• Track switch closes attraction

    Popular tourist attraction Saltburn Miniature Railway will be closed over the Easter break because the track is being re-routed. Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council has granted permission for the move by the railway, which runs through Saltburn's Valley

  • Figures show N-E is getting poor deal

    Campaigners for regional government have stepped up their call for a better deal for deprived areas in the North- East. New Government figures underline how Treasury rules on public spending favour Scotland over many of the English regions. A major pressure

  • Knifed rapist gets £12,000 after attack

    A prisoner serving life for a series of rapes has been awarded £12,000 after suing the Home Office over his treatment in jail. David Stenning, 44, who was jailed in 1994, was barricaded in his cell and tied to a chair by attempted murderer John Purkiss

  • Marske carry on their winning streak

    Marske United played three games in five days, winning each by a scoreline of 4-1. Against Hebburn, United's goals came from Sankey (2), Reeve and Hodgson. Hebburn pulled one back with a goal from Diamon before the interval. United produced a superb display

  • Swimming News

    Angie Winstanley-Smith (Sedgefield), Northumberland and Durham swimmer of the year for 2000, defends five Twin Counties titles when the third and last of this year's individual championship galas is held at Darlington tomorrow and Sunday, writes ERIC

  • Will she, won't she, break into a smile?

    UNTIL the other day I hadn't realised how seldom we see Amanda Burton smile on television. Interviewing her about her new BBC1 drama The Whistle-Blower, the conversation is punctuated with merriment of various degrees including a Burton rarity, laughter

  • Darlington - Town loses well-loved insitution

    An era ended at the weekend when one of the area's oldest and best-loved family businesses closed its doors for the last time. Dressers (Stationers) Ltd announced in January that it was to shut its stores in Darlington and Northallerton. It was the final

  • DIY computers put school in the lead

    WORK experience for Wensleydale school student William Hague, aged 17, meant building 20 computer stations in nearby primary schools to help them become part of a far more cost-efficient system. Thanks to this system, the Wensleydale school,, and most

  • Murder charge

    A man was today charged with murdering slaughterman Steven Smart. He was shot in the head at the site of a mass foot-and-mouth cull in Cumbria. Keith Hubbard, 37, of Atherstone, Warwicks, was appearing before Carlisle Magistrates today charged with murder

  • Wear Valley - Animals to be re-buried after blunder

    CONTAMINATED animals are being exhumed after Government officials buried them on top of a farm's water supply. The burial blunder at Houslop Farm, in Tow Law, near Bishop Auckland, has caused great heartache in the small farming community. Confusion reigned

  • MP and parish council back protests about farm homes plan

    A NATIONAL park is being urged to throw out a Guisborough homes scheme. Opposition to the plans for Home Farm gathered pace this week as members of the North York Moors planning committee prepared to consider the issue. Dr Ashok Kumar MP registered a

  • Museum opens

    The Tom Leonard Mining Museum in Skinningrove has is reopened for its summer season after being closed for the winter. A new team of volunteer guides has been trained to give visitors a tour of the underground world of the area's ironstone past. Although

  • New bus fares scheme offers extra benefits

    MORE than 6,000 people throughout Redcar and Cleveland will be able to enjoy extra travel benefits thanks to a new Government scheme. The Government's Concessionary Travel Scheme offers a free bus pass and half fare travel to men over 65, women over 60

  • MP accuses Corus of 'appalling' behaviour

    REDCAR MP Mo Mowlam has branded steel firm Corus's treatment of its workers as 'inhuman.' Speaking to a conference of regional newspaper editors in London on Tuesday, she said: "Corus behaved appallingly and there is no nicer way to put it than that."

  • End the doubts over centre's future, says prison board

    AN independent watchdog has called for an end to uncertainty about the future of Northallerton remand centre and young offenders' institution. Any decisions about the future and possible role of the establishment in East Road must be communicated swiftly

  • Magpies in profit thanks to Bobby

    BOBBY Robson's transfer dealings have helped get Newcastle United back into the black. The sale of high earners as part of his overhaul of the squad he inherited from Ruud Gullit has reduced the wage bill by 14 per cent and cut the club's player trading

  • Social services seeks sponsors

    SOCIAL services bosses hope to raise the department's profile and back up its work by seeking sponsorship. Durham County Council's social services section has appointed a development officer to look for sponsors and heighten awareness of the department's

  • Achieving success with social conscience

    WHAT influences your decision when you buy a product or service? Apparently, it is often corporate social responsibility that affects our purchasing decisions. Research by Business in the Community/Research International (UK) Ltd identified that that

  • Westwood super show (Durham Alliance)

    The Mallard went down 3-1 at home to Whitehill. They were the stronger team in the first-half and went one up on 30 minutes with a goal from Barry Cougle. Just before half-time John Todd equalised for Whitehill who were in control of the second-half with

  • Durham bow to Campion

    A FLY-HALF who uses Newcastle's Jonny Wilkinson as his role model played a big part in spoiling Durham School's day out at Twickenham, writes IAN LAMONT. Michael Whitehead showed why several Premiership clubs are on his trail as Campion, from Essex, became

  • Foot-and-mouth crisis hits rural cricket for six

    VILLAGE cricket across the region faces a summer of major disruption as the foot-and-mouth crisis continues. With precautions against the disease ruling many rural grounds out of bounds and farmers making up a high percentage of players in many teams,

