Families' spending power growing twice as fast in North-East as London

The Northern Echo: The Office for National Statistics says households are spending more with GDP on the increase

12:10am Thursday 24th April 2014

Families' spending power is growing almost twice as fast in the North-East as in London as the economy recovers, a report has found.

Common bacteria in soil and water 'talk' to each other, study finds

The Northern Echo: Cheaper to produce than bullets

12:10am Thursday 24th April 2014

Common bacteria found in soil and water ''talk'' to each other using a language in some ways as sophisticated as our own, say North-East scientists.

Salmond: 'Northerners can still work and trade in independent Scotland'

The Northern Echo: ALEX SALMOND: The leader of the SNP hopes to become an independent Scotland’s first leader

7:00pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

PEOPLE in the North of England would still be able to work and trade in an independent Scotland without changing currency, said First Minister Alex Salmond.

Army chiefs search for surviving relatives of Battle of Somme hero

4:21pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

ARMY chiefs have are trying to trace surviving relatives of a North-East war hero who was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

Corrie fan brings her passion to the page

The Northern Echo: Corrie fan Glenda Young on the TV soap set

12:46pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A NORTH-EAST Coronation Street fan has brought her passion to the page by charting the highs and lows of a touching love affair of the TV soap’s first transgender character.

Finally official: Manchester United sack David Moyes

The Northern Echo: NEW BEGINNING: David Moyes

9:13am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

After just ten months as manager of Manchester United, David Moyes was dismissed shortly after 8am this morning.

Outsanding North-East businesses honoured by the Queen

The Northern Echo: QUEEN'S AWARD: Ann Stonehouse

12:10am Monday 21st April 2014

NORTH-EAST innovators, exporters and entrepreneurs have been honoured in Her Majesty The Queens annual business awards, announced today.

Great North Air Ambulance lottery draw for April 16, 2014

The Northern Echo: IN SERVICE: From left, director of operations Kevin Hodgson, doctor Simon le Clerc, chief executive Grahame Pickering, paramedic Gordon Ingram and pilot Mark Griffiths with the new Great North Air Ambulance

9:59am Monday 21st April 2014

The Great North Air Ambulance lottery results for April 16, 2014 are: £200: N19224 Seaham; £100: N41679 Stockton; £50: N12083 Newcastle; N14708 Darlington; £25: N16596 Bishop Auckland, N19378 Whitley Bay, N39883 Darlington and N03390 Barnard Castle plus 50 other winning £10 numbers A full list of winners can be found on www.greatnorthairambulance.co.uk

Rubbing shoulders with sporting superstars at Steve Cram's charity event

The Northern Echo: CHARITY MO-BOT: Mo Farah in trademark pose at Steve Cram's charity event in London

6:00am Saturday 19th April 2014

Stars of sport and entertainment gathered in London this week to help raise money for a North-East-based children's charity co-founded by Steve Cram. The Northern Echo was the only newspaper in the country invited, with sports writer Steph Clark in attendance at the Royal Garden Hotel.

Northallerton man who bought mobile phone stun gun in Turkey jailed

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

4:20pm Friday 18th April 2014

A MAN who bought a mobile phone which had been turned into a stun gun to protect his family while holidaying in Turkey has been jailed.

Thousands of extra County Durham businesses can benefit from rate relief

The Northern Echo: Empty units along Poole High Street

5:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

THOUSANDS of businesses could benefit from reduced rates in a bid to turn around failing high streets.

Man arrested on suspicion of murder following house fire in Gateshead

The Northern Echo: The house in Redemarsh, Leam Lane, Gateshead

3:21pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A MAN has been arrested on suspicion of murder following a house fire which claimed the life of a man.

UPDATED 1PM: Man appears in court accused of chip shop owner's murder

The Northern Echo: Angela Smeaton

1:00pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

A MAN has been charged with the murder of a woman at a house in Hartlepool in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Four dead, hundreds missing after ferry sinks off South Korea

The Northern Echo: South Korean coast guard officers try to rescue passengers from ferry Sewol in the water off the southern coast near Jindo, south of Seoul, South Korea

9:58am Wednesday 16th April 2014

FOUR people are confirmed dead and almost 300 are missing after a ferry carrying mostly students sank off South Korea's southern coast.

Councillors booed after cabinet approves closure of five County Durham care homes

The Northern Echo: Deacon Sue Peat during the protest at Newtown House

2:55pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

COUNCILLORS were booed today (April 16) after agreeing to close their last five care homes to save money.

Medomsley abuse victim hits out at former deputy speaker Nigel Evans' time limit suggestion

The Northern Echo: John McCabe

5:53pm Monday 14th April 2014

A MAN repeatedly raped by a predatory prison officer at Medomsley Detention Centre has hit out against a suggestion by a former commons deputy speaker that there should time limits imposed on historical sexual abuse cases.

