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"Drunk" detective accused of pub attack

The Northern Echo: ASSAULT CHARGE: West Yorkshire Police Det Sgt Paul Whiteley at a previous hearing in Scarborough with Claire Hughes

7:54pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A DRUNKEN murder squad? detective was "absolutely legless" when he ripped off his shirt and attacked a holidaymaker in a pub, a court heard yesterday (Tuesday, July 22).

Middlesbrough autism campaigner's anger as just 12 MPs turn up for Commons debate

The Northern Echo: Middlesbrough mum and autism campaigner Anna Kennedy

7:21pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

AN AUTISM campaigner has spoken of her anger after just 12 MPs turned up to a House of Commons debate on the provision of education for autistic children.

Police dog attack cases on innocent people "relatively common" says expert

The Northern Echo: : General view of Penrith Road in Middlesbrough following the incident. Picture: DAVID WOOD (8359113)

7:18pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

MORE than 150 innocent people were bitten by police dogs in three years across the country, it has been claimed.

Highways Agency issues A19 closure warning

7:00pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

THE Highways Agency is warning motorists over the closure of a section of the A19 next week.

Sweet success for Darlington business

The Northern Echo: SWEET TREAT: Sanae Aljabory owner of Retro Sweet shop in Darlington wins Darlingtons independent business of the year. Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT (8493316)

7:00pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

THE taste of success is definitely sweet for one Darlington businesswoman.

Students' talents showcased at annual summer show

The Northern Echo: WORKS OF ART: Pupils from Hummersknott  Academy with their winning artwork, from left Chebet Chemorei, 16, Nadia McLoughlin, Jess Birkbeck, 16, Erin Hughes, 15, Ian Hughes from The Art Shop who handed out prize vouchers and Hannah Matthews, 16          Pi

6:58pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

PROMISING Picassos have had their talent recognised at an annual show.

Sausage and beer festival

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6:53pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A SAUSAGE and beer festival is taking place this weekend in North Yorkshire to celebrate local brewers and butchers.

Homes plan for former dairy site

The Northern Echo: A GV of  the former Stonebridge diary site, off the A690, Neville’s Cross, Durham.
Picture by Tom Banks 27-04-14 (8510086)

6:51pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

PLANS to build houses on a former dairy site which had been earmarked for a £12.5m business park have been approved.

Arson attacks

6:47pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

POLICE are investigating two arson attacks on vehicles in east Durham, on Wednesday, July 17.

Motorcycle riders on last lap

The Northern Echo: CENTENARY RIDE: Boundary 500 founder Brian Laverick, centre and right Councillor Eric Howden and Dave Blissett both members of Redcar British Legion.

6:44pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A GROUP of motorcyclists are on the last lap as they promote their trip to the Menin Gate to lay a wreath to mark the outbreak of the First World War.

Thousands enjoy brass festival

The Northern Echo: Jaipur Kawa band perform in Durham City  (8506051)

6:41pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

MORE than 30,000 people attended concerts, events and workshops over a ten-day musical festival.

Green-fingered Dennis is blooming angry after competition axed

The Northern Echo: BLOOMING MAD: Dennis Woodcock, from Darlington, who is upset after Darlington in Bloom was cancelled. Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

6:41pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A CANCER survivor with a keen interest in gardening has expressed disgust after a town's 'in bloom' competition was cancelled because of a lack of entries.

BMA calls for action over GP shortage

6:17pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

DOCTORS’ leaders have urged the Government to take urgent action to tackle a growing shortage of GPs, with signs that the North-East is struggling to attract them.

Search for missing swimmer due to resume in the morning

The Northern Echo: MISSING SWIMMER: Police search the Tees at Stockton. Picture: STUART BOULTON.

6:07pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A SPECIALIST dive team has called off its search for a teenager who went missing while swimming in the River Tees on Monday.

Beach sealed off after discovery of training mortar

The Northern Echo: TRAINING MORTAR: Section of beach sealed off following discovery of training mortar

6:05pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A SECTION of a Teesside beach was cordoned off following the discovery of a suspected explosive device.

Police commissioner backs tougher penalties for using a phone at the wheel

The Northern Echo: PENALTY CALL: Durham Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg

6:03pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A POLICE commissioner has joined calls for the punishment for using a mobile phone while driving to be doubled.

