Resident's fury at MP's decision to support wind farm

The Northern Echo: Banks Renewables are seeking planning permission for four wind turbines to be installed near Hamsterley

5:40pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

RESIDENTS are furious that an MP has given her backing to proposals for a wind farm they vehemently object to.

"Overwhelming evidence" to support decriminalisation of drugs, says police commissioner

The Northern Echo: BIG SUCCESS: Durham's Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg, who is pictured here talking to local resident Helen Green and her sons James (9) and Daniel (5) in Newton Hall, Durham, says the scheme to tackle shoplifting is a big success.

4:47pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

A NORTH-East police and crime commissioner (PCC) has called for the region to lead the nation on drug policy reform, saying there is now "overwhelming evidence" to support decriminalisation.

Improved rail travel facilities unveiled at train station

The Northern Echo: TRAVEL HUB:Councillor Neil Foster launches travel hub at Bishop Auckland Railway Station pictured front with Sarah Fay, of the Local Motion scheme. Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

3:32pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

A SCHEME to help to ease road congestion by encouraging more people to use the train has been launched at Bishop Auckland Railway Station.

Howden-le-Wear residents object to plans for up to 145 new homes

The Northern Echo: Durham County Council’s Start Today campaign has helped 336 youngsters onto the job ladder.

3:18pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

PLANS to create up to 145 new homes on the outskirts of a village have prompted concerns about traffic, loss of fields and increased pressure on schools and other amenities.

Woman, 66, stabbed with pen on Blackpool coach trip

The Northern Echo: Cynthia Bell with the pen still lodged in her arm (9910016)

1:12pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

A COACH trip organiser is recovering at home in the North-East after being stabbed in the arm with a pen during a visit to Blackpool.

Woman, 66, stabbed with pen on Blackpool coach trip

The Northern Echo:

11:54am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

A COACH trip organiser is recovering at home in the North-East after being stabbed in the arm with a pen during a visit to Blackpool.

Teenager hopes to build on past success

The Northern Echo: FIRST PLACE: Adam Lowson,17, of Hamsterley, with last year's winning wall

4:46pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

A TEENAGER is hoping to build on his past success in an upcoming dry wall competition.

County Durham and Darlington Fire Service looking to cut staff and review services to save £3.6m

The Northern Echo: CUTS PLAN: Spennymoor Fire Station Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

7:50pm Monday 1st September 2014

A NORTH-East fire service is proposing to cut staff and review services to fill a £3.6m funding gap.

Saga over family farm feud could be over following court ruling

The Northern Echo: BITTER DISPUTE: Anthony (left) and Paul Shepherd at another court hearing

6:07pm Monday 1st September 2014

A JUDGE has delivered a scathing assessment of a legal wrangle over a family farm – and potentially given the green light to a huge new housing development on the site.

Trimdon Foundry Parish Council loses chairman, two councillors and clerk

The Northern Echo: STOOD DOWN: Long-serving councillor Jim Grigg resigned as both chairman and councillor for Trimdon Foundry on Wednesday, August 27.

3:49pm Monday 1st September 2014

A PARISH council has almost halved in size after the chairman, two councillors and the clerk resigned within weeks.

Talented youngster trains at Loughborough University

The Northern Echo: NEXT GENERATION: 12-year-old Finn Usher, at Barnard Castle Cricket Club, was one of 80 selected to train at Loughborough University's cricket ground Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

12:21pm Monday 1st September 2014

A TALENTED cricket player was invited to spend the day at Loughborough University last week to experience national coaching.

Sedgefield's most glamorous raceday raises thousands for charity

The Northern Echo: LOOKING GOOD: Women show off their outfits in the best-dressed contest at the Roflow Ladies Evening at Sedgefield Racecourse

5:27pm Monday 1st September 2014

AN evening of thrilling horse-racing and show-stopping fashion has raised thousands of pounds for a lifesaving charity.

Two horses die after car crashes into stable block

The Northern Echo: Durham Police

12:34pm Sunday 31st August 2014

A WOMAN has been taken to hospital after her car collided with a brick built stable on Salters Lane, in Trimdon Grange.

Family's sheer joy at show results

The Northern Echo: SHOW ENTRIES:  Sheep prepare to be judged Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

5:51pm Sunday 31st August 2014

A VETERAN shepherd said he felt on top of the world after he and his son bagged five trophies and eight first place rosettes at the 145th show of Weardale’s Agricultural Society.

Friends walk 85 miles in three days for cousin recovering from cancer

The Northern Echo: FUNDRAISING FRIENDS: Donna Kelly (left) and Angie Cooke (right) have raised £1,000 for a cousin recovering from cancer, by walking 85miles in three days.

3:56pm Sunday 31st August 2014

TWO friends walked 85 miles in three days to raise money for a family member who was told he had 18 months left to live.

Clay pigeon shoot for charity

The Northern Echo: CHARITY SHOOT: Phil Bartlett of Ullswater Close, Spennymoor is organising a clay pigeon competition at the Spennymoor Shooting Club to raise money for Help for Heroes.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (9822248)

2:02pm Sunday 31st August 2014

A FORMER soldier who has raised tens of thousands of pounds for Help for Heroes hopes to be on target with his next charity event.