  • Bindaree can leap to Aintree victory

    BOLD-JUMPING Bindaree (3.45) has an outstanding chance to lift this afternoon's John Hughes Memorial Chase run over the National fences at Aintree. The Nigel Twiston-Davies trained chaser, provided he is operating on a left-handed track, has a reputation

  • Leave hefted flocks on fell, say vets

    HEFTED flocks should be left on the fell, says the Sheep Veterinary Society. In most cases, these flocks will have been there since the turn of the year and are highly unlikely to have had any bought-in stock introduced since, possibly, rams last autumn

  • Taking steps to perfect their routine

    DANCERS have been going through their routines to make sure every step is perfect when they take to the stage later this month. Northallerton Operatic Society is putting on West End - Broadway, at the Hambleton Community Centre from April 25 to 28. The

  • Chester le Street - Match screened by club

    A BIG-SCREEN broadcast of Monday's North-East football 'derby' match is being staged at Chester-le-Street's Relton Terrace Workingmen's Club. The club's upstairs lounge is the venue for the live screening of the Middlesbrough v. Sunderland match, which

  • Calling the boys from the Somme

    AT 7.30am on July 1, 1916, whistles blew along the lengths of the British trenches on the Somme. Thousands of men climbed out of their trenches, poured over the top and rushed into the morning mist - and headlong into the German shellfire. By nightfall

  • Snooker News (Worthington CIU Winter League)

    Willington, already Second Division champions, were hoping to complete the season unbeaten but they crashed at Wingate in the decider. Alan Tupling put the home side ahead but Paul Atkinson levelled. Dave Hammond restored Wingate's lead only to see Jeremy

  • George has found a fan in Oprah

    WHEN a self-styled king of football met the queen of chat shows there was an instant spark of friendship. No stranger to mixing with the rich and famous, Darlington Football Club's ebullient chairman George Reynolds scored an instant hit with the legendary

  • £50,000 games court kicks off

    A SCHOOLS' football tournament took place yesterday to open a £50,000 games court in the heart of a town. The multi-purpose area, in Ayresome Gardens, Middlesbrough, is designed as a safe and accessible facility for a range of sports, including basketball

  • Here's to the next 2,000

    YOUNGSTERS gathered for a tree planting service at a village church this week. Key stage two pupils from Ingleton CE primary school joined in a service to plant a yew tree sapling, taken from a 2000-year-old tree, at St John's churchyard. The children

  • Woodham wonders

    FOOTBALL teams at a County Durham school are enjoying unprecedented success in competitions this year. Every boys team from years seven to 11 at Woodham Community Technology College in Newton Aycliffe stands proudly at the top of its respective league

  • Racing Week, by Jo Scott

    AT last some good racing to savour as Aintree goes forwards with the Grand National tomorrow - and the Irish are allowed to come over and join in the fun. This was better news, as the re-arranged Cheltenham Festival fell victim to the foot-and-mouth prohibitions

  • This boy can use his loaf

    IT has been an order directed at children for generations: "Eat your crusts." I was always told to eat my crusts or I wouldn't get curly hair. I didn't particularly want curly hair but ended up with hair so curly that, as a child, I used to secretly go

  • North Yorkshire - Can you help Olivia?

    THE parents of a toddler suffering from a terminal disease are appealing for help to make her life as comfortable as possible. Two-year-old Olivia Webster suffers from spinal muscular atrophy type II - a genetic disorder that has left her confined to

  • 'Tooting' taxis warned off by neighbours

    TAXI drivers who disturb sleeping neighbours by sounding their horns late at night fares could lose their licences. The amount of 'taxi tooting' late at night has so concerned Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council's licensing committee that it has launched

  • Park accused of risking disease at moors centre

    THE North York moors centre at Danby was this week accused of being the main cuplrit in the possible spread of foot-and-mouth. A parish councillor launched a stinging attack on the national park authority for not putting down disinfectant mats around

  • Presenter gets push

    Big Breakfast presenter Paul Tonkinson was today axed from the wacky early morning show after just two months. North-Yorkshire born Tonkinson joined the Channel 4 show in February but was told of his sacking after yesterday's programme. A statement from

  • Women's Football

    Newton Aycliffe turned on the style in winning the Northern League Division Two with a 9-0 victory over Horden. The first-half was full of great promise with plenty of chances, one of which Katie Hewitson converted with an excellent strike, her first

  • Youngsters seek out a dream topping for charity

    YEAR five pupils from a Darlington have proved that fast food can be healthy. The children, from Mowden Junior School, teamed up with the Pizza Express restaurant in Skinnergate, to design healthy pizza toppings. The children researched and designed the

  • Day away from class in hive of industry

    PUPILS at a Durham school swapped text books for TV tubes with the help of Philips Components. More than 200 Year Nine pupils at Framwellgate School took part in an industry day which was designed to give them experience of the working world. The pupils

  • Imitation sash windows at the Zetland must go

    TWO new windows are out of place at Saltburn's largest Victorian building, according to councillors. They considered the unauthorised replacement at the Zetland hotel had seriously damaged the special architectural and historic character of the listed

  • New look for museum

    NEW displays got Guisborough museum off to a good start as it reopened this week. Better access and extra information are other new features for the museum's 13th summer season. The displays have been re-arranged and there new display cases. New displays