Weekend return for 'a right old song and dance'

The Northern Echo: Dancers at the Durham Folk Party 2012 (8507821)

6:03pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

AN ANNUAL folk festival returns this weekend (July 25-27).

Landlords enjoy building up trade at at refurbished Kirk Merrington pub

The Northern Echo: PUB REOPENS: Steve Metcalfe and Lynda Harland outside The Fox and Hounds Inn.

5:59pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A LANDLORD is looking to build up trade in a village pub after it reopened following a nine-week, £200,000 refurbishment .

More than just a feather in his cap as pigeon takes a breather on Darlington man's head

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5:51pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

THERE were coos all round when a pigeon set up home on a pensioner’s flat cap.

Man fighting for life after fall from roof

The Northern Echo: Ambulances outside The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough. (6011246)

5:46pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A 62-YEAR-OLD man is fighting for his life after falling from the roof of a bungalow.

Pie wars break out on Stockton High Street

The Northern Echo: SEATING ROW: Craig Harker serves up pie and peas from the food booth attached to his pub on Stockton High Street. He is not allowed seating outside while the food stall nearby is.  Picture: STUART BOULTON.

5:33pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A WAR of the pies has broken out on Stockton High Street after a market trader opened a pie and peas stall outside a pub.

Whitby fisherman catches record-breaking 208lb fish off the coast of the Isle of Skye

The Northern Echo: BIG FISH: Daniel Bennett, 26, from Whitby, with his massive catch. Credit:

5:33pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A NORTH Yorkshire angler has landed the big one - the largest fish ever caught from the British shoreline.

Police will use the crusher in their fight against illegal off-road bike riding

The Northern Echo: : Some of the seized motorcycles being crushed following the police crackdown. Picture: DAVID WOOD (8484964)

5:16pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

YOUNGSTERS who illegally ride off-road motorbikes face having their machines crushed, police are warning.

'Much-needed' new homes scheme backed

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

5:07pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

COUNCILLORS have backed plans to build new homes in a village, after hearing they were much-needed in the former pit community.

Big day as Ada celebrates her 100th birthday

The Northern Echo: : Ada Dodd who celebrates her 100th birth at the Pelton Grange Care Home. Picture DAVID WOOD (8440286)

5:04pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

IT was party time at a Chester-le-Street old people’s home as one of its newest residents celebrated her 100th birthday.

'Three-parent IVF' moves step closer

4:57pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

PLANS to legalise babies being born with three genetic parents have come another step closer.

More student digs backed, despite 'gross over-supply' claim

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

4:50pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

COUNCILLORS have approved another 109 student beds for Durham, despite claims the city is now suffering a gross over-supply of such accommodation.

Householder hit with sticks by gang of intruders

The Northern Echo: Northumbria Police

4:46pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A GANG of seven men forced their way into a flat and beat the householder with sticks.

Suspended sentence for knife woman tackled by brave Matalan staff in Darlington

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

4:43pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A KNIFE-wielding thief who was bravely tackled and disarmed by shop staff has been handed a suspended jail sentence.

Outgoing council chairman raises £22k for wounded soldiers

The Northern Echo: CHARITABLE WORK: Councillor Bernard Bateman

4:24pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A COUNCILLOR has paid tribute to the courage of those serving in the Army by raising £22,000 for a charity which supports wounded and sick soldiers.

Village hall fundraiser fears after Great North Run move

The Northern Echo: RUN APPEAL: Dionne Reid and Eileen Morley with villagers promoting the Tholthorpe 10k run

3:46pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

THE organisers of an annual 10km race, staged to help maintain a community hub, have issued a plea to runners to sign up.

Popular chocolate-loving vicar to appear on stage in Richmond

The Northern Echo: Chocolate lover: Vicar of Dibley Geraldine, played by Ann Greer, with Martin Ash, who plays Frank.

3:30pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A MUCH-loved chocoholic vicar and her eccentric parishioners will be gracing a Richmond stage as part of a drama society’s 80th anniversary celebrations.

First World War centenary inspires students to make a difference

The Northern Echo: PASSING OUT: Children at St Aidan's Academy in Darlington perform their parade at the end of  Make a Difference week Picture: ANDY LAMB

2:56pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

LESSONS in life in the trenches and wartime medicine replaced maths and English to mark the final week of term at a North-East school.

