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Peterlee News

VOLUNTEER: The EDF Energy Helping Hands team from Doxford International Business Park attended the Clarke Lister Feel Good Centre to carry out special gardening work and ground improvements picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

Volunteers lend helping hand to charity

CHALLENGE: Andrew Kirtley who works at the Centre for Health in Peterlee and is taking part in the Workplace Challenge. Picture by Doug Moody Photography

Super-fit dad sheds stones with workplace challenge

SHOW: Art student Rachel Martin in front of her display

End of year show for talented arts students

JAILED: Wayne Kelsey sentenced to a total of seven years, six for shooting incident and a further 12 months for dangerous driving.

Jealousy drove man to carry out drive-by shooting on parked van

REVISED: Councillors will be asked to vote on revised plans for crematorium at Castle Eden

New plans for crematorium submitted

HOLIDAYS: Cash for projects to help combat holiday hunger

Cash available for school holiday projects

DONATIONS: (L-R) – East Durham College Principal Suzanne Duncan, Diane Borsberry and Technical Academy centre manager, Rob Hutchinson.  (30075210)

Classic BMW handed over to East Durham College

DISPUTE: Durham County councillor Sharon Richardson of Dalton-le-Dale was issued with a parking ticket while she was attending a county planning meeting than overran. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

Parish councillor says Durham County Council at fault for parking ticket after planning meeting overran

PRAISED: Wellfield School in Wingate. Picture: DAVID WOOD

School praised for its success - without converting to an academy

WORK STARTS: John Maudling Junior and Councillor June Clark cut the turf on the new Cotsford Park play area in Horden, with John Maudling Senior, Joyce Maudling, Paul Ryan, Christine Ritchie and Tracy Maudling

Work begins on new Horden play park

WINNERS: Representatives of Seaham School of Technology celebrating after scooping Creative School of the Year at the TES Schools awards in London  (29800209)

Seaham School of Technology scoops Creative School of the Year award

East Durham College's Technical Academy 5th birthday celebration -  Centre Manager Rob Hutchinson and student Scott Gowens (29975660)

East Durham College's Technical Academy celebrates fifth anniversary

JAILED: Judge jails Matthew Fairhurst for 12-and-a-half years for sustained assault on man with physical difficulties

Man launched sudden sustained attack on his mother's former partner

SWAN: RSPCA evidence of pellets in the swan's neck  (29736839)

Two men given community orders for shooting dead mute swan at Murton lake

JUMP: Eighty-year-old Shirley Bentley prepares to do a tandem parachute jump with instructor Simon Minto at Shotton Airfield. Picture: TOM BANKS (29534941)

Octogenarian takes part in skydiving challenge to raise funds for new pad for Champa the bear

The scene of the fire on Melrose Crescent, Seaham

Neighbours praised after rescuing people from burning Seaham house

JAILED: Andrew Hall, given two year prison sentence for latest breach of sexual offences prevention order

Sex offender breached order by seeking "porn" having accessed the internet via computer game

DIG IN: Councillor Alan Napier, Councillor Joyce maitland, Grahame Morris MP, Councillor Tom Pinkey and Lesley Armstrong clerk Murton Town Council cut the soil on Dalton Park phase 2. Picture: TOM BANKS (29533193)

Multi-million pound extension to Dalton Park shopping complex gets underway

SAFETY: Leisure centre to run activities designed to help children stay safe in water

Leisure centre runs activities to prevent drowning

VISION: An artist's impression of the proposed Morrisons store at Dalton Park, Murton

Fear that locals will miss out in 500-job Dalton Park expansion

82-year-old Joseph Harris, who his sons claim was roughly treated at the University Hospital of North Tees

Son claims "excessive force" used on 82-year-old father by hospital

ART:Tom Jankowiak, ten, of Ropery Walk Primary School with his collage, Picture: GAVIN ENGELBRECHT (29079451)

