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Pupils run daily risk of death at Shildon school due to selfish drivers ignoring the law

The Northern Echo: Pupils risk death from selfish drivers at a Shildon school

5:26pm Thursday 24th April 2014

CHILDREN are risking death as they are forced to dodge motorists who ignore parking restrictions to drop youngsters off as close as possible to school.

Explorers offered help to reach the edge of space from Teesdale student

The Northern Echo: Adventurers given help to reach space from Teesdale

3:59pm Thursday 24th April 2014

A UNIVERSITY adventurer who managed to send a camera to the edge of space is helping amateur explorers follow in his footsteps.

Durham Police join effort to dissuade Muslims from joining Syrian civil war

The Northern Echo: A photo from the Syrian revolt in August last year (Pic: AP Photo/SANA)

12:15pm Thursday 24th April 2014

NORTH-East police are seeking to stop young Muslims going to fight in Syria.

'Appalling, ugly, a disgrace, an abomination' - latest row over Durham Market Place

The Northern Echo: 'ABOMINATION': Tarmac instead of paving slabs in Durham Market Place

6:40am Thursday 24th April 2014

UGLY tarmac making an ‘abomination’ of a £5.5m market place is purely a temporary measure aimed at avoiding disruption to city centre trade, project bosses have insisted.

Get up close with nature at Upper Teesdale reserve events

The Northern Echo: Get up close with nature at Upper Teesdale reserve events

3:18pm Thursday 24th April 2014

A TRIO of events has been organised to help outdoor enthusiasts get up close and personal with the Moor House Upper Teesdale National Nature Reserve.

Cordon put in place as firefighters tackle Middleton-in-Teesdale garage blaze

5:28pm Thursday 24th April 2014

A 200-metre cordon was put in place to keep people away from a garage which caught fire in a County Durham village.

Hutton Magna's Old Vicarage to welcome visitors as part of National Gardens Scheme

2:23pm Thursday 24th April 2014

KEEN gardeners will have the chance to see fabulous flowers and a mature orchard this weekend.

Butterknowle open mic night

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

2:29pm Thursday 24th April 2014

An open mic night is taking place at Butterknowle Village Hall on Sunday, April 27.

Six-year-old Zoe's joy at being reunited with George the missing monkey

The Northern Echo: Zoe Storey pictured shortly after being reunited with George the monkey

6:10pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A SIX-YEAR-OLD girl was reunited with the beloved cuddly monkey that helps her overcome severe shyness after a community rallied round to help find the missing toy.

Film-maker needs £726 to complete £7,000 fundraising campaign

The Northern Echo:

6:15pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A FILM-MAKER aiming to raise £7,000 to finish off a documentary about life on a County Durham sheep farm has nearly reached her fundraising target.

Dog breeder convicted of animal welfare charges

The Northern Echo:

5:33pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A DOG breeder has been found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to animals.

Business leaders hopes for Teesdale tourism boost with launch of walkers scheme

The Northern Echo: WALKING CHALLENGE: Ian Tallentire and Lynda Bares, of the Upper Teesdale Tourism Network

5:17pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

BUSINESS leaders hope that ramblers are to provide a tourism boost to a rural town with the launch of a new series of walks.

Museum trustees seek to govern establishment's trust property

The Northern Echo:

2:10pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A MUSEUM’S trustees are looking into a new scheme to govern the trust property held by the establishment.

Village hosts crafts and collectables fair

The Northern Echo:

4:48pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

CRAFTS and collectables will be on sale in a Teesdale village on Sunday.

MP calls for boycott of Virgin Money, as bank ends funding for Northern Rock Foundation

The Northern Echo: Northern Rock Foundation

11:00pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

LABOUR MPs spoke of their anger tonight (Tuesday, April 22) after it emerged the North-East’s biggest charity, the Northern Rock Foundation, is to close.

Woman's death not suspicious, say police

The Northern Echo:

4:36pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

POLICE say there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of a woman in County Durham.

Police dispel ghost myth surrounding dangerous old school buildings

The Northern Echo:

4:11pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

POLICE are seeking to dispel the myth that a village’s derelict school buildings are haunted to discourage trespassing on the dangerous site.

Parents search for distraught daughter's missing cuddly toy

The Northern Echo: Zoe Storey with her beloved cuddly toy George

3:55pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

THE parents of a heartbroken six-year-old girl who lost her beloved cuddly monkey during a family day-trip are appealing for help in finding the toy.

Northern Rock Foundation closure a 'massive blow for North-East charities'

The Northern Echo: Justin Welby at Bike Stop, Darlington

5:49pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

CHARITIES across the North-East have suffered a major blow with the demise of the Northern Rock Foundation. Mark Tallentire reports.

Two-day antiques fair at North-East museum

The Northern Echo:

5:11pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A TWO-DAY antiques fair takes place in Barnard Castle this weekend.

Pet owners warned Easter eggs could prove fatal for dogs

The Northern Echo: Easter eggs could prove fatal for curious dogs

6:22pm Monday 21st April 2014

DOG owners are being warned that their haul of Easter eggs could prove poisonous to curious pets.

