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  • Craven and Restless in double take

    Nicky Henderson and Mick Fitzgerald stole the show at their local track with a near 11-1 brace courtesy of Restless D'Artaix and Craven. The Seven Barrows team landed their fifth cantorspreadfair.com Juvenile Novices' Hurdle in as many years as Restless

  • Soldier took his life in Iraq because of 'this evil world'

    A MOTHER broke down as she told an inquest her soldier son killed himself because of the "evil world" he had seen while serving with the Territorial Army in Iraq. Private Mark Dobson, 41, from Darlington, was serving with B Company of the Tyne-Tees Regiment

  • X Factor boy's parents prepare for final journey south

    THE proud parents of X Factor brothers Andy and Carl Pemberton have appealed to people across the North to help their sons win the contest on Saturday by voting for them. Trevor and Genda Pemberton are heading to London today, and Mr Pemberton said: "

  • Dreams realised

    WHEN Durham were afforded first-class status in 1992, chairman Don Robson had two over-riding ambitions. Firstly, he wanted the county to establish itself as a viable and competitive force in domestic English cricket. Secondly, and just as significantly

  • Ramage turns on style to escape United's boo-boys

    PETER Ramage has won plenty of plaudits this season, but fellow full-back Robbie Elliott feels his biggest achievement has been to silence the critics waiting to snipe at Newcastle's defence. Despite keeping six clean sheets in the space of eight games

  • 200 jobs lost as pie company calls in the administrators

    PIE company Henry Newbould Limited has gone into administration with the loss of more than 200 jobs. The company, which has been operating on Teesside for 150 years, called in administrators on Monday. Its former sister company, Naturally At Newboulds

  • Baby Lennox highlights shortage of organ donors

    TWENTY-FOUR hours after receiving a new liver, little Lennox Nicholson was said to be "doing well" last night. The five-month-old baby, who needed a liver transplant to save his life after developing an incurable bile duct condition, was given a new liver

  • An old-fashioned GP dedicated to helping others

    ARRIVING each day at Teesside Crown Court, Howard Martin looked every bit the picture of the kindly old doctor his defence team painted. With his white hair, gentle weathered features, and sweaters, the 71-year-old epitomised the image of a family GP

  • Four-star boost for Cats

    AFTER receiving a vote of confidence from Sunderland's supporters this week, under-fire manager Mick McCarthy is hoping for another major boost ahead of the Boxing Day clash with Bolton. With the luxury of a spare weekend thanks to Liverpool's participation

  • Maintaining tradition

    A DESIGN company has transformed a historic County Durham pub with a £140,000 refurbishment. Portland Interior Design, based in Jesmond, Newcastle, has revamped the Grade II-listed Grey Horse pub, on Byerley Road, in Shildon. "The Grey Horse is an old

  • Yakubu and Boro set for showdown

    MIDDLESBROUGH and Nigeria are on collision course over the prospect of striker Aiyegbeni Yakubu being ruled out of Premiership action for over a month. Boro have received an official request from the Nigerian Football Association for Yakubu to join up

  • Unemployment falls in region

    UNEMPLOYMENT rates in the North-East dropped for the first time in several months yesterday as figures showed more people were in work. Across the region, the unemployment rate now stands at 6.6 per cent - still higher than any region outside London.

  • Cleared GP: 12 more deaths to be investigated

    A retired GP cleared of murdering three patients with massive drug overdoses is to be investigated over his role in the deaths of another 12 people, police said today. Dr Howard Martin, 71, was cleared by a jury at Teesside Crown Court yesterday of killing

  • Failing academy calls in expert

    A TROUBLESHOOTER has been brought in to reverse the fortunes of an ailing North-East school. Unity City Academy was plunged into turmoil when four governors resigned on the eve of the arrival of another critical report from Ofsted. Government inspectors

  • North is top of the league for council performance

    THE biggest councils in the region have come out on top in a nationwide performance league table for the second consecutive year. Every local authority in the North-East is rated as "improving well" and seven of them have achieved the highest ranking

