Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls hopes Labour bears fruit after visit to Redcar supermarket

The Northern Echo: Tesco store, West Dyke road, Redcar -  Labour MP Ed Balls visits a Redcar supermarket.  Alongside him is Labour MP candidate for Redcar Anna Turley

6:57pm Thursday 24th April 2014

THE man who could be in charge of the nation’s money should the Labour Party come to power visited the region today. Reporter Chris Webber met shadow chancellor Ed Balls at a Redcar supermarket.

Big increase in number of people seeking advice on debt, new statistics shows

The Northern Echo: Coun David Rose

6:00pm Thursday 24th April 2014

THERE has been a huge increase in the number of people seeking help for debt problems, new statistics show.

Watch the horrifying moment a potholer gets stuck in a cave

The Northern Echo: STUCK: Bob Johnson during his ordeal

12:54pm Thursday 24th April 2014

A POTHOLER has told of the terrifying moment he stuck in one of the UK’s most treacherous caves as water flooded in.

Flood defence work to protect North-East nuclear power plant

The Northern Echo: WHAT'S THE FUTURE?: Hartlepool power station.

7:00am Thursday 24th April 2014

FLOOD defences at Hartlepool Nuclear Power Station have been improved following the Fukushima disaster in Japan.

Steel industry filters turned into artwork

4:36pm Thursday 24th April 2014

FILTERS used to cast metal in the steel industry have been turned into a sculpture.

Bhangra star signed up to Middlesbrough Mela

The Northern Echo: Bhangra star signed up to Middlesbrough Mela

2:39pm Thursday 24th April 2014

A BHANGRA star and an Asian R’n’B singer-songwriter have been signed up to perform at an annual multi-cultural festival.

Two men arrested after late night stab attack

The Northern Echo: Morale at a North-East police force at its lowest ebb, said its federation chairman

11:11am Thursday 24th April 2014

STAB wounds were suffered by two men in a late night attack in the Grangetown area of Middlesbrough.

Tread the boards by signing up for adult acting lessons

The Northern Echo: Early bird tickets are available until April 28 for Teesside Hospice's Seaside Starlight Stroll 2014 which has a pirate theme. Pictured (L-R) are Kim Bradley, Michael Freeman, Leanne Irvine and Jane O'Byrne

12:55pm Thursday 24th April 2014

Adult acting classes for people with some stage experience are being held every Monday during term time from 7pm to 9pm at Middlesbrough Town Hall costing £3 per session. Subjects covered will include physicality, vocalisation and visualisation when creating a part. To book call the box office on 01642-729729.

Police searching for missing Boosbeck man Trevor Himsworth

The Northern Echo: Trevor Hindmarsh

11:29pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

CONCERN has been expressed for a 48-year-old man missing from East Cleveland since Tuesday.

Teenagers find man's body in barn in Brotton

The Northern Echo: The scene at Brotton. Picture courtesy of Incidentsonteesside

8:55pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

THREE teenagers found a man's body in a barn in East Cleveland.

It's no laughing matter as Teesside comedian has 25 years' worth of jokes stolen from car boot

The Northern Echo: Freddie Waters with his car.

8:40pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A JOKE book filled with more than 150 gags that have tickled audiences across the region over a 25 year career has been stolen from a comedian's car.

Nigel Farage comes to town to spread his free trade and patriotism messages

The Northern Echo: Nigel Farage meets supporter Tommy Oliver in Yarm

7:32pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

NIGEL Farage came to the region today to spread the Ukip message ahead of next month’s European Union elections. Chris Webber shared a pint with him in a Yarm pub.

Farage comes to region and declares himself a Thatcherite

The Northern Echo: Nigel Farage pours himself a pint in the Black Bull, Yarm

6:37pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

NIGEL Farage came the region and declared himself as the heir to Margaret Thatcher today, Wednesday, April 22.

New cycleway is dangerous and should be closed, says councillor

The Northern Echo: Coun Andrew Sherris

5:46pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A NEW cycleway is dangerous and “could lead to someone getting hurt,” according to a councillor who was involved in planning for the scheme.

Retired teacher died after waiting almost two hours for an ambulance, inquest told

The Northern Echo: IN THE FRONTLINE: Ambulance workers and paramedics are coming under increasing threats of violence

3:48pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A MAN died after waiting more than an hour-and-a-half for an ambulance, it has been reported.

