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Nurses try in vain to save life of man found unconscious in Dipton, near Stanley

The Northern Echo: The Great North Air Ambulance Service attended the accident on the A167 at Newton Aycliffe, County Durham

8:36pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

TWO nurses fought in vain to save the life of a man found unconscious.

Workman's hat contributes to £30,000 fine for Northumbrian Water over sewage leaks

The Northern Echo: Envirobnment Agency: Cleaning up Twizell Burn

5:24pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

ONE of the region’s biggest water companies has been fined £30,000 after sewage polluted two streams.

Ladies' lunch date for Grumpy Old Women creator

The Northern Echo: Last year's Ladies' Lunch

1:09pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

GRUMPY Old Women writer Judith Holder will be guest of honour at a North-East charity lunch later this week (Friday, April 25).

Man arrested on suspicion of bank robbery following morning raid by police

The Northern Echo: Police begin investigation at scene of town centre bank robbery in Stanley

9:31am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

POLICE investigating a robbery at a town centre bank today (Wednesday April 23) arrested a man suspected of carrying out the raid.

Police release images of man wanted in connection with Stanley bank raid

The Northern Echo: Wanted

9:11pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

POLICE have released images of a suspected teenage robber who made off with a large amount of cash from a town centre bank today (Tuesday, April 22).

Group hopes rare mineral find could help protect valley against opencasting

The Northern Echo: Tufa gound in a County Durham stream

5:06pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A GREEN group hopes the discovery of a rare rock formation could help their fight against opencasting.

Northern Rock Foundation closure a 'massive blow for North-East charities'

The Northern Echo: Justin Welby at Bike Stop, Darlington

5:49pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

CHARITIES across the North-East have suffered a major blow with the demise of the Northern Rock Foundation. Mark Tallentire reports.

Advice for teenage jobseekers

The Northern Echo: Job centre - jobs

2:45pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

DROP-IN sessions for older teenagers who are looking either for work, college or training opportunities are to take place.

Landlord submits plans for new bungalows

The Northern Echo: The charity, Victim Support, is working with the social landlord, Derwentside Homes, and Durham County Council’s Safe Durham Partnership.

2:19pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A HOUSING association has revealed plans to build dozens of new bungalows.

'Bedroom tax' hitting region the hardest

The Northern Echo: North Durham MP Kevan Jones

12:00am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

BENEFITS claimants in the North-East and North Yorkshire have been hit harder by Government’s ‘bedroom tax’ than any other region, a new study has revealed.

Fighters getting their kicks on the world stage

The Northern Echo: Jamie Bates and Mick Terrill

6:44pm Monday 21st April 2014

TWO kickboxers from the North-East are taking on the best of the best.

Pet owners warned Easter eggs could prove fatal for dogs

The Northern Echo: Easter eggs could prove fatal for curious dogs

6:22pm Monday 21st April 2014

DOG owners are being warned that their haul of Easter eggs could prove poisonous to curious pets.

Easter family fun in Tanfield

The Northern Echo: Daisy Sterling, aged eight, takes part in the Easter Egg hunt at St Margaret's Church Tanfield today.

5:56pm Monday 21st April 2014

A COMMUNITY fun day has been held for families in the North-East.

Cafe to open for young people in Stanley

The Northern Echo: Christine's Cafe will be open on Fridays from May 9

2:20pm Monday 21st April 2014

A CAFE in north Durham is opening its doors to young people in a bid to tackle anti social behaviour.

Eyes down for a full house

The Northern Echo: Age UK is starting a new meeting for men in Stanley

2:27pm Monday 21st April 2014

Afternoon tea and prize bingo sessions take place every Wednesday in Age UK County Durham's Resource Room, 16c Betjeman Close, East Stanley.

Football club's drive for long range goal

The Northern Echo: Annfield Plain manager Keith Sheardown and volunteer groundsman Marshall Lawson with the plans to revamp the club

1:50pm Sunday 20th April 2014

AMBITIOUS plans to restore an ailing Victorian community football club back to its former glory have been unveiled.

Multi million pound scheme to move school to new site

The Northern Echo: Headteacher Maggie Collins

10:54am Sunday 20th April 2014

FUNDING of £2.7m has been awarded to a north Durham school for children with special educational needs to allow them to move bigger premises.

Volunteers needed for community help

The Northern Echo: The charity, Victim Support, is working with the social landlord, Derwentside Homes, and Durham County Council’s Safe Durham Partnership.

