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Court hears boy describe machete and bat-wielding gang as 'bunch of cowards'

The Northern Echo: COURT DATE: Teesside Crown Court

6:04pm Thursday 30th October 2014

A YOUNG boy whose parents were attacked after a machete and bat-wielding gang burst into their home said those responsible were a "bunch of cowards”.

Council tax relief scheme extended

The Northern Echo: (10027074)

5:38pm Thursday 30th October 2014

A PIONEERING scheme to protect benefit payments is to be continued.

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.

Dozens enjoy region's first sports festival

The Northern Echo: SPORTS DAY: Youngsters take part in theDurham Street Games Door Step Club Festival at Spennymoor Leisure Centre. Picture: TOM BANKS (12061157)

1:21pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

A FESTIVAL of sport to encourage youngsters to be active has taken place in the region.

Man hacked with a machete jumped from bathroom window to escape attackers, court hears

The Northern Echo: COURT DATE: Teesside Crown Court

3:56pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

AN attack victim was hacked with a machete when a long-running family feud erupted into "devastating and savage" violence, a court was told yesterday.

Newton Aycliffe firm fined after worker suffers serious arm and facial burns

The Northern Echo: IN COURT: Ebac, of Ketton Way, Aycliffe Business Park, Newton Aycliffe, pleaded guilty to beaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 after a worker received serious burns.

5:44pm Monday 27th October 2014

A MANUFACTURING firm has been fined £7,500 after a worker was struck by a jet of hot molten plastic and suffered serious burns.

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.

Spennymoor couple sentenced for neglecting family dog

The Northern Echo: GETTING BETTER: Mitsy has responded well to treatment

6:04am Friday 24th October 2014

A COUPLE’s failure to seek treatment for their dog’s painful skin condition has been branded “disgusting and despicable” by a magistrate.

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.

Children help council brighten up community

The Northern Echo: BULB PLANTING: The Mayor of Chilton, Elizabeth Bruce, helps Chilton youngsters plant bulbs Picture: TOM BANKS

4:47pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

THOUSANDS of bulbs have been planted by a team of young volunteers who want to give their community a blast of colour.

Artistic war tribute

The Northern Echo: WINNERS PRESENTATION: Mayor Pauline Crathorne with Eddie Serrell, Gillian Barnes, Ella-May Connolly and Kasey Newton

1:55pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

ARTISTIC creations were exhibited at two events in Ferryhill to commemorate the centenary of the start of the First World War.

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.

Investigation into suspicious Spennymoor car fires continues

The Northern Echo: FIRE DAMAGE: The remains of the Citroen C3 that was set on fire in Whitworth Terrace in Spennymoor

4:36pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

TWO fires which destroyed cars parked in neighbouring streets on the same night are being treated as arson.

Spennymoor cyclist seriously injured in collision in Newton Aycliffe

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

4:20pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

POLICE are seeking witnesses to a collision in which left a cyclist with serious leg and back injuries.

Volunteers help tidy town centre

The Northern Echo: LITTER PICK: Volunteers Bethany Cunningham, 12, Ben Holliday, 14, and Shaun Williams, 12, take part in a litter pick in Spennymoor town centre. Picture: TOM BANKS

2:33pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

VOLUNTEERS joined forces to tidy up Spennymoor town centre last weekend.

Teenager stole his mother's car and crashed into four parked cars causing £10,000 damage

1:16pm Saturday 18th October 2014

A TEENAGER banned from driving stole his mother’s car after a night out and crashed it into four parked cars, a court heard.

Public to vote on grant recipients

The Northern Echo: PUBLIC SAY: Last year's Spennymoor AAP It's Up 2 U event

4:48pm Friday 17th October 2014

PEOPLE power will determine which projects in the Spennymoor area get a slice of a £40,000 grants pot.

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.

Spennymoor honours community champions

The Northern Echo: CIVIC PRAISE: Spennymoor Town Mayor Councillor Geoff O'Hehir presents town honour to Hugh Stephenson

3:47pm Thursday 16th October 2014

TWO men with community and charity at heart have been recognised by their town.

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.

Club heading to Canada

The Northern Echo: BOXING CLEVER: Spennymoor Boxing Academy are going to Canada. Picture: TOM BANKS

3:58pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

AN amateur boxing club is planning an overseas tour for members to broaden their horizons while representing their home town abroad.

Spennymoor couple's heartfelt fundraising campaign

The Northern Echo: FUN TIMES: The free family fun day will take place at Spennymoor Leisure Centre on Sunday, November 9, from 10am to 4pm

2:11pm Tuesday 14th October 2014

A COUPLE are organising a series of fundraising events for a charity close to their hearts.

Spennymoor and Tudhoe residents continue fight to save historic school building

The Northern Echo: SCHOOL CAMPAIGN: One of the protestors outside the former Tudhoe Grange Lower School. Picture: STUART BOULTON.

7:19pm Monday 13th October 2014

AS demolition day approaches, campaigners are calling for more time to save an Edwardian school building that starred in a popular television drama.