More firms signed up to sleep rough and raise cash for homeless people

The Northern Echo: Members of staff from Pertemps on Teesside are taking part in the Middlesbrough Teesside Philanthropic Foundation's Big Sleepout for charity. Left to right, Diane Turner, Jim Smith, Adam Eltherington and  Georgia Smith.

2:54pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

EMPLOYEES at a welfare-to-work organisation are sleeping rough in a bid to raise cash for homeless people.

Hundreds to take part in swimming gala

The Northern Echo: Childrens Summer Swimming Course

4:04pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

MORE than 200 young swimmers from across the Tees Valley will descend on Darlington next week for a hotly fought competition.

Rival bus companies join forces for campaign to encourage more passengers

The Northern Echo: Competition winner up and the runners up - Brain Arnold (winner) from left to right Michael Leeming, Christopher Headlam, Mark Featherstone

1:13pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

RIVAL bus companies have joined forces to encourage Tees Valley and South Durham commuters to leave the car at home.

Designer Helen is on a roll

The Northern Echo: Helen Stevens and her designs which are being transformed into Graham & Brown wallpaper

4:59pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A DESIGNER could find her work hanging on walls across the world after her art was chosen by a wallpaper manufacturer to feature in its new collection.

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.

Protests against removal of 'historic cobbles'

The Northern Echo: Workmen cordon off the area around Yarm Town Hall where cobbles are due to be replaced

5:46pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

WORK to replace cobbles around an 18th Century town hall has been described as “the type of vandalism not seen since Rome was sacked by the Visigoths.”

Piano recitals come to an end after 15 successful years

The Northern Echo: Piano recitals draw to a close with Stefan Cassomenos.

5:48pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

THE regular series of piano recitals at Kirkleatham is coming to an end after 15 years.

Comedian's love of cake leads to temporary career change

The Northern Echo: Comedian Patrick Monahan serves up tea at The Olde Young Tea House, in Middlesbrough, to customer Ann Hyman. Picture: Stuart Boulton

4:20pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A COMDIAN’S love of cake saw him serving up a treat for some surprised shoppers.

Man charged with arson following fire at family home

The Northern Echo: Cleveland Fire Brigade

4:28pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A MAN has been remanded in custody charged with arson with intent to endanger life after a house fire that gutted a family home.

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.

Conference to improve services for families with disabled children

The Northern Echo: Middlesbrough FC left red-faced after failing to pay bill

4:06pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A CONFERENCE to help improve services for families of children and young people with disabilities is being held in Middlesbrough next month.

Motorbikers bring cheer to old and young

The Northern Echo: Easter eggs delivered to hospital children's ward

2:47pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

MOTORCYCLISTS who spent the Easter weekend getting on their bikes to take Easter eggs to elderly people have also spread little cheer to children on a hospital ward.

Peace activist gives talk

3:07pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A PEACE activist is set to deliver a talk about his experiences as a human rights observer in Israel and Palestine.

Man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder

The Northern Echo: webpix arrest arrests arrested handcuffs police

2:24pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A MAN has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder following fire that gutted a family home.

Lack of council funding means pothole woe will continue for region's motorists

The Northern Echo: A pothole in Orchard Road, Darlington

6:40am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

COUNCILS across the North East are doing their best to fix the potholes littering our roads but will never repair them all unless the government is prepared to spend billions, according to the AA.

Stop! That's my horse! Mix up sees wrong horse taken from Redcar Racecourse

The Northern Echo: Ann Duffield at her North Yorkshire stables

6:00am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

FOR a while yesterday afternoon, the odds were certainly stacked against North Yorkshire horse Bearskin in the 6.10 handicap at Redcar Racecourse.

Man steals £750 from three elderly people

The Northern Echo: Cleveland Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman in her 70s died

3:59pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

POLICE are investigating three similar cases of a man stealing cash from old people in Middlesbroug

Town celebrates its first same-sex marriage

The Northern Echo: Wendy Stobbart and Lyndsay Dixon

6:24pm Monday 21st April 2014

A NORTH-EAST town has celebrated its first same-sex marriage.

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.

'Give us direct rail route to London' - says Middlesbrough MP

The Northern Echo: Middlesbrough MP Andy McDonald has criticised Firstsource over its planned job cuts

6:14pm Monday 21st April 2014

AN MP has launched a campaign calling for faster rail links to a North-East town, and the addition of direct routes to London.