Police found schoolgirl hiding in cupboard in man's house

The Northern Echo: IN COURT: Sean Lancaster arrives at Teesside Crown Court. Picture: TOM BANKS (9815166)

9:02am Saturday 30th August 2014

A MAN who was banned from having any contact with a schoolgirl was in court yesterday (Friday, August 29) after police twice found the teenager in his home.

£2m bid fails to secure Binchester Roman Fort

The Northern Echo: HISTORIC SITE: The Church Commissioners have put Binchester Roman Fort up for sale

6:36pm Friday 29th August 2014

THE group behind efforts to raise the profile of a North-East town has failed to buy an internationally-important Roman fort, despite offering the £2m asking price.

Developers "could buy County Durham Roman site"

The Northern Echo:

11:02am Friday 29th August 2014

CONCERNS have been raised that the site of a Roman settlement dubbed the Pompeii of the North could be sold to developers.

Banned driver used car as 'weapon' on seeing ex's former partner near her home

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

10:02pm Friday 29th August 2014

A BANNED motorist drove towards a former partner of his own ex-girlfriend after spotting him on a footpath near her home.

Vandals trash playground days before children return to school

The Northern Echo: DAMAGED PROPERTY:  Youths have broken into the school grounds of St Cuthberts RC Primary School in Crook and damaged various items of the outdoor play areas, using some materials for skating activities.  School caretaker Catherine Ringwood and Head teache

6:43pm Friday 29th August 2014

VANDALS who have damaged a primary school play area days before the children are due to return have come forward, police have said.

Man threatened to burn house down with his partner and children inside

4:52pm Friday 29th August 2014

A MAN who threatened to burn his partner’s house down while she was inside it with their children has appeared in court.

Fair boost's home comfort fund

The Northern Echo: FUN DAY: Resident Ena Johnson, 69, with activities coordinator, Jan Traynor, dressed as Minnie Mouse enjoy the fun of the fair

3:37pm Friday 29th August 2014

A CARE home threw open its doors to the community when it hosted a summer fair.

Volunteers could help older people

3:19pm Friday 29th August 2014

VOLUNTEERS are needed to help a project aimed at improving people’s health, wellbeing and quality of life.

Ferryhill man enjoys free speech

The Northern Echo: STAMMER CONTROL: Liam Todd from Ferryhill attends a speech therapy programme to tackle his stammer     Picture: ANDY LAMB

6:02am Friday 29th August 2014

FOR many young men life is about getting a foot on the career ladder, having a laugh with friends and enjoying a drink and takeaway at the weekend.

Launch of healing mask gives hope to patients who fear blindness

The Northern Echo: SLEEP MASK: Lorraine Helliwell pictured with Richard Kirk, chief executive of PolyPhonix   Lorraine is using the new electronic light-emitting sleepmask (made by a company based at NETPark, Sedgefield) her eyes greatly improved to the extend that an eye h

8:09pm Thursday 28th August 2014

IT’S an amazing story. The day before 55-year-old Lorraine Helliwell started wearing her Noctura 400 light-emitting sleep mask she underwent a routine eye examination at her local hospital.

145th annual Weardale Show this Saturday

5:29pm Thursday 28th August 2014

THE annual Weardale Agricultural Show is set to celebrate its 145th year this weekend.

Quarry extension recommended for approval

5:21pm Thursday 28th August 2014

A PROPOSED quarry extension that will boost employment but has prompted environmental concerns has been recommended for approval by council planners.

Man jailed after stealing 40ft of electricity cable from industrial site

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

5:21pm Thursday 28th August 2014

A MAN has been jailed after making off with 40ft of electricity cable belonging to an industrial estate on a bike.

Appeal to trace owner of cat rescued from busy road in Wolsingham

The Northern Echo: CAT FOUND:The cat rescued by Dave and Sally Rowley in Wolsingham. Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

12:23pm Thursday 28th August 2014

A COUPLE who saved a friendly cat from imminent death on a busy road are appealing to her owner to come forward.

Vulnerable elderly man's home targeted by couple

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

6:02am Thursday 28th August 2014

A WOMAN under the influence of a prescribed sedative stole personal items from the home of an elderly neighbour, a court heard.

Cyclist seriously injured after lorry collision at Bradbury

The Northern Echo: ACCIDENT SCENE: The Great North Air Ambulance at the site of the accident.

7:19pm Thursday 28th August 2014

A CYCLIST suffered serious leg injuries after he was in a collision with a lorry.

Barnard Castle new bridge studies are completed

6:34pm Thursday 28th August 2014

PROPOSALS for a suspension rope bridge over the River Tees in Barnard Castle have been passed back to a Teesdale marketing company.

Armed robber fled when store owner threw newspapers at him

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

6:02am Wednesday 27th August 2014

A WOULD-BE store robber fled empty-handed when confronted by the joint owner, who flung a pile of newspapers in his direction.

