Businessman faces month-long trial over fraud allegations

The Northern Echo: DENIES WRONGDOING: Mike Smallman

9:36pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A BUSINESSMAN could face a trial lasting up to a month after he denied a series of fraud charges.

Paddington delights youngsters at North-East children's hospital

The Northern Echo: BIG HUG: Cameron Howe, seven,  from Bishop Auckland, meets Paddington Bear during his visit to the Great North Children's Hospital, Newcastle Upon Tyne. PICTURE: John Millard.

7:12pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A FAMOUS teddy bear has been spreading cheer at a North-East children’s hospital as part of a nationwide tour to raise funds for medical research.

Police and council reassure Sedgefield and Fishburn residents following arrival of unauthorised horse fair

The Northern Echo: HORSE FAIR:Travellers on a site on the outskirts of Sedgefield, as they prepare for annual horse fair. Picture SARAH CALDECOTT

7:01pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

AN annual horse fair has moved to a new location without warning, sparking anger and fear among nearby residents.

Old show looks to future

The Northern Echo: COUNTRY LIFE: Highland cattle being judged at last year's Wolsingham Show

3:22pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

THE oldest agricultural show in the country hopes to build on its successful history thanks to improved facilities.

Motorist blamed ex-girlfriend's death for drink-driving

The Northern Echo: Kieran Gough struggled with court guards after being jailed for watching dogs kill a fox

2:48pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A MOTORIST blamed the death of his former girlfriend for him being more than three times the legal alcohol limit when he was stopped by the police.

Youngsters inspired to run Junior GNR for children's cancer charity

The Northern Echo: CHARITY RUN: Kids from Auckland Martial Arts will run the Junior GNR to raise money for Clic Sargent. Pictured are; Ellie Barker, Kaci Showler, Dannilee Barker, Annissa Holmes, Aaron Showler and Jake Fantarrow. Picture: TOM BANKS

2:43pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A YOUNG girl with leukaemia has inspired a martial arts group to run the Junior Great North Run next month.

Newton Aycliffe colleagues take on water-fuelled obstacle course for cause close to their hearts

The Northern Echo: OBSTACLE CHALLENGE: Team leader Joanne Vipond, far right, puts her team through their paces in preparation for the Stockton River Rat Race at the weekend. From left,  Sarah Beadle, Sara Hird, Laura Newby-Higginbottom, Darren Feasey, Lee Newby-Higginbottom

12:57pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

DAREDEVIL staff at a dehumidifier manufacturer may need their own creations on hand when they take part in a water fuelled obstacle course this week.

Global interest in sight-saving sleep mask

The Northern Echo: MAN WITH THE MASK: Richard Kirk of PolyPhotonix in Sedgefield. Picture: STUART BOULTON. (9458346)

6:38am Wednesday 20th August 2014

A PIONEERING North-East company which has developed an innovative way of preventing blindness in diabetics has been inundated with inquiries from all over the world.

Man jailed for agitated sustained attack at victim's flat

The Northern Echo: Daniel Marc Baker, jailed for 56 months. Pictured after he was taken into police custody having suffered injuries in a fall from the flat where his attack took place.

7:09pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

A MAN responsible for sustained unprovoked violence, including a multiple stabbing, has no memory of the incident, a court heard.

Final Great Aycliffe Show promises to be a weekend to remember

The Northern Echo: UP YOU GO: The Nemesis Allstars cheerleading dance team performing at last year's Great Aycliffe Show

3:55pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

DARING motorcycle stunts, hilarious horses and a strongest man contest promise to make the final Great Aycliffe Show the best to date.

Newton Aycliffe Football Club secures shirt sponsorship deal

The Northern Echo: WINNING TEAM: Safeline Taxis partner Chris Bennett (r) with Newton Aycliffe Football C general manager Dan Lewis and Clarence the Cab' Safeline's famous London black cab

2:54pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

A FOOTBALL club is celebrating after scoring a new shirt sponsorship deal.

Flying car nearly struck passing family vehicle

The Northern Echo: Ex-finance manager given suspended prison sentence at Durham Crown Court for defrauding small Crook company

12:39pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

A PASSING family vehicle was almost hit by a drink driver whose car hit a central reservation and flipped over as it careered up a road.

Woman trapped in car after accident in Bishop Auckland

The Northern Echo: County Durham and Darlington Fire Service freed the woman from her car.

7:37pm Monday 18th August 2014

A WOMAN was trapped in a car after a two vehicle accident in Bishop Auckland.

Relatives can bid fallen soldier farewell at last

The Northern Echo: (9407626)

7:30pm Monday 18th August 2014

RELATIVES of a soldier who died in Poland during the Second World War will finally get to say goodbye to him when they visit his grave next week.

Friends and family of two young men killed in County Durham road accident continue to pay tributes at crash scene

The Northern Echo: MUCH MISSED: Grant Benson (top) and Nick Davidson

6:18pm Monday 18th August 2014

MORE tributes have been paid to “two of the nicest guys” who died when their car hit a tree and burst into flames.