  • Missing girl's father on child porn charges

    THE father of murdered shopworker Jenny Nicholl appeared in court yesterday to face child pornography charges. Brian Edwin Nicholl, 49, is accused of 16 counts of making indecent photographs of children between May 18 and June 18 this year. The alleged

  • Mountaineer tells chilling tales of adventurer to pupils

    SCHOOLCHILDREN were treated to tales of a wintry adventure when they met a mountaineering expert who has recently returned from Antarctica. Jonathan Bursnall visited the continent as part of the British Antarctic Survey. And this week he stepped back

  • Lesson that's light years ahead

    A GROUP of school children had a lesson yesterday that was out of this world. Their teacher was spaceman Al Sacco, who flew on the shuttle Columbia in 1995 and conducted more than 200 experiments in zero-gravity. Professor Sacco visited the Centre for

  • Festive show has moral message

    THE importance of giving was the moral message behind a Christmas performance at a County Durham School. Pre-preparatory children at Barnard Castle School rehearsed for a month for yesterday's performance of Scarecrow's Christmas. Aged four to seven,

  • Help for parents to teach children

    CHILDREN in Weardale are to benefit from a scheme that will offer free training for parents and carers. The Early Start programme will target young families in isolated areas, such as the dales, in an initiative which will also help promote stronger community

  • Most youngsters will leave dale

    COUNCILLORS in Teesdale have been warned more must be done to help young people stay in the area. Twenty-six youngsters from Teesdale, aged between 14 and 19, quizzed district councillors at an event in the council chamber. But, a youth leader has criticised

  • Poets' chance to offer glance

    A BOOK shop has published the first collection of poems by members of its poetry group. Thirteen members of the group, based at the Ottakar's store in Northallerton, have contributed to A Sudden Clatter of Voices. The poets range from commercially-published

  • Thieves stole outdoor display of Christmas lights

    A FAMILY'S display of Christmas lights, worth hundreds of pounds, has been stolen from their garden. Rick Moat and Sarah Cox, who have two young children, have built up a collection of festive illuminations, which draws visitors from a wide area, at their

  • Footpath 'would be safer option'

    A PATH is being planned to reduce the danger to children posed by traffic at a secondary school's main entrance. The path would allow pupils to enter Easington Community School, in County Durham, a safe distance from the car park and main road entrance

  • Star pupils scoop awards for achievement

    IN its 400th year, a school presented awards to star pupils from the class of 2005. King James I Community College, in Bishop Auckland, held an annual prize evening to reward the achievements and hard work of pupils at the school. The school enjoyed a

  • Pupils offered jobs after successful scheme

    PUPILS at a Darlington school have been visiting an elderly care home. Over seven weeks, the year 11 Longfield School students have worked with staff at Hundens Lane Barchester Care Home. They have tidied the grounds and done general maintenance work,

  • Christmas cards sell out

    CHRISTMAS cards produced by Darlington Borough Council have sold out. The cards, featuring snowy images of the town, were on sale at the Information Darlington centre, in Horsemarket. Since they went on sale, 500 packs of the cards have been sold. The

  • Cabbies fail to get licences renewed

    FOUR taxi drivers were told they would not have their licences renewed at a meeting yesterday. Darlington Borough Council's general licensing committee rejected the applications when it met in the town hall. Joseph Price, 52, of Whitby Way; Brian Foster

  • Waste tip reopens

    A refurbished waste recycling centre in Darlington will be reopened tomorrow. The Whessoe Road tip, run by Premier Waste Management, was closed for two months while a £750,000 Government-funded redevelopment took place. Stephen Harker, Darlington Borough

  • Man jailed for biting police officer's ear during enquiry

    A MAN who bit an off-duty police officer after he was disturbed during a burglary has been jailed for more than three years. Gary Wayne Drummond, 38, grappled with police sergeant Stuart Porritt and bit him twice in a bid to escape. Sean Dodds, prosecuting

