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  • Free tickets for 500 to travel to jobs fair

    FIVE hundred free bus tickets have been provided to get unemployed people to a jobs fair. The complementary travel passes have been provided for the one-day Skills Village, at Redcar and Cleveland College, on Wednesday. Bus company Arriva teamed up with

  • A night at the proms

    ROLLING countryside surrounding a Roman Catholic seminary provides an impressive setting for an evening of music and song. The Roman Catholic overseas aid charity Cafod is staging a Proms in the Park event at Ushaw College, near Durham, on Saturday, July

  • A night at the proms

    ROLLING countryside surrounding a Roman Catholic seminary provides an impressive setting for an evening of music and song. The Roman Catholic overseas aid charity Cafod is staging a Proms in the Park event at Ushaw College, near Durham, on Saturday, July

  • Piccled looks the pick

    TOP-FLIGHT apprentice jockey David Allan has found the perfect stage to further advertise his talents by lifting this evening's Northern Rock Gosforth Park Cup aboard Piccled (7.20). Newcastle's leading sprint race invariably attracts a field full of

  • Date set for A66 inquiries

    A STARTING date has been announced for public inquiries into proposals to upgrade Britain's most dangerous road. The Highways Agency announced last year it had finally given in to a 20-year campaign and would redevelop much of the A66 across the Pennines

  • Flight precision wins major airport contract

    A WORLD leader in the calibration of aircraft navigation and safety equipment has won a major contract with one of Britain's biggest airports. Flight Precision has agreed a five-year deal at Manchester Airport to make sure all equipment needed to guide

  • Drug dynasty matriarch wins cut in jail sentence

    THE matriarch of a drug dynasty who took charge of the business while her husband was in prison had her ten-year sentence cut yesterday in London's Appeal Court. Maureen McPartland, of Middlesbrough, who said she was dominated by the "malign influence

  • Carnival is a circus success

    THE spirit of the circus came to a former pit village as it held its annual carnival. Four floats, decorated on a circus theme, paraded through Sacriston from The Daisy Hill to Fyndoune Community College on Saturday. One of the vehicles carried carnival

  • Shoaib on show at Riverside

    DURHAM will parade new signing Shoaib Akhtar before their fans this morning, but have decided not to play him in the four-day match against India A at Riverside. They are also resting Martin Love as they turn their attentions towards the resumption of

  • Councillor pay hike to go ahead

    COUNCILLORS swept in an inflation busting 13 per cent pay hike today which their leader described as: "not a fortune". Only five members of Durham County Council's 61 members voted against the rise which will see their basic allowance boosted from just

  • Cash will restore stables to former glory

    A RICH vein of horseracing history in the North-East will have its lifeblood returned thanks to a massive cash injection. The Heritage Lottery Fund yesterday announced it was awarding £1.5m to the National Trust to buy and restore the derelict stables

  • McClen wary of Tyneside talent drain

    UNWANTED Jamie McClen last night revealed how he fears Newcastle United's talented schoolboys will be overlooked for big money buys in years to come. The 24-year-old midfielder is still waiting to hear where his future lies after being placed on the transfer-list

  • GNER's safety work honoured

    A NORTH-East train operator has won two honours for improving safety on its routes. GNER, which operates services on the East Coast Mainline, has won a gold award from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, which recognises high levels of

  • New drugs team will deal justice

    A NEW regional drugs team will be based in Durham. The five-strong police team, which will be known as the Regional Drugs Intelligence Unit, will monitor street trends and gather intelligence on dealer networks across the North-East. The unit, believed

  • New wildlife officer appeals for help

    FIVE new nature reserves will be designated in North West Durham, through a project aiming to get more people into the countryside. Karen Fisher, 31, has become the first local nature reserve officer for Derwentside District Council. Her first job will

  • Pilot lands a home mission as air show line-up unveiled

    RAF pilot Steve Kenworthy flew back to the North-East yesterday to help launch this year's Sunderland International Air Show. Teesside Airport laid on a VIP reception for Flight Lieutenant Kenworthy, who arrived in a Hawk trainer jet, at the official

  • Food bug is traced to city restaurant

    A DURHAM City restaurant is at the centre of an investigation into 131 cases of salmonella. But as The Advertiser went to press, neither Durham City Council nor Durham and Chester-le-Street Primary Care Trust, which are jointly looking into the outbreak

  • Johnston's Royal Ascot form extends to five wins

    RIGHT ROYALLY we had Mark Johnston as winning-most trainer last week at Ascot, just as we predicted, with five winners to top the table. Furthermore, he passed the 70 winner mark this week. Thursday in Berkshire was another double day for the Kingsley