  • Steven's ready to be a roaring success

    LONDON'S Burning star Steven Houghton roared into town for a production of the hit musical, Grease. Steven, who also starred in the TV show Bugs, will be performing at Newcastle's Theatre Royal later this month. He posed for photographers astride a chrome-plated

  • First grant triumph lets trainer stay on

    RACEHORSE trainer Mr Chris Thornton is now certain he can stay at Middleham with his horses and eight staff, thanks to a grant obtained by the newly-formed mid-Wensleydale community partnership. Since Spigot Lodge was taken over in February by another

  • Exotic plants arrive safe and sound

    THE first plants have been installed at Sunderland's Winter Gardens. A container load of more than 100 exotic plants, trees and shrubs arrived this week from Van der Arend Nursery, in Holland. The plants, which come from temperate regions across the world

  • Basketball News (Durham League)

    Nissan reached their second Durham cup final of the season with a 95-52 demolition job on Second Division Hartlepool Hornets A in their delayed Men's County Cup semi-final at Peterlee. Chris Maddison opened the Nissan scoring with a pair of three-point

  • Comment from The Northern Echo - Some doubt at the polls

    POLLS should always be regarded with suspicion. For example, do we really believe that Labour, despite all of its recent difficulties, is really 19 points in front of the Tories as all the polls suggest? This would mean an even bigger Labour majority

  • Tourism bosses back call for extra holiday

    THE region's tourism chiefs are backing a call for an extra bank holiday. The holiday for September, proposed by Cumbria Tourist Board, would help the industry recover some of the trade lost through falling visitor numbers to the countryside. With rural

  • The antiques rain show

    Hopeful treasure hunters braved the weather to turn out in their thousands yesterday, when the Antiques Roadshow visited the North-East. FROM crumpled newspaper wrappings and battered boxes, curious and unusual artefacts began to emerge as people waited

  • Junior Football

    Darlington 21st Allstars - THE club's season went into overdrive last week with midweek and Saturday matches in addition to the usual Sunday games. The Under-15s were in Alternative Cup quarter-final action at home to Hartlepool Power Station and started

  • Yummy, it's time for chocolate

    IT'S a tough job, but someone's got to do it. Chocolate spreads, like scooters and sharp suits, are one of the greatest Italian inventions. Being Italian, they mixed the chocolate with hazel nut so you get a more interesting flavour and the result is

  • Chester le Street - Candidate joins bail hostel row

    A PROSPECTIVE Tory MP says the decision to build a controversial bail hostel in County Durham was made on purely political grounds. Addressing a packed public meeting in Chester-le-Street, Matthew Palmer told anti-bail hostel protesters that Labour Party

  • Post Office plight continues

    A COUPLE who are ensuring that the village post office at Osmotherley remains open have been unable to take anything for granted. Mr Dave Burgon and his wife, Sybil, said this week that so far they had not seen any of the millions of pounds proclaimed

  • Farmers' hotline set up

    A HOTLINE to take calls from North-East farmers on foot-and-mouth disease opened this week. The inquiry line in the Newcastle Emergency Disease Control Centre will handle calls from farmers who suspect their livestock may have contracted the disease.

  • The Northern Echo Darlington Sunday Invitation League

    Spraire progressed through the preliminary round tie by easily beating Classic World Of Fitness 6-1 in the Northern Echo League Cup. In a physical encounter, Spraire opened the scoring when Richie Hindle headed home a Scott Davison cross. Classic fought

  • Naylor on target as Quakers battle on

    QUAKERS continued to inch their way to safety with two draws against promotion-chasing opponents. Manager Gary Bennett must have been pleased with the fighting spirit shown by his injury-ravaged side, but once again the lack of a proven finisher cost

  • Junior Football

    Norton and Stockton Ancients overcame Sunderland Fulwell Juniors as well as bitterly cold weather and to take home the Durham FA Under-12s Youth Cup, writes CRAIG STODDART. There were no goals in the game, taking it into a penalty shoot-out. But the first

  • Think again, drivers told

    POLICE have launched a high-profile safety scheme in an attempt to curb the number of accidents on the A171 Guisborough to Whitby moors road. Over the past four years, 63 collisions have been reported; five people have been killed, 18 people seriously

  • Clean-up campaign sets sights on fly-posters

    A COUNCIL has launched a crackdown on illegal advertising. The blitz forms part of Stockton Borough Council's Care For Your Area Campaign, to maintain a cleaner borough. It is now running, following a covert surveillance operation, including the use of

  • Bridge to join Auckland League

    The first of the season's night matches Cleveland Bridge maintained their title challenge with a 4-1 victory against Speedy Hire. Lee Cloke (2), Duane Beagle and Ross Ainslie scored for Bridge, Aron Radstock replied. Cleveland Bridge, who have informed

  • Musical interludes

    THREE North-East students will be performing for visitors to Gateshead's Shipley Art Gallery this month. The musicians, all aged between 15 and 16, are students at Cheetham School, Manchester, which specialises in music studies. All three, Rebecca Topping

  • Police seek clues to bag snatcher

    A TEENAGE thief snatched a woman's handbag from her car as she loaded shopping into the vehicle. The theft happened in the car park at Morrisons, in North Road, Darlington. It is the latest in a string of handbag and purse snatches around the town in

