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Large-scale restaurant and event venue for up to 1,000 people approved for Stockton

4:10pm Thursday 21st August 2014

A PLAN to create a large scale wedding venue and restaurant able to cater for up to 1,000 people at a time has been approved.

'Cancer' conman jailed after driving victim to brink of suicide

The Northern Echo: ACCOMPLISHED FRAUDSTER: Nabeel Adris

9:50pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A DOUBLE glazing salesman who conned cash out of a “vulnerable, trusting and caring” pensioner - who became so distressed she contemplated suicide - has been jailed for two years, three months.

Stockton named sixth best place to live in the country

The Northern Echo: BEST PLACE TO LIVE:  The borough of Stockton has been named the sixth best place to live in the UK by the Daily Telegraph. Pictured is the exclusive Wynyard estate, Picture: TOM BANKS

7:24pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

SOME might beg to differ, but Stockton has been named the sixth best place to live in England and Wales.

Unlicensed landlord fined

6:29pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A LANDLORD is counting the cost of failing to abide by a licensing scheme that aims to improve standards of rental properties and tackle anti social behaviour.

Tennis sessions for the blind and visually impaired people begin in Stockton

The Northern Echo: TENNIS SESSIONS: Rosie Pybus has setup a tennis session for blind and partially sighted people at Splash, Stockton. Picture: TOM BANKS

6:07pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

A VISUALLY impaired sports fan has set up tennis sessions for other blind and partially sighted people.

Family fun in Stockton

The Northern Echo: Castlegate Community Carnival was held in the Parish gardens in Stockton on Saturday. Organised by the Castlegate Centre's charitable arm, Hampers from the Heart, it was a free event for the community. The Mayor of Stockton Cllr Barbara Inman hands ou

2:31pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

MORE than 150 families gathered together for a day of family fun in Stockton.

'Coathanger' bank robber escaped with thousands - but turned himself in minutes later

The Northern Echo: ACCOUNT CLOSED: Llandeilo town council has said it plans to sever its ties with HSBC after the bank announced it would close its town branch.

2:27pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

A RAIDER escaped with thousands of pounds from a bank - after holding up a cashier with a wooden coat-hanger.

Police appeal after man tries to get 16-year-old girl into car

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

9:50am Tuesday 19th August 2014

A 16-year-old girl was approached by a middle-aged male driver who tried to get her into his car.

Ground-breaking gardening project earns supported of MP

The Northern Echo: Fred McCrindle, Shaw Trust Trustee; Cha Patel, Shaw Trust Trustee; Councillor Jim Beall; Roy O’Shaughnessy, Shaw Trust Chief Executive

4:09pm Monday 18th August 2014

A GARDENING scheme which helps unemployed people get back to work has been visited by an MP.

New swimming pool, country club - and vineyard - planned for Yarm

The Northern Echo: 'BIG ASSET': An artist's impression of the proposed new country club planned for Yarm

3:33pm Monday 18th August 2014

A NEW leisure centre and swimming pool creating up to 150 jobs could be opened on the south side of the Tees within a year.

Attendances up by 25 per cent at long-running international dance festival

The Northern Echo: HAPPY FOLK: Russian and South Korean folk dancers wait for the procession to begin on the final day of the 50th Billingham International Folklore Festival. Picture: STUART BOULTON.

3:33pm Sunday 17th August 2014

THOUSANDS of spectators watched the 50th Billingham Folklore Festival finish with a bang at a firework display.

"Wicked" Stockton conman befriended dementia sufferer then stole bank cards

The Northern Echo: CROWN COURT: Teesside Crown Court where Robert Thompson was given a suspended sentence for making threats to kill

1:27pm Sunday 17th August 2014

A JUDGE branded a drug-addict conman "wicked" as he jailed him for befriending an elderly dementia sufferer before stripping cash from his bank account.