  • Doncasters in Saudi takeover

    AN engineering firm dating back more than 200 years was snapped up for £700m yesterday by the Dubai-based owner of Madame Tussauds. Doncasters, which employs about 2,900 staff at 13 UK sites, including 200 people in Billingham, Teesside, was bought from

  • Inspectors commend work of local CPS

    CLEVELAND Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has been given a "good" rating after inspectors praised how quickly it handled its case load. The Government-appointed inspectors scrutinised documents, processes and procedures relating to the work of the CPS

  • Meeting called over health shake-up plans

    A PUBLIC meeting is being held to enable residents to voice opinions on the shake-up of health care on Teesside. Councillors representing Ingleby Barwick, near Stockton, are urging as many people as possible to attend the meeting tomorrow. It has been

  • Young mother devastated as thieves ransack home

    THIEVES have cancelled a teenage mother's Christmas after ransacking her home and stealing all her presents. All 19-year-old Emma Wilson has left to give her four-and-a-half-month-old son, Thomas, on Christmas Day is a small Dumbo elephant toy, which

  • Advisors tell of £1.5m debt

    Redcar and Cleveland Council's money advice service has dealt with 115 clients with a total debt approaching £1.5m in the past year. Figures showed the average debt per client was just over £13,000, with the main problems being credit/store cards and

  • Employment project gains a new home

    AN employment project has moved into new surroundings following a £370,000 scheme. Redcar and Cleveland Council's Job Connect programme, which is spreading across east Cleveland as part of the council's Route to Employment initiative, has expanded from

  • Traffic signals to be replaced in revamp

    TRAFFIC lights at a busy town centre junction are to be replaced in the New Year. The junction of Romanby Road with the High Street in Northallerton is being refurbished. The original traffic signals at the junction were installed in 1979 and were the

  • Arriva's chief executive is on the move

    THE driving force behind one of Europe's biggest public transport companies is to step down after seven years at the helm, it emerged last night. Bob Davies will retire as chief executive of Sunderland-based Arriva in April. In his time in charge, Arriva

  • Plan for homes near crater are put on hold

    A BID to build two detached homes yards from where a huge crater appeared at Ripon in April 1997 has been put on hold by planners. The Life Science Trust applied to Harrogate Borough Council to erect the two homes in the back garden of Ashley House in

  • Outstanding apprentice collects an award

    ONE of three apprentices trained by Durham City Council has two reasons to celebrate. Adam Goodall, 20, of Brandon, who was hired when the council re-launched its apprenticeship scheme three years ago, has won an award for outstanding performance on his

  • Church is sponsor of city academy

    CHURCH officials last night told of their delight at securing a sponsorship deal for a city academy in Darlington. The Church of England was confirmed as the sponsor for the £25m project, which is intended to bring together the successful Hurworth School

  • Quayside land sale could net millions

    A PRIME piece of land is going on the market for development and is expected to fetch several million pounds. Gateshead Council is selling land between the Sage music centre and the Baltic art gallery. The authority has yet to announce plans for the site

  • Machete threat to security guard

    A MAN tried to take a car from a locked garage compound after threatening a security guard with a machete. Paul Thompson, 20, of Windsor Terrace, Leadgate, near Consett, broke into locked premises at Pickering Nook Garage, near Burnopfield, County Durham

  • Workshops help children to make gifts

    CHILDREN in Seaham are putting the finishing touches to Christmas presents for disadvantaged youngsters. The 11 to 13-year-olds have been making gifts during weekly craft workshops at Seaham Youth Centre. They are putting the final touches to their gifts

  • Bleak future for Swans as contracts go to other yards

    THE future was looking bleak for North-East shipbuilder Swan Hunter last night as it failed to land a major share of a £4bn contract to help build aircraft carriers for the Royal Navy. As expected, rival shipbuilders VT and Babcock will join BAe Systems

  • Comment from The Northern Echo: Every doctor's dilemma

    WHATEVER verdict was delivered in the case of Dr Howard Martin, there would have been deep sadness. The fact that he has been cleared of murdering three of his patients with morphine overdoses is clearly a cause for celebration for a man who has spent