  • Time for inventors to get going

    Inventors who are worried about getting their ideas off the ground are being given a helping hand by development agency One NorthEast. Its Innovation Action Plan provides businesses with advice, information and skills, and help with research, development

  • Throw yourself into a world record challenge

    HERE'S your chance to make history by attempting to beat one of the world's oldest sporting records? The Greatest Throw On Earth marks the bid by The Northern Echo and Durham County Cricket Club to beat the record for throwing a cricket ball. The record

  • A chance for cricket's young stars to shine

    YOUNGSTERS in the region have the chance to follow in the footsteps of some of their cricketing heroes. We have teamed up with Durham County Cricket Club to organise a knockout tournament for under-15 teams from schools throughout the region. The final

  • If customers can't come to us we'll take our trade to them

    A family-run North Yorkshire ice-cream business and tourist attraction which has already lost £50,000 because of the foot-and-mouth crisis has decided if the public can't visit it, it will take its business to customers. Brymor ice-cream parlour at High

  • Shaping dough and making it

    CHILDREN from a Darlington junior school cooked up a treat when they got to grips with a challenge to create "healthy" pizzas. Year five pupils from Mowden junior school were given the task of designing healthy pizza toppings as part of a combined design

  • Simply George Best

    AS the George Best obituaries are being dusted off and polished up, how many of them, I wonder, will end with the words: "we may never see his like again." Anyone tipped to be the next Best in the last 30 years has usually been put down with the observation

  • Mugging victim scared to go out

    A WOMAN has been left badly shaken and afraid to go out after she was indecently assaulted and mugged. The incident happened at about 10pm on Tuesday, when the 21-year-old was approached by two men in Brabourn Gardens, Hemlington, Middlesbrough. They

  • Villagers win battle to stop homes

    RESIDENTS and a parish council have won their fight to prevent development on the fringe of Masham, near Ripon. Councillors voted against planning officers' advice to refuse an outline application for two homes in Rodney Terrace. Planning officer Mike

  • Long road to Paris beckons teachers

    A PAIR of teachers were given a Gallic send-off as they embarked on a fundraising trip to Paris yesterday. Richard Harrison and Phil Latham were surprised by Alan Sharpe, dressed as an onion seller, complete with bike and beret, as they set off to compete

  • Workers join club

    A FIFTH of the workforce at Cleveland Potash have worked for the company for more than 25 years. Cleveland Potash 25-year-club received 20 new members at a special ceremony at Rushpool Hall, Saltburn, bringing the total club membership to 170. Keith Jackson

  • Letters: Rural aid - now

    Sir, - The countryside is being closed by stealth. The government say it's open, but it isn't. Where is Tony Blair going for his Easter family holiday - some warm foreign part? If the priority is to stop the spread of the disease, why isn't the government

  • Women's Hockey (Roseberry Sunday Invitation League)

    STOCKTON missed out on their bid to lift the title. They were pipped 2-1 by Norton, falling to a last-gasp goal and although gaining a win over champions Roseberry it wasn't enough, edged out on goal difference. The skill of Stockton's defence and excellent

  • Wor Geordie dialect is dying out

    A FORGOTTEN archive of voices has revealed how the Geordie dialect is in danger of dying out and disappearing within 30 years. Linguistic experts from Newcastle University say the lilting brogue made famous by the likes of Gazza, Jimmy Nail and Ant and

  • Opencast burial on the agenda

    VILLAGERS meet tonight to discover details of a 200-acre burial site less than half a mile from their homes. Former opencast land at Inkerman, near Tow Law, was identified yesterday and approved by the Environment Agency and Durham County Council. The

  • Cash boosts fund for Ben

    BUS company workers have proved to be just the ticket with a couple struggling to unlock the autistic world of their child. Ben Collins, aged four, is making progress in his development thanks to an American therapy programme, which has included two visits

  • Letters: Name that river

    Sir, - Have you noticed when travelling south of Darlington and the road crosses a river you are informed of the river name? Drive down the A1, just this side of Catterick, and there's the sign... River Swale. Further on, near Ripon, and there's the sign

  • Hospice shops for volunteers

    A hospice is running a volunteer recruitment campaign to attract extra helpers to all aspects of hospice work, especially its charity shops. The drive, by Teesside Hospice, comes in the run-up to national Volunteer Week, which runs from June 1 to 7. Anyone

  • Jesters boss in talks on club move

    THE general manager of the Newcastle Jesters ice hockey club is in talks to leave the side as a wages delay continues. Mike O'Connor has already had preliminary talks to replace Dave Simms, his opposite number at the Sheffield Steelers. He met one of

  • The wait for a verdict goes on

    The jury in the Leeds United footballers trial was sent home today without returning any further verdicts. The seven men and four women had been deliberating during the past three days when the judge Mr Justice Poole discharged them until next week. The

  • Long road to paris beckons teachers

    A PAIR of teachers were given a Gallic send-off as they embarked on a fundraising trip to Paris yesterday. Richard Harrison and Phil Latham were surprised by Alan Sharpe, dressed as an onion seller, complete with bike and beret, as they set off to compete

  • Bosses to apply for £1.5m cash to help deprived communities

    COMMUNITY leaders are putting together a bid for up to £1.5m on behalf of three deprived communities. Derwentside District Council has identified South Stanley, South Moor, and Craghead, all near Stanley, as one of the district's biggest areas of unemployment

