A case of here comes the baby as best friend gives birth outside Darlington wedding venue

The Northern Echo:

1:12pm Monday 1st September 2014

A PREGNANT woman turned down the chance to be her best friend’s bridesmaid – only to go into labour on her way to the ceremony.

FA recognition for "true gentleman" Gordon Duck

The Northern Echo: FA RECOGNITION: George Duck at Acklam Steelworks Club.

6:04am Monday 1st September 2014

A WELL loved football man had his dedication to the sport recognised when he was awarded a long service medal by the Football Association.

Hunt for robber who targeted cash delivery van

The Northern Echo:

11:31am Monday 1st September 2014

A ROBBER has stolen a substantial amount of money following an early morning raid on a cash delivery van in Hartlepool this morning (Monday, September 1).

Darlington man threw bottle which injured former girlfriend

6:02am Monday 1st September 2014

A BULLYING boyfriend who cut his partner's head in a bottle attack has walked free from court.

Houses cost five times the average wage in the North East

The Northern Echo: NO CHANCE: Many aspiring homeowners are finding it increasingly harder to afford a house

6:04am Monday 1st September 2014

CONCERNS have been raised that aspiring North-East homeowners are being priced out of the property market as houses now cost five times the average wage.

Saga over family farm feud could be over following court ruling

The Northern Echo: BITTER DISPUTE: Anthony (left) and Paul Shepherd at another court hearing

6:17pm Monday 1st September 2014

A JUDGE has delivered a scathing assessment of a legal wrangle over a family farm – and potentially given the green light to a huge new housing development on the site.

Family house targeted by alleged gunman

The Northern Echo: ALLEGED SHOOTING SCENE: Kensington Road in Stockton.

6:07pm Monday 1st September 2014

A HUNT has been launched for a man suspected of firing a weapon at a family home.

Saga over family farm feud could be over following court ruling

The Northern Echo: BITTER DISPUTE: Anthony (left) and Paul Shepherd at another court hearing

6:07pm Monday 1st September 2014

A JUDGE has delivered a scathing assessment of a legal wrangle over a family farm – and potentially given the green light to a huge new housing development on the site.

Tributes to great-gran, 81, killed in road crash

The Northern Echo: Road crash victim Dolores Hubbert (9879544)

5:53pm Monday 1st September 2014

TRIBUTES have been paid to a great-grandmother who died following a road crash on Friday (August 29).

Suspended prison sentence for restaurateur who secretly filmed himself having sex with a young woman

5:49pm Monday 1st September 2014

A RESTAURATEUR secretly filmed himself having sex with a teenage woman, a court was told.

DLI statue ready for Bishop's blessing

The Northern Echo: MEMORIAL STATUE: General view of the DLI memorial statue in Durham's Market Place. Picture: DAVID WOOD (9821554)

5:32pm Monday 1st September 2014

A MEMORIAL statue has been erected in a proud North-East regiment’s home city ahead of an official unveiling ceremony later this month (Sunday, September 14).

Gardener wants his tools to go to a good home

The Northern Echo: : Allotment holder Malcolm Johnson who is wanting to donate some of his tools. Picture DAVID WOOD (9880486)

5:12pm Monday 1st September 2014

A GARDENER is offering to give away many of his gardening tools.

Signalman on phone when train hit North Yorkshire pensioner's car

5:04pm Monday 1st September 2014

A RAILWAY signalman responsible for monitoring 16 unmanned level crossings was engaged on another call seconds before a tragic collision, ?an inquest heard today (Monday).

Village set for 200-plus new homes

The Northern Echo: CHANGES PROPOSED: Durham County Council

4:59pm Monday 1st September 2014

MORE than 200 new homes could be built on the edge of a village, under proposals being considered by council planners.

Driver found dead after car goes over cliff

The Northern Echo: Driver was reported missing earlier (9878645)

4:29pm Monday 1st September 2014

POLICE are investigating after a man was found dead in a car at the bottom of cliffs.

Theatre festival Jabberwocky Market returns to Darlington with a new line-up

4:25pm Monday 1st September 2014

A POPULAR festival of theatre is set to return to venues around Darlington next month.

Tributes to great-grandmother, 81, killed in road crash

The Northern Echo:

4:27pm Monday 1st September 2014

TRIBUTES have been paid to a great-grandmother who died in a road crash on Friday (August 29).

Middlesbrough pervert jailed for historic child sex abuse

The Northern Echo: JAILED: Ian Donnelly

4:14pm Monday 1st September 2014

A PERVERT who abused a girl more than 30 years ago is behind bars after his victim plucked up the courage to tell police of her ordeal.

Trimdon Foundry Parish Council loses chairman, two councillors and clerk

The Northern Echo: STOOD DOWN: Long-serving councillor Jim Grigg resigned as both chairman and councillor for Trimdon Foundry on Wednesday, August 27.

