• Match Report: Sunderland 3 Reading 0

    Final Score: Sunderland 3 Reading 0 TWELVE months on and, it seems, Martin O'Neill can still inspire Sunderland. A year to the day since the revival started during his first game as Sunderland manager, the hope on Wearside will be that a fightback

  • Life-time recognition for North-East academic

    A Newcastle University professor has been presented with a lifetime achievement award at the Times Higher Education Awards. Professor John Goddard OBE, Emeritus Professor of Regional Studies, was honoured at a ceremony in London last night (Thursday

  • Foundation for Jobs

    As part of our Foundation for Jobs campaign, this column is devoted to a young person so they can issue a come-and-get-me call to firms Name: Danielle Malcolm Age: 19, From: Originally from Newton Aycliffe but now living in Middlesbrough while studying

  • Ninth successive clean sheet for Dunston

    Dunston kept their ninth successive clean sheet when they beat Newcastle Benfield 2-0 in the ENL First Division last night. On an increasingly tricky pitch, Benfield had the edge in the first half, but Dunston took the lead after half time when

  • Learn teaching in the classroom

    The Academy at Shotton Hall in Peterlee has announced the launch of an innovative school-based teacher training programme that offers an exciting alternative to becoming a qualified teacher, by training in school from day one. This new path into

  • Outstanding students celebrate success at leading college

    AMBITIOUS Daniel Hall has the world at his feet after being crowned Further Education Student of the Year at Redcar & Cleveland College's annual awards. The 23-year-old, from Marske, won both the overall FE Celebration of Achievement award

  • Darlington sign keeper from West Auckland

    Darlington have tonight agreed to sign Mark Bell from West Auckland. The goalkeeper will make his Quakers debut in Saturday's game at Durham City and replaces Jack Norton who has been released. Bell was West's first-choice keeper and played

  • Councillors call for leadership in Whitby landslide crisis

    COUNCILLORS have tonight called for leadership to be shown in Whitby as the town continues to battle landslips and flooding. Civic leaders at an extraordinary meeting of Whitby Town Council were furious that no one seemed to be taking charge of

  • House fire in Darlington

    A ROAD was closed while firefighters dealt with a blaze at a house in Darlington this evening. Four engines were present at the height of the fire, which is believed to have started at just before 7pm in the attic of a house on Stanhope Road North

  • TEAM NEWS: Fletcher back for Sunderland

    STEVEN FLETCHER has passed a late fitness test to take his place for Sunderland in a crucial rearranged Premier League fixture with Reading tonight. Scottish striker Fletcher has recovered from an ankle problem which prevented him from facing Chelsea

  • Merger deal creates £95m law firm

    PARTNERS at Dickinson Dees and Bond Pearce have voted in favour of a merger, creating a £95m firm. The merger deal that goes live on May 1 next year creates a major new law firm, Bond Dickinson with about 1200 staff employed across eight offices

  • New MP vows to stand up for working families and young people

    PEOPLE in a North-East town are "scared for the future", a new MP warned in his maiden speech in the House of Commons. Andy McDonald, the Labour MP for Middlesbrough, said more than ten people were chasing every job, as he attacked those who branded

  • Volunteers and charity workers in running for award

    NOMINATIONS are being sought for charitable volunteers who have made a significant difference to their local communities. The Chairman’s Award is the highest award to given by Durham County Council and it is presented to people to recognise outstanding

  • Thief steals pensioner's purse as she shops

    A thief stole an 89-year-old woman’s purse from her handbag as she shopped in Bishop Auckland. The theft took place at noon on Saturday, December 8, while the victim was in the Pound shop, on Newgate Street. The victim had withdrawn a large amount

  • Olympian presents top prize at charity car raffle

    A MEDAL winning Olympian has handed over the keys to the winner of the Great North Air Ambulance Service’s annual car raffle. Equestrian rider Nicola Wilson, who took silver in the team eventing competition at the summer games, presented the Ford

  • Bishop Auckland news in brief

    CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Bishop Auckland Choral Society is to be joined by St John’s Secondary School choir for its Christmas Concert. The event is on Friday (December 14) at 7.30pm with tickets £7, concessions £5 and children £3. Tickets can be obtained

  • CD of Consett Christmas memories launched

    A GROUP of pensioners have recorded a CD of their childhood Christmas memories to go with a selection of festive tunes. The ladies have been working Mad Alice Theatre Company on the project for the last six weeks. Children from St Pius X Primary

