Covering Ferryhill, Byers Green, Whitworth, Newtown, Tudhoe, Thinford, Kirk Merrington, Cornforth, West Cornforth, Coxhoe and surrounding villages.


Pupils run daily risk of death at Shildon school due to selfish drivers ignoring the law

The Northern Echo: Pupils risk death from selfish drivers at a Shildon school

5:26pm Thursday 24th April 2014

CHILDREN are risking death as they are forced to dodge motorists who ignore parking restrictions to drop youngsters off as close as possible to school.

Durham Police join effort to dissuade Muslims from joining Syrian civil war

The Northern Echo: A photo from the Syrian revolt in August last year (Pic: AP Photo/SANA)

12:15pm Thursday 24th April 2014

NORTH-East police are seeking to stop young Muslims going to fight in Syria.

'Appalling, ugly, a disgrace, an abomination' - latest row over Durham Market Place

The Northern Echo: 'ABOMINATION': Tarmac instead of paving slabs in Durham Market Place

6:40am Thursday 24th April 2014

UGLY tarmac making an ‘abomination’ of a £5.5m market place is purely a temporary measure aimed at avoiding disruption to city centre trade, project bosses have insisted.

Spennymoor teenager threatened to damage phone while drunk

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

1:11pm Thursday 24th April 2014

A TEENAGER rang police and threatened to destroy a public phone while drunk days after being given a court order to tackle his alcohol problems.

Police appeal for information about handbag snatch in Seaham

2:20pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

POLICE in Seaham are appealing for information after a handbag snatch yesterday (Tuesday, April 23).

Post office opens in new Ferryhill premises after service upgrade

The Northern Echo: Improved Post Office service for Ferryhill residents

12:09pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

CUSTOMERS will access an improved Post Office service when it reopens following a modernisation scheme in Ferryhill.

An evening of dance will raise funds for Spennymoor church

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

2:22pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

DANCE EVENING: An evening of sequenced dancing is taking place at St Andrew’s Church Hall, on Barnfield Road, in Spennymoor, on Saturday. (April 26) It runs between 7pm and 10pm with entry £3.50. Tickets can be bought in advance from 01388-818709 or on the door. Proceeds go towards church funds.

MP calls for boycott of Virgin Money, as bank ends funding for Northern Rock Foundation

The Northern Echo: Northern Rock Foundation

11:00pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

LABOUR MPs spoke of their anger tonight (Tuesday, April 22) after it emerged the North-East’s biggest charity, the Northern Rock Foundation, is to close.

Northern Rock Foundation closure a 'massive blow for North-East charities'

The Northern Echo: Justin Welby at Bike Stop, Darlington

5:49pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

CHARITIES across the North-East have suffered a major blow with the demise of the Northern Rock Foundation. Mark Tallentire reports.

Pet owners warned Easter eggs could prove fatal for dogs

The Northern Echo: Easter eggs could prove fatal for curious dogs

6:22pm Monday 21st April 2014

DOG owners are being warned that their haul of Easter eggs could prove poisonous to curious pets.

Teenage Spennymoor singer aims to reach talent contest's national final

The Northern Echo: Olivia Irvin is hoping to impress the TeenStar judges

12:40pm Monday 21st April 2014

A TEENAGER is hoping to impress a talent show’s judges as she seeks to reach the national final of the competition.

Civic dinner success

The Northern Echo: CIVIC EVENT: Sedgefield MP Phil Wilson with Mayor Ken Campbell and consort Ann Kells

9:11am Sunday 20th April 2014

A CIVIC dinner raised well over £1,000 for a mayor’s charity appeal.

Civic award for 102-year-old poppy seller

The Northern Echo: CHARITY STALWART: Carmel Connolly accepts the chairman's medal from Coun John Robinson and consort maxine Robinson

12:30pm Saturday 19th April 2014

A TOWN treasure has been recognised with County Durham’s highest civic award.

Business premises could become homes

12:32pm Saturday 19th April 2014

TWO former business premises in a village centre could be converted for residential use.

Picking up knife costs attacked man in Ferryhill £100

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

11:40am Friday 18th April 2014

A MAN who picked up a knife to frighten further attackers after being beaten unconscious on a night out has been given a conditional discharge.

£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.

Work begins on new banner which will take pride of place at Durham Miners' Gala

The Northern Echo: Image for Durham Miners Gala

3:15pm Friday 18th April 2014

A NEW banner to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the miners' strike will also be a potent symbol of the struggles facing today's workers and those seeking employment, according to union officials.

Fish and chip shop forced to close after Good Friday fire

2:25pm Friday 18th April 2014

A FISH and chip shop was damaged by fire shortly before opening for business on what is traditionally one of the busiest days of the year.

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.

'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.

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

The Northern Echo:

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.

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