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NEWS FROM YOUR AREA

Council tax relief scheme extended

The Northern Echo: (10027074)

5:38pm Thursday 30th October 2014

A PIONEERING scheme to protect benefit payments is to be continued.

Council considers 20mph limits for housing areas following successful pilot project

The Northern Echo: SPEED LIMIT: Councillor Dennis Southwell is backing a campaign to introduce 20-miles per hour speed limits across County Durham. Picture: TOM BANKS (12113181)

5:39pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

SPEED limits in residential areas across a county could be cut to 20mph, following a successful pilot project.

Lost passport ends dreams of holiday to Florida

The Northern Echo: LOST PASSPORT: Malcolm and Yvonne Bowes, Ashley Raine with son Ryan-Ellis and Alan and Yvette Raine missed out on  their holiday to the US after a passport disappeared at check-in Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

1:16pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

AN airline will offer “a gesture of goodwill” to a family of six after their dream holiday was ruined when a passport was lost at check-in – only for it to turn up in arrivals a day later.

Councillors accused of 'petty childishness' over seats row

The Northern Echo:

6:05am Wednesday 29th October 2014

A ROW over seating arrangements has broken out ahead of a full council meeting.

Four years jail for man who abused three children

The Northern Echo: Peter Stoker, who admitted offences going back three decades, at Durham Crown Court

6:03am Tuesday 28th October 2014

A MAN with a low IQ who sexually abused three different children at different times over three decades was today (Monday October 28) jailed for four years.

Battle to buy 'eyesore' farm hotting up

The Northern Echo: FOR SALE: West Musgrave Farm after its farmhouse was demolished last year

5:13pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

AN EYESORE farm which was subject to a legal tug of war over its ownership has formally been put for sale as the battle to acquire it hots up.

Bishop Auckland earmarked for £4m international art gallery

The Northern Echo: ART GALLERY: Auckland Castle unveil a plan to have a Spanish art gallery in the former Barclays Bank buidling in the market square of Bishop Auckland Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

3:14pm Monday 27th October 2014

PLANS have been unveiled for a new art gallery focussing on the Spanish Golden Age in the centre of a North-East town.

Family of desperately ill woman shocked to be told: "We can't magic up an ambulance."

The Northern Echo: SERIOUSLY ILL: Violet Alliston

6:04am Monday 27th October 2014

THE ambulance service has apologised for failing to meet the required standard of care after a panic-stricken family’s cries for help were mistaken for aggression.

Auckland Castle sale a great success, says Archbishop

The Northern Echo: Auckland Castle, Bishop Auckland

6:21pm Monday 27th October 2014

THE sale of Auckland Castle has been a huge success, the Archbishop of Canterbury said – as he warned the Church of England faced a “difficult dilemma” over other assets.

Benefit reforms blamed for a spike in offending in Darlington

The Northern Echo: TOUGH TASK: Andy Crowe at Darlington Police Station where he is involved in the integrated offender management unit Picture: ANDY LAMB

6:04am Monday 27th October 2014

BENEFIT reforms caused a spike in offending in a North-East town, according to police offers.

Helicopter safety public inquiry rejected by the Government

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

5:27pm Monday 27th October 2014

CALLS for a public inquiry into offshore helicopter safety after a series of crashes have been rejected by the Government.

Crackdown on disabled parking blue badge cheats snares first convictions

The Northern Echo: Andrew Cogdon's car parked illegally outside Framwelgate Waterside

4:10pm Monday 27th October 2014

A CRACKDOWN on blue badge cheats has yielded its first criminal convictions, with two law-flouting drivers hit with fines.

Tenth anniversary for Shildon care home

The Northern Echo: PARTY TIME: From left, Jan Trainor, activities co-ordinator at Redworth House, with resident Patsy Monk, her son, Gary Monk, and a picture of her husband, who helped to build the home ten years ago

3:46pm Monday 27th October 2014

A SHILDON care home has celebrated its 10th anniversary with a special party.

Teenagers set for Hunger Games half-term

4:51pm Monday 27th October 2014

TEENAGERS will be tested this week as part of half-term activities based on the Hunger Games.

