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  • Al-Qaida blamed for hotel attack

    Al-Qaida terrorists were blamed yesterday for the car bomb attacks in resorts on Egypt's Sinai coast that are feared to have killed more than 50 people, most of them Israelis. Israelis fled home across the nearby border after an explosion on Thursday

  • For Your Benefit: Could I claim Pension Credit?

    Q I am a single lady of 65. I receive a State Pension of £118 a week and private pension of £302 a year. I have £7,152 in savings and a Prudential Bond worth £6,160. Could I claim Pension Credit? A Yes. £2.17 a week. Q I applied for an increase in my

  • 'Cider making goes on'

    BOSSES at the UK's largest cider manufacturer reassured customers yesterday that a factory fire would not halt production. Firefighters were called to HP Bulmer, in Hereford, shortly before 11.30pm on Thursday night and worked through the early hours

  • Shown no mercy

    THE world reacted with revulsion last night to the confirmation that British hostage Ken Bigley had been executed in Iraq. Mr Bigley's younger brother, Philip, said there was "absolute proof" that the 62-year-old engineer had been murdered after a barbaric

  • Museum relives sea assault on town

    HUNDREDS of people have visited an exhibition to mark the 90th anniversary of the famous bombardment of a North-East town. More than 1,000 people have turned up to the exhibition, which details the day Hartlepool was shelled by the Germans in the First

  • Conkering with charm

    SHEEP, come to think about it, may be as safely gathered in as anything else and at Hawes auction mart last week, the tup sale went merrily, hammer and tongs, until quarter past one in the morning. "Usually your Vicar is kept awake by the cacophony of

  • Old and young take on challenge

    A RECORD 119 people aged six months to 70 years raised about £2,500 after taking part in sponsored walks. Three walks, organised by Redcar Rotary Club, were held in Farndale. Six month old Archie Wyatt, grandson of the late Rotary member Charles Wyatt

  • Store to open

    A £2M supermarket will open in part of the North-East later this month, creating 25 jobs. The 10,000sq ft Netto store, at Neasham Road Retail Park, Darlington, will be the Danish no-frills retailer's second supermarket in the town. It will open on October

  • Inquiry as town bus goes out of control

    AN investigation is under way after a bus went out of control and hit a car, a roadside barrier and trees. The Arriva vehicle ended up yards from a college and museum after its brakes apparently failed yesterday. The transport company and Cleveland Police

  • Work begins on council HQ

    WORK on a council office move has begun. Richmondshire District Council is to move office staff from several premises in Richmond to new headquarters in Colburn. Negotiations are under way with Yorkshire Forward, which owns the site of the new office

  • Sport forum to focus on minorities

    A sports forum focusing on the interests and needs of ethnic communities will be launched on Wednesday in Middlesbrough. Becon - the regional network of ethnic minority organisations - and Tees Valley Sport, is holding a half-day seminar, culminating

  • Workmen on doorstep demand £100

    RESIDENTS are being warned to be on their guard after a householder discovered trees in her garden had been cut without her permission. Two men called at an address in Laurel Road, Primrose Hill, Stockton, and carried out the work before demanding £100

  • 09/10/04

    REGIONAL ASSEMBLY: A REGIONAL assembly is the only answer to the problems beset by councils is this area. The 18th century political philosopher Montesquieu wrote that governments are likely to be tyrannical if they are responsible for administering large

  • Pub wins national award

    A NORTH-EAST pub is celebrating after it was made pub of the year in a company's nationwide awards. The Mill House, near Washington, Wearside, won the accolade in Scottish and Newcastle (S&N) Pub Enterprises' Warm Welcome Awards. As winner of the

  • Council requests a probe to clear name

    A COUNCIL is so confident it has done nothing wrong following criticism over spending that it has asked the Audit Commission to investigate. The opposition Labour Party of Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council called for an independent inquiry into the

  • Warning to retailers about firework clampdown

    TRADING standards watchdogs in County Durham are ready to crack down on shops that sell fireworks illegally. Officers from Durham County Council are to visit all firework retailers in the county in the run-up to November 5, to make sure they comply with

  • Union leaders meet over threat to jobs

    UNION leaders from across the North-East will meet today to discuss a range of issues. The Northern TUC's regional council will gather at Gateshead Civic Centre, where one of the motions will concern Government plans to cut more than 100,000 jobs across