Theatre groups collaborate to produce bigger and better shows

The Northern Echo: Local branches of Stagecoach Theatre Schools relaunch at The Carriage Museum at Raby Castle, Staindrop

11:10am Monday 21st April 2014

THEATRE groups from across the region have begun working together to produce bigger and better shows.

Museum visitors can get answers about their antiques

The Northern Echo: Bowes Museum

9:50am Sunday 20th April 2014

EXPERTS will offer valuations and advice at a drop-in antiques fair at a North East museum next weekend. (Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27.)

Dads invited to play day

The Northern Echo: Crawley girl scalped by toy train

10:04am Sunday 20th April 2014

A PLAY session for dads and their children will be held in Spennymoor next month.

Bounce into action

The Northern Echo: TRAMPOLINE CLASS: You don't have to be as good as Great Britain's Katherine Driscoll to try trampolining

10:59am Sunday 20th April 2014

A TRAMPOLINE course for 11 to 16-year-olds will be launched at Teesdale Leisure Centre, in Barnard Castle, next week. (Tuesday, April 22)

£20m student digs plan would create 'totally unbalanced community'

The Northern Echo: Neville House and Sheraton House

12:10am Friday 18th April 2014

RESIDENTS are gearing up for a County Hall showdown with developers who want to build ᆪ20m-worth of student digs on their doorstep.

Choir to pay tribute to First World War fallen at spring concert

The Northern Echo: The stone cross at Gainford

11:13am Friday 18th April 2014

A CHOIR will remember the First World War at its spring concert.

Village groups' joint bid for National Lottery cash to renovate war memorial

The Northern Echo: Village groups' joint bid for National Lottery cash to renovate war memorial

11:10am Friday 18th April 2014

VILLAGE groups are joining together in a bid to secure lottery cash for the renovation of a war memorial.

Russian born Teesdale-based artist plans unique Easter Monday show in Durham Cathedral cloisters

The Northern Echo: LIVE PAINTING: Artist Maria Rud, who has devised the Animotion Show which will be staged at Durham Cathedral

11:06am Friday 18th April 2014

A UNIQUE evening's entertainment of live painting and music will take place at Durham Cathedral.

Dispute over who should look after village green

The Northern Echo: IN DISPUTE: Part of MIddleton-in-Teesdale Village Green

11:01am Friday 18th April 2014

PARISH councillors have decided against challenging a County Durham estate over ownership of a village green.

Easter Monday launch for Teesdale Challenge Walks

The Northern Echo: WALKING CHALLENGE: Ian Tallentire and Lynda Bares, of the Upper Teesdale Tourism Network

10:47am Friday 18th April 2014

A REJUVENATED tourism group is hoping a new series of walks will attract more visitors to rural County Durham.

Walk of Witness through Toft Hill and Low Etherley

The Northern Echo: Walk of Witness through Toft Hill and Low Etherley

4:18pm Friday 18th April 2014

CHURCHES and residents joined together for an annual Good Friday Walk of Witness through two villages.

Town councillors line up programme of summer fun

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

11:40am Friday 18th April 2014

Town councillors in Barnard Castle will meet on Wednesday, April 23, to discuss a programme of summer entertainment.

Political spat marks birth of 'super authority'

The Northern Echo: UNFAIR: Simon Henig

5:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

THE leader of a new “super authority” has insisted it will be subject to proper scrutiny, but admitted that will mostly be by fellow Labour councillors.

Approval given for 120 homes in Spennymoor on DurhamGate site

The Northern Echo: County council approves plans for 120 homes in Spennymoor

5:53pm Thursday 17th April 2014

PROPOSALS to build 120 dwellings on one of the North-East’s largest building sites have been supported after claims the plan would boost the area.

Family's joy as baby born three months early finally comes home

The Northern Echo: BACK HOME: Alison Marshall with her mother, Marie Spooner

6:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

A BABY who fought for survival after being born three months early has finally been released from hospital, five months after her birth.

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.

Court shown video of living conditions at Evenwood Gate dog breeder's compound

The Northern Echo: Darlington Magistrates Court GV

2:29pm Thursday 17th April 2014

ANIMAL welfare officials found dozens of dogs living in kennels with urine-soaked saw dust and surrounded by piles of faeces when they visited a County Durham breeder's compound, a court was told.

'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.

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.

Durham City improvement plans approved by council cabinet

The Northern Echo: BEAUTIFUL: As the first bite of winter approaches, autumn is coming to its peak around the Durham Cathedral peninsula in Durham City. On the banks surrounding the large wooded meander of the River Wear, stands the 11th century Durham Cathedral

4:05pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

SCHEMES to improve the centre of Durham City have been given the go ahead by councillors.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Get a fresh look for spring at Banardo's charity shops

The Northern Echo: Around 30 per cent of clothing in the average UK wardrobe remains unworn for more than one year

4:12pm Sunday 13th April 2014

CHARITY shop bosses are hoping spring clean fever will encourage shoppers to bag a bargain with Barnardo’s.

Easter fun day promises fun for all the family

The Northern Echo: Youngsters enjoy outdoor activities at Bowlees Visitor Centre in Upper Teesdale

1:26pm Sunday 13th April 2014

A RURAL visitor centre will spring back into life on Bank Holiday Monday when it kicks off a new events season with a traditional Easter fun day.

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