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Man carried out drunken attack on sleeping friend

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

5:02pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A MAN carried out an apparently motiveless attack on a long-term friend which began as he lay asleep following a lengthy drinking session.

Lib Dem bid to force Living Wage fails

The Northern Echo: Councillor Mark Wilkes outside the Mercia Retail Park in Durham. (8548193)

4:39pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

AN attempt to force the North-East’s biggest council to pay the Living Wage by next spring has failed.

Date set for Woodham Golf Club re-launch

The Northern Echo: GOLF REOPENING: Head green keeper, Mark Hodgson, and golf professional, Ernie Wilson, at Woodham Golf Club. Picture: STUART BOULTON

2:25pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A DATE has been set for the re-launch of popular golf club that closed last year due to financial problems.

Craft and horticulture competition entries sought for Great Aycliffe Show

The Northern Echo: THE SHOW MUST GO ON: A stunt rider from the Bolddog Lings daredevil motorbike team soars across a grey sky at Great Aycliffe Show last year

12:30pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

CRAFT and horticulture enthusiasts are being urged to showcase their creations at a popular summer show.

Councillors reject plans to build 44 homes on outskirts of Shotton Colliery

The Northern Echo: County Hall, Durham, home of Durham County Council (6122845)

12:13pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

COUNCILLORS have thrown out plans to build 44 homes on farmland on the outskirts of a village.

Planners spurn £17m student digs scheme for former mental hospital

The Northern Echo: An artist's impression of the redeveloped former County Hospital (8480284)

2:23pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

RESIDENTS furious at the “studentification” of their city could be on the brink of a major success, after planners came out against multi-million pound plans to turn a former hospital into digs.

£840,000 funding to improve routes for walkers, cyclists and bus users

The Northern Echo: GREEN TRANSPORT: Cycle paths will be improved across south Durham

1:11pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A TRANSPORT project that helps jobseekers, reduces congestion and protects the environment is expanding thanks to £840,000 in funding.

History society all set to commemorate First World War centenary in Aycliffe Village

The Northern Echo: Aycliffe Village Local History Society is staging a series of event to commemorate the centenary of the First World War . From left, Harry Mosses, Audrey Moses, David Lewis, Elizabeth Lewis, Vivien Ellis, David Baker and Denis Dryden.

6:00pm Monday 21st July 2014

A HISTORY society will lead a series of commemorative events to mark the centenary of the First World War following a £10,000 research project.

Residents to challenge council decision allowing Wheatley Hill Service Station to keep widened back entrance

The Northern Echo: Margaret Hedley at back entrance to Wheatley Hill Service Station. Picture: GAVIN ENGELBRECHT (8435276)

3:51pm Monday 21st July 2014

RESIDENTS are challenging a council decision to allow a filling station to keep a widened rear exit - which they say directs traffic from a busy bypass along their once-quiet street.

Newton Aycliffe engineer home after Dubai flight arrest

The Northern Echo: HIS SIDE OF THE STORY: Terry Harrison of Newton Aycliffe spent three months in a Dubai jail after an incident on a flight  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

6:03am Monday 21st July 2014

AN engineer jailed in Dubai after breaching Islamic laws on alcohol says the nightmare is still not behind him even though he is back at his North-East home.

Two in court over taxi incident

3:51pm Friday 18th July 2014

TWO men appeared at Peterlee Magistrates' Court today (Friday July 18) a following an incident involving a taxi that occurred in County Durham in the early hours of Thursday morning (July 17).

Arrests after three-hour hijacking ordeal for taxi driver

The Northern Echo: : Some of the damaged cars on Mellanby Cresent in Newton Aycliffe following the incident. Picture: DAVID WOOD (8359310)

6:03am Friday 18th July 2014

TWO men have been arrested over allegations that a taxi driver was held against his will and forced to drive around County Durham.

Newton Aycliffe dancer seeks sponsors to help make her dreams come true

The Northern Echo: DANCING QUEEN: 15 year old Emily Atkinson of Newton Aycliffe with some of her ballroom and latin dance trophies. Picture: STUART BOULTON. (8211276)

3:25pm Thursday 17th July 2014

A YOUNG dancer who has been winning national competitions since she was a toddler is seeking sponsorship to help take her dancing to the next level.

Consultation on dog beach ban

The Northern Echo: CHANGES PROPOSED: Durham County Council

5:58pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

DOGS could be banned from the beach of a former pit town.

Approval for consultation on shake-up of Children's Centres

The Northern Echo: Granted application (8248423)

5:12pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

A COUNCIL is to start consulting on a shake-up that could see two thirds of its Children’s Centres close.

Leading councillor urges tenants to vote

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

4:18pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

TENANTS are being urged to use their vote in a ballot on the ownership of their homes.

Newton Aycliffe Football Club to support cancer support group at memorial match

The Northern Echo: CHARITY MATCH: Newton Aycliffe football club is holding a charity match next weekend to raise funds for Great Aycliffe Cancer Support Group and Macmillan Cancer Care. Pictured are Michelle Muir, of Macmillan Cancer Care, Allison White, of Great Aycliffe C

4:18pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

A FOOTBALL match to honour the memory of a loyal supporter who died of cancer will raise funds for a support group, dedicated to ensuring no-one faces the disease alone.