Artistic talents of pupils in east Durham on show in Seaham's Art Block

ART: Colin Kays, the son of pitman and self-taught artist Jimmy Kays, at a show of his father's work at Horden Heritage Centre. Picture: TOM BANKS (28841348)

Evocative drawings of Horden pitman artist go on display for first time

SERIAL SHOPLIFTER: Craig Dixon, who has been jailed for a series of thefts

Prison sentence for persistent thief

TAUNTED: Joseph Vinson, 20, of Seaham, who has a genetic disorder causing physical differences, wants to encourage bullies to think twice about the torment they can cause

Young man taunted for his appearance raises awareness of the misery caused by bullies

ENVIRONMENT: Oliver Sherratt, chair of the Coastal, Heritage and Landscape Group of the County Durham Environment Partnership with Robert Sorley, volunteer ranger, and Sarah Donnelly, volunteer coordinator for Sustrans


Environmental superstars

CANNABIS: Cannabis plants seized in Seaham  (28165070)

Cannabis plants found in Seaham

RESPONSIBLE: Council  campaign to promote responsible dog ownership

Campaigns target irresponsible owners

Reg Windpower (28050900)

Green energy fund boosts music projects

REJECTED: Housing plan was refused at planning meeting in County Hall

Housing estate rejected over village merger fears

DANGEROUS: Judge imposed extended licence period to jail sentence as he considers Hugh Gallon poses a potential further threat of offending.

Ex-serviceman jailed for bank robbery armed with realistic-looking plastic knife

Durham Crown Court told defendant failed to notify changes in circumstances when claiming benefits

Woman admits receiving £26k-plus benefit overpayment

CHARITY: Staff and students at East Durham College raise money for  Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT) (27578334)

Staff and students at East Durham College raise money for cancer charity

RADIO: East Durham College students go behind the scenes at radio station  (27486590)

East Durham College students go behind the scenes radio station

ABANDONED BABY: Janice Clish spoke of her horror at finding a newborn baby on her doorstep

Woman tells of horror at finding newborn baby abandoned on her doorstep

VETERAN: 98-year-old WWII veteran Henry Cockerill at his Peterlee home. Henry served throughout WWII in the Royal Navy and is a veteran of Dunkirk. Picture: STUART BOULTON. (27189680)

Football saved my life, says Second World War naval veteran

WILDFLOWERS: Harebells on the coast at South Gare, Redcar

Coal to coast - North-East heritage projects share £30k of lottery funding

KILLED: A mute swan

Two men in court for killing a mute swan at Watergate Lake, Murton

TOMMY: The sculpture is moved back into place after the burying of the time capsule. Picture: STUART BOULTON.

Tommy on a firm footing to the delight of town's visitors

JAILED: John George Middleton given 16 months custodial sentence for breaking into home of grandfather, who never wants to see him again

Man jailed for burgling grandad's home, stealing pension money and sovereign ring

Man jailed for 38 months for grooming 13-year-old girl in hope of having sex with her

Peterlee Magistrates' Court

Former tax employee of Easington Village given suspended prison sentence for evasion of tax

Karl Martin Bennett

Tributes paid to young boxer who died in accident near Easington Village

Celebrate access to coast on ramble

REPAIRS: The statue of Tommy 1101 created by artist Ray Lonsdale pictured being moved to allow work to begin to create a more permanent position following damage to the surrounding area caused by the high number of visitors in Seaham Picture: DAVID WOOD

Tommy anchored to the ground in Seaham

SENTENCE: Temple appeared at Durham Crown Court

Knife woman who slashed own throat spared jail

ROCK POOLING: Low Tide Day in Seaham  (26041571)

Durham Heritage Coast Low Tide Day returns to Seaham

COLLIERY: Winter at Blackhall pit  (26150998)

Remembering the miners who died at Blackhall Colliery

MISSING: Scott Fletcher

Police to search area of County Durham today following disappearance of Hartlepool man Scott Fletcher

CRASH VICTIM: Steven Nicholson

Tributes paid to Shotton Colliery man, 24, killed after car overturned near Seaham

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