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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

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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

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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.

Lesson in literacy

The Northern Echo: FULL STOP: Barrie McDermid presents his show on punctuation to children at Ferryhill Business and Enterprise College Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

4:53pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

A TEACHER-turned-entertainer who has transported English lessons from the classroom to the stage has been helping Ferryhill youngsters get to grips with language.

Nod to past before school's new future

The Northern Echo: HISTORY DAY: West Cornforth primary teacher Tom Leake with pupils, Jake Ratcliff, Megan McWilliam and Jake Cummins, all 10, in period clothing. Picture: TOM BANKS (10821024)

2:30pm Wednesday 1st October 2014

VILLAGERS took a journey back in time to the first days of their primary school- as they prepare to usher in its last.

Spennymoor woman tipped for engineering success

The Northern Echo: TOP STUDENT: Anna Jackson receives her scholarship award from Mark Hunt

11:15am Sunday 28th September 2014

A SPENNYMOOR woman has been named as one of the country’s brightest young engineers after landing a prestigious scholarship.

Fire crews tackle major blaze in Spennymoor

The Northern Echo:

11:13am Friday 26th September 2014

FIRE crews managed to stop a recycling centre fire from developing into a major blaze this morning.

Be part of West Cornforth school's final days

The Northern Echo: FINAL DAYS: An open day will celebrate the life of West Cornforth Primary School, which will be demolished this winter

2:50pm Thursday 25th September 2014

AN open day will give people a chance to visit a village school for the final time before its last pupils move into a new building and the old one is demolished.

Shoplifter used child to hide his crime

The Northern Echo: LAW COURT: Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court

5:39pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

A FERRYHILL man used a child to help disguise his shoplifting, a court heard.

Award scheme recognises youngsters' talents

5:21pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

THE exceptional achievements of Spennymoor’s young people will be acknowledged by an awards scheme.

Chilton post office to close for refurbishment

4:14pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

A VILLAGE post office will shut for just over a week while it undergoes refurbishment.

Expert adoption advice in Durham

The Northern Echo: Durham County Council’s Start Today campaign has helped 336 youngsters onto the job ladder.

12:13pm Wednesday 24th September 2014

PEOPLE in County Durham who have adopted children will be on hand to share expert advice at a drop-in session.

New opening times for county's recycling centres

The Northern Echo: REVISED HOURS: Romanway household waste recycling centre.

1:41pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

NEW winter opening times for County Durham’s household waste recycling centres will come into effect next week.

Pitman Painter work bought by collector

The Northern Echo: PITMAN PAINTER: The Pit Road, by Norman Cornish which was sold for £8,200

2:37pm Monday 22nd September 2014

A WORK by celebrated artist Norman Cornish has been sold for £8,200 at auction.

Talent rewarded

3:06pm Sunday 21st September 2014

WINNERS of Ferryhill's annual art and photography exhibition, which is a highlight of the town's summer gala, have been presented with certificates and gift vouchers.

Gap year student from Spennymoor helped women set up business in Tajikistan

The Northern Echo: GAP YEAR VOLUNTEER: Christopher Brown is back from volunteering during his gap year in Tajikistan. Picture: TOM BANKS

2:49pm Saturday 20th September 2014

A STUDENT who took a gap year to figure out what he wanted for his future used the time to do voluntary work overseas.

'They won't force me out' - Last remaining resident protests over care home closure

The Northern Echo: PEACEFUL PROTEST: Steve, Don and Michelle Robson

6:50am Friday 19th September 2014

AN 83-YEAR-OLD former headteacher has been joined by his family in making a last stand against the closure of a council-run care home.

Cancer charity night in Chilton a hit

The Northern Echo: FUNDRAISER: Trish Greensmith (front) from The Chyrelle Addams Cancer Support Trust with fellow fundraisers at Chilton and Windlestone Working Mens Club. Picture: DAVID WOOD

1:55pm Friday 19th September 2014

NINE singers from across the region teamed up with a band to perform a charity gig.

Mother of three hopes for glory in modellling contest

The Northern Echo: IN FINAL: Helen Kealey, photographed by Tony Robinson

12:59pm Friday 19th September 2014

A MOTHER of three hopes to strut her stuff to victory in one of Britain’s biggest model contests this weekend.



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