Decision to be made on First World War memorials

The Northern Echo: Durham County Council's planning committee approved the  barn plan in Oakenshaw

6:26pm Monday 14th July 2014

RESIDENTS could be given the chance to decide where paving stones remembering County Durham’s Victoria Cross heroes are located.

Homes transfer ballot decision

The Northern Echo: CHANGES PROPOSED: Durham County Council

6:24pm Monday 14th July 2014

THOUSANDS of council tenants could be balloted on the future ownership of their homes.

Tearaway banned from part of his home town

The Northern Echo: Teesside Crown Court

8:47pm Sunday 13th July 2014

A YOUNG tearaway has been barred from part of his home town after being involved in a catalogue of trouble.

Newton Aycliffe Football Club launches stadium naming rights competition

The Northern Echo: SUPPORTIVE TEAM: Newton Aycliffe Football Club general manager, Dan Lewis, chairman, Allan Oliver, president and Sedgefield MP, Phil Wilson, SCH Site Services managing director, Gary Finley, and Finley Structures boss, John Finley.

1:56pm Sunday 13th July 2014

A FOOTBALL club is offering businesses an opportunity to put their name on its stadium.

Rave reviews for Aycliffe Dance Academy's summer show

The Northern Echo: DANCE EXTRAVAGANZA: Members of the Aycliffe Dance Academy take part in a summer show at the Xcel Centre, Newton Aycliffe.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

1:52pm Sunday 13th July 2014

WORLD peace and the importance of family life were the inspiration behind a spectacular dance show.

Developer applies to build 80 new homes in Newton Aycliffe

The Northern Echo: Plans have been submitted for an 80-home development near Travellers Green in Newton Aycliffe

4:02pm Friday 11th July 2014

PLANS have been submitted for 80 new homes on a disused garden nursery in Newton Aycliffe.

Inspector appointed to lead hearing into County Durham Plan

The Northern Echo: PLAN APPROVED: Durham County Council has approved bungalow plan

4:00pm Friday 11th July 2014

DETAILS have been announced for the public examination of a plan which will guide economic development in County Durham for the next 15 years.

Schools close as thousands of teachers and public servants strike

The Northern Echo: UNION STRIKES: Unions members in Darlington gather before travelling to take part in a rally and march in Newcastle. Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT.

4:37pm Thursday 10th July 2014

STRIKE action by thousands of public sector workers in the region forced schools to close, shut council services and disrupted work by government departments.

Great Aycliffe Show to be replaced with ten day festival

The Northern Echo: THE SHOW MUST GO ON: A stunt rider from the Bolddog Lings daredevil motorbike team soars across a grey sky at Great Aycliffe Show last year

5:14pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

AN annual town show will be transformed into a ten-day festival, bringing together schools and community groups of all ages.

Under-performing children's centres face uncertain future under £1m cuts plan

The Northern Echo: CHANGES PROPOSED: Durham County Council

4:37pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

NEARLY two-thirds of a county’s children’s centres face an uncertain future, after council chiefs admitted they had not produced the hoped-for impact for the poorest children.

Council urged to pledge £500k for Lumiere return

The Northern Echo: Solar Equation at Lumiere 2013 (7991251)

6:57am Wednesday 9th July 2014

COUNCILLORS are being asked to pledge more than £500,000 of taxpayers’ money to ensure a spectacular light festival returns to the North-East next year.

Speaker intervenes in row over MP's visit to Hitachi site

The Northern Echo:

6:35am Wednesday 9th July 2014

A NORTH-East MP was slapped down by the Commons Speaker in an extraordinary row about how long he visited a neighbouring constituency.

Voters should be allowed to judge if council hall tax increases are justified

The Northern Echo: PLANNING MATTERS: Darlington town hall, where council planning officers have agreed an extension to the Neasham Road gypsy site

12:00am Wednesday 9th July 2014

TOWN halls should be free to push through any council tax increase, MPs say – and be judged by voters on “election day”.

Carnival flash mob promotes music and arts carnival in Newton Aycliffe

The Northern Echo: LET'S DANCE: Young musicians and dancers promote 'Cutting Loose' in Newton Aycliffe town centre. Picture: STUART BOULTON

3:55pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

A CARNIVAL flash mob took to the streets to promote a performing arts and brass music festival with a fairytale twist.

Dancers come together for annual showcase

The Northern Echo: DANCING TOGETHER: Members of Aycliffe Dance Academy will perform at the Xcel Centre in Newton Aycliffe this weekend

1:17pm Tuesday 8th July 2014

DOZENS of dancers, from youngsters to experienced adults, will take to the stage this weekend.

Crackdown on blue badge misuse across county

12:25pm Sunday 6th July 2014

A CRACKDOWN begins tomorrow (Monday July 7) over the misuse of parking badges.

