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Yob smashed disabled man's car window to steal £15

8:20pm Thursday 21st August 2014

A MAN smashed the back window of a disabled man’s car in order to steal £15 in loose change, a court heard today (Thursday, August 21).

Smoking ban for play areas considered

The Northern Echo: A man smoking

3:42pm Thursday 21st August 2014

PARENTS could be banned from smoking in play areas under a tobacco crackdown.

County Durham council tenants vote for homes transfer

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

3:52pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

THOUSANDS of tenants have voted for their homes to be transferred out of council ownership.

Flying car nearly struck passing family vehicle

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

12:39pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

A PASSING family vehicle was almost hit by a drink driver whose car hit a central reservation and flipped over as it careered up a road.

Fishing coaching for children on offer in Spennymoor

The Northern Echo: ANGLING EVENT: A free family fishing event will introduce young people to the sport in a safer setting

1:59pm Monday 18th August 2014

YOUNG people are being encouraged to take up fishing thanks to angling coaching on offer in Spennymoor this summer.

Lottery grant will help break cycle of abuse in Cornforth

The Northern Echo: The Cornforth Partnership Healthy Changes project will tackle issues such as drug and alcohol abuse and domestic violence.

1:57pm Monday 18th August 2014

A PROJECT to help tackle issues such as domestic violence and drug and alcohol abuse will receive a £233,000 Big Lottery grant.

Charge dropped against driver accused over multi-vehicle crash

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

6:02am Monday 18th August 2014

PROCEEDINGS have been dropped against a motorist previously accused of being responsible for a multi-vehicle collision.

Care home and houses plan on edge of village

4:06pm Thursday 14th August 2014

PLANS for a residential care home and self build houses on the edge of a village have received a mixed reaction from residents.

Brothers' charity tribute to mother

The Northern Echo: SPONSORED RUN: Brothers Keith and John Blowes will run the Great North Run for Butterwick Hospice Care

3:57pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

TWO brothers are preparing to tackle one of the world’s most popular half marathons in memory of their late mother.

Spennymoor cleaner in court over frenzied attack on woman in Durham nightclub

The Northern Echo: Steven John Hutchinson, 34, of Evenwood Gate, County Durham, was sentenced at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court

12:00pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

A WOMAN repeatedly punched a female reveller in the face during a frenzied and unprovoked nightclub assault, a court heard.

Memorial lecture in Spennymoor to Pitman Painter Norman Cornish

5:39pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

THE life and work of Pitman Painter Norman Cornish is to be celebrated in a memorial lecture.

Teenager from Spennymoor aims to win modelling contract in Miss Teen competition

2:33pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

A TEENAGE beauty queen hopes to win a modelling contract as she battles youngsters from across the country to be named Miss Teen 2014.

Council tenants urged to vote on transfer

The Northern Echo: CHANGES PROPOSED: Durham County Council

3:15pm Monday 11th August 2014

COUNCIL tenants are being urged to vote on plans to transfer their homes to a new landlord.

Grown-up children of 'diabetes doc' run in his memory

The Northern Echo: The late Dr Alan Sensier,  who was a well-known and popular GP in Spennymoor, County Durham, before his sudden death in 2011.

1:25pm Monday 11th August 2014

THE grown-up children of a popular North-East GP are tackling the Great North Run in his memory to raise money for his favourite cause, Diabetes UK.

Judge praises pub drinker for bravery in flat fire rescue

The Northern Echo: : Dundas Street in Spennymoor. Picture:; DAVID WOOD (9095049)

6:32am Saturday 9th August 2014

A MAN who abandoned his Sunday afternoon drink to rescue an alcoholic from a house fire is to be honoured for his bravery.

Residents in North-East consulted about broadband coverage

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

2:47pm Friday 8th August 2014

RESIDENTS in the North-East are being asked about broadband coverage.

Children discover angling at Weardale quarry

4:38pm Thursday 7th August 2014

YOUNGSTERS were given the chance to learn about angling with a day out a quarry.