Flurry of complaints against councillor in 'bigot' slur row

The Northern Echo: Councillor Steve Walmsley, leader of the Thornaby Independents

5:15pm Friday 15th August 2014

A WELL-KNOWN councillor who called at least one member of the public a ‘bigot’ in a council committee has said he will apologise “when hell freezes over.”

Incident involving Polish brothers missing from foster home was attempt to 'repatriate children to their natural parents'

The Northern Echo: MISSING BROTHERS: Remus and Janko Matloch

4:16pm Friday 15th August 2014

THREE missing Polish brothers have been found safe and well, police have said.

Woman cleared of abusing teenage boy

The Northern Echo: ON TRIAL: Susan Cunningham outside Teesside Crown Court.

3:58pm Friday 15th August 2014

A WOMAN accused of sexually abusing a young teenage boy has walked free from court after she was cleared by a jury on all charges.

Liz wins medical school place after cancer battle

The Northern Echo: Teesside High School student Liz Edwards flanked by her parents, Alison and John.

1:41pm Friday 15th August 2014

A TEENAGER whose studies were interrupted while she battled cancer has chalked up outstanding A-level results and achieved her ambition of winning a place at medical school.

Man stabbed in street in hospital with punctured lung

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

5:53pm Thursday 14th August 2014

A 32-YEAR-OLD man was stabbed twice in the street and is in hospital with a punctured lung, police have revealed.

Top university places go to students

The Northern Echo: Yarm School  students pictured after they received their A-level results (L-to-R):  Nikhita Vasani, Matthew Wales, Sagar Vase, Matthew Measor, Helen Elston and Molly Bean (in front)

5:08pm Thursday 14th August 2014

YARM School students are celebrating after winning places at top universities - with 22.5 per cent of all entries receiving the A* grade.

Celebrations down by the riverside

The Northern Echo: SRC Bed Sixth Form students celebrating their A-level results. Pictured (L-to-R):  Rachel Highfield, Grace Stobbs, Holly Jenkins and Lewis Arnett.

4:42pm Thursday 14th August 2014

CELEBRATIONS got underway at SRC Bede Sixth Form yesterday as the college achieved a 98.4 per cent A level pass rate.

Local charity struggling to survive in a competitive second hand clothes market

The Northern Echo: CLOTHES SHORTAGE: Convoy Aid boss Rod Jones says the increase in companies who pay cash for clothes has reduced the number of donations to his operation, which sends aid to Romania.

3:56pm Thursday 14th August 2014

A CHARITY that has delivered people’s unwanted goods to Eastern Europe for more than 20 years is struggling to survive following the rise of cash for clothes businesses.

Owners of Grade II-listed Stockton building fined for turning it into flats without permission

6:29pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

THE owners and site manager of a Grade II-listed property in Stockton have been fined a total of £5,240 after admitting carrying out building works without listed building consent.

Gang fight and axe man in Stockton, police appeal for information

5:54pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

POLICE are trying to find a man with an axe seen in Stockton after what appeared to be a gang fight.

Man smashed glass into rival's face

The Northern Echo: Teesside Crown Court

5:28pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

A DRINKER who smashed a glass into the face of a man he accused of sleeping with his former girlfriend has been spared jail.

Accused alleges she was 'tortured' by teenager

The Northern Echo: ON TRIAL: Susan Cunningham outside Teesside Crown Court.

4:04pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

A WOMAN accused of having sex with a young boy told a court she was “tortured” by him and left black and blue.

16-year-old missing from Teesside found safe and well

The Northern Echo: Cleveland Police is appealing for information following a Hartlepool car chase

12:20pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

A 16-year-old who went missing from Teesside has been found safe and well.

Police raise concerns over missing 16-year-old

The Northern Echo: Cleveland Police is appealing for information following a Hartlepool car chase

5:09pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

POLICE have raised concerns about a 16-year-old who has gone missing from Teesside.

'I don't know who you are, I don't know your name, but I love you', man tells girlfriend as he wakes from coma

The Northern Echo:

10:46am Tuesday 12th August 2014

A WOMAN who was told her boyfriend would never remember who she was after he suffered a serious brain injury couldn't believe it when he woke from a coma and said: "I don't know who you are, I don't know your name, but I love you."

