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RECOVERY: Keith Foster was involved in a crash on the viaduct at Bishop Auckland last December. Pictured at his mother's house on Bourne Way in Willington with wife Bernice. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH. (38319177)

Taxi driver left severely disabled after crash with drink driver

DENIALS: The former Archdeacon of Auckland, George Granville Gibson, today denied all eight counts put to him at Durham Crown Court.

Retired senior churchman denies eight historic counts of sex abuse involving two male teenagers

FINE: Smurfit Kappa UK Ltd have been fined £24,000 for failing to remove asbestos from its West Auckland site. Pictured is a workman dealing with an unconnected asbestos site

Packaging company fined £24,000 after failing to remove asbestos from West Auckland factory

ART: Spennymoor Town Council groundsman and amateur artist John Smith has produced pieces to decorate the walls of the Ramside Hall Hotel. Picture: TOM BANKS. (39453654)

High-end Durham hotel decked out in art by Spennymoor council worker

HELP: Newton Aycliffe Shopping Club will be launched this week. (L to R) Volunteers Raymond Bowman, Dorothy Bowman and Kerry Wooton, with members of Newton Aycliffe Junior Neighbourhood Watch, Millie Grimes, ten, Wayne Hodgson, nine, and Jack Grimes, five

Shopping service hoped to bridge generation gap in Newton Aycliffe

Allan Gregson and James Sheppard who were first and second at the New Age Kurling British Championships

Two British titles for Wear Valley kurlers

FUNDING: Bishop Auckland and Shildon Area Action Partnership (BASH AAP) have funded a new part-time counsellor for young carers at Family Action Bridge Young Carers. Pictured (from left): Belinda Tweed and Andrew Walker of BASH AAP, and Allison Hicks, Les

Young carers get new counsellor thanks to Area Action Partnership

BIRTHDAY: Users of Pathways in Bishop Auckland gather to mark the service's 50th anniversary. Picture: TOM BANKS

Care centre facing closure celebrates 50th birthday

PROJECT LAUNCH: Durham County Councillor, Sam Zair and Community Development Project Officer for BASH AAP, Sheilah Metcalfe, hand a cheque for £4,000 to Helen Kirby, community fund-raiser for Butterwick Hospice

Butterwick hospice launch new mental health project

TALK: Dr Ashdown-Hill (pictured) will talk on the shadowy figure sometimes connected with the name “Lambert Simnel” - ‘Richard III’s Heir: The Dublin King’, at the study day on October 17

Richard III study day to be held in Barnard Castle


Barnard Castle pupils become designers after being inspired by YSL exhibition

INFORMED: Durham Police Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg visits the Women's Cree Project for mental health at Trimdon Station Community Centre to discover more about it. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

Durham PCC praises work of Trimdon Station women's group

DISNEY: Kev Hills of Miles For Men hopes a final push will help fulfill Mason's dream

Final push to raise money for Mason's dream trip

Christopher Turner was banned from driving after appearing at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court

Man banned from driving after crashing car while trying to avoid hitting a rabbit

SHOWCASE: Durham Music Service’s first showcase of the year takes place at the Xcel Centre in Newton Aycliffe on Friday, October 17

Talented youngsters tune up for major musical showcase

CAKE: Montalbo Primary School pupils enjoy charity coffee morning

Barnard Castle pupils host charity coffee morning

ANNIVERSARY: The Spennymoor Branch of the Royal Signals Association (RSA) celebrated its 20th anniversary

Spennymoor group celebrates 20th anniversary

CELEBRATION: Joyce and Witty Walling of Holberry Terrace in Coundon celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary on October 8. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

An usherette and a miner who met at a Bishop Auckland cinema celebrate 60 years


Newton Aycliffe benefits cheat apologises for her wild years at taxpayers' expense

PERFORMER: Panto company boss and performer Scott Edward Clarkson playing 'Stinkpot' in production promoting keeping drains clear, in 2013.

