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NEWS FROM YOUR AREA

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.
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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.

Cocaine-dealing former teacher banned from country's classrooms for life

The Northern Echo: Michael Younghusband (8207482)

6:32am Tuesday 15th July 2014

A COCAINE-DEALING teacher has been banned from the country’s classrooms for life.

Shoppers asked to help in butterfly survey

The Northern Echo: HELPING HAND: Families asked to help preserve local butterfly species

1:27pm Friday 11th July 2014

A SHOPPING centre is asking families to spend 15 minutes checking on the health of moths and butterflies living nearby.

Carer went on spending spree using dementia sufferer's band card

4:17pm Thursday 10th July 2014

A CARER who went on a spending spree using a vulnerable pensioner’s bank card was jailed for eight months.

Parents keep son’s memory alive by raising £30,000 in three years

The Northern Echo: Martin and Stacie Richardson with their daughter, Alyssa Mae (7987554)

4:27pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

PARENTS of a baby who died of an extremely rare condition at five days old are holding a charity football cup in his memory.

Beach dog ban considered

The Northern Echo: Consultation on Dog Control Order  (7990514)

5:11pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

DOGS could be banned from Seaham’s beaches during the summer.

Lunch at Lord's backs brave Bradley

The Northern Echo: Bradley Lowery (7921414)

1:53pm Monday 7th July 2014

CRICKET fans can take lunch with the England squad while helping a sick youngster.

One-eyed Seaham cat in running for national award after using fair share of nine lives

The Northern Echo: Nelson the one-eyed cat (7884929)

6:32am Monday 7th July 2014

A ONE-EYED cat who has used up several of his nine-lives could be in line for a national award.

Peterlee mum transforms her life through learning

The Northern Echo: Lesley Downes of Peterlee (7865286)

1:43pm Friday 4th July 2014

A NORTH-EAST mother who has battled with health problems since being attacked by her partner in her home 20 years ago has received an award for transforming her life.

Seaham dog is Britain's most energetic pet

The Northern Echo: Sky, Britain's most energetic dog.  (7812464)

5:44pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014

A DOG from east Durham has been named Britain’s most energetic pet.

Plans for housing on Peterlee's North East Industrial Estate approved

The Northern Echo: DEVELOPMENT: North East Industrial Estate in Peterlee. Picture: DAVID WOOD (6490098)

6:39pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

PLANS to regenerate an industrial estate with a major housing development on the outskirts Peterlee have been approved.

Four arrested over Seaham rabbit torture video

The Northern Echo: Rebecca Atkinson pictured with daughter Jessica, 14, with Percy's hutch

12:00am Tuesday 1st July 2014

A WOMAN who woke to find her pet rabbit missing was sickened after discovering a video of it being tortured to death was posted online.

Flash mob dance for charity

The Northern Echo: (7703089)

6:22pm Monday 30th June 2014

A CHARITY flash mob dance routine has been performed by students.

Students' sporting success

1:30pm Monday 30th June 2014

STUDENTS from East Durham College’s Arboriculture team have been enjoying some great success in a couple of unusual sports.

Government agencies dismiss concerns over fracking

The Northern Echo: CONTROVERSIAL PROPOSAL: Environment Agency chairman Chris Smith, who says fracking should be allowed in national parks, such as the North York Moors

4:39pm Sunday 29th June 2014

MOVES to extract shale gas in the region by fracking have moved a step closer after Government agencies dismissed key arguments of its opponents.

Woman bitten by dog

11:47am Saturday 28th June 2014

POLICE are trying to trace a dog owner after a woman was bitten while walking at Castle Eden Dene, near Peterlee, on Wednesday, June 25.

Booklet produced to mark 150th birthday of Peter Lee

The Northern Echo: Booklet to mark 150 years since the birth of mining leader Peter Lee (7594361)

7:31pm Thursday 26th June 2014

SCHOOLCHILDREN have been presented with booklets to mark 150 years since the birth of mining leader Peter Lee.

Energy company workers help clear up special landscape in east Durham

The Northern Echo: Phil Hughes (right) with his Helping Hands Team from EDF Energy alongside Steve Purvis (second right) from Durham Wildlife Trust  (7518656)

3:34pm Wednesday 25th June 2014

GOOD-NATURED energy staff have been mucking in a nature reserve to help protect 67 acres of special landscape.

East Durham Homes recruits new batch of apprentices

The Northern Echo: (standing l-r)  manager at Wates Les Thompson project, SHED supervisoKen Bell, apprentice Kathryn Gunn,  East Durham Homes interim chief executive Michael Doyle, apprentice Kim Monaghan, SHED supervisor Graham Cox  and construction manager at Wates. Jason

2:17pm Monday 23rd June 2014

A SECOND group of apprentices on East Durham Homes’ Social Enterprise initiative, SHED2, have been recruited.

Horden man airlifted to hospital after DIY accident

The Northern Echo: LEG INJURIES: Man airlifted to hospital after accident at lunchtime

7:37pm Sunday 22nd June 2014

A HOUSEHOLDER has been airlifted to hospital after an attempt at DIY went badly wrong.

