Parishioners begging vicars for food - Bishop of Durham

The Northern Echo: Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham

12:10am Thursday 17th April 2014

CHURCH vicars are increasingly being asked for help by hungry parishioners, the Bishop of Durham has claimed.

Fire crews called to blazes across County Durham

The Northern Echo: County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service

9:38pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

FIRE fighters across County Durham have been called to a series of blazes tonight, including incidents in Darlington, Willington, Peterlee, Horden and Newton Aycliffe.

Award-winning journalist and devoted family man dies at the age of 81

The Northern Echo: Brian Edwards, a former Echo journalist, has died aged 81

2:09pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A FORMER Northern Echo journalist who won a prestigious award for exposing abuse at a Sri Lankan psychiatric hospital has died at the age of 81.

Council agrees closure of five care homes

The Northern Echo: CLOSURE VOTE: A previous protest to save Newtown House care home in Stanhope

12:07pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

FIVE council-run care homes will close after councillors heard it is too expensive to keep them going.

Dog breeder on trial

The Northern Echo: Graham Bodycombe appeared at Darlington Magistrates' Court

12:27pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

QUESTIONS have been raised in court about the severity of medical ailments suffered by dogs owned by a County Durham breeder.

Dog breeder denies causing suffering to animals

The Northern Echo: Darlington Magistrates Court GV

6:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

A COUNTY Durham dog breeder has denied causing unnecessary suffering to animals.

463% rise in North-East foodbank users in just 12 months

The Northern Echo: The Right Reverend Justin Welby, left, packs a parcel with Alan Bell, centre, of Emmanuel Church and helper Peter MacLellan

12:10am Wednesday 16th April 2014

DOZENS of bishops and hundreds of faith leaders including the Bishop of Durham will today (Wednesday, April 16) demand the Government take urgent action to tackle the growing food crisis engulfing the UK.

'Amazing, appalling, shocking' - the reality of Foodbank Britain

The Northern Echo: Bishop Seamus Cunnigham and Bishop Mark Bryant at Gateshead Foodbank

12:10am Wednesday 16th April 2014

“AMAZING, appalling, shocking.” That was the verdict of Durham Foodbank co-ordinator Peter MacLellan on new figures, released today, revealing a 463 per cent rise in North-East foodbank users in just 12 months.

Age proves no barrier for double black belt martial arts training Shildon pensioner

The Northern Echo: Pensioner Ken Nevison who trains in martial arts

12:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

A DOUBLE black belt winning 84-year-old is proving that age is no barrier as he continues to fight his way through weekly martial arts sessions.

Bishop Auckland youngsters discuss police issues

The Northern Echo: TOWN ISSUES: PCSO Abby Freeman with kids at a youth Pact meeting with posters

4:12pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

CHILDREN have been tackling issues affecting their town at a junior community police meeting.

Charity concert rearranged after being cancelled

The Northern Echo: Mamma Mia! writer Catherine Johnson to visit Wotton-under-Edge's Electric Picture House

3:08pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A CONCERT in aid of a lung charity has been rearranged after a power cut forced the event to be cancelled.

Knifeman jailed for a year

The Northern Echo: Teesside Crown Court in Middlesbrough where the original fraud trial took place

5:45pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A MAN has been jailed for a year after he was found guilty of affray.

Popular play park back in action following resurfacing work

The Northern Echo: Hardwick Park in Sedgefield attracts around 450,000 visitors a year

4:41pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

WELLIES are no longer required at a popular play park that has reopened following resurfacing work.

Medieval magic to descend on North-East town

The Northern Echo: A medieval combat display at last year's fair

3:46pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

HEROIC knights, magnificent birds of prey and traditional games and entertainment will bring medieval magic to a North-East town next month.

Police shut down 'crack house'

The Northern Echo: CLOSURE ORDER: A 'crack house' in Baff Street, Spennymoor, was closed by court order

5:08pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A DRUG den has been shut down by police after neighbours complained they were being plagued by anti social behaviour stemming from the property.

Man arrested after police raid uncovers 102 cannabis plants in Shildon house

The Northern Echo: Durham Police Constabulary Headquarters, Aykley Heads, Durham. GV

4:14pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A MAN has been arrested after a police drugs raid uncovered 102 cannabis plants in a County Durham house.

Equipment stolen from ambulance in Bishop Auckland

The Northern Echo: IN THE FRONTLINE: Ambulance workers and paramedics are coming under increasing threats of violence

3:26pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

AN ambulance was forced out of action after important equipment was stolen during an emergency call.

