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Woman admits 12 charges of assault at Barnard Castle hospital

The Northern Echo: COURT HEARING: Guilty pleas were entered on Danielle Walker's behalf at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court in County Durham

3:18pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A WOMAN has been charged with 12 counts of assault by beating at a hospital.

Voters called to polls to elect new Evenwood ward councillor

The Northern Echo: LATE STALWART: Councillor Pauline Charlton was a former Mayor of Durham City and chairman of Durham County Council

1:48pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

VOTERS will be called to the polls to elect the next Evenwood ward councillor tomorrow (Thursday, October 23) following the death of Councillor Pauline Charlton.

Community walk plans stalled amid dog fouling fears

1:35pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

PLANS for a proposed community walk have been halted after concerns over dog fouling on football pitches.

Building gifted to Barnard Castle community remains empty after county council rejects community hub plan

The Northern Echo: COMMUNITY BUILDING: Barnard Castle Town Council hopes to lease Woodleigh to keep the building for community use.

7:04pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A BUILDING gifted to a town is set to remain empty after Durham County Council rejected plans to turn it into a community hub.

Tree group celebrates 10th anniversary

4:20pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

AN award-winning tree group celebrated its tenth anniversary this weekend, welcoming back its oldest member.

Emergency service station plans welcomed

5:55pm Monday 20th October 2014

PLANS for a unique emergency service station in Barnard Castle has been welcomed.

Mammoth move for animal sanctuary nearly complete

The Northern Echo: FLY LIKE AN EGYPTIAN: The latest animals to be moved from an animal sanctuary near Penrith to Thorpe Farm off the A66 near Barnard Castle: Egyptian Fruit Bats Picture: CHRIS BOOT

5:49pm Monday 20th October 2014

THE MAMMOTH task of moving up to 1,700 animals to a new home in Teesdale is nearly complete.

Barnard Castle Prep School's French themed tea party raises £400 for Epilepsy in Action

The Northern Echo: TEA PARTY: Barnard Castle Prep School children enjoy tea and cake to raise funds for Epilepsy in Action

4:48pm Monday 20th October 2014

PREP School children hosted a tea party and raised £400 for Epilepsy in Action on Wednesday, after being inspired by a former pupil who was diagnosed with the condition.

£3.78m fund to improve the region's frontline emergency services

6:55pm Sunday 19th October 2014

TWO new emergency service stations will be built in County Durham thanks to a successful bid for a share of a £75m government fund.

Moody Bakers scoop silver in national bread awards

The Northern Echo: BREAD WINNERS: The Bread team at the Moody Bakers in Barnard Castle. From left to right:  Sarah Sawyer (Director) Amberley Elliot, and Owain Davies

6:09pm Sunday 19th October 2014

A NORTH-EAST baker has scooped silver in the World Bread Awards.

German band dedicates song to Teesdale holiday park

The Northern Echo: MAKING MUSIC: fellerband at Hillcrest Park Picture: STUART BOULTON

6:54am Friday 17th October 2014

GERMAN indie-folk band fellerband have written an ode to their favourite English holiday park - after falling in love with it.

Stars tune-in for community radiothon fundraiser

The Northern Echo: RADIOTHON: Actors Shobna Gulati and Joe McGann are guests on Mike Patterson's show on Radio Teesdale, part of the station's radiothon Picture: TOM BANKS

8:25pm Friday 17th October 2014

CELEBRITIES descended on the Radio Teesdale studios today (Friday October 17), to help with their fundraising community radiothon.

Efforts of volunteers recognised at awards night

The Northern Echo: AWARD WINNER: Volunteer of the Year Donna Bruce. Picture: DAVID WOOD (11596672)

11:02pm Thursday 16th October 2014

A WOMAN has been honoured for her dedicated voluntary work helping young people in a North-East community.

Chapel plans submitted

6:43pm Thursday 16th October 2014

Plans to convert a disused chapel into a three-bedroom house have been submitted to Durham County Council.

Greens and big business clash over wind farms

The Northern Echo: From the County Durham Plan

2:48pm Thursday 16th October 2014

GREEN campaigners and big business went head-to-head over how many more wind farms should be built in the region today (Thursday, October 16).

