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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.

Closure-threatened bowls clubs were promised £350k

The Northern Echo: GRASS CUTTING DISPUTE: General view of the Riverside Gardens Bowling Greens home of Chester le Street Bowling Club. Picture: DAVID WOOD (7615830)

12:02am Friday 11th July 2014

BOWLS clubs facing an uncertain future under council cutbacks were promised nearly £350,000-worth of investment just two years ago, The Northern Echo can reveal.

Teenager and three adults accused of conspiring to dispose of evidence relating to murder of Stanley father-of-two

The Northern Echo: Steven John Hutchinson, 34, of Evenwood Gate, County Durham, was sentenced at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court

1:59pm Thursday 10th July 2014

A TEENAGE boy and three adults have appeared at court accused of conspiring to dispose of evidence in a murder investigation.

Hospice marks anniversary by opening new unit for day patients

The Northern Echo: NEW HOSPICE: Sir Tom’s widow Lady Cowie is presented with flowers by Arron Woodhead, after opening the new £1.2m rebuild of Willow Burn hospice, Lanchester. Picture: TOM BANKS (8034000)

4:56pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

A HOSPICE has celebrated its 25th birthday by opening a new £1.4m centre for day patients.

Under-performing children's centres face uncertain future under £1m cuts plan

The Northern Echo: CHANGES PROPOSED: Durham County Council

4:37pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

NEARLY two-thirds of a county’s children’s centres face an uncertain future, after council chiefs admitted they had not produced the hoped-for impact for the poorest children.

Force-wide crackdown on teen tipplers

The Northern Echo: : Alan Simpson from CAP (Community Alcohol Partnership) speaking at the launch of Operation ARIES (Alcohol, Related, Intervention, Enforcement, Support) event at the Town Hall in Durham. Picture: DAVID WOOD (7981961)

12:02am Wednesday 9th July 2014

UNDER-age drinkers across County Durham and Darlington are the target of a major campaign launched today (Tuesday, July 8).

Kids raise cash for hospice

The Northern Echo: : Fundraiser Megan McCabe from The Willow Burn Hospice (right) receives the cheque from Laura Frazer and pupils Ben Fazakerley (8), Ellie Crawford (8), Naill Frazer (8), Havannah Whitehead (8) and Jack Renwick (8) from St Joseph's RC Primary School in

5:46pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

A PARTY for youngsters has raised almost £600 for charity.

TJ's hair cut for a good cause

The Northern Echo: HAIR TODAY: Durham Free School pupil, 12-year-old Terri-Jo Mould, from Spennymoor, who had her hair cut off for charity. Picture: TOM BANKS (7892438)

12:42pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

A BRAVE young girl has happily given up much of her proud head of hair, but all for a worthy cause.

Jury fails to reach verdict in school head teacher indecent assault trial

The Northern Echo: ACCLAIMED HEADTEACHER: Anne Lakey arrives at Durham Crown Court for her trial

12:23pm Friday 4th July 2014

THE jury in the trial of a highflying head teacher accused of sex offences against a teenage boy has failed to reach a verdict.

Jury undecided, so far, in school head teen sex trial

The Northern Echo: School head  Anne Lakey leaving Durham Crown Court still awaiting jury verdict today (Wednesday July 2). Picture by Andy Lamb.

5:54pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014

THE jury in the trial of a school head accused of having a sexual relationship with a teenage boy will resume deliberations on their return to court tomorrow (Thursday July 3).

Jury out in Durham school head sex trial

The Northern Echo: DENIES CHARGES: Anne Lakey arriving at Durham Crown Court for second day of trial over alleged relationship with underage boy

1:25pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014

THE jury in the trial of a school head accused of having sex with a teenage boy has gone out to consider its verdict.

School head sex trial jurors urged to forget Rolf Harris and other celebrity cases

The Northern Echo: ACCLAIMED HEADTEACHER: Anne Lakey arrives at Durham Crown Court for her trial

7:44pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

JURORS were today (July 1) told to forget recent high profile cases when considering their verdict in the trial of a school head accused of having sex with a teenage boy.

Bottle thrower who injured young girl warned he could be jailed

The Northern Echo:

5:54pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

A MAN who threw a bottle which left a young car passenger with serious facial injuries was today (Tuesday July 1) warned he is facing a likely prison sentence.

Man poured petrol on wife and tried to set her alight, court hears

The Northern Echo: Durham Constabulary

2:30pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

A MAN appeared in court accused of attempting to murder his estranged wife by pouring petrol on her and trying to set it alight.

Man who threw bottle which damaged young gymnast's face warned he could face jail

The Northern Echo: Nine-year-old Abbie Keers talks to the media with her grandmother Sandra Webb at a press conference after the car they were travelling in was hit by a bottle, smashing the windscreen and injuring Abbie. (6394169)

12:33pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

A MAN from County Durham, who badly cut a young gymnast's face when he hurled a bottle at her grandmother's car, has been warned to expect jail.

School head Anne Lakey thought teen sex claim was 'hoax'

The Northern Echo:

6:54pm Monday 30th June 2014

AN acclaimed school head said she thought an email claiming she had a sexual relationship with a teenage boy was “a hoax”.

We're jacking it in - council cutbacks threaten bowls clubs

The Northern Echo: GRASS CUTTING DISPUTE: General view of the Riverside Gardens Bowling Greens home of Chester le Street Bowling Club. Picture: DAVID WOOD (7615830)

6:04am Monday 30th June 2014

BOWLS players fear long-established North-East clubs could be forced to close under council funding cutbacks.

Chief Constable helps in arrest of 'trolley-dash' shoplifter following failed car park getaway bid

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

12:02am Sunday 29th June 2014

DURHAM'S chief constable helped detain a shoplifter with no driving experience who took to a car to escape a pursuing store security guard.