  • Hear All Sides

    Letters from the Northern Echo RAY MALLON I WAS once sympathetic towards Ray Mallon, but his recent Thursday columns have begun to worry me. The article (Echo, Mar 22) was worse than usual. He tells us that, in an enormous exhibition of power, the Government

  • Arcadia opts for simpler life by selling five chains

    TOP Shop to Dorothy Perkins retail group Arcadia is in talks to sell five of its 14 fashion chains after a strategic review of the business. The group is in discussions to sell off Warehouse, Principles, Racing Green and Hawkshead to a management buy-out

  • Travel benefits on the buses

    MORE than 6,000 people throughout Redcar and Cleveland will be able to enjoy extra travel benefits thanks to a Government scheme. The Concessionary Travel Scheme offers a free bus pass and half-fare travel to men aged 65, women aged 60, and people who

  • "Britain is open" says PM

    Tony Blair today pledged to step up the bid to bring overseas tourists back to Britain. The Prime Minister headed to North Yorkshire as it was predicted the foot-and-mouth crisis would cost the UK tourist industry £5 billion. Earnings in the worst hit

  • The UniBond League

    Bishop Auckland will take on Lancaster in the final of the UniBond League Cup after their superb 3-0 semi final win at Marine on Tuesday night. Danny Mellanby was their hero, scoring a hat-trick to seal Bishops' second final appearance. Manager Tony Lee

  • England prospect flies off to learn from world's best

    A STUDENT who only picked up a rugby ball four years ago is to play with the best women rugby players in the world. Up until four years ago, Caroline Bell, 21, of Newsham, near Thirsk, had never even thought about playing rugby union. Since then the Leeds

  • Murder trial told of 'diary of despair'

    A FORMER Green Howard soldier accused of murdering a neighbour by knifing him 26 times with a Gurkha kukri knife told a court yesterday that the man's account of their bitter feud was not accurate. Roy Campbell, 61, appearing at Teesside Crown Court,

  • Cricketing challenge for Sgt Shaw

    Middlesbrough-based Sgt Graham Shaw, 39, will captain the British police cricket team in a forces tournament in London in July. The tournament will include top players from the Army, Navy, Air Force and clubs in the London area. Sgt Shaw said: "We have

  • School bus changes protest

    PARENTS seeking a Catholic education for their children are being penalised by council transport plans, it has been claimed. As part of a £250,000 cost-cutting exercise, Darlington Borough Council wants to scrap free concessionary bus travel for pupils

  • Industrial output shows slowdown

    INDUSTRIAL output slowed during February as new figures provided more evidence the global economic slowdown was hurting UK business. Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed overall production slipped 0.3 per cent during the month and

  • Chance to meet your local councillor

    COUNCILLORS' surgeries are being held in the following Redcar and Cleveland wards: Today: Coatham, 156 High Street West; Dormanstown, Park Court Community Centre; Guisborough, Stumps Cross Community Centre; Redcar, Laburnum Road Library. All 6-7pm. Tomorrow

  • Putting the 'e' into election

    WITH election fever bursting out all over, politicians' minds should now be turning to how they harness the power of the Internet. While all the major parties want to be seen to be a part of the online world, none have yet demonstrated any great ability

  • Looking Back

    FROM this newspaper 100 years ago. - Col Ropner MP, on Monday informed his constituents that he had made up his mind not to speak on any subject during the greater part of the first session, for the reason that he had a great deal to learn, and generally

  • Former park boss says he'll stand again

    THE disgraced former chairman of the Yorkshire Dales National Park is seeking re-election to North Yorkshire County Council. Mr Robert Heseltine, who resigned from both authorities after being convicted of fiddling expenses, confirmed his nomination papers

  • Past Lives

    THE heroes of last week's piece about British prisoners of war in Italy trekking hundreds of miles to meet the advancing Allies, I now learn, are to return to that country next month to thank the contadini who gave them hospitality. More than half a century

  • El Tel refuses to rule out emotional Spanish return

    VALENCIA are on alert after Terry Venables' refusal to rule out a return to coaching in Spain. Venables, due to leave Middlesbrough at the end of the season, has already been shortlisted by the Champions' League quarter-finalists to succeed current coach

  • Exotic plants arrive safe and sound

    THE first plants have been installed at Sunderland's Winter Gardens. A container load of more than 100 exotic plants, trees and shrubs arrived this week from Van der Arend Nursery, in Holland. The plants, which come from temperate regions across the world

  • Culling must be speeded up, MP tells minister

    MR Derek Foster, MP, was due to meet agriculture minister Mr Nick Brown yesterday afternoon to discuss his continuing concern that the operation to combat foot-and-mouth needs to be improved, particularly in County Durham. The meeting came as local farming

  • Hunts feel the pain as incomes dry up

    HUNTS are having to take emergency measures to survive as their incomes plummet due to foot-and-mouth disease. The virus did what the Blair government has - as yet - failed to do when it brought hunting to an abrupt end in February. And there are fears

  • Mr Milburn has his finger on the public pulse

    ALL praise to Darlington's MP and Health Secretary Mr Alan Milburn who, according to one Sunday newspaper at least, was the only member of the Cabinet who thought the general election should be delayed. Every other member thought Mr Blair should stick