  • Christmas remembrance trees erected

    A CHARITY fundraising group is inviting people to remember lost loved ones by making a donation to their cause. Members of Neville’s Cross Friends of Cancer Research UK have erected two Trees of Remembrance in the Gates shopping centre, in Durham

  • Bedale news in brief

    Bedale Acoustic Music Club, in association with The Riverside Club, presents The Rascals in concert on Saturday December 29 at 8.30pm. There will be support from A Bit Of A Gamble. Tickets are available on the door, price £5, or in advance by calling

  • Band's city pub date

    Popular rock band FM will be playing at the Big Jug pub in Claypath, Durham, on Friday, December 14. The gig starts at 9pm and entry is free. ADVICE SESSION The Jubilee Hall at West Rainton will be the venue for an outreach advice session by Durham

  • Drugs manufacturer increse staff to 101

    A DRUGS company has increased its staff by 25 per cent after winning new contracts. Pharmaceutical contract manufacturer SCM Pharma has brought its staff count to 101 over the last 12 months following increased business from existing customers

  • Changes to Middlesbrough recycling and refuse dates

    RECYCLING DATES Changes to refuse and recycling collection days in Middlesbrough for the festive period are as follows: Tuesday December 25 changes to Thursday December 27, Wednesday December 26 to Friday December 28, Thursday December 27 to Saturday

  • Stage is set for dance school show

    STUDENTS from a Darlington dance school are set to take to the stage for their bi-annual show. More than 50 students from the Rachel V Harrison School of Dance will take to the stage at the Liddiard Theatre, at Polam Hall School, in Grange Road

  • Survey reveals financial concerns

    FINANCIAL WOES: One in five people in the region say they have cut back on everyday spending on items such as food and clothes in order to meet so-called 'payday loan' repayments. Meanwhile, more than half of people surveyed by insolvency trade body

  • Police warn drink drivers they will be caught out.

    POLICE are warning motorists they are prepared to arrest more people than ever during this year’s festive drink and drug campaign as people continue to ignore their warnings. Officers have arrested 43 people since the Christmas crackdown began

  • Grotto for a Day

    A COMMUNITY police station in Catchgate, near Stanley, County Durham, becomes a Santa’s Grotto, for one day only, on Friday (DECEMBER 14). Events begin with the mounting of a Christmas tree, which will be decorated by children from Catchgate Primary

  • Darlington council criticised over icy footpaths

    COUNCIL chiefs have responded to criticism over the treacherous state of many footpaths on the fringes of Darlington town centre. John Dobson, from Darlington, said: “The walk down past the Cornmill multi-storey car park, specifically over the

  • Public toilet plans put on hold

    EFFORTS by a market trader to reopen public toilets closed by budget cuts have been put on hold due to council cutbacks. Greengrocer Robin Blair has been urging Darlington Borough Council to reopen the public toilets at the town’s Covered Market

  • Centre to hold course enrolment day

    WOMEN are being invited to sign up for free courses at a new centre. Aspire Learning Support Wellbeing has taken the place of the Bridge Project in Chester-le-Street, and is holding an enrolment day next Wednesday, December 19. Aspire runs

  • Billy Elliott screenplay writer gets honorary degree

    BILLY Elliott screenplay writer Lee Hall has been given an honorary degree from a North-East university. Mr Hall, who also wrote The Pitmen Painters, received an Honorary Doctor of Letters from Northumbria University. The Newcastle-born writer

  • Solar panel investment still worthwhile, says minister

    ENERGY and climate change minister has said there has ‘never been a better time’ to invest in solar panels, despite cuts to the feed-in tariff earlier this year. Greg Barker MP spoke out during a visit to a specialist photovoltaic panel manufacturer

  • Newton Aycliffe duo prepare for charity cycle challenge

    TWO friends are hoping to raise hundreds of pounds for a children’s cancer charity by completing the Coast to Coast bike ride. Nigel Blackburn and Michael Hay from Newton Aycliffe will tackle the 136-mile journey from Whitehaven in Cumbria to South

  • Addict stole to fund habit

    A HEROIN addict stole more than £70 worth of goods from Boots to fund her drug habit, a court heard. Charlene Watson, 22, pleaded guilty at Darlington Magistrates’ Court today (Tuesday, December 11) to stealing a pair of hair straighteners worth