Newton Aycliffe man who abused people watching him get arrested appears in court

The Northern Echo: Bradley Valks appeared at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court

1:34pm Saturday 5th July 2014

A MAN who shouted abuse at passersby who were watching him as he was arrested has appeared in court.

New heights

The Northern Echo: CLIMBING SUCCESS: Esme Harte has not let amputation stop her climbing

6:35am Saturday 5th July 2014

FOUR years after a young woman lost a leg in a lifesaving operation she is scaling new heights by climbing for her country.

New heights

The Northern Echo: CLIMBING SUCCESS: Esme Harte has not let amputation stop her climbing

6:32am Saturday 5th July 2014

FOUR years after a young woman lost a leg in a lifesaving operation she is scaling new heights by climbing for her country.

Clampdown over misuse of blue badges

The Northern Echo: Durham County Council's planning committee approved the  barn plan in Oakenshaw

5:58pm Friday 4th July 2014

TRAFFIC wardens will be cracking down on motorists who misuse disabled parking badges.

School fears over village housing bid

The Northern Echo: PLAN APPROVED: Durham County Council has approved bungalow plan

12:49pm Friday 4th July 2014

COUNCILLORS will decide next week on an application to build housing on farmland on the edge of a village.

Green light for Lumiere return, as Arts Council pledges £1.2m

The Northern Echo: Solar Equation, Lumiere 2013

6:02am Thursday 3rd July 2014

MORE than £1m in Arts Council funding has been promised to bring a spectacular light festival back to the North-East twice over the next three years.

Jobs fair after dairy closure

The Northern Echo: JOB LOSSES: Rock Farm Dairy in Wheatley Hill. Picture: DAVID WOOD (7109211)

5:05pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014

A JOBS fair has been organised following the loss of a community’s biggest employer.

Disruption expected due to road repairs

5:47pm Tuesday 1st July 2014

RESURFACING work is set to take place along a stretch of a busy North-East road.

Police conference raises money for children with Down's Syndrome

The Northern Echo: POLICE FUNDRAISING: Chief Officer of Durham Specials, Mike Cleasby presents the  Education Centre for Children with Down Syndrome at cheque for over £1600, money raised by special constables from across the UK. Pictured with Mike are; Alexandra Goli

6:36pm Sunday 29th June 2014

A POLICE conference raised £1,600 to swell the coffers of a charity helping children with Down’s Syndrome.

Volunteer helps to promote residents' welfare advice service with Sedgefield MP

The Northern Echo: WELFARE CHAMPION: Welfare Champion Daniel Robertson with Phil Wilson MP.

6:15pm Friday 27th June 2014

A WELFARE champion spent several hours with a North-East MP to help address people’s concerns on Government reforms.

Newton Aycliffe man found not guilty of child sex charges

The Northern Echo: Teesside Crown Court

5:40pm Friday 27th June 2014

A MAN accused of sexually assaulting children has been cleared by a jury.

Campaigners cut first sod in creation of Newton Aycliffe multi-purpose sports facility

The Northern Echo: SOD CUTTING: Councillor Brian Hall and Philip Clark, chairman of the Horndale Residents Association, during the sod-cutting to mark the start of work on £40,000 multi-purpose sports pitch.

6:10pm Thursday 26th June 2014

WORK has started on a £40,000 multi-purpose sports facility which it is hoped will help to curb anti-social behaviour amongst youngsters in Newton Aycliffe.

TV success for talented fashion designer

The Northern Echo: BEACH DELIGHTS: Cherry Cumberland has launched her own fashion label and her beachwear has already been worn by TV stars. Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

5:50pm Thursday 26th June 2014

A TALENTED fashion designer has had her work featured on a popular reality TV programme less than four weeks after launching her own business.

Police appeal for witness after diesel theft from Newton Aycliffe wagons

The Northern Echo: Motorist banned for two years for drink driving

5:45pm Tuesday 24th June 2014

POLICE are appealing for witnesses after thieves stole diesel from wagons parked at a factory site.

Revealed: The hardly-used electric car charging points costing taxpayers up to £4,000

The Northern Echo: PARK AND RIDE: General view of Sniperley Park and Ride site in Durham. Picture: DAVID WOOD (7340981)

9:02am Tuesday 24th June 2014

SOME electric car charging points in the North-East have been used so little each re-charge has cost the taxpayer up to £4,000, The Northern Echo can reveal.

Honeymoon go-ahead for couple caught up in passport crisis

The Northern Echo: HUGE RELIEF: Daniel and Jessica Riley celebrate with their passports PICTURE: STUART BOULTON

6:04am Monday 23rd June 2014

A NEWLY-MARRIED couple are looking forward to going on their honeymoon after a long-awaited passport finally arrived.

New footpath to link railway past and future

The Northern Echo: NEW PATH: Representatives from Network Rail, Sustrans and Durham County Council at the site of a new public path to link Shildon and Newton Aycliffe which follows the route of the 1825 Stockton and Darlington Railway. Picture: TOM BANKS (7371741)

10:02am Sunday 22nd June 2014

A NEW footpath will trace the route of a historic railway line before linking with the site of a multi-million pound train manufacturing plant.



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