Bizarre delivery driver in court after groping customer

The Northern Echo: LOST JOB: Andrew Hartley

9:06pm Friday 25th July 2014

A DELIVERY delivery driver who fondled a housewife on his rounds walked free from court - after claiming the case had upset him!

73-year-old former councillor takes his debut one-man show to Edinburgh Fringe Festival

8:55pm Friday 25th July 2014

THE brother of comedienne Victoria Wood is hoping to emulate his famous sibling by taking his one-man Charles Dickens-themed show on the road.

Girl's chop for charity

The Northern Echo: : 9 year old Sophie Simpson has her hair cut for the Little Princess Trust. Picture: DAVID WOOD (8590618)

6:27pm Friday 25th July 2014

A GIRLY girl who loves to brush and style her hair went for the chop so she could help less fortunate children.

Chernobyl children visit region to boost immune system

The Northern Echo: CHERNOBYL CHILDREN: Belarusian children affected by Chernobyl disaster visit Teesdale

6:02pm Friday 25th July 2014

CHILDREN affected by the Chernobyl disaster have visited the region for a month long trip to boost their immune systems.

Professional golfer from Richmond, whose brother has autism, has organised a pro-am golf tournament in Richmond to raise funds for North-East Autism Society

The Northern Echo: CHARITY DRIVE: Richmond pro-golfer, Bradley Rowntree with his autistic brother,Adam(centre) and Paul McCairns of the North East Autism Society, who are promoting the pro-am golf tournament to raise money for the charity.   Picture:RICHARD DOUGHTY

4:49pm Friday 25th July 2014

A GOLFER is organising a fundraising tournament to raise awareness for the North East Autism Society in support of his brother, and has pulled in professional golfers to play alongside local amateurs.

Man left with serious head injuries following assault in Newton Aycliffe

The Northern Echo: Motorist banned for two years for drink driving

4:47pm Friday 25th July 2014

A MAN suffered serious head injuries following a vicious assault near a primary school.

First of five halls reopens

The Northern Echo: CENTRE OPENS: Residents celebrate the reopening of Mickle Grove Community Centre

4:45pm Friday 25th July 2014

THE first of five community venues saved from closure by a housing company has reopened and residents are now being urged to use it so they don’t lose it.

Golden couples in Ferryhill and Coundon celebrate 50-years of marriage

The Northern Echo: GOLDEN YEARS: Allan and Eileen Tate, from Ferryhill, celebrate fifty years of marriage. Picture: ANDY LAMB

4:23pm Friday 25th July 2014

CELEBRATING couples have made it a golden weekend in County Durham as they celebrate 50-years of marriage.

Teenage charity founder sets of on tastebud tickling Coast to Coast trek

The Northern Echo: COASTING ALONG: Hannah Larkin, founder of teenage cancer charity Butterfly Giving and dad Paul Larkin undertaking a Coast to Coast walk to raise money for the charity.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

3:25pm Friday 25th July 2014

THE founder of a teenage cancer charity is setting off on a Coast to Coast adventure to raise funds for Butterfly Giving.

Residents encouraged to help shape Newton Aycliffe

The Northern Echo: Residents listen to a presentation about the Great Aycliffe Plan at Newton Aycliffe Youth and Community Centre. PICTURE: Martin Walker.

3:07pm Friday 25th July 2014

RESIDENTS were encouraged to voice their views on everything from housing and open spaces, to retail facilities and parking at an open evening in Newton Aycliffe this week.

Opinions sought on future of Bishop Auckland maternity unit

The Northern Echo: HOSPITAL PLANS: Expectant mums are being asked about the future of the maternity unit

6:03am Friday 25th July 2014

EXPECTANT mums are being urged to give their opinions over the future of a North-East maternity unit.

Teenage apprentice is county's first tourism superstar

The Northern Echo: : Award winner Matthew Henderson (19) from Beamish Museum during the event at Crook Hall. Picture: DAVID WOOD (8590460)

6:03am Friday 25th July 2014

A TEENAGE museum apprentice has been named County Durham’s first Tourism Superstar.

Vintage queen Melanie reaches finals of national style contest

The Northern Echo: MISS VINTAGE UK. Melanie Calland feature. Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT (8555742)

6:03am Friday 25th July 2014

A WOMAN with a passion for vintage fashion has reached the finals of a national style contest with a little help from her four-legged friends.

Teenager admits meat cleaver robbery bid at Evenwood village store

The Northern Echo: Mike Barnes and partner Wendy Swords of The Little Shopper, in Evenwood, who threw bundle of newspapers at would-be robber.

6:54pm Thursday 24th July 2014

A TEENAGER has admitted attempting to carry out a robbery at a village convenience store.

History on show at annual Roman festival

The Northern Echo: NORTHERN POMPEII: Archaeologist David Petts with a silver 3rd Century ring which was found on the site PICTURE: Sarah Caldecott

4:47pm Thursday 24th July 2014

VISITORS to an annual Roman festival will be able to see the “Pompeii of the North” unearthed by archaeologists at an excavation site.