  • Motorists helped out of icy village by chief of police

    ROAD USERS in a North Yorkshire village got more than they bargained for this morning (Tuesday, Dec 11) when the chief of police was seen directing traffic though the icy conditions in a high-visibility jacket. Motorists travelling through Thornton-le-Moor

  • Praise for psychiatric ward staff

    A REHABILITATION ward at a North-East hospital has been named as one of only seven in the country to achieve industry-recognised standards of excellence. The Willow ward, at West Park Hospital, in Darlington, received the accolade when assessed

  • Recruits swear oath of allegiance to the Queen

    AN OATH of allegiance to the Queen was sworn by young soldiers in Teesside yesterday (Monday December 10). The group of new recruits took their oath at an enlistment ceremony held at Middlesbrough Town Hall. They were joined by their proud

  • Consumers urged to check food rating before eating out

    FOOD and drink customers are being urged to look before they book this Christmas. District council environmental health officers want customers to check the food rating of businesses before they buy. The ratings system was launched across Hambleton

  • Police treat serious car/train crash as 'hit and run'

    A SERIOUS road accident which ended with a car being struck by a train is being treated as a hit-and-run. An 11-year-old male passenger in the Range Rover was airlifted to hospital, where he remains in a critical condition with potentially life-threatening

  • Festive youngsters win competition to design a Christmas card

    ARTISTIC youngsters who designed Christmas cards have helped a police officer to spread festive cheer. Pupils at Fishburn Primary School, in Fishburn, near Sedgefield, took part in the competition run by PC Keith Todd, beat officer for the Sedgefield

  • Beauty and the Beast at Stockton Arc

    STUDENTS from Stockton Riverside College are packing out a theatre with their performance of Beauty and the Beast. The show, which includes Disney songs, is on at The Arc in Stockton until Friday, December 21. Tickets cost £9 (£7 concessions). Call

  • Expectant mum claimed benefits 'naively', court told

    AN expectant mother who mistakenly claimed more than £3,000 in benefits was described as a victim of “naivety and misunderstanding” at Darlington Magistrates’ Court. Sarah Dodsworth, 23, of Malvern Crescent, Darlington, pleaded guilty to failing

  • Mother dishonestly claimed more than £20,000 in benefits

    A MOTHER of three dishonestly claimed more than £20,000 in benefits over a seven year period, a court heard. Tracy Groves, 42, of Emley Moor Road, Darlington, pleaded guilty at Darlington Magistrates’ Court today (Tuesday, December 11) to two counts

  • Health bosses hit back at council claims

    HEALTH chiefs have angrily hit back at claims that they have “failed to engage” with senior local politicians over impending cuts across England's biggest county. NHS North Yorkshire and York needs to make savings of more than £75m to balance its

  • Christmas markets in Hambleton

    CHRISTMAS MARKETS: Thirsk and Northallerton are hosting markets throughout December. Thirsk and Northallerton will host a market on Christmas Eve - but the Wednesday market in Northallerton on Wednesday, December 26 is cancelled. Markets take

  • Big sing in Middlesbrough

    BIG SING: People are invited to come along and join in at Middlesbrough’s biggest Christmas Carol Big Sing on Thursday (December 13) in Centre Square at 6pm. You can sing along to performances of classic carols by Beverley School, Middlesbrough Town

  • Lucky escape for cottage as lorry jack-knifes

    A BUNGALOW had a brush with disaster when a heavy goods vehicle skidded down a hill towards it in icy conditions – stopping just short of the front wall. The incident, involving a Norbert Dentressangle lorry, happened in Middleton One Row, near

  • Body found in Middlesbrough area

    The body of a 73-year-old local man was found in woodland in Thornton Village, on the outskirts of Middlesbrough at 6.20pm yesterday (Monday December 10). Police say the death is not being treated as suspicious and a file is being prepared for the

  • York bank raiders hunted

    POLICE are appealing for witnesses and information after a break-in at a bank. Sometime between 10pm and midnight last Sunday, December 9, Barclays Bank, on Front Street, Acomb, York, was broken into through the roof. An attempt was made to

  • Residents asked to rename community centre

    RESIDENTS are being asked to name a revamped community centre in Middlesbrough. Brambles Farm Community Centre was recently taken over by The Hope Foundation as part of the transfer of Middlesbrough Council assets for use by local groups. The

