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Weardale News

CONCERN: Judge at Durham Crown Court tells repeat motoring offender Robert Holliday he has "concerns" over his impulsive behaviour at the wheel.

Judge's concerns over banned driver's "blue light rush"

SUPPORT: The Crook branch of TSB has announced it will be supporting Blind Life in Durham throughout the year and has donated £100 to kick-start their partnership.

Town bank supports local charity

MEMBERS: The Wolsingham Bowling Club is looking for new members

Last remaining Dales bowling club's members appeal

Biker dies after County Durham crash

Biker dies after County Durham crash

SPREE: John Mason Shields given ten-month sentence after admitting three garage burglaries and five thefts from cars in overnight spate of offending

Pair jailed for overnight spree of vehicle crime and garage break-ins

ACCIDENT: A man died yesterday after the motorcycle he was riding in Weardale collided with a lamp post.

County Durham man killed in motorbike accident

SMELL OF SUCCESS: Crook florist Lindsey Robson has been chosen to represent a Great Britain team in the first Women's European Championships for American Football. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

Crook florist will represent Team GB at American Football European Championship

PRESTIGIOUS: Presentation of the annual Pendlebury Award by the North Pennines AONB Partnership at the Bowlees Centre, Bowlees. Winner Ian Forbes MBE, chair of Friends of the North Pennines group with the trophy. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

North Pennines AONB Partnership announces winner of the Pendlebury Award 2015

INVESTIGATION: Stanhope Castle in County Durham that once housed Stanhope Castle approved school. Picture: TOM BANKS

Police investigate sex assault claims at former approved school which shut more than 30 years ago

SCREENING: Wolsingham business woman Elaine Ridley is urging all woman to keep their breast screening appointments, after a recent mammogram saved her life.

Businesswoman urges women to keep breast screening appointments

HOT WHEELS: Members of the Spectrum Rolling Skating Club at the leisure centre in Willington who have been going for a year and are soon to compete in a regional contest.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

Skating club prepares for first competition

JAILED: Ibrahim Adeleke Olorunfunmi, of the New Cross Area of London, has received a 16-month sentence for his part in the scam of a 72-year-old widower

Man jailed after Crook pensioner fall victim to fake marriage scam

VICTIM: Howard Johnson has offered a £1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest, conviction and return of£3,000 worth of farming equipment stolen from High East Park Farm, Tow Law

Former race horse trainer Howard Johnson offers reward after burglars target farm

CUT: Hairdresser, Rachel Jackson of Escape hair dressers in Crook, cuts the hair of six year-old Skye Beadle who had her hair cut for the Little Princess Trust  Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

"Rapunzel" gets locks lopped off for charity

AWARDS: BLIND Life in Durham has been awarded for its adult learning opportunities

Crook charity awarded for sight loss film

CUDDLE: A litter of Cocker spaniel puppies were taken to visit residents at Willington Care Village pictured George Lamb with one of the puppies. Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

Care Village organises doggie drop-in

HEATING HOPES: (L to R) Peter Thompson, chairman of Stanhope Pool Ltd, with Chris Cassells, managing director of Opus Green, at Weardale Open Air Pool.

Future of Stanhope open-air swimming pool secured

CARNIVAL: Plans are underway in Wolsingham as the town prepares to host its first carnival themed day in more than 30 years.

Carnival day to return to Wolsingham after thirty years

AWARD: Five-year-old Skye Cleverdon who had to have eye removed because of rare cancer gets prestigious award for courage. Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

Five-year-old girl who lost eye to cancer receives bravery award

MOMENT: A time capsule is buried at Wolsingham School. Taking part in the ceremony are pupils Alfie Cranston (12) and Amy Plumb (12) and deputy head teacher Lee Elliott, cllr Anita Savory and humanities lead teacher Lianne Emanuel. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

Pupils bury time capsule to be dug up in a century

EQUIPMENT: The new defibrillator installed at Hill End, Frosterley, paid for by the David Nelson Memorial Fund. Pictured is Mr Nelson's daughter in law, Allison Nelson (left) with Mr Nelson's daughter Gilian Hutchinson (right) and grandchildren Sophie and

