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South Durham News

SPREE: John Mason Shields given ten-month sentence after admitting three garage burglaries and five thefts from cars in overnight spate of offending

Pair jailed for overnight spree of vehicle crime and garage break-ins

ACCIDENT: A man died yesterday after the motorcycle he was riding in Weardale collided with a lamp post.

County Durham man killed in motorbike accident

FALLEN: Part of the cable that fell onto the B6282 at Woodland village

Overhead electric cable falls on road

CHOSEN: Six of the Castle Players based in Barnard Castle, County Durham have landed roles as the mechanicals in the Stratford-upon-Avon based company’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Bottom to the top for Barnard Castle actors

DANGEROUS: Crews are currently dealing with the live wire that has fallen down in a "dangerous position" in Bishop Auckland

Fire crews on scene in Bishop Auckland after live wire falls down

CONCERNS: Residents have raised objections to the application in Spennymoor

Alcohol license application for Spennymoor off-licence receives objections

SMELL OF SUCCESS: Crook florist Lindsey Robson has been chosen to represent a Great Britain team in the first Women's European Championships for American Football. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

Crook florist will represent Team GB at American Football European Championship

RETIRING: Head of Ferryhill Primary School Val Jago. Picture: STUART BOULTON.

Dedicated head teacher retires from Ferryhill school

DRESS: College friends Nikitta Strongman and Gemma Porter have set up an online women’s fashion business called The Dolls House. They offer a unique ‘dress exchange’ service which allows customers to buy a dress, wear it and return it picture: SARAH

College friends with a passion for fashion set up online retail business

PRESTIGIOUS: Presentation of the annual Pendlebury Award by the North Pennines AONB Partnership at the Bowlees Centre, Bowlees. Winner Ian Forbes MBE, chair of Friends of the North Pennines group with the trophy. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

North Pennines AONB Partnership announces winner of the Pendlebury Award 2015

WINNER: 12-year-old Tyler Jakes from Spennymoor Boxing Club has won a national boxing championship picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

Spennymoor boxer wins national championship

GOLF: John Howarth is the first scratch player to play off Crook Golf Club

Scratch player says no to going pro

MEMORIAL: Former Barnard Castle Mayor, John Blissett, laying a wreath at the Teesdale Aviation Day service at The RAF memorial, in the grounds at Deerbolt YOI, in 2014 PICTURE: SARAH CALDECOTT

Airmen killed in Teesdale to be remembered with Aviation Day service in Barnard Castle

ACCUSED: Defendant in alleged stabbing case appears via video link from prison to Durham Crown Court

Stabbing accused case adjourned for fortnight

INVESTIGATION: Stanhope Castle in County Durham that once housed Stanhope Castle approved school. Picture: TOM BANKS

Police investigate sex assault claims at former approved school which shut more than 30 years ago

AUCTION: Tony Blair's house goes up for sale in August

Tony Blair's house up for sale

NEW GROUP: InterOpera singers perform in Durham Cathedral

Singers wanted for opera group

BOTTOMS UP: It's a Knockout event at Witton Park in aid of Butterwick Hospice. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (30331937)

It's a Knockout event raises more than £8,000 for Butterwick Hospice

SCREENING: Wolsingham business woman Elaine Ridley is urging all woman to keep their breast screening appointments, after a recent mammogram saved her life.

Businesswoman urges women to keep breast screening appointments

HOT WHEELS: Members of the Spectrum Rolling Skating Club at the leisure centre in Willington who have been going for a year and are soon to compete in a regional contest.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

Skating club prepares for first competition

WELCOMED: The Morritt welcomes new manager and part time pilot Marcin Kopczynski

Teesdale hotel welcomes new manager and part-time pilot

VOTE: Pictured by the mural are property owner Mark Harding, town mayor cllr Fraser Tinsley and Olwyn Gunn Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

Public vote seals the fate of Willington comic mural

AUCTION: Edwardian evening dresses and 1920s bathing suits sit side-by-side in a sale celebrating all things vintage at Addisons of Barnard Castle on Thursday, July 9.

