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BANNED: Young banned driver Mark Coxon jailed for 19 months over police pursuit while on way to court

Banned driver jailed over police pursuit while on way to court

CINEMA: The former Grand Electric Cinema in Ryhope. Picture: STUART BOULTON. (33328015)

Cinema to be dismantled brick-by-brick and moved to museum

BREACH: Registered sex offender Michael Fortune jailed for breaching notification requirements, for the eighth time.

Sex offender jailed for breaching notification requirements

PLANS: Property developer John Lamb outside the Stanley Board School

Application lodged to convert Victorian school into 25 apartments

RETURNING: Stanley Blues Festival is being held on August 30 at Oakies Park

Find out why Stanley has still got the blues for you

PARTY: Clover Hill Court residents in Craghead held a community street party to raise money for Cancer Research picture: SARAH CALDECOTT (32454835)

Community rallies together at charity street party

SPORT: Miss Durham Stephanie Cassar-Thurgood who will be doing a triathlon for charity in August.    Picture: ANDY LAMB (32305015)

Arduous challenge for Miss Durham

JAILED: Previously unconvicted Spencer McGhee, given 13-month prison sentence and three-year driving ban for drink-drive collision in friend's car.

Stanley crash drink driver is jailed for "maniac" motoring

RIDING: Five-year-old James Airlie with his mother Jean

James looking forward to summer horse show

KILLER: Luke Garner, who conspired with wider family members to move knife set from his home.

Pair jailed for efforts to move knives, hindering police murder inquiries

MARRAS: Actor Alun Armstrong and Durham Miners' Association leader David Hopper at the launch of the Friends of Durham Miners’ Gala ‘Marras’ campaign. Picture: TOM BANKS (31569786)

North-East actor Alun Armstrong returns home to back Miners’ Gala

Four guitars stolen from Annfield Plain, near Stanley, pictured in a rack  (31199891)

Popular band Kimera devastated by theft of music and sound equipment


Man who stole from charity collection tin is jailed after terrorising widow during break-in

SUPPORT: Durham County Council is backing the new Locate website

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A Neighbourhood Watch scheme has resulted in flowers and flower boxes being positioned outside the police station in Catchgate. Some of those connected with the scheme and children from Catchgate Primary School. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (30880260)

Blooming marvellous way to smarten up the area

JAILED: Gary Smith

Sex offender's contact with children limited

HONOURED: Stanley man Bill Burgess was honoured at Cancer Research UK's Flame of Hope awards.

Bus driver Bill honoured for 30 years of charity work

CLASS ACTS: Paul Montgomery

Live acts venue in Stanley to open

ADVCE: Durham County Council's consumer protection experts to offer advice to beat scammers

Experts to offer advice to beat scams

BLAZE: Firefighters at scene of blaze at former Board School in Stanley, on Friday evening. Picture supplied by Christie's Photography.

Firefighters tackle two weekend fires in Stanley

GO-AHEAD: Hollie McKeon and Jayde Harmer at the launch of the improved Red Kite fleet

Bus company upgrades fleet in £5.3m deal

ARREST: A 20-year-old man has been detained over yesterday's robbery at the Post Office in South Moor.

Hunt for gunman after cashier left shaken in Post Office armed robbery

VENUE: Licence application for The Hibernian to be debated at County Hall next week

Bid to reopen former club

Anne Lakey, left, arrives at Teeside Crown Court for sentencing accompanied by her daughter Elanor Lakey

Disgraced head Anne Lakey weeps as she is jailed for eight years for underage sex with two schoolboys

RETRO: Harry Wynn in a 50s police room at a preview of the Festival of 50s at Beamish Museum. Picture: TOM BANKS (30128125)

Step back in time as museum goes back to the Fifties

'MORE' VICTIMS: Anne Lakey

Police believe there could be more victims of "dirty pervert" head

JAILED: Anne Lakey

Anne Lakey's victims tell of lasting damage she caused

POWER: Horses to be used to clear bracken from heathland

Horses in action on heathland


Nationally-acclaimed headteacher Anne Lakey found guilty of underage sex with teenage boys

JAILED: Fifty-six-year-old Gary Smith, whose suspicious behaviour near playing children, came to attention of concerned pub customer

Man jailed for committing sex act in front of playing children

Anne Lakey, 55, leaving court this afternoon with husband David Lakey after being found guilty of a string of sex offences against two underage boys

Late night email led to downfall of nationally acclaimed school head

Quaking Houses Village Hall Association gets £10,000 cash boost

ACCUSED: Anne Lakey

Jury in Anne Lakey trial to continue deliberations

CLASSY: Doug Martin in his 1928 Graham Paige

Pictures: Vintage vehicles tackle Beamish Run

GRANT: New facilities at Burnhope Cricket Club in Burnhope pictured together with the cricket team and Pat Glass MP. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (29562062)

Burnhope Cricket Club celebrates opening of new facilities

ADDICT: Heroin addict Gavin Redpath followed victim and demanded £30 at knifepoint to pay for drugs

Knife robber jailed for ten years for targeting 66-year-old woman in own home


Jury sent out in underage sex trial of acclaimed headteacher Anne Lakey

Anne Lakey

Jury due to consider verdict Friday in abuse trial of headteacher Anne Lakey

Mandy O'Connor who has chronic kidney disease is appealing for someone to donate a kidney so she can live long enough to see her kids grow up. Mandy is pictured with her son Aiden Whitworth, 3. Picture: TOM BANKS  (29312765)

'If I do nothing I will die' - mother with life-threatening condition appeals for live kidney donor

STEAM: David Allinson of Tanfield Railway prepares the historic Mech. Navvies No. 71515 steam engine for a special event at the railway. Picture: TOM BANKS (29436258)

North-East locomotive steams home

ON TRIAL: Anne Lakey

Anne Lakey tells court of 'devastation' at schoolboy sexual assault claims

Teacher accused of having sex with boys 'dedicated her life to improving the lives of young people'

Teacher accused of having sex with boys 'dedicated her life to improving the lives of young people'

Acclaimed headteacher Anne Lakey from Stanley, County Durham, at Teesside Crown Court

Teacher accused of sex with under-age boys 'dedicated her life to improving the lives of young people'

ON TRIAL: Anne Lakey arrives at Teesside Crown Court

'Teacher took my virginity in a tent while her husband slept', man claims in Anne Lakey trial

HONOUR:Laurynn Lowden with her award, and Sunderland midfielder Liam Agnew.

Award for Stanley sports student

Blooming marvellous way to boost civic pride

Blooming marvellous way to boost civic pride

DONATION: Students at North Durham Academy present Katherine Cooper from the Willow Burn Hospice with a cheque for £663, raised through their weekly raffle. Picture: TOM BANKS

Sweet gesture from Stanley students

IN COURT: Anne Lakey

Besotted ex-husband of sex charge head "pushed aside" as marriage collapsed, court told

PEDAL POWER: Staff at Lloyds Bank in Stanley have been riding on an exercise bike in the branch to raise money for Marie Curie.  Pictured with bike are personal banking advisor Joanne Parkin and manager Dale Wighton. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (28344473)

Exercise bike challenge for cancer care


Headteacher accused of sex with underage boys was a 'sexual predator', court hears

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