Pupils take up walking challenge

The Northern Echo: BEST FOOT FORWARD: Students Mark Cogdon (15), Keyleigh Maddison (13), Summer Parker-Priday (11), Harry Carter (13) and Calum Redshaw (17) from the student council At Glendene Arts Academy take part in the Free Your Feet Challenge with staff member James W

5:04pm Friday 20th June 2014

SCHOOLCHILDREN set out on a walking challenge as part of a campaign to get pupils more active.

Remembering a war hero

The Northern Echo: GRAVE VISIT: Nardia Moore and Danny Edwards-Johnson, both 10, from Deaf Hill Primary School visit Wheatley Hill cemetery to lay poppies on the grave of VC winner Thomas Kenny. Picture: TOM BANKS (7333436)

5:12pm Thursday 19th June 2014

A GROUP of school children remembered a war hero today (Thursday, June 19) by laying poppies at his grave.

Coalfield communities blighted by deprivation and unemployment

The Northern Echo: The pit village of Easington, County Durham.

6:03am Thursday 19th June 2014

NORTH-East coalfield communities continue to be blighted by deprivation, ill health and unemployment, an independent report has found.

Tobacco smugglers from Spennymoor and Seaham jailed

The Northern Echo: Tobacco smuggler from Spennymoor given ten month jail term

1:16pm Wednesday 18th June 2014

A TOBACCO smuggler who tried to bribe the police to look the other way when he was arrested has been jailed for ten months.

Sticker event to protect collectors

1:13pm Wednesday 18th June 2014

A COP swap shop is being held following fears perverts could use the craze for World Cup Panini stickers to target youngsters keen on completing their collections.

Councillors back £15m housing scheme, despite campaign to "Save West Rainton"

The Northern Echo: Members of the Save West Rainton campaign

6:23pm Tuesday 17th June 2014

A RESIDENTS’ campaign to “Save West Rainton” has ended in failure, after councillors backed plans to build 150 homes in the village.

Transformation in advice in County Durham

The Northern Echo: NEW SERVICE: Tracy Emery from County Durham Citizens Advice (front) is joined by Neil Bradbury from Citizens Advice Durham, Veronica Lewis from Age UK County Durham, Peter MacLellan from Durham Christian Partnership, Emma Power from Chester le Street and

2:57pm Tuesday 17th June 2014

A TRANSFORMATION of how residents tackling debt, housing, welfare and health issues in County Durham can get advice was unveiled today (Tuesday, June 17).

Seaham Town Council meets to discuss Tommy

The Northern Echo: Pete Carl (left) and fundraising committee chairman David Stewart with Tommy. Picture: GAVIN ENGELBRECHT (7097837)

6:28pm Monday 16th June 2014

TOWN councillors who have thrown their weight behind a bid to keep a giant steel sculpture of a First World War soldier will meet on Wednesday (June 18) to discuss the way ahead.

Community devastated by loss of 80 jobs as dairy closes

The Northern Echo: JOB LOSSES: Rock Farm Dairy in Wheatley Hill. Picture: DAVID WOOD (7109258)

7:35pm Thursday 12th June 2014

A JOB-STARVED community has been left reeling after learning that 81 much-needed posts will be lost with the closure of a dairy farm.

Family pay tribute to father-of-two killed when motorcycle was hit by car driven by pensioner, 84

The Northern Echo: Ronnie Johnson and his son Jack

7:15pm Thursday 12th June 2014

THE family of a motorcyclist, who died after his machine was hit by a car driven by an 84-year-old woman, have described him as "a good guy and a great dad".

Flying the flags for the World Cup

The Northern Echo: FLYING THE FLAGS: Staff member Gareth Lincoln outside the Horden Labour Club. Picture: DAVID WOOD (7109082)

5:09pm Thursday 12th June 2014

A CLUB is flying the flag for the World Cup by decking its premises with the colours of all 32 competing nations.

Homeless man grabbed £50 dropped by victim of late night assault

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

3:13pm Thursday 12th June 2014

A MAN living rough grabbed £50 dropped by the victim of his late night assault, a court heard.

Campaign to keep Tommy in Seaham

The Northern Echo: Pete Carl (left) and fundraising committee chairman David Stewart with Tommy. Picture: GAVIN ENGELBRECHT (7097834)

1:24pm Thursday 12th June 2014

A CAMPAIGN to keep a giant steel sculpture of First World War soldier in a town is gaining momentum with thousands of pounds raised toward its £85,000 price tag.

Peterlee firefighters free cat from engine bay of car

6:21pm Wednesday 11th June 2014

FIREFIGHTERS had to free a cat from the engine of a car this afternoon.

Distraction burglar returned to old ways after lapsing back into drug misuse.

The Northern Echo: Paul Strong: Jailed for three years as 'three strikes' burglar

6:57pm Tuesday 10th June 2014

A BURGLAR returned to his old habit of distraction crime, targeting unsuspecting householders, after lapsing back into drug misuse.

Man jailed for stabbing friend in thigh while trying to break free from restraining grasp

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

6:23pm Tuesday 10th June 2014

A MAN inadvertently stabbed by a long-standing friend he was trying to restrain feared he would die.

Party fling put young musician's future in jeopardy

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

12:09pm Tuesday 10th June 2014

A PROMISING young musician put his future in jeopardy through a sexual liaison with a marginally underage girl, a court heard.



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