  • New drugs team will deal justice

    A NEW regional drugs team will be based in Durham. The five-strong police team, which will be known as the Regional Drugs Intelligence Unit, will monitor street trends and gather intelligence on dealer networks across the North-East. The unit, believed

  • Outrage at plan to turn 'TV pub' into a house

    RESIDENTS in a Wensleydale village are urging planning officials to save one of their pubs from closure. An application by the owners of the King's Arms in Redmire to change the pub into a private dwelling has outraged many villagers. Objections to the

  • Public inquiry for allotments

    A PROPOSAL to build homes on allotments in Sacriston has been called in by the Deputy Prime Minister's office. Sacriston Parish Council has applied for outline planning permission to build an undisclosed number of homes on Cross Lane allotments. But the

  • Three-way tie at the top as season gets to halfway

    Last week's matches saw the league reach the halfway stage for the season. With no report received from Silton's game with Maltby, Ingleby Cross winning and East Harlsey winning two games, there is a three way tie at the top. Last week's cricket also

  • Getting ready to celebrate again

    RADIO presenters showed off their costumes for a summer pantomime yesterday. Century FM presenters Bill Steele and Judie McCourt donned their outfits as the Baron de Waldridge and a fairy for Celebrate II, at Chester-le-Street, County Durham, on Saturday

  • Remains destroyed

    Sir, - Mr A Shaw (head of North Yorkshire County Council minerals unit) has said that the site subject to an imminent mineral extraction application at Ladybridge is not in close proximity to the Thornborough Henges. He will, of necessity, know that this

  • The pill to 'end' heart attacks

    SCIENTISTS have discovered a pill that it is hoped could virtually wipe out heart disease and save the NHS hundreds of millions a year. Trials are due to start shortly of the new treatment - a pill containing aspirin, folic acid and drugs to lower cholesterol

  • Kill your speed, bikers urged

    SPEEDING bikers are being blamed for bringing mayhem to a moorland road. People living in the beauty spot of Bilsdale say the B1257 Stokesley to Bilsdale road is being used as a race track. Motorcycling magazines are even flagging up the national park

  • These lazy, hazy days

    IN these lazy, hazy days of high summer, I found myself extremely grateful on Tuesday night that I wouldn't have to endure any more Twenty20 cricket as Durham failed to qualify for the semi-finals. For those of us who appreciate the way a four-day game

  • £300 stolen by mugger

    A MAN was mugged shortly after withdrawing money from a cash machine near Durham police station. Police have appealed for witnesses to the mugging which took place just off New Elvet, near the city police station, on Monday at around 9.15am. The victim

  • £3m for flood work 'may be a problem'

    VITAL flood defence work around Northallerton could take longer than was first thought. The man heading efforts to deliver solutions says funding is a problem. But Mike Moore also stressed that preparation work to put schemes in place would continue.

  • Bernard's dream and the viewers' nightmare

    Bernard's Bombay Deam (C4) BERNARD Manning is a sad old man who thinks it is acceptable to make a living peddling racism and other offensive material. Knowing his views and his boast that, given a microphone and five minutes, he can make any audience

  • Angling club appeals over pond decision

    A PLANNING inquiry will be held after a North-East council rejected plans for a lake and nature reserve on the grounds that high-flying birds could put airline safety at risk. The Association of Teesside and District Angling Clubs applied for planning

  • Quakers on trail of high-profile striker

    Darlington chairman George Reynolds last night revealed the club's ambitious plans to bring a high-profile striker to the Reynolds Arena. Reynolds is keen to keep the identity under wraps, especially after seeing the collapse of his audacious bid to land

  • Operatic society back at the Gala

    DURHAM Amateur Operatic Society is staging a lavish production of My Fair Lady. Following three sell-out productions at Durham's Gala Theatre, the society is staging the classic musical from now until Saturday. Based on George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion

  • News in brief: Woman on assault charge

    A WOMAN who is alleged to have assaulted staff at a restaurant on Valentine's night has been committed for trial at Teesside Crown Court. Karen Taylor, of Church Street, Toronto, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, is charged with threatening unlawful violence

  • 'I was a teenage pall bearer'

    As pocket money jobs go, I suppose mine was one of the more unusual. While schoolpals were cutting grass, doing paper rounds or washing cars, I would help my father with his work as an undertaker. I was just eight when I went on my first "removal". By

