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


Police plea to hit-and-run driver

The Northern Echo: (9443387)

5:24pm Thursday 30th October 2014

POLICE are urging a hit-and-run driver to come forward after a cyclist was knocked off his bike.

Peterlee man critically hurt after being hit by train in London

6:01pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

A NEWCASTLE United fan is fighting for his life after falling in front of a train before his team’s match at Tottenham at the weekend.

East Durham Creates Festival gets underway

The Northern Echo: ART DISPLAY: Dryden Goodwin's Skill

11:58am Tuesday 28th October 2014

AN AMBITIOUS arts festival featuring a variety of performances, exhibitions and events will get underway in east Durham tomorrow (Wednesday).

'No honour among thieves' as addict breaks into arrested friend's home

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

12:02am Monday 27th October 2014

AN addict was so desperate for goods to sell to raise money for his next fix that he broke into the home of “an associate” who had been arrested.

Hotline to stop gun tragedies launched

6:51pm Sunday 26th October 2014

A MAN who lost three members of his family in the New Year’s Day massacre in the North-East is backing a campaign to combat gun crime.

Two-year-old Oliver calls emergency services after seeing mother collapse at home

The Northern Echo: MY HERO: Mum Nicola Embleton, from Peterlee, whose two year old son Oliver (now aged three) called 999 when she fainted after her blood pressure dropped

6:03am Friday 24th October 2014

A YOUNG boy who had not yet learned to speak properly managed to make a 999 call when he saw his mother collapse on the floor.

Seaham community gets cash boost to improve the area

6:07pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

RESIDENTS of an east Durham community are to get an important say in how thousands of pounds will be spent to improve their area.

Man jailed for a year following street sex attack

The Northern Echo: COURT DATE: Teesside Crown Court

2:15pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A MAN who cycled up to a young girl in the street as she ran an errand and sexually assaulted her has been jailed for a year.

Zombies take over college campus

The Northern Echo: UNDEAD RINGERS: Students prepare for zombie run

4:58pm Monday 20th October 2014

FLESH-EATING zombies will take over college grounds for what has become an annual Halloween spectacular.

Man hurt in attempted robbery in Shotton Colliery

The Northern Echo: (10592587)

1:17pm Monday 20th October 2014

A MAN was left bruised when he was kicked in the head and body by two would-be robbers in east Durham

Glendene Arts Academy action plan "not fit for purpose"

The Northern Echo: Glendene Arts Academy (11641456)

11:14am Sunday 19th October 2014

A TROUBLED North-East academy placed in special measures earlier this year has been told plans to transform its fortunes are “not fit for purpose”.

College opens its own travel agency

The Northern Echo: TRAVEL PLANS: John Hays, managing director of Hays Travel officially opens the new travel agency at East Durham College with Mandy Sert, head of travel and tourism (left), pincipal Suzanne Duncan and branch manager Julie Heath (right) Picture: DAVID WOOD

11:17am Friday 17th October 2014

EAST Durham College has opened its very own own travel agency.

Witnesses to car shunt feared they could be struck before vehicle hit lamppost

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

6:52pm Thursday 16th October 2014

A MOTORIST lost control of his car after clipping a kerb, struck a lamppost and careered into a parked vehicle.

Ex-SAFC star joins college academy

The Northern Echo: (11594755)

6:11pm Thursday 16th October 2014

FORMER Sunderland player Darren Holloway has taken over as head of a North-East academy.

County's last pit to become nature reserve

The Northern Echo: NATURE RESERVE: Easington Colliery, the last pit in County Durham which closed in 1993, is to be designated a nature reserve. Picture: TOM BANKS (11267457)

2:44pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

COUNCILLORS have backed plans to turn County Durham’s last coal mine into a nature reserve.

Woeful workman left householders thousands out of pocket, court told

The Northern Echo: IN COURT: Michael Tolliday arrives at Teesside Crown Court. (11482506)

5:23pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

A WOEFUL workman who left his customers thousands of pounds out-of-pocket with a series of botched jobs has been jailed for three-and-a-half years.

Mega lungs are on their way

The Northern Echo: The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation are taking these inflatable mega lungs around the UK to raise awareness of lung disease.

3:53pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

A PAIR of giant inflatable lungs will be in the region later this week.

Seaham Hall Hotel undergoes £100,000 refurbishment

The Northern Echo: Seaham Hall Hotel (11389744)

12:37pm Monday 13th October 2014

AN EAST Durham hotel has unveiled the results of a £100,000 refurbishment.

Training vicars on the coal-face in east Durham

The Northern Echo: Bishop of Jarrow The Right Reverend Mark Bryant, Reverend Dr Michael Volland, Reverend Mark Tanner at the licensing - surrounded by representatives of the nine parishes that will benefit. Picture: KEITH BLUNDY

1:01pm Sunday 12th October 2014

A PIONEERING project has been launched to train new vicars in hard-hit former North-East coalfield communities.

Man who collected indecent child images admitted "worrying obsessions"

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

12:36pm Saturday 11th October 2014

A MAN who collected indecent images of children from the internet was “candid” about his predilections when questioned by the Probation Service.

Warning as firefighter attacked on duty

6:56pm Friday 10th October 2014

A FIREFIGHTER has been injured after being hit by a stone as he tackled a fire.

Officers nominated for bravery awards after overpowering man on violent rampage Thornley

The Northern Echo: PC Norman Jubb  (11355262)

6:04pm Friday 10th October 2014

FIVE officers who overpowered man on violent rampage in a quiet North-East village have been nominated for a national police bravery award.

