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Flying the flag for the Union

The Northern Echo: FLYING THE FLAG: Tom Reay and Mark Chatburn with the Scottish flag at Yarm town hall. Picture: STUART BOULTON.

5:50pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A SMALL fluttering show of support for the Union will be raised in Yarm as Scots go to the polls to vote in the independence referendum.

Troublesome tenant evicted after drugs raid

The Northern Echo: Photo caption: Liz Chard and Sgt Stephen Williams-Reader have made a real difference to residents on the streets around Parkfield in Stockton.

1:07pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

A TENANT has been evicted and drugs and cash recovered from a Stockton house after a joint operation between police and a social landlord.

New "free school" opens in abandoned factory

5:34pm Monday 15th September 2014

THE opening of a new free school in the region on Monday (September 15) was "an incredibly proud moment", a long time campaigner said.

Prisoners tried to escape North-East jail

The Northern Echo: COURT DATE: Teesside Crown Court

4:28pm Monday 15th September 2014

A JURY has convicted two prisoners of trying to escape from a North-East jail.

Dialysis landmark for 90 year old

The Northern Echo: Kidney patient Harry Wilson recently celebrated his 90th birthday at the Stockton Dialysis Centre.  He has been on dialysis since he was 79.

2:10pm Monday 15th September 2014

A KIDNEY patient on dialysis has celebrated a very special milestone - his 90th birthday.

Phones 4u to go into administration

The Northern Echo:

10:22pm Sunday 14th September 2014

PHONES 4u is to go into administration - placing more than 5,500 jobs at risk - after network operator EE joined Vodafone in cutting ties with the retailer.

Stockton Mastermind bravely tells of his early struggle with mental health to help young people's charity

3:19pm Sunday 14th September 2014

BRITAIN’S Mastermind has told of his own struggles with mental health issues in order to help a charity.

Stalker walks free despite "mental torture" of victim

The Northern Echo: GUILTY PLEA: Peter Benson outside Teesside Crown Court

6:02am Saturday 13th September 2014

A STALKER who bombarded his ex with hundreds of phone calls and text messages before threatening to kill her walked free yesterday (Friday, September 12).

International drugs gang jailed after £55m haul seized from North Yorkshire warehouse

The Northern Echo:

4:29pm Friday 12th September 2014

NINE members of an international drugs gang led by a North-East mastermind are tonight (Friday, September 12) beginning lengthy jail terms for their roles in smuggling millions of pounds worth of amphetamine into the UK.

Benefits Street 'a myth' says Teesside academic

The Northern Echo: Kingston Road on Stockton's Tilery Estate where Channel 4's Benefits Street is being filmed

5:07pm Friday 12th September 2014

THE idea of so-called 'Benefits Streets' where no-one works is a myth, a North-East researcher and academic has said.

Punishing 'green' taxes threatens Teesside's "proud industrial heritage"

The Northern Echo: Stockton North MP Alex Cunningham

6:03am Friday 12th September 2014

TEESSIDE’S “proud industrial heritage” faces further decline because of punishing ‘green’ taxes, the Government was warned yesterday (Thursday, September 11).

Concerns raised at prison staffing levels following trouble at Stockton jail

The Northern Echo: Holme House Prison, Stockton

6:15pm Friday 12th September 2014

A UNION leader has blamed Government staff cuts for unrest at a North-East prison that led to one inmate being taken to hospital.

War stories are set to take centre stage during outdoor live performance

The Northern Echo: PLANTING OUT: Defence secretary Philip Hammond plants a sunflower at Preston Park. From left Martin Callanan MEP, James Wharton MP, Philip Hammond MP and Preston Park senior gardener Keith Hugill.Picture: ANDY LAMB

6:15pm Friday 12th September 2014

PEOPLE are set to be captivated by a stunning live performance commemorating the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Workshop about funding available to Teesside sports clubs

5:43pm Friday 12th September 2014

MEMBERS of sports clubs across Teesside are being encouraged to find out more about £75,000 worth of funding available to them.

Red mist descended as supermarket worker broke man's jaw

The Northern Echo: Teesside Crown Court

3:56pm Friday 12th September 2014

A MAN who attacked his partner's colleague because he thought they had been flirting is behind bars.

Illness causes T'Pau to cancel North-East tour

The Northern Echo: Carol Decker is the face (and hair) of T'Pau

10:08am Friday 12th September 2014

HIT 80s band T’Pau have been forced to cancel their upcoming tour, which included dates in Stockton and Sunderland.

Wagon driver sees the bigger picture after injury

The Northern Echo: Cleveland College Art & Design mature student Bob Peel, 38, of Stockton whose industrial accident has led to a creative new career as a photographer

1:49pm Thursday 11th September 2014

A LORRY driver who suffered a permanent disability following an industrial accident is focusing on a new career as a photographer.