Man 'tried to hypnotise victims with pocket watch'

4:37pm Thursday 24th July 2014

A MAN standing trial for a string of indecent assaults dating back to the 1970s tried to hypnotise his victims using a pocket watch, a court was told.

Charity match at Tow Law to raise funds for Sir Bobby charity

The Northern Echo: CLUB PRESIDENT: Lady Elsie Robson became president at Tow Law Town FC last year

4:27pm Thursday 24th July 2014

A POPULAR annual charity football match is returning to County Durham this week and will now raise funds for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

Ten-year-old Witton Will completes triathlon for Diabetes UK

The Northern Echo: CHARITY CHAMPION: William celebrates completing his triathlon which raised £655 for Diabetes UK with his mother Samantha

4:25pm Thursday 24th July 2014

A BOY has launched his school holidays by completing a triathlon of his own making to raise money for Diabetes UK.

Compensation ordered after Shildon man trapped policeman's foot in door

The Northern Echo: Bradley Valks appeared at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court

3:07pm Thursday 24th July 2014

A MAN has been ordered to pay a police officer £100 compensation after slamming a door on his foot.

School group set-up to work with Rotary club

The Northern Echo: PRESIDENTS MEET: President of Barnard Castle Rotary Club, Chrissie Michaels, with president of the Teesdale Rotary Interact Club, Emma Turner.

3:07pm Thursday 24th July 2014

A SCHOOL group has been set-up to operate in partnership with Barnard Castle Rotary Club.

Dog owners who fail to control pets targeted by police in Shildon

The Northern Echo: DOG CONCERNS: Police in Shildon are targeting irresponsible dog owners.

3:05pm Thursday 24th July 2014

POLICE are targeting dog owners whose pets run free in a Shildon park attacking other animals.

Crook pub could lose licence over drug and underage drinking concerns

The Northern Echo: Durham County Council's planning committee approved the  barn plan in Oakenshaw

3:01pm Thursday 24th July 2014

AN experienced landlady well-known for raising thousands of pounds for charity could lose her pub’s licence after police raised concerns about underage drinking and people taking drugs in the bar.

Shildon man fined for carrying self defence knife

The Northern Echo: Bradley Valks appeared at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court

2:41pm Thursday 24th July 2014

A DRUG user who carried a lock knife with him as protection after suffering a brutal assault has been fined after admitting possessing an offensive weapon.

T Rex let loose in school grounds

The Northern Echo: T-REX: Children at a summer school at Ferryhill Business and Enterprise College got a chance to meet Sophie a baby animatronic T-Rex dinosaur. Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

2:41pm Thursday 24th July 2014

YOUNGSTERS preparing for the move to big school came face to face with a much more daunting prospect this week - a lifelike dinosaur.

Sedgefield apprentice is top of the class

The Northern Echo: TOP MARKS: Sedgefield Hardwick headteacher, Sally Newton, with Ava Bell, aged four; Benedict Mearns, aged three, Nicola Bourner and Area Action Partnership coordinator Jane Bellis.

11:58am Thursday 24th July 2014

A TEACHING assistant has emerged top of the class after a successful apprenticeship led to a permanent job.

Haul of silver found buried in County Durham field

The Northern Echo: MYSTERY HAUL: Some of the silver ornaments found in the field near Summerhouse

5:35pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A MYSTERIOUS haul of silver wrapped in newspaper from the 1980s has been found buried in a field by a metal detecting enthusiast.

Man carried out drunken attack on sleeping friend

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

5:02pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A MAN carried out an apparently motiveless attack on a long-term friend which began as he lay asleep following a lengthy drinking session.

Trimdon couple fundraise for independence

The Northern Echo: FUNDRAISING MISSION: Faye and Stevie Pearson have launched a fundraising campaign to help maintain their independence. Picture: STUART BOULTON

4:37pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A COUPLE who suffer from neuromuscular diseases have launched a fundraising campaign to help maintain their independence.

Extreme hairstyles raise money for school

The Northern Echo:

3:59pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

EXTREME hairstyles helped raise money for a school catering for children with special educational needs and disabilities.

Status quo backed in boundary review

The Northern Echo: General view of County Hall in Durham. (8546437)

3:47pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

AN attempt to change the area covered by a town council looks set to fail.

Man denies pretending to be bailiff

The Northern Echo: Teesside Crown Court

3:01pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A MAN has denied pretending to be a bailiff in order to collect money he said was owed to him.

Rugby fundraiser supports two groups

The Northern Echo: RUGBY FUNDRAISER: Rugby players from West Cornforth and Durham City present cheques to Alan Hodgson, of Cornforth Partnership, and Paul Ferguson, of West Cornforth Community Association

2:45pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

TWO organisations in West Cornforth have had their coffers boosted thanks to a group of sporty fundraisers.

Date set for Woodham Golf Club re-launch

The Northern Echo: GOLF REOPENING: Head green keeper, Mark Hodgson, and golf professional, Ernie Wilson, at Woodham Golf Club. Picture: STUART BOULTON

2:25pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A DATE has been set for the re-launch of popular golf club that closed last year due to financial problems.