Rural pursuits take centre stage at Hamsterley fundraiser

The Northern Echo: COUNTRY LIFE: Sheepdog  trials, vintage tractors and tasty country cuisine are among the treats on offer at Hamsterley Hoppings

5:36pm Monday 18th August 2014

SHEEPDOG trials, vintage tractors and tasty country cuisine are among the treats on offer at an annual a fundraising event this weekend.

Sedgefield park introduces new running routes

The Northern Echo: Durham County Council has launched 3-2-1 Run at Hardwick Park, near Sedgefield, in a bid to persuade more people to take up running

2:35pm Monday 18th August 2014

A NEW running challenge is hoped to get pulses racing.

Fishing coaching for children on offer in Spennymoor

The Northern Echo: ANGLING EVENT: A free family fishing event will introduce young people to the sport in a safer setting

1:59pm Monday 18th August 2014

YOUNG people are being encouraged to take up fishing thanks to angling coaching on offer in Spennymoor this summer.

Lottery grant will help break cycle of abuse in Cornforth

The Northern Echo: The Cornforth Partnership Healthy Changes project will tackle issues such as drug and alcohol abuse and domestic violence.

1:57pm Monday 18th August 2014

A PROJECT to help tackle issues such as domestic violence and drug and alcohol abuse will receive a £233,000 Big Lottery grant.

Visitors had knockout time

The Northern Echo: FUN AND FROLICKS: An It's a Knockout style event at The Hub in Barnard Castle.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

12:53pm Monday 18th August 2014

THERE were plenty of thrills and spills when a youth centre staged an It’s a Knockout event at the weekend.

Life's a teddy bears' picnic for sewing fan Tracey

The Northern Echo:

12:55pm Monday 18th August 2014

A SEWING enthusiast has turned her hobby into a business selling homemade teddy bears.

Charge dropped against driver accused over multi-vehicle crash

The Northern Echo: Ex-finance manager given suspended prison sentence at Durham Crown Court for defrauding small Crook company

6:02am Monday 18th August 2014

PROCEEDINGS have been dropped against a motorist previously accused of being responsible for a multi-vehicle collision.

Action plan produced to tackle anti-social behaviour in park

5:26am Monday 18th August 2014

AN action plan to improve a town park has been drawn up but residents are being warned it could be a long haul before it returns to its former glory.

Roadside shrine to two friends after car hits tree and bursts into flames

The Northern Echo: SAD SCENE: The tree with floral tributes near Whorlton where a double death car accident happened          Picture: ANDY LAMB

8:27pm Sunday 17th August 2014

A ROADSIDE shrine has been erected in memory of "two cracking lads" who were killed when their car hit a tree and burst into flames.

Nice sets of wheels

The Northern Echo: MOTOR MANIA: Ford Escorts on show at the Classic Car Show at Raby Castle.        Picture: ANDY LAMB

3:59pm Sunday 17th August 2014

MOTORING enthusiasts got lost in nostalgia among the rows of classic and vintage vehicles at a rally today. (Sunday, August 17)

Children's character proves a hit in the woods

The Northern Echo: STORYTIME FAVOURITE: The Gruffalo appears at Hamsterley Forest  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

12:29pm Sunday 17th August 2014

SCORES of youngsters headed into the woods to find The Gruffalo.

Bank Holiday street festival to be biggest yet

The Northern Echo: Space Cowboy

12:11pm Sunday 17th August 2014

A POPULAR street festival will be bigger than ever this year, expanding across County Durham.

Firefighters tackle barn blaze

8:11am Sunday 17th August 2014

FIREFIGHTERS were called to a large barn fire shortly before midnight last night.

Businesses expand in Middleton-in-Teesdale

The Northern Echo: Middleton Hub development worker Hayley Bell, with the chair of The Prince's Rural Action Programme David Yiend, UTASS Chairman Dr Jonathan Nainby-Luxmoore, and UTASS project manager Diane Spark.

12:12pm Saturday 16th August 2014

FOUR new business units in Teesdale have been officially opened, helping local people expand their businesses.

Museum fundraising target reached

12:09pm Saturday 16th August 2014

THE Bowes Museum is celebrating after securing £21,000 to restore a 15th century renaissance altarpiece.

Tributes paid to two "cracking lads" after double death crash near Barnard Castle

The Northern Echo:

3:13pm Saturday 16th August 2014

THE charred scene of a car crash which claimed the lives of two friends has been turned into a roadside shrine.

Junior pirates can hunt for buried treasure and listen to seafaring tales in Shildon

5:29pm Friday 15th August 2014

JUNIOR pirates can hunt for buried treasure and hear seafarer Captain Raggybeard tell stories about life on the high seas at a family fun event.

Movie star halted by Jenny Agutter's underwear arrives for Shildon restoration

3:58pm Friday 15th August 2014

AN HISTORICAL movie star stopped in its tracks by Jenny Agutter’s red bloomers is undergoing a £2,000 cosmetic make-over in the North-East.

Remembering global war

The Northern Echo: HISTORY REMEMBERED: A VJ Day memorial service held by Sedgefield Village Veterans.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

3:52pm Friday 15th August 2014

ON the 69th anniversary of VJ Day, veterans and villagers remembered those who served and lost their lives in the Far East during the Second World War.