  • Children star in silent mining film

    CRIES of Lights! Cameras! Action! could be heard at a mining museum after it was transformed it into a film set. Called The Accident, the silent film at an ironstone mining museum in Cleveland has been made by primary school children. The film depicts

  • Relief at end of stockpile farming

    FARMERS have welcomed a deal to end 50 years of restrictive European subsidy rules. The Government announced radical reforms to the Common Agricultural Policy (Cap) yesterday, so that farmers will no longer be paid purely on the amount they produce. Instead

  • Arrests made in drugs raids

    A MAN from Sunderland has been charged and is due to appear before the city's magistrates following a series of drugs raids by police. The 34-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday in an operation co-ordinated by West Yorkshire police's drugs and organised

  • Tees veterans haul in medals at Nationals

    A LARGE contingent of the more mature members of Tees Rowing Club took part in the National Veteran Regatta at Nottingham. Paul Buckworth gave an outstanding performance to win three medals, winning gold on his own in the Veteran B single sculls, gold

  • Wimbledon debut at the tender age of 11

    A YOUNGSTER is to have her dream come true when she performs at Wimbledon tomorrow. Abi Curry, 11, from Carlton, near Stockton, has been invited to give a display of exhibition drills on Centre and Number One court. Already a star at her club at Tennis

  • Five arrests in drugs raids

    POLICE officers carried out a series of dawn raids yesterday morning. The officers, from Darlington, targeted a number of addresses in the North Road area of the town. They were following up leads from the public, including information supplied on the

  • Decision delayed in village incinerator row

    BOTH sides have claimed victory after a High Court hearing in London into a dispute dividing a small community. Protesters had hoped for an injunction against the operation of an animal incinerator at Charltons, near Guisborough. The judge, hearing the

  • Drunk driver had children in his car

    A DRUNK driver who sparked a high speed police chase with two young children in his car was jailed for a year yesterday. Norman Holmes, 23, sped through a red light, drove at 50mph on the wrong side of the carriageway and crashed into a bollard with his

  • WI and guild news

    North Lodge WI : PRESIDENT J Rennie welcomed 33 members to the June meeting. The minutes and correspondence were dealt with by secretary Aileen Piggot. Each member received an interesting newsletter from the tea sponsors, Taylors of Harrogate, and a nationwide

  • I won't give in to incurable cancer

    THE family of a woman fighting cancer for the second time has launched an appeal to send her on a 5,000-mile trip for treatment. Pamela Aston, 46, of Upper Church Street, Spennymoor, County Durham, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1998, and after a

  • Suspect falls through roof of factory

    A SUSPECTED thief is recovering in hospital after plunging 25ft through a factory roof while trying to evade police. Northumbria Police said the 19-year-old, who has not been named, was one of three people who climbed to the roof of a building belonging

  • Residents to have their say on town plans

    HOUSEHOLDS in Billingham are to be sent an information pack outlining plans for the regeneration of the town and giving people a chance to have their say. Gateway to the Future outlines Billingham Partnership's policy on the proposed Gateway project,

  • Recipe for steel industry's survival

    BRITAIN'S steel industry can survive if Corus, unions and the Government work together to help save it, a former union leader has told Parliament. In a House of Lords debate on the future of the industry, Lord Bookman, former general secretary of the

  • Disabled sports centre appeal raises £250,000

    THE Japanese sport of power chair soccer could soon be propelled into the premier league thanks to the efforts of the Percy Hedley Foundation. The foundation is halfway towards the £500,000 it needs to build a sports centre. The centre will become a permanent

  • Operatic society back at the Gala

    DURHAM Amateur Operatic Society is staging a lavish production of My Fair Lady. Following three sell-out productions at Durham's Gala Theatre, the society is staging the classic musical from now until Saturday. Based on George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion

  • Teesdale Talk Farmer goes to market with a taste of the dale

    Martin Bell is spreading the flavour of Teesdale far and wide, thanks to the succulent beef and lamb he produces at Westholme Farm, Marwood. His regular customers queue at farmers' markets across the North-East, including Darlington, where last Friday

  • Suspect falls through roof of factory

    A SUSPECTED thief is recovering in hospital after plunging 25ft through a factory roof while trying to evade police. Northumbria Police said the 19-year-old, who has not been named, was one of three people who climbed to the roof of a building belonging

  • Families fight training cut

    A ROW has erupted over the imminent closure of a training service geared toward vulnerable young people in Derwentside. Parents, community leaders and young people who have benefited from the scheme have demanded that the Learning Skills Council reviews