  • 'Tarzan' jibe backfires

    Shoaib Akhtar yesterday sent a special word of thanks to Andrew Flintoff for the moment the all-rounder jokingly called him 'Tarzan' - and gave him all the ammunition he needed to tear into England's batsmen. Shoaib is not the 'Lord of the Jungle', rather

  • Inter-schools boxing bouts would be first in 30 years

    A TEACHER hopes to hold the first inter-schools boxing tournament in more than 30 years after re-introducing the sport in his school. Teesdale Comprehensive School, in Barnard Castle, County Durham, has become the first school in the region to start teaching

  • 15/12/05

    NIGHT FLYING: WHILE approving of Durham Tees Valley Airport's expansion scheme in principal, the increase in night time flying units recently granted to the airport by Stockton Borough Council does not bode well for those people living on the airport's

  • Another man about the house

    IN the midst of all the hospital dramas we've lived through in the past 15 years of parenthood, my wife has been the one who has held it all together. And, believe me, there have been plenty of hospital dramas: from our little girl needing emergency surgery

  • Missing girl's father in child porn hearing

    THE father of murdered shopworker Jenny Nicholl appeared in court yesterday to face child pornography charges. Brian Edwin Nicholl, 49, is accused of 16 counts of making indecent photographs of children between May 18 and June 18 this year. The alleged

  • Martis' exit could see McGurk return

    DAVID HODGSON is ready to turn to David McGurk if contract talks with Shelton Martis fail to reach a successful conclusion next month. Martis is one of six first-team players, whose deal is up for renewal on January 4 and Hodgson has yet to confirm whether

  • Council criticised as Press officer posts advertised

    CONSERVATIVE councillors have criticised the creation of two new Press officer posts at Darlington Town Hall. The positions in Darlington Borough Council's public relations department have been advertised with a maximum salary of £26,000 - and will double

  • Hospital lent a little light from the little town of Bethlehem

    A PEACE light brought all the way from Bethlehem has arrived at a North-East hospital's chapel. The candle was delivered to the Chapel of the Good Samaritan at the James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough, by members of a local Scout group and will

  • Headingley under threat

    The future of Test cricket at Headingley was thrown into doubt yesterday when Leeds City Council again put off a decision to grant Yorkshire a £9m loan to buy the ground. Now, frantic efforts are being made by Yorkshire to get a last-gasp deal before

  • Everything points to a victory down Mexican way

    CONDITIONS have finally come right for Mexican (2.20) at Catterick this afternoon. Micky Hammond's gelding doesn't always find a great deal off the bridle, but when confronted by a sharp, easy track over two miles, plus ground which is neither firm nor

  • Dad At Large

    IN the midst of all the hospital dramas we've lived through in the past 15 years of parenthood, my wife has been the one who has held it all together. And, believe me, there have been plenty of hospital dramas: from our little girl needing emergency surgery

  • MPs on collision course with Blair over schools

    NEARLY 60 Labour MPs pledged yesterday to fight Tony Blair's controversial plans for "independent" state schools, warning that poorer pupils would be left behind. The rebels - including four North-East backbenchers and ten former ministers - are demanding

  • Will Blair go for broke in Brussels?

    In the last throw of the dice for Britain's presidency of the EU, European leaders meet in Brussels today to try and reach a budget agreement. Nick Morrison looks at the stumbling blocks - and the arguments raging over Britain's rebate and the Common

  • Skilled workers from region sought to work in Canada

    SKILLED crane drivers and welders across the region are being approached to help with the construction of a multi-billion pound oil processing plant in Canada. The work has been added to the hundreds of positions for qualified steel erectors, electricians

  • Arriva's chief executive is on the move

    THE driving force behind one of Europe's biggest public transport companies is to step down after seven years at the helm, it emerged last night. Bob Davies will retire as chief executive of Sunderland-based Arriva in April. In his time in charge, Arriva