Bishop's wife heads to Games

The Northern Echo: Rosemary Butler with husband Paul, the Bishop of Durham (8474928)

2:56pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A BISHOP’S wife is heading to Glasgow to provide first aid at the Commonwealth Games.

Inspirational head teacher of Wingate Community Nursery School retires after 24 years

The Northern Echo: RETIRING: Paddy Beels OBE, Headteacher at Wingate Community Nursery School. Picture: DAVID WOOD (8382500)

2:53pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

AN INSPIRATIONAL nursery school head teacher, recognised both nationally and internationally for her work with young children and families, was given a Royal send-off when she retired.

Police appeal over train staff attack on Whitby to Middlesbrough train

2:41pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

POLICE have released images of a man wanted over an attack on a railway worker on a train.

Lights out to mark war centenary

The Northern Echo: First World War trenches (8448778)

2:41pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A SPECIAL evening is being planned to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Planners spurn £17m student digs scheme for former mental hospital

The Northern Echo: An artist's impression of the redeveloped former County Hospital (8480284)

2:23pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

RESIDENTS furious at the “studentification” of their city could be on the brink of a major success, after planners came out against multi-million pound plans to turn a former hospital into digs.

Shortage of foster carers drives new appeal

The Northern Echo: (8442948)

2:20pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

FIVE councils in the Tees Valley have launched a joint appeal for more foster carers because the demand from children is outstripping the supply of homes.

Positive progress in parking row

The Northern Echo: Darlington Borough Council leader Councillor Bill Dixon

2:17pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

POSITIVE headway is being made in a parking row that has divided Darlington, a trader who attended a private meeting with council officials has said.

Air pollution will continue to be a killer, Government admits

The Northern Echo: Defra

2:07pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

AIR pollution will continue to kill hundreds of people every year in the North-East for at least another decade, the Government has admitted.

Special train to storyland on the North York Moors

The Northern Echo: Moors railway:"New story trains are to be launched during the summer holidays

1:23pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A SCHOOL holiday treat for parents and children is on track with the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and the arrival of story trains.

£840,000 funding to improve routes for walkers, cyclists and bus users

The Northern Echo: GREEN TRANSPORT: Cycle paths will be improved across south Durham

1:11pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A TRANSPORT project that helps jobseekers, reduces congestion and protects the environment is expanding thanks to £840,000 in funding.

Teacher's Windermere swim in memory of Ferryhill pupil

The Northern Echo: CHARITY SWIM: Teacher Paul Simpson who has completed the Great North Swim for charity.

12:24pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A TEACHER took on the Great North Swim to raise £750 for a teenage cancer charity in memory of a pupil who died of the illness.

Overnight closures for St Cuthbert's Way as construction work continues

The Northern Echo: Traders have said disruptive roadworks are driving shoppers out of their town

12:21pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

OVERNIGHT road closures through the centre of Darlington have been announced as part of work to reconfigure a major route.

Police name climber who fell to death at Runswick Bay as family say he died "doing something he loved"

The Northern Echo:

1:44pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

POLICE have named the climber killed when he fell from cliffs near Runswick Bay in North Yorkshire on Friday.

Work to upgrade sewer network due to begin at Newton Hall, Durham City

The Northern Echo:

12:03pm Tuesday 22nd July 2014

WORK is due to begin on a £1.1m upgrade to a sewer network on a Durham City housing estate.

Rugby club to host charity fun day

The Northern Echo: CHARITY DAY: Mowden coach Danny Brown

11:53am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A FAMILY fun day at a Darlington rugby club will raise funds for a North-East charity.

Police volunteer from Shotton Colliery awarded by Home Office for outstanding work

The Northern Echo: Stephen Maitland (left) and Mary Calam, director general of the Crime and Policing Group at the Home Office.

11:50am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

A VOLUNTEER with Durham Constabulary has won national acclaim for his outstanding contribution to making people in an east Durham community feel safer.

Fond farewell as long-serving headteacher steps down

The Northern Echo: A FOND FAREWELL: Headteacher David Ackroyd is retiring from Northwood Primary School on Pendleton Road, Darlington.  Pictured sat in his story telling chair with pupils (back) Chloe Whelan (11), Carla Cooper (11) Reece Earle (11), Jack Bray (11) and (fron

11:02am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

STUDENTS at a Darlington primary school have said a fond farewell to their headteacher, who has retired after a career spanning more than 40 years.

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