  • Pupils join in the fun as music roadshow introduces the arts

    HUNDREDS of children were given the opportunity to experience live music when a music roadshow paid a visit to a north Durham school. Classic FM and its partners in music education, Yamaha, took the five-piece band Vision to the Hermitage School, in Chester-le-Street

  • Pupils join in the fun as music roadshow introduces the arts

    HUNDREDS of children were given the opportunity to experience live music when a music roadshow paid a visit to a north Durham school. Classic FM and its partners in music education, Yamaha, took the five-piece band Vision to the Hermitage School, in Chester-le-Street

  • Union to ballot prison officers over reforms

    THOUSANDS of North-East prison officers are to be balloted on controversial Government reforms which could see some juvenile detention centres run by private operators. The National Offender Management Service (NOMS) plan to introduce market testing is

  • UniBond League: Bishops turn corner

    Bishop Auckland manager Brian Honour is hoping that his side has turned the corner as they prepare for today's home game with Wakefield-Emley. Bishops came back in thrilling fashion from 3-2 down to win 4-3 against Gateshead in midweek, a victory which

  • At Your Service: Conkering with charm

    SHEEP, come to think about it, may be as safely gathered in as anything else and at Hawes auction mart last week, the tup sale went merrily, hammer and tongs, until quarter past one in the morning. "Usually your Vicar is kept awake by the cacophony of

  • Daft driver (2) caught out by a close shave

    A MOTORIST'S vanity about his looks cost him dear yesterday when he was hauled over by police - for trying to shave while on the move. He was spotted using an electric razor to get rid of his early morning stubble while driving past the old police station

  • Jessops plans flotation

    PHOTOGRAPHIC specialist Jessops announced plans yesterday to float on the London stock market in a move that could value it at more than £180m. The retailer, which started as a family business and now has 262 stores, said the flotation would help build

  • Hurricanes blow insurance firms' profits away

    THE recent hurricane season has cost two London-listed insurers about £60m in lost profits, it was revealed yesterday. Amlin predicted that hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne, as well as typhoons in Japan, would reduce annual profits by about

  • Pupils leave school after cannabis found

    THREE pupils have left a leading North-East independent school after they were found with drugs. Two of the students, who are all aged 15 to 17, were withdrawn from Yarm School, in Yarm, near Stockton, by their parents and another was expelled after one

  • Dramatic festival awards are given

    THE award for best production at a North-East festival has been given. The Cliffe Theatre, from Eaglescliffe, near Stockton, took the award at the 29th annual Sedgefield Festival of One Act Plays with its production, A Man of Letters, by Tim Firth. Cast

  • Council rejected report on girl's care

    A COUNCIL that was made to pay £850,000 to educate a girl with severe special needs rejected the advice of its educational psychologist. As reported in The Northern Echo, Darlington Borough Council was taken to a tribunal over its decision that an 11-

  • Pool have no answer to Howard's scoring touch

    WHEN it comes to facing Steve Howard, you would think Hartlepool United would appreciate and understand the danger. The striker left Pool in 1999 and since then he's regularly scored against his former club, much to the chagrin of his best friend, Pool

  • Pumpkin expected to tip scales at 600lbs

    A GARDENER'S giant pumpkin will compete against the biggest in Britain next week. Six strong men and a forklift truck will be needed to move the vegetable, grown by pensioner Jimmy Reid. Mr Reid, of Gilling West, near Richmond, North Yorkshire, is known

  • Someone to watch over me

    One of Hollywood's most successful actors, with two new movies out in quick succession, Denzel Washington shuns the glitz and glamour in favour of family life. The son of preacher man talks to Steve Pratt about Oscars and a guardian angel. Two years ago

  • Nobel Peace Prize awarded

    Kenyan environmental activist Wangari Maathai yesterday became the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. The 64-year-old was honoured for her work as leader of the Green Belt Movement, which for 30 years has sought to empower women, improve

  • Couple's ordeal as cruise ship hits oil tanker

    A DOUBLE transplant patient has told of his ordeal when a cruise ship adventure turned into a nightmare. John Hearfield was on board the Van Gogh when it collided with a Greek oil tanker while en-route from Gibraltar to Tangier, in Morocco a fortnight

  • Farmer pledges to appeal against bridleway ruling

    A FARMER is to appeal against a decision to change a public footpath crossing his land to a bridleway. Derek Bayles of Osmond Flatt Farm, Lartington, has said information in a report to councillors about re-classifying the right of way was biased in favour