Ring found in field is Anglo Saxon buried treasure

The Northern Echo: A report from the Portable Antiquities Scheme about its authenticity said it was a complete finger ring in good condition made of gold wire with a circular cross-section measuring 24.56mm in diameter and weighing 6.9g.

7:25pm Thursday 11th September 2014

AFTER metal detecting for 30 years a gardener struck gold when he dug up a 1,300-year-old ring in a field.

Ring found in field is Anglo Saxon buried treasure

The Northern Echo: A report from the Portable Antiquities Scheme about its authenticity said it was a complete finger ring in good condition made of gold wire with a circular cross-section measuring 24.56mm in diameter and weighing 6.9g.

7:21pm Thursday 11th September 2014

AFTER metal detecting for 30 years a gardener struck gold when he dug up a 1,300-year-old ring in a field.

Prisoner families - helping the forgotten victims of crime on Teesside

The Northern Echo:

4:29pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

PRISONER families are being supported by a ground-breaking scheme on Teesside which could be rolled out across the North-East to help other forgotten victims of crime.

Volunteer Pat Chambers hailed a hero

The Northern Echo: Middlesbrough and Teesside Philanthropic Foundation's latest Teesside Hero is Pat Chambers from Billingham

6:54pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

A TIRELESS volunteer who helped ensure Christmas wasn’t washed away with a freak tidal surge last year is being honoured with a Teesside Heroes Award.

Cafe's bags of success helps children's charity

The Northern Echo: Sheri Oliver and Barbara Oliver pose with the bags being sold for charity

3:55pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

TWO friends who started their own tea shop are now using their success to help the region's children in need.

Teenage girl sexually assaulted in Middlesbrough

The Northern Echo:

1:24pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

A HUNT has been launched for a man who sexually assaulted a teenage girl.

Patient left on ground for over an hour while waiting for ambulance

The Northern Echo: Concerns raised over ambulance response times

9:02pm Monday 8th September 2014

AN ELDERLY woman was left lying on the ground after a fall for over an hour while she waited for an ambulance, The Northern Echo has learned.

Speeding clampdown catches 357 motorists

The Northern Echo: MAN ARRESTED: Man arrested in connection with double assault in Hartlepool

4:41pm Monday 8th September 2014

SIXTY-nine people were caught speeding by police in one hour on a stretch of road on Teesside as part of a summer clampdown.

Heroin dealer jailed for five years

The Northern Echo:

5:26pm Monday 8th September 2014

A HEROIN dealer was planning to use his criminal earnings to pay for a funeral - for the dad who introduced him to drugs as a teenager.

"Complete lethal menace" is banned from roads for five years

4:46pm Monday 8th September 2014

A TWO-TIME drink-driver was branded a "complete lethal menace" as he was banned from the roads for five years.

Paralympic hero reopens parade of shops

The Northern Echo: SHOPS REOPENED: The new look shops at Orchard Parade in Eaglescliffe. Picture: STUART BOULTON.

3:58pm Monday 8th September 2014

A PARADE of shops developed to replace those destroyed by fire two years ago have been officially re-opened a paralympic legend.

Fun for all the family at Guisborough Forest

The Northern Echo: FOREST FUN: Keith Ferry crafting ‘Gypsy Flowers’. Credit Mike Dowson Photography

6:03am Monday 8th September 2014

VISITORS to an east Cleveland forest are in for a treat later this month when a number of bizarre creatures will break cover.

Joke book leads to NATO award for eight-year-old

The Northern Echo: Grace Franklin, Michaela Coplen (a US Point of Light), Michael Fallon and Commanding Officer Rich Atkinson of HMS Duncan

7:45pm Sunday 7th September 2014

AN eight-year-old girl has been given a prestigious award at the NATO summit - for her charity joke book.

Simon Cowell steps in to save contestant's day job

The Northern Echo: SIMON SAYS: X Factor hopeful Kerianne Covell performs in front of Simon Cowell

5:58pm Sunday 7th September 2014

MUSIC mogul Simon Cowell stepped in to ensure an X Factor hopeful would keep her day job after she feared she would be sacked.

Ambulances diverted to life-threatening incidents

The Northern Echo: A SLEEK new type of emergency ambulance is being brought into operation. The German-made ambulances, which are built byMercedes, will be introduced in the next few weeks. The North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) is the first in the UK to switch to the new

3:03pm Sunday 7th September 2014

LABOUR politicians have spoken out about ambulance resources after patients with minor injuries were taken to hospital by bus following an accident.

Missing 11-year-old Thornaby schoolboy found

The Northern Echo: Cleveland Police are investigating the case of a man stabbed in the street

11:06am Saturday 6th September 2014

An 11-year-old Thornaby boy who failed to return home from school yesterday afternoon was today found safe and well, Cleveland Police said.

