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Stanley News

AWARD: Marmax Recycled Products have won the Green Apple Environment Award. Pictured are school children using their Special Educational Needs Range which is made from 100 per cent recycled plastic

Stanley-based company wins environmental award

HONOURS: Stanley Town Council members with the winners at the awards night.

Council awards for people in Stanley area

The Stanley Blues Festival. Mitch Laddie Band perform. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (37011279)

Thousands enjoy tunes at Stanley music festival

Kitchen fire

RESTORED: The replica of the Mercedes Gullwing

Experts restore wooden car to former glory

CRASH: Craig Parkin and his five year old daughter Katy from Tanfield Lea who were involved in a collision with an ambulance Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

'It seemed to come out of nowhere' - driver recalls crash with ambulance

HIGH KICKS: Young kick-boxers from the Machine MMA gym on Clifford Street in Stanley have qualified for the Unified World Championships in the sport. They are Rhys Pipes (11), Ryan Lister (12), Kyle Chester (11) and Ryan Quinn (11). Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (

World stage for young kickboxers

RUN: Super slimmer Marsha Giles has lost seven stone and is taking part in a the Great North Run picture: SARAH CALDECOTT (36687201)

Woman ready for half marathon after dropping seven stones

EXAM SUCCESS: Brother and sister Finlay and Harriet Dulson, of Burnopfield, with their outstanding exam results

Sibling rivalry brings top marks

WINNERS: Gold medal-winning team (L-R): Brad Whitfield, Bobby Coltman, Andy Hetherington, Alex Sawyer-Copus and Michael MacGurk

Inspirational football club wins Olympic glory

COMPANY: A Derwent Valley Diners volunteer collects a meal from Claire and Audrey's bakers in Consett

Volunteers needed to offer older people decent food and good company

MEMORY: Hannah Dixon, who is taking part in the Great North Run in memory of her grandfather Joe

Runner to tackle Great North Run in memory of her granddad

COURT: An inquest into the death of Thomas Keaning was held at Crook Civic Centre

Tragedy of Stanley teen who died after inhaling deodorant

CAPTURED: A Norman Cornish painting of Bishop’s Close Street, in Spennymoor, where he spent his early years

Spennymoor will be part of Beamish, as museum reveals it will recreate late pitman painter Norman Cornish's house in 1950s town

REMAND: Durham Crown Court told drink driver was two-and-a-half times over limit when he collided with bicycle.

Drink driver injured teenage BMX rider and four-year-old boy

DRUG-FIND: Durham Crown Court told police attended house investigating alleged assault, but end up recovering drug haul.

Man jailed after police make surprise drug find on home visit on other inquiries

FACELIFT: Cllr Neil Foster (left) and Matthew Stancliffe, regional operations manager for Camerons Brewery, outside the imperial hotel in Stanley.

Stanley pub restored to former glory

CAMP: An illegal traveller site on Hustledown Road, South Moor, Stanley Picture: TOM BANKS

Notice served on travellers at Stanley

FATAL FIRE: Forensics at the scene Picture: GAVIN HAVERY

Friends tell of shock as disabled man who died in house fire named as John Wilson, 60

DIAMOND COUPLE: Gordon and Margaret Kirtley, of Stanley, on their diamond wedding anniversary. Picture: TOM BANKS

Royal card makes diamond couple's day

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

Sign up to support website

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

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