  • 200 jobs lost as pie company calls in the administrators

    PIE company Henry Newbould Limited has gone into administration with the loss of more than 200 jobs. The company, which has been operating on Teesside for 150 years, called in administrators on Monday. Its former sister company, Naturally At Newboulds

  • Quayside land sale could net millions

    A PRIME piece of land is going on the market for development and is expected to fetch several million pounds. Gateshead Council is selling land between the Sage music centre and the Baltic art gallery. The authority has yet to announce plans for the site

  • Riggott vows to be a major goal-getter

    CHRIS RIGGOTT wants to help Middlesbrough secure top spot in UEFA Cup Group D tonight by becoming the club's latest sharpshooter in front of goal. To hear back-up strikers Massimo Maccarone or Szilard Nemeth utter those words would come as no surprise

  • John North: High praise

    There's nothing new about Newbiggin chapel, the world's oldest in continuous use. You even get a good old fashioned hot drink to wet the whistle for hymns. NEWBIGGIN-in-Teesdale stands wintry and whitewashed against a blue-black sky, its historic Methodist

  • Grant joy for football club

    A FOOTBALL club is celebrating after receiving a grant to improve its facilities. Marske United Under-14s Football Club has been awarded £150 from the BT Community Champions scheme. The scheme is open to employees who have been actively involved in a

  • Charity can count on Abacus donation

    LADY Halifax dropped into a bathroom business this week to have a cup of tea, a slice of tea loaf and receive a charity cheque for £5,700. Abacus Direct, based at Copgrove, near Harrogate, raised the money at a launch event for their designer range, Ben

  • Pensioner hurt in road accident

    AN elderly woman required hospital treatment for a broken right wrist and cuts to her head after being knocked down by a car. The 78-year-old woman, who has not been named, was struck by the car as she crossed the High Street, Marske, east Cleveland,

  • Big screen returns to market town

    CINEMA will return to a market town next week with the showing of two family films. Miracle on 34th Street and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will be shown at the Hambleton Forum, in North-allerton, on December 23. The 1994 film Miracle on 34th Street

  • Planning granted for warehouse scheme

    A retail development including a DIY warehouse, garden centre and partial demolition of a DIY store has been approved by Harrogate Borough Council's planning committee. Councillors overwhelmingly voted to approve the scheme with only one vote against.

  • Tickets for classic show

    The Library Theatre Touring Company is to present an adaptation of Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows at Cotherstone Village Hall on Sunday, January 15. The play, which contains eight songs, is suitable for both young and old. Tickets cost £5.50

  • North-East shines in councils league table

    THE biggest councils in the region have come out on top in a nationwide performance league table for the second consecutive year. Every local authority in the North-East is rated as "improving well" and seven of them have achieved the highest ranking

  • Festive 'dread' for A&E staff

    Christmas has become a time of dread for casualty staff at a hospital struggling to cope with drink-related injuries. Alcohol is being blamed for more than half of admissions to Sunderland Royal Hospital's accident and emergency unit, a shocking report

  • Hear All Sides: School closure debate

    POLARISED: I WOULD agree with your leader that the academy debate in Darlington has become dangerously polarised. I have tried to follow the arguments from the beginning, however, and I don't think it is fair to suggest that both sides should bear equal

  • Jan crowned junior champion at judo

    A SIXTH form student has landed a junior title at an international judo competition. Jan Gosiewski, from Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College, in Darlington, also fought in the senior section at the Zuidland Open, in Holland. Jan, who studies maths, physics

  • School is praised by inspectors

    PUPILS and staff at a Darlington school are celebrating after receiving praise from Government inspectors. Mount Pleasant Primary School was rated as good in an Ofsted inspection that looked at all aspects of school life. The report said: "Achievement

  • Christmas comes early as 1,200 children tuck into turkey

    SCHOOLCHILDREN enjoyed Christmas food on a grand scale yesterday as they were served up a festive treat. Council catering staff produced 1,200 traditional Christmas dinners for youngsters at Hummersknott School and Language College, in Darlington. It