  • Pupils test their building skills

    PRIMARY school children turned builders yesterday. The Branksome Builders day, held at Branksome School, Darlington, allowed year six pupils from local primary schools to work as architects, bricklayers, joiners, electricians and plumbers. They also found

  • New homes delayed

    PLACARD-WAVING protesters won a victory in their fight to stop new homes being built in their village. Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council's planning committee deferred a decision on an outline plan for new homes near Coach Road in Brotton. About 20

  • News in brief: By-election to take place

    VOTERS in Stanley will go to the polls again next month for a Durham County Council by-election. It is being held after the town's Labour county councillor, Keith Murray-Hetherington, lost his seat for not attending enough meetings. Dean McAdam is standing

  • News in brief: Safety checks are offered

    PARENTS and carers in Hartlepool are being urged to take advantage of free child car seat safety checks to ensure they are correctly fitted. Hartlepool Borough Council's environmental standards team has joined forces with the town's Asda store and staff

  • Youngsters given free coaching

    RISING sports stars will receive expert coaching at a summer school. The Easington District Sports Summer School programme, sponsored by Dalton Park, provides opportunities for talented youngsters. It is run in partnership with Durham University and East

  • Growing Routes is the way to stay in farming community

    JOHN Craven, presenter of Country File, the BBC magazine programme which, every Sunday, highlights rural and environmental issues, officially launched a new programme to help and encourage young farmers on Tuesday. The launch of Growing Routes was organised

  • News in brief: By-election to take place

    VOTERS in Stanley will go to the polls again next month for a Durham County Council by-election. It is being held after the town's Labour county councillor, Keith Murray-Hetherington, lost his seat for not attending enough meetings. Dean McAdam is standing

  • Funds success

    ST Cuthbert's Hospice's Sunflower Flag Day, in Durham city centre last month, raised £539. A collection the same day outside Sainsbury's, at the Arnison Centre, Pity Me, raised £412.

  • Grassroots: Cheter-le-Street, Birtley and District

    GIPSY VISIT: A gipsy caravan will be on show in the Colliery Village at Beamish Museum from July 5 to 11. The museum's annual festival of traditional music, song and dance will be held on Sunday, July 6. WEDDING FASHIONS: Pupils of the Hermitage Comprehensive

  • Disabled sports centre appeal raised £250,000

    THE Japanese sport of power chair soccer could soon be propelled into the premier league thanks to the efforts of the Percy Hedley Foundation. The foundation is halfway towards the £500,000 it needs to build a sports centre. The centre will become a permanent

  • Phone user shot with pellet gun

    A MAN was shot in the eye with a pellet gun at the weekend, police revealed last night. The 24-year-old, who has not been named, was making a telephone call in West Sunniside, Sunderland, at 12.55am on Saturday when he was hit. The pellet lodged under

  • Youngsters bowled over by cricket festival

    TALENTED young cricketers and novices to the game have come together in fun competition at two club's grounds this week. Seventeen primary schools from east Durham have entered teams for the District of Easington Kwik Cricket Festival. Murton CW and Peterlee

  • Disabled sports centre appeal raised £250,000

    THE Japanese sport of power chair soccer could soon be propelled into the premier league thanks to the efforts of the Percy Hedley Foundation. The foundation is halfway towards the £500,000 it needs to build a sports centre. The centre will become a permanent

  • Burglars locked up

    TWO burglars who raided a home while a family slept upstairs have been locked up. Brian Redman, 20, and a 16-year-old also took a car belonging to the householder's son. Newcastle Crown Court heard how the pair targeted the home in Devonshire Street,

  • Festival programme

    A VILLAGE launched its 2003 festival programme yesterday. The Northern Aldborough Festival began with a few concerts and musical performances at venues around the community, which adjoins the North Yorkshire market town of Boroughbridge. However, as its

  • Hope for station despite shake-up

    DURHAM should still get a radio station despite a shake-up in the regulation of broadcasting. The Radio Authority, which controls the airwaves, is due to be replaced by Ofcom, a new body that will also be responsible for other communications. The Radio

  • When digging an early grave is a great idea

    EVIL DEAD: A FISTFUL OF BROOMSTICKS. Publisher: THQ. Format: PS2, Xbox. Price: from £39.99. THE massive success of Spider-Man the movie probably put paid to any lingering hopes that Sam Rami could be tempted back to make a fourth instalment in the Evil

  • News in brief: By-election to take place

    VOTERS in Stanley will go to the polls again next month for a Durham County Council by-election. It is being held after the town's Labour county councillor, Keith Murray-Hetherington, lost his seat for not attending enough meetings. Dean McAdam is standing