  • Close shave for charity funds

    A CHARITY fundraiser went to hair-raising lengths to raise money for a national cancer charity. Natalie Hutchinson, from Darlington, had her hair shaved off at a charity fundraising evening at Hogans, in Victoria Road, in aid of Macmillan Cancer

  • Keeping the streets safe at night

    A TEAM of night marshalls will be out in force this month as they continue their fight against after-dark crime in Northallerton. The team patrol the town centre every Friday and Saturday night from 10pm until 4am, when licensed premises are at

  • New row over parking in Yarm

    AN MP has strongly criticised a council for its parking policy after the authority placed signs in what used to be parking places. James Wharton, Conservative MP for Stockton South, has said installing new signs and losing two parking spaces as

  • Festive criminals kept on the back foot

    EXTRA officers are patrolling key retails areas around Stockton as police continue to keep criminals on their toes during the festive period. Codenamed Operation Humbug, officers from neighbourhood policing teams and the Special Constabulary will

  • Brainy doctors donate quiz winnings to charity

    DOCTORS with a talent for general knowledge have donated their winnings from an inter-surgery quiz to a North-East charity. The brainy bunch from Orchard Court Surgery, in Darlington, beat off competition from doctors across the town and Newton

  • Council officers receive award for excellence.

    A DISTRICT council customer service team has been recognised for its excellent service. Richmondshire District Council has been awarded corporate Customer Service Excellence status though a Government-led scheme for the second year running.

  • Bishop Auckland pensioner in court following parking dispute

    A LONG-RUNNING parking dispute resulted in a Bishop Auckland pensioner appearing before magistrates today (December 11) charged with causing more than £500-worth of criminal damage. Seventy-six-year-old Raymond Dougill was so fed up with a woman

  • Rescuers battle to track dog trapped underground

    RESCUERS struggled in vain to rescue a dog that became trapped underground after it disappeared while chasing a fox. The terrier-type dog chased it into a maze of limestone passages on the Raby Estates land at Club Gill Farm, near Middleton-in-Teesdale

  • Darlington news in brief

    HUNDREDS of people from the Darlington retail scene will gather for the town’s annual retail awards on Wednesday (December 12). A total of 13 awards will be presented in an Oscars-style ceremony at the Dolphin Centre, from 6.30pm. Among them will be

  • Emergency flood relief appeal for weather-hit business park

    BUSINESSES on an industrial estate where more than 950 people are employed have appealed for help to build an emergency flood relief road after being repeatedly cut off during bad weather.. Dalton Airfield industrial estate , near Thirsk, is home

  • Lights could be switched off across Hambleton to save money

    LARGE areas of Hambleton district could be plunged into darkness overnight as a local authority looks at switching off more than 4,000 lights to save money. North Yorkshire County Council is already planning to turn off many of their lights at

  • Teen released as Whitby sex attack inquiry ends

    A REPORTED serious sexual assault on a young teenage girl in a North Yorkshire resort is now believed not to have happened. Detectives have completed a full investigation into a report of a sex attack on a girl aged under 16 in Whitby town centre

  • Northern Rock to refund £270m to customers

    152,000 Northern Rock customers are in line for hundreds of pounds each in compensation following mistakes in the bank's paperwork. Bank staff failed to include key details on annual statements about loans, including the original amount which had

  • Musical celebration of Christmas

    YOUNG musicians have been raising the roof with a festive performance to remember. Students from Northallerton College joined forces with pupils from the Allertonshire School for an annual joint Christmas concert. For many of the youngsters

  • Durham 'Student ghetto' scheme gets go-ahead

    PLANS to build more than 200 privately-run flats have been unanimously approved by councillors, despite residents’ claims they will create a “student ghetto”. Developer Connislow was granted planning permission to build 223 student bedrooms in

  • Temporary archdeacon appointed

    A NORTH Yorkshire vicar has been appointed as the temporary Archdeacon of York. The Reverend Canon Sue Sheriff, vicar of Tadcaster, has agreed to take on the role until a permanent appointment is made. The previous Archdeacon of York, the Venerable

  • Wrong venue

    Wrong venue: A coffee morning and bric-a-brac sale in aid of the Northallerton charity Breathing Space is to be held on Wednesday, December 12, from 9.30am to 2pm, in Northallerton town hall and not, as reported earlier, in the Mencap centre.