  • Man fails to win jail-term appeal

    A DRINK-DRIVER caught while almost three times over the limit has failed to win his freedom. Malcolm Price, 42, of Heather Way, Stanley, County Durham, was jailed for four months at the end of last month by North Durham Magistrates after he admitted drink-driving

  • Tour helps theatre flourish in the N-E

    A Season of touring theatre hits the road next week to bring drama to County Durham communities. The Elements Touring Scheme includes productions of work by award-winning playwright Rona Munro. The season gets under way with The Magician's Daughter presented

  • Teddy bears enjoy an autumn picnic

    FOR teddy bears with any sense of fun there was only one place to be - out enjoying themselves in the autumn sun. Bears of all shapes and sizes gathered at Queen Mary's School, at Baldersby Park, near Thirsk, on Wednesday when their young owners enjoyed

  • Youngsters take on the UK's best

    FOUR karate students have fought against the best in the country. The group competed in the National Karate Championships in Sheffield last month. Nick Hayhurst, 14, pictured, a member of Thirsk Karate Club, returned with a bronze medal, while 12-year-old

  • Rugby team prepares to face Aussies

    THE best of the region's student rugby league players are preparing to take on Australian rivals. The North-East Student squad has gathered for a last training camp at RAF Cosford, Shropshire, ahead of a match against the University of Technology Sydney

  • Man who burgled dad wins freedom

    A MAN who said he burgled his father's home to get back at him for lying about having cancer and not giving him a Christmas present, won his freedom yesterday. Frederick William Smith, 22, of Porter Terrace, Murton, east Durham, was jailed for three years

  • Fears over mast plan

    CONCERNS are growing over plans for a 15-metre high phone mast in Darlington. Telecommunications firm O2 is seeking permission for the mast to be erected near the Asda supermarket, in Whinbush Way. Planning committee members at the borough council are

  • Charity has turned itself around

    CHARITY bosses have told of their delight at a transformation in fortunes over the past year. Age Concern in Darlington has gone through a turbulent period, including suffering job losses earlier this year as part of a shake-up of services. The organisation

  • Beat bobby's birthday surprise for Andy

    STAFF at a residential home turned the tables on prankster Andy Johnson when they arranged to have him arrested during his birthday celebrations. Wheelchair-bound Mr Johnson was celebrating his 34th birthday with fellow residents at the Grange, in Redworth

  • Refusal advised

    An application to enclose land to create a garden area on land next to 20 Glen Terrace, Chester-le-Street, is likely to be refused at a planning meeting on Monday. District council planning officers have recommended refusal on the grounds that plans,

  • Children open long-awaited bypass

    CHILDREN joined councillors and dignitaries to open a long-awaited bypass in their town. Youngsters from St Cuthbert's RC Primary, Hartside Primary, Crook Nursery, Peases West Primary and Crook Primary helped Government chief whip Hilary Armstrong and

  • Night patrols to curb anti-social behaviour

    POLICE are carrying out night patrols in Ryedale in a campaign to reduce anti-social behaviour in towns and villages. Sergeant Cliff Edens, community safety sergeant for Ryedale, is leading a team of community support officers, the road policing group

  • Spot the difference

    HOW the hell does Changing Rooms (soon to be painted out of BBC1's Monday line-up forever) manage to decorate a room in two days? The frustrations of trying to replace parts of an imperial measures fireplace with today's mumbo-jumbo metric appliances

  • Queen sends message to family as anger builds over execution

    The Queen sent a message of support to Ken Bigley's family last night as the city of Liverpool went into mourning after his death. Buckingham Palace said the Queen sent a private message of condolence to Mr Bigley's mother, Lily. The murdered hostage

  • Father poured petrol on himself and girls

    A FATHER-of-two who threatened to set himself and his two small daughters on fire, was still being quizzed by detectives last night. Officers managed to overpower the man, who, after dousing himself and his children in petrol, produced a cigarette lighter

  • Father poured petrol on himself and girls

    A FATHER-of-two who threatened to set himself and his two small daughters on fire, was still being quizzed by detectives last night. Officers managed to overpower the man, who, after dousing himself and his children in petrol, produced a cigarette lighter

  • Showground killer granted an appeal

    A man who claims he was wrongly jailed for murder is launching an appeal against his conviction. Former soldier Tony Bottrill said: "I'd rather die in prison than own up to something I didn't do." He says new facts have been established which he hopes

