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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.

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.

MP eases concerns over loss of Post Office

The Northern Echo: CLOSING DOWN: The Co-Operative food store on New Road, Crook, which houses the town's Post Office

6:27pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

CONCERNS over the loss of a town’s post office have been eased by the local MP.

Vandalism leaves thousands of homes without power

The Northern Echo: POWER CUT: VANDALS: Police are appealing for information regarding damage to powerlines in Crook left 2,485 homes without power on Thursday (October 23).

5:28pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

VANDALS caused a power cut to more than 2,000 homes last week after throwing tree branches onto power lines.

Stand-off in Durham County Council seating row

The Northern Echo: County Councillor John Shuttleworth (12105008)

3:26pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

A COUNCILLOR who was threatened with eviction from his regular seat in the council chamber was allowed to retain it today (Wednesday, October 29).

Couples renew vows as part of church's centenary celebrations

5:05pm Monday 27th October 2014

BRIDES and grooms of yesteryear returned to the church where they made their vows as part of its centenary celebrations.

Man accused of Co-op store robbery appears at crown court

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

6:35pm Monday 27th October 2014

A MAN has appeared in court accused of attempting to rob a store while armed with a claw hammer.

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.

Tow Law man sentenced for racism

The Northern Echo: CHOCOLATE THIEF: Ian Mulholland, 42, from Darlington stole chocolate to survive, court hears

2:59pm Friday 24th October 2014

A MAN who got drunk before racially abusing a pizza shop owner and smashing the takeaway counter is ashamed of his actions, a court heard.

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.

North Pennines AONB non-existent according to Google Maps

The Northern Echo: PICTURE PERFECT: Snow covers the dales near Killhope, in Weardale, in the North Pennines.

7:02pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

TOURISM bosses have been left stumped by Google after the country’s second largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty was left off their maps.

Flood defenceswill be improved this week

6:34pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

WORK will begin this week to improve Weardale’s flood defences.

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.

Sunderland fan's heartfelt plea to meet Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

The Northern Echo: SOCCER HERO: Fred Stewart from Crook who wants to meet his hero, Wenger, at the Sunderland v Arsenal match this weekend.      Picture: ANDY LAMB

5:42pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A MAN is making a heartfelt plea to make his dreams come true at a football match this Saturday (October 25).

Cash taken in petrol station robbery in Crook

The Northern Echo: Durham Police

1:09pm Monday 20th October 2014

THREE men made off with a significant amount of cash during a robbery at a petrol station.

Village pub brought back to life

The Northern Echo: OPEN FOR BUSINESS:  The Rookhope Inn in Rookhope, Co Durham has reopened after being closed for several months.  In front of the building are new owners Scott McDonald, Tina Hogarth and Kenny Bushnall.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

6:19pm Monday 20th October 2014

A VILLAGE pub has been brought back to life thanks to two new owners.

Trio run 21km extreme obstacle course for charity

The Northern Echo: EXTREME OBSTACLES: Nick Flynn (left) with friends, Stephen Cox (centre) and Mark Johnson (right) after finishing a 21km extreme obstacle course to raise money for charity.

11:24am Sunday 19th October 2014

THREE friends battled through a 21km obstacle course to raise more than £500 for charity.

New York opera singer to headline Tow Law

The Northern Echo: OPERA STAR: American opera singer Emily Cobley, who will sing at a First World War memorial concert in Tow Law, during rehearsals in St Joseph’s Church. Picture: TOM BANKS

7:39pm Friday 17th October 2014

A TOWN’S First World War memorial concert will be headlined by a New York Metropolitan Opera singer.

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.

Obstacle course set to challenge County

The Northern Echo: MUDDY GOOD FUN: Competitor Gavin Meisuria and oganisers Paula Carlington and Neil Davies, stand where a 10k obstacle course will be held in Stanhope Picture: TOM BANKS

5:41pm Thursday 16th October 2014

IT will be a case of 'mud, sweat and fears' when challengers take on what is believed to be the first 10km obstacle course in County Durham.

Community catches car thieves

The Northern Echo: Kieran Gough struggled with court guards after being jailed for watching dogs kill a fox

7:05am Thursday 16th October 2014

NEIGHBOURS and farm workers acted to stop two men stealing a farmer’s Land Rover, a court heard yesterday (Wednesday, October 15).

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.

Tow Law FC to host major pool competition

7:38pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

A MAJOR singles open pool tournament is to be held in County Durham next month - with a £600 first prize for the winner.

Crook curry house named best in the North-East for second year running

The Northern Echo: CURRY KINGS: The Indian Cottage in Crook has won Best Indian Takeaway in the North East for the second year running. Pictured are, Dabir Uddin, Naydon Uddin and Mohibur Rahman. Picture: TOM BANKS

7:27pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

A TOWN’S oldest curry house has been named the best Indian takeaway in the North-East for the second year running.