Bride-to-be chooses wedding dress

The Northern Echo: DRESS REHEARSAL: Echo wedding winner Kathryn Miller, left, looks at the wedding dresses at the Just Perfect bridal shop, in Shotton Colliery, shown by bridal consultant Claire Vickery Picture: ANDY LAMB

2:59pm Sunday 26th October 2014

A COMPETITION winner turned choosing a wedding dress into a girls' day out for herself and family members.

Man accused of putting on friend's uniform and posing as police support officer

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

11:44am Sunday 26th October 2014

A MAN has appeared in court accused of donning a friend’s uniform without permission and posing as a police community support officer (PCSO).

Shildon in hat for FA Cup draw

The Northern Echo: The FA Cup

6:37pm Saturday 25th October 2014

SHILDON of the Northern League Division One will be in the hat for Monday's FA Cup draw after a a 1-1 draw at Norton United in the fourth qualifying round this afternoon.

Shildon magic mushroom man went on rampage after seeing dead relatives

The Northern Echo:

4:19pm Friday 24th October 2014

A MAN was ordered to pay compensation after he went on a criminal damage spree fuelled by alcohol and magic mushrooms.

Councillors urged to reject proposal for motorcyclists' den

The Northern Echo: Green light for transfer ballot (8309917)

1:04pm Friday 24th October 2014

PLANS to turn a storage unit into a meeting place for bikers look set to be rejected amid fears over noise.

Plans to turn former Bishop Auckland care home into home for vulnerable young people withdrawn

The Northern Echo: FUTURE PLANS: South Church Nursing and Residential Home Picture: TOM BANKS.

2:38pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

PLANS to turn a former nursing home into a home for vulnerable young people have been withdrawn.

Gluten free diagnosis leads to new life for Mandy

The Northern Echo: Mandy Savage

6:26pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

FINDING out she had a life-changing health condition led to a new career for Mandy Savage.

Spanish art exhibition unveiled at Auckland Castle

The Northern Echo: NEW EXHIBITION: Dr Chris Ferguson with some of the Spanish art on display

6:14pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

Never-before-seen works of Golden Age Spanish art have been unveiled in a new exhibition at a North-East heritage site

Trimdon youngsters triumph in model making contest

The Northern Echo: MECCANO CHALLENGE: Pupils from Deaf Hill Primary School who won the  Great Engineers School Challenge using Meccano. Picture: TOM BANKS

5:11pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

PLAYFUL youngsters of today could be the ingenious engineers of tomorrow after taking part in a model making competition.

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.

Celebration of historic locomotives short-listed for tourism award

The Northern Echo: SHORT-LISTED EVENT: The Great Goodbye exhibition at Locomotion, The National Railway Museum at Shildon brought together the six surviving A4 Pacific locomotives.

5:01pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A MUSEUM'S tribute to an historic locomotive that drew crowds from far and wide is on track for an award.

Funding for war memorial garden

The Northern Echo: SPRUCE UP: Pupils help planting at the Coundon village war memorial with Stefa McManners, chairwoman of the Save Our Soldier Appeal, gardener Adrian Slack and ten-year-old Mia Kilding Picture: ANDY LAMB

5:31pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

SCHOOL children spent the day tidying a war memorial garden ahead of Remembrance Day thanks to a grant.

New foodbank for Bishop Auckland

The Northern Echo: NEW FOODBANK: (back) Yvonne Etherington and David Parry with Brenda and Allan Lodge-Metcalfe at the Wear Valley Christian Centre

2:33pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A NEW foodbank is being set up in Bishop Auckland town centre in an effort to cope with the increasing number of people needing the service.

Locomotion's first ever war gaming event

The Northern Echo: STAND TO: Brian Urving from Westerhope Wargames Group plays a game at the NRM in Shildon. Picture: TOM BANKS (11643243)

6:07pm Monday 20th October 2014

THE first ever Stand To! Exhibition took place at the National Railway Museum in Shildon yesterday (Sunday, October 19).

Festive market at Christmas lights switch-on in Bishop Auckland

The Northern Echo: SEASONAL TRADING: A new festive market will take place in Bishop Auckland's market place next month. Pictured are Dave Hunter, chairman of Bishop Auckland Town team, South Durham Enterprise Agency community enterprise coach Nigel Robson, Bishop Auckla

5:45pm Monday 20th October 2014

A FESTIVE market will be held to celebrate the start of the countdown to Christmas in Bishop Auckland.