  • News in brief: Police appeal for witnesses

    Police are hoping the public will be able to help them trace vandals who smashed four school windows. Stones were thrown through kitchen windows at Hipswell School between Wednesday night and early yesterday morning. Anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious

  • News in brief: Safety checks are offered

    PARENTS and carers in Hartlepool are being urged to take advantage of free child car seat safety checks to ensure they are correctly fitted. Hartlepool Borough Council's environmental standards team has joined forces with the town's Asda store and staff

  • Minders at midnight

    A BOOK shop owner found herself hiring minders, in preparation for a midnight party for Potter fans. At 12.01pm on Saturday morning, the first copies of JK Rowling's latest installment, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, exchanged hands at the

  • Claims of cash crisis at school rejected

    A SCHOOL governor says a successful primary school in Darlington is having to cut back on teaching staff because of a funding crisis. Colin Telfer, a governor at Reid Street Primary School, and a campaigner for the Liberal Democrats, also said the school

  • Education village plans start to take shape

    DETAILED plans for a £34m "education village" in Darlington are already being drawn up, it was revealed yesterday. Darlington Borough Council said developers had begun drafting their vision for the development, on the site of Haughton Comprehensive School

  • Getting ready to celebrate again

    RADIO presenters showed off their costumes for a summer pantomime yesterday. Century FM presenters Bill Steele and Judie McCourt donned their outfits as the Baron de Waldridge and a fairy for Celebrate II, at Chester-le-Street, County Durham, on Saturday

  • Dear Bill... I must be off now

    Sir Denis Thatcher was the perfect consort for a prime minister - ever loyal but always in the background. Nick Morrison looks at the man behind the image. HE was permanently sozzled, a gin-swilling chauvinist whose opinions had much more to do with the

  • Mystery of girl pushed into vehicle

    POLICE have appealed for help after a child was seen struggling as she was being put into a pick-up yesterday. The incident was seen at 9.30am in a layby on the southbound carriageway of the A19, between Houghton-le-Spring and Sunderland. There are no

  • Post office to close

    THE Post Office has confirmed that it will close a Durham branch next month. The company said the office at Fieldhouse Lane will shut as part of a shake-up designed to safeguard the future of other branches in the city. The closure is part of a national

  • Minister's visit boosts hopes for steelmaking

    STEEL-MAKING on Teesside has a profitable future, according to a Government Minister. Patricia Hewitt, Trade and Industry Secretary, said that if management, unions and the workforce continued to pull together, there was no reason for Corus to fail in

  • Tragedies focus minds as North soldiers aim for Iraq

    HIGH up in the Cumbrian hills, the crack of a gun is heard and the bullet whistles through the air. This could be any desolate, windswept war zone and for a second the tension is palpable. It's only the laughter that follows and the fact that someone

  • Our pride in brave soldier son

    THE family of a North-East soldier killed in Iraq spoke last night of their pride for their "wonderful" son who lived life to the full and of their anguish over his death. Lance Corporal Benjamin Hyde, 23, of Northallerton, North Yorkshire, was one of

  • Cycling network opens

    A NETWORK of cycle paths linking communities and providing access to a nature reserve has opened. The Kyo Greenways Project in the Great North Forest has been completed after three years' work. The project, which is part of the River Team Revival Initiative

  • Village to get housing association homes

    A SOCIAL housing development is to be created on the site of a former country store. The Three Rivers Housing Association plans to build six bungalows, four houses and a block of four flats at Eden Lane in Gainford, Teesdale District Council planning

  • Deal offers South Park pitches for new homes

    SOUTH Park could gain a sports pavilion, five football pitches and a cricket pitch if the Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott, approves a swap. The Cleveland Group of companies has applied for outline planning permission for a residential development

  • Children's play areas swing into action

    TWO children's play areas have been officially opened following an investment of more than £150,000. A range of new and improved equipment has been installed on a new site at Grayfields and at the existing King Oswy Drive playground, both in Hartlepool

  • Corus unveils latest defence against radioactive terror

    STEELMAKER Corus has joined the fight against international terrorism by designing Europe's first compact detection system cap able of discovering dirty bombs. The lightweight system can detect small amounts of radioactive material which could be attached

  • Fight goes on against home closures

    CAMPAIGNERS fighting plans to close residential homes have said they may resort to fresh legal action. Under plans by Durham County Council to modernise elderly people's care provision, it has announced that 16 homes will be closed and replaced by extra-care

  • Shop Talk: Feeling fruity?