North-East councils "should be given more powers", residents say

The Northern Echo:

12:10am Monday 14th April 2014

MORE than a third of North-East residents believe local authorities should be given more powers, an influential think tank has found.

North families "just one pay cheque away from homelessness"

The Northern Echo: Shelter says if wages had risen in line with house price inflation, the average salary in the borough in 2012 would have been £51,726

12:10am Monday 14th April 2014

MORE than a million families with children in the North of England could not pay their rent or mortgage for more than a month if they lost their job, a charity claims.

Horrible Histories author Terry Deary admits littering his books with subversive messages

The Northern Echo: TRACKS: Terry Deary

5:34pm Monday 14th April 2014

THE CHILDREN’S author who famed for his Horrible Histories has admitted deliberately littering his books with subversive messages for his young readers, as he condemns school a “waste of time”.

Region has nothing to fear economically from independent Scotland - but there'll no review of Barnett Formula

The Northern Echo: Scottish Labour Leader Johann Lamont meets with Bridget Phillipson MP for Houghton and Sunderland South and Phil Wilson MP for Sedgefield at the Scottish Parliament, Holyrood

10:00pm Sunday 13th April 2014

THE North-East has nothing to fear from "devo max" for Scotland, Labour's leader north of the border has insisted.

National Youth Orchestra entertain shoppers and tourists in Durham City

The Northern Echo: The National Youth Orchestra performs at Durham Cathedral.

12:00pm Sunday 13th April 2014

MEMBERS of the National Youth Orchestra (NYO) gave a series of impromptu performances to shoppers and tourists in Durham City yesterday (Saturday, April 12).

No seat on board for Mike Ashley in Chinese takeover of House of Fraser

The Northern Echo: Newcastle owner Mike Ashley

10:53am Sunday 13th April 2014

NEWCASTLE United owner Mike Ashley will not have a right to a position on the board of House of Fraser - which has sold a majority stake in its business to Chinese conglomerate Sanpower in a £480 million deal.

Charity launches fast track adoption scheme

The Northern Echo: More foster carers needed in Bexley

1:20pm Friday 11th April 2014

PEOPLE wanting to adopt a baby are being given the chance to look after a child from birth in an innovative scheme launched in the region.

Charity launches spring range of second-hand clothes

The Northern Echo: Barnardo's send out appeal for volunteers

6:01pm Friday 11th April 2014

A CHARITY has launched a spring collection of second-hand clothes.

Region's councils accused of turning backs on shops and small firms

The Northern Echo: CELEBRATIONS PLANNED: The Cornmill shopping centre, in Darlington

5:19pm Thursday 10th April 2014

COUNCIL chiefs have been accused of turning their backs on shops and other small firms needing help with high business rates.

Planned roadworks in the North-East for Monday 14 - Sunday 20 April 2014

The Northern Echo: Arboretum roadworks scheme hits the half-way mark

3:20pm Thursday 10th April 2014

The Highways Agency has released the following summary of planned new and ongoing road improvements over the coming week, beginning April 8. These could be subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances.

Former Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans cleared of all sex charges

The Northern Echo: MP Nigel Evans

2:27pm Thursday 10th April 2014

MP Nigel Evans has been found not guilty by a jury at Preston Crown Court of committing a string of sexual offences against seven men.

Carer admits defrauding vulnerable pensioner out of thousands of pounds

The Northern Echo: Ashley Maddison

12:30pm Thursday 10th April 2014

A CARER has admitted going on a fraudulent spending spree using a card belonging to a vulnerable pensioner she was looking after.

Dizzee Rascal will be one of headliners at Sunderland's Split Festival

The Northern Echo: Dizzee Rascal

4:20pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

SUNDERLAND’ Split Festival has announced the headliners for the 2014 event will be, Dizzee Rascal and Maximo Park and The Cribs.

Regional ministers are not enough - North assembly campaign

The Northern Echo: Newcastle MP Nick Brown

4:31pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

LABOUR plans to reintroduce regional ministers do not go nearly far enough in devolving power, a campaign group has said.

Peaches Geldof post mortem proves inconclusive

The Northern Echo: PICTURES: Tributes paid to Peaches Geldof

12:52pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

A POST-mortem examination into the death of Peaches Geldof has proved inconclusive pending the results of toxicology tests.

UPDATED 11.30AM: "I take full responsibility", says former Culture secretary Maria Miller after being replaced by Sajid Javid

The Northern Echo: Maria Miller "will not resign" say Hampshire Conservatives

7:32am Wednesday 9th April 2014

MARIA Miller has said she takes full responsibility for her decision to stand down as Culture Secretary, saying that she did not want to become a distraction from the achievements of the Government.

Labour pledge to restore regional ministers

The Northern Echo: The Angel of the North

10:40pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

THE North-East and Yorkshire will each have their own minister to “champion” their region, under a second quickfire Labour devolution pledge.