  • New education catering rules

    A CATERING company which provides meals to almost 300 schools in County Durham has backed the introduction of new nutritional standards. But Chartwells says the rules must be backed by other measures. The new standards came into force on Monday. Rules

  • Consett & Stanley - Plans likely to be scaled down

    A POTENTIAL £100m development of 'regional importance' in Stanley has suffered a serious knock-back. Derwentside District Cou-ncil officers have never released full details of what proposals for the King's Head field in Stanley entails. But at a packed

  • Harry's forecast rains supreme

    HARRY Clarke, former Durham County cricketer and Darlington, Hartlepools and Leeds United footballer, hit 80 last week. He is also the man to whom the observation about it looking black over Bill's mother's is credited - a weather forecast plagiarised

  • Veteran governor receives his gong

    THE country's longest serving college governor was on familiar ground when he received his MBE yesterday. Ken Handley received his "gong" in the suite at Bishop Auckland College named after him. In his 49 years on the college governing body, Ken, now

  • Wear Valley - Teenager in line for award

    A TEENAGER'S tireless efforts to educate his peers on substance abuse has seen him nominated for a national award. David Moralee, who lives in Lowmown Meadows, Crook, was labelled disruptive as a 13-year-old, but he turned the tables to become a shining

  • Pool News

    Willington League - Howden Australian B held on to the top spot after beating the visiting Willington Burn to stay one point clear of Oakenshaw Club. The Aussie had singles wins from Michael Burke, Steven Burke, Paul Davidson and Michael Lee with Gordon

  • Meet cancellation is the first in peacetime

    FOR the first time during peacetime, the 150-year-old Barnard Castle Meet, traditionally held over the late May bank holiday, has been cancelled. The decision came following an emergency meeting to discuss plans for this year's celebrations in light of

  • Teenager facing robbery charges

    A TEENAGER will appear in court this morning charged with trying to rob a County Durham store with a 10in knife. The youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is accused of threatening staff at the Village Store, Sacriston, near Durham, on Wednesday

  • Quakers set to reward Tait and Bennett with new deals

    Darlington are to offer their management team of Gary Bennett and Mick Tait new contracts at the end of the season. Bennett and Tait complete their present deals when the season finishes and Quakers are to move quickly to tie them to the club once they

  • Solano arrested

    Newcastle United star Nolberto Solano was today arrested for drink driving. The Peruvian international was pulled over by a patrol car in his silver £30.000 BMW 3-series sports car in the early hours of this morning. Salono was flagged down by traffic

  • Arts project is courting National Lottery favour

    A MAJOR new arts development is on the way - should National Lottery chiefs look favourably on the project. Rural Arts North Yorkshire (Rany) left its cramped premises and moved into thee old courthouse in Thirsk, in March last year. Now its members have

  • Felicity's sword of honour

    A TEENAGER looks set to be at the sharp end of sporting success. Felicity Hemlin, aged 14, from Great Broughton, came fifth in a public schools' championship in London. Her trainer, Mr Geoff Thompson, said such a placing at that level of competition was

  • Taming a girl with 99 convictions

    A TROUBLED teenager responsible for a reign of fear in a city became one of the first girls in the country to be given an anti-social behaviour order yesterday. Marianne Cullerton, 17, has run up 99 convictions since 1999, including 42 in 123 days from

  • Quango is told to apologise over race watchdog dispute

    A GOVERNMENT quango has been told to apologise to four people who took the blame for the acrimonious collapse of a race watchdog. Middlesbrough lecturer Mehdi Husaini, his wife, Sophie, Suku Ramoutar and Dennis Lane, have been fighting for five years

  • Mayors for the day

    TWO children spent the day as civic dignitaries yesterday, when they became Darlington's junior mayor and mayoress for the day. Ten-year-olds Stephen Howey and Rebecca Eldrington won their day out in an essay competition. Their packed schedule of civic

  • Keeper is deadly from 85 yards

    A GOALKEEPER stunned a soccer crowd with an 85-yard wonder goal - but then confessed later it was his hat-trick of soaraway strikes. Chris Hill, the 26-year-old Harrogate Town keeper, dropped the ball on to his foot for the mighty punt from his own penalty

  • Tenants' panel poised for an expansion

    A RESIDENTS' panel set up by Darlington Borough Council for tenants to air their grievances could expand. The panel, which acts as an umbrella group for the town's residents' associations, is to hold a meeting to consider changing its constitution. The

  • Artist Ruth weaves with glass

    A collection of work by textile artist Ruth Spaak will go on show at a North-East art gallery tomorrow. The vibrant wall hangings, which have been made using specially-produced glass components, will be part of a new exhibition at the Shipley Art Gallery

  • Letters: Unthinkable

    Sir, - By the date of publication of this letter it will be known whether elections for North Yorkshire County Council are to go ahead on May 3 as intended or else postponed to a more appropriate time. As members and former members of Yorkshire Dales

  • Farm harvests fuel as well as food

    A RENEWABLE wood energy crop grown on NFU president Mr Ben Gill's farm at Easingwold has been harvested for the first time. The short rotation coppice was cut with a Claas Jaguar forage harvester using a specially designed header which chips the wood

  • Gymnastics News

    Double flicks are all in a day's tumbling for 12-year-old gold medal gymnast Fay Kirkbride. And now Fay, a member of Acklam Gymnastics Club in Middlesbrough, has tumbled her way to the national gymnastics finals in Stoke on Trent on April 7. Following