3:49pm Monday 1st September 2014

A PARISH council has almost halved in size after the chairman, two councillors and the clerk resigned within weeks.

Dog of the Month: Nelson the lurcher

The Northern Echo: IN NEED: Nelson, a 16-month-old lurcher, pictured with Dogs Trust volunteer Derek Cornforth

3:44pm Monday 1st September 2014

EACH month, The Northern Echo highlights one of the many dogs looking for a home at the Dogs Trust, in Sadberge, near Darlington.

Lancaster repair work 'progressing' – but another event cancelled

The Northern Echo: NEW ENGINE: Work to replace the engine on the Mynarski Memorial Lancaster is progressing at a steady pace, say owners Picture: DAVID THOMPSON

3:38pm Monday 1st September 2014

OWNERS of a symbol of Second World War history laid up after an oil leak last week say repair work is progressing at a 'steady pace' – but more engagements have had to be cancelled.

Voting opens for Darlington in Bloom online competition

The Northern Echo: FULL BLOOM: Dennis Woodcock's garden in Darlington

3:36pm Monday 1st September 2014

VOTING for the revitalised Darlington in Bloom is underway to find the town’s best outside space.

Extra funding to help get young people's live back on track

The Northern Echo: The new Redcar and Cleveland Leisure and Community Heart where the cabinet meeting took place.

3:06pm Monday 1st September 2014

UNDER privileged and troubled families are to get an additional helping hand as a government scheme expands to take in more affected children.

Hall plays host to the Royal Family - as seen by top photographer

The Northern Echo: ROYAL PICTURES: Clare Fletcher, at Beningbrough Hall, with one of the photographs from the exhibition of Lichfield works she has curated.

2:44pm Monday 1st September 2014

THE public is getting a rare chance to see the Royal Family as seen through the lens of one of Britain’s most renowned photographers.

Last Blues in the Park event of the season

The Northern Echo: FUN IN THE PARK: A Back to the Garden event takes place at North Lodge Park in Darlington with live music being performed in the bandstand.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (9835746)

2:37pm Monday 1st September 2014

AN afternoon of live music in the sunshine marked the end of another Blues in the Park season in Darlington.

Danger driver led police on ten mile chase

1:58pm Monday 1st September 2014

A DRIVER who led police on a ten-mile chase said he was afraid to pull over in case he missed an appointment - 14 hours later.

Apples keep monks in good spirit

The Northern Echo: TEAM WORK: Monks of Ampleforth Abbey, lend a hand to the apple harvest.

1:33pm Monday 1st September 2014

MONKS are enjoying the fruits of their labours after taking in the harvest at the UK’s most northerly commercial orchard.

Nearly £1m to tackle isolation in North Yorkshire

The Northern Echo: ELDERLY INVESTMENT: North Yorkshire County Councillor Don MacKenzie (pictured with logo) with some of the group leaders for the new Innovation Fund projects

12:47pm Monday 1st September 2014

NEARLY £1m will be invested in projects to tackle loneliness amongst North Yorkshire’s increasingly elderly population.

Hundreds riding high after Durham bike event

The Northern Echo: PEDAL ON: The Durham Big Ride sets off on mass at County Hall.

12:33pm Monday 1st September 2014

HUNDREDS of cyclists of all ages took part in a mass bike ride around the North-East countryside.

Talented youngster trains at Loughborough University

The Northern Echo: NEXT GENERATION: 12-year-old Finn Usher, at Barnard Castle Cricket Club, was one of 80 selected to train at Loughborough University's cricket ground Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

12:21pm Monday 1st September 2014

A TALENTED cricket player was invited to spend the day at Loughborough University last week to experience national coaching.

Investigation raises health concerns about e-cigarettes

6:04am Monday 1st September 2014

AN investigation into e-cigarettes has discovered a potentially toxic chemical linked to lung disease within one of the e-liquids tested for sale in the North-East.

Business leader to become Queen's representative in North Yorkshire

The Northern Echo:

6:04am Monday 1st September 2014

A BUSINESS leader has been appointed as Her Majesty’s new Lord Lieutenant for North Yorkshire.

Fears raised Government has set wrong tone for rail service refranchising

6:03am Monday 1st September 2014

IT is agreed that the Northern Rail and TransPennine Express refranchising exercise will shape the region's rail services for years to come.

Northern Echo launches campaign calling for major investment in North-East rail

The Northern Echo: ROLLING STOCK: A Northern Rail Pacer at Darlington railway station. Picture: ANDY LAMB

6:03am Monday 1st September 2014

NOW is the time for the Government to think big and invest in the North-East and North Yorkshire's rail network.

