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£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.

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.

Couple who met through babysitting celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary in Ferryhill

The Northern Echo: Ken and Sylvia Spencer celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary

4:28pm Thursday 17th April 2014

A DIAMOND couple who met through babysitting are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary.

Parishioners begging vicars for food - Bishop of Durham

The Northern Echo: Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham

12:10am Thursday 17th April 2014

CHURCH vicars are increasingly being asked for help by hungry parishioners, the Bishop of Durham has claimed.

Army unit given freedom of Spennymoor celebrates for possibly last time with town's council

The Northern Echo: Councillor Jeff Daley, mayor of Spennymoor, is greeted by major Andy Sutherland watched by rifleman Steve Elliott, bugle major Garry Suggett, lieutenant Rishi Ahluwalia and mayor’s consort Maureen Hirst.

5:39pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A TERRITORIAL Army unit that has the freedom of Spennymoor has strengthened its links with the town for possibly the last time.

Council agrees closure of five care homes

The Northern Echo: CLOSURE VOTE: A previous protest to save Newtown House care home in Stanhope

12:07pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

FIVE council-run care homes will close after councillors heard it is too expensive to keep them going.

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.

'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.

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.

Police shut down 'crack house'

The Northern Echo: CLOSURE ORDER: A 'crack house' in Baff Street, Spennymoor, was closed by court order

5:08pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A DRUG den has been shut down by police after neighbours complained they were being plagued by anti social behaviour stemming from the property.

Man arrested after police raid uncovers 102 cannabis plants in Shildon house

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

4:14pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A MAN has been arrested after a police drugs raid uncovered 102 cannabis plants in a County Durham house.

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.

New banner to commemorate past and inspire future campaigners

The Northern Echo: The dispute that tore the country apart - the Miners Strike

6:00am Saturday 12th April 2014

THE enduring community spirit of the miners’ strike will inspire future campaigners three decades on when it is encapsulated on a new banner.

Ferryhill police and wildlife volunteers tackling rural crime

The Northern Echo: FENCE DOWN: Countryside Ranger John Olley and PCSO Mary Hobson with fencing that has been vandalised at Ferryhill Carrs Nature Reserve

5:10pm Friday 11th April 2014

A TOWN police team is winning the fight against countryside crime in its outlying areas but insists the battle goes on.

Volunteers help to prepare Tudhoe Cricket Club for the coming season with a spring clean

The Northern Echo: Volunteers prepare a cricket club for the new season

12:08pm Friday 11th April 2014

VOLUNTEERS helped to prepare an amateur cricket club for the coming season with a spring clean of its facilities.

History society seeks help in researching First World War Spennymoor exhibition

The Northern Echo: History group seeks help researching First World War display

5:57pm Friday 11th April 2014

HISTORIANS marking the 100th anniversary of the First World War are seeking photos and memories of Spennymoor during the hostilities.

Show hens snatched from allotment

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12:40pm Thursday 10th April 2014

A BIRD collector who shows across the North has had eight of his hens stolen from a Ferryhill allotment.

Charity supporting people with learning disabilities across North Durham gets three years of funding

The Northern Echo: PRIZE PACK: Sheila Harris with some of the prizes on offer at the charity night

11:55am Thursday 10th April 2014

A CHARITY that supports people with learning disabilities is celebrating a lottery windfall that will secure the future of its service in north Durham.

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.

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).

Charity fundraisers backing Marie Curie in Spennymoor seek volunteers

The Northern Echo: Marie Curie Cancer Care group seeks volunteers in Spennymoor

3:13pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

CHARITY fundraisers who have formed a group to help Marie Curie Cancer Care in Spennymoor are seeking volunteers to bolster the team.

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.

Police warning over wallets stolen in Spennymoor break-ins

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

2:03pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

RESIDENTS are being warned to lock doors and windows after thieves stole wallets from two homes during sneak break-ins.

Former TV technician to exhibit County Durham inspired artwork in Spennymoor

4:59pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

A FORMER Granada TV technician whose art work has been on display round the world is to hold an exhibition in Spennymoor.