Teesdale captured by aspiring filmmaker

The Northern Echo: CAPTURING MOMENTS: Filmmaker Rupert Ludlow

8:19pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

AN ASPIRING filmmaker has produced a film about Teesdale’s landscape.

Festival celebrates Teesdale's most beautiful views

The Northern Echo: MAJESTIC VIEWS: The Heart of Teesdale Landscape Partnership’s Festival of the Views will celebrate how the area influenced famous painters and poets and will feature a variety of free activities. A guided walk will set off from The Bowes Museum at 9

6:22pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

TEESDALE’S picturesque views have inspired a new festival.

Parking is 'free after three' during December

The Northern Echo: FREE PARKING: On-street parking in Durham City is included in the offer

5:34pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

PARKING at a council’s car parks will be free after 3pm during December.

Barnard Castle School boys secure silver in rugby tournament

The Northern Echo: TEAMWORK: Barnard Castle School boys win silver

3:11pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

SCHOOLBOYS from across Northern England weren’t afraid to get muddy as they took part in the tenth Tait 10s rugby tournament on Sunday.

Schoolgirl set to be next tennis star

2:20pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

A SCHOOLGIRL is hoping to become the next tennis star.

Talented student set to be region's next superstar

The Northern Echo: YOUNG TALENT: Singer/songwriter Anna-Leigh Stainton Picture: STUART BOULTON

6:28pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

A TALENTED student is set to be the region’s next superstar.

Five members of farming family in court over use of sheep allegedly stolen from 14 other farms

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

6:56am Monday 13th October 2014

FIVE members of a farming family have appeared at crown court accused of making gain from allegedly stolen sheep.


The Northern Echo: Lartington speed limit story (11418939)

4:54pm Monday 13th October 2014

A VILLAGE phone box has become home to a life-saving defibrillator.

School launches new alumni organisation

The Northern Echo: ALUMNI ORGANISATION: Mr John Trevett launching the alumni organisation with former student Tom Sparrow who spoke to current students about life at University at the future progression evening.

11:27am Sunday 12th October 2014

TEESDALE school has launched a new alumni organisation to keep in contact with its former students.

Council housing plans under fire

The Northern Echo: test

7:36pm Friday 10th October 2014

PLANS to build thousands of new homes in County Durham have drawn strong criticism.

Grant means 1,000 kids will learn to ride a bike earlier

The Northern Echo: Pupils at St Joseph's RC Primary School in Gilesgate take part in Bikeability training

6:46pm Friday 10th October 2014

FUNDING has been secured to teach 1,000 more children to ride a bike safely.

Equestrian gear stolen

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

5:02pm Friday 10th October 2014

POLICE are appealing for information after equestrian kit was stolen from a farm in County Durham.

New art exhibition at The Bowes Museum

The Northern Echo: SPANISH EXHIBITION: A new art exhibition will open on Saturday, October 11, at The Bowes Museum

2:55pm Friday 10th October 2014

A NEW exhibition showcasing County Durham’s Spanish Art Collection will open on Saturday (October 11) at The Bowes Museum in Barnard Castle.

Girlfriend of crash victim discovers she's pregnant two days after his death

The Northern Echo: HAPPIER TIMES: Grant Benson and Lizzy Phillipson

6:00pm Thursday 9th October 2014

THE GIRLFRIEND of a man killed in a car crash said she is delighted to hear their miracle baby’s heartbeat for the first time.

Fortnightly bin collections 'help save £5m' says council

The Northern Echo: Durham County Council leader Simon Henig attaches collection day stickers to recycling bins in Chester-le-Street in 2012 (11317923)

5:46pm Thursday 9th October 2014

A COUNCIL says switching to fortnightly bin collections has helped it save more than £5m.

Why spend £136m on zombie roads?, ask council critics

The Northern Echo: Farmer Brian Hodgson (61) from Aldin Grange Farm in Bearpark who is campaigning against Durham's proposed western bypass. (11305814)

7:30pm Thursday 9th October 2014

A CASH-strapped council wants to spend nearly £150m on “zombie roads”, a major inquiry heard today (Thursday, October 9).

Tributes follow death of Barnard Castle's famous bookseller

The Northern Echo: RADIO MAN: Michael Fryer developed a love of radio

7:10pm Thursday 9th October 2014

A WELL-known former bookseller whose shop became rooted in a town’s history has died following a battle with cancer.