  • Butt is happy to return home

    NEWCASTLE UNITED's Nicky Butt spent 13 seasons at Manchester United and the midfielder has admitted his desire was to finish his playing days at Old Trafford, writes Paul Fraser. Butt arrived at St James' Park in the summer for £3.5m after it became clear

  • AA repair service decision leads to 900 job losses

    MOTORING organisation the AA said its decision to end its car repair centre business will result in the loss of 900 jobs, including a service centre in the North-East. The move will see Nationwide Autocentres take on 50 of the company's 122 sites, as

  • Pub landlord to appeal against ban on music

    A PUB landlord was yesterday banned from playing music in public by a High Court judge. Steven Murray, owner of the Falchion, in Darlington, was ordered not to play music there, or at any other premises, until he obtains a licence from Phonographic Performance

  • Pay gap grows wider

    THE pay gap between the boardroom and other workers has widened further after company directors enjoyed an average rise of 16 per cent last year, a survey revealed yesterday. Top executives in the UK's leading companies now earn more than £1m a year in

  • Contract is too little, too late

    BOSSES at ship repair specialist A&P Tyne said a contract it had won for maintenance work on a North Sea ferry would not remove the threat of job losses at the troubled shipyard. The Tyneside yard will carry out work on DFDS Seaways' flagship vessel

  • Pool have no answer to Howard's scoring touch

    WHEN it comes to facing Steve Howard, you would think Hartlepool United would appreciate and understand the danger. The striker left Pool in 1999 and since then he's regularly scored against his former club, much to the chagrin of his best friend, Pool

  • Funding for £55m green boiler expected by end of year

    BOSSES at a Teesside power plant said £55m funding towards the installation of an eco-friendly boiler should be in place by the end of the year. SempCorp Utilities UK's plan to develop its power plant at Wilton, near Billingham, depends upon securing

  • Shown no mercy

    THE world reacted with revulsion last night to the confirmation that British hostage Ken Bigley had been executed in Iraq. Mr Bigley's younger brother, Philip, said there was "absolute proof" that the 62-year-old engineer had been murdered after a barbaric

  • Real hit out after fresh setback for Woodgate

    THERE are fears Jonathan Woodgate is facing up to another five months on the sidelines, as employers Real Madrid point the finger of blame towards former club Newcastle United. Woodgate has been flown to the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, in Ohio, after

  • Curfew is lifted after fall in crime

    POLICE chiefs yesterday hailed the success of a teenage curfew imposed on a troubled North-East estate. The public order action has proved so effective that the "off the streets order" has been lifted more than two weeks early. In April, police applied

  • Bell opts for tough challenge

    GREAT Britain international Stewy Bell, a stalwart of North-East road races, has decided to face a stiffer cross country challenge instead of defending his title in tomorrow's tough Derwentside 10. Last year Bell, recovering from a back injury which had

  • Viduka backs McClaren's work ethic

    MARK VIDUKA believes Middlesbrough are already reaping the rewards of the hard work of manager Steve McClaren this season. But the Australian striker, hoping to be fit in time to face Blackburn next Saturday, has warned the club's hopes of a top six finish

  • Forklift driver is bound for Iraq

    A FORKLIFT truck driver from Consett has been called up to serve with the armed forces in Iraq. Lance Bombardier Stephanie McCormack, 22, is one of 55 Territorial Army soldiers from the North-East who will spend six months in the country as part of Operation

  • Allotment project needs a little help

    PEOPLE are being urged to dig in to help a mental health project. The mental health inpatient unit at the University Hospital of North Tees in Stockton has been given the use of a council allotment at Thornaby, and now its staff and service users have

  • Teesdale Talk: Remember the fate of poor Ralph

    A TIMELY reminder was given this week about the dangers lurking in the Teesdale hills each winter. It came in the shape of a long hand-written poem brought in by Vince Wearmouth about Ralph Rumney, a farmer who died after being lost in the snow as he

  • A Voice for the North: Assembly campaign statement dismissed

    A STATEMENT accusing the North-East Says No campaign of under-representing women has been dismissed as ridiculous. The North-East Women's Forum yesterday said it condemned the group, which is opposing an elected North-East assembly, for perpetuating what