Motorists caught speeding at over 46mph in 30mph zone to be sent warning letters by police

The Northern Echo: SPEED CHECK: PCSO Brian Nicholson, with volunteer Neil Pennington, check vehicle speeds in Kirk Merrington. Picture: KEITH TAYLOR

4:12pm Thursday 7th August 2014

MOTORISTS caught speeding at more than 46mph through a residential zone by police will be sent warning letters.

Nurse honoured during First World War is honoured in Spennymoor exhibition

The Northern Echo: WAR SERVICE: Nurse Kate Maxey, with a medical orderly, during the First World War

6:04am Monday 4th August 2014

THE story of a nurse who was awarded the Military Medal after she was badly wounded in a German bombing raid during the First World War is part of a new exhibition.

Journey from the coal face to acclaimed Pitman Painter

The Northern Echo: PITMAN PAINTER: Artist Norman Cornish in his Spennymoor studio

7:37pm Sunday 3rd August 2014

AS the eldest of nine children born in a North-East pit town, Norman Cornish used his experience of life in the coalfields to create the honest, characterful paintings that made his name.

Tributes pour in for Norman Cornish - the last of the Pitman Painters

The Northern Echo:

7:17pm Sunday 3rd August 2014

NORMAN Cornish, the Pitman Painter who in his own words was an artist who happened to be a miner, was tonight described as one of the greatest draughtsmen Britain has ever produced, following his death at the age of 94.

Youngsters on Spennymoor-based Duke of Edinburgh scheme win praise

The Northern Echo: AWARD SCHEME: Jon Crank, divisional manager at engineering firm NG Bailey, alongside student Declan Longstaff and learning support assistant Norman Lawrence

1:08pm Sunday 3rd August 2014

STUDENTS attended an awards ceremony to mark the completion of a construction careers scheme taken as part of a Duke of Edinburgh programme.

Celebrated County Durham artist Norman Cornish dies aged 94

The Northern Echo:

2:49pm Saturday 2nd August 2014

ONE of the region's most celebrated artists, Norman Cornish, has died at the age of 94.

Village remembers this weekend

The Northern Echo: : Sweetheart cushion on display at St Peter's Church in Byers Green. Picture: DAVID WOOD (8860523)

5:30pm Friday 1st August 2014

A VILLAGE will commemorate its First World War sacrifices with an exhibition and church service.

Village fun at weekend

5:12pm Friday 1st August 2014

VILLAGERS are invited to a community fun day in West Cornforth this weekend.

Jobseekers' prospects boosted after securing work placement with building firm

The Northern Echo: BUILDING SKILLS: Darren Edwards and Shaun Henderson boosted their job prospects with work placements

1:50pm Friday 1st August 2014

TWO jobseekers boosted their skills and job prospects after securing work placements with a building firm.

Council apology over Labour children's centres briefings

The Northern Echo: Rachael Shimmin, Durham County Council's corporate director of children and adults services

1:48pm Thursday 31st July 2014

COUNCIL chiefs have apologised after only Labour councillors were briefed on controversial plans to axe children’s centres before they were made public.

Grants up for grabs

3:48pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

PEOPLE power will again decide how a £40,000 grants pot is shared between community projects in and around Spennymoor.

Foodbank opens in church hall to help cash strapped Chilton residents

The Northern Echo: STOCKING UP: Volunteers Margaret Taylor, Mike Morrison and Brenda Johnson help to stock Chilton foodbank.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

3:26pm Monday 28th July 2014

A FOODBANK set up to help cash strapped residents has been praised for its efforts on the day that it opened.

Government plans to privatise Remploy criticised by Spennymoor union man

The Northern Echo: REMPLOY FEARS: Government plans to sell off Remploy to the private sector have been criticised

12:36pm Saturday 26th July 2014

A UNION official has spoken out about the planned privatisation of a workplace scheme for the disabled.