Willington mother sheds stones for Surf Shack

The Northern Echo: Seven-year-old Bailey Metcalf gives Brian Myers a soaking

3:54pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A MOTHER has shed more than two stone to raise funds for a new youth internet cafe.

Date set for Sedgefield school reunion

The Northern Echo: SCHOOL REUNION: Sedgefield Community College, formerly Sedgefield Comprehensive School

12:36pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A REUNION for past pupils of Sedgefield Comprehensive School, now Sedgefield Community College, will take place at the Crosshill Hotel on the town green from 8pm on Saturday, May 3. The free reunion is for pupils who joined the school in 1980. For more information contact Elizabeth Flanagan on 07733041074.

Community events in Crook

The Northern Echo: Mamma Mia! writer Catherine Johnson to visit Wotton-under-Edge's Electric Picture House

3:52pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

THE North-East Theatre Organ Association, in High Street, Howden-le-Wear, is holding a concert and cream tea on Sunday, April 27, at 2.30pm.

New national retailer for Bishop Auckland shopping park

The Northern Echo: COMPETITION: Win £100 to spend at Kidderminster TK Maxx

2:34pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A NATIONAL retailer looks set to open on an out-of-town shopping park.

Man denies using knife in threatening fashion during confrontation

The Northern Echo: Teesside Crown Court in Middlesbrough where the original fraud trial took place

6:47pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

A MAN produced a knife after he was accused of being a car thief, a court heard.

Pet lizard quickly returned to cage after daytime break-in at owner's Shildon home

The Northern Echo: HOME TO JUSTICE: Durham Crown Court.

3:50pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

A PET lizard had a brief disappearance from its cage, following a break-in at the home of its family owners.

European election polling card for Shildon girl, four

The Northern Echo: Four-year-old sent polling card for European elections

3:37pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

A FOUR-YEAR-OLD girl has been sent a polling card to vote in the European elections.

Stanhope gardener died from nut allergy after eating curry

The Northern Echo: Derek Stephenson

6:00am Tuesday 15th April 2014

THE mother of a landscape gardener with a nut allergy who died after eating a curry from an Indian takeaway is urging other sufferers to be aware of what they eat.

Region's beaches receive one of best ever results in water quality survey

The Northern Echo: LIFE’S A BEACH: Graham Lee, on board Kalahari King, at Redcar beach yesterday morning

6:00am Tuesday 15th April 2014

THE region’s beaches have received one of their highest ever ratings in a national guide to bathing water standards.

Chatterbox cafe in St John's Chapel launches bike hire scheme

The Northern Echo: Cameron Gordon launches Chatterbox Cafe's bike hire scheme

3:32pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

A WEARDALE cafe is launching a new cycle hire scheme to help more visitors appreciate the area on two wheels.

Willington food bank to open two days a week

The Northern Echo: Some of the team from the foodbank, Olwyn Gunn, WCA director Brian Myers, volunteers Halina Holman and Rosalind Glasper. Picture by Tom Banks

3:15pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

A FOOD bank will be opening for a second day each week due to a rise in demand.

Crime reduction measures for Bishop Auckland allotments

The Northern Echo: ALLOTMENT WATCH: Doug Hatton stands in a potting shed at South Church allotments

3:58pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

NEW security measures have been put in place on allotment sites across Bishop Auckland to help combat crime.

City and town in bid for Britain in Bloom glory

3:30pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

DURHAM City and Sedgefield have been shortlisted to represent Northumbria in this year’s Britain in Bloom.

New super-diocese will be the biggest in the country

The Northern Echo: The new super-diocese and its five Episcopal areas.

1:01pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

ECCLESISTICAL history will be made on Easter Sunday, with the launch of the Church of England’s first new diocese since 1929.

£50,000 boost for sports facilities in Etherley

The Northern Echo: BID SUCCESS: Funding to improve sport facilities at Miners' Welfare Ground

2:32pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

VILLAGE sports officials are celebrating after securing £50,000 to improve dilapidated facilities.

Cheesemakers head to food festival with their hobby

The Northern Echo: WELL ROUNDED: Brian and Esme Dedman from Hilton achieved great success at the Great Yorkshire Show

5:01pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

A COUPLE who took up cheese making to give them something to do after retiring are looking forward to returning to a popular food festival.

Wolsingham bridge fully repaired after last year's flooding

The Northern Echo: The repaired bridge

5:41pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

A BRIDGE has been repaired and restored almost a year after it was damaged by flooding.

