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Pair involved in cocaine supply warned to expect substantial prison sentences

The Northern Echo: Ronald Wotton has appeared at Durham crown Court

5:39pm Thursday 24th April 2014

TWO men involved in the supply of a large amount of cocaine were warned to face substantial prison sentences.

Social workers jailed for sexually abusing vulnerable boys at North-East residential homes

The Northern Echo: John Leslie Duncan

6:39pm Thursday 24th April 2014

TWO former social workers who subjected vulnerable young boys to a campaign of sexual abuse were today (Thursday, April 24) given lengthy jail sentences. 

Busy commuter road to be widened

The Northern Echo: Going nowhere, The A1 closed in the south direction at Boroughbridge meant traffic queues for miles north. Picture taken at Ripon.pic: Anthony Chappel-Ross (5539125)

5:02pm Thursday 24th April 2014

ONE of the region’s busiest roads is to be widened to three lanes to ease congestion.

Youngsters auditionfor role in musical

4:46pm Thursday 24th April 2014

BUDDING young actors had the chance to win a role in a leading musical.

Foundation demise puts charities at risk, claims coalition

The Northern Echo: STARTING YOUNG: Sir Richard Branson talks to eight-yearold Dylan Knox, from Blyth, during his brief visit to the Virgin Money branch in Newcastle

5:18pm Thursday 24th April 2014

A MENTAL health coalition has claimed charities will almost inevitably have to fold following the demise of the Northern Rock Foundation.

Permanent memorial to legendary Magpie captain and manager Joe Harvey unveiled

The Northern Echo: Vic Keeble, Ken Harvey and Bob Moncur unveil plaque in memory of Magpie legend Joe Harvey.

5:08pm Thursday 24th April 2014

SOME of the greats of Newcastle United converged on St James Park today to unveil a permanent memorial to the man who led the club to FA Cup and Fairs Cub - legendary Magpies captain and manager Joe Harvey.

Three go cycling for Joe

The Northern Echo: Stadium of Light car parks to remain closed to general public over weekend

4:24pm Thursday 24th April 2014

THREE cyclists have pedalled between the football grounds of Aberdeen and Sunderland in memory of a cancer victim.

MP demands answers from Treasury over Northern Rock Foundation demise

The Northern Echo: Northern Rock Foundation

11:00pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A NORTH-East MP who led a campaign to protect the Northern Rock Foundation will try to force a Treasury minister to Parliament to answer questions over its demise.

Army chiefs search for surviving relatives of Battle of Somme hero

4:21pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

ARMY chiefs have are trying to trace surviving relatives of a North-East war hero who was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

Charity to stage sponsored dog walk

The Northern Echo: Mandy Taylor, from Blunsdon, has organised a sponsored dog walk and has received a royal letter from Charles and Camilla

2:19pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A CHARITY is urging dog owners to bring their pets out for a sponsored walk The North East Autism Society (NEAS) will hold Wag This Way at Hetton Lyons Country Park, Hetton-le-Hole, near Sunderland, on Sunday, May 11.

North-East mum makes finals of blog awards

The Northern Echo: BLOG HONOUR: Samantha Rickleton

1:54pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A MOTHER’S online advice blog offering tips on family activities has been nominated for a national award.

Australian singer Natalie Imbruglia to tread the boards at Newcastle Theatre Royal

The Northern Echo: Natalie Imbruglia

1:19pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

AUSTRALIAN singer Natalie Imbruglia will tread the boards in the North-East as part of her drama debut in the UK.

Corrie fan brings her passion to the page

The Northern Echo: Corrie fan Glenda Young on the TV soap set

12:46pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A NORTH-EAST Coronation Street fan has brought her passion to the page by charting the highs and lows of a touching love affair of the TV soap’s first transgender character.

Greens leader asks: How can music save the planet?

The Northern Echo: BID DROPPED: The Sage Gateshead

12:07pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

TEACHERS and musicians from across the region and beyond will gather in the North-East for a second annual music festival next week (April 29).

Pilgrim cyclists' 125-mile charity challenge

The Northern Echo: Holy Island

11:09am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

ELVEN pilgrim cyclists are to pedal from Holy Island to Durham Cathedral for charity.

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.

MP calls for boycott of Virgin Money, as bank ends funding for Northern Rock Foundation

The Northern Echo: Northern Rock Foundation

11:00pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

LABOUR MPs spoke of their anger tonight (Tuesday, April 22) after it emerged the North-East’s biggest charity, the Northern Rock Foundation, is to close.

Man fined after swallowing a live goldfish in Neknominate challenge

The Northern Echo: Goldfish Smokey settling in at home

5:30pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A MAN has been fined £300 after pleading guilty to swallowing a live goldfish in a Neknominate challenge.

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.

Grant-making body Northern Rock Foundation to close after Virgin Money funding talks end

The Northern Echo: Fury at Northern Rock bonus plan

2:38pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

THE Northern Rock Foundation - the region's largest independent grant-making body - is to close after talks with Virgin Money over future funding came to an end without an agreement.

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.

MP to ask police force why it investigated children building woodland den

The Northern Echo: Chi Onwurah

5:13pm Monday 21st April 2014

An MP has asked a police force for an explanation after an officer was sent to investigate a group of children making a den in a wood.

Councils accused of hoarding millions of pounds worth of art

The Northern Echo: Tyne and Wear Museums and Archives said that large numbers of the city's art collection was rotated or loaned to other museums.

6:07pm Sunday 20th April 2014

COUNCILS across the country are hoarding millions of pounds worth of publicly owned works of art, an investigation has revealed.

