Breaking news Man released on bail after dog walker savaged near Durham

The Northern Echo:

12:37pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A MAN whose bulldogs allegedly savaged a fellow dog owner near Durham has been released on police bail.

Grieving son accepts apology for "crass" National Trust letter

The Northern Echo: INSENSITIVE LETTER: Mike Groom who received the letter from the National Trust. Picture: STUART BOULTON.

1:32pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A GRIEVING son has told of disappointment after the National Trust sent a letter to his widowed mother referring to his father as 'deceased supporter name' in capital letters.

Woman caught trying to steal condom machine armed with shopping trolley to haul it away

The Northern Echo:

1:26pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

CONDOMS offered no protection from the law for a bungling thief.

Academies and free schools blamed for rise in teenage pregnancies

The Northern Echo: True cost of teenage pregnancy problem more than £4m per year

6:58am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

TEENAGE pregnancies are on the rise in a North-East town because schools are dropping sex education, MPs have been told.

Boy tells Darlington scout leader trial of 'disgust' at being spanked

The Northern Echo: COURT APPEARANCE: Christopher Blakeborough arrives at Teesside Crown Court. (11704407)

6:46am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A BOY told a jury he felt "disgusted" after being spanked by a scout group leader during a camping trip.

Wife of businessman who suffered severe head injury in Darlington town centre fall calls for bikes to be banned from pedestrian areas

The Northern Echo: HEAD INJURY: Brian Coates

6:10am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

THE devastated wife of a businessman who suffered life-changing head injuries after a fall in a busy town centre has called for bikes to be banned from pedestrianised areas.

Faster broadband across the North-East

2:45pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

THOUSANDS of North-East homes are to benefit from faster broadband.

Darlington man smashed van windscreen with axe following dispute with ex-girlfriend, a court heard

The Northern Echo: Steven John Hutchinson, 34, of Evenwood Gate, County Durham, was sentenced at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court

2:45pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A MAN used an axe to smash the window of a van containing his ex-partner and her new boyfriend, a court was told.

Artistic war tribute

The Northern Echo: WINNERS PRESENTATION: Mayor Pauline Crathorne with Eddie Serrell, Gillian Barnes, Ella-May Connolly and Kasey Newton

1:55pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

ARTISTIC creations were exhibited at two events in Ferryhill to commemorate the centenary of the start of the First World War.

MP's surgery shake-up

The Northern Echo: Kevan Jones: New advice surgery

1:51pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

NORTH Durham Labour MP Kevan Jones is adding a new village venue to the monthly advice surgeries he holds for constituents.

Deadline approaches for funding awards scheme

The Northern Echo: (11807562)

1:48pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

GROUPS in and around Durham City have only days left to apply for a chance to share in £20,000.

Voters called to polls to elect new Evenwood ward councillor

The Northern Echo: LATE STALWART: Councillor Pauline Charlton was a former Mayor of Durham City and chairman of Durham County Council

1:48pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

VOTERS will be called to the polls to elect the next Evenwood ward councillor tomorrow (Thursday, October 23) following the death of Councillor Pauline Charlton.

Go-ahead for Bowburn housing development despite fears over school

The Northern Echo: PLAN APPROVED: Durham County Council has approved bungalow plan

1:41pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A HOUSING development has been given the go-ahead despite fears it would stand in the way of building a new village school.

Road chaos for Yorkshire Dales motorists as A684 remains closed

The Northern Echo:

1:41pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

THE main A684 road into the Yorkshire Dales remains closed at Aiskew and Bedale as emergency repairs are carried out by Northern Gas.

Community walk plans stalled amid dog fouling fears

1:35pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

PLANS for a proposed community walk have been halted after concerns over dog fouling on football pitches.

Bishop of Durham to dedicate war rolls of honour

The Northern Echo: FORMER PUPILS REMEMBERED: Ian Wood has unearthered two World War One memorials that were found in the bell tower of St John's Church off Yarm Road in Darlington.  They list former pupils of the St John's School that fought in the war (left), and d

1:29pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

AFTER languishing in a bell tower for four decades, two First World War rolls of honour will form the centrepiece of an exhibition in a North-East church.

Darlington school enjoys cash windfall thanks to Co-op staff

The Northern Echo: THANK YOU: Co-Op staff Sarah Scratchard and Danielle Bolam present a cheque to children at West Park Academy, Darlington, L-R, Mia Dowson, Amber Thomas, Jack Sludds and Isaac Purchase, all five

1:01pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

SUPERMARKET staff were invited to check-out a new outdoor play area after raising hundreds of pounds for its development.