    Buying a ready-made fruit salad can seem like the ideal way to help towards your five portions a day of fruit and vegetables, but it can be a let-down if your mangoes are mushy, your grapes grotty and your apples appalling. Fancy something fresh and juicy

  • Bishop to take part in sword ceremony

    THE new Bishop of Durham is to take part in a special ceremony next week - only the third of its kind to be staged in 250 years. Canon Tom Wright will travel to the most southerly part of his diocese to receive the Conyers Falchion sword on Croft Bridge

  • Firm struggles to find staff

    A FACTORY based in a high unemployment area is so desperate for staff that it is distributing 9,000 recruitment leaflets. SK Chilled Foods need to fill 20 vacancies at their site in Skelton and despite more than 300 jobs being lost from three factories

  • Real ale fan gets Defra grant to start his own brewery

    A REAL ale named after the first witnessed UK meteorite fall has been launched by two Yorkshire Wolds farmers, close to where that meteorite hit the earth more than 200 years ago. Tom Mellor and Derek Gray have set up the diversification project with

  • Cancer care charity looks for volunteers

    PEOPLE who fancy abseiling, parachuting or other dare-devil stunts while raising money for charity are being sought by a charity worker. Linda McDonough is the new fund-raising manager for the Chester-le-Street and Durham branch of Marie Curie Cancer

  • More young people stay on in education

    MORE young people than ever are continuing their education after they leave school in a part of the North-East, according to a report. Youth support service Connexions has published its Destinations 2002 report, which shows what young people in the Tees

  • Ex-husband waged terror campaign

    A MOTHER-of-four had to go into hiding after her former husband waged a year-long campaign of terror against her, a court was told yesterday. Clare Amos, 42, of Darlington, was subjected to months of harassment and abuse at the hands of her ex-partner

  • Customs seizure

    A County Durham man was among five arrested at Retford, Nottinghamshire, by Customs officers who seized 5.9 million cigarettes worth £1.35m hidden in furniture at a warehouse. The men have been bailed to return for further questioning

  • Fergie factor a big pull for Hodcroft

    KEN Hodcroft is hoping a touch of the Sir Alex Ferguson magic will again rub off on Victoria Park. After former Manchester United goalkeeper Chris Turner revamped Hartlepool United, the Pool chairman yesterday appointed his second manager to come under

  • Bonlea makes plans for growth

    A MANUFACTURING firm is preparing to expand only months after 45 jobs were secured when it was bought out. Bonlea, which makes door kits and door sets for the house building and construction industry, is set for further expansion following its sale to

  • Desperate Iraqi in suicide threat

    AN Iraqi Kurd is threatening to kill himself unless the British Government puts him on a plane for Iraq - or provides him travel documents to leave Britain on his own. Dhafer Raheem Jasim is desperate to return to Iraq. He has been trying to get back

  • Blair fails to respond to Miners' Gala invite

    PRIME Minister Tony Blair has been accused of snubbing organisers of the annual Durham Miners' Gala. With just over a fortnight to go before this year's event, the North-East National Union of Mineworkers' leadership last night said it had not received

  • Accused 'depressed at time of stabbing'

    A PSYCHIATRIST told a jury yesterday that in his opinion a farmer's wife was suffering from depression when she stabbed her husband to death. Professor Alan Gruben was giving evidence at the trial of Jayne Lovegreen, 34, who denies murdering her husband

  • Anger as discos are banned

    VILLAGE councillors deny they are being killjoys after suspending discos for youngsters. A petition is circulating Skelton, in protest at a decision by Skelton and Brotton parish council to suspend discos in the community's civic hall until further notice

  • Long-serving police officer dies

    A RETIRED police superintendent whose 35-year-long "beat" covered most of County Durham has died aged 71. Shildon-born Colin Neal was assistant divisional commander at Darlington when he left the force in 1987. He joined the police cadets in 1948, taking

  • Discount store makes its mark with shoppers

    A shopping development's flagship store welcomed its first customers after its official opening yesterday. The Marks and Spencer outlet was launched with a ribbon cutting ceremony at Dalton Park, in Murton, County Durham. The 6,500sq ft store is the latest

  • Well designed tours

    A series of heritage open days was launched in Middlesbrough yesterday to mark National Architecture Week. The open days will include tours of the Town Hall civic suite, Newham Grange Leisure Farm, the Teesside Archives, the Transporter Bridge visitor

  • Issue may fund Bede's expansion

    X-RAY technology firm Bede plans to raise £3.65m to capitalise on growing demand for its products. The Durham company wants to place more than 28 million new shares at 14p to generate the money. The move will give Bede working capital to accelerate the