High value theft spree was carried out by man desperate to return to meet girlfriend in Australia

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

7:26am Monday 13th October 2014

LOVELORN Daniel Fawell went on a stealing spree to help fund a return trip to Australia to see his girlfriend.

Fishburn clay pigeon shoot raises thousands of pounds for Help for Heroes

The Northern Echo: ON TARGET: A clay pigeon shooting competition was held at West House Farm, near Fishburn to raise money for Help for Heroes. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

4:39pm Sunday 12th October 2014

FUNDRAISERS were bang on target in their quest to secure thousands of pounds for Help for Heroes today (Sunday, October 12).

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.

Projects and clubs share £15,000

The Northern Echo: CASH WINDFALL: The 4Together AAP has awarded grants to 18 groups

4:29pm Friday 10th October 2014

EIGHTEEN clubs and community projects in and around Ferryhill have shared a £15,000 grants pot.

Appeal after car fires

The Northern Echo: FIRE AFTERMATH: The Burned out surface of the road in Whitworth Terrace where one of the car fires took place, the parked Micra's rear melted with the heat. PICTURE: Keith Taylor

1:53pm Friday 10th October 2014

POLICE in Spennymoor are appealing for information after two cars parked on neighbouring streets were destroyed by fire on Monday, October 6.

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.

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).

School's heartache turns to joy

The Northern Echo: CAMERA STOLEN: Jessica Kelly and Aimee Smith, both nine, with footage taken before a wildlife camera was stolen from the garden at St Charles RC Primary School, Spennymoor.  Picture:SARA CALDECOTT

5:09pm Wednesday 8th October 2014

DEVASTATION felt by children when thieves targeted their school garden turned to joy after they received two donations.

Chilton postmistress passes the parcel after 41 years

The Northern Echo: NEW ERA: Chilton Post Office, (left) Margaret Blair, retiring postmistress of 41 years, at the reopening of the post office now with Susan Maughan at the helm. Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

4:30pm Wednesday 8th October 2014

A VILLAGE entered a new era this week when its postmistress of more than 40 years handed over the reins to her protégée.

Two cars destroyed by fire on the same night in Spennymoor

The Northern Echo: FIRE DAMAGED: The burnt-out Suzuki is loaded onto a recovery vehicle outside the house in Lilac Close Spennymoor: PICTURE: Keith Taylor

6:51pm Tuesday 7th October 2014

TWO cars parked on neighbouring streets were destroyed by fire on the same night, sparking fear and suspicion in the community.

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.

Road closed off in Spennymoor to deal with car fire

The Northern Echo:

9:48pm Monday 6th October 2014

A ROAD in Spennymoor was closed off tonight to allow emergency services to deal with a car fire.

Police officer avoids jail for assaulting his former girlfriend

The Northern Echo: MAN ARRESTED: Man arrested in connection with double assault in Hartlepool

8:02pm Monday 6th October 2014

A DISGRACED Cleveland Police officer has narrowly avoided being sent to prison for assaulting his on/off girlfriend.

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.

Spennymoor children join forces with police

The Northern Echo: JUNIOR CRIME FIGHTERS: Spennymoor AAP coordinator Michael Wilkes and Sandra Atkinson from livin with funds for the junior neighbourhood watch scheme at North Park Primary School, Spennymoor, with PCSOs Adam Grundy, Katie Staincliff and Harry Gott

5:06pm Friday 3rd October 2014

HUNDREDS of children will join forces with police to keep an eye on their community.

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.

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.

Spennymoor precinct on council agenda

The Northern Echo: NEEDS ATTENTION: Festival Walk in Spennymoor

5:39pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

A TOWN council is looking to bolster its influence over the future of a struggling shopping precinct.

Affordable homes site opened

The Northern Echo: NEW HOMES: Mayor of Chilton Councillor Elizabeth Bruce cuts the ribbon to open Chilton Gardens with Sophia Arain of Home Group (left) and councillors Christine Potts and Barry Jones

4:36pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

A TOWN mayor has officially opened a new housing development that aims to help house hunters find affordable homes.

Walking challenge for charity

The Northern Echo: MONEY RAISED:Students from Whitworth Park School,Spennymoor,  raised more than £600 forClic Sargent. Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

4:27pm Thursday 2nd October 2014

PUPILS put their best feet forward to promote the benefits of walking and raise money for a cause close to their hearts.

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).

Chilton dog owners take note of campaign to clean up village

The Northern Echo: BE RESPONSIBLE: Neighbourhood warden Liam Robinson with dog owner Alistair Griffin, Chilton Mayor Elizabeth Bruce and livin communities co-ordinator Alison Tate

5:11pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

RESIDENTS of Chilton have backed a campaign to promote responsible dog ownership.

Hairdressing family trace their roots in the trade back 300 years

The Northern Echo: HAIRDRESSING ANCESTRY:  Keeping it in the family…for three hundred years, back to front, Keith, Mark and Jemma Bailey

5:08pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

A FAMILY of hairdressers who have been tracing their roots have discovered they had ancestors in the trade more than 300-years-ago.



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