11:16am Sunday 20th April 2014

A PROJECT which supports for victims of anti-social behaviour in north Durham is appealing for volunteers.

Help need for community litter pick

The Northern Echo: Litter pickers needed for park event

11:31am Sunday 20th April 2014

Derwent Valley Partnership is looking for volunteers to take part in an ‘after event’ litter pick following the forthcoming Party in the Park event on Sunday July 20, 12pm-6pm in Blackhill and Consett Park.

Award for Stanley school

The Northern Echo: North Durham Academy is appealing for community help

12:57pm Friday 18th April 2014

A SCHOOL in Stanley has received national recognition for students’ achievements at GCSE level.

Head teacher denies sex offences involving teenage boy

The Northern Echo: DENIES CHARGES: Anne Lakey

3:08pm Thursday 17th April 2014

AN acclaimed head teacher has denied historic sex allegations involving a teenage boy.

Debt drove young man to suicide

The Northern Echo: Coroner Andrew Tweddle

2:35pm Thursday 17th April 2014

FINANCIAL debt that mounted up over a year drove a young man to take his life.

Parishioners begging vicars for food - Bishop of Durham

The Northern Echo: Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham

12:10am Thursday 17th April 2014

CHURCH vicars are increasingly being asked for help by hungry parishioners, the Bishop of Durham has claimed.

'Amazing, appalling, shocking' - the reality of Foodbank Britain

The Northern Echo: Bishop Seamus Cunnigham and Bishop Mark Bryant at Gateshead Foodbank

12:10am Wednesday 16th April 2014

“AMAZING, appalling, shocking.” That was the verdict of Durham Foodbank co-ordinator Peter MacLellan on new figures, released today, revealing a 463 per cent rise in North-East foodbank users in just 12 months.

463% rise in North-East foodbank users in just 12 months

The Northern Echo: The Right Reverend Justin Welby, left, packs a parcel with Alan Bell, centre, of Emmanuel Church and helper Peter MacLellan

12:10am Wednesday 16th April 2014

DOZENS of bishops and hundreds of faith leaders including the Bishop of Durham will today (Wednesday, April 16) demand the Government take urgent action to tackle the growing food crisis engulfing the UK.

Police name Dipton man who died in Gateshead crash

5:03pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A MAN who died following a crash in Gateshead had been named.

Man, 49, killed as car rolls onto roof in Gateshead

The Northern Echo: Appeal for witnesses

10:27am Tuesday 15th April 2014

A MAN has died following a crash in Gateshead.

Community champions honoured across County Durham

The Northern Echo: Councillor John Robinson hands out the Chairman's Medals

10:51am Monday 14th April 2014

FOURTEEN community champions have been honoured for their voluntary and charitable efforts.

Jury fails to reach a verdict in councillor indecent assault trial

The Northern Echo: Peter McLaughlin

3:56pm Monday 14th April 2014

THE jury in the trial of a councillor on sex charges has been discharged after failing to reach any verdicts.

Son jailed after drunken street attack on father

The Northern Echo: STATLEY BEARING: Construction of Durham Crown Court was problematical to say the least, but the architecture of the completed building has stood the test of time.

9:00pm Friday 11th April 2014

A MAN who is said to have “gone off the rails” in recent years was today jailed for a drunken street attack on his own father.

Jury considers verdicts in trial of former chairman of Stanley Town Council

The Northern Echo: Councillor Peter McLaughlin

5:13pm Friday 11th April 2014

THE jury in the trial of a councillor accused of indecently assaulting a schoolboy will resume its deliberations on Monday after failing to reach any verdicts in more than four hours of discussion.

Hotel in Bobby Shafto's home fined over pollution of burn

The Northern Echo: £20,000 fine: Beamish Hall Hotel

4:40pm Thursday 10th April 2014

A LEADING country hotel has been fined £20,000 for polluting a watercourse with inadequately treated sewage.

Sole survivor gets museum visitors steamed up

The Northern Echo: The world’s only surviving Sentinel steam wagon at Beamish Museum ahead of its steam weekend. Pictured are owners Richard and Kay Straughan.

3:31pm Thursday 10th April 2014

A STEAM wagon that is the only one of its kind is the star of a steam festival that got underway today (Thursday, April 10).

