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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.

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.

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 sthelenschurch.co.uk

£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.

Multi-million pound plans to revive Durham's North Road

The Northern Echo: ON THE MOVE? The unused bike lockers at Durham bus station

10:57am Wednesday 9th April 2014

COUNCIL chiefs have unveiled multi-million pound plans to regenerate Durham’s struggling North Road, including a new £6.2m bus station.

Care home closure would be "rural discrimination"

The Northern Echo: Deacon Sue Peat during the protest at Newtown House

5:08pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

THE closure of a Durham dales care home would constitute unacceptable rural discrimination, protestors have claimed.

Railway writer and former train worker says farewell to historic steam engines in Shildon

The Northern Echo: Peter Townend with the steam engine Dominion of Canada

5:14pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

A RAILWAY writer who helped to look after two historic steam engines 50-years ago during their heyday has bid them goodbye before they leave the UK.

Disabled horse riding charity to host Easter fun day

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

4:23pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

AN EASTER fun day will be held at Wear Valley Riding for the Disabled Association in Escomb, near Bishop Auckland, to raise money for the charity. The event, which will feature a raffle, Easter egg competition and much more, takes place from 9.30am to 4pm on Sunday, April 20. Entry is free.

Man arrested after cannabis plants found in Shildon house

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

2:39pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

CANNABIS ARREST: A 25-year-old man is on bail after police in Shildon found cannabis plants in a house on Foundry Street. A second man was also arrested but he was later released without any action being taken. Shildon police is urging residents to be vigilant as it seeks to crack down on cannabis growing in the town.

Durham County Council's five remaining residential homes are recommended for closure

The Northern Echo: Cheveley House, Belmont

4:46pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

A COUNCIL is recommending its five remaining residential homes in County Durham should close to cut costs.

Council asked to merge Belmont infant and junior schools

The Northern Echo: Pupils at Belmont Junior School in 2011

4:00pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

COUNCILLORS will be asked to create a new primary school next week (Wednesday, April 16).

Newton Aycliffe artist to exhibit his work in Shildon

The Northern Echo: Artwork by Stephen Bainbridge is to go on show in Shildon.

2:45pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

A RAIL enthusiast is holding a display of his artwork at Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon.

Four-legged friends in for a treat at food festival

The Northern Echo: WELLYBIX TREATS: Alison Walton with her dog Welly ahead of the Bishop Auckland Food Festival

4:09pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

THERE will be something to tickle everyone's taste buds at a popular food festival this month, including the four-legged visitors.

Police appeal after thieves steal car registration plates in Shildon

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

12:49pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

WITNESS APPEAL: Police are appealing for help after thieves stole three registration plates from cars in Shildon. The thefts took place overnight between Friday, April 4, and Saturday, April 5, on St John’s Road and Hackworth Close. Anyone with details on the thefts should contact Shildon police on 101.

Durham needs more student digs - Sheraton Park developers

The Northern Echo: An artist's impression of how the new Sheraton Park development would look

2:48pm Monday 7th April 2014

DEVELOPERS behind a £20m plan to turn a former teaching college into privately-run digs for almost 400 students hope to get the go-ahead next month (May).

Home Bargains set to open in St Helen Auckland

The Northern Echo: Home Bargains is to open a second store in Burnley

4:07pm Monday 7th April 2014

THE latest national retailer to sign up for an out-of-town shopping park will open this weekend, creating 40 new jobs.

Three family members in court in farm tenancy dispute case brought by relative

The Northern Echo: Ronald Wotton has appeared at Durham crown Court

6:47pm Monday 7th April 2014

THREE men appeared at crown court today (Monday April 7) in a private prosecution brought by a relative.

Football club boss hopes for West Auckland FC Wembley victory at the third attempt

The Northern Echo: OFF TO WEMBLEY: West Auckland FC players and fans celebrate semi-final win.

6:48pm Sunday 6th April 2014

A JUBILANT football club boss is hoping to make it third time lucky as he heads to Wembley for the FA Vase final with West Auckland Football Club.



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