Accident death

5:43pm Monday 1st September 2014

A PEDESTRIAN injured in a collision with a taxi in Newcastle at the weekend has died. The accident happened at 2.30am on Sunday, (August 31) on the northbound slip-road from the Swan House roundabout to New Bridge Street on the Central Motorway. The man, aged 26, was taken to the city’s RVI hospital where he died this morning (Monday, September 1).

Man hurt in disturbance

The Northern Echo: Witness appeal (8875381)

4:00pm Monday 1st September 2014

A MAN needed hospital treatment after being hit with a piece of wood during a disturbance.

Appeal to trace abusive train passengers

The Northern Echo: ABUSIVE PASSENGERS: British Transport Police are trying to trace this pair after they abused a member of staff at Hartlepool train station.

1:23pm Monday 1st September 2014

IMAGES have been released of a man and woman police want to speak to after a member of railway staff was verbally abused at Hartlepool station.

Sedgefield's most glamorous raceday raises thousands for charity

The Northern Echo: LOOKING GOOD: Women show off their outfits in the best-dressed contest at the Roflow Ladies Evening at Sedgefield Racecourse

5:27pm Monday 1st September 2014

AN evening of thrilling horse-racing and show-stopping fashion has raised thousands of pounds for a lifesaving charity.

Young singers join Brit Award trio on stage

The Northern Echo: Blake: Ollie Baines, Humphrey Berney and Stephen Bowman

1:57pm Monday 1st September 2014

YOUNG singers from the region will join a Brit Award-winning trio on stage later this month (Friday, September 19).

Fund-raisers help Leon get his wheels

2:44pm Monday 1st September 2014

CHARITY fundraisers really put their backs into it when they took part in a lorry pull.

Improvement works on Echo building in Darlington

The Northern Echo: RUNNING REPAIRS: Work on The Northern Echo offices in Darlington Picture:RICHARD DOUGHTY

2:06pm Monday 1st September 2014

CONTRACTORS have erected scaffolding around the outside of The Northern Echo offices as part of ongoing maintenance work on the 97-year-old building.

Play facilities opened at specialist heart unit

The Northern Echo: GRAND OPENING: Ivan and Nadine Hollingsworth (fundraisers from Seb4CHUF)  and their son Sebastian (5) officially open the new specialist play facility at the Children's Heart Unit at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital with nurses Emma Milner and Sophie

4:10pm Sunday 31st August 2014

PLAY facilities for children undergoing heart surgery were opened at a specialist centre in the North-East by a family who have raised thousands of pounds for the unit.

Engineers hope that iconic Lancaster will be airborne by Tuesday after engine repairs

The Northern Echo: WORKING HARD: Engineers and aviation enthusiasts are working tirelessly to fix the Mynarski Memorial Lancaster. Picture by David Thompson

1:09pm Sunday 31st August 2014

WORK is progressing well on fixing the Mynarski Memorial Lancaster and it is hoped the plane will be airborne again by Tuesday.

Gazza: I can beat the booze

The Northern Echo:

8:25am Sunday 31st August 2014

TROUBLED former England footballer Paul Gascoigne has said he can overcome the demons which saw him admitted to hospital in a drink-fuelled stupor.

Thousands enjoy the Tees Pride 10km

The Northern Echo: KEEP ON RUNNING: The Tees Pride 10k run starting and finishing on Hall Drive, Middlesbrough  -  First lady wheelchair racer to finish, Jade Jones from Middlesbrough.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

4:01pm Sunday 31st August 2014

THOUSANDS of runners took to the streets of Middlesbrough to take part the tenth Tees Pride 10km run.

Serious accident at Sutton Bank

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1:53pm Sunday 31st August 2014

A SERIOUS accident has taken place at Sutton Bank near Thirsk, North Yorkshire today (Sunday, August 31), resulting in the road being closed.

Great North Air Ambulance lands in Darlington town centre

The Northern Echo:

1:47pm Sunday 31st August 2014

A CAR park in Darlington served as a landing pad for the Great North Air Ambulance Service this afternoon (Sunday, August 31).

Two horses die after car crashes into stable block

The Northern Echo: Durham Police

12:34pm Sunday 31st August 2014

A WOMAN has been taken to hospital after her car collided with a brick built stable on Salters Lane, in Trimdon Grange.

Family's sheer joy at show results

The Northern Echo: SHOW ENTRIES:  Sheep prepare to be judged Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

5:51pm Sunday 31st August 2014

A VETERAN shepherd said he felt on top of the world after he and his son bagged five trophies and eight first place rosettes at the 145th show of Weardale’s Agricultural Society.

Friends walk 85 miles in three days for cousin recovering from cancer

The Northern Echo: FUNDRAISING FRIENDS: Donna Kelly (left) and Angie Cooke (right) have raised £1,000 for a cousin recovering from cancer, by walking 85miles in three days.

3:56pm Sunday 31st August 2014

TWO friends walked 85 miles in three days to raise money for a family member who was told he had 18 months left to live.

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