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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

PLAYERS: The Castle Players from Barnard Castle are to stage a version of The Merry Wives of Windsor, set in suffragette times, at Beamish Museum Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT (28496935)

Castle Players take time out of rehearsals to appear as Suffragettes at Beamish Museum

DANCE: Ten year old James Mawson from Stanley who is going to RADA to audition for the role as Billy Elliott in the West End.  Picture: ANDY LAMB (28258784)

Stanley boy hopes to become the next Billy Elliot

ACTION: Eight-week project to improve South Moor us underway

Eight-week campaign underway to improve community

AUTISM: (Left to right) Ceyln Gurden-Williams, people development officer,  Beamish Museum; Richard Evans, Beamish Museum director; Kerrie Highcock, North East Autism Society family development manager; and volunteer Ailsa Riddel.


Beamish Museum is autism friendly

HAIR WE GO: Pat Simmonds has her hair prepared to be cut off for charity by Sophie Punshon at Reef hair and beauty, Durham. Picture: TOM BANKS

Woman’s first major haircut in forty years

Golfers ready for their longest day

A group of artists are putting on an exhibition of their work at Stanley Civic Hall.  Some of those involved and with their artwork are Bridie Murray with paintings of High Wood, Durham, Mick Brown with 'Stanley (nature will reclaim)' and John Ainsley wit

Community art going on show in Stanley

CAT TATT: Newcastle fan Shaun Connelly has had a Sunderland tattoo on his left buttock to raise money for three year told Charlie Thornton, a young boy with a rare genetic disorder. Picture: TOM BANKS

Newcastle fan has tattoo of arch-rivals Sunderland tattooed on his bottom for charity

BLAZE: Firefighters extinguish blaze at Craghead, near Stanley. Picture: Stanley Police  (27452134)

Firefighters extinguish scrap fire in Craghead, near Stanley

KARATE: 14 year old Abigail Coates has been chosen to represent England in karate Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT


Teen karate queen is Benidorm-bound

ZORSE: Rebecca Townsend pictured with Zulu the Zorse, half horse, half zebra at Beamish Museum Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

Meet Zulu the zorse

FIRE: Damage to Burnside Primary School in South Stanley caused by fire, in February. Picture: TOM BANKS.

Trial date switch for arson spree accused

GARDEN: Creation of Fairy garden in woodland at Craghead after the first one was destroyed pictured Ava Robertson 7  Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT (27079704)

Faerie garden restored after vandal attack

CELEBRATION: Pupils at Annfield Plain Junior School celebrate the 140th anniversary of the school. Picture: TOM BANKS (26946054)

School celebrates 140th anniversary

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