Plans for nature reserve on site of former Easington pit

The Northern Echo: NATURE RESERVE: Easington Colliery, the last pit in County Durham which closed in 1993, is to be designated a nature reserve. Picture: TOM BANKS (11267468)

5:32pm Wednesday 8th October 2014

PLANS have been unveiled to transform the site of the last coal mine to close in County Durham into a nature reserve.

No seasonal dog ban for town's beaches

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

4:13pm Wednesday 8th October 2014

DOG owners have been given the go ahead to continue to walk their dogs on a town’s beaches all year round.

Details announced for town's annual civic carol service

3:00pm Wednesday 8th October 2014

DETAILS have been announced for the joint annual civic festive carol service, which brings together townsfolk from various walks of life in the weeks before Christmas.

East Durham College announces return of Durham Flower Festival

2:46pm Wednesday 8th October 2014

East Durham College has announced the Durham Flower Festival will return for a second year, following the success of the inaugural show in August.

Blackhall pensioner devastated after burglars steal life saving as he visits sick wife

The Northern Echo: Joseph Carr devastated by burglary of his home and theft of his life savings while he visited his sick wife. Picture: GAVIN ENGELBRECHT (11213705)

5:23pm Tuesday 7th October 2014

A PENSIONER has been devastated after burglars broke into his house and stole his life savings while he visited his sick wife in hospital.

Cousins admit late night confrontation with cleaner heading home from work

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

5:48pm Tuesday 7th October 2014

TWO youths waylaid and attacked a cleaner as he pushed his bicycle home from work one night.

Robbery bid investigation

The Northern Echo: Driver was reported missing earlier (9878645)

5:40pm Tuesday 7th October 2014

POLICE are appealing for information after an attempted robbery at a caravan site.

Teenagers who tortured and killed pet rabbit walk free from court

The Northern Echo: SENTENCED: Dominic Baker after being sentenced at Newton Aycliffe Magistrate's Court.

9:33pm Monday 6th October 2014

TWO teenagers who stole, tortured and killed a pet rabbit escaped a custodial sentence today (Monday, October 6).

Co-operative food store in Blackhall gets new look

1:20pm Monday 6th October 2014

A CO-OPERATIVE Food store in east Durham is being transformed with a £420,000 investment.

High-tech mystery of WW2 U-Boat destroyed off coast

The Northern Echo: The aerial picture of the depth charge blowing up the U-Boat(11052483)

5:05pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

SATELLITE imagery and the latest computer technology have uncovered the wreck of a German U-Boat off the North-East coast.

12 years in jail for danger driver who caused triple-fatal crash

The Northern Echo:

12:01pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

A HEARTBROKEN mother has warned of the perils of dangerous driving after the boy racer who caused the death of her daughter and two other women was jailed for 12-and-a-half-years.

"The Army has deserted me," says Iraq war veteran

The Northern Echo: : Jason Wilkes. Picture: GAVIN ENGELBRECHT (10956493)

6:45am Wednesday 1st October 2014

A MENTALLY scarred veteran who survived a suicide bomb attack has handed back his service badge in protest at the way he has been treated by the Army.

Memory Walk at Hawthorns Care Centre in Peterlee

The Northern Echo: CHARITY WALK: Staff along with patients from The Hawthorns care home, Peterlee, set off on a sponsored walk for charity. Picture: TOM BANKS (11020735)

6:53pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

STAFF, family and clients at a care centre today (Wednesday, October 1) took part in a sponsored walk to highlight dementia and raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Third brother jailed over "mob-handed" attack on man at flat

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

5:22pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

ONE of three brothers who took part in a joint attack on a partially disabled man has joined his siblings behind bars.

Seaham hairdresser loses finger after spider bite

The Northern Echo: Andrea Wallace, who had to have finger amputated after being bitten by a spider, thought to have been a false widow. Picture:  ITV Tyne Tees TV. (10894551)

6:36pm Monday 29th September 2014

A HAIRDRESSER had to have a finger amputated after catching a flesh-eating bug from a simple spider bite.

Third strike burglar targeted home of pensioner

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

6:22pm Monday 29th September 2014

A THIRD-STRIKE burglar ransacked a pensioner’s home before leaving with a number of his possessions while he was out at a local social club, a court heard.

Boy, 14, "lucky to be alive" after falling 150ft from County Durham cliffs trying to retrieve a hat

The Northern Echo: CYCLING ACCIDENT: The Great North Air Ambulance Service was called to the incident near Frosterley, in Weardale, shortly before 4pm on Monday. This is a library image

12:54pm Sunday 28th September 2014

A TEENAGE boy is recovering in hospital after falling 150ft down a cliff on the North-East coast.

Drink driver crashed into bride's vintage wedding car outside church

6:04am Saturday 27th September 2014

A DRUNK woman who crashed into a vintage wedding car moments before a bride entered church to get married has been banned from driving.

Final plans for new health centre in Horden unveiled

4:31pm Friday 26th September 2014

FINAL plans have been unveiled for an extension and refurbishment of a medical group’s practice to transform it into a village health centre.

Student Alice organises second scarecrow competition

The Northern Echo: COMMUNITY FUN: Event organiser Alice Morton (18) with one of the entries in the Easington Village scarecrow competition.

3:39pm Sunday 21st September 2014

A SCARECROW competition organised by an east Durham teenager has been held.

The fallen of Thornley remembered

The Northern Echo: WAR DEAD REMEMBERED: Thornley village holds a service to mark the centenary of the First World War at the village memorial.  Children from Thornley Primary School lay crosses in memory of each of the men from the village who dies in the war.  Picture: CHR

4:07pm Friday 19th September 2014

SCHOOL children of a former pit village today (Friday, September 19) marked the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War by laying individual crosses for each soldier from the community who died in the conflict.

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.

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