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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.

Terminally ill mother's emotional video plea for North-East smokers to quit

The Northern Echo:

12:00am Wednesday 27th August 2014

A 47-YEAR-OLD mother terminally ill with cigarette-related lung cancer has made an emotional video plea for North-East smokers to quit.

Sting joins the line-up of Geordie stars at the Great North Run milestone celebration

The Northern Echo: Sting: performing at run's celebration event(9681793)

7:04pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

STING will play at the riverside concert celebrating the Bupa Great North Run’s millionth finish, it has been confirmed tonight (Tuesday, August 26).

Biker died in weekend crash

The Northern Echo: FATAL CRASH: Northumbrian Police is investigating

5:50pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

POLICE are investigating after a biker was killed on a North-East country road over the weekend.

Views of patients sought

5:17pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

THE Care Quality Commission (CQC) is inviting people in Sunderland to tell its inspectors what they think of their health services.

Vintage vehicles on show at Seaburn

The Northern Echo: : Bus enthusiast Terry Christie attends the event in Seaburn ahead of his 50th birthday. Picture: DAVID WOOD (9642929)

5:32pm Monday 25th August 2014

CLASSIC vehicle enthusiasts have attended the 30th annual bus rally in the North-East.

Sunderland owner lays down ice cold challenge to Newcastle counterpart

The Northern Echo: BIG TIP: Ellis Short

10:08pm Sunday 24th August 2014

SUNDERLAND AFC owner Ellis Short has nominated his Newcastle counterpart Mike Ashley to take the ice bucket challenge.

Music legend coming to North-East

The Northern Echo: SOUL MAN: Alexander O'Neal

6:12pm Sunday 24th August 2014

A SOUL music legend is coming to the North-East as part of a celebration of the region’s style icons.

Stars rock Sound Waves 2014

The Northern Echo: : Sharleen Spiteri lead singer of Texas performs during the Soundwaves music event at Bents Park in South Shields. Picture: DAVID WOOD (9616780)

5:07pm Sunday 24th August 2014

A LIVE music festival featuring chart-topping acts rocked the North-East coast this weekend.

World Cup memorabilia auctioned at charity golf day

The Northern Echo: Charity golf: Businessman Charlie Simpson, former Newcastle United teammates Rob Lee and Alan Shearer and ex-cricketer John Morris

2:14pm Sunday 24th August 2014

A CHARITY golf day and a World Cup memorabilia auction in the North-East has raised over £50,000.

Daughter's thanks for Gazza support

The Northern Echo: ALCOHOL PROBLEMS: Paul  Gascoigne

6:07pm Friday 22nd August 2014

THE daughter of troubled former North-East football star Paul Gascoigne has thanked well-wishers after he was pictured being put into an ambulance after reportedly being found slumped outside his home.

Dragon Duncan is signed up as catwalk judge

The Northern Echo: "I'm in!" Duncan Bannatyne joins the judging panel of Miss Sunderland

3:34pm Friday 22nd August 2014

DRAGON’S Den star Duncan Bannatyne will be considering a different set of figures next month.

Appeal after hospital's gardening equipment is stolen

The Northern Echo: Witness appeal (8875381)

3:40pm Thursday 21st August 2014

POLICE are urging people to be on the look-out for gardening equipment stolen in a hospital burglary.

Funeral of jet crash "gentle giant" Liam Sweeney

The Northern Echo: Newcastle United coach John Carver and team captain Fabricio Coloccini arrive at funeral of Liam Sweeney  (9553572)

3:12pm Thursday 21st August 2014

NEWCASTLE United fan Liam Sweeney was "a gentle giant" and a "family man", the funeral of the first British victim of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 to be identified was told today (Thursday, August 21).

Football fans warned of new match-day parking restrictions

The Northern Echo: Fans travelling to the Sunderland's Stadium of Light for Sunday's opening Premier League home match of the season warned of new parking restrictions

10:55am Thursday 21st August 2014

FOOTBALL fans are reminded of new residents-only parking scheme in streets near Sunderland’s Stadium of Light.

Funeral details of Flight MH17 victim Liam Sweeney

The Northern Echo: TOON FAN: Liam Sweeney, who was killed along with fellow Newcastle United supporter John Alder on the doomed Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 while travelling to New Zealand to cheer on their side for a pre-season tour.

