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Coach driver arrested for drink-driving on school trip

The Northern Echo:

9:31pm Friday 24th October 2014

A BUS driver taking youngsters on a school trip to Paris has been arrested by French police after allegedly failing a breath test.

Supermarket refuses to sell plastic pumpkin carving kit to woman because she looked too young

The Northern Echo: FUN SPOILER: Jennifer Carmichael, left, and Kerry McCabe holding a scoop and saw used by pupils to make pumpkin heads at Tanfield Primary. Jennifer, 24, was refused sale of the cutting implements by ASDA because she was under 25. Jennifer and Kerry both w

6:04am Friday 24th October 2014

STAFF at a supermarket stopped a woman from buying Halloween pumpkin carving packs for primary school children because she does not look 25.

Danger driver who struck police officer jailed for three years

The Northern Echo: Dean Andrew Watts, who drove girlfriend's car after drinking to celebrate his 23rd birthday.

7:20pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A POLICE officer laying a stinger device was thrown over the bonnet of the car he was trying to bring to a halt, a court heard.

Police deny withholding evidence and staging cover up of deer bludgeoning

The Northern Echo:

8:07am Tuesday 21st October 2014

SENIOR police officers insisted last night they had thoroughly investigated claims two officers bludgeoned a deer to death with crowbars.

Police project to work with young people

The Northern Echo: POLICE HELPERS: Pupils from Tanfield School help with decorating Catchgate Police Station.

5:24pm Thursday 16th October 2014

A SCHEME to improve community relations with young people in the North-East has been launched.

Two children injured after being knocked down outside North Durham Academy

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

10:28am Wednesday 15th October 2014

TWO girls have been taken to hospital with serious injuries after being knocked over outside their school.

Calls for lower speed limit outside North Durham Academy after two students are knocked over

The Northern Echo: Scene of accident in which two girls were knocked over by car on A693 in Stanley. Picture: GAVIN ENGELBRECHT (11553908)

6:04pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

A HEADTEACHER has called for a 20mph speed limit outside school after two girls were knocked down and seriously hurt today (Wednesday, October 15).

Woman convicted of bar room attack told jail sentence is on a "knife edge"

The Northern Echo: CROWN COURT: Justine Miskell pictured leaving Durham Crown Court. Picture: DAVID WOOD

7:20pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

A WOMAN said to have carried out a bar room attack in a jealous rage was today (Tuesday October 14) told she may be facing a prison sentence.

Top wrestlers heading for Stanley school

The Northern Echo:

6:03pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

A SCHOOL in Stanley is hosting a major wrestling event next month.

Hundred-year-old Hilda given VIP tour of home village

The Northern Echo: HAPPY HUNDRED: Cheers from Hilda Minto from Lanchester who has reached one hundred, pictured at her family party.        Picture: ANDY LAMB

4:45pm Sunday 12th October 2014

A CENTENARIAN celebrated her landmark birthday in style, with an open top tour of the village where she has lived for the past 51 years.

Tanfield Lea man raises money for good causes in sponsored swims

The Northern Echo: CHARITY FUNDRAISER: Royal British Legion Consett and District Branch member Brian Kemp (77) ahead of his sponsored swim. Picture: DAVID WOOD (11334745)

2:50pm Friday 10th October 2014

AN ARMY veteran who became a regular swimmer since being referred by his GP several years ago to improve his health has taken on two sponsored swims for charity.

Three men arrested following crash in Stanley

The Northern Echo: TRAFFIC ACCIDENT: The scene following the incident on Wear Road in Stanley. Picture: DAVID WOOD (11150719)

5:27pm Tuesday 7th October 2014

THREE men were arrested after a car collided with another vehicle before ploughing into a house.

Studio of Pitman Painter preserved for posterity

2:26pm Sunday 5th October 2014

THE studio of Pitman Painter Norman Cornish is to be preserved for future generations as part of the North-East’s mining heritage.