  • Abby's design wins contest

    TODDLERS Abby Waugh and Lois Wright may only be three-years-old, but have already proved they have an eye for design. Abby won a contest to create a logo for the new Sure Start West Derwentside. The group was set up in Catchgate Primary School last December

  • Police pursue stolen car

    TWO teenagers have been arrested following a police pursuit through a busy town centre. Officers were alerted at around 1.15pm today that a suspected stolen vehicle had been spotted in Whessoe Road, Darlington. The white Ford Escort car, containing two

  • Early screenings of films had reel appeal in city

    FROM 1722 to 1869, Saddler Street had been the home to Durham's Theatre Land, but it all came to an end with the disastrous theatre royal fire of 1869. Durham's next theatre would not open until 1884, this time a little further outside the city centre

  • Gran is Paul's inspiration

    A BUDDING football star chosen to play for England has put his success down to the support of his biggest fan - his grandmother. Supergran Shirley Henderson, who has brought up 16-year-old Paul Henderson by herself, recognised his talent from an early

  • CAP options will lead to policy 'patchwork'

    THE NFU has welcomed the deal to reform the Common Agricultural Policy, but expressed concern about some of the details. The EU Agriculture Council agreed to break the link between support payments and production, but gave different options, and even

  • Villagers quiz planning chief on infill 'loophole'

    RESIDENTS concerned about the threat of developers changing the face of their village learned more about the planning system at a public meeting this week. More than 80 Eaglescliffe residents packed Tereshkova House at Egglescliffe School to quiz Stockton

  • Students reach for the stars

    YOUNG singers and dancers are putting the gloss on their performances before the grand final of a regional talent contest at the weekend. The best 25 acts are preparing to go head-to-head at Durham's Gala Theatre on Sunday to find the winner of TalentSTAR

  • 'I was a teenage pall bearer'

    As pocket money jobs go, I suppose mine was one of the more unusual. While schoolpals were cutting grass, doing paper rounds or washing cars, I would help my father with his work as an undertaker. I was just eight when I went on my first "removal". By

  • Primary school athletes' sporting roll of honour

    HUNDREDS of children took part in the Darlington Primary Schools Athletics Championships. They pupils competed over two days in field and track events at Eastbourne Sports Complex and Abbey Junior School. The events were split into competitions for pupils

  • Gran is Paul's inspiration

    A BUDDING football star chosen to play for England has put his success down to the support of his biggest fan - his grandmother. Supergran Shirley Henderson, who has brought up 16-year-old Paul Henderson by herself, recognised his talent from an early

  • Sir Denis - far from a buffoon

    Tributes from political friends and foes alike poured in from around the world last night after the death of Sir Denis Thatcher. Margaret Thatcher's devoted and protective consort died peacefully in a London hospital yesterday with his family at his bedside

  • Fearless Bert's 90th birthday leap

    A 90-YEAR-OLD who lost both his legs six years ago due to diabetes, is planning his second tandem parachute jump next month to mark his birthday. Bert Moss had severe problems with blood circulation, and doctors decided amputation was the only solution

  • Lives put at risk as vandals remove rail danger signs

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  • New classes at the Cleveland Show

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  • MP joins fight for post office

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  • Comment: Behaviour not to be tolerated

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  • News from the guilds and WIs

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  • Phone user shot with pellet gun

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  • A night at the proms

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  • Move to prescribe heroin for addicts

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  • Church and parents fight for school

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  • Sadie found 300 miles from home a year after she went missing

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  • Blue-blooded sheepdog's pups just kept on coming

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  • Teesdale Talk Farmer goes to market with a taste of the dale

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  • Got an old vehicle? Dump it for free

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  • Wellock's World: These lazy, hazy days

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  • Council left red-faced over cabbie's fight

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  • Woman wins sex discrimination tribunal case

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  • 18th century fire engines are called out to attend display

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  • Whose creation will win this year's straw vote?