  • David Essex has car serviced at Hurworth garage

    A GARAGE owner was surprised when 1970s crooner David Essex booked his car in for a service. The singer was staying at the five-star Rockliffe Hall Hotel, in Hurworth, near Darlington, in between tour stops. He dropped his car – a BMW X5 -

  • Darlington panto stars spread Christmas cheer

    TWO of the stars from Darlington’s festive pantomime visited staff at a business park in an effort to get people in the Christmas spirit. Zoe Birkett and Philip Meeks are starring in Sleeping Beauty – as the Princess Beauty and the Panto Dame respectively

  • Festive fire safety advice

    CHRISTMAS lights should be turned off at night and upon leaving the house, Cleveland Fire Brigade has warned. Each year, the festive season sees many people injured in their own homes due to a lack of care taken around electrical items. Advice

  • Three firms gain share of £650,000 investment

    THREE North-East businesses have secured investments worth a total of £650,000 from the Finance for Business North East Growth Fund. Newton Aycliffe-based manufacturing firm ALM Engineering Solutions, Durham-based road sweeper operator Admec, and

  • Hundreds enjoy Christmas fun

    HUNDREDS of people enjoyed a free Christmas family fun day at the weekend (Saturday, December 8). More than 400 people attended Emmanuel Church Durham’s fourth such annual event, held at The Durham Centre, on Belmont Industrial Estate, Durham,

  • Rescue deal saves the jobs of local coal miners

    A RESCUE deal has been agreed that will save the jobs of about 200 North-East coal miners. Bosses at UK Coal, which employs 2,500 workers nationally, including 62 at a surface mine near Crook, County Durham, admitted the company had faced collapse

  • Branson bets on Virgin survival

    VIRGIN boss Richard Branson has bet British Airways (BA) £1m that the Virgin Atlantic brand will still be around in five years. Mr Branson dismissed suggestions from Willie Walsh, chief executive of International Airlines Group, which owns BA,

  • Firms urged to look to Japan for business

    NORTH-EAST firms are being encouraged to look east to export by the region’s largest business membership organisation as it leads a trade mission to Japan. The North East Chamber of Commerce is offering ten companies the chance to join a regional

  • McMeikan set to leave Greggs for Brakes role

    GREGGS boss Ken McMeikan is to leave the company to take up a position as chief executive of a Kent-based catering group. Mr McMeikan, who has been chief executive at the bakery chain since 2008, will remain in his role and as a board member while

  • Charity

    MY first attempt at collecting for charity – Clic Sergant for children with cancer – was on Saturday at Sainsbury’s in Yarm. I was overwhelmed by the generosity of the public, and kindness of the staff as they performed their duties in the store

  • Singing happily for the brain

    I AM a volunteer at the Singing for the Brain sessions at Spennymoor, and as Father Peter Anderton says, we often end up laughing (Echo, Nov 27). It is amazing the effect that singing familiar songs has on those living with dementia. At the

  • Hospital Praise

    MY daughter took a member of our family to the Urgent Care Centre, located within Bishop Auckland General Hospital. She found the service excellent. Can I pass on my thanks to the staff who were on duty last Sunday? Ben Ord, Spennymoor

  • Minimum Price

    CAN Colin Shevills of the antialcohol Taliban produce some substantiation of his claim that a minimum unit price is backed by a majority of North-Easteners (Echo, Nov 29)? B Thomas, Darlington.

  • Stroke Fears

    LUNCHTIME television has been talking about people having a stroke. My mother is 92 and she has had one or two small strokes which happened in the night. As she lives alone, it’s hard. She had one on Saturday night and when I went to her at 7am

  • Patrick Moore

    IT was sad to hear of the death of the astronomer Patrick Moore (Echo, Dec 10). He was a man that gave inspiration to many. He was always full of enthusiasm. He was also self-taught. He proved that if you want to do something, you can if you try

  • Integration

    DR NASAR MEER of Northumbria University tries to persuade us that we have an obligation to accept and “integrate” Muslims in Britain (Echo, Dec 7). He doesn’t mention the fact that it’s virtually impossible for anyone to become a citizen of Saudi

  • Engineering

    THERE was an interesting article about Dr Colin Herron, managing director of Zero Carbon Futures (ZCF), who at the relatively mature age of 49 had completed a Masters degree in manufacturing techniques (Meet the Boss, Echo, Dec 6). Moreover, he