Olivia has hair cut to help little Charlotte

The Northern Echo: HAIR CUT: Olivia after her plats were cut off

5:51pm Sunday 5th October 2014

A LITTLE girl has had her hair cut short to raise money for a fellow pupil and help other children who need to wear wigs after undergoing treatment for cancer.

Five months of work planned to reduce risk of flooding

The Northern Echo: (11095487)

5:39pm Sunday 5th October 2014

A PUBLIC exhibition for residents to find out more about a five month scheme to reduce the risk of flooding in north Durham is being held next week.

Stanley police inspector's community goal

The Northern Echo: LOCAL CHIEF: Kelly Martin, new Neighbourhood Inspector at Stanley.

1:22pm Friday 3rd October 2014

A POLICE officer is using her international sporting background to connect with young people in the North-East.

Young kickboxers in with a fighting chance

The Northern Echo: Luca Bloomfield, Zach Glendining, Charlotte Potts and Terri Stuart from the North-East Kickboxing Academy.

11:52am Thursday 2nd October 2014

A FEAST of international kickboxing featuring young fighters from north Durham is being staged in Stanley this month.

Stanley man appears in court accused of stabbing in roadside incident

The Northern Echo: Newcastle Crown Court  (8389331)

5:11pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

A MAN has appeared in court accused of stabbing a man in an roadside incident.

Campaign for Tanfield Lea miners’ banner

The Northern Echo: BANNER TO BE RESTORED: Councillor Joyce Charlton joins Alice Mearns (blue top) and Joe Wilson from the Tanfield Lea Partnership with the miners banner.

5:13pm Monday 29th September 2014

A COMMUNITY group is looking for fundraisers to help pay for a new miners’ banner for a North-East village.

Annfield Plain Infants School celebrates 40th anniversary

The Northern Echo: CAKE DAY: The 40th anniversary of Annfield Plain Infants School was  made in assembly with a birthday cake held by pupils, from left Logan Blake, 6, Shay Wears, 4, Emily Harrrison, 5 and Jake Lambert, 5. Right is head teacher Ann Kane.             Picture

3:53pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

AN infants school today (Wednesday, September 24) launched a year of celebrations to mark its 40th anniversary.

Historic music tour to complement antiques

The Northern Echo: ON TOUR: Penny Callow and Rosanna Whitton of Flautino, playing at The Three Tuns Antiques shop in Thirsk.  Picture:RICHARD DOUGHTY (10617210)

5:57pm Monday 22nd September 2014

BAROQUE music performers have completed a tour of shows in antiques shops.

Anna has hair shaved off to help cancer victims

The Northern Echo: CHARITY FUNDRAISER: 14 year old Anna Cartridge ahead of her sponsored head shave to help raise money for MacMillan Cancer Support and the Little Princess Trust.

3:47pm Sunday 21st September 2014

A SCHOOLGIRL has shaved off her waist-length hair in support of cancer victims.

Stanley food group reaches for the stars

The Northern Echo: Pic Caption: TV star with staff from Come Eat Together as they pick up their National Lottery Award for Best Health Project which will be shown on BBC One Fri 19th September 2014. (L-R) Stephanie Esteris, Christopher Adamson, Julie Nicholls, John Barrowma

5:14pm Thursday 18th September 2014

STAFF from a community lunch club have been presented with an award at a star-studded red carpet ceremony.

Police to call on Consett and Stanley off-licences to operate Challenge 25

The Northern Echo: (9443387)

2:42pm Thursday 18th September 2014

OFF-licences are being urged to help fight under-age drinking and the anti-social behaviour that goes with it.

Edwardian one-man show for Beamish visitors

The Northern Echo: CROWD PULLER: David Armstrong puts on 'Mr Armstrong's Travelling Show' for visitors to the agricultural show at Beamish Museum.         Picture: ANDY LAMB (10485159)

4:30pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

AN Edwardian one-man variety show is one of the new attractions at a leading museum’s agricultural show from bygone days.

Missing elderly Stanley man found

The Northern Echo:

4:35pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

POLICE in Stanley are becoming increasingly concerned for an elderly man who is missing from home.

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.

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