Covering Annfield Plain, Catchgate, Craghead, Tanfield, South Moor and surrounding villages


Man jailed for bottle attack on girl, nine

The Northern Echo:

1:12pm Thursday 28th August 2014

A NINE-year-old gymnast who will be scarred for life after a drunken yob hurled a beer bottle through a car window asks her family if she is now ugly, a court heard.

New look for community centre

The Northern Echo: SOCIAL HEART: Users of the revamped Haven Community Centre in South Moor from left Christine Foord, Brian White, Derek Gibson, Lilian Peveller, Marie Peveller and chairman of the South Moor Partnership Colin Henderson.

5:46pm Thursday 28th August 2014

A COMMUNITY centre is hoping to attract new members after undergoing a facelift.

Six arrested in dawn drug raids across County Durham and Wearside

The Northern Echo:

1:15pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

SIX people have been arrested for suspected drugs and money laundering offences this morning.

Stairs destroyed during house fire

The Northern Echo: HOUSE FIRE: The stairs have been destroyed by the blaze.

5:37pm Monday 25th August 2014

FIRE has severely damaged an empty house in the North-East over the weekend.

Auction of old school could help regenerate town centre

The Northern Echo: The buildings will go under the hammer next month

12:02pm Monday 25th August 2014

COUNCILLORS have said the auction of a Victorian school could be key to reviving the fortunes of a fire hit town centre.

Music festival hailed a hit

The Northern Echo: Paul Jefferson with Owen Paul on stage

5:46pm Monday 25th August 2014

MUSIC fans from north Durham have enjoyed festival of live bands over the Bank Holiday Weekend.

Fun day in aid of air ambulance

The Northern Echo: FAMILY FUNDAY: A police V football players tug of war at a Great North Air Ambulance fundraiser at South Moor Sports and Social Club.

12:43pm Sunday 24th August 2014

A FUN day to raise money for the emergency service which helped youngsters following a bus crash has been held in north Durham.

Sports day to be held in aftermath of bus crash

12:26pm Friday 22nd August 2014

A FAMILY sports day will raise money for the emergency services which helped rescue children from a horrific bus crash.

Student gets A grade despite bus crash trauma

The Northern Echo: Charlotte Crawford who was involved in the Stanley bus crash on the day of her English language exam - for which she got an A. Picture: DOUG MOODY (9562153)

6:51am Friday 22nd August 2014

A STAR student who went from the wreckage of an horrific bus crash to sit a GCSE exam is celebrating an A grade for the paper.

Heritage railway to host vintage car event

The Northern Echo: BEETLE MANIA: Event organiser Jorden Sayer

3:44pm Thursday 21st August 2014

DOZENS of vintage Volkswagens will descend on the world’s oldest railway this weekend.

Man jailed over petrol threat and sinister texts to 'ex'.

The Northern Echo: Clive Richardson: Jailed for three years for campaign of harassment on former partner.

7:14pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A MAN who could not accept the end of a relationship bombarded his former partner with increasingly threatening and hurtful text messages.

Kennedy wins first boxing fight in first round

The Northern Echo: Ian Freeman and his daughter Kennedy

6:28pm Friday 15th August 2014

A TEENAGE fighter has won her first professional boxing fight with a technical knockout in the first round.

Cadet Christy's adventure of a lifetime

The Northern Echo: Cadet Corporal Christy Hunter

3:48pm Friday 15th August 2014

AN air cadet used a prestigious bursary to have the adventure of a lifetime.

Trial date set for motorist accused of knocking down police officer

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

1:49pm Friday 15th August 2014

A TRIAL date has been set for a young motorist accused of knocking down a police officer who was laying a Stinger device in a bid to halt his car.

World-renowned harpist's musical tribute to loco

The Northern Echo: COMMEMORATIVE COMPOSITION: Harpist Proff David Watkins performs a specially composed piece of music at the Causey Arch station on the Tanfield Railway to commemorate his father's role in the design of the also pictured No.2 diesel electric locomotive

5:37pm Thursday 14th August 2014

A WORLD-RENOWED harpist returned to the North-East today (August 14) to perform a specially-composed piece near the only working diesel electric locomotive his father designed.

Mine workers say controversial plans mean jobs

The Northern Echo: MINE FUTURE: Coal workers who face losing their jobs when Tow Law mine closes ask council to overturn decision to refuse permission for a mine at Marley Hill pictured Dennis Nichol, David Innes and Steven Thompson. Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT (9211847)

6:39am Wednesday 13th August 2014

SURFACE mine workers facing unemployment have accused councillors of ignoring the economic benefits of opencast developments in the North-East.

