New build houses on the rise, but the region still lags behind

6:21pm Friday 22nd August 2014

THE number of homes being built across the region still lags behind the tally when the Coalition came to power four years ago, official figures show.

Popular TV shows linked to surge in home-made creations

The Northern Echo: BAKE OFF: Rosedale Show Queen Cakes class winner Jill Sellar, right, with prolific show champion Carol Cockerill, centre, and show steward Margaret Truran

4:53pm Friday 22nd August 2014

TELEVISION programmes such as The Great British Bake-off, River Cottage and children's Mr Bloom's Nursery are being credited with sparking a resurgence in all-things home-grown and home-made.

Overseas visitors flock to the region

The Northern Echo: TOURISM SURGE: Harry Potter links with locations such as Alnwick Castle are among the draws for overseas visitors.

12:03am Friday 22nd August 2014

THE holiday business is booming in North Yorkshire and the North-East with overseas visitors flocking to the area and their numbers soaring.

GCSE results: proportion of A* to C grades rises

The Northern Echo:

9:46am Thursday 21st August 2014

THE proportion of GCSE exams awarded at least a C grade has risen amid concerns that changes to the exam system would hit results.

Cuddly Katie's air ambulance adventures could entertain Prince George

The Northern Echo: CUDDLY CUSTOMER: Katie the Bear

6:08pm Thursday 21st August 2014

A CHILDREN’S book chronicling the adventures of the Great North Air Ambulance Service’s latest recruit could soon appear on the shelves of a future king.

Powerful vaccum cleaners banned by EU

The Northern Echo:

3:56pm Thursday 21st August 2014

Vacuum cleaners are rather like hi-fi systems - the more power you've got the better they are. But not any more.

Triumph for twin schools in GCSEs

The Northern Echo: HAPPY DAYS: Jumping for joy, L-R, Northallerton College students Kiesha Hoggart, Martin James, Anna Ridings, Sophie Trueman, Rachael Chapman, Katherine Saunders, Ellen Palmer, Abbie Grange, Georgina Watkiss, Jack Brent, Maya Dorling, and George McNaught.

3:12pm Thursday 21st August 2014

TWO North Yorkshire schools celebrated their GCSE results after a pioneering partnership helped produce star performances.

Lottery Draw

The Northern Echo: Emergency services attempt to rescue a canoeist who had got into difficulties on the swollen River Tees, at a stretch of rapids known as Whorlton Lido near Barnard Castle, County Durham this afternoon (Sat) before the Great North Air Ambulance airlifted t

11:36am Thursday 21st August 2014

The Great North Air Ambulance lottery draw for Wednesday, August 20, are: £200 N41948, Hartlepool; £100 N32206, Workington; N45344 Guisborough; N33086 Driffield; £25: N03472 Hexham; N04994 Stockton; N12092 Ferryhill; N31194 Hartlepool plus 50 other £10 numbers. For a full list of winners visit

One in five North Yorkshire workers are self-employed - but North-East lags behind

7:04am Thursday 21st August 2014

UP to one in five workers in North Yorkshire are their “own boss”, new figures show – but the North-East lags behind in the self-employment boom.

Train travellers' pick of the pubs

The Northern Echo: The Head of Steam in Durham

5:32pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

TRAIN passengers have been picking the region’s best pubs.

North-East councils allow meetings to be filmed

The Northern Echo: PUBLIC ACCESS: Darlington Borough Council has joined other authorities in the region in allowing its meetings to be filmed.

4:21pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

COUNCILS in the region have agreed to allow the public to film their meetings after the Government ordered local authorities to improve access to voters.

Islamic State terrorist who 'beheaded' missing US journalist has British accent

The Northern Echo:

11:00pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

A VIDEO purporting to show an Islamic State fighter speaking with a British accent beheading an American journalist is being investigated by the Obama administration.

Offensive Greggs logo creates a Twitter-storm

The Northern Echo: PASTRY WOE: A screen grab of the offending search result, with the obscenity obscured. This is a family newspaper website, after all

8:39pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

A NORTH-EAST baker lodged a formal complaint after an offensive spoof logo was linked to its online search results page.

Shortlist announced for operators bidding to run region's rail services

The Northern Echo: RAIL SUMMIT: A Northern Rail train arrives at Thornaby station

6:11pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

THE shortlist of train firms bidding to run the region's rail services has been announced - prompting concerns about foreign ownership and corporate greed from MPs and unions.

Is this the funniest joke of 2014? Maybe you can do better.

The Northern Echo: Tim Vine, who is appearing at Leeds City Varieties next year

4:35pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

Heard the one about the Hoover? If you haven't you soon will - it's just been voted the funniest joke of 2014.

