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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.

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.

North Pennines AONB launches summer walks in Weardale

The Northern Echo: Walkers in Weardale

2:37pm Thursday 24th April 2014

A SUMMER of walks will launch this weekend with a ramble around one of County Durham’s hidden gems.

Cowshill to host tea dance

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

2:48pm Thursday 24th April 2014

South Durham event

Families offered advice on universal credit changes in Willington

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

2:24pm Thursday 24th April 2014

South Durham events

Cup final winning goalkeeping hero from Willington seeks former Second World War Army pals

The Northern Echo: Cup final winning hero Jack Snowdon is seeking his former Army friends

3:15pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A CUP final winning goalkeeper who won accolades for his Wembley performance is seeking out old friends he fought with during the Second World War.

Killed workers to be remembered in Stanley service

The Northern Echo: Linda Whelan leads a previous march

6:00am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

FAMILIES of workers killed on the job will hold a parade and service in a County Durham village next week in memory of their loved ones.

Man and friend stripped boiler and pipes from Willington house when moving out

The Northern Echo: Lee David Sams, of Farncombe Terrace, Evenwood, pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court

4:07pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A TENANT and his friend caused more than £3,400 worth of damage when they stripped the metal fittings - including the boiler - from his home while he was moving out.

Roddymoor allotments grow success out of disappointment

The Northern Echo: Roddymoor allotments committee member Ron Grogan and secretary Colin Hemingway enjoy the fruits of their labour

3:21pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

VILLAGERS who turned their dilapidated allotments into a thriving success said their triumph grew out of their biggest disappointment.

Andrew Christer to play Bishop Auckland Methodist Church organ

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

5:23pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

South Durham events

Willington councillor to hold surgeries

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

5:19pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

South Durham event

Youngsters can get messy at Willington church

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

3:40pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

South Durham events

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.

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.

Plans for Wolsingham school rebuild formally submitted in 400th year

The Northern Echo: An artist's impression of the new look school submitted to Durham County Council

4:38pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A SCHOOL celebrating its 400th anniversary this year has formally submitted plans for a major rebuild.

£800 funding for indoor cricket league

The Northern Echo: Spec-tacular anniversary

3:28pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A CRICKET league has received an £800 boost thanks to a national company keen to support projects close to home.

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.

History group to hear story of famous County Durham son's exploits in America

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

1:21pm Monday 21st April 2014

HISTORY TALK: Crook Local History Society is to hear a talk by George Dixon on his ancestor Jeremiah Dixon of the Mason-Dixon Line fame. The talk is tomorrow (Tuesday, April 22) at 7.30pm. Entry is free to society members and £3 to visitors.

Friends and driver helped teenager at roadside

The Northern Echo: ACCIDENT SCENE: Emergency crews attend to a 14-year-old girl who was struck by a car

11:50am Sunday 20th April 2014

FRIENDS of a girl who suffered a serious head injury when she was hit by a van were among those that helped look after her until emergency crews arrived at the scene.

Teenager hit by car now in a stable condition

The Northern Echo: The Great North Air Ambulance Service attended the accident on the A167 at Newton Aycliffe, County Durham

11:58am Saturday 19th April 2014

A TEENAGE girl who was seriously injured when she was knocked over by a car has improved and is now in a stable condition.

Willington baker Cassie rises to the top with bodybuilding success

The Northern Echo: Cassie Miller, who finished second in the Ardler Classic

11:40am Friday 18th April 2014

A BAKER has quickly risen in her new quest to become an elite bodybuilder after being challenged by her fiancée.

£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.

Easter Monday car boot sale at St John's Chapel

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

11:42am Friday 18th April 2014

A car boot sale will be held on Easter Monday at St John's Chapel Recreation Ground.

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.

Silk postcards from the trenches take pride of place in reopening Weardale Museum

The Northern Echo: David Heatherington with some of the postcards

6:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

A RARE collection of cards sent from the trenches will go on display at a County Durham museum on Good Friday (April 18). Duncan Leatherdale got a sneak peak at the silk postcards.

Fire crews called to blazes across County Durham

The Northern Echo: County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service

9:38pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

FIRE fighters across County Durham have been called to a series of blazes tonight, including incidents in Darlington, Willington, Peterlee, Horden and Newton Aycliffe.

'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.

