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Award-winning journalist and devoted family man dies at the age of 81

The Northern Echo: Brian Edwards, a former Echo journalist, has died aged 81

2:09pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A FORMER Northern Echo journalist who won a prestigious award for exposing abuse at a Sri Lankan psychiatric hospital has died at the age of 81.

'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.

Date set for Sedgefield school reunion

The Northern Echo: SCHOOL REUNION: Sedgefield Community College, formerly Sedgefield Comprehensive School

12:36pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A REUNION for past pupils of Sedgefield Comprehensive School, now Sedgefield Community College, will take place at the Crosshill Hotel on the town green from 8pm on Saturday, May 3. The free reunion is for pupils who joined the school in 1980. For more information contact Elizabeth Flanagan on 07733041074.

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.

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.

Cousin of swine flu victim who died after giving birth takes on fundraising challenge for premature baby ward

The Northern Echo: (L to R) Fiona Henderson, Melanie Hannant and Rachel Falconer are taking on the 10K Mad Monk Extreme Challenge. They are picture with Nikki’s son, Jake Grimes.

6:50am Monday 14th April 2014

THE COUSIN of a young mother who died of swine flu days after giving birth is taking on an extreme obstacle challenge to raise funds for the neonatal unit caring for her premature baby girl.

Prolific youth offender given an "absolute last chance"

The Northern Echo: Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court GV

4:27pm Monday 14th April 2014

A YOUTH with almost 30 offences to his name has been told he has one last chance before being sent into detention.

Panto time for Newton Aycliffe dancers

The Northern Echo: Darlington Civic Theatre

4:04pm Monday 14th April 2014

A GROUP of young dancers have been chosen to star in a UK production of Peter Pan when it takes to the stage at a North-East theatre this weekend.

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.

All welcome at Easter service

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

11:53am Saturday 12th April 2014

AN EASTER service will be held at Newbiggin Methodist Chapel at 8.30am on Sunday, April 20. All are welcome and are advised to park near the village hall.

Dogs and owners urged to "wag this way" for autism charity

The Northern Echo: The North-East Autism Centre in Newton Aycliffe

6:18pm Friday 11th April 2014

DOG owners are being encouraged to support a North-East autism charity by taking part in a sponsored walk.

Coxhoe delivery driver's £2,000 crime spree on company credit card

The Northern Echo: Ken Flint who was given a suspended jail term for a a £2,000 fraud

8:20pm Thursday 10th April 2014

A DELIVERY driver who used a company credit card to steal more than £2,000 from his employer claimed it was revenge for not being paid.

Dance academy hosts spring fun day

The Northern Echo: The fun day will raise funds for costumes for Aycliffe Dance Academy

4:21pm Thursday 10th April 2014

A SPRING fun day will raise funds for a children’s dance extravaganza.

Army reserve unit says farewell to commanding officer who led by example

The Northern Echo: Captain Philip Rolfe, the president of the South West Durham Reme Association, presents a plaque to Major Chris Prince who has stepped down as officer commander of 124 Recovery Company Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (Reme)

4:06pm Thursday 10th April 2014

THE leader of an Army reserve unit has moved to pastures new after five years at the helm.

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.

Badge presentation will honour veterans in Newton Aycliffe

12:45pm Thursday 10th April 2014

VETERAN badges will be presented to ex-servicemen and women at Neville Community Centre in Newton Aycliffe on Saturday, June 7, at a time to be confirmed. Anyone who served in the Army, Navy or Royal Airforce, including national service, can apply. To request an application form contact Peter Beaty on 01325-313924.

Twenty-four-turbine wind farm application revealed to the public

The Northern Echo: A wind turbine

4:00pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

A SCALED-DOWN version of a controversial 24-turbine wind farm application will be scrutinised by the public this month.

Finalists revealed in DIY SOS-style makeover competition

The Northern Echo: (L to R) JDP community engagement officer, Bryan Davies, site supervisor, Tony Herring, managing director, Chris Hyde, and trade shop manager

3:08pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

A CONSTRUCTION firm that launched a competition for community groups to win a DIY SOS-style makeover has chosen three finalists.

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.

Police trace man after brick thrown at car

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

5:35pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

A BRICK was thrown at the windscreen of a black Audi at the traffic lights opposite Tesco at Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, at around 9.30pm on Thursday, April 30.

Tabletop sale to raise funds for youth football in Newton Aycliffe

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

4:39pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

A TABLETOP sale will take place at Middridge Village Hall from noon to 3pm on Friday, April 18, to raise funds for Newton Aycliffe Under-14s Football Club. Entry is free.

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.

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).

Sixteen-year-old admits possessing 1,848 indecent images of children and 257 videos

The Northern Echo: Youth pleads guilty after more than 2,000 indecent images and videos found on computers

1:40pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

A TEENAGER was found with more than 1,848 indecent images and 257 videos of children stored on computers, a court heard.

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).

Success in fight against homelessness

The Northern Echo: Over 100 people are sleeping rough in Ludlow tomorrow in aid of homeless charities.

5:46pm Friday 4th April 2014

THE number of people sleeping rough on the streets of the North-East has fallen by more than two thirds in just one year.