  • Encounter an exception to the rule

    AS far as numbers of runners are concerned, the totally new experiment by the BHB to stage so-called "Banded Stakes" meetings is proving to be a resounding success. Virtually all the races are vastly over-subscribed, witness today's fixture at Warwick

  • Real hit out after fresh setback for Woodgate

    THERE are fears Jonathan Woodgate is facing up to another five months on the sidelines, as employers Real Madrid point the finger of blame towards former club Newcastle United. Woodgate has been flown to the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, in Ohio, after

  • Shellfish industry 'must be protected'

    THE lucrative shellfish industry on the Yorkshire Coast must be safeguarded, says the North-Eastern Sea Fisheries Committee. David McCandless, the chief fishery officer, said the coast had become one of the most productive shellfish areas in the country

  • Andrew is determined to stop Wasps buzzing

    ROB Andrew is confident his Newcastle Falcons team can bounce back from the defeats in their last two matches and win away to his old club Wasps tomorrow. With England scrum half Matt Dawson now on board, Zurich Premiership champions Wasps won 10-9 away

  • Hodgson looks for repeat

    RARELY, in recent years, has there been an occasion when Darlington have had the luxury of resting a player who exudes the presence influential defender Craig Liddle commands out on the pitch. But that is exactly what manager David Hodgson will do tomorrow

  • Girls give added fizz to Coca-Cola football competition

    PRIMARY school pupils are celebrating after winning a girls-only Coca-Cola football challenge. The youngsters, from Lingdale Primary School, Guisborough, have emerged victorious from the competition, which is held bi-annually at Middlesbrough Football

  • Initiative targets job training

    AN initiative has been launched to meet recruitment needs of companies and boost job prospects of people in a Teesside town. The Hartlepool Targeted Training and Recruitment Charter has been signed by Hartlepool Borough Council, Housing Hartlepool, Gus

  • Museum relives sea assault

    HUNDREDS of people have visited an exhibition to mark the 90th anniversary of the famous bombardment of a North-East town. More than 1,000 people have turned up to the exhibition, which details the day Hartlepool was shelled by the Germans in the First

  • No place for Liddle as Hodgson backs winners

    RARELY, in recent years, has there been an occasion when Darlington have had the luxury of resting a player who exudes the presence influential defender Craig Liddle commands out on the pitch. But that is exactly what manager David Hodgson will do tomorrow

  • Allotments go global on web

    ALLOTMENT gardeners in a North-East city have shrugged off their old image with the launch of an Internet site. Every one of Newcastle's 65 allotment sites will have its own page on the web, where visitors can view information about facilities, plot vacancies

  • Vision for future unveiled as once rundown area improves

    PLUNGED into depression in the late 1990s with the wholesale closure of its lifeblood mining industry, east Durham is now emerging as one of the region's boom areas. And this week at a one-day conference, Easington District Council unveiled its vision

  • Comedian maintains stand over houses despite warning

    A COMEDIAN has expressed no remorse at being escorted by police out of a meeting over a proposed £55m development. Chris McGlade believes passionately that the Coatham Enclosure, an area overlooking the seafront at Redcar where developer Persimmon hopes

  • Contract is too little, too late

    BOSSES at ship repair specialist A&P Tyne said a contract it had won for maintenance work on a North Sea ferry would not remove the threat of job losses at the troubled shipyard. The Tyneside yard will carry out work on DFDS Seaways' flagship vessel

  • Daft driver (1) who proved himself a liar

    CRAFTY Keith Smailes dodged a speeding fine by claiming he was disabled and could not drive - then walked from court and got straight behind the wheel of his car. Suspicious police followed Smailes after magistrates had acquitted him of the offence. As

  • Nine months after rugby win, Jonny Wilkinson arrives

    A PASSIONATE pair who celebrated after England's last-gasp Rugby World Cup victory have brought their own little hero into the world -Jonny Wilkinson. Baby Jonny was conceived after rugby fan Steve Clarke and his Australian wife, Yolanda, watched England

  • Council rejected report on girl's care

    A COUNCIL that was made to pay £850,000 to educate a girl with severe special needs rejected the advice of its educational psychologist. As reported in The Northern Echo, Darlington Borough Council was taken to a tribunal over its decision that an 11-

  • Getting tough on rural crime

    AN army of farm workers were recruited to take part in a major operation aimed at combating rural crime in the North-East. Over two nights this week, County Durham and parts of North Yorkshire and Cumbria hosted the biggest Farm-watch operation ever organised

