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


Old photo found in fire guard

The Northern Echo: PHOTO FIND: Margaret Wojturska has found a picture dating back to 1890s of South Moor Albion FC & is appealing for information.

12:09pm Sunday 14th September 2014

A WOMAN is appealing for information to help her find out more about a Victorian picture.

Academy students raise thousands for teenage cancer charity

The Northern Echo: BIG DONATION: Students from North Durham Academy present a cheque for almost £13,000  to the Teenage Cancer Trust. Picture: TOM BANKS (10234305)

2:45pm Friday 12th September 2014

STUDENTS have raised almost £13,000 for charity with a range of activities.

Charity event to celebrate end of girl's chemotherapy treatment

The Northern Echo: HAVING A PARTY: Mum Jess Hardman and friend Stevi (correct) Bage are planning a big public “end-of-chemotherapy” party for Jess' daughter Casey, 4, which will raise money for cancer charities. Picture: TOM BANKS (10235749)

2:21pm Friday 12th September 2014

THE parents of a four-year-old girl suffering from a rare life-threatening disease are planning a party to celebrate the end of a chemotherapy course – and to raise cash for charity.

Stanley man died of head injury in America

2:17pm Friday 12th September 2014

A FORMER County Durham man who emigrated to America died of a head injury, an inquest heard today.

Academy students raise thousands for teenage cancer charity

The Northern Echo: BIG DONATION: Students from North Durham Academy present a cheque for almost £13,000  to the Teenage Cancer Trust. Picture: TOM BANKS (10234305)

6:07pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

STUDENTS have raised almost £13,000 for charity with a range of activities.

Reward to catch car vandals

The Northern Echo: REWARD OFFERED: Dawn Knight is offering a reward after vandals caused thousands of pounds worth of damage to her car.

3:10pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

A WOMAN who got back from holiday to find her car vandalised is offering a reward to catch those responsible.

Police warn bootleg booze could kill

The Northern Echo: ILLEGAL VODKA : PCSO Michelle Williamson and Sergeant  Tim Robson from the Alcohol Reduction Team with just some of the illegal vodka seized during the operation in Stanley.

6:24pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

A WARNING has been issued after potentially lethal vodka made with industrial alcohol was found on sale in a North-East town.

Tank engine to star on steam heritage line

5:25pm Sunday 7th September 2014

A SYMBOL of County Durham's railway heritage is to return for the first time in over four decades.

Scarecrows draw visitors to village's festival

The Northern Echo: : One of the scarecrows on display during the annual festival in Tanfield Village near Stanley . Picture: DAVID WOOD (10073234)

3:45pm Sunday 7th September 2014

UNUSUAL characters were popping up in unexpected places as a village held its second annual Scarecrow Festival.

Actor Alun Armstrong has theatre in Stanley named after him

The Northern Echo: HOMETOWN: Actor Alun Armstrong at Stanley Civic Theatre. Picture: STUART BOULTON. (10067273)

7:52pm Friday 5th September 2014

A RENOWNED stage, television and film actor returned to his North-East roots tonight (Friday, September 5) be given the honour of having a theatre named after him.

Arson attack on former school

The Northern Echo: SUBSTANTIAL DAMAGE: Greencroft School

3:08pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014

POLICE are investigating a suspected arson attack on a former school building.

Power from the past at Beamish

The Northern Echo: FARM SHOW: Handler Tracy Diamond with Lion the Shire Horse and a tip cart at Beamish Museum ahead of the agricultural show to be held there.             Picture: ANDY LAMB (9981114)

3:34pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014

A PRE-1950s agricultural dealership is among the attractions at a four-day event at a leading museum.

Masterchef presenter dishes up £1m eating project grant

The Northern Echo: FIRST COURSE: John Torode with Come Eat Together project staff and volunteers at East Stanley

4:29pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

CELEBRITY chef John Torode has served up news of a £1m lottery windfall to a healthy eating project for older people.

Firm gives new kit to football team

The Northern Echo: Hodgson Sayers Contracts Manager Colin Howey  (left) and   Managing Director John Sayers (right) with Beamish FC players.

3:25pm Friday 29th August 2014

A CHILDREN’S football team has a smart strip for the new season thanks to a local roofing and building firm.

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.

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.

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.

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