Golden couples in Ferryhill and Coundon celebrate 50-years of marriage

The Northern Echo: GOLDEN YEARS: Allan and Eileen Tate, from Ferryhill, celebrate fifty years of marriage. Picture: ANDY LAMB

4:23pm Friday 25th July 2014

CELEBRATING couples have made it a golden weekend in County Durham as they celebrate 50-years of marriage.

Talks agreed over future of children's centres

The Northern Echo: Liberal Democrat councillor Owen Temple (8575599)

2:53pm Thursday 24th July 2014

PLANS to slash a county’s children’s centres will be further debated next week (Thursday, July 31), amid allegations local councillors were not properly briefed on the shake-up.

T Rex let loose in school grounds

The Northern Echo: T-REX: Children at a summer school at Ferryhill Business and Enterprise College got a chance to meet Sophie a baby animatronic T-Rex dinosaur. Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

2:41pm Thursday 24th July 2014

YOUNGSTERS preparing for the move to big school came face to face with a much more daunting prospect this week - a lifelike dinosaur.

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.

Vision for political success outlined by new Spennymoor BNP leader

The Northern Echo: POLITICAL FORCE: Adam Walker, leader of the British National Party, has outlined his vision for the group.

1:45pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A NORTH-EAST activist who has taken over as leader of the British National Party says he aims to convert the group’s support in to electoral success.

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.

Landlords enjoy building up trade at at refurbished Kirk Merrington pub

The Northern Echo: PUB REOPENS: Steve Metcalfe and Lynda Harland outside The Fox and Hounds Inn.

5:59pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A LANDLORD is looking to build up trade in a village pub after it reopened following a nine-week, £200,000 refurbishment .

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.

Teacher's Windermere swim in memory of Ferryhill pupil

The Northern Echo: CHARITY SWIM: Teacher Paul Simpson who has completed the Great North Swim for charity.

12:24pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A TEACHER took on the Great North Swim to raise £750 for a teenage cancer charity in memory of a pupil who died of the illness.

Spennymoor BNP activist Adam Walker is party's acting chairman after Nick Griffin steps down

The Northern Echo:

5:49pm Monday 21st July 2014

A NORTH-EAST BNP activist has been appointed acting chairman of the party after Nick Griffin stepped down as leader.

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.

Man viewed indecent films and images of children after accessing hidden "dark net"

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

6:03am Monday 21st July 2014

A MAN viewed indecent films featuring children after installing software on his home computer to enable him to access the “dark net”, a court was told.

Baby cafes praised

5:49pm Sunday 20th July 2014

TWO leisure centres have been commended by the NHS for their support for breastfeeding mothers.

BOWLERS in Shildon seek funding to build a new clubhouse

The Northern Echo: NEW CLUBHOUSE: Shildon Town Bowling Club's run down clubhouse.

6:25pm Friday 18th July 2014

BOWLERS whose 107-year-old clubhouse is in a state of disrepair are urgently seeking funds to construct a new one.

Month-long delay in sentencing motorway road bridge missile thrower

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

4:45pm Friday 18th July 2014

SENTENCE on a youth who threw a concrete slab from a road bridge over the A1(M), smashing the cab window of a passing lorry, will take place next month.

Woman banned for drink driving after row with partner

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

4:31pm Friday 18th July 2014

A MOTORIST has been banned from driving for three years after police found her more than three times the legal limit in her car.

Tribute to Teesdale and Weardale rescue team legend

The Northern Echo: LASTING LEGACY: Chris and Kathleen Scott at naming of The Chris Scott Search and Mountain Rescue Centre

6:02am Friday 18th July 2014

TRIBUTES have been paid to a founder member of a search and rescue team who fought the illness which eventually claimed his life with the same tenacity he put into his voluntary work.

Pupils get behind the lens

The Northern Echo: PHOTO CONTEST: Artist Ken Lockwood judges a photography competition at The Meadows School, Spennymoor. Picture: TOM BANKS

5:27pm Thursday 17th July 2014

PUPILS got to explore their artistic side on a project that aimed to put them in touch with each other and their surroundings.

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.



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