6:08pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

THE FUNERAL of one of the devoted Newcastle United fans who died on the doomed Flight MH17 will be held tomorrow (Thursday, August 21).

Police give bail to suspects arrested over disappearance of Sunderland brothers

The Northern Echo: Investigations continue (9501322)

2:00pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

SEVEN people arrested after three brothers went missing have been bailed by police pending further enquiries.

Northumbria Police may have wrongly classified rape cases as "no crime", it is revealed

The Northern Echo: Northumbria Police chief constable Sue Sim

6:41pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

NORTHUMBRIA Police wrongly classified some rape cases as “no crime”, it has been revealed.

Bikers' ride commemorates war dead

The Northern Echo: Bikers and Legion gather to bless the fallen at Washington Village War Memorial. Picture: KEITH BLUNDY (9476096)

6:09pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

A WAR memorial garden in the North-East played host to a wreath that is touring the UK to commemorate men who and women who have fallen in battle in the last 100 years.

Rare turban loaned to North-east museum

The Northern Echo: RARE HEADGEAR: The rare Sikh Fortress Turban that goes on show this week at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

5:15pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

A RARE turban goes on display this weekend as part of an exhibition on the North-East’s Sikh community.

New appeal over murder riddle

4:56pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

POLICE investigating the murder of a middle-aged man have renewed their appeal for information two months after he was last seen.

Greggs files complaint after internet prank causes Twitter-storm

The Northern Echo:

2:42pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

A NORTH-EAST baker has lodged a formal complaint after becoming the victim of an apparent internet prankster his afternoon.

Inquest opened into knife deaths of two Newcastle University medical students

The Northern Echo:

2:29pm Monday 18th August 2014

THE grieving fathers of two North-East medical students stabbed to death in Malaysia identified their sons' remains after they were flown home, an inquest heard.

British Transplant Games returns to the North-East

The Northern Echo: MEDAL WINNER: Simon Ripley from Darlington has been a regular competitor in the Transplant Games since he had a heart transplant in 2008

1:29pm Monday 18th August 2014

THE BRITISH Transplant Games is returning to the North-East, it has been announced.

St James' Park falls silent in honour of two Newcastle fans killed in Malaysia Airlines tragedy

The Northern Echo:

5:37pm Sunday 17th August 2014

A MINUTE'S silence was observed by fans at St James' Park today as they paid tribute to two Newcastle United fans who died on doomed Flight MH17.

People's March for the NHS organised by Darlington mums sets off from Jarrow

The Northern Echo: MARCH ON: The Jarrow marchers on route through Chester-le-Street.                Picture: ANDY LAMB (9377102)

5:20pm Sunday 17th August 2014

HUNDREDS of people joined a protest at NHS "privatisation" with campaigners following in the footsteps of the historic Jarrow March.

Man caught making drug delivery on mini-moto machine is jailed for four years.

The Northern Echo: William Anthony Greenwood: Jailed for role in cocaine supply.

3:36pm Sunday 17th August 2014

A DRUG courier was caught after police followed his off-road bike as he was on his way to drop off a consignment of cocaine, a court was told.

Armed robbers flee empty-handed from Gateshead off-licence

1:24pm Sunday 17th August 2014

TWO ROBBERS armed with kitchen knives fled empty-handed when a shopkeeper asked them to leave.

Man assaulted

1:05pm Sunday 17th August 2014

A MAN was taken to hospital suffering head injuries after being assaulted by three men with baseball bats in Bathgate Avenue, Town End Farm, Sunderland, shortly before 11.30pm last night (Saturday, August 16). A police spokesman said the 44-year-old victim was taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. Anyone with information should contact Northumbria Police on 101, extension 69191, quoting log number 1422 16/08/14, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Sunderland launches bid to bring Tall Ships back to North-East in 2018

The Northern Echo:

4:37pm Friday 15th August 2014

TALL ships could be sailing back to the North-East as another city hopes to host the spectacular event.

Incident involving Polish brothers missing from foster home was attempt to 'repatriate children to their natural parents'

The Northern Echo: MISSING BROTHERS: Remus and Janko Matloch

4:16pm Friday 15th August 2014

THREE missing Polish brothers have been found safe and well, police have said.