Willington mother sheds stones for Surf Shack

The Northern Echo: Seven-year-old Bailey Metcalf gives Brian Myers a soaking

3:54pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A MOTHER has shed more than two stone to raise funds for a new youth internet cafe.

Community events in Crook

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

3:52pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

THE North-East Theatre Organ Association, in High Street, Howden-le-Wear, is holding a concert and cream tea on Sunday, April 27, at 2.30pm.

Stanhope gardener died from nut allergy after eating curry

The Northern Echo: Derek Stephenson

6:00am Tuesday 15th April 2014

THE mother of a landscape gardener with a nut allergy who died after eating a curry from an Indian takeaway is urging other sufferers to be aware of what they eat.

Chatterbox cafe in St John's Chapel launches bike hire scheme

The Northern Echo: Cameron Gordon launches Chatterbox Cafe's bike hire scheme

3:32pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

A WEARDALE cafe is launching a new cycle hire scheme to help more visitors appreciate the area on two wheels.

Willington food bank to open two days a week

The Northern Echo: Some of the team from the foodbank, Olwyn Gunn, WCA director Brian Myers, volunteers Halina Holman and Rosalind Glasper. Picture by Tom Banks

3:15pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

A FOOD bank will be opening for a second day each week due to a rise in demand.

Wolsingham bridge fully repaired after last year's flooding

The Northern Echo: The repaired bridge

5:41pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

A BRIDGE has been repaired and restored almost a year after it was damaged by flooding.

Nominations sought for North Pennines AONB's second Pendlebury Award

The Northern Echo: Dr Margaret Bradshaw receives the Pendlebury Award last year from Bob Pendlebury's grandson Ross and partnership chairman Eddie Tomlinson

5:16pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

A HUNT is underway to find the next recipient of a countryside conservation award in memory of a former rambler.

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.

Killhope B&B owners campaign for C2C to cover more of Weardale

The Northern Echo: Phil and Claire Chatfield with their Elliptigo bike overlooking Killhope

4:24pm Monday 14th April 2014

A COUPLE are campaigning to get the Coast to Coast (C2C) cycle route to pass through more of Weardale.

Mothers' Union branch celebrates 100 years of friendship and fundraising

The Northern Echo: Members of Crook Mothers' Union celebrate the branch's 100th anniversary with the Reverend Vince Fenton (L) and the Venerable Nick Barker, Archdeacon of Auckland (R)

3:30pm Sunday 13th April 2014

A CENTURY of friendship, sisterly support and tireless fundraising was celebrated in Crook yesterday (Saturday, April 12).

Killhope to reopen on Easter weekend

The Northern Echo: HERITAGE: The mighty waterwheel dominates the scene at Killhope Lead Mining Museum in the North Pennines

6:04pm Friday 11th April 2014

A COUNTY Durham mining museum will reopen to the public on Good Friday (April 18).

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

Weardale Museum to open for Easter

The Northern Echo: ATMOSPHERIC: Weardale Museum curator David Heatherington checks exhibits. Visitor numbers have fallen this year

6:17pm Friday 11th April 2014

South Durham events

Woman freed after getting trapped in baby gate after stair fall

The Northern Echo: County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service

4:33pm Thursday 10th April 2014

FIREFIGHTERS had to free a woman after she fell down the stairs and trapped her foot in a baby gate.

Knitted Last Supper unveiled at Crook cafe

The Northern Echo: Wendy Darby and Maureen Aspey with the knitted Last Supper

10:38am Thursday 10th April 2014

A KNITTED depiction of the Last Supper has gone on display in a Crook café.

Sunnybrow pupils raise hundreds for Syrian relief

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

11:04am Thursday 10th April 2014

FUNDRAISING PUPILS: Pupils in Sunnybrow Primary School’s class four raised £325 for the Syrian Relief Appeal with a school fair on Tuesday, April 1.

New parking zones coming to Crook but marketplace cars need addressing

The Northern Echo: Durham County Council has issued a warning over a new telephone scam

3:20pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

NEW parking bays in Crook should benefit the town, but potential problems caused by council staff leaving cars in the marketplace all day need addressing, councillors have claimed.

Football photo prompts history investigation

The Northern Echo: Mount Pleasant Primitive Methodist Chapel Amateur Football Team 1921/1922

11:15am Wednesday 9th April 2014

A HISTORIAN is on a quest to discover more about a football team from the 1920s.

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.



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