Nominations sought for North Pennines AONB's second Pendlebury Award

The Northern Echo: Dr Margaret Bradshaw receives the Pendlebury Award last year from Bob Pendlebury's grandson Ross and partnership chairman Eddie Tomlinson

5:16pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

A HUNT is underway to find the next recipient of a countryside conservation award in memory of a former rambler.

Comedian Mike Wozniak to appear in the North-East

The Northern Echo:

5:37pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

COMEDIAN Mike Wozniak, who appears in the Channel 4 sitcom Man Down, performs in Barnard Castle this month.

Crafts people to showcase work at up-cycling event

The Northern Echo:

1:26pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

CRAFTS people and designers are preparing to showcase their work in Barnard Castle.

Police in Shildon warn residents after a spate of sneak burglaries in the town

The Northern Echo: Mamma Mia! writer Catherine Johnson to visit Wotton-under-Edge's Electric Picture House

1:48pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

SNEAK BURGLARIES: Police are warning residents in Shildon to keep their property secure after four sneak burglaries in the town recently. There was one break-in on Ruby Street and another on St John’s Road plus two more on Coronation Avenue. Anyone who can help with enquiries, or who sees anyone acting suspiciously, should contact Shildon police on 101.

Horseback Easter egg hunt at Escomb riding centre

The Northern Echo: Mamma Mia! writer Catherine Johnson to visit Wotton-under-Edge's Electric Picture House

5:31pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

South Durham event

Man in court over report of robbery at village post office

The Northern Echo: CRIME SCENE: The scene outside the post office in Cockfield this afternoon

4:51pm Monday 14th April 2014

A DATE has been agreed for start of a trial for a postmistress’s husband who is accused of falsely claiming an armed robbery had taken place at the premises.

Community champions honoured across County Durham

The Northern Echo: Councillor John Robinson hands out the Chairman's Medals

10:51am Monday 14th April 2014

FOURTEEN community champions have been honoured for their voluntary and charitable efforts.

Cousin of swine flu victim who died after giving birth takes on fundraising challenge for premature baby ward

The Northern Echo: (L to R) Fiona Henderson, Melanie Hannant and Rachel Falconer are taking on the 10K Mad Monk Extreme Challenge. They are picture with Nikki’s son, Jake Grimes.

6:50am Monday 14th April 2014

THE COUSIN of a young mother who died of swine flu days after giving birth is taking on an extreme obstacle challenge to raise funds for the neonatal unit caring for her premature baby girl.

Bishop Auckland area news in briefs

The Northern Echo: Marie Curie Cancer Care group seeks volunteers in Spennymoor

4:26pm Monday 14th April 2014

A TABLE top sale will be held at Hamsterley Village Hall on Saturday (April 19) to raise funds for the hoppings event.

Killhope B&B owners campaign for C2C to cover more of Weardale

The Northern Echo: Phil and Claire Chatfield with their Elliptigo bike overlooking Killhope

4:24pm Monday 14th April 2014

A COUPLE are campaigning to get the Coast to Coast (C2C) cycle route to pass through more of Weardale.

Prolific youth offender given an "absolute last chance"

The Northern Echo: Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court GV

4:27pm Monday 14th April 2014

A YOUTH with almost 30 offences to his name has been told he has one last chance before being sent into detention.

Panto time for Newton Aycliffe dancers

The Northern Echo: Darlington Civic Theatre

4:04pm Monday 14th April 2014

A GROUP of young dancers have been chosen to star in a UK production of Peter Pan when it takes to the stage at a North-East theatre this weekend.

Travel arrangements announced for Bishop Auckland Food Festival

The Northern Echo: FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD: Reader G Temby was not impressed by the Bishop Auckland Food Festival

3:23pm Monday 14th April 2014

VISITORS to a popular food festival are being advised to plan their journey in advance.

Comedy night at Bishop Auckland Town Hall

The Northern Echo: CABINET STOLEN: Bishop Auckland Town Hall

5:25pm Monday 14th April 2014

COMEDIAN Rob Rouse will be appearing at the Hilarity Bites Comedy Club at Bishop Auckland Town Hall on Friday, April 25, at 7.30pm.

Auckland Castle heritage scheme to create 130 jobs

The Northern Echo: SPECTACULAR BACKDROP: Auckland Castle

10:30pm Sunday 13th April 2014

UP to 130 jobs will be created at a North-East castle within the next five years.

Year-long art project which attracted international interest concludes with exhibition

The Northern Echo: Sculptor Tania Kovats (right) talks to Ewan Allinson (left) alongside his artwork Vinotonus' Shrine.

5:00pm Sunday 13th April 2014

A YEAR-long art project which attracted international interest is concluding with an exhibition at a leading North-East museum.

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