New shop in Bishop Auckland creates 12 new jobs

1:25pm Monday 20th October 2014

A NEW Screwfix store will create 12 jobs when it officially opens in Bishop Auckland this Thursday (October 23).

Dreams come true for winning couple

The Northern Echo: WEDDING WINNERS: Kathryn Miller and Michael Stones, this year's Win a Wedding competition winners.

11:00am Sunday 19th October 2014

A COUPLE’S dreams have come true after winning The Northern Echo’s Win a Wedding competition.

Fundraising purchases scooter in memory of former Vice President

The Northern Echo: NATURE SCOOTER: Fundraisers have managed to get a mobility scooter for Low Barns nature reserve. Pictured with the scooter is Reserves Officer West, Michael Rogers. Picture: TOM BANKS

8:11pm Friday 17th October 2014

A WILDLIFE trust has successfully raised more than £8,000 to buy an all-terrain mobility scooter for its nature reserve.

Schoolgirl wins competition to redesign war memorial

The Northern Echo: ART PRIZE: Former Etherley Lane Primary School pupil Kate Berry has won a competition to redesign Bishop Auckland's war memorial. Also pictured are Chris Percival, deputy mayor Lee Brownson, headteacher Karen Bennett and Lynn Bennett, from Sainsbury&#

6:27pm Friday 17th October 2014

A SCHOOLGIRL has won a competition asking children to redesign Bishop Auckland's First World War memorial.

Transatlantic charity connection

The Northern Echo: CAT ART: Amanda Ellison and Marion Maychell hold Native American art  donated to the Cats R Us charity in Shildon for a fundraising auction Picture: TOM BANKS

3:37pm Friday 17th October 2014

AN American couple has been so inspired by the work of a County Durham animal charity they have made an unusual donation to boost its coffers.

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.

Gruffalo trails inspire children

6:51pm Thursday 16th October 2014

New activity trails have been designed using the Gruffalo’s Child to encourage children to learn about nature.

School reconsiders Ghanaian teacher visit after parents raise concerns over Ebola

The Northern Echo:

2:00pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

A SCHOOL is reconsidering whether to allow a visit from a Ghanaian teacher to go ahead after parents expressed fears about the spread of the Ebola virus.

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.

Spooky decorations prove too much for birthday party

The Northern Echo: FRIGHT NIGHT: Susan Masters has spent more than 30 hours decorating the Durham Ox pub Picture: TOM BANKS

3:54pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

HALLOWEEN decorations, which took more than 30 hours to put up in a pub, proved so scary for a ten-year-old, she cancelled her birthday party.

Pumpkin parade part of Bishop Auckland halloween event

The Northern Echo: (11300687)

1:41pm Monday 13th October 2014

A HALLOWEEN event will be held by Bishop Auckland Town Team in and around the town centre on Saturday, October 25, from11am to 3.30pm.

Model trains are a big hit at Shildon railway museum

The Northern Echo: ON TRACK: Shildon Model Railway Club holds its annual exhibition at Locomotion, Shildon. Picture: TOM BANKS

9:26pm Sunday 12th October 2014

MINIATURE trains were displayed amongst the great steam engines which inspired them at a model railway exhibition at the weekend.

Pedal power earns County Durham youngsters a free and healthy breakfast

The Northern Echo: PEDAL POWER: Pupils from Sedgefield Primary School work up an appetite for their Bike It breakfast

11:09am Sunday 12th October 2014

CHILDREN who cycle to school were treated to a free nutritious breakfast this week.

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.

Harvest celebrations hailed a success

The Northern Echo: HARVEST TIME: Victoria Lane Academy pupils with Fr Gary Nicholson take part in harvest festival service at St. James' Church, Coundon. Picture: TOM BANKS

3:11pm Friday 10th October 2014

HARVEST festival celebrations have been hailed a success after tonnes of food were donated to support the community and County Durham Food Bank.

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).

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.

Soul mates celebrate 50 years together

The Northern Echo: GOLDEN COUPLE: Ronnie and Dorothy Jefferson, of Bishop Auckland, on their golden wedding anniversary. Picture: TOM BANKS

4:34pm Thursday 9th October 2014

A COUPLE who met when the factories they worked in shared the same cafe are today celebrating fifty years of marriage.

Evenwood election candidates named

2:10pm Thursday 9th October 2014

FIVE candidates will contest a Durham County Council election that has been called following the death of a former chairman.



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