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Award for Stanley school

The Northern Echo: North Durham Academy is appealing for community help

12:57pm Friday 18th April 2014

A SCHOOL in Stanley has received national recognition for students’ achievements at GCSE level.

Head teacher denies sex offences involving teenage boy

The Northern Echo: DENIES CHARGES: Anne Lakey

3:08pm Thursday 17th April 2014

AN acclaimed head teacher has denied historic sex allegations involving a teenage boy.

Debt drove young man to suicide

The Northern Echo: Coroner Andrew Tweddle

2:35pm Thursday 17th April 2014

FINANCIAL debt that mounted up over a year drove a young man to take his life.

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.

'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.

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.

Police name Dipton man who died in Gateshead crash

5:03pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A MAN who died following a crash in Gateshead had been named.

Man, 49, killed as car rolls onto roof in Gateshead

The Northern Echo: Appeal for witnesses

10:27am Tuesday 15th April 2014

A MAN has died following a crash in Gateshead.

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.

Jury fails to reach a verdict in councillor indecent assault trial

The Northern Echo: Peter McLaughlin

3:56pm Monday 14th April 2014

THE jury in the trial of a councillor on sex charges has been discharged after failing to reach any verdicts.

Son jailed after drunken street attack on father

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.

9:00pm Friday 11th April 2014

A MAN who is said to have “gone off the rails” in recent years was today jailed for a drunken street attack on his own father.

Jury considers verdicts in trial of former chairman of Stanley Town Council

The Northern Echo: Councillor Peter McLaughlin

5:13pm Friday 11th April 2014

THE jury in the trial of a councillor accused of indecently assaulting a schoolboy will resume its deliberations on Monday after failing to reach any verdicts in more than four hours of discussion.

Hotel in Bobby Shafto's home fined over pollution of burn

The Northern Echo: £20,000 fine: Beamish Hall Hotel

4:40pm Thursday 10th April 2014

A LEADING country hotel has been fined £20,000 for polluting a watercourse with inadequately treated sewage.

Sole survivor gets museum visitors steamed up

The Northern Echo: The world’s only surviving Sentinel steam wagon at Beamish Museum ahead of its steam weekend. Pictured are owners Richard and Kay Straughan.

3:31pm Thursday 10th April 2014

A STEAM wagon that is the only one of its kind is the star of a steam festival that got underway today (Thursday, April 10).

Golf pros launch coaching scheme for youngsters

The Northern Echo: TEE TIME: A golfer at Stressholme

11:29am Thursday 10th April 2014

PROFESSIONAL golf is being offered to youngsters in North Durham.

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.

Abuse accuser wanted money from councillor, jury told

The Northern Echo: Councillor Peter McLaughlin

5:00pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

A SERVING councillor told a court that a man who had accused him of sexually abusing him as a schoolboy had threatened to "get him" after he refused to give him £20,000.

Learn how to play a round

The Northern Echo: Beamish Park Hotel's Golf Academy

12:01pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

WOULD-be golfers in the Stanley area are being offered the chance to learn the sport.

Cancer charity looking for fundraising volunteers

The Northern Echo: Help is needed to support Marie Curie Cancer Care nurses

3:03pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

A CANCER charity is launching a new fundraising group in Consett and Stanley.

Man almost choked on plastic in chocolate bar

The Northern Echo: Bob Wales found plastic in fruit and nut chocolate

9:50pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

WHEN Bob Wales tucked into a bar of fruit and nut chocolate he bit off more than he could chew.

Man facing prison sentence after admitting sex offences with young girls

The Northern Echo: FORBODING GLORY: Durham Crown Court's central door and the window above it, out of which condemned prisoners stepped onto the wooden gallows, watched by thousands of people.

6:18pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

A MAN is facing a prison sentence after admitting a series of sexual offences involving young girls.

Councillor on trial facing historic sex abuse charges

The Northern Echo: Councillor Peter McLaughlin

5:27pm Monday 7th April 2014

A COUNCILLOR befriended a 13-year-old boy so he could sexually abuse him on the foreign trips he made as a holiday coach driver, a court heard today. (Monday, April 7)

Sophie is using pedal power to raise charity cash

The Northern Echo: Sophie Wallace

3:12pm Monday 7th April 2014

A BEAUTY pageant contestant is doing a 20-mile sponsored bike to raise money for charity.

Woman, 68, injured after falling from horse at Annfield Plain

The Northern Echo: The Great North Air Ambulance at Annfield Plain on Saturday

12:50pm Sunday 6th April 2014

A 68-YEAR-OLD woman had to be airlifted to hospital after suffering serious injuries when she was thrown from a horse.

Learn about internet banking

11:58am Sunday 6th April 2014

Age UK County Durham is hosting a free on-line banking training session for the over 50's who are customers of Lloyds, TSB and Halifax at North Road Methodist Church in Durham on Wednesday April 16 from 10am - 12 noon. Refreshments provided. For more information call Barbara Webb on 01207- 280-119.

