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Bishop of Durham takes his place in Good Friday Walk of Witness

The Northern Echo: Bishop of Durham takes his place in Good Friday Walk of Witness

3:00pm Friday 18th April 2014

TRADITIONAL Easter parades, events and activities have taken place across the region today.

£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.

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.

Anti-crime meetings in Shildon believed to be under threat are to continue

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

3:27pm Thursday 17th April 2014

PROPOSALS to cut anti-crime meetings from monthly to bi-monthly in Shildon have been placed on hold after residents raised concerns at the plans.

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.

Army unit given freedom of Spennymoor celebrates for possibly last time with town's council

The Northern Echo: Councillor Jeff Daley, mayor of Spennymoor, is greeted by major Andy Sutherland watched by rifleman Steve Elliott, bugle major Garry Suggett, lieutenant Rishi Ahluwalia and mayor’s consort Maureen Hirst.

5:39pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A TERRITORIAL Army unit that has the freedom of Spennymoor has strengthened its links with the town for possibly the last time.

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.

'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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

£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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Children's author Anne Fine presents Peter Pan panto prize to creative youngster

The Northern Echo: Peter Pan competition winner Lucy Robson, from Toft Hill Primary School, pictured with (L to R) Maria Blackett and Leanne Brown, from Hayes Travel, author Anne Fine and competition organiser Chris Percival.

3:30pm Sunday 13th April 2014

A CHILDREN’S author has presented a talented youngster with tickets to see an eagerly anticipated pantomime.

Fred Dibnah's widow promotes tribute to much-loved steeplejack

The Northern Echo: Fred Dibnah's widow, Sheila, attends Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon to promote her book, A Cast Iron Will.  She is pictured by her late husband's favourite locomotive, Stirling single GNR No.1.

11:41am Sunday 13th April 2014

FRED Dibnah’s widow has been promoting her poignant tribute to the nation’s favourite steeplejack at a North-East railway museum.

£500,000 discount store opens its doors at out-of-town retail park

The Northern Echo: Mayor of Bishop Auckland, Councillor David Fleming opens Home Bargains at St. Helen Auckland. Also pictured are, from the left, supervisors Wayne Stringer and Chris Stokoe and store manager Anthony Pattison.

10:59am Sunday 13th April 2014

BARGAIN hunters headed to an out-of-town retail park yesterday (Saturday, April 12) for the opening of a new discount store.

Netball tournament to raise funds for Cancer Research UK

The Northern Echo: Members of the Alison Wadge-Corr Boot Camp in Bishop Auckland have organised a charity netball tournament

10:10am Sunday 13th April 2014

BOOT CAMP members will channel their energy into a good cause when they take part in a charity netball tournament next month.

Date set for police band concert

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

1:41pm Sunday 13th April 2014

DURHAM Constabulary Brass Band will give a concert at St Helen’s Church, at Manor Road, Bishop Auckland, at 7.30pm on Friday, May 2. Tickets cost £5 and are available on the door or from 01388-664011. Alternatively, visit

£50,000 scheme to improve sports pavilion gathers pace

The Northern Echo: A £50,000 scheme to improve the pavilion and changing facilities at the Randolph Social Welfare Ground in Evenwood is progressing well

3:20pm Saturday 12th April 2014

THE first phase of a £50,000 scheme to boost sports facilities in a Teesdale village has been completed.

Wembley calling for FA Cup challenge pair

The Northern Echo: CUP RUN: Mark Tearney, left, and Andy Fury

2:46pm Friday 11th April 2014

TWO North-East football fans are Wembley-bound this weekend, as they reach the penultimate step of a nine-month quest to follow the FA Cup from beginning to end.

Fred Dibnah's widow in region to promote tribute to the famous steeplejack

The Northern Echo: Fred and Shelia Dibnah on their wedding day in 1998

2:28pm Friday 11th April 2014

THE widow of the nation’s favourite steeplejack will visit the region tomorrow (Saturday, April 11) to sign copies of her memoir.

Teenager from Spennymoor aims to boost military charity in bid to win Miss Durham

The Northern Echo: Teenager Rebecca Armstrong who is looking to win Miss Durham

2:19pm Friday 11th April 2014

A TEENAGER is raising funds for a military charity as she bids to win the Miss Durham title.

Historian explores past of Tudor bed

The Northern Echo: CASTLE EXHIBIT: Dr Jonathan Foyle gave a talk about Henry VII's bed

2:02pm Friday 11th April 2014

A HISTORIAN was taken on a “journey of discovery” as he explored the authenticity of the last Tudor bed in existence.

Easter fun planned for Auckland Castle

The Northern Echo: CASTLE EVENTS: Auckland Castle events officer Kelly Smith with mascot Bosley Bear

12:23pm Friday 11th April 2014

EGG hunts and a harp concert are just two of the family activities planned for Auckland Castle over the Easter break.

Model railway club back on track as pub landlord provides a new base after Northern Echo appeal

The Northern Echo: Bryan Donald (left) and Dave Walker, of Shildon Model Railway Club, are celebrating finding a new home for the group.

3:41pm Friday 11th April 2014

A MODEL railway club which was made homeless has secured a new base thanks to an appeal for help in The Northern Echo.

Jazz season launches at St Cuthbert's Centre in Crook soon

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

6:38pm Friday 11th April 2014

South Durham events

Care home duo celebrate victory in national singing contest

The Northern Echo: Care home idols Gladys Stephens and Bev Temple of Rose Lodge Care Home in Newton Aycliffe

11:27am Thursday 10th April 2014

A PARTY was held at a care home yesterday (Wednesday, April 10) to celebrate a carer and resident who captured the heart of the nation with their dulcet tones.

Easter services at St James Church in Coundon

The Northern Echo: St James' Church in Coundon is holding a series of events and services to celebrate Lent next week

11:18am Thursday 10th April 2014

A SERIES of services will be held at a Coundon church to celebrate Easter.

Men face crown court date for dangerous driving charge

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

6:01pm Thursday 10th April 2014

CROWN COURT: Two men are to appear at Durham Crown Court to face charges of dangerous driving and aggravated vehicle taking. Peter Honeyman, 18, of St Philip’s Close, Bishop Auckland, and George Honeyman, 22, of West End Villas, Coundon, have both pleaded not guilty to both offences. They are crown court on Thursday, April 24.

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