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  • Extension sought

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  • Pub gears up for coastal bike run

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  • Council cleared of grave 'errors'

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  • Charms to ward off the Evil Eye

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  • New face leads church appeal

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  • World ploughing champion to appear at village event

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  • Station to create a garden reminder

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  • Food bug is traced to city restaurant

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  • Youngsters get dancing

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  • Jane wins Millennium Award for her work with the deaf

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  • Community groups land Lottery cash

    FIVE groups in Hambleton are celebrating receiving a share of £12,697 in National Lottery funding. Northallerton College has been awarded the maximum amount of £5,000 by the Awards for All scheme. The college will use the award to fund indoor and outdoor

  • Thieves target market town

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  • Colin takes charge at partnership

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  • Disabled sports centre appeal raised £250,000

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  • Website launched to draw tourists

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  • Two-year festival wait is over

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  • Livestock make welcome return to show

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  • Anti link road group passes council no-confidence vote

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  • Mystery of girl pushed into vehicle

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  • Businesses flock to new industrial park

    BUSINESSES are queuing up to take space on a market town's newly-extended industrial park. More than 20 firms have expressed an interest in buying land on the Estate in Stokesley following the release of a further eight acres for development. Hambleton

  • Pupils learn about Indian culture

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  • Woman wins sex discrimination tribunal case

    A FORMER sales representative has been awarded £5,500 after a tribunal found she suffered sex discrimination at work. Lesley Hobson, 36, from County Durham, took dental and medical products company Dexcel Pharma Limited to a Newcastle employment tribunal

  • Drunk driver had children in his car

    A DRUNK driver who sparked a high speed police chase with two young children in his car was jailed for a year yesterday. Norman Holmes, 23, sped through a red light, drove at 50mph on the wrong side of the carriageway and crashed into a bollard with his

  • Planners approve units

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  • Deputy PM may make housing scheme decision

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  • Musical marathon swells funds

    A CHURCH was filled with the sound of music as it launched a fund-raising drive for a new parish hall. An eight-hour pianothon was held in St Mary Magadelne Church, Belmont, Durham City, on Saturday, featuring players ranging from beginners to concert

  • News in brief: Police launch hunt for youth

    Police in Darlington are looking for a youth who sparked a police helicopter search. A youth was seen trying to break into a car in Beaumont Street on Sunday. But when police tried to apprehend him, he escaped and sparked a helicopter search around the

  • Supreme beef title goes to impressive Aberdeen Angus

    A GIANT Aberdeen Angus bull caught everyone's attention when he was crowned this year's supreme beef champion. The five-year-old beast weighing one and a half tonnes was presented by Victoria Brooks, on behalf of her parents, G and L Brooks, from Little

  • Compensation for cancelled flights

    NORTH-EAST Euro MP Stephen Hughes has welcomed new European laws that will see passengers receive cash for cancelled flights. The new air passenger rights will see compensation for travellers whose flights have been cancelled or delayed and will be approved

  • Man critical after 'attack' outside pub

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  • Viewers' horror at star's TV death

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  • Early work reaps benefits

    A GEORGIAN folly in the grounds of a North Yorkshire estate may be much more than it seemed when restoration work began. The Landmark Trust took the unusual step of starting work on the refurbishment of The Ruin at Hackfall before it had all the £500,000

  • Welford returns with a vengeance

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  • Sad but inevitable

    EVERYONE will regret the decision of the Dean and Chapter of York Minster to levy a charge on visitors to the great cathedral. But most will understand why the Minster authorities have had to take this step after a failure of a voluntary donations scheme

  • Parking deck proves a problem for mill scheme

    WHILE the conversion of a derelict mill into 16 apartments has been welcomed by councillors, the stumbling block of a raised deck for car parking has led to deferment of a planning application. The Building Renaissance Company, of Cumbria, felt its latest

  • Fans gather for workout

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  • Monster leads green mission

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  • University outlines major shake-up

    DURHAM University plans to invest more than £8.7m in its prime courses and research ventures during the next four years. But the move will mean closing its East Asian studies and linguistics and English language departments, and phasing out degrees in

  • Salute the pick-up man with a heart of gold

    THE most heartening sight of the week for Spectator came on the old A1 at Barton, between Richmond and Darlington. Somewhere near the King William IV pub an unmarked white pick-up truck stopped in the Darlington-bound direction, hazard lights flashing

  • Man kept prostitute prisoner

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  • Mum to address Lords over law-change fight

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  • Johnson Matthey Catalysts opens £800,000 centre

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  • Free travel offered

    BUS company Arriva will issue 500 free bus travel tickets in East Cleveland to help unemployed people to travel to a job and skills opportunity day. The Village Skills event will be held at Redcar and Cleveland College next Wednesday and is expected to

  • Passion is key for Cooper

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  • SadCake through to the finals

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    PEOPLE who are aged over 50 are being urged to keep fit while raising funds by taking part in a charity walk. As part of the Health Walk for Hospices campaign, taking place around the North-East, over-50s in Durham and Chester-le-Street are being encouraged