  • Durham Schools

    MAY I comment on Dennis Southwell’s letter (HAS, Dec 5), in reply to mine (HAS, Nov 27), on the subject of the size of the senior leadership team at Durham Gilesgate Sports College and Sixth Form Centre. He calls for “well-informed reflection”

  • The Bells

    I WAS both amused and perturbed to read that village newcomers might be able to silence the village church clock in Wrington, Somerset (Last Word, Echo, Dec 3). I don’t know how churches across the country stand legally with regard to church clocks

  • Porting

    SO some Durham University students are spending their time pouring bottles of port over their heads at different locations in Durham City while wearing crisp white shirts to get the full effect of the blood red liquid (Echo, Dec 10). How proud their

  • Hotel chain appoints youngest-ever manager

    A HOSPITALITY professional has become a budget hotel chain’s youngest-ever manager aged 23. Tess Campbell, from Darlington, has been promoted to deputy general manager at Sleeperz Hotels Newcastle, just one year after joining the company to work

  • Warts and all

    IF it is true that every picture tells a story, what’s to be made of the remarkable labour of love that thudded last week onto the doormat? Michael Manuel’s book has 1,000 historic photographs, many wonderfully evocative. It has more than 400 pages

  • Are state schools like child abuse?

    ALL shall run and all shall win prizes. And if some people don’t run, they shall still win prizes. That attitude is public policy today, under the slogan “promoting social mobility”. Among the organisations which busy themselves in this social

  • The chink in nature’s armour

    THOSE of a certain age can probably still recall the billowing shape of elm trees, looming sentinel-like amid the summer greenery. But children of the late 1970s and onwards have never had that pleasure. The devastating ravages of Dutch elm disease

  • Demolition work continues in Middlesbrough

    THE latest phase of demolition work in Middlesbrough’s older housing stock is under way. A further 12 properties are currently being demolished in the former St Hilda’s area as part of a major town centre regeneration programme. The work takes

  • Good Samaritan stops group attack

    POLICE are searching for a good Samaritan who intervened in a group attack on Friday. A 25-year-old was assaulted by a group of six youths on Bridge End Close in Grangetown, near Middlesbrough. He had been walking with friends along a footpath

  • Free internet access at Redcar and Cleveland libraries

    LIBRARIES across Redcar and Cleveland are now offering free internet access for all. With welfare reform changes set to come into force, Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council has lifted all charges for people wanting to get online in its 13 libraries

  • Football memorabilia available in festive auction

    FOOTBALL memorabilia is going under the virtual hammer ahead of Christmas. The online ebay auction is raising funds for the Foundation of Light, Sunderland AFC’s official charity. Items up for grabs include a framed autographed print of former

  • A matter of conscience

    IN refusing to fall in line with the full recommendations of the Leveson report on the future of the British press, David Cameron showed he had the courage to defy popular opinion. It would have been easy for him to support legislation to underpin

  • Gooch praise for Cook

    ENGLAND have already pulled off a ‘‘monumental’’ achievement to lead their Test series in India 2-1 – and in captain Alastair Cook have the right man to ensure they finish the job in Nagpur. Cook has led from the front spectacularly already, with

  • Carol concert in church

    CAROL CONCERT: The Andreas Ensemble is to perform a festive concert at St Andrew’s Church, South Church, Bishop Auckland. The concert starts at 3pm on Sunday (December 16) with free entry.

  • Stead & Simpson closing 90 shoe shops

    THE shoe shop chain Stead & Simpson is to close 90 stores as it attempts to safeguard its future, placing 500 of its 1,400 jobs at risk. The business, which was bought out of administration in January 2008 by Shoe Zone, has 227 stores across

  • Crerand’s radio rant after Rio is struck

    FORMER Manchester United midfielder Paddy Crerand was involved in an astonishing outburst on national radio yesterday. Crerand reacted angrily to the suggestion that Red Devils defender Rio Ferdinand could have provoked Manchester City fans with

  • There’s no quick fix on Wearside

    THE regeneration of Sunderland is not a quick fix, manager Martin O’Neill insisted last night. The Black Cats manager is a year into his managerial career on Wearside, an era which began with Sunderland in the relegation zone, while they dropped