Assistant pub manager stole takings to feed gambling addiction

The Northern Echo: RELAXING SPOT: The Bishop’s Mill provides reasonably priced pub grub – and the perfect spot from which to watch the hurly-burly of Durham

5:10pm Friday 4th April 2014

A GAMBLING addict frittered away more than £15,000 stolen from the pub where he was assistant manager, a court heard.

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.

Rat infested rubble months after fire

The Northern Echo: Rodents have been spotted in rubble on Front Street in Stanley

4:28pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

RUBBLE from a historic North-East building destroyed by fire has become infested with rats.

£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.

Coroner raises concerns about gritting procedures after County Durham biker's death

The Northern Echo: Coroner Andrew Tweddle

3:58pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

A CORONER will raise concerns with police and council chiefs about road gritting procedures following the death of a biker on an icy road.

Tanfield Ever Ready site set for £35m rebirth

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

1:30pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

COUNCILLORS have backed £35m plans to transform a rundown former factory site with new homes, shops and businesses.

Meet Commissioner Hogg and discuss crime issues

The Northern Echo: Ron Hogg: backs crackdown

11:59am Wednesday 2nd April 2014

PEOPLE in Chester-le-Street and Stanley have the chance to meet Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg this weekend

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.

Victorian delights of transport at County Durham's Beamish Museum

The Northern Echo: Looking for Bevin Boys' memories

2:48pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

A MUSEUM is staging a special event about travel and leisure time in the Edwardian era.

Crime up since last year

The Northern Echo: Durham Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg

12:00am Tuesday 1st April 2014

OVERALL crime in County Durham has risen in the past year, figures have revealed.

Home's spring fair

11:16am Tuesday 1st April 2014

St Andrew’s Nursing Home, on Church Bank, Stanley, will hold a spring sale on Saturday April 12 at 1.30pm. Attractions include a tombola, cake stall and raffle. For details call (01207) 290398.

School appealing for book donations

The Northern Echo: North Durham Academy is appealing for community help

2:42pm Monday 31st March 2014

A SCHOOL in Stanley is appealing for donations of books.

Sponsored swim for soldiers' charity

The Northern Echo: Amy Walsh

5:09pm Monday 31st March 2014

A TEENAGER is doing a sponsored swim to raise money for a military charity.

Girl, 9, found drunk on vodka as North-East alcohol shame reaches new low

The Northern Echo: Durham County Council Neighbourhood Warden team leader Paul Rutherford with alcohol seized from four 14-year-olds in Stanley earlier this month.

6:37pm Sunday 30th March 2014

A STARK warning about the dangers of underage drinking has been issued after a nine-year-old girl was taken to hospital after drinking vodka.

Band hoping for national success

The Northern Echo: The Reg Vardy Band logo

2:31pm Sunday 30th March 2014

A COMMUNITY brass band in north Durham is preparing to take part in a national competition.

Pit ponies' stables opened at Beamish Museum

The Northern Echo: Stables for pit ponies have been opened at Beamish Museum

1:20pm Sunday 30th March 2014

STABLES for seven pit ponies were opened at a County Durham museum during a weekend of events to celebrate the North-East’s mining heritage.

Collector hopes air museum plan will take off

The Northern Echo: Ian Wilson

6:00am Saturday 29th March 2014

A MUSEUM dedicated to aviation memorabilia spanning both world wars is to be opened in the North-East.

Railway to transport visitors back to First World War

The Northern Echo: FRONT LINE: Tanfield Railway to stage First World War re-enactments this weekend

1:33pm Friday 28th March 2014

A STEAM railway will transport visitors back in time during a weekend of events to commemorate its role during the First World War.

Diamond couple to renew their vows

The Northern Echo: Diamond wedding anniversary for Edwin and Jean Piper

6:06pm Thursday 27th March 2014

A COUPLE who met at a north Durham dance hall over six decades ago have celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary.

Awards celebrate the achievements of region's youth

The Northern Echo: The winners of The Shrievalty awards at Durham Castle, pictured Holly Price.

5:17pm Thursday 27th March 2014

A LITTLE girl who saved her late father’s life after he fell into a diabetic coma has been honoured at a prestigious awards ceremony.

Telephone befriending scheme expands across the country

The Northern Echo: SILVER SERVICE: Telephone befriending service to expand nationally

4:31pm Wednesday 26th March 2014

A TELEPHONE befriending service pioneered in County Durham to help lonely older people is set to expand nationwide.

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.

Residents offered health checks

The Northern Echo: INFLATABLE FUN: Louisa Centre, Stanley

2:47pm Wednesday 26th March 2014

RESIDENTS will be encouraged to adopt a healthier lifestyle when a roadshow bus arrives in town.

Four in court over alleged supply of cannabis resin

The Northern Echo: Ronald Wotton has appeared at Durham crown Court

6:02pm Wednesday 26th March 2014

FOUR people, including two from the North-East, have appeared in court accused of being involved in a drug supply ring.

Student going to South Africa to study apartheid

The Northern Echo: Cape Town, South Africa

6:50pm Tuesday 25th March 2014

A STUDENT from north Durham is raising money to fund a trip to South Africa to study the effects of apartheid.

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