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Summer is all about getting out and enjoying the great outdoors

7:01am Thursday 21st August 2014

THERE’S full programme of activities for nature lovers at a North-East reserve.

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.

Parents' horror as boy, three, slips down faulty manhole

The Northern Echo: Parents' horror as boy, three, slips down faulty manhole

6:44am Thursday 21st August 2014

A SHOCKED couple are calling for action after a manhole cover gave way and their three-year-old son narrowly avoided plummeting into a drain.

Darlington war veteran will get to see Lancaster flypast, after ticket benefactor comes forward

The Northern Echo: The statue of Andrew Mynarski at Middleton St George

6:39am Thursday 21st August 2014

A VETERAN of Bomber Command who feared he would miss out on a nostalgic flypast has got his wish for a ticket to the sold-out event.

Parents' horror as boy, three, plunges down faulty manhole

The Northern Echo:

5:00am Thursday 21st August 2014

A SHOCKED couple are calling for action after a manhole cover gave way and their three-year-old son narrowly avoided plummeting into a drain.

'Cancer' conman jailed after driving victim to brink of suicide

The Northern Echo: ACCOMPLISHED FRAUDSTER: Nabeel Adris

9:50pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A DOUBLE glazing salesman who conned cash out of a “vulnerable, trusting and caring” pensioner - who became so distressed she contemplated suicide - has been jailed for two years, three months.

Businessman faces month-long trial over fraud allegations

The Northern Echo: DENIES WRONGDOING: Mike Smallman

9:36pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A BUSINESSMAN could face a trial lasting up to a month after he denied a series of fraud charges.

Deathwatch beetle leads to a journey back in time at historic 'Charlotte Bronte' home

The Northern Echo:

7:43pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A PROJECT to tackle a deathwatch beetle infestation at the historic house which inspired Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre has unearthed 1,000 years of history at the site.

Stockton named sixth best place to live in the country

The Northern Echo: BEST PLACE TO LIVE:  The borough of Stockton has been named the sixth best place to live in the UK by the Daily Telegraph. Pictured is the exclusive Wynyard estate, Picture: TOM BANKS

7:24pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

SOME might beg to differ, but Stockton has been named the sixth best place to live in England and Wales.

Man jailed over petrol threat and sinister texts to 'ex'.

The Northern Echo: Clive Richardson: Jailed for three years for campaign of harassment on former partner.

7:14pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A MAN who could not accept the end of a relationship bombarded his former partner with increasingly threatening and hurtful text messages.

Watch the video as The Northern Echo's editor gets an icy soaking

The Northern Echo: GETTING A SOAKING: Northern Echo editor Peter Barron undergoes the Ice Bucket Challenge outside the covered market with the help of members of Darlington Operatic Society Claire Willmer, Rhiannon Walker and Sam Morrison who are starring in a production of

7:13pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

NORTHERN Echo editor Peter Barron got an icy soaking as part of a charity campaign that has swept the globe.

Paddington delights youngsters at North-East children's hospital

The Northern Echo: BIG HUG: Cameron Howe, seven,  from Bishop Auckland, meets Paddington Bear during his visit to the Great North Children's Hospital, Newcastle Upon Tyne. PICTURE: John Millard.

7:12pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A FAMOUS teddy bear has been spreading cheer at a North-East children’s hospital as part of a nationwide tour to raise funds for medical research.

Golf pro takes a soaking and England Women's rugby captain will do the same

The Northern Echo: HAVING AN ICE TIME: Head professional golfer at Rockcliffe Hall Golf Club, in Hurworth, Jon Stacey takes the Ice Bucket Challenge with a helping hand from professional golfer Paul Wesselingh, winner of the order of merit in last year's European Senior

7:07pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

AFTER taking his soaking in good humour, Peter Barron nominated a world cup winning rugby player and a golf pro to take the Ice Bucket Challenge.

Police and council reassure Sedgefield and Fishburn residents following arrival of unauthorised horse fair

The Northern Echo: HORSE FAIR:Travellers on a site on the outskirts of Sedgefield, as they prepare for annual horse fair. Picture SARAH CALDECOTT

7:01pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

AN annual horse fair has moved to a new location without warning, sparking anger and fear among nearby residents.

Early Help project changing lives in Middlesbrough

The Northern Echo: troubled families in a North-East town are having their lives transformed by a scheme which has saved more than £500,000 in its first seven months

6:40pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

TROUBLED families are having their lives transformed by a scheme which has saved the taxpayer more than £500,000.