  • St George and the dragons

    England and Wales clashes have been all too rare in recent years but thanks to the World Cup, the rivalry has been renewed. Here EchoSPORT takes a look at the pick of past matches between the two home nations and profiles the men at the helm. Wembley,

  • Richard aims for extreme challenge

    ENGINEER Richard Jackson is gearing up for the challenge of his life. Mr Jackson, 33, from Newcastle, has been chosen to represent the UK in the Fulda Challenge. The former Army officer won through a five-day gruelling selection process in Sulden, Italy

  • Youngsters get the party started

    Youngsters were VIPS as they helped open a new £550,000 Sure Start centre. Sophie Lawther, two, and James Kinghorn, three, cut a rainbow ribbon to open the centre, off Kirkleatham Street, Redcar. It is the third facility to be opened in Sure Start's Redcar

  • Experts probe Iron Age horse burials

    THE skeletal remains of four Iron Age horses are helping archaeologists to shed new light on the history of a village. The horses were discovered lying nose-to-tail in a ritual burial during excavations at Nosterfield Quarry, near Ripon, North Yorkshire

  • Police call time on Nick's bar

    IT has everything the discerning drinker could possibly want - a back street boozer with a homely atmosphere. The well-stocked bar is complemented by a one-armed bandit, TV, a music system and neon lighting. As well as a range of beers, visitors may also

  • Restoring the queen of Iraq

    'I DON'T care to be in London much. I like Baghdad, and I like Iraq. It's the real East, and it is stirring; things are happening here, and the romance of it all touches me and absorbs me." So wrote Gertrude Bell to her parents back home in Rounton Grange

  • New hopes for nursing home

    AN MP believes there is now hope in a battle to keep a care home open. It was announced last week that Gracelands Nursing Home, in Guisborough, would have to close with the loss of 120 beds. It followed news of the imminent closure of Nessfield Care Home

  • Albany Northern League: Peterlee in crisis - chairman

    Peterlee chairman Bobby Huntingdon has warned the club is in the middle of one of the biggest crises in their history. Peterlee go to Billingham Synthonia this morning without a manager, with finance running out, and a lack of people behind the scenes

  • Getting tough on rural crime

    AN army of farm workers were recruited to take part in a major operation aimed at combating rural crime in the North-East. Over two nights this week, County Durham and parts of North Yorkshire and Cumbria hosted the biggest Farm-watch operation ever organised

  • Fearless Rooney out to slay the Welsh dragon

    Given that Sven-Goran Eriksson believes not even a World Cup final would make Wayne Rooney nervous, it is no wonder he is looking for the teenager to ensure England sparkle against Wales today. Eriksson has been preparing to use a three-pronged attack

  • Crew's mercy mission

    LIFEBOAT crewmen from Redcar have saved four lives - off the coast of Greece. The five men, and two friends, were taking part in a yacht race off the island of Levkas when they heard a distress call on channel 16 of their VHF radio as they sailed into

  • TV's Carenza to give talk

    TV archaeologist Carenza Lewis is helping an attraction celebrate its 20th anniversary. The Jorvik Viking Centre, in York, has been visited by millions of people since 1984. On October 29, it will host a lecture and book-signing session by Ms Lewis, from

  • Couple's ordeal as cruise ship hits oil tanker

    A DOUBLE transplant patient has told of his ordeal when a cruise ship adventure turned into a nightmare. John Hearfield was on board the Van Gogh when it collided with a Greek oil tanker while en-route from Gibraltar to Tangier, in Morocco a fortnight

  • Durham knocked off their perch

    Durham were knocked off the top of the Northern League when Shildon won 3-1 at the Archibald Stadium last night. Shildon took the lead after 11 minutes when Adam Smith headed in a left-wing cross from Scott Emerson, but Durham equalised after 23 minutes

  • Bid to cut burglaries

    HOUSEHOLDERS are being urged to leave a light on during the dark winter months as a crackdown on burglary gets under way. Durham police have launched Operation Darc to cut the number of house break-ins. Last year, there were 2,843 house burglaries in

  • Warning over illegal sale of fireworks

    TRADING standards watchdogs in County Durham are preparing to crack down on shops that sell fireworks illegally. Officers from Durham County Council will visit all firework retailers in the county in the run-up to November 5, to make sure they comply

