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.

Photography competition to showcase region's wild side

The Northern Echo: Puffin in flight by Tom Pugh

3:46pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

DURHAM, Tees Valley and Northumberland Wildlife Trusts have again joined forces with the Natural History Society of Northumbria (NHSN) and the Great North Museum: Hancock in the hope that keen snappers will showcase the best of the region’s wildlife.

Two jailed for killing Jonty Hall

The Northern Echo: Guilty of murder: Nicholas Rought

6:47pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

TWO men have been jailed for savagely killing a father-of-two and then dumping his body near a country lane.

Alarm raised over funding threat to English Heritage

The Northern Echo: BEAUTIFUL RUINS: Egglestone Abbey's status could be threatened by the funding plans

5:26pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

FREE entry to many of the region’s historical treasures could be lost under a shake-up of English Heritage, ministers were warned today.

Former animal sanctuary owner persuaded to leave farm

The Northern Echo: HOMES PLEA: Paula Campbell with Garfield, one of the many cats that need rehoming

4:48pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

AN evicted animal sanctuary owner has left her former farm five days after barricading herself inside the building.

Ex-vet guilty of killing man during extreme sex session

The Northern Echo: Kirk Thompson

4:40pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

A FORMER government vet has been convicted of killing a man during an extreme drug-fuelled sadomasochistic sex session.

Self-proclaimed psychic turns his powers of prediction to this weekend's Grand National

The Northern Echo:

2:25pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

SELF-PROCLAIMED psychic Dean ‘Midas’ Maynard is scrapping the form book for this weekend's Grand National, using his powers of prediction to help readers turn a 'prophet' in the big race.

Extra 11,000 North-East residents lifted out of income tax, Government says

The Northern Echo: Pounds and Pennies can make a difference

12:20am Wednesday 2nd April 2014

AN extra 11,000 people in the region will no longer pay income tax from this weekend when the tax-free personal allowance increases to £10,000, the Government says.

A Tale of Two Cities in Durham

The Northern Echo: l-r Paul Maddison as Mr Lorry, Graeme Walton as Sydney Carlton and Nikke Hellmuth as Miss Pross

11:53am Wednesday 2nd April 2014

AN AMATEUR theatre company is busy with final rehearsals for ambitious production of A Tale of Two Cities – and for a flying visit from the Broadway hit’s author.

Singing sensation Michael Buble to perform at Newcastle's Metro Radio Arena

The Northern Echo: Michael Buble

7:02pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

SINGING sensation Michael Buble will be performing in the North-East later this year, it has been announced. 

Durham charity workers celebrate diamond wedding anniversary

The Northern Echo: Durham charity workers celebrate diamond wedding anniversary

6:41pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

A COUPLE who have devoted their lives to charity are celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary.

Union chief: North-East MPs must put brakes on Miliband if he lurches to the right

The Northern Echo: Len McCluskey

5:41pm Tuesday 1st April 2014

REBEL North-East MPs must “put the brakes” on Ed Miliband if he tries to take Labour to the right, a union chief said today (Tuesday).

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