  • Working out is abso-lutely fatulous

    WORKING out in the gym doesn't help us lose weight after all. Now they tell us. Scientists have confirmed what, if we're truthful, we knew all along, that the best way to keep fit is by eating less and keeping moderately active throughout the day. So

  • Fast food gets go-ahead

    REDCAR High Street is to get a new fast-food chain restaurant. Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council's planning committee approved plans for Kentucky Fried Chicken to turn a former shop into a restaurant and takeaway, opening 11am-midnight Sunday to Thursday

  • Criticial decisions made too far away, claims stricken farmer

    PRIZE sheep destined for the Great Yorkshire Show were among those slaughtered this week after the outbreak of foot-and-mouth at Danby Wiske, near Northallerton. West Farm was confirmed as being infected on Tuesday. Slaughterers moved onto the farm, run

  • Gymnasts turn on the style

    TALENTED young gymnasts from a Guisborough school have been in outstanding form recently. The girls' under 13 team from Laurence Jackson school took first place at the North of England schools' competition at Biddick school, Washington, where Katie Ditchburn

  • History lesson for youngsters

    Pupils from year four visited Chester-le-Street, on Wednesday, March 21. We went in to see Saint Mary's and Saint Cuthbert's Church. Our guide Frank xxxxxxx told us about the Romans and Vikings. In the church, we saw an effigy next to the pews. There

  • Chemical fire puts crew in hospital

    TWO North-East firefighters were taken to hospital after they inhaled toxic fumes from a chemical fire at a notorious fly-tipping spot. Fire crews were called to what they thought was a rubbish fire at Phoenix Sidings, Stockton, on Wednesday night then

  • New help centre team say 'chaos reigns' in the North

    A FOOT-and-mouth help centre has been set up in Wensleydale. A small band of leading local figures have formed Rejuvenate, a self-help group and helpline, to provide speedy and accurate information for local farmers and businesses. It is in direct response

  • Leading article: Not so friendly

    THE world's biggest urban wind farm could be built in the North-East, it was announced with some fanfare this week. An area of derelict industrial land on the south bank of the Tees estuary has been earmarked for the building of 30 or more wind turbines

  • Durham - Devastated tourist farm 'will re-open'

    PET llamas at a show farm which attracts thousands of visitors a year were victims of the foot-and-mouth epidemic this week. More than 1,400 sheep, five cattle, two pigs, three llamas, 12 goats and three deer were among the pet animals destroyed by Maff

  • Darts News

    Cleveland Ladies Super League - In the Hartlepool derby, Burn Valley lost 4-3 at home to the Royal Hotel. Claire Stainsby (17.02) beat Jean Robinson (14.97) 3-2 to put the home side in front. Jean Atkinson (14.04) overcame Pat A Smith (15.09) 3-2, Babs

  • Pony dates

    Bedale and West of Yore PC. - All mounted activities cancelled until further notice. Cleveland Hunt PC. - All mounted events are cancelled until further notice. East Cleveland PC. - Postal quiz to be returned by April 13. All events cancelled until further

  • Darlington - TA takes its message to the streets

    "WE Want You!" was the message issued by the Territorial Army at the weekend as it launched a drive for recruits. Units from Darlington and Newton Aycliffe opened their doors to the public to mark TA Day on Saturday. On display were weapons and specialist

  • Famous sheep show and County fall victim

    A YORKSHIRE Dales institution has been abandoned in its landmark year - and two other agricultural shows have been cancelled. The 50th annual Tan Hill Swaledale Sheep Show, the premier gathering in the dales for top breeders, was due to be staged in Arkengarthdale

  • The Albany Northern League

    Tow Law manager Graeme Forster has paid tribute to his "fab back four" despite defeat at Bedlington last Saturday. Because of injuries and unavailability, Forster put together an untried, but very experienced quartet of players with a total age of 145

  • Glendenning hoping for final success

    FULL-BACK David Glendenning is hoping it will be third time lucky for Darlington and fifth time lucky for himself in the Durham Challenge Cup final against Blaydon at Durham City tomorrow. Apart from being in the Darlington side which lost the 1996 and

  • Consett & Stanley - Police raise alarm over security firm

    POLICE have issued a warning against a security alarm company currently operating in the Derwentside area. In an official press release Durham Constabulary has criticised high pressure sales tactics used by Stockton-based Catch Security. They say the

  • Cobbler to stand in council elections

    COUNCIL critic Tony Martin is hoping to launch his political career - by standing as a councillor. The outspoken cobbler is standing as an Independent in the elections for Labour-run Durham County Council in June. Mr Martin, lives in North Shields and

  • Durham - City brings the past back to life

    THE past will be brought to life on Saturday when Durham County Council stages its biggest ever local history fair. Yesterday Belongs To You 5 at County Hall, Aykley Heads in Durham City, is aimed at enthusiasts of local and family history. The event

  • Devolution campaigners call for support

    CAMPAIGNERS will be asking members of the public to back their calls for regional government for the North-East tomorrow. Following successful visits to Alnwick, Sedgefield, Hexham and Consett, the Campaign for a North-East Assembly (CNA) will be in Newcastle