Drink-driver caused and failed to stop at serious road accident, a court heard

The Northern Echo: The trial of Matthew Dale will be held at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court next February

4:36pm Friday 4th April 2014

A DRINK-DRIVER panicked and left the scene of a serious accident that hospitalised another motorist for more than a week, a court heard.

Clean-up operation for town's terraces

The Northern Echo: OPERATION AREA: Clyde Terrace and the adjacent terrace are being targeted by project to tackle environmental, housing and health problems

2:58pm Friday 4th April 2014

CENTRAL Spennymoor is being put under the spotlight in the latest of a series of clean-up operations to target rundown neighbourhoods.

Ferryhill father fined for mooning in front of women and children

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

6:09pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

A PRACTICAL joke backfired for a young father when women and children witnessed him “mooning” out of his window, a court heard.

Woman denies harassing the father of missing toddler Katrice Lee

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

5:10pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

A TRIAL date has been set for the woman charged with harassing the father of a toddler who disappeared more than 30 years ago.

Many employers failing to pay a 'living wage' - TUC

The Northern Echo: Beth Farhat has been appointed as the Northern TUC’s new regional secretary

4:42pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

THOUSANDS of workers in the North-East are in jobs paying less than the living wage, according to the TUC.

£500,000 Lottery grant to help County Durham remember First World War

The Northern Echo: Replica tank outside the Miners' Hall, Murton, 1918

12:04pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

A LOTTERY grant of nearly £500,000 will help the North-East mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Councillors back multi-million Houghall redevelopment

The Northern Echo: An artist's impression of the development

11:16am Thursday 3rd April 2014

THE MULTI-million pound redevelopment of a long-standing agricultural college has taken a major step forward, after councillors backed the plans.

Coroner raises concerns about gritting procedures after County Durham biker's death

The Northern Echo: Coroner Andrew Tweddle

3:58pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

A CORONER will raise concerns with police and council chiefs about road gritting procedures following the death of a biker on an icy road.

Motorist sentenced for dangerous overtaking manoeuvre on rural road

The Northern Echo: The trial of Matthew Dale will be held at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court next February

3:34pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

A MOTORIST who performed a dangerous overtaking manoeuvre that caused another driver to collide with a tree has been sentenced by magistrates.

Durham picks up Council of the Year award

The Northern Echo: Durham County Council's county planning committee will determine an application to build the waste transfer station near Bishop Middleham at County Hall next week

12:58pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

THE North-East’s biggest council has celebrated being named the best in the country, the day after it reached its fifth birthday.

Fore! Crematorium plan 'put mourners at risk of wayward golf balls'

The Northern Echo: CROY: Tee time for Mayor's charity drive

6:30am Wednesday 2nd April 2014

PLANS to build a £4m crematorium near a golf course have been hit into the rough, amid fears grieving mourners could be struck by wayward balls.

Young apprentice makes finals of national contest

The Northern Echo: Lauren Brown, of Reach Out Care Fostering Services in Newton Aycliffe, made it to the finals of a national apprenticeship competition

2:24pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

A NEWTON Aycliffe apprentice was among the finalists in a national business competition.

Man charged with possessing mephedrone with intent to supply

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

3:54pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

A MAN has appeared in court charged with possessing mephedrone with intent to supply.

Date set for Newton Aycliffe tabletop sale

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

1:55pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

THE Friends of Senior Citizens in Newton Aycliffe is holding a tabletop sale in the town centre from 9am to 4pm on Saturday, May 10. Tables are available for £5, with set up from 8am. To book, contact 01325-313924.

Police warn Ferryhill motorists after a spate of vehicle damage

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

1:30pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

VEHICLES DAMAGED: Motorists are being warned after several vehicles were damaged in Ferryhill. Wing mirrors, lights and windows have been smashed on parked cars. Ferryhill police is urging residents to report anyone acting suspiciously. A man has been arrested and charged with criminal damage and he will appear in court at a date to be set. A second man is on police bail until Saturday (April 5) while police enquiries continue. Anyone with details on the damage should contact Ferryhill neighbourhood policing team on 101 extension 661-4721 or Crimestoppers on 0800-555111.

New six-screen cinema for Bishop Auckland wins council backing

The Northern Echo: Durham County Council will send new concessionary bus passes to more than 10,000 residents this month

8:44pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

IT’S cameras roll for a new six-screen cinema for south Durham, after councillors overruled the fears of their planning officials to give the £50m venture the thumbs up.

Residents' anger after factory cuts back tree screen near Chilton homes

The Northern Echo: Chilton residents anger after factory cuts back trees

6:44pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

RESIDENTS are angry that trees which were planted to shield their homes from a factory have been cut back removing the barrier.

Who will be Durham's tourism superstar?

The Northern Echo: Councillor Neil Foster and Crook Hall and Gardens owner Keith Bell launch the award

6:00pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

A SEARCH has been launched to find County Durham’s tourism superstar.

Premises licence approved for Durham business

The Northern Echo: Service station plans to extend alcohol sales given county council backing

5:42pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

A PREMISES licence has been granted to a venue in Durham after talks were held over fears that loud music could be played at the business.

Drunk man assaults housing officer and policeman, a court heard

The Northern Echo: The trial of Matthew Dale will be held at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court next February

4:28pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

A TEENAGER who assaulted the manager of a supported housing complex and the police officer that came to arrest him appeared before magistrates today (Tuesday, April 1).



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