Drink driving business student crashed into wall

The Northern Echo: LAW COURT: Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court

6:10pm Thursday 9th October 2014

A BUSINESS student, who believed he was sober enough to drive, abandoned his car after hitting a wall, a court heard.

Euro-cash to tackle social exclusion

The Northern Echo: Delegates at the conference

6:04pm Thursday 9th October 2014

A CONFERENCE has discussed how best to spend £12m set aside to tackle social exclusion.

Council planning 'steroid growth' for Durham, say critics

The Northern Echo: Douglas Pocock, from the City of Durham Trust

8:05pm Wednesday 8th October 2014

A COUNCIL masterplan envisages “steroid development” for Durham City, a public inquiry heard today (Wednesday, October 8).

Teesdale school pupils perform at national dance festival

5:48pm Tuesday 7th October 2014

PUPILS of a Teesdale School were the only youths to be invited to a national dancing festival held in Keswick this year.

Builders press council to up 31,400 new homes target

The Northern Echo: (10027074)

4:01pm Tuesday 7th October 2014

A COUNCIL is facing mounting pressure to allow thousands more homes to be built – sacrificing green belt land in the hope of securing economic prosperity.

Memorial to Barnard Castle hospital benefactor saved from collapse

The Northern Echo: LASTING TRIBUTE: The restored memorial at St Mary’s Church in Barnard Castle

8:51pm Monday 6th October 2014

A MONUMENT to one of Barnard Castle’s most generous sons has been saved from collapse.

Air ambulance called to Cockfield in aid of Aycliffe rider

The Northern Echo: AIR SUPPORT: The Great North Air Ambulance's Guardian of the North attended an incident at Cockfield

3:58pm Sunday 5th October 2014

A WOMAN was airlifted to hospital after she fell from her horse this morning (Sunday, October 5).

Dig for victory

The Northern Echo: PROJECT PRAISED: Paul Frodsham with some of the Altogether Archaeology volunteers and The Bowland Award

12:45pm Sunday 5th October 2014

AN amateur archaeology project has won a national award for helping to manage of one of the north’s most beautiful landscapes.

Gardening business is blooming says Teesdale man

The Northern Echo: BUDDING BUSINESS: Nigel Hall a gardener who wanted a change after 22 years working in the same nursery has set up his own business  Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

4:10pm Saturday 4th October 2014

LIFE is rosy for a Teesdale gardener who branched out to set up his own business.

Local produce on offer at annual event

The Northern Echo: (11096907)

6:07pm Friday 3rd October 2014

LOCAL produce was on the menu at a North-East museum for the launch of this year’s Taste Durham Month.

Still time to unearth family roots

The Northern Echo: (10027074)

5:47pm Friday 3rd October 2014

PLACES are still available on a series of family history courses.

Council slammed for 'importing' 22,000 people, while 22,000 remain jobless

The Northern Echo:

2:25pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

A COUNCIL has been criticised for planning to “import” 22,000 extra people by 2030 – the same number of people currently out of work in its area.

School left without electricity after power cut

The Northern Echo:

1:49pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

A POWERCUT has left a Teesdale school with no electricity or heating today.

You beauty! Beautiful Durham awards a blooming great success

The Northern Echo:

6:09am Thursday 2nd October 2014

SCHOOLS, pubs, villages and residents have been honoured for their efforts in making their area a pleasant place to live and work.

Barnard Castle hub will become nightclub for one night only

The Northern Echo: CLUB NIGHT: Gabriel Prokofiev, Nonclassical founder, will bring his club nights to Barnard Castle on Saturday, October 18.

4:27pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

A TEESDALE community centre will be turned into a nightclub for one night only this month.

Council completely ignores us say objectors, as major inquiry begins

The Northern Echo: Roger Cornwell

1:27pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

THE North-East’s biggest council was accused of completely ignoring the views of its citizens as a major public inquiry opened today (Wednesday, October 1).

Teesdale church burglary leaves locals feeling violated

7:07pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

BURGLARS who targeted a village church have left the community feeling violated, the warden has said.

Man who crashed his motorbike thanks paramedics who treated him

5:29pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

A MOTORCYCLIST who dislocated his ribs after he came off his Harley Davidson has praised the paramedics who treated him.

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