Family memorial fund provides life saving equipment in a Durham Dale

WINNER: People’s Postcode Lottery ambassador, Judie McCourt, presented Richard Rowell with £50,000

Sunnybrow cabbie wins £50,000 lottery jackpot

PLANS: Lidl will submit plans to redevelop the former Co-operative store in New Road, Crook, later this month

Crook supermarket plans remain on track

CONNECTED: Representatives of BT, Durham County Council and MP Pat Glass celebrate the arrival of superfast broadband in Tow Law

Broadband arrives

FUN: Lesley MacDonald enjoys a parachute exercise class during an open day at Leonard Cheshire Disability in Crook Picture: STUART BOULTON

Crook care home embraces community spirit at open day

RAF serviceman Andrew Raine to return to Durham Crown Court to be sentenced next month

Young driver admits being unfit to drive at time of fatal crash

EXCITED: Rebecca Delvin, Charlotte Kemp and Lucy Finn are looking forward to starting a new course at Wolsingham School

Course offer looks good at Wolsingam school

PUDDINGS: Pupils from Byerley Park Primary school, Newton Aycliffe, get to eat the puddings that they designed picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

Fruit-full feast on menu at Newton Aycliffe school

SALE: International artist Gavin Mayhew is selling his work for £40 a piece to make room for new work.

International artist to sell off his work

DEVASTATED: The owners of luxury holiday home Fairfield House, in Stanhope, say they are devastated after a planning application for terraced houses on their doorstep is backed by the council.

Business owners devastated over new homes plan

RESCUE: Firefighters freed a man from underneath a car in the Crook area today

Firefighers free man trapped under car near Crook

OPEN: The Red Lion in North Bitchburn, pictured with owners Jane and Alan Main Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

Pub owners enjoy being part of the community

IMPRVOVEMENTS: Two benches have been restored at Flatts Wood in Barnard Castle

Flatts Wood improvements

DIVIDED: Residents in Willington have both complained and supported a large mural on the side of the Pound Shop on Commercial Street in the town.  Pictured are property owner Mark Harding, town mayor, Councillor Fraser Tinsley, and Councillor Olwyn Gunn P

Willington to vote on future of controversial comic mural

INQUEST: Crook Civic Centre

Medieval ring found on Weardale farm declared a treasure

NO VERDICT: Louise Jackson

Jury unable to reach verdict in death by careless driving case

Change in parking restrictions

Parking restrictions altered to improve safety

RALLY: Classic cars on show at Newlands Hall in Frosterley in 2014

Cars and cream teas at fundraiser

PLAN: Plans for nine houses in Stanhope will be debated next week

Plans for housing in Stanhope recommended for approval next week

ACCUSED: Louise Jackson

Jury considers verdict in death by careless driving case

Louise Jackson. Pictures: Tom Yeoman

Driver weeps in court as she recalls moment she hit drunk student lying in road

Police appeal after arson attack on pensioner's hedge

WINDFALL: A lottery grant has been awarded for improvements at Peases West sports facility

Lottery win for Crook

TOURISM: Glenn and Caroline Royston of The Golden Lion, St John's Chapel

Council magazine accused of ignoring areas outside Durham

WELCOME: A red squirrel captured on camera by Simon Robinson, from Willington, at Killhope: the North of England Lead Mining Museum

Red squirrels make welcome return to Weardale museum

BREW: Landlord and brewer at the Hare and Hounds in Westgate, Colin Stubbs has brewed Beer Wulf ale in honour of Beowulf being filmed in the area. Picture: TOM BANKS

Mine's a pint of Beer Wulf

VISIT: A resident of West Lodge Nursing Home enjoys a visit from a farmer and lambs

Home near Crook needs help to entertain residents

DARING: John Porter, Lana Betts and Tom Johnson did a sponsored skydive

Bishop Auckland colleagues take big leap for charity

DONATION: Members of Crook Inner Wheel Club, including president Ann Turnbull, present a cheque, clothes, toys and stationary to Parkside Academy pupils ahead of their trip to South Africa

Willington youngsters receive donation for South Africa trip

ILLEGAL: Waste was illegally stored and burned at Stanley Moss

Man fined for burning waste near Crook

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