Cash for crash fraudster released from prison

The Northern Echo: Alan Wright

7:43pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

A FRAUDSTER has been handed a three year jail sentence in his absence for his part in what was Britain's biggest ‘cash for crash’ scam.

Fun day for children’s charity

The Northern Echo: Fearne Smith, five, on the left, with Alecia Readman, four, on the right, at the fun day on Saturday. Picture by Lewis Christie

5:02pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

A FAMILY fun day in north Durham has raised over £70 for Children in Need.

Man held for machete attack

The Northern Echo: Durham Police have recovered a machete believed to have been used in the attack

4:43pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

A MAN charged with attempted murder following a machete attack which left a man with a cut head and a deep leg wound is to appear at Durham Crown Court.

Historic building to go under the hammer

The Northern Echo: Stanley Boarding School on Front Street in Stanley

4:55pm Monday 11th August 2014

A FORMER Victorian boarding school, complete with its headmaster’s house, and annex buildings are heading for the auction room.

Use it or lose, festival organisers say

The Northern Echo: MUSIC FESTIVAL: Members of the band 'The Sponge Divers' Billy White and Jack Cummings, with volunteers Darren McMahon,  and Gareth Stones on the roof of Stanley Bowls Centre to promote an up and coming music festival in the town. Picture: TOM BANK

2:27pm Sunday 10th August 2014

ORGANISERS of a music festival in north Durham are urging people to attend to safeguard its future.

League wins funding to buy kit for youngsters

The Northern Echo: COMMUNITY SPIRIT: Cestria Community Housing Director of Finance and Corporate Services, Martin Warhurst, hands a cheque over to PCSE Sonia Jameson for a football team set up by the police. Picture: TOM BANKS (9056624)

5:00pm Thursday 7th August 2014

A FOOTBALL league set up for youngsters in villages around Chester-le-Street is proving a success.

Theatre named after famous son

1:11pm Thursday 7th August 2014

A THEATRE in north Durham is being named after one of the area’s most well known film and television actors.

Police chase ended with danger driver ploughing stolen Jaguar through park

The Northern Echo: Durham Crown Court

6:10pm Wednesday 6th August 2014

A DANGER driver who sparked a blue light police chase in a stolen Jaguar, tearing across a public park before fleeing on foot, was jailed today (Wednesday, August 6).

Triathlon challenge for Glenn

The Northern Echo: TRI-ATHLETE: Glenn Johnstone, who had his right leg amputated, is taking part in a charity tri-athlon. Picture: TOM BANKS (9016497)

6:04pm Wednesday 6th August 2014

A FORMER postman is preparing to take part in a triathlon despite only having one leg.

Woman born before outbreak of First World War guest of honour at commemorative event

The Northern Echo: GUEST OF HONOUR: 105 year old Alice Coulson as guest of honour at a World War I themed event to commemorate the outbreak of conflict 100 years ago, held at Castle Court Care Home in
Annfield Plain. Picture: TOM BANKS

5:30pm Wednesday 6th August 2014

A WOMAN who was five when the First World War started has been guest of honour at an event commemorate the outbreak of the conflict.

Jail escape pair sentenced

The Northern Echo: Dean Jackson, 27

1:20pm Wednesday 6th August 2014

TWO men who disappeared from an open prison have been sentenced to a further six months behind bars.

Children benefit from company's birthday

The Northern Echo: SPORTING SUCCESS: back row (left to right) Greenland Community Primary School Headteacher, Rose Bainbridge, Managing Director at Hodgson Sayers, John Sayers and Finance Manager at Hodgson Sayers, Mike Wade.Front row: (left to right) pupils: Kieran Sayers,

11:48am Wednesday 6th August 2014

CHILDREN will be able to improve their sports techniques after a building company donated six iPads to their school.

Shops join in the commemoration of WW1's outbreak

The Northern Echo: The Beautifly salon on Clifford Road in Stanley is carrying a window display commemorating local first world war soldier Thomas Pascoe, who died in 1917. (8881164)

6:05am Monday 4th August 2014

TRADERS fighting back after two major fires in their town are joining in the World War One centenary commemorations.

Stanley school bus crash driver "blacked out"

The Northern Echo: SCHOOL BUS CRASH: The scene of the accident near Stanley involving two school buses. Picture: GAVIN ENGELBRECHT (6788838)

6:47pm Friday 1st August 2014

A BUS driver is said to have blacked out moments before a crash between two school buses in County Durham, it emerged tonight.

Community bank invests in young footballers

The Northern Echo: NEW SEASON: Lesley Richardson Manager of Prince Bishop’s Community Bank with Stanley Under-12 captain Drew Frame sporting his new strip.

6:45pm Friday 1st August 2014

A JUNIOR football team is starting the season in style with a brand new kit.