  • Youngsters prepare to net points

    PRIMARY school pupils will take part in a two-day netball festival next week. About 220 children are expected to take part in the event, organised by Wear Valley School Sports Co-ordinator Partnership on Wednesday and Thursday. On Wednesday, teams of

  • Pete helps pupils get to school safely

    ROAD safety was top of the agenda for Darlington youngsters yesterday. Children at Cockerton Primary School celebrated the end of Walk to School Week with a visit from the borough council's safety mascot, Pedestrian Pete. They were among hundreds of pupils

  • Charity walk gives air ambulance a lift

    MONEY raised from a sponsored walk and family fun day has given a lift to an air ambulance service. Mayor of Colburn Tom Henry has collected a cheque for £1,800 from publicans Morag Mackintosh and Jozsef Mozer from the Crown Inn, in Brompton-on-Swale,

  • Pensioner's death in wheelchair 'an accident'

    A DISABLED pensioner in an electric wheelchair was hit by a bus driver who was dazzled by the sun, an inquest heard. Robert Rickaby, 66, died after suffering multiple injuries in the accident near his home in Catterick, North Yorkshire, on January 12.

  • Children invited to hunt for treasure

    A TREASURE hunt aims to put children on the path to fitness. Youngsters are invited to take part in the event at Darlington's South Park on Monday, from 5pm to 6pm. Organised by Darlington Primary Care Trust (PCT), the borough council and Darlington Football

  • Henry going Flat out to keep his unbeaten record

    JOSEPH HENRY (2.05) has the class to maintain his 100 per cent record by taking the six-furlong Listed Rockingham Stakes at York's final Flat fixture of the season. Mark Johnston's colt started the year with a bang by romping to successive victories at

  • Botham leads golf challenge

    Ian Botham is leading a charge of past and present England cricketers to raise cash for a cancer charity. The team event for sporting celebrities has snowballed since the Macmillan Cancer Relief announced it was looking for players. Apart from Botham,

  • Festival time

    THE bars of a popular village pub, The Cayley Arms at Allerston, near Scarborough will be transformed into the setting for a harvest festival on Friday, October 22. Last year's event raised £1,800 and this year a festival auction will benefit the Talking

  • Councillors save harassed hornblower from youths

    COUNCILLORS came to the rescue of Ripon's hornblower as he faced a crowd of abusive youths. The incident, which did not disrupt the 1,000 year old ceremony in the Market Place, was the second in recent months. A crowd of about 40 youths was seen gathering

  • All singing all dancing fun at charity day

    HOSPITAL staff held a fancy dress day yesterday to raise awareness of mental health issues. People from the Darlington Memorial Hospital's Pierremont Unit and Grange Day Centre at Eston, Middlesbrough, enjoyed line dancing in the morning and karaoke in

  • Curfew is lifted after fall in crime

    POLICE chiefs yesterday hailed the success of a teenage curfew imposed on a troubled North-East estate. The public order action has proved so effective that the "off the streets order" has been lifted more than two weeks early. In April, police applied

  • Comment from The Northen Echo: Accepting a terrible truth

    IT is impossible to fully appreciate the horrific ordeal endured by Ken Bigley. The longer it went on, the more we felt a sense of hope that perhaps he might be spared after all. But in the end, it simply prolonged the agony for Mr Bigley and his loved

  • Someone to watch over me

    One of Hollywood's most successful actors, with two new movies out in quick succession, Denzel Washington shuns the glitz and glamour in favour of family life. The son of preacher man talks to Steve Pratt about Oscars and a guardian angel. Two years ago

  • Football club displays new stadium name

    THE new name for the home of Darlington Football Club was proudly displayed for all to see last night. The Williamson Motors Stadium sign was erected on the south stand of the venue in Neasham Road. The impressive logo is part of the sponsorship deal

  • Injury worries for Stokesley ahead of tie

    Although Matthew Homan returns from suspension, Stokesley SC have doubts surrounding a trio of players ahead of their game with Old Malton St Mary in the North Riding County Cup this afternoon. John Newton, Robbie Donnelly and Tim Hodgkinson are all nursing

  • McCartney 'club versus country' row diffused

    SUNDERLAND have diffused a club-versus-country row by belatedly releasing defender George McCartney for international duty with Northern Ireland. McCartney had pulled out of Lawrie Sanchez's squad for the World Cup qualifiers with Azerbaijan today and

  • £4.4m home combines independence with support

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