School postpones Ghanaian teacher visit after parents raise concerns over Ebola

The Northern Echo: EBOLA WORRY: Howden-le-Wear Primary school, County Durham. Picture: TOM BANKS

6:54pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

A SCHOOL has decided to postpone a visit from a Ghanaian teacher 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.

Parents fear teacher visit could bring Ebola to the UK

The Northern Echo: EBOLA WORRY: Howden-le-Wear Primary school, County Durham. Picture: TOM BANKS

6:50am Wednesday 15th October 2014

PARENTS are calling on a headmaster to cancel a visit from a Ghanaian teacher next week amid fears of spreading the Ebola virus.

Seven-year-old girl cuts off her hair to make a wig for young cancer sufferers

The Northern Echo: Molly Todd, 7, with 10 inches of hair she had cut off to donate to the Little Princess Trust Charity. Picture: TOM BANKS

6:11pm Monday 13th October 2014

A YOUNG girl who wanted to raise money for a cancer charity has had ten inches of her hair cut off to make a wig for people who have lost theirs due to cancer treatment.

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.

School cooks learn lessons aren't just for pupils

The Northern Echo: DINNER DIPLOMA: School cooks at Parkside Academy have gained their NVQ Diplomas in Kitchen Services. Pictured are Ann Longstaff, Diane Nesbitt, Barbara Ann Atkinson, Lyndsey Urwin, Janice Hamilton, Susan Whithead and Alyson Burnham. Picture: TOM BANKS

4:23pm Friday 10th October 2014

SEVEN school cooks have learnt lessons aren’t just for the pupils after passing a year-long diploma course.

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.

Homes plan for Grade II listed pub

5:56pm Thursday 9th October 2014

PLANS to turn a Grade II-listed village pub into three new homes have been given the go ahead.

Weardale writer's tale of a Chinese grandmother impresses short story judges

The Northern Echo:

6:06pm Wednesday 8th October 2014

A writer from Weardale has impressed judges at an inaugural short story competition with her tale of a Chinese grandmother who finds herself in a rural Durham community.

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).

Care home throw a party to mark 25th birthday

The Northern Echo: PARTY TIME: West Lodge Care home Peases Way Billy Row celebrates being open for 25 years with special party. Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

4:59pm Tuesday 7th October 2014

RESIDENTS and staff of a Wear Valley care home are having a party today (October 7) to celebrate the home’s 25th birthday.

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.

Crook publican teams up with Jobcentre Plus and local college to launch hospitality training academy

The Northern Echo: SERVING UP JOBS: Pictured (l to r) at the training academy are: The Fat Brewer Company’s digital media assistant Leroy Allen, of Willington; kitchen assistant, Richie Whittingham, of Frosterley; customer service assistants, Steve Jones, of Crook; Na

6:00pm Monday 6th October 2014

A NEW pub chain has set up a training academy to help unemployed people forge a career in the hospitality industry.

Generous fundraisers smash target

The Northern Echo: FAMILY APPEAL: Sarah Kellett with son Jayden

1:04pm Sunday 5th October 2014

A FAMILY who launched a cash crusade to buy specialist medical kit for their baby boy smashed the fundraising target within weeks.

Rainbow Ark Animal Sanctuary woman "backed by Simon Cowell" over fight to stop home repossession loses legal battle

The Northern Echo:

6:49am Friday 3rd October 2014

A WOMAN who claimed Simon Cowell backed her fight to stop the repossession of her animal sanctuary home has had her latest legal attack thrown out by a top judge.

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.

Hunwick children's home appeal dismissed

2:32pm Friday 3rd October 2014

CAMPAIGNERS who fought a proposal to open a children’s home in their village are again celebrating after an appeal against a council’s refusal of the plan was thrown out.

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.

Brides and grooms of yesteryear celebrated at church centenary exhibition

The Northern Echo: PATH REPAIRS: Parishioners Jim Bowen, Lillian Rutherford (r) and Anne Rutherford (l) outside St Thomas Heatherycleugh Church in Cowshill. Picture: DAVID WOOD

4:30pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

WEDDING photographs from the last 100 years will go on display of a village's parishoners past and present.

Winning story praised for 'perfect pitch'

The Northern Echo: WINNING WRITER: Christine Powell who won the Northern Echo short story competition pictured at the awards ceremony in Durham.                   Picture: ANDY LAMB (11024035)

1:40pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

A NORTH-EAST author has won a newly-launched short story competition with her tale of a Chinese grandmother who finds herself living in rural County Durham.

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.

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).

New restaurant proving a hit in Crook

The Northern Echo: NEW EATERY: Neil Flockett has returned to his roots to set up The Cornerhouse Picture: TOM BANKS

3:37pm Monday 29th September 2014

A CHEF has returned to his roots to open his first restaurant after learning his trade in London.



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