Daffodils to mark church group's anniversary

The Northern Echo: SPRING BULBS: The Cockerton Methodist Church Ladies Group plant golden daffodils on the village green. Picture: STUART BOULTON

12:52pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A CHURCH group has helped ensure that its village will be awash with daffodils when it celebrates its 50th anniversary next year.

Bench in memory of junior football team coach 'Mally'

The Northern Echo: MUCH MISSED: The memorial bench placed in Middleton St George in honour of Mally Turnbull

1:01pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A MEMORIAL bench has been placed in Middleton St George playing field in honour of Malcolm Turnbull, known as Mally, who coached junior football teams in the village for many years.

'We knew this would happen', say residents outraged by fresh dog attack

The Northern Echo: A woman leads an American bulldog away from a field at Low Pittington. Dog was impounded. Picture: GAVIN ENGELBRECHT (11777228)

9:17pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A COMMUNITY has spoken of its outrage after a man who had his arm ripped off by his own dogs found himself at the centre of another incident involving his animals.

Danger driver who struck police officer jailed for three years

The Northern Echo: Dean Andrew Watts, who drove girlfriend's car after drinking to celebrate his 23rd birthday.

7:20pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A POLICE officer laying a stinger device was thrown over the bonnet of the car he was trying to bring to a halt, a court heard.

Cabbie's fare is banned driver who smashed into his taxi and gave false details

The Northern Echo: METER ISSUES: Two taxi drivers have faced magistrates for driving without their meters switched on.

1:47pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A BANNED driver couldn't believe his bad luck when a taxi driver he had duped months earlier turned up on his doorstep for a fare.

Fears that urgent care centres 'may be axed'

The Northern Echo:

6:02am Tuesday 21st October 2014

FEARS are growing that NHS urgent care centres at three County Durham towns are earmarked for closure.

Walking changes could predict dementia

10:02pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

THE way someone walks is linked to dementia in Parkinson's disease, North-East researchers have found.

Building gifted to Barnard Castle community remains empty after county council rejects community hub plan

The Northern Echo: COMMUNITY BUILDING: Barnard Castle Town Council hopes to lease Woodleigh to keep the building for community use.

7:04pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A BUILDING gifted to a town is set to remain empty after Durham County Council rejected plans to turn it into a community hub.

Thousands raised to support Charlie and raise money for Cystic Fibrosis research

The Northern Echo: FUNDRAISERS: Charlie York, in the checked shirt, with friends from Aysgarth School

5:51pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A TEN-YEAR-OLD boy managed to complete part of a sponsored walk held to support him, despite just undergoing a double lung transplant.

Demonstrators in Darlington protest against blacklisting

The Northern Echo: CROCODILE TEARS: Trade unionists highlight the construction industry blacklists outside the gates of Cleveland Bridge in Darlington. Picture: STUART BOULTON

5:15pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

UNION members held a protest demonstration outside a Darlington business it says was responsible for blacklisting construction workers.

Flamingo Land behind plans for major coastal visitor attraction

The Northern Echo: THE FUTURE: The former Futurist Theatre in Scarborough. Flamingo Land has put in a bid to turn the site into a major visitor attraction

5:15pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

FLAMINGO Land has lodged a bid to create a botanic garden and roller coaster on the site of the former Futurist theatre.

Celebration of historic locomotives short-listed for tourism award

The Northern Echo: SHORT-LISTED EVENT: The Great Goodbye exhibition at Locomotion, The National Railway Museum at Shildon brought together the six surviving A4 Pacific locomotives.

5:01pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A MUSEUM'S tribute to an historic locomotive that drew crowds from far and wide is on track for an award.

Delivery men admit selling fake vodka

The Northern Echo: ILLEGAL VODKA: PCSO Michelle Williamson and Sergeant  Tim Robson from the Alcohol Reduction Team with just some of the illegal vodka seized during the operation in Stanley.

4:55pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

TWO men have appeared in court charged with selling potentially lethal counterfeit vodka using an illegal drink delivery service.

Woman dragged to the ground and robbed by youths in Northallerton

The Northern Echo: Call council hotline to report ASB

4:36pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A WOMAN was dragged to the ground and robbed as she walked home through a town park, police have revealed.

Girl beats broken back for marathon swim to help those who saved her

The Northern Echo: BIG THANK-YOU: Natasha Sedgwick with Yorkshire Air Ambulance paramedic Graham Pemberton.

2:33pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A TEENAGER has fought her way back to health after breaking her back – and four of her ribs - in a head-on road smash.

UK first for North-East hospital

The Northern Echo: Pictured (left to right) Dr John Greenaway and Mr Yks Viswanath with Daniel Bedwell of CJ Medical outside the endoscopy unit at James Cook Hospital.