Taxman catches up with Bishop Auckland panto VAT fraudster

GHOST-HUNTERS: Dean Maynard and Julie Meighan

Ghost hunters seek out spooky spots for Halloween charity fundraiser

CASE: Teesside Crown Court (40779741)

County Durham school caretaker denies sex crimes against children

Betty Wood of Howden-le-Wear with her Wow award.. (41126769)

Wow! award for Howden-le-Wear woman

ROADWORKS: An earlier roadworks scheme on A66 Westbound picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

Motorists travelling through Cumbria need to allow time for roadwork delays

TRADITIONAL: A German band

Sedgefield Racecourse to host Oktoberfest event

CELEBRATION: Eva Kelly on her 104th birthday at Tenlands Care Home

Happy 104th birthday to Eva

SCENE: Easington Strike by Paul Oughton, one of two artists to feature in Spennymoor Town Hall's next exhibitions

Spennymoor gallery's next offering

TRIBUTE: Former Durham County Councillor June Dowson has passed away, aged 90

Cockfield community stalwart dies

SCENE: The scene of a crash this afternoon near Sedgefield

Two-car crash near Sedgefield

GARDEN: Residents of Bradbury House, Crook, enjoy their new sensory garden. Picture: TOM BANKS (40964599)

Bradbury House in Crook celebrates new sensory garden

Driving instructor hopes Queen tribute will boost charity

DEBATE: Durham County Council's County Hall HQ

Aycliffe homes scheme backed by councillors

WALK: Lydia Ildam, 9 and Emily Potter, 12 are taking part in a sponsored walk from Bishop Auckland to Newton Aycliffe for suicide prevention charity, If U Care Share  Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

Mother appeals to teenagers to stop binge drinking

The owner of historic Windlestone Hall, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham, claims he has been the victim of a "witch-hunt".

Windlestone Hall owner calls on police to 'put up or shut up' after spending almost a year on bail

MISSED: Nick Davidson, 27, was a passenger in the car

Crash victim's grieving mother shares experience to educate youngsters

INCIDENT AREA: The Bank Sands area of Middlesbrough Picture: Google Street View

Sudden death of boy, 13, in Middlesbrough

DEBATE: Durham County Council's County Hall HQ

Change in the wind: more turbines okayed for Fishburn

STARGAZING: The North Pennines AONB are putting on stargazing events

North Pennines AONB to host stargazing events

SAVE: The switch and save stall at Sedgefield farmers market.

Residents invited to join money-saving scheme on energy bills

AWARDS: Sedgefield Mayor, Gloria Mills, presents awards for the tallest sunflower to Sedgefield Primary School winners. From L to R: Evie Legender, seven, Emily Legender, ten, Thomas Hoggart, seven, Amelia Pilling and Isla Littlefair, both six

Green-fingered pupils scoop top prizes in sunflower competition

Rotarians from Bishop Auckland set off on their sponsored memory walk

Rotarians raise £1,000 for Alzheimer's Society

Staff and students from Wolsingham School's art department which has been working on the murals

Wolsingham students brighten up building site with new murals

LAUNCH: The Paul Readhead Asbestos Support Awareness Group (PRASAG) will be launched by his daughter Samantha Cox and her sister-in-law Lucy Reynoldson next week Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

Newton Aycliffe woman launches asbestos disease support group in father's memory

The remains of the barn at Burn Farm, Willington, which was destroyed by fire last week

Five youths spoken to in connection with Willington barn fire

Shildon town centre

Appearance of Shildon town centre criticised

WALKIES: Cath Magee from Willington is doing sponsored dog walks throughout October to raise money to help send a sick child to Disneyland picture: SARAH CALDECOTT. (40724093)

Charity dog walks to send Kayleigh to Disneyland

CARING: Children from Ingleton Primary School have been involved in a flour baby project which teaches them the responsibility of being parents. They are Sarah Lily Phizackerley, Lily Farquharsen, Maddie Schaible, Joshua Thompson, Freya Hunt, Katie Willia

Ingleton pupils learn about parenthood with flour babies

HARVEST: Children from Victoria Lane Academy in Coundon give food to Father Gary at St James' Church for their Harvest Festival service. Picture: TOM BANKS

Creative pupils mark Harvest Festival

FUNDRAISING EVENT: A charity auction and evening of entertainment takes place next month to raise money for Jade Pateman and her son, Oscar (both pictured)

Charity auction to raise funds for terminal cancer sufferer

LIGHTS: Barnard Castle Town Council is hopeful the town's Market Cross will be lit for Christmas

Christmas wishes to have Barnard Castle's Market Cross lit up in time for festive season set to come true


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