Police appeal after thieves steal car registration plates in Shildon

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

12:49pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

WITNESS APPEAL: Police are appealing for help after thieves stole three registration plates from cars in Shildon. The thefts took place overnight between Friday, April 4, and Saturday, April 5, on St John’s Road and Hackworth Close. Anyone with details on the thefts should contact Shildon police on 101.

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).

Teenage fighter scoops top accolade as Ferryhill boxing academy hosts first showcase

The Northern Echo: Charlie Eddy, of Seconds Out Boxing Academy, takes on Dylan Skedd, from the Gus Robinson Amateur Boxing Club.

5:09pm Sunday 6th April 2014

A TEENAGE fighter has won an inaugural belt named in honour of the Scots Guards which was presented by a boxing club seeking to help youngsters suspended from school.

Ferryhill cancer sufferer left sickened after thieves strike twice to steal his beloved budgies

The Northern Echo: Jack Whitehead who has had his budgies stolen

1:25pm Sunday 6th April 2014

A LIFE-LONG budgie fancier with severe cancer has been left heartbroken after thieves stole 30 of his birds during raids on his aviary.

Amateur dramatics group set to serve up laughs with its latest Spennymoor show

The Northern Echo: Members of Spennymoor Stage and Song will perform The Pirates of Penzance

1:33pm Saturday 5th April 2014

A MUSIC and drama society promises to deliver a barrel of laughs with its next show.

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.

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.

School life is like a butterfly

The Northern Echo: CREATIVE CELEBRATION: Finlay Young, four, Sam Barrett, 11, and Ellie Harrison, eight, create artwork for Kirk Merrington Primary School's first anniversary

2:44pm Friday 4th April 2014

CHILDREN have created a symbolic piece of art to celebrate being in their new school building for a year.

Family fun day football knock-out tournament in Ferryhill

The Northern Echo: A football knock-out tournament is being held at a Ferryhill fun day

11:13am Friday 4th April 2014

FOOTBALL teams are to battle it out in a knock-out competition as part of a family fun day to be held in Ferryhill.

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.

Teenage Bishop Auckland gymnast aims for national squad after winning junior British crown

The Northern Echo: Junior British gymnastic champion Amy Tinkler

5:35pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

A TEENAGER who won the Junior British Gymnastics championship title has her sights set on clinching a place in the national squad.

£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.

Chief Constable reveals identity of two men suspected of being "maximum pains in the bum"

The Northern Echo: Durham Chief Constable Mike Barton reveals identity of two suspected criminals - Billy Wilson (left) and John Watson.

6:00am Thursday 3rd April 2014

A POLICE chief has revealed the identity of two men he suspects of being involved in criminal activity.

Lessons move outdoors

The Northern Echo: GREEN FINGERS: Pupils Shai O'Brien, 14, Tommy-Lee Tallon, 15, and Brett Miller, 15, with Nicola Dexter and Karen Collin from The Cornforth Partnership

1:34pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

YOUNG people are branching out from the classroom to take part in a gardening project that will give them new skills and boosting their learning.

Boxing club plans knockout event

12:02pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

A BOXING club which opened less than a year ago will host its first show this weekend.

Pupils look the part for business

The Northern Echo: NEW LOOK: Ferryhill Business and Enterprise College will get a new uniform in September, as modeled by pupil Lucy Maddison, 14

10:23am Thursday 3rd April 2014

PUPILS at a specialist business college will look the part when they get a smart new school uniform.

Villagers told to Bake Off

The Northern Echo: Great British Bake Off judge Paul Hollywood talks live tour and living in Kent

9:45am Thursday 3rd April 2014

CHURCH leaders hope parishioners will be inspired by the BAFTA award winning television cook show The Great British Bake Off when it hosts its own event this weekend.

Firefighters called out early this morning

The Northern Echo: County Durham and Darlington Fire Service freed the woman from her car.

11:30am Thursday 3rd April 2014

FIRE and rescue crews from Bishop Auckland attended at shed fire in Coundon Grange, near Bishop Auckland, at 4.20am this morning (Thursday, April 3) .

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.

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.



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