1:56pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A NORTH-EAST hospital has become the first in the UK to perform a new endoscopic procedure for NHS patients with serious digestive problems.

Police deny withholding evidence and staging cover up of deer bludgeoning

The Northern Echo:

8:07am Tuesday 21st October 2014

SENIOR police officers insisted last night they had thoroughly investigated claims two officers bludgeoned a deer to death with crowbars.

Army medics' Africa mission to battle Ebola outbreak

The Northern Echo: HEALTH MISSION: Members of Catterick Garrison-based 5 Medical regiment are set to help battle the Ebola outbreak, in Sierra Leone

7:02am Tuesday 21st October 2014

EIGHTY FOUR Army medics have been deployed to west Africa to help in the battle against the deadly Ebola virus.

'Shocking' number of primary school starters unable to put on coat or use toilet on own - Alan Milburn

The Northern Echo: Former Cabinet ministers Alan Milburn, who has been accused of plotting to force Gordon Brown to step down as Prime Minister

6:10am Tuesday 21st October 2014

THE number of children who start school unable to go to the toilet or put on a coat by themselves is “shocking”, Alan Milburn has warned.

Use of private ambulances in NHS 'rockets'

The Northern Echo:

12:03am Tuesday 21st October 2014

SPENDING on private ambulance services in the North-East and Yorkshire has more than quadrupled to hit £2.9m and £3.5m respectively, according to new figures from Labour.

Woman struck by bus in Stockton

The Northern Echo:

8:41pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

POLICE are appealing for information after a woman was seriously injured by a bus this evening.

Bus services back under council control

The Northern Echo: PROFITS RISE: A Stagecoach hybrid bus operating in Newcastle

7:16pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A DECISION has been made to take bus services in Tyne and Wear back under council control.

Privacy fears could stall 'DNA diets'

The Northern Echo: Professor Lynn Frewer from Newcastle University

7:06pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

BENEFICIAL personalised diet plans will not be widely accepted until regulations are in place to protect information about our DNA, new research has shown.

Inquest into the death of naked Stockton man in police custody continues

The Northern Echo: Kirk Williams

6:50pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A CUSTODY sergeant told an inquest that, contrary to earlier reports, he had not been made aware that a fellow police officer urgently wanted a prisoner to go to hospital instead of a police cell.

Long awaited war memorial unveiled in town's market place

The Northern Echo: NEW WAR MEMORIAL: The new memorial in Chester le Street. Picture: DAVID WOOD (11744786)

6:24pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A TOWN'S long-awaited new war memorial has been unveiled after a three-year fund-raising campaign.

Hat-trick of football writers give pre-match talk

6:09pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A TRIO of Teesside football writers are holding a discussion on the beautiful game ahead of this Saturday's Boro match.

Major redevelopment plan takes big step closer

6:05pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A LANDMARK deal has been signed to start the redevelopment of a 35-hectare site in the centre of York.

MPs to vote on whether Thatcher Government misled country over Miners' Strike

5:59pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

MPs will vote next week on whether the Thatcher Government “misled the public” about its conduct during the miners’ strike.

Teesside vet gives advice to calm pets on Bonfire Night

The Northern Echo: Lenny the dog who was frightened at last year's Bonfire Night in the Leeds area

5:51pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A TEESSIDE vet has issued advice on how to keep pets calm in the Bonfire Night period.

Residents take part in community clean-up

The Northern Echo: COMMUNITY CLEAN-UP: Councillor Eunice Huntington (left) and Joyce Lovack, chair of Our Place community group and secretary of the residents association (right) take part in the litter pick in Shotton. Picture: DAVID WOOD (11743760)

5:48pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

RESIDENTS have joined forces with council staff to take part in a community clean up day.

Sunderland fan's heartfelt plea to meet Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

The Northern Echo: SOCCER HERO: Fred Stewart from Crook who wants to meet his hero, Wenger, at the Sunderland v Arsenal match this weekend.      Picture: ANDY LAMB

5:42pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A MAN is making a heartfelt plea to make his dreams come true at a football match this Saturday (October 25).

Work set to start on A66 resurfacing project

The Northern Echo: RESURFACING PLANNED: Work is due to start on resurfacing work on the A66 near Stockton.

5:35pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A £2.3m scheme to resurface a stretch of the A66 on Teesside will begin next week.

Residents' community safety concerns aired at meeting

The Northern Echo: PARTNERSHIP MEETING: Senior representatives from the Safer Hartlepool Partnership face questions from the public.

5:35pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

RESIDENTS were given the chance to air their views and concerns about the future direction of community safety priorities in their town.

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