Glendene Academy

10:28am Thursday 3rd April 2014

POLICE investigating an alleged six-figure fraud at a North-East academy school have made three arrests.

Fore! Crematorium plan 'put mourners at risk of wayward golf balls'

The Northern Echo: CROY: Tee time for Mayor's charity drive

6:30am Wednesday 2nd April 2014

PLANS to build a £4m crematorium near a golf course have been hit into the rough, amid fears grieving mourners could be struck by wayward balls.

Who will be Durham's tourism superstar?

The Northern Echo: Councillor Neil Foster and Crook Hall and Gardens owner Keith Bell launch the award

6:00pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

A SEARCH has been launched to find County Durham’s tourism superstar.

Drunk man assaults housing officer and policeman, a court heard

The Northern Echo: The trial of Matthew Dale will be held at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court next February

4:28pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

A TEENAGER who assaulted the manager of a supported housing complex and the police officer that came to arrest him appeared before magistrates today (Tuesday, April 1).

A&E doctor struck off after psychotic patient kills her son

The Northern Echo: TRAGEDY: Christy Ruddell

4:41pm Monday 31st March 2014

A DOCTOR who allowed a psychotic woman to leave hospital just hours before she killed her two-year-old son is to be struck off the medical register.

Public exhibitions to discuss wind farm

The Northern Echo: WIND FARM: Staff from Infinis meet with East Durham College to discuss the Employability Fund

12:59pm Monday 31st March 2014

VILLAGERS living near a proposed wind farm are being invited to a series of public exhibitions to outline the proposal.

Supergran takes to air at Shotton Sky Diving Academy in aid of charity

The Northern Echo: Nancy Rutherford

2:49pm Monday 31st March 2014

A DAREDEVIL grandmother is set to take to the skies for a charity.

13 tonnes of waste Walkers crisps involved in Peterlee fire

The Northern Echo: County Durham and Darlington Fire Service freed the woman from her car.

3:10pm Sunday 30th March 2014

FIRE fighters in County Durham dealt with a blaze involving 13 tonnes of crisps this morning.

Teenager gets unexpected chance to star as catwalk model

The Northern Echo: CATWALK QUEEN: Jade-Nadine Rye

4:35pm Friday 28th March 2014

A TEENAGE student turned from catwalk organiser to catwalk model during a work experience placement at a fashion show.

Doctor failed to properly assess woman just hours before she killed her son

The Northern Echo: TRAGEDY: Christy Ruddell

2:08pm Friday 28th March 2014

A DOCTOR failed to ensure a psychotic woman was properly assessed before leaving hospital, just hours before she killed her two-year-old son, a tribunal ruled today (Friday, March 28).

Franchise extension for Northern Rail will come with £632m Government subsidy

The Northern Echo: RURAL SERVICE: A Northern Rail train on the Esk Valley Line where GPS technology is being used

3:53pm Thursday 27th March 2014

NORTHERN Rail will receive a £632m Government subsidy after signing a 22-month extension to its current franchise contract.

Change of use of open land for static home in Thornley refused

5:33pm Thursday 27th March 2014

Durham County Council planning officers have refused planning permission for the change of use from open land to showman storage and the placement of one static home at 2 Fairview, Thornley.

Seaham man accused of sex offences and indecent exposure in Sunderland and South Tyneside

The Northern Echo: Appeal for witnesses

5:04pm Thursday 27th March 2014


I couldn't have stopped mother leaving hospital before she strangled toddler - doctor

The Northern Echo: Strangled toddler Christy Ruddell

5:57pm Wednesday 26th March 2014

A DOCTOR has insisted he could not have stopped a psychotic mother leaving hospital just hours before she killed her two-year-old son.

Controversial crematorium plan at Castle Eden recommended for approval next week

The Northern Echo: Durham County Council

4:18pm Wednesday 26th March 2014

PLANS to build a crematorium near an East Durham beauty spot look set to win approval despite local opposition.

Schools project to look at farming during the Great War

The Northern Echo: Funding for oral history

3:14pm Wednesday 26th March 2014

A SPECIAL project on food and farming is being held to mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War One.

Easington MP set to defy Ed Miliband over welfare cap

The Northern Echo: Easington MP Grahame Morris supports Children's Commission on Poverty

6:00am Wednesday 26th March 2014

A NORTH-East Labour MP will today (Wednesday, March 26) defy his party leader by voting against a ‘welfare cap’ – warning it will “demonise those on benefits”.

Hope of second inquest for family of soldier found dead at Deepcut

The Northern Echo: INQUEST HOPE: Private Geoff Gray, who died in mysterious circumstances at Deepcut Barracks

6:00am Wednesday 26th March 2014

A RULING by the Attorney General has given the family of an Army recruit found dead in his barracks fresh hope of a new investigation.

Ex-butcher admits making threats while carrying knife

The Northern Echo: STATLEY BEARING: Construction of Durham Crown Court was problematical to say the least, but the architecture of the completed building has stood the test of time.

4:56pm Wednesday 26th March 2014

A FORMER butcher has admitted carrying a steak knife in a threatening manner in public.

Lindisfarne Gospels show up for two awards

The Northern Echo: The St John portrait page of the Lindisfarne Gospels

1:17pm Tuesday 25th March 2014

LAST year’s Lindisfarne Gospels exhibition in the North-East is in the running for two national awards.

Ministers offer to cancel £130m of Durham debt - if council hands over 19,000 houses

The Northern Echo: Council houses in High Pittington

5:26pm Monday 24th March 2014

THE Government has backed plans to transfer 19,000 North-East council houses to social landlords – and promised to cancel £130m of debt if the scheme goes through.

Welly walk raises cash for children's charity

The Northern Echo: WELLY WALK: Families enjoy the event at Dalton Park

11:10am Monday 24th March 2014

A SPONSORED walk raised more than £1,000 to support seriously ill children and their families.

Police yet to confirm identification of body found washed up on beach at weekend

The Northern Echo: Mark Busnell

9:47am Monday 24th March 2014

POLICE are yet to confirm the identification of the body found on the County Durham coastline at the weekend.

Police concerned for welfare of missing Emma Louise Barron of Houghton-le-Spring

The Northern Echo: Emma Louise Barron

3:21pm Sunday 23rd March 2014

Police are appealing for help to trace a missing Houghton-le-Spring woman.

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