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Hitachi opens £82m factory marking new era for train building in North-East

Live Hitachi opens £82m factory marking new era for train building in North-East

SEVERE DELAYS: Trains are being disrupted throughout the North-East after an incident in Durham this morning

Severe train delays in North-East after person hit by train near Durham

OPEN FOR BUSINESS: A new era in the history of train building in the North-East starts this morning when Hitachi opens the doors to its £82m train factory

Hitachi to mark new era in North-East train building when it opens doors to its £82m factory

WARNING: Darlington MP Jenny Chapman

MP issues warning after Darlington children's services slammed by Ofsted

HONOURED: Pte Edward Pratt of Aycliffe

Remembered at last, a soldier of the First World War


Cameron and Osborne to reveal massive North-East jobs boost at Nissan and Hitachi

LUCKY ESCAPE: The overturned car. Picture: @Cleveland RPU

Lucky escape after car overturns on A66

GUILTY PLEA: Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court

Aldi Newton Aycliffe employee from Bishop Auckland admits stealing almost £30,000

LAPDOG: Police found a Tibetan terrier, similar to this one, on the lap of a man who had led them on a 145mph chase

Maniac motorist with Tibetan terrier on his lap led police on 145mph chase


One-punch thug jailed for Darlington assault dodged jail months earlier for identical attack

Chainsaw and baseball bat pub threats - man arrested

Chainsaw and baseball bat pub threats - man arrested

HISTORIC: Polam Hall School in Darlington has changed from being a fee-paying school to a free school. Headteacher John Moreland welcomes new pupils Mia Borley, Tyler Wilson, Matthew King and Mirren Worsdale. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

Education for all at Polam Hall as it switches from fee-paying to free school

Teesside Combined Court Centre, Middlesbrough

Cocky rogue traders who targeted vulnerable jailed by judge for 'despicable' crimes

Vaughan Dodds leaving Teesside Crown Court on an earlier date

Blair's former bodyguard Vaughan Dodds found guilty of benefit fraud

ACCIDENT: Police attended an accident on the A177 near Sedgefield this morning

Concerns about Sedgefield junction grow following four car collision

HISTORIC LANDSCAPE: An artist's impression of a view at Fountains Abbey following completion of the silt removal scheme

National Trust pumps £300,000 into tackling UN World Heritage Site threat

COMEDIAN: Roy 'Chubby' Brown is returning to his hometown for a gig

Chubby Brown returning to hometown for Don't Get Fit! Get Fat! tour - tickets on sale

VIGIL: The Venerable Nick Barker, Priest in charge of Holy Trinity Darlington and Archdeacon of Auckland camps out to deter night-time thieves Picture: KEITH BLUNDY

Vicar's vigils aim to deter night-time lead thieves at Darlington church

One of the whales seen on Monday by Steve Powis/ Sea Watch Foundation

Rare Beluga whales spotted off North-East coast

Excavation of one of the skulls at the human burial site in Durham

Durham mass grave bodies are Scottish soldiers taken prisoner at one of the 17th Century's most brutal and bloody battles

FIXTURE: Action from Darlington v Blyth Spartans at Heritage Park on Monday. A goal-mounted GoPro camera used for capturing video highlights for the club website was stolen during the second half. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

Darlington FC: Stolen GoPro 'goal cam' is returned

BLAZE SCENE: The fire takes hold

Guests and staff flee North Yorkshire pub as blaze hits building

SENTENCING: Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court

Bishop Auckland man sentenced for lager can assault

SENTENCED: Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court

Careless driver fined after hitting pedestrian

Milan-bound: All-rounder Vinnie Owens among youngest players selected for trip-of-lifetime to train with AC Milan's junior and youth players

Football starlets Italy-bound after impressing top club's coaches

PRINCIPALS: Cast leads from Dryburn Theatrical Workshop's production of The Fifteen Streets. Left to right: Emma Scott as Mary Llewellyn, Phil Martin, as John O'Brien, and Kay Anderson, as Mary Ellen O'Brien. Picture location courtesy of Beamish Museum.

Theatre group brings Cookson classic to stage

Search continues after River Tyne body report

Search continues after River Tyne body report

ASSAULT: York Races

York Race champagne bar assault - man released on police bail

STOPTOBER: Quitting smoking is the single best thing you can do to improve your health

Smokers urged to sign up to this year's 'Stoptober' event

WISDOM: Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbot are performing at Middlesbrough Town Hall.

'Wisdom, Laughter and Lines' coming to Middlesbrough Town Hall

TRIUMPH: Cameron Gilray

Boy golfer from Burnopfield triumphs

ABBEY: Ampleforth will welcome the Chilean monks early next year.

South Americans to work at North Yorkshire abbey

CUTE: The baby red panda.

New arrival thrills zoo staff

EARLY: Elf Emma Ryder with Santa, played by Wensleydale Railway’s general manager Nick Park, and Snowman David Meacham, from Mulberry Homes Yorkshire.

It's still summer - but Santa is on his way

TOUR: Durham's Market Hall to hold a series of open days

Historic market hall reveals its secrets

VICTORY: Protesters against plans for houses at land in Sherburn Village

Residents cheer as village housing plan is rejected

PLANS: The Thinford Inn near Spennymoor Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

Thinford pub redevelopment plans recommended for refusal

CONCERN: Alex Cunningham

Blood closure will be 'damaging to public health' - MP

Crook and Wolsingham Choir

Crook and Weardale Choir looking for new members

SHORTLISTED: Finalist Jean Bird and Specsavers employee Jasmin May

Bishop Auckland woman shortlisted as stylish specs-wearer

CLOSURE: Houndgate will be temporarily closed on its north side

Temporary closure of Darlington town centre footway

DEVIANT: Matthew Peacock avoids jail despite having a 'morbid fascination' in child abuse images.

A dad had a 'morbid fascination' in child abuse images

FLASHER: Thomas Bateman walks free from court after being sentenced for flashing at two women

Pervert narrowly avoids jail for flashing at women


Patrols help keep youths safer over summer

New initiative enables police to return stolen bike to its owner - before they had a chance to report it missing

Bum-pee ride

Bum-pee ride

ENERGY SCHEME: Mark Bainbridge, right, general manager at Lightwater Valley, with Andrew Thrower, of Lombard Merseyside, examine the sustainable wood pellets beside one of Lightwater Valley’s new biomass boilers

Theme park realises greener burning ambition

MULTI-CULTURAL: Children, young people and families enjoy themselves at Sunrise Children’s Centre Multicultural Community Day

Dancing and music brings multi-culturalism to life

LINK: Oxjam Darlo’s Jonny Lancaster with Alexandra Joy of Darlington Building Society. Picture: KEITH TAYLOR

Oxjam Darlo secures building society support ahead of October return

RURAL PERFORMERS: We Are Bronte, one of the acts performing during the Highlights Rural Touring Scheme.

Eclectic events coming to County Durham village halls

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