Howden-le-Wear couple are runners up in national vintage style contest

The Northern Echo: LOOKING GOOD: Frankie and Melanie Calland at the finals of Mr and Miss Vintage UK at the Twinwood Festival in Bedfordshire

3:43pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

A COUPLE who dress solely in vintage clothing were the runners up in a national style contest.

Teenager threatened with knife during Newton Aycliffe off licence robbery

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

1:07pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

A TEENAGE shop assistant was threatened with a knife during a robbery at an off licence on Bank Holiday Monday.

Young volunteers create sensory garden at Spennymoor campus

The Northern Echo: SENSORY GARDEN:Young people on the national citizens service have created a sensory garden for disabled youngsters at Aspire Centre, Spennymoor Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

6:08pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

YOUNG volunteers are digging deep to transform an unloved corner of a college campus into an oasis of calm for special needs students.

North-East talent joins pop royalty at Hardwick Live in Sedgefield

The Northern Echo: LOCAL TALENT: Teesside’s Cattle & Cane who will perform as part of the Saturday Hardwick Live line-up

5:26pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

NORTH-EAST bands are gearing up to perform alongside pop royalty at one of the biggest music events in the region.

Friend's cancer battle inspires Newton Aycliffe cyclist's biggest fundraising challenge to date

The Northern Echo: CYCLE CHALLENGE: Anthony Cox, from Newton Aycliffe, plans to cycle the 300 miles from London to Newcastle in just 24 hours to raise funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust

4:24pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

A TRAINEE PE teacher will embark on an epic cycling challenge this week in memory of a friend who died of cancer.

Railway station set to unveil improved facilities

The Northern Echo: NEW FACILITY: Improvements will be unveiled at Bishop Auckland railway station next week

4:24pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

A NEW travel hub aimed at encouraging more people to take the train and cut congestion will be unveiled next week.

Credit union worker attacked by German shepherd during visit to Newton Aycliffe house

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

3:54pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

A CREDIT union worker was attacked and bitten by a German Shepherd as she visited a Newton Aycliffe house to collect payment.

Final open garden of the season

The Northern Echo: OPEN GARDEN:Ravensford Farm, Hamsterley, The farm is opening its garden for the National Garden Scheme pictured  Caroline and Jonathan Peacock . Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

4:42pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

THE final open garden in County Durham this season will take place this weekend.

Sedgefield Folk Festival set to be the best yet

The Northern Echo: Spoon playing champion Bert Draycott, centre, holds a workshop at last year’s Sedgefield Folk Festival. Learning, from left Harris Andrews, Sean Davies, Iona Darnton and Diane Dixon

3:21pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

TICKETS are selling out fast for one of the region’s most eagerly awaited folk festivals.

Legal bid to get information from helicopter black box

The Northern Echo: INVESTIGATION CONTINUES: Oil worker Duncan Munro died  after a Super Puma L2 helicopter crashed in the North Sea at 6.20pm last year

5:11pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

THE Crown Office is set to petition for the return of the black box from a helicopter which crashed into the North Sea, killing a North-East man.

American opera star to perform at Tow Law First World War memorial concert

6:26pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

AN American opera singer who has performed for Bill and Hillary Clinton will sing at a First World War memorial concert in the region this autumn.

Sedgefield florist sets out to inspire the next generation of flower arrangers

The Northern Echo: FLORAL DELIGHT: Florist Adam Prest is holding a  flower arranging workshop to encourage more young people to take it up and grow flowers. Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT (9684198)

4:59pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

A FLORIST hopes to quash stereotypes about flower arranging and inspire youngsters to take up the art at a workshop next month.

Plans submitted for 42-home development in Sedgefield

The Northern Echo: Durham County Council’s Start Today campaign has helped 336 youngsters onto the job ladder.

5:28pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

PLANS have been submitted for 42 homes on the outskirts of Sedgefield.

Good causes in County Durham celebrate gaining share of Big Lottery Fund £675,395 grant

The Northern Echo: FUNDING BOOST: Christopher Palmer, of the County Durham Furniture Help Scheme, which has received money from the Big Lottery Fund

5:22pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

PROJECTS to generate energy from the River Wear and to help the needy access cheap furniture are among several schemes to share nearly £65,000 from the Big Lottery Fund.

Newton Aycliffe community centre seeks auction donations

The Northern Echo: CHARITY AUCTION: Peter Beaty, Margaret Robson and Anne Hardy, of Neville Community Centre in Newton Aycliffe, are holding an auction to raise funds for the maintenance . Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

4:37pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

A COMMUNITY centre is seeking donations for an auction to raise funds for maintenance work and mounting running costs.

Teachers celebrate exam success

The Northern Echo: THE A-TEAM: Jack Parker, Emma Turner and Tabitha Gillard at Teesdale School

3:43pm Tuesday 26th August 2014

TEACHERS are celebrating after more than a dozen pupils achieved straight-As in their GCSEs this summer.

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