Wartime food on the menu at Court

The Northern Echo:

6:34pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A RESTAURATEUR is offering a wartime at home menu to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Unlicensed landlord fined

6:29pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A LANDLORD is counting the cost of failing to abide by a licensing scheme that aims to improve standards of rental properties and tackle anti social behaviour.

Festival of entertainment takes to streets of Durham

The Northern Echo: STREETS AHEAD: Performer The Space Cowboy

6:28pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

VISITORS to an annual street festival are encouraged to share their favourite moments of the event on social media.

Cot death toll rises in region

6:28pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

CHARITY bosses say we are failing to protect babies from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) after new figures showed an increase in ‘cot deaths’ in the North-East.

Peterlee father-of-two faces jail after sex assault conviction

6:12pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A FATHER of two faces jail after he was convicted of sexually assaulting a young girl in broad daylight.

New police HQ ready for Durham force

The Northern Echo: (9529606)

6:10pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A POLICE force is starting the move from its old headquarters to a new £15m base.

Funeral details of Flight MH17 victim Liam Sweeney

The Northern Echo: TOON FAN: Liam Sweeney, who was killed along with fellow Newcastle United supporter John Alder on the doomed Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 while travelling to New Zealand to cheer on their side for a pre-season tour.

6:08pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

THE FUNERAL of one of the devoted Newcastle United fans who died on the doomed Flight MH17 will be held tomorrow (Thursday, August 21).

Farmers urged to help fight rustling

The Northern Echo: Jane and Mark Gray at Broom House Farm, Witton Gilbert (9094739)

5:32pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A LANDOWNERS’ group is urging rural communities to pull together to combat a rustling rush.

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.

Cleveland Tontine hoping to smell success in White Rose Awards

5:16pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

THE award-winning Cleveland Tontine hotel has made it through to the final of the White Rose Awards, promoting tourism in Yorkshire.

Retirement village's summer fun day raises hundreds for charity

The Northern Echo: SUMMER FUN: Middleton Hall resident Tom Edge with daughter-in-law Linda

5:07pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

THE hustle and bustle of a traditional summer carnival was brought to life at a North-East retirement village as residents, staff and family members helped to raise money for charity.

Jade Jones set to compete in the Taylor Wimpey Tees Pride 10k in Middlesbrough

The Northern Echo: Wheelchair racer Jade Jones at the site of the new Middlesbrough Sports Village, near the Marton Road section of the Taylor Wimpey Tees Pride 10k course

4:51pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

MEDAL-winning wheelchair racer Jade Jones is the latest elite athlete to sign up to Taylor Wimpey Tees Pride 10k in Middlesbrough.

Ethical bank supports almhouses project

The Northern Echo: CHARITY BANK: £500,000 loan to almshouse project.

4:38pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

AN ambitious project to restore a set of 17th-century almshouses has won the support of an ethical bank.

Scheme to help people get to work gets boost

The Northern Echo: WORKING WHEELS: Cllr Bridget Fortune is pictured with Keith McDonnell from W2W.

4:36pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A SUCCESSFUL mobility project designed to help unemployed people find work is set to roll forward after winning a major financial boost.

Police investigating Station Town shooting appeal for information about three vehicles

The Northern Echo: Scene of shooting in Station Town. The victim was in garden of second house from the left.  (9473659)

4:33pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

DETECTIVES investigation the shooting of a man in his garden have appealed for information about three cars seen in the area around the time of the attack.

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.

Centre closing for repairs

The Northern Echo: Aileen Johnson (left,)  Kathleen Slater, Eileen Hopper, Ken Harris and Dorothy McNally from the Blackhill Art Group, one of the many local organisations which the soon-to-be renovated Blackhill Community Centre.

4:06pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

USERS of a community centre have been warned it is expected to remain out of use for up to six weeks while repairs are carried out, from next month.

Football team completes sponsored walk to say thank you for new kit

The Northern Echo: SPONSORED WALK: The under 10 Spraire Lasses, based in Darlington, completed a walk around the town to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House Charity, which provides accommodation for parents of children undergoing hospital treatment

4:06pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A TEAM of young footballers have put their best foot forward to complete a sponsored walk for charity.

Chester-le-Street arts project gets funding to put the town in the picture

The Northern Echo: Directors (left to right): Gillian Westrip, Sharon Gollan, Miranda Petersen, Tracey Barnes and Anne Proctor. (9520459)

3:55pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

AN arts project is celebrating its first birthday with a big funding boost.

Council is killing the town, say self-styled Darlington Liberation Army

The Northern Echo: UNITED FRONT: Posters in the front window of DLA headquarters

3:55pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

COUNCIL chiefs are staying tight-lipped over the launch of a self-styled ‘liberation army’, set up in a bid to encourage transparency and expose alleged town hall wrong-doing.