Man jailed for pool cue pub attack

The Northern Echo: Durham Crown Court.

2:09pm Friday 1st August 2014

A MAN who launched an unprovoked attack on a pub pool player, head butting him and hitting him with a cue, has been jailed.

South Moor police station spruced up by school children

The Northern Echo: GARDEN DELIGHT: Children gardeners, VIPs and organisers admire the borders created at South Moor police station. Children, from left, Katelynn Allaker, nine, Lily McArdle, 9, Ronnie Allaker, eight and Lewis Allaker, five. Police and Crime Commissioner Ron

6:00pm Thursday 31st July 2014

A POLICE station’s garden has been spruced up with the help of green-fingered school children.

Families of Stanley bus crash schoolchildren launch legal action

The Northern Echo:

3:28pm Thursday 31st July 2014

FAMILIES of schoolchildren who were on board two buses which crashed in County Durham last month are taking legal action.

Investigation into claims police officers beat injured deer to death with crowbar

The Northern Echo:

9:52am Wednesday 30th July 2014

TWO Durham Police firearms officers are being investigated over claims they killed an injured deer with a crowbar.

Bid to open large opencast mine refused over tourism fears

The Northern Echo: PLAN APPROVED: Durham County Council has approved bungalow plan

6:40pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

AN application to open a large opencast mine has been refused amid fears about its impact on the region’s tourist industry.

Growing sessions in Annfield Plain

The Northern Echo: Groundwork North East  (8659796)

4:01pm Monday 28th July 2014

A SERIES of free growing activities aimed at providing people with the opportunity to get involved in cultivating healthy, affordable food will be held in a north Durham community.

Landlord begins work on new homes

The Northern Echo: Catering for families and the elderly (8612265)

3:54pm Sunday 27th July 2014

WORK on three housing developments for families and the elderly has started in Stanley.

Open cast mine protestors call for halt to planning process

The Northern Echo: OPENCAST PLANS: General view of the Marley Hill site

6:35am Saturday 26th July 2014

PROTESTORS have called for a decision on an opencast mine to be halted after concerns were raised over letters of support for the scheme which the authors denied having sent.

Parish to shrink

12:15pm Thursday 24th July 2014

A PARISH council is to be reduced in size after a lack of willing volunteers put its viability at risk.

Free family fun this weekend

3:18pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

LEISURE centres will offer free family activities this weekend.

Parish to shrink

3:12pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A PARISH council is to be reduced in size after a lack of willing volunteers put its viability at risk.

Event to remember WW1 sacrifice in Stanley

The Northern Echo: (8388620)

1:26pm Sunday 20th July 2014

A SERVICE to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Britain entering the First World War is being held in north Durham.

Trial date agreed for sex offender accused of breaching terms of order

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

7:07pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

A SEX offender is to stand trial accused of having intimate relations with an underage girl and spending a night in a tent with her and two of her friends.

Celebrity chef John Torode pays visit to Stanley community lunch club

The Northern Echo: : Celebrity chef John Torode talks with volunteer cooks Judith Pert (left) and Enid Dent (right) during his visit to the Age UK County Durham event in Stanley. Picture: DAVID WOOD (8258534)

5:43pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

MASTERCHEF judge John Torode today (Tuesday, July 15) gave top marks to a meal of mince, dumplings and mash during a visit to a North-East community lunch club.

Police investigate attack on horse with rake in West Kyo

The Northern Echo: HORSE ATTACKED: Julie Moat with Harvey who was hit on the head with a rake. Picture: STUART BOULTON. (8211283)

2:39pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

A WOMAN has spoken of her horror at discovering her horse had been attacked with what appears to have been a rake.

Memorial bid for tragic WW2 airmen

The Northern Echo: A Stirling Mk III bomber

6:41am Monday 14th July 2014

A COUPLE are hoping to trace the relatives of a teenage airman from the North-East killed in a crash on their farm during the Second World War.

Bike stolen outside chip shop

The Northern Echo: Jack Smith with his bike before it was stolen  (8162626)

5:23pm Sunday 13th July 2014

A TEENAGE cycling enthusiast had his £3,000 bike stolen while waiting in a chip shop queue.

Villagers offered advice to look after their dogs

The Northern Echo: ADVICE DAY: Donna Walker (left) and Jessica Wray, Community Involvement and Investment Officers at Derwentside Homes at another successful dog chipping event in the district.

11:41am Saturday 12th July 2014

VILLAGE pet owners are to be offered help looking after their dogs during an advice day to be held next week.

Headteacher to face retrial on child sex allegations

The Northern Echo:

10:18am Friday 11th July 2014

A HIGHFLYING head teacher is to face a retrial in the New Year on historic child sex charges.

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