  • Firms use Internet to increase sales

    TWO Dales firms hope to make their mark on the Internet with specialist help from agencies. Compris, the Information Society Initiative for Yorkshire, and Business Link have helped Outhwaites, the ropemakers in Hawes, to develop a website to publicise

  • Council backs protest against waste dump

    A CAMPAIGN to block plans for a tip and waste recycling plant has won the backing of another vital ally. Richmondshire District Council has agreed to resist Yorwaste's plans for Tancred Quarry, between Scorton and the A1. The Environment Agency has also

  • Police aim to block bid for theme bar in City

    POLICE hope to block a company's bid to convert Durham's Robins Cinema into an Australian theme nightspot. Later this month, Regent Inns will ask magistrates for a drinks licence and permission to open until 2am for the Walkabout bar, in North Road. But

  • Protests win road action

    ROAD safety campaigners are celebrating the end of a 20-year battle to stop motorists speeding through their village. Villagers in Stapleton, near Darlington, have fought for measures to slow the speed of traffic through their community since the early

  • Extra fixture boost for Wetherby

    WETHERBY stages an additional meeting today after the British Horseracing Board granted the fixture in light of meetings abandoned due to both the foot-and-mouth crisis and inclement weather. The seven-race programme is scheduled to start at 2.25, with

  • North Yorkshire - Anger over tourism tip

    THE owners of a Yorkshire Dales holiday cottage have sent a bill to the local Tourist Information Office after a customer cancelled following a conversation with staff about the impact of foot-and-mouth disease. Paul Wood and wife Pam, who live in Derbyshire

  • The man with a mission to right the wrong of a literary legacy

    A MAN who has lived with continually hearing his great-great-grandfather pilloried as the cruel schoolmaster in a Charles Dickens novel is setting the record straight after years of research. Since the 19th century, the popular myth has grown in Teesdale

  • Games News

    CIU League - In an early top of the table clash in the darts section, Crook Belle Vue retained their unbeaten record when they beat the visiting Stanhope by two points and now lead the table by six points from their visitors. The Crook dominoes team are

  • Crimenet group hears call for tougher action

    THE head of Binns department store in Darlington wants the law to be tougher on persistent shoplifters. Speaking at the re-launch of a more pro-active Darlington Crimenet, Mr Steve Pashley, manager, referred to magistrates courts and the Crown Prosecution

  • School urges parents to fight for transport

    PARENTS at a Catholic school are being urged to object to council proposals to withdraw free and concessionary school transport. On Monday, Carmel technology college, Darlington, wrote to all parents urging them to support the school's concerns over proposals

  • Police confirm victim died from head injuries

    A MURDER inquiry will continue today after police confirmed that a man found lying in a country lane had been attacked. Medical tests have now shown that David Williamson, who was found unconscious on a quiet road between Sutton-on-the-Forest and Huby

  • New-look plan for Darlington club

    Darlington Gymnastics Club is restructuring to help move the club into the 21st century. It has elected Brian Everett as vice-president to spearhead a business plan for the short, medium and long-term future of the club. The long-term aim is to raise

  • Hopes high of end to 'nuisance' depot

    THE future of a highways depot branded a nuisance by residents is to be resolved with a move out of a town centre. Council officers are putting the finishing touches to plans to relocate the busy Stokesley depot in North Road, which had long been considered

  • Angling News

    Stokesley's Nigel Hargreaves just can't go wrong on the new Maple Lake at Sessay, writes JEFF HERBERT. Winner the previous week Nigel stormed ahead once again leading a terrific match of 39 double figured weights. Nigel of Pole Pullers tackled peg 16

  • Robson ready to take the plunge with summer spending spree

    NEWCASTLE United boss Bobby Robson has been given the go-ahead to make a major summer transfer plunge. Robson, whose hands have been tied by club chairman Freddy Shepherd's frugal approach after years of big spending on Tyneside, has drawn up a close-season

  • Countryman's Diary

    IN addition to the emotional and financial effect upon farmers due to the spread of foot-and-mouth disease, it has already had a devastating impact upon the entire economy of the countryside. Its lengthy tentacles have touched many individuals who might

  • Man is found safe after woods search

    POLICE called out a search and rescue team to help find a man lost in the woods at night. However, after an hour-long search the man, who was thought to be in his 40s, was found safe at his home in Burnhope, near Stanley. The man, who was known to go

  • Museums land £11,000 grant

    A RANGE of improvements to museums will be carried out after a funding boost. The Yorkshire Museums Council has awarded £11,633 to museums in Harrogate, Knaresborough, Ripon, and Pateley Bridge. Projects which have been supported include computer technology

  • Arts News: Rep season break for drama students

    TWO aspiring actors will star alongside the professionals in the summer season at Darlington Civic theatre. James Wilkinson, aged 19, from Woodham, near Newton Aycliffe, and 20-year-old Donna Marie Young, from Darlington, won scholarships from producer

  • Dad's 'little gem'

    A LITTLE girl was hailed a heroine after she calmly called an ambulance as her father fought for breath. Five-year-old Alexandria Hodgson kept a cool head when father Malcolm suffered a panic attack at their home at Marshall Drive, Brotton. With nobody

  • Young couple had sex in street

    TWO teenagers appeared before a court after a sex romp in in a North-East city centre street. Shane Harland, 19, and Stacy Arnett, 17, were in the throes of passion when police arrived to arrest them. They had been out drinking in Sunderland, and as they