Ball to help carers

The Northern Echo: Having a ball (9329166)

3:52pm Friday 15th August 2014

A CHARITY that supports carers is holding a major event to raise money for its work.

Magnificent Seven in saddle for charity ride

The Northern Echo: SUPER CYCLISTS: The Magnificent Seven group of south Durham friends preparing for cycle challenge in aid of community hospital

3:48pm Friday 15th August 2014

SEVEN women preparing for a gruelling cycle ride will draw strength from the work of a charity to help them reach the finish line.

Victorian day out

1:58pm Friday 15th August 2014

FAMILIES can take a step back in time this weekend when a tourist attraction hosts a Victorian themed event.

Residents back plans to merge struggling Shildon college with secondary school

The Northern Echo: SCHOOL MERGER: Sunnydale Community College which could merge with a Newton Aycliffe school. Pic SARAH CALDECOTT

1:58pm Friday 15th August 2014

RESIDENTS have backed plans to close a struggling college which was criticised by Ofsted before re-opening it as part of a successful nearby school.

Teesdale man searches for soldier's family

The Northern Echo: SEARCHING FOR OWNER:John Hay from Barningham is looking for the owner of this medal which he bought in a jumble sale as a youngster in London. Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

12:08pm Friday 15th August 2014

A TEESDALE man is hoping to locate the family of a soldier who fought in the First World War to unite them with his bronze memorial plaque.

Motorist found to be nearly three and a half times drink drive limit near Newton Aycliffe

The Northern Echo: Kieran Gough struggled with court guards after being jailed for watching dogs kill a fox

12:08pm Friday 15th August 2014

A MOTORIST caught weaving along a road as he looked for a lay-by to sleep in was nearly three and a half times the drink drive limit.

Teenage driver's death a tragic accident

The Northern Echo: HM Coroner Mr Andrew Tweddle

7:29pm Thursday 14th August 2014

A TEENAGE motorist killed when his car span off the road and hit two trees probably lost control on a bend, an inquest heard today. (Thursday, August 14)

Diamond Shildon couple celebrate 60-years of marriage

The Northern Echo: DIAMOND WEDDING:Joe and Irene Hankey, of Shildon, celebrate their diamond wedding. Pic: SARAH CALDECOTT

5:25pm Thursday 14th August 2014

A COUPLE who met at a dance shortly after the end of the Second World War have celebrated 60-years of marriage.

Community centre celebrates 50th anniversary

The Northern Echo: 50th ANNIVERSARY: Auckland Youth and Community Centre celebrate 50th birthday. Pictured, Ellie and Hollie Woodhams having their nails painted by Lynsey Bowes. Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

5:17pm Thursday 14th August 2014

A COMMUNITY has come together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their youth centre.

Student celebrate success after opening A-level results

The Northern Echo: THE A-TEAM: Barnard Castle School students celebrate their success after recording top exam results, L-R, Matthew Jeffrey, Charlie Naseby, Nathan Miller, Sarah Child, George Jones, Iona Borer, Max Jones, Hamish Carter, James Roberston

4:46pm Thursday 14th August 2014

THERE was plenty of good news when it came to A Level results across south west Durham.

Care home and houses plan on edge of village

4:06pm Thursday 14th August 2014

PLANS for a residential care home and self build houses on the edge of a village have received a mixed reaction from residents.

Energy bosses hit back at concerns over plans for a 61-metre turbine near Crook

The Northern Echo: TURBINE PLANS: Energy bosses have defended plans for a wind turbine near to Crook

2:56pm Thursday 14th August 2014

ENERGY bosses have hit back at concerns that plans for a 61-metre turbine near to Crook will impact adversely on residents’ lives.

North-East author Anne Fine pays tribute to Robin Williams who brought her character Mrs Doubtfire to life

The Northern Echo: Anne Fine

6:43am Thursday 14th August 2014

AWARD winning author Anne Fine last night paid tribute to tragic funnyman Robin Williams - who brought her character Mrs Doubtfire to life.

Multi-million pound land wrangle between brothers lands in civil court

The Northern Echo: Paul Shepherd  (9277607)

8:08pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

A BITTER dispute between brothers over a farm tenancy came to a head in civil court today (Wednesday, August 13), with a sister caught in middle saying her part-ownership had been a millstone around her neck.

U-turn as NHS gives in to pressure for extra meeting

The Northern Echo: Councillor Tom Deacon pictured outside Barnard Castle Ambulance Station with the leaked email. Pic Keith Taylor (9163974)

6:31pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

HEALTH bosses have performed a u-turn after coming under pressure to hold an additional public meeting to discuss controversial proposals to dilute the skills of ambulance crews.

Autism charity celebrates sixth anniversary with fun day in Newton Aycliffe

The Northern Echo: SAFE ENVIRONMENT: The North East Autism Society is holding Fab Friday at its £9m education centre in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, from 11am on Friday, August 29

6:08pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

A CHARITY that helps families affected by autism from across the UK will celebrate its sixth anniversary by staging a family fun day.

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