Danger driver jailed after topping 70mph in 30 zone

The Northern Echo: Teesside Crown Court

6:24am Tuesday 12th August 2014

A DANGER driver who led police on a high-speed chase through busy streets just before Christmas was last night (August 11) behind bars.

Couple win £111,000 in Lotto draw

The Northern Echo: LOTTO WIN: Emma Coulson and Robert Silcox celebrate their lottery success. Picture: STUART BOULTON.

5:17pm Monday 11th August 2014

A HAIRDRESSER can put money worries behind her after scooping £111,812 in the National Lottery.

Olympic decathlete shows his mettle as a volunteer for the day

The Northern Echo: PASS THE BATON: Olympic athlete Dean Macey undertook a 'Volunteering Decathlon' at the Norton Sports Charity on Station Road as part of the celebrations around sports volunteering in Norton.

2:51pm Monday 11th August 2014

A GOLD medal winning decathlete dropped into a community sports club to lend a hand as part of a national campaign.

Dancers bring colour and music to streets

The Northern Echo: FOLKLORE FESTIVAL: The Billingham Folklore Festival opened today.Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

2:48pm Sunday 10th August 2014

HUNDREDS of dancers from all over the world brought music and colour to the streets of a Teesside town as part of a 50-year-old festival.

Coffee time for mayor as Costa opens in Stockton

The Northern Echo: Emma Nixon, Costa Area Manager and (front) Mayor of Stockton, Councillor Barbara Inman. Picture by Doug Moody

9:14am Sunday 10th August 2014

THE Mayor of Stockton tried her hand at being a barista when she officially opened a new Costa Coffee café in the town centre.

Man cleared of racial abuse

The Northern Echo: Teesside Crown Court

3:49pm Friday 8th August 2014

A FATHER has walked free from court after he was cleared of spitting at and racially abusing staff at a takeaway in a row over his son.

Evocative performance to mark centenary

The Northern Echo: CENTENARY SHOW: Sheena Hunter, district manager Darlington Building Society, David Dunn, head teacher Yarm School, Caroline Walker, partner Recognition PR

2:58pm Thursday 7th August 2014

AN evocative show marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War will see the Black Dyke Band take to the stage at a Teesside school.

Mexican dancer shows her devotion to dance by selling her car to travel to the UK

The Northern Echo: DRIVEN TO DANCE: Rosita with her beloved car she sold to pay for her ticket to the UK.

4:48pm Wednesday 6th August 2014

A DEVOTED dancer has been given a luxurious tour of the area after selling her beloved car to fund her trip to perform in the Billingham International Folklore Festival.

Region gathers to remember centenary of Great War

The Northern Echo:

9:38pm Tuesday 5th August 2014

A POIGNANT tribute to the region's First World War dead was held in the region today on what would have been the first day of Britain's involvement in the conflict 100 years ago.

Sunflowers, poems and candles ensure town's 1,245 war dead are not forgotten

The Northern Echo: WAR DEAD REMEMBERED: An event held at the Parish Gardens in Stockton to remember the 1,245 men who died in the First World War.  Candles and sunflowers were the order of the day.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (8932465)

11:22pm Monday 4th August 2014

ON this day 100 years ago, 1,245 young men, sons of the ordinary working town of Stockton, went about their lives, the shadow of a new war hanging over them.

Council leader's concerns over Stockton PoundPub, despite police statistics showing no major increase in anti-social behaviour

6:54pm Monday 4th August 2014

A COMMUNITY leader says he still has concerns about Stockton’s PoundPub, despite police saying there has been little trouble at the controversial venue.

'Divine providence' connects one of the First World War fallen with his great, great, great niece.