Teaching assistant cleared of sexual relationship with pupil

The Northern Echo: DENIES CHARGES: Lisa Richardson, 48, of Stockton

6:05pm Friday 5th September 2014

A TEACHING assistant accused of having a sexual relationship with a pupil has been cleared of all charges.

Stockton thought to be the first borough in the country to raise age children can go swimming alone to ten

The Northern Echo: AGE QUESTION:  Splash swimming pool in Stockton where the council is raising the admission age from eight to ten for unaccompanied youngsters.  Picture: ANDY LAMB

7:08pm Friday 5th September 2014

STOCKTON looks certain to become the first district in the country to ban children under ten from swimming without adult supervision.

Set back for 'Yarm for Yorkshire' campaign

The Northern Echo: Yarm Town Hall.

6:49pm Thursday 4th September 2014

THE Yarm for Yorkshire campaign suffered a set-back this evening (Thursday, September 4) when an influential council committee rejected the idea.

Teaching assistant denies having relationship with pupil

The Northern Echo: DENIES CHARGES: Lisa Richardson, 48, of Stockton

5:08pm Thursday 4th September 2014

A TEACHING assistant accused of having a sexual relationship with a pupil told a court the claims were “lies” and “rubbish”.

Final stage of park's regeneration set to start this month

The Northern Echo: REGENERATION WORK: Final phase of regeneration work in John Whitehead Park, Billingham, to start this month.

4:38pm Thursday 4th September 2014

THE final phase of a project to transform John Whitehead Park in Billingham is set to get underway.

Sweet girls raise charity cash in memory of beloved granddad

The Northern Echo: FUNDRAISING FRIENDS: Stella Powell, Annabel Stubbs and Holly Sturgeon hand over the proceeds for their charity stall

2:12pm Thursday 4th September 2014

THREE eight-year-old Stockton friends spent their summer holidays raising money in memory of one of the pals' grandfather.

Drunk Stockton teen jailed for four years over rave night bottle attack

The Northern Echo: JAILED: Ryan Wood

2:10pm Thursday 4th September 2014

A DRUNKEN teenager who smashed a bottle over the head of a man as he stood at a bar has been jailed for four years.

Former Yarm Grammar School pupil Rona Fairhead is to become the BBC Trust’s first chairwoman.

The Northern Echo:

1:56pm Thursday 4th September 2014

FORMER Yarm Grammar School pupil Rona Fairhead is being lined up to become the BBC Trust’s first chairwoman.

54 jobs nursery staff axed at University Hospitals of North Tees and Hartlepool

The Northern Echo:

1:56pm Thursday 4th September 2014

A HOSPITAL trust has announced it is closing two day nurseries, with the loss of 54 jobs.

Continental market comes to Stockton

The Northern Echo: Jerome Pisani serves up tartiflette, a traditional dish from the French Alps. Pic David Martin

12:48pm Thursday 4th September 2014

STOCKTON'S first continental market will be held on the High Street later this month.

'Universal free school meals could lead to underprivileged Stockton children missing out,' says councillor

1:52pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014

SCHOOLS across the borough of Stockton have contacted parents in an attempt to ensure underprivileged children don't miss out on cash due to new free school meal rules.

Still time for nominations for Tees Valley’s Black and Minority Ethnic communities awards

The Northern Echo: AWARDS NOMINATIONS: Lifetime achievement award winner Pete Widlinski, from 2010, with BME Network Co-ordinator Idrees Rashid.

6:58pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

THE achievements of the Tees Valley’s Black and Minority Ethnic communities are celebrated at an annual awards event later this month.

Back from the bread - family spot gran's image in Naan bread

The Northern Echo:

5:19pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

IT was a case of nan bread rather than naan bread for curry house diner Anthony Nelson when he spotted the face of his late grandmother on a night out.

MPs' protests fail to derail gene therapy plans

The Northern Echo: Alex Cunningham, MP for Stockton North

4:39pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

PROTESTS by a group of MPs have failed to derail plans for “three parent babies”, to stop incurable diseases passing to the next generations.

Officer dislocates shoulder trying to arrest a man in Middlesbrough

The Northern Echo: Cleveland Police are investigating the case of a man stabbed in the street

4:23pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

MEMBERS of the public have been praised by police after they helped apprehend a man who dislocated an officer's soldier when he intervened as the man was threatening people.

Hunt for robber who targeted cash delivery van

The Northern Echo:

11:31am Monday 1st September 2014

A ROBBER has stolen a substantial amount of money following an early morning raid on a cash delivery van in Hartlepool this morning (Monday, September 1).

Family house targeted by alleged gunman

The Northern Echo: ALLEGED SHOOTING SCENE: Kensington Road in Stockton.

6:07pm Monday 1st September 2014

A HUNT has been launched for a man suspected of firing a weapon at a family home.


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