Improvement works in Stockton "killing trade by 65 per cent"

The Northern Echo: Deb Knibbs, co-owner of The Labyrinth on Stockton High Street

1:30pm Monday 21st April 2014

A HIGH-STREET shopkeeper has criticised a long-running improvement works for drastically hitting trade

Teenager with head injuries rescued in early hours

The Northern Echo: Cleveland Mountain Rescue

10:31am Monday 21st April 2014

A 17-YEAR-OLD boy with head injuries was rescued in the early hours of this morning, MON.

Skin cancer rates soar in the North East as the search for the 'perfect tan' continues

The Northern Echo: Warning as skin cancer is on the rise in East Lancashire

12:10am Monday 21st April 2014

SKIN cancer rates in the North-East have more than trebled in the last 20 years, with hundreds of people diagnosed every year, new figures have shown.

More than 1,400 music lovers enjoy music festival in Stockton

The Northern Echo: Young Rebel Set who are headlining Stockton Calling at the weekend.

3:33pm Monday 21st April 2014

MORE than 1,400 music fans watched dozens of bands in the fifth annual Stockton Calling event over the Easter weekend.

Motorbikers get on their bikes to spread Easter good cheer to elderly

The Northern Echo: From left, unicyclists Laura Aitkin 12 and Erin Jones 13 give a helping hand to fundraising motorcyclists at Thornaby Pavillion.

5:11pm Sunday 20th April 2014

MOTORBIKERS gave up their Easter weekend to raise money for charity before getting on their bikes to take Easter eggs to dementia sufferers.

Latest 'free school'-related housing development rejected by council

The Northern Echo: Labour candidate: Louise Baldock

12:38pm Sunday 20th April 2014

YET another plan to build hundreds of new homes on land adjacent to a planned new ‘free school’ in south Stockton has been rejected.

MP gets his hands dirty to improve street

The Northern Echo: James Wharton MP helps fill in pot holes

12:33pm Sunday 20th April 2014

AN MP has got his hands dirty and filled in potholes on a long-neglected road in his constituency.

Conservative MP recommends non-Tory candidates in parish council election

The Northern Echo: 'COMMON SENSE': James Wharton MP

6:00am Sunday 20th April 2014

AN MP has described a parish council in his constituency as “dysfunctional” in a letter sent to Conservative supporters.

Litter pickers wanted to clean up Redcar beach

The Northern Echo: The stretch of Redcar beach where the woman's body was found yesterday

3:40pm Sunday 20th April 2014

AN army of volunteer litter pickers is expected to descend on a Redcar beach, next week, as part of this year’s national Big Beach Clean Up.

Man has surgery after being glassed in pub

The Northern Echo: Cleveland Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman in her 70s died

1:04pm Sunday 20th April 2014

A 22-YEAR-OLD man is in hospital after being struck in the face with a glass by a man in a Redcar pub.

Children going to school hungry and cold as parents struggle to make ends meet, teaching union warns

The Northern Echo: Teachers may strike for first time at Quest Academy

12:10am Saturday 19th April 2014

CHILDREN are going to school hungry, cold and wearing dirty clothes because their parents are struggling for money, a teachers union has warned.

Missing Stockton woman Barbara Dickinson, 79, found and returned home

7:56pm Friday 18th April 2014

A 79-YEAR-old woman, who had gone missing with her dog, has been found safe and well.

Brigade calling on residents to help cut out arson attacks

The Northern Echo: Youngsters taking part in family fun day as Cleveland Fire Brigade launches it Easter arson campaign.

4:21pm Friday 18th April 2014

FIRE chiefs are appealing to local residents to play their part to help win the battle to stop arson.

Police trying to trace owner of motorbike involved in collision in Hartlepool

The Northern Echo: Firefighters clean up the road following the incident on Owton Manor Lane.

2:36pm Friday 18th April 2014

POLICE are trying to trace the owner of motorbike which collided with a car in Hartlepool after the rider left the scene of the incident.

Ramblers step out on newly completed section of coastal path

The Northern Echo: Ramblers take in section of new coastal path in the North-East

11:40am Friday 18th April 2014

RAMBLERS stepped out with gusto for bracing walks along a newly opened stretch of coastal path in the North-East.

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