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Female fraudster sold car despite knowing ownership has passed to loan company

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

6:42pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A WOMAN sold a car despite its ownership having passed to a loan company, in lieu of repayments she failed to meet.

Workman warned he is facing prison after a series of botched jobs

The Northern Echo: Teesside Crown Court

5:06pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

A WOEFUL workman is facing prison for a series of botched jobs which left his customers thousands of pounds out-of-pocket.

Double celebration for diamond couples

The Northern Echo: HAPPY COUPLE: The wedding day of Fred and Bessie Biggs of Knole Road, Billingham who recently celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary. to go with story about a group of friends all celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary.

6:04am Monday 15th September 2014

TWO couples from the North-East who married on the same day and met by chance over half a century later have celebrated their diamond wedding anniversaries together.

Two youths badly injured after motorcycle collision with car

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

7:57pm Monday 15th September 2014

TWO youths suffered serious injuries when they were thrown from a powerful motorcycle after it collided with an oncoming car at high speed.

Man charged with murder in Willington as police name victim

The Northern Echo:

4:25pm Saturday 13th September 2014

A 22-YEAR-OLD man has been charged with murder following the discovery of a body in a field in the early hours of Friday morning.

Residents speak of shock after man's body found in Willington

The Northern Echo:

7:20am Saturday 13th September 2014

MURDER squad detectives were last night interviewing a 22-year-old man after the discovery of a body in a field close to a North-East town centre.

Second horse slashed in east Durham within a week

The Northern Echo: HORSE ATTACK: Farmer Ron Colledge with Chanelle, a horse from White Lea Farm, Easington, that has been slashed on the back. Picture: TOM BANKS. (10256765)

6:03am Friday 12th September 2014

A SECOND horse has been attacked with a knife in east Durham within several days – prompting fears of a serial offender on the loose.

Four young men admit Seaham rabbit killing

The Northern Echo: Frank Hudson leaves court

7:36pm Friday 12th September 2014

FOUR young men have today (Friday, September 12) admitted sickening animal cruelty charges that led to the death of

Woman seriously hurt as young drivers "raced through village streets", court hears

The Northern Echo: CROWN COURT: Teesside Crown Court where Robert Thompson was given a suspended sentence for making threats to kill

6:02am Wednesday 10th September 2014

A PEDESTRIAN suffered serious injuries when she was hit by a van as two young drivers had a race through village streets, a court was told yesterday (Tuesday, September 9).

Pumping station scheme approved

The Northern Echo: : General view of the North Dalton Pumping Station near Cold Hesledon. Picture: DAVID WOOD (9901710)

2:07pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

COUNCILLORS have approved a housing plan which will safeguard the future of a Victorian water pumping station.

Wheatley Hill Community Primary School unveils new kitchen

The Northern Echo: : Pupils Carla Jobes (10) and Owen Coates (10) with kitchen manager Mandy Turnbull from Taylor Shaw at the official opening of the new kitchen at Wheatley Hill Community Primary School. Picture: DAVID WOOD (10117601)

6:44pm Monday 8th September 2014

AN EAST Durham school has unveiled new kitchen facilities aimed at providing pupils with a top grade dining experience – while helping to cater for free meals.

Police appeal over missing 52-year-old Robert Duncan of Seaham

The Northern Echo:

12:24pm Saturday 6th September 2014

Concern is growing for the welfare of a 52-year-old man from Seaham, County Durham, who has not been seen since Thursday evening.

Appeal after slash attack on horse grazing in field

The Northern Echo: Tommy the sulky racing trotter with the "barbaric" neck injury

6:02pm Thursday 4th September 2014

POLICE are appealing for information after the apparent deliberate slashing of a grazing racing horse.

Train hit by stone as it travels over 200ft high viaduct

The Northern Echo: RECKLESS ATTACK: Horden Viaduct

1:19pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014

RECKLESS vandals who smashed a train’s windscreen as it passed over a 200ft high viaduct have been slammed for putting passengers’ lives in danger.

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.



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