Vintage sale set to return to Barnard Castle

LOVED: Evie Mason with great-great-grandson Lucas, four, when four generations helped her celebrate her 106th birthday at the Church View Care Home

Popular former Bishop Auckland pub landlady dies aged 106

WINNER: Jim Mann is the winner of the 2015 Berghaus Dragon’s Back Race PICTURE: Ian Corless

Barnard Castle runner triumphs in one of the world's toughest mountain races

AUCTION: This Horrockses lime green and paisley pattern strapless evening dress is valued at £80 to £120

Vintage items to go on sale in Barnard Castle

SHED: A visitor admires one of the model sheds on show at the Hamsterley Magna Flora flower festival. Picture: STUART BOULTON

Hamsterley's groups in bloom for flower festival

SUPPORT: Spennymoor's 4th Drumhead Service held at Jubilee Park in the town on Armed Forces Day. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

Region marks Armed Forces Day

FOOTBALL: Boys from St Mary's Junior Football Club recreate an old football match in the grounds of Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland as part of an exhibition involving Durham Amateur Football Trust. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

Bishop Auckland youngsters play football at Auckland Castle

FESTIVAL: The Middlefest music festival will return to Spennymoor next month

Music festival set to return to Spennymoor for eight year

NIGHTMARE: The Citizens Advice Bureau says owning your own home in County Durham can turn into a nightmare

Charity report reveals owning your own home in County Durham is "becoming a nightmare"

JAILED: Ibrahim Adeleke Olorunfunmi, of the New Cross Area of London, has received a 16-month sentence for his part in the scam of a 72-year-old widower

Man jailed after Crook pensioner fall victim to fake marriage scam

SOLD: The plaque on one of the Laurel family homes on Princes Street

Record quick-sale of Stan Laurel's family home

PLAY: Children from the Montalbo Nursery and Primary School with one of the new items in the outdoor play area after a refurbishment took place. They are Bel Farrar, Declan Spencer, Theo Foster, Jake Buchanan and Phoebe Patterson Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

Barnard Castle School creates outdoor learning environment

AWARD: Olga Bainbridge is now has been awarded a BEM

Shildon charity worker named in Queen's honours list

LEISURE: The former Presswork Metals factory is to re-open as a £1.1m mixed leisure facility

Former Newton Aycliffe munitions factory to reopen as a leisure facility

GLAMOUR: Greenfield Community College pupils head arrive at Sedgefield Racecourse for the Summer Leavers Prom Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

Tractors, limousines and 007 at Newton Aycliffe school's prom

CRASH SCENE: The cars in the accident. Pic: Durham RPG

Cars catch fire following Spennymoor crash

TRAINING: Lewis Carruthers, 25, trains for the Great North Run at Lifestyle Fitness in Newton Aycliffe Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

Newton Aycliffe man to take on Great North Run a year after breaking his spine in motorbike accident

BANNER: Tanfield Lea Lodge miners banner which was previously restored. Cockfield's could be similar Picture: DAVID WOOD

Cockfield residents invited to public meeting to discuss miners' banner

FESTIVAL: Guests enjoying the second Butterknowle Village Hall Mid Summer Beer and Music Festival

Beer festival boost for village hall

EXHIBITION: Olly Burton, 78, is holding an art exhibition in his home town at The Bob Abley gallery, Spennymoor town hall picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

Spennymoor-born artist returns to home town for exhibition

PHOTOGRAPHY: Photographer Amanda Hodgson is displaying her work at Eggleston Hall Gardens

Photographer displays work in Teesdale gallery

ALE: The Castle Players Ian Kirkbride, adele Tyler and Andrew Stainthorpe pictured with Rosie Bradford the winner of the name the beer competition  which is called 'Merry Wives of Tees Ale' and Brewer Pete Fenwick from Mithril Ales Picture: Sarah Caldecot

Barnard Castle theatre group announces winner of beer competition

DONATION: Specsavers branches in Bishop Auckland and Newton Aycliffe are donating £1 for every sight test to Blind Veterans UK

Opticians support Armed Forces Week in Bishop Auckland and Newton Aycliffe

VICTIM: Howard Johnson has offered a £1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest, conviction and return of£3,000 worth of farming equipment stolen from High East Park Farm, Tow Law

Former race horse trainer Howard Johnson offers reward after burglars target farm

ACCIDENT: Scene of an accident in Spennymoor town centre on June 9. Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

Danger driver who slammed into Spennymoor parked car leaving woman critical faces jail

REVAMP: (left to right) Alan Crawford, commercial director of T Manners and Son, Liz Fisher, operations director at Auckland Castle Trust, and Jamie Sharp, site manager, outside Roper House

Bishop Auckland regeneration gets underway with Roper House revamp

JEANS: Richy Wade, from Darlington, running Newton Aycliffe 10k in jeans on Sunday Picture: KAREN NEWTON

Mystery jeans man tagged onto 10k race after getting carried away at start line

VOTES: Staff, volunteers and children at the Education Centre for Children with Down Syndrome are appealing for votes after reaching the finals of the National Lottery Awards

Newton Aycliffe Down's syndrome charity reaches finals of National Lottery Awards

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