James Alexander Gordon, reader of football results on BBC radio, dies at age of 78

The Northern Echo: James Alexander Gordon was treated at the Blenheim Ward at the Churchill Hospital. Picture: OX62778 Ric Mellis

7:06pm Monday 18th August 2014

JAMES Alexander Gordon, the BBC broadcaster whose voice was synonymous with the classified football results on the radio, has died at the age of 78.

Reducing your carbon footprint

The Northern Echo: GOING GREEN: Colin Robinson, CEO of Energy Friend showcasing the energy-saving measures installed to bring his 19th Century home up to modern green standards. Picture: TOM BANKS (9350791)

3:28pm Monday 18th August 2014

THE OWNER of a North-East firm which gives advice on how to improve a home’s energy efficiency has demonstrated how he has reduced his own cottage’s carbon footprint.

Amelia and Jack top region's favourite baby names

5:21pm Friday 15th August 2014

AMELIA and Jack are the most popular baby names in the North-East, according to statistics revealed today (August 15).

A proper North-East welcome

The Northern Echo: Seaham Lighthouse in County Durham is engulfed by waves

1:37pm Friday 15th August 2014

TOURISM professionals working in some of the region’s most beautiful spots are to get extra training in how to make visitors feel welcome.

Two sewage plants get £3m upgrade

The Northern Echo: Northumbrian Water (9300512)

1:40pm Thursday 14th August 2014

TWO sewage treatment works are getting a £3m upgrade.

Sir Cliff Richard dismisses allegations of historic sexual assault as 'completely false' as police search his apartment

The Northern Echo:

1:38pm Thursday 14th August 2014

POLICE are searching a property believed to belong to Sir Cliff Richard in relation to the alleged sexual assault of a boy in the 1980s.

The North East reaches record employment levels - but is it really good news?

The Northern Echo: JOB HUNTING: Some officials claim that the record employment level for the North East is not as straightforwardly positive as it may seem

6:46pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

NEWS that a record number of people in the region are now in employment has been met with warnings that the positive statistics mask a harsh reality.

Surplus supermarket food is the key to solving hunger in the UK according to charity

The Northern Echo: FareShare

2:34pm Wednesday 13th August 2014

“HIDDEN food” could be used to tackle hunger in the region, according to a food redistribution charity.

Darlington couple charged dementia sufferer £1,260 to pull up a bush

The Northern Echo: Durham Crown Court

4:00am Wednesday 13th August 2014

A BROTHER and sister fleeced an elderly dementia sufferer of £1,260 for removing a single bush from her garden.

Great North Air Ambulance weekly draw for August 13, 2014

The Northern Echo: Great North Air Ambulance

11:10am Wednesday 13th August 2014

Winning numbers for the Great North Air Ambulance draw for August 13, 2014.

A farewell to the painter of all the pitmen's people

The Northern Echo:

9:52pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

The funeral of Norman Cornish, the last of the pitman painters, was held today (Tuesday, August 12). Chris Lloyd paints the scene. 

Transport union furious that Northern Rail axing some off-peak fares

5:25pm Tuesday 12th August 2014

A TRAIN company is axing some off-peak fares - to the fury of a transport union.

Robin Williams: 11 most memorable roles

The Northern Echo:

10:09am Tuesday 12th August 2014

AFTER the tragic news that entertainer Robin Williams has died at the age of 63, we look back at his most memorable roles.

Norman Cornish: a man of art with a wonderful legacy

The Northern Echo:

9:49am Tuesday 12th August 2014

The funeral of Norman Cornish, the artist who died on Friday, is held today. Here his biographers, Gillian Wales and Bob McManners offer an appreciation of a man who chronicled a North-East way of life

Tragic star Robin Williams dies

The Northern Echo:

5:54am Tuesday 12th August 2014

COMEDY star Robin Williams has been found dead in his home in California foillowing an apparent suicide, police have said.

Debt crisis: Study reveals tens of thousands of children hit by family debt crisis in North-East and Yorkshire

The Northern Echo: A total of £634.2m is owed in bills and loans across the North-East and Yorkshire

12:02am Tuesday 12th August 2014

TENS of thousands of children in the North-East and Yorkshire are living in families trapped by debt who could be missing out on essentials, a study has revealed.

Glorious Twelfth heralds shooting season that benefits endangered species

The Northern Echo: GLORIOUS 12th: Gamekeeper Mike Ainsley out on exercise on Scargill Estate on the County Durham and North Yorkshire border with dogs Millie and Sage as he prepares for the new season.

3:56pm Monday 11th August 2014

THE guns are returning to the region’s uplands as the Glorious Twelfth heralds the beginning of the grouse season.