The Northern Echo: CHANCE FIND: Keira Wilson (7) of Stockton was involved in a sunflower project through her Brownie group with the sunfloweres being linked to military personnel who died in The first World War.  By chance the soldier she was given, William Brown who served

5:32pm Monday 4th August 2014

A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD girl who was given a random name of a soldier who died in the First World War as part of a commemoration project was amazed to find it was a direct relative.

Festival a success once more, say organisers

The Northern Echo: The finale parade at Stockton International Riverside Festival

4:48pm Monday 4th August 2014

FIFTEEN thousand people turned out on Stockton's Riverside to watch giant puppets, music and pyrotechnics bring Europe's largest free international arts festival to an end.

Ceremony pays homage to Thornaby residents who served in the First World War

The Northern Echo: WAR HERO: Sergeant Edward Cooper's granddaughter Liz Bell with photo of him receiving his medal.

6:04am Monday 4th August 2014

THE grand-daughter of a Victoria Cross winner was the guest of honour at a ceremony paying tribute to all the men of a North-East town who served in the First World War.

Sunflowers set to make a golden tribute to the fallen

The Northern Echo: FLOWERS OF REMEMBRANCE: Stephanie and Mark Thompson with their children Lewis Taylor 12 and Katie Thompson 7 place sunflowers at Stockton Parish Gardens. Picture: STUART BOULTON

11:44pm Sunday 3rd August 2014

HUNDREDS of people have been getting their sunflowers ready for a special commemorative project marking the fallen from the borough of Stockton during the First World War.

The Roof caps off the Stockton International Riverside Festival

The Northern Echo: THE ROOF: Hundreds of people gathered to watch a twilight performance of The Roof as part of the Stockton International Riverside Festival.

5:39pm Sunday 3rd August 2014

A MIX of street theatre, art installation and dance was running through the streets of Stockton this weekend as the community carnival took centre stage on Saturday.

Blog blasts council for wasting tax payers' money

2:01pm Sunday 3rd August 2014

THE Tax Payer’s Alliance has publicly criticised a council for paying over the odds to buy a home accommodating looked after children and allowing the entire scheme to go over budget.

Piglets have the wow factor at charity's petting barn

The Northern Echo: CUTE PIGLETS: Michelle Woolams, farm services co-ordinator, with one of the new arrivals.

12:08pm Sunday 3rd August 2014

A LITTER of piglets are set to be a big hit in a charity's petting barn.

Catch the artistic waves at SIRF

The Northern Echo: STREET PERFORMING:  Full Stop; A Bus Stop With A Difference is performed by the Light The Fuse company as part of the Stockton International Riverside Festival in the High Street.

6:24pm Friday 1st August 2014

A HAIR salon with a difference set up shop on a town’s high street for one day only when artistic coiffeurs invited unsuspecting passers by to sit in their barber’s chair.

The power of beautiful flowers used to remember town's First World War dead

The Northern Echo: Irene Green, 94, has been growing sunflowers in memory of her uncle who died in the Great War

5:56pm Friday 1st August 2014

A 94-YEAR-OLD woman has made a special effort to remember just one of the First World War's fallen soldiers from her home town.

North-East security boss jailed for four years over immigration scam

The Northern Echo: 'OPERATED SCAM': Casmir Ekwuhga

4:54pm Friday 1st August 2014

A SECURITY boss at the heart of a major immigration scam collapsed in the dock after he was jailed for four years.

Stockton International Riverside Festival opener brings the house down

The Northern Echo: Taken: Thursday 31st July 2014  Stockton International Riverside Festival (SIRF) opening night event  “Safe House”  at Trinity Green, Stockton. The show starts with an exhilarating simulated race through the streets and neighbourhoods of Stock

12:22am Friday 1st August 2014

THE Stockton Riverside Festival launched last night (Thursday) with Safe House, a large-scale performance by the contemporary arts organisation Metro-Boulot-Dodo.

Acting experts shine spotlight on Teesside to find next Billy Elliot

6:08pm Thursday 31st July 2014

THE SEARCH for the next Billy Elliot will be on when a local film actor and a major casting agent hold their first workshop on Teesside to find a new child star.


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