  • Residents' anger over plans to enlarge village caravan park

    CONTROVERSIAL plans to quadruple the size of a caravan site at a rural Teesdale pub should go ahead – despite a chorus of disapproval. Proposals to develop facilities for 20 caravans on land at The Countryman, in Bolam, are being recommended for

  • 11,000 fish to restock area’s cleaned-up rivers

    MORE than 11,000 fish are to be released into North-East rivers tomorrow as part of a major restoration of the region’s waterways. The Environment Agency will release three breeds of fish, which have been reared at the authority’s fish farm, into

  • Teesside news in brief

    GET FIT Buggy pushing fitness classes for new mums will start on Tuesday January 8 from 9.30am at Middlesbrough’s Southlands Leisure Centre. The Push & Go course is £20 for six weeks. To book a place, contact Craig Woodhouse on 01642 515616.

  • Live News: December 11, 2012

    11:24am NEWCASTLE UNITED: Full-back Danny Simpson has responded to last night's 2-1 defeat at Fulham and expressed hope that Newcastle's supporters can see the effort that the players are putting in. Simpson said:

  • Chef loving his award

    A NORTH-EAST chef has won an award for his contribution to supporting locally-produced food. Andrew Rowbotham beat tough competition to be named North-East Local Food Hero and was presented with his award yesterday. He was nominated for the

  • X Factor winner praises fans for supporting him

    X FACTOR winner James Arthur has praised his fans across the region for helping him realise his dream. The singer-songwriter, from Saltburn, east Cleveland, also vowed to release his first album as soon as possible, and revealed that he has already

  • Baldwin learning all the time

    WHILE lesser footballers could have crumbled, Jack Baldwin is emerging from a personal blip. After being part of a defensive nightmare when six goals were conceded at Chesterfield in the FA Cup, Baldwin also had to contend with then conceding a

  • Businessman caught with child porn during airport check

    A BUSINESSMAN was caught with child pornography when he was stopped by UK Border Agency staff at an airport, a court heard yesterday. The indecent images are said to have been found among a collection of adult images on a lap-top computer belonging

  • Darlington boxers fight in national finals

    DARLINGTON boxer Chris Wood suffered a narrow points defeat as Sunderland's Nissan Sports and Social Club staged the National Senior Novice Finals. Wood, who is a member of Albert Hill ABC, was the only North-East representative as 20 finals were

  • Pardew "worried" by Newcastle's struggles

    ALAN Pardew last night conceded he was “worried” by Newcastle United's position in the bottom half of the table. The Magpies are still searching for their first away win of the season after goals from Steve Sidwell and Hugo Rodallega condemned

  • Durham step back from overseas signing

    DURHAM have had second thoughts about signing a top-order overseas batsman for next season after drawing a blank in their efforts to date. Top of their list of targets was the Australian Phil Hughes, but he wasn't prepared to make the commitment

  • Speeding motorist faces Christmas behind bars

    A SPEEDING infringement marginally above the designated limit has landed a repeat motoring offender behind bars for Christmas. Banned driver, Scott Hugh Thompson, was at the wheel of a Land Rover clocked by police travelling at 57mph on a 50mph-limit

  • Housing company's fund gives Christmas cheer

    COMMUNITY groups have been receiving gifts in times for Christmas thanks to a housing company’s fund. The Better Homes Better Lives fund run by Dale and Valley Home has agreed grants totalling £1,300 to help local organisations pay for Christmas

  • Centre to run New Year courses

    A COMMUNITY centre will be running a range of courses in the New Year to help people gain new skills. Willington Community Action Centre will host the courses starting in January. The centre on Willington High Street will run workshops in construction

  • Experts claim growth in confidence in housing market

    CONFIDENCE is returning to the North-East housing market with a rise in the number of potential buyers in recent months. The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyor’s housing market survey states that enquiries from would-be-purchasers have grown

  • Day of action against rail fare increases

    TRAIN fares have risen nearly three times faster than wages since the recession began, according to the TUC which is mounting a protest against the hikes. Results from the TUC’s Action for Rail campaign reveal that average rail fares have increased

  • Butterwick names new ambulance after tragic George

    A HOSPICE has named its new ambulance after a volunteer driver who was killed when high winds brought a tree down onto his bus. George Brown, 68, died last September while driving the Butterwick Hospice’s bus on the A688 close to Dunhouse Quarry