See cat woman to get that pet

The Northern Echo: NEW HOMES NEEDED: Owner Tracey Hobbs (right) with volunteers Pauline Morgan (center) and Olly Coleman (left) from the Tendercare Cattery in Burnhope which has over 70 cats needing new homes. Picture: DAVID WOOD (7616499)

6:11pm Friday 27th June 2014

A WOMAN who runs an animal shelter is desperate for people to help her by taking on a pet cat.

School head labels teen sex claim as "fantasy"

The Northern Echo: DENIES CHARGES: Anne Lakey arriving at Durham Crown Court for second day of trial over alleged relationship with underage boy

6:07pm Friday 27th June 2014

A SCHOOL head dismissed allegations that she had sexual relations with a young teenage boy as “fantasy” and “a figment” of her accuser’s imagination.

Stanley drink driver crashed into Weardale hospital wall

The Northern Echo: Bradley Valks appeared at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court

4:38pm Friday 27th June 2014

A DRINK driver crashed into a hospital wall after losing control of his car, a court heard.

Man denies "teen crush" on teacher with whom he claims to have had sex affair

The Northern Echo: ACCLAIMED HEADTEACHER: Anne Lakey arrives at Durham Crown Court for her trial

7:17pm Thursday 26th June 2014

A MAN has denied having had a teenage “crush” on an older female teacher with whom he claims to have had a sexual relationship for several months.

Man said he found teenage relationship with older teacher "exciting", but he knew it was "wrong"

The Northern Echo: DENIES CHARGES: Anne Lakey arriving at Durham Crown Court for second day of trial over alleged relationship with underage boy

6:33pm Wednesday 25th June 2014

A MAN recalled finding a sexual relationship with an older teacher when he was a young teenager as, “exciting”.

Hundreds of homes to get insulation help

The Northern Echo: LOFTY AMBITION: Landlord aims to help 200 families cut heating bills

3:20pm Wednesday 25th June 2014

MORE than 200 homes are to be given wall and loft insulation over the next six months.

Headteacher Anne Lakey "groomed vulnerable teenage boy for her own sexual gratification", court told

The Northern Echo: ACCLAIMED HEADTEACHER: Anne Lakey arrives at Durham Crown Court for her trial

6:00am Wednesday 25th June 2014

A "PREDATORY" teacher manipulated an impressionable young teenage boy into submitting to her own sexual desires, a court was told.

Man trapped between vehicles

5:13pm Tuesday 24th June 2014

A 49-YEAR-OLD man has been airlifted to hospital after he became trapped between a Ford Transit and Honda car.

Fundraising events in aid of Great North Air Ambulance

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

3:32pm Tuesday 24th June 2014

A SCHOOL whose pupils were involved in a bus crash will be raising funds for the Great North Air Ambulance.

Emma charity hair plan is a cut above

The Northern Echo: SPONSORED HAIR CUT: Emma Marshall (29) ahead of her charity fundraiser. Picture: DAVID WOOD (7435161)

6:33pm Monday 23rd June 2014

A YOUNG woman is having eight inches cut off her hair so it can be turned into wigs for sick children.

Kirsty’s challenge in memory of her father

The Northern Echo: Geoffrey Lawrence (7439055)

5:27pm Monday 23rd June 2014

A SUPERMARKET worker from north Durham is taking part in the Great North Run in memory of her father.

New dad praises 'brilliant' neonatal staff

The Northern Echo: GIVING THANKS: The family of newborn Steven Clark Jr. want to say thanks  to the staff at UHND for the “brilliant” care after they restarted the baby’s breathing and have now given him the all clear. Picture are Steven Clark Snr., mum Rh

6:02am Saturday 21st June 2014

A NEW dad has praised the “brilliant” doctors and nurses who helped save his new-born son’s life.

Mother to take part in bodybuilding competition

The Northern Echo: MISS UNIVERSE CONTENDER: Claire Rayson, of Stanley, has qualified for Miss Universe. Picture: TOM BANKS (7330864)

5:47pm Thursday 19th June 2014

A MOTHER who took up bodybuilding a year ago is taking part in Miss Universe.

Lucky punters hope to won £1m on a single spin

The Northern Echo: NUMBERS UP: The five North-east contestants in the casino competition

4:25pm Thursday 19th June 2014

FIVE lucky punters from the North-East will have the chance to win £1m on a single spin of a roulette wheel.

Residents fight bungalow plan for their housing estate

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

1:52pm Thursday 19th June 2014

A PETITION signed by 100 residents objecting to the building of bungalows on their estate has been submitted to planners.

Fundraising sports for Great North Air Ambulance following school bus crash

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

6:36pm Wednesday 18th June 2014

A COMMUNITY is planning a sports day to raise money for the Great North Air Ambulance following a crash involving two school buses.

Former college premises set for £2.7m upgrade as special school moves in

The Northern Echo: The former Greencroft school

6:33pm Wednesday 18th June 2014

A FORMER secondary school will be brought back into educational use for the benefit of children with special needs following a council vote yesterday (Tuesday, June 17).

Lord Lieutenant backs credit union campaign

The Northern Echo: CREDIT DUE: The Lord Lieutenant of Durham Sue Snowden adds support to Church project by joining credit union.

12:19pm Tuesday 17th June 2014

THE Lord Lieutenant of Durham has joined a community bank during a visit to back plans to persuade more people to get involved with credit unions.

Grease is the word for theatre group show

The Northern Echo: GREASED LIGHTNING: The cast of Grease The Musical

12:06pm Tuesday 17th June 2014

GREASE will be the word as a musical extravaganza takes to the stage next month.



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