North-East escapes the worst of Hurricane Bertha

The Northern Echo:

7:09am Monday 11th August 2014

THE North-East has managed to escape the worst effects of Hurricane Bertha which brought chaos to other parts of the country.

North-East has two new Lords

The Northern Echo: Chris Lloyd chairs the Darlington & Durham branch of the Federation of Small Businesses European elections Question Time panel with candidates- Pictured is Martin Callanan for the Conservatives. (9096858)

6:12pm Friday 8th August 2014

TWO political figures from the North-East are among the 21 new working peers who have been appointed to the House of Lords.

How's your broadband?

The Northern Echo: County Hall, Durham, home of Durham County Council (6122845)

4:36pm Friday 8th August 2014

COUNCIL chiefs want to know more about broadband coverage in the region.

Region's fans on the ball with their football knowledge

The Northern Echo: North-East  fans most knowledgeable (9023805)

6:37pm Wednesday 6th August 2014

NORTH-EAST football fans are top of the league for their all-round knowledge of the beautiful game, according to a new study.

North-East hairdressers shorlisted for national award

1:38pm Wednesday 6th August 2014

SIX North East hairdressers have proved they are a cut above the rest by making the shortlist for a national hairdressing award.

Video: Airliner escorted into Manchester Airport by RAF after pilot reports possible device onboard

The Northern Echo: RAPID RESPONSE: A Typhoon aircraft at Siauliai Air Base, Lithuania, taking part in the NATO Baltic Air Policing mission

1:50pm Tuesday 5th August 2014

AN incoming plane has been escorted into Manchester airport by the RAF over fears that a device was on board.

North-East wins £1m Heathrow advertising campaign

The Northern Echo:

11:26am Tuesday 5th August 2014

THE North-East has won £1m worth of advertising across Heathrow Airport after a last push saw the region receive 19,000 votes on-line to drop Northern Ireland into second place.

We're all in it together: spending cuts hits council chiefs' pay

6:32am Tuesday 5th August 2014

PUBLIC spending cutbacks have finally hit council chiefs’ pay packets, with many fewer earning six-figure sums than last year.

North-East councils seeing biggest budget cuts in country

The Northern Echo: CHALLENGES AHEAD: County Hall in Durham,

6:04pm Monday 4th August 2014

SPENDING by North-East councils is predicted to fall by five per cent this year - the biggest drop in the country, analysis shows.

Cruel pet owner cuts head off bearded dragon

The Northern Echo:

5:04pm Monday 4th August 2014

A CRUEL pet owner cut the head off their bearded dragon when they were unable to pay vet’s bills, according to a North-East animal welfare group.

Prince Harry unveils memorial arch to mark 100 years since outbreak of war

The Northern Echo:

3:13pm Monday 4th August 2014

BLAZING sunshine welcomed Prince Harry as thousands of people turned out to commemorate millions of men and women who travelled to and from the Western Front during the First World War.

Duke of Cambridge salutes heroes of Great War on 100th anniversary

The Northern Echo:

2:59pm Monday 4th August 2014

THE Duke of Cambridge marked the 100th anniversary of Britain's entry into the First World War and said: "We were enemies more than once in the last century, and today we are friends and allies."

Region welcomes foodie tourists

The Northern Echo: Belle Riddell samples some cheese from store holder Steve Morrell from Teesdale Game and Poultry

1:43pm Monday 4th August 2014

FOUR new food trails are to be launched in the hope of attracting more tourists to the region.

Church choirmaster jailed for six years for abusing boys

The Northern Echo: JAILED: Robert Lambie

7:01pm Friday 1st August 2014

A CHOIRMASTER who used his respected church links as "a cloak" to groom and abuse boys was last night (Friday) starting a six-year prison sentence.

Special offer on stunning Tour de France in Yorkshire photographs to mark Yorkshire Day

The Northern Echo:

12:32pm Friday 1st August 2014

WHEN Yorkshire’s moment to shine on the world stage arrived with the peloton, the county more than rose to the occasion.

Full list of First World War events throughout the region as nation commemorates centenary of outbreak of war

The Northern Echo:

5:00am Friday 1st August 2014

Events will be held throughout the region over the next few days to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Firefighters tackle blaze at Ferrybridge Power Station

The Northern Echo:

4:15pm Thursday 31st July 2014

FLAMES and smoke poured from the side of a major power station where a fire broke out today.

Plans for northern police base scrapped

The Northern Echo: Collaborate: North Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan

12:01am Thursday 31st July 2014

PLANS to create a large new base for North Yorkshire Police have been scrapped nearly a year after work began on the proposals.

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