Adrenalin-fuelled fun at Sunderland's Nissan plant

The Northern Echo: Adrenalin-fueled fun at Sunderland' Nissan plant

3:02pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

A NORTH-EAST car plant has unveiled details of adrenalin-fuelled entertainment.

North-East lagging behind in private sector job creation

The Northern Echo: TORY PARTY CHAIRMAN: Grant Shapps

6:00am Tuesday 8th April 2014

THE North-East is lagging far behind most of the country in creating private-sector jobs – casting doubt on Government promises to “rebalance the economy”

Ed Miliband pledges Labour will be the "party of devolution"

The Northern Echo: LIVING STANDARDS DOWN: Ed Miliband

12:10am Tuesday 8th April 2014

LABOUR will today (Tuesday April 8) vow to end Whitehall's grip on power in the region - by handing over twice as much cash to local leaders as the Government.

Government office confirms incident involving two prisoners at Holme House

The Northern Echo: INCIDENT RESOLVED: Holme House Prison

12:13am Tuesday 8th April 2014

THE Prison Service has confirmed that officers have been dealing with an incident involving two inmates at a North-East prison this evening.

National Railway Museum and Hornby up for award

The Northern Echo: The six A4 engines including Mallard line-up at Shildon

4:26pm Monday 7th April 2014

THE National Railway Museum and model-maker Hornby have been shortlisted for an award at a national celebration of arts and business.

Peaches Geldof dies aged 25

The Northern Echo: Peaches Geldof

6:19pm Monday 7th April 2014

PEACHES Geldof, the daughter of Sir Bob Geldof and the late Paula Yates, has died at the age of 25.

Leukaemia patient given antibiotic he was allergic to shortly before he died, inquest told

The Northern Echo:

5:50pm Monday 7th April 2014

A WIDOW has accused a hospital of committing serious errors after her severely ill husband was given an antibiotic he was known to be allergic to an hour before he died.

Mickey Rooney dies aged 93 - actor appeared in Sunderland panto in 2007

The Northern Echo: Mickey Rooney dies aged 93 - actor appeared in Sunderland panto in 2007

8:06am Monday 7th April 2014

HOLLYWOOD legend Mickey Rooney, whose career spanned more than 80 years, has died aged 93.

Redcar MP backs rival high speed train scheme that promises more for the North

The Northern Echo: Redcar MP urges New Marske residents to have their say

6:35pm Friday 4th April 2014

AN MP has broken ranks by urging ministers to explore a rival high-speed rail scheme which promises bigger benefits to the North-East.

Councils should be punished if schemes to improve the behaviour of ‘troubled families' flop

The Northern Echo: CONTROVERSIAL: A bill to introduce National Service had its second reading in Parliament

12:00am Friday 4th April 2014

TOWN halls should be punished if their schemes to improve the behaviour of ‘troubled families' flop, MPs say today (Friday).

Devoted Chester-le-Street wife given hospital order after attempting to strangle disabled husband

The Northern Echo: Christine Houston

7:32pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

A DEVOTED wife tried to strangle her disabled husband with a cravat weeks after warning police she wanted to kill him, a court was told today (Thursday, April 3).

Three-year-old boy's bravery helps to jail paedophile

The Northern Echo: Jailed: Philip Barnaby

6:49pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

A THREE-year-old boy, who was set to become the youngest witness ever to give evidence in a UK court, has helped put a paedophile behind bars.

RMT rail union warns of threat to front-line jobs and safety as a result of re-privatisation of East Coast Mainline

The Northern Echo: East Coast Main Line: Three bidders interested in line franchise

5:48pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

THE RMT rail union is to hold a protest next week after warning that front-line jobs and safety are at risk as a result of the re-privatisation of the East Coast Mainline.

Arrests in Darlington and Whitley Bay as police probe Easington Academy

The Northern Echo: Glendene Academy

10:28am Thursday 3rd April 2014

POLICE investigating an alleged six-figure fraud at a North-East academy school have made three arrests.

Interest rates will rise only after North-East jobs increase, says Bank of England Governor Mark Carney

The Northern Echo: Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England at the cricket ground in Chester-le-Street.

12:10am Thursday 3rd April 2014

INTEREST rates could increase ahead of the next General Election, the Governor of the Bank of England told The Northern Echo, but he wants to see more jobs created in the North-East before he will intervene.

£100m historical leisure park with stunning nightshow planned for Auckland Castle

The Northern Echo: SPECTACULAR BACKDROP: Auckland Castle

12:10am Thursday 3rd April 2014

A £100m plan to create a historical leisure park in County Durham will be unveiled today.

North-East charities facing "perfect storm" of more users and less money

The Northern Echo: Users of the Moses Project, based in Stockton, try their hand at archery

12:00am Thursday 3rd April 2014

GOVERNMENT welfare reforms have left many North-East charities facing a “perfect storm” of increased demand for help but less income to run services, a study has found.

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