Texas, All Saints and Gabrielle at SoundWaves

The Northern Echo: All Saints

1:54pm Friday 15th August 2014

SCOTTISH pop stars Texas, reunited girlband All Saints and soul singer Gabrielle will perform at a North-East music festival on August Bank Holiday weekend.

Who should be added to Geordie Walk of Fame?

The Northern Echo: Former athlete Brendan Foster with his Local Heroes plaque

1:37pm Friday 15th August 2014

NOMINATIONS have opened for names to be added to Tyneside’s Walk of Fame.

Job well done in Sunderland police "steak out"

The Northern Echo: PC Darren Barrow with some of the recovered property.  (9342259)

12:22pm Friday 15th August 2014

POLICE made a rare find during a “steak out”. Four officers made a meaty recovery during a raid on a house in Sunderland as part of an ongoing operation.

Police hunting missing brothers arrest man and woman in Birmingham

The Northern Echo: The poster and leaflet handed to commuters (9328637)

6:30pm Thursday 14th August 2014

TWO people have been arrested in connection with the disappearance of the Matloch brothers.

Police seek the help of commuters in hunt for missing boys

The Northern Echo: The leaflet handed to commuters (9319681)

4:42pm Thursday 14th August 2014

POLICE are leafleting commuters as part of their search for three missing brothers.

Pizza man robbed at knifepoint

The Northern Echo: Appeal for witnesses (9304564)

2:06pm Thursday 14th August 2014

A PIZZA delivery driver robbed at knifepoint managed to grab the weapon from his assailant.

Company bosses sleep rough for charity

The Northern Echo: Company bosses on the pitch at St James' Park

5:58pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

COMPANY bosses will sleep rough on the pitch at St James’ Park to raise money for charity.

Man suspected of arson

The Northern Echo: Northumbria Police are investigating

5:40pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

A MAN has been arrested following an arson attack on a North-East flat.

Pensioner robbed of handbag

The Northern Echo: Appeal for witnesses  (9274330)

5:24pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

A PENSIONER was robbed of her handbag as she prepared to reverse her car.

Concern after woman goes missing

The Northern Echo: (9274204)

5:20pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

POLICE are appealing for help to find a missing woman.

Hunt for missing boys takes in Birmingham and London

The Northern Echo: CCTV shot of the brothers at Sunderland's ParkLane Metro station(9273484)

5:12pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

THE search for the missing Matloch brothers has widened to London.

Investigation after puppies are killed

The Northern Echo: (9271299)

4:49pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

THREE puppies have been found dead in a weighted-down suitcase in the mouth of the River Wear.

Fans pay for Penshaw graffiti clean-up

The Northern Echo: GRAFFITI CLEAN-UP: Barclary's Bank has donated money to have graffiti removed from Penshaw Monument. Pictured are community support co-ordinator for Barclay's , Claire Ridley, National Trust area ranger, Gareth Wilson and Barclay's manager, Te

3:48pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

FANS of one of the region’s most famous landmarks have rallied round to pay for graffiti from a cult film to be removed and the icon to be cleaned up.

Search continues for three brothers who went missing from foster home

The Northern Echo:

2:20pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

POLICE officers continued their search today for three brothers who went missing from their foster parents' home.

Family of Borneo stabbing victim Neil Dalton pay tribute

The Northern Echo:

5:30pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

THE FAMILY of one of the two Newcastle University medical students stabbed to death in a bar in Borneo last week have spoken of their disbelief.

Sunderland store robbed

3:17pm Monday 11th August 2014

POLICE are appealing for information following a robbery at a North-East store.

MH17 Twitter abuse case dropped

The Northern Echo: John Alder and Liam Sweeney

2:09pm Monday 11th August 2014

A TEENAGER accused of posting offensive tweets about two Newcastle United football fans killed on Flight MH17 has had the charge against him dropped.

Closures of Wearmouth Bridge in Sunderland

The Northern Echo:

1:27pm Monday 11th August 2014

WEARMOUTH Bridge in Sunderland is being closed for several days to allow re-surfacing and re-surfacing of the busy southern roundabout.

Kaiser Chiefs return to Newcastle

The Northern Echo: ~The Kaiser Chiefs  (9142242)

1:21pm Monday 11th August 2014

KAISER Chiefs have announce a date at Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena.



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