North Tyneside council cited as 'health and safety gone mad'

12:10am Saturday 19th April 2014

A NORTH-East council has been held up as an example of health and safety gone mad by a Government minister.

Netherlands navy submarine spends four days in North Shields

The Northern Echo: Netherlands navy submarine spends four days in North Shields

1:50pm Friday 18th April 2014

The Royal Netherlands Navy has returned to the region with the visit of the submarine HNLMS Walrus.

Death of popular North-East novelist Benita Brown

The Northern Echo: Popular North-East novelist Benita Brown, who died earlier this week in hospital on Tyneside.

11:40am Friday 18th April 2014

A NORTH-EAST novelist, who wrote in the regional romantic style popularised by Catherine Cookson, has died in hospital, aged 77.

Parents advised to make plans for 1D show at Sunderland

The Northern Echo: One Direction are play Sunderland on May 28

11:19am Friday 18th April 2014

PLANS are underway to prepare for pop superstars One Direction when they visit the region next month.

Drug death just a day after prison release

The Northern Echo: Northumbria Police logo

11:30am Friday 18th April 2014

A MAN died as a result of drug abuse just a day after being released from prison, an inquest heard.

Man who died following house fire in Gateshead is named

The Northern Echo: The house in Redemarsh, Leam Lane, Gateshead

5:09pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A MAN who died in hospital following a house fire in Gateshead has been named.

Political spat marks birth of 'super authority'

The Northern Echo: UNFAIR: Simon Henig

5:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

THE leader of a new “super authority” has insisted it will be subject to proper scrutiny, but admitted that will mostly be by fellow Labour councillors.

Man died after being pulled from the River Wear in Washington

The Northern Echo: Northumbria Police logo

4:23pm Thursday 17th April 2014

POLICE have recovered the body of a man from the River Wear today (Thursday, April 17).

Egg rolling event gets Easter started for North-East youngsters

3:36pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A TRADITIONAL North-East Easter event was back on the calendar today (Thursday, April 17) after being cancelled last year.

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.

Man cleared of killing Pc Keith Blakelock gives first interview since trial verdict

The Northern Echo: RIOT VICTIM: PC Keith Blakelock

10:10pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

THE man cleared of killing Pc Keith Blakelock in the 1985 Tottenham riots has spoken of the anger and disappointment he would feel as a member of the murdered policeman's family.

HOLD LEADER PAGE Labour's forgotten man

The Northern Echo: Father and son Bob and Blair Smillie

5:02pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

THE great-grandson of a forgotten Labour pioneer and North-East MP is on a mission to have his ancestor’s achievements recognised. Mark Tallentire reports.

Man arrested on suspicion of murder following house fire in Gateshead

The Northern Echo: The house in Redemarsh, Leam Lane, Gateshead

3:21pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A MAN has been arrested on suspicion of murder following a house fire which claimed the life of a man.

Sunderland AFC's Foundation of Light appeals for runners to come to aid of charity

The Northern Echo: ON THE MOVE: Runners in last year's Sunderland 10k

1:54pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

TIME is running for athletes of all ages and abilities to take their marks in aid of a North-East charity.

Schoolgirl robbed at knifepoint

The Northern Echo: Northumbria Police logo

1:39pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A SCHOOLGIRL has been robbed at knifepoint as she waited at a bus stop.

Police appeal after fire leaves two men in hospital

The Northern Echo: Northumbria Police has investigated the allegations

12:21am Wednesday 16th April 2014

TWO men are in hospital, one critically ill, after a fire on Tyneside last night.

'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.

Church project in Houghton-le-Spring celebrates first six months of success

The Northern Echo: Councillor Bob Heron, Bishop of Jarrow The Right Reverend Mark Bryant, Canon Sue Elsey, Julian Heron. Picture by Keith Blundy

12:12pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A CHURCH project set up to tackle poverty and exclusion and promote well-being has celebrated the first six months of success at an open house event.

Body found after woman falls into Tyne

The Northern Echo: Northumbria Police logo

11:19pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

A BODY was found on the banks of the River Tyne after hours of searches following reports a woman had fallen into the water.

Appeal for witnesses to digger crash on South Tyneside

5:26pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

POLICE have appealed for witnesses to a crash in which a woman was critically hurt after two diggers fell off the back of a wagon causing.

One Direction fans warned they could be turned away from Stadium of Light if not old enough

The Northern Echo: One Direction

3:39pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

YOUNG fans of chart superstars One Direction are being warned they could be turned away when the group begin the UK leg of their tour in the North-East next month due to strict age limits.

Inquest to open into death of elderly Washington couple after post-mortem proves inconclusive

2:06pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

AN INQUEST will open into the deaths of elderly couple tomorrow (Wednesday, April 15) after a post-mortem into their deaths proved inconclusive.

Witton Gilbert solicitor gears up for cycle ride in aid of cancer charity

The Northern Echo: Ailsa Wilkie

11:49am Tuesday 15th April 2014

A SOLICITOR is gearing up for a bicycle challenge in aid of a cancer charity that provided care for a colleague before he died.

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.

Award for comic’s charity work

The Northern Echo: Bobby Pattinson and his daughter, Lucy.

4:49pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

BOBBY Pattinson, the Godfather of North-East comedy, has been given an award for his dedication to charity work.

Pilot aims to reach for the sky at Sunderland Airshow

The Northern Echo: Gerald Cooper in action

3:59pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

AEROBATIC flyer Gerald Cooper is looking forward to entertaining crowds at this summers’s Sunderland International Airshow.



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