Golf pros launch coaching scheme for youngsters

The Northern Echo: TEE TIME: A golfer at Stressholme

11:29am Thursday 10th April 2014

PROFESSIONAL golf is being offered to youngsters in North Durham.

Charity supporting people with learning disabilities across North Durham gets three years of funding

The Northern Echo: PRIZE PACK: Sheila Harris with some of the prizes on offer at the charity night

11:55am Thursday 10th April 2014

A CHARITY that supports people with learning disabilities is celebrating a lottery windfall that will secure the future of its service in north Durham.

Abuse accuser wanted money from councillor, jury told

The Northern Echo: Councillor Peter McLaughlin

5:00pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

A SERVING councillor told a court that a man who had accused him of sexually abusing him as a schoolboy had threatened to "get him" after he refused to give him £20,000.

Learn how to play a round

The Northern Echo: Beamish Park Hotel's Golf Academy

12:01pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

WOULD-be golfers in the Stanley area are being offered the chance to learn the sport.

Cancer charity looking for fundraising volunteers

The Northern Echo: Help is needed to support Marie Curie Cancer Care nurses

3:03pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

A CANCER charity is launching a new fundraising group in Consett and Stanley.

Man almost choked on plastic in chocolate bar

The Northern Echo: Bob Wales found plastic in fruit and nut chocolate

9:50pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

WHEN Bob Wales tucked into a bar of fruit and nut chocolate he bit off more than he could chew.

Man facing prison sentence after admitting sex offences with young girls

The Northern Echo: FORBODING GLORY: Durham Crown Court's central door and the window above it, out of which condemned prisoners stepped onto the wooden gallows, watched by thousands of people.

6:18pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

A MAN is facing a prison sentence after admitting a series of sexual offences involving young girls.

Councillor on trial facing historic sex abuse charges

The Northern Echo: Councillor Peter McLaughlin

5:27pm Monday 7th April 2014

A COUNCILLOR befriended a 13-year-old boy so he could sexually abuse him on the foreign trips he made as a holiday coach driver, a court heard today. (Monday, April 7)

Sophie is using pedal power to raise charity cash

The Northern Echo: Sophie Wallace

3:12pm Monday 7th April 2014

A BEAUTY pageant contestant is doing a 20-mile sponsored bike to raise money for charity.

Woman, 68, injured after falling from horse at Annfield Plain

The Northern Echo: The Great North Air Ambulance at Annfield Plain on Saturday

12:50pm Sunday 6th April 2014

A 68-YEAR-OLD woman had to be airlifted to hospital after suffering serious injuries when she was thrown from a horse.

Learn about internet banking

11:58am Sunday 6th April 2014

Age UK County Durham is hosting a free on-line banking training session for the over 50's who are customers of Lloyds, TSB and Halifax at North Road Methodist Church in Durham on Wednesday April 16 from 10am - 12 noon. Refreshments provided. For more information call Barbara Webb on 01207- 280-119.

Assistant pub manager stole takings to feed gambling addiction

The Northern Echo: RELAXING SPOT: The Bishop’s Mill provides reasonably priced pub grub – and the perfect spot from which to watch the hurly-burly of Durham

5:10pm Friday 4th April 2014

A GAMBLING addict frittered away more than £15,000 stolen from the pub where he was assistant manager, a court heard.

Many employers failing to pay a 'living wage' - TUC

The Northern Echo: Beth Farhat has been appointed as the Northern TUC’s new regional secretary

4:42pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

THOUSANDS of workers in the North-East are in jobs paying less than the living wage, according to the TUC.

Rat infested rubble months after fire

The Northern Echo: Rodents have been spotted in rubble on Front Street in Stanley

4:28pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

RUBBLE from a historic North-East building destroyed by fire has become infested with rats.

£500,000 Lottery grant to help County Durham remember First World War

The Northern Echo: Replica tank outside the Miners' Hall, Murton, 1918

12:04pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

A LOTTERY grant of nearly £500,000 will help the North-East mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Coroner raises concerns about gritting procedures after County Durham biker's death

The Northern Echo: Coroner Andrew Tweddle

3:58pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

A CORONER will raise concerns with police and council chiefs about road gritting procedures following the death of a biker on an icy road.

Tanfield Ever Ready site set for £35m rebirth

The Northern Echo: Durham County Council will send new concessionary bus passes to more than 10,000 residents this month

1:30pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

COUNCILLORS have backed £35m plans to transform a rundown former factory site with new homes, shops and businesses.



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