Dining habits of Prince Bishops unearthed at Auckland Castle

The Northern Echo: HISTORICAL GROWING: Archaeologist Harry Beamish at the site of the glasshouses

2:01pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A RARE insight into the luxurious dining habits of the Prince Bishops of Durham has been unearthed at Auckland Castle.

Campaigners hope to start work on historic rail bridges near Shildon soon.

The Northern Echo: BRIDGE REPAIRS: Campaigners are hopeful repairs can be carried out to a historic bridge.

1:47pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

CAMPAIGNERS are hopeful work to repair a historical railway bridge which was damaged by thieves can start soon.

Vision for political success outlined by new Spennymoor BNP leader

The Northern Echo: POLITICAL FORCE: Adam Walker, leader of the British National Party, has outlined his vision for the group.

1:45pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A NORTH-EAST activist who has taken over as leader of the British National Party says he aims to convert the group’s support in to electoral success.

Killhope launches I-spy guide for visitors

The Northern Echo: SHE SPIES: Killhope museum services officer plays Shelagh Connor with the help of the new guidebook

1:03pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

YOUNG visitors to a County Durham museum are being urged to be extra vigilante for interesting animals and artefacts this summer.

Apprentice chef thrown in at the deep end at Sedgefield oyster festival

The Northern Echo: Hardwick Hall's head chef Mark Bennett with apprentice, Chelsea Layfield

1:00pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

AN APPRENTICE who swapped her waitress uniform for chef whites is preparing for her biggest catering challenge to date at one of the region’s most prestigious social events.

Craft and horticulture competition entries sought for Great Aycliffe Show

The Northern Echo: THE SHOW MUST GO ON: A stunt rider from the Bolddog Lings daredevil motorbike team soars across a grey sky at Great Aycliffe Show last year

12:30pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

CRAFT and horticulture enthusiasts are being urged to showcase their creations at a popular summer show.

Stanhope residents invited to learn more about River Wear flood defence work

The Northern Echo: FLOOD DEFENCES: Work will be carried out to improve flood defences on the River Wear

12:27pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

WEARDALE residents are being invited to talk to experts about a flood defence improvement scheme in Stanhope.

North-East autism charity holds talent contest

The Northern Echo: TALENT AWARD: Gavin Bestford, left, chairman of the North-East Autism Society, presents the first prize award to Lauren Stephens

11:32am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A CHARITY that supports people affected by autism has staged a competition to showcase the talents of those who access its services.

Willington Council opposes 220 homes plan

The Northern Echo: COUNCIL OBJECTS: Willington mayor Fraser Tinsley has written to Signet Planning to object to the proposed homes

8:09am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

PLANS to build more than 200 homes on two fields is being opposed by a town council, which believes they are unneeded.

Bishop Auckland to host cycle road race next month

6:03am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

CYCLISTS will bring back memories of the successful Tour de France Grand Depart when a North-East town holds its first-ever road race next month.

Motorcycle riders on last lap

The Northern Echo: CENTENARY RIDE: Boundary 500 founder Brian Laverick, centre and right Councillor Eric Howden and Dave Blissett both members of Redcar British Legion.

6:44pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A GROUP of motorcyclists are on the last lap as they promote their trip to the Menin Gate to lay a wreath to mark the outbreak of the First World War.

Landlords enjoy building up trade at at refurbished Kirk Merrington pub

The Northern Echo: PUB REOPENS: Steve Metcalfe and Lynda Harland outside The Fox and Hounds Inn.

5:59pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A LANDLORD is looking to build up trade in a village pub after it reopened following a nine-week, £200,000 refurbishment .

Police will use the crusher in their fight against illegal off-road bike riding

The Northern Echo: : Some of the seized motorcycles being crushed following the police crackdown. Picture: DAVID WOOD (8484964)

5:16pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

YOUNGSTERS who illegally ride off-road motorbikes face having their machines crushed, police are warning.

Teacher's Windermere swim in memory of Ferryhill pupil

The Northern Echo: CHARITY SWIM: Teacher Paul Simpson who has completed the Great North Swim for charity.

12:24pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A TEACHER took on the Great North Swim to raise £750 for a teenage cancer charity in memory of a pupil who died of the illness.

Heartbroken family pays tribute to "bubbly" County Durham woman killed in car crash

The Northern Echo: DEARLY LOVED: Joanne Smart, who died in a car accident in Cardiff yesterday

6:20am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

THE family of a university worker from County Durham who died following a car accident in Wales have paid tribute to "a bubbly person" who "lived life to the full".

History society all set to commemorate First World War centenary in Aycliffe Village

The Northern Echo: Aycliffe Village Local History Society is staging a series of event to commemorate the centenary of the First World War . From left, Harry Mosses, Audrey Moses, David Lewis, Elizabeth Lewis, Vivien Ellis, David Baker and Denis Dryden.

6:00pm Monday 21st July 2014

A HISTORY society will lead a series of commemorative events to mark the centenary of the First World War following a £10,000 research project.

Spennymoor BNP activist Adam Walker is party's acting chairman after Nick Griffin steps down

The Northern Echo:

5:49pm Monday 21st July 2014

A NORTH-EAST BNP activist has been appointed acting chairman of the party after Nick Griffin stepped down as leader.

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