Second crash at Pittington where accidents are 'rare'

3:22pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

DETAILS have emerged of a second crash where a young couple had a miraculous escape at the weekend.

Old show looks to future

The Northern Echo: COUNTRY LIFE: Highland cattle being judged at last year's Wolsingham Show

3:22pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

THE oldest agricultural show in the country hopes to build on its successful history thanks to improved facilities.

Durham Light Infantry Memorial foundations laid as fundraising target is reached

The Northern Echo: STATUE SITE: Col Arthur Charlton at the site in Durham Market Place where the statue will be erected next month.     Picture: ANDY LAMB (9509767)

3:18pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A STATUE immortalising the sacrifices of the Durham Light Infantry took a step closer to reality today (August 20) as workers laid its foundation – and it was revealed that veterans had reached their fundraising target.

Motorist blamed ex-girlfriend's death for drink-driving

The Northern Echo: Kieran Gough struggled with court guards after being jailed for watching dogs kill a fox

2:48pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A MOTORIST blamed the death of his former girlfriend for him being more than three times the legal alcohol limit when he was stopped by the police.

Youngsters inspired to run Junior GNR for children's cancer charity

The Northern Echo: CHARITY RUN: Kids from Auckland Martial Arts will run the Junior GNR to raise money for Clic Sargent. Pictured are; Ellie Barker, Kaci Showler, Dannilee Barker, Annissa Holmes, Aaron Showler and Jake Fantarrow. Picture: TOM BANKS

2:43pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A YOUNG girl with leukaemia has inspired a martial arts group to run the Junior Great North Run next month.

Youngsters brighten up Durham unit's grounds

The Northern Echo: GARDEN OPEN: Trust chair Lesley Bessant is shown the new garden at NHS Durham by ten year old Briar Watson from Chester-le-Street.          Picture: ANDY LAMB (9509811)

2:24pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

EVERYTHING in the garden is lovely at a centre for youngsters with mental health issues.

Police give bail to suspects arrested over disappearance of Sunderland brothers

The Northern Echo: Investigations continue (9501322)

2:00pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

SEVEN people arrested after three brothers went missing have been bailed by police pending further enquiries.

Display of flowers with an eastern twist

The Northern Echo: JAPANESE ART: Erico Natsui with her flowers ball, part of the Japanese flower exhibition at the Palace Green library in Durham City.          Picture: ANDY LAMB (9508410)

1:58pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

AN exhibition has offered a rare chance to see an eastern take on the traditional art of flower arranging.

Man in court over alleged Darlington assault

The Northern Echo: Darlington man arrested on suspicion of assault

1:52pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A MAN has appeared in court charged with grievous bodily harm with intent following an incident in which a man was placed in an induced coma after suffering a bleed on his brain.

Missing Redcar teenager found

The Northern Echo:

1:52pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A 16-YEAR-old girl from Redcar, missing from home, has turned up safe and well.

Fish and chips treat for Mabel, 103

The Northern Echo: Birthday girl Mabel Raine, 103, with Councillor John Robinson, chairman of Durham County Council, his wife Maxine, left, and vice-chairman Jan Blakey (9493942)

1:50pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

BIRTHDAY girl Mabel is truly old Labour.

Work inspired by filmmaker's struggle to flee Iran

The Northern Echo: SCREEN TEST: Work begins on Kurosh Asemani's short film, My Name is Ashti

1:48pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A FILMMAKER who fled his homeland after criticising the regime is producing a film inspired by his struggle.

Teenager missing from Redcar

The Northern Echo:

1:42pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A SEARCH is underway for a missing 16-year-old girl from Redcar.

Newton Aycliffe colleagues take on water-fuelled obstacle course for cause close to their hearts

The Northern Echo: OBSTACLE CHALLENGE: Team leader Joanne Vipond, far right, puts her team through their paces in preparation for the Stockton River Rat Race at the weekend. From left,  Sarah Beadle, Sara Hird, Laura Newby-Higginbottom, Darren Feasey, Lee Newby-Higginbottom

12:57pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

DAREDEVIL staff at a dehumidifier manufacturer may need their own creations on hand when they take part in a water fuelled obstacle course this week.

Cash boost for centre revamp

The Northern Echo: Framwellgate Moor, Durham City- Colin Hillary (left), chairman of the community association and parish councillor Terry Moderate, pictured outside Framwellgate Moor community centre, where the community association is to take over the council-run communit

12:53pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A PROJECT to expand and improve a Victorian community centre has received a cash boost.



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