  • Woman was molested at bus stop

    POLICE are hunting a man who attacked a woman as she waited at a bus stop. The 25-year-old woman was standing outside a dentist's surgery in Bishopton Lane, Stockton, at about 10pm on Wednesday, December 7. A man approached her, grabbed her arm and tried

  • Lights, camera, action as police invest in new system

    A £12,000 mobile closed-circuit television system has been brought in by crime fighters in a bid to tackle late-night drunkenness and anti-social behaviour. The security camera is installed in a police van which will travel to incidents all over Hambleton

  • Hockey team take top honours in rally

    A GIRLS hockey team has returned triumphant from a inter-school tournament. The Wensleydale School under-14 team won the Hambleton and Richmondshire area hockey rally held in Easingwold last month. Eight teams competed in the tournament. The Wensleydale

  • Man denies being a cocaine dealer

    A MAN caught in possession of cocaine claimed it was for his own use, a court heard. Durham Crown Court was told that Lee Patterson, 28, was stopped while driving by police, who recovered the drugs in a search of the vehicle, on September 17 last year

  • Tobacco seized at airport

    CUSTOMS officers hope to have reduced the supply of cheap black market cigarettes available over Christmas after arresting two suspected smugglers. A man and a woman, who landed at Newcastle Airport from Tenerife early yesterday, were seized after officers

  • Football initiative a success

    A football project which aims to help drug users kick the habit ended in a thrilling tournament. Between 50 and 60 drug service users from Teesside's four Drug Action Teams (DATs) split into eight five-a-side squads and underwent weeks of coaching to

  • School puts on show of tradition

    PUPILS at a school dedicated to music and drama are putting on a traditional show this Christmas. Pupils from years seven to 11 at Belmont School Community Arts College in Durham, which has specialist status for music and the performing arts, are staging

  • £105,662 grant is lifeline to charity

    A TEESDALE charity that feared it was going to have to make cutbacks has been handed a lifeline. Durham Dales Action for Carers (DDAC) has been awarded a grant of £105,662 over three years from the Northern Rock Foundation. In January, the charity found

  • Furniture sale will boost funds

    A FURNITURE help scheme that provides household goods to needy people will hold a sale to boost funds. The County Durham Furniture Help Scheme will open for the sale on January 14. Volunteers regularly collect unwanted reusable furniture from homes across

  • Quakers players try new formation ahead of game

    PLAYERS from Darlington Football Club are hoping to march up the league table after regimental preparations for this weekend's match. The Quakers first team squad trained at Catterick Garrison, in North Yorkshire, to coincide with the launch of a scheme

  • Soldier killed in car accident

    THE commanding officer of a North-East soldier killed in a road smash in Cyprus last night led tributes to the 22-year-old. Fusilier Daniel Whinham, from Gateshead, died in the accident which left Lance Corporal Marc Dryburgh, 23, of Ashington, Northumberland

  • Festive 'dread' for A&E staff

    Christmas has become a time of dread for casualty staff at a hospital struggling to cope with drink-related injuries. Alcohol is being blamed for more than half of admissions to Sunderland Royal Hospital's accident and emergency unit, a shocking report

  • We happy breed of mongrels

    It's a question that's been in the news a lot lately. What does it mean to be English? It seems there's a crisis about the English identity, with everyone wondering what exactly Englishness is. It's set me thinking too. I'm English, no question about

  • 'Investigation continues' as murder trial GP is cleared

    DETECTIVES will today reveal new details about the investigation into retired GP Howard Martin who was yesterday cleared of murdering three patients. Durham Constabulary said last night that the investigation into Dr Martin was still going on. The former

  • On TV

    Natural World: Wild Harvest (BBC2) Rome (BBC2) YOU don't have to travel to foreign lands to find remarkable wildlife. Natural World discovered plenty in Britain's countryside - or rather those species that haven't been driven out by modern farming methods