'Cancer' conman jailed after driving victim to brink of suicide

Darlington and Stockton Times: ACCOMPLISHED FRAUDSTER: Nabeel Adris

9:50pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A DOUBLE glazing salesman who conned cash out of a “vulnerable, trusting and caring” pensioner - who became so distressed she contemplated suicide - has been jailed for two years, three months.

Deathwatch beetle leads to a journey back in time at historic 'Charlotte Bronte' home

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:43pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A PROJECT to tackle a deathwatch beetle infestation at the historic house which inspired Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre has unearthed 1,000 years of history at the site.

Disbelief in Stockton as the borough is rated sixth best place to live in the country

Darlington and Stockton Times: BEST PLACE TO LIVE:  The borough of Stockton has been named the sixth best place to live in the UK by the Daily Telegraph. Pictured is the exclusive Wynyard estate, Picture: TOM BANKS

7:24pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

SOME might beg to differ, but Stockton has been named the sixth best place to live in England and Wales.

Watch the video as The Northern Echo's editor gets an icy soaking

Darlington and Stockton Times: GETTING A SOAKING: Northern Echo editor Peter Barron undergoes the Ice Bucket Challenge outside the covered market with the help of members of Darlington Operatic Society Claire Willmer, Rhiannon Walker and Sam Morrison who are starring in a production of

7:13pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

NORTHERN Echo editor Peter Barron got an icy soaking as part of a charity campaign that has swept the globe.

Golf pro takes a soaking and England Women's rugby captain will do the same

Darlington and Stockton Times: HAVING AN ICE TIME: Head professional golfer at Rockcliffe Hall Golf Club, in Hurworth, Jon Stacey takes the Ice Bucket Challenge with a helping hand from professional golfer Paul Wesselingh, winner of the order of merit in last year's European Senior

7:07pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

AFTER taking his soaking in good humour, Peter Barron nominated a world cup winning rugby player and a golf pro to take the Ice Bucket Challenge.

Police and council reassure Sedgefield and Fishburn residents following arrival of unauthorised horse fair

Darlington and Stockton Times: HORSE FAIR:Travellers on a site on the outskirts of Sedgefield, as they prepare for annual horse fair. Picture SARAH CALDECOTT

7:01pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

AN annual horse fair has moved to a new location without warning, sparking anger and fear among nearby residents.

Early Help project changing lives in Middlesbrough

Darlington and Stockton Times: troubled families in a North-East town are having their lives transformed by a scheme which has saved more than £500,000 in its first seven months

6:40pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

TROUBLED families are having their lives transformed by a scheme which has saved the taxpayer more than £500,000.

Unlicensed landlord fined

6:29pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A LANDLORD is counting the cost of failing to abide by a licensing scheme that aims to improve standards of rental properties and tackle anti social behaviour.

Retirement village's summer fun day raises hundreds for charity

Darlington and Stockton Times: SUMMER FUN: Middleton Hall resident Tom Edge with daughter-in-law Linda

5:07pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

THE hustle and bustle of a traditional summer carnival was brought to life at a North-East retirement village as residents, staff and family members helped to raise money for charity.

Jade Jones set to compete in the Taylor Wimpey Tees Pride 10k in Middlesbrough

Darlington and Stockton Times: Wheelchair racer Jade Jones at the site of the new Middlesbrough Sports Village, near the Marton Road section of the Taylor Wimpey Tees Pride 10k course

4:51pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

MEDAL-winning wheelchair racer Jade Jones is the latest elite athlete to sign up to Taylor Wimpey Tees Pride 10k in Middlesbrough.

Ethical bank supports almhouses project

Darlington and Stockton Times: CHARITY BANK: £500,000 loan to almshouse project.

4:38pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

AN ambitious project to restore a set of 17th-century almshouses has won the support of an ethical bank.

Scheme to help people get to work gets boost

Darlington and Stockton Times: WORKING WHEELS: Cllr Bridget Fortune is pictured with Keith McDonnell from W2W.

4:36pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A SUCCESSFUL mobility project designed to help unemployed people find work is set to roll forward after winning a major financial boost.

Football team completes sponsored walk to say thank you for new kit

Darlington and Stockton Times: SPONSORED WALK: The under 10 Spraire Lasses, based in Darlington, completed a walk around the town to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House Charity, which provides accommodation for parents of children undergoing hospital treatment

4:06pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A TEAM of young footballers have put their best foot forward to complete a sponsored walk for charity.

Council is killing the town, say self-styled Darlington Liberation Army

Darlington and Stockton Times: UNITED FRONT: Posters in the front window of DLA headquarters

3:55pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

COUNCIL chiefs are staying tight-lipped over the launch of a self-styled ‘liberation army’, set up in a bid to encourage transparency and expose alleged town hall wrong-doing.

Motorist blamed ex-girlfriend's death for drink-driving

Darlington and Stockton Times: Kieran Gough struggled with court guards after being jailed for watching dogs kill a fox

2:48pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A MOTORIST blamed the death of his former girlfriend for him being more than three times the legal alcohol limit when he was stopped by the police.

Man in court over alleged Darlington assault

Darlington and Stockton Times: Darlington man arrested on suspicion of assault

1:52pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A MAN has appeared in court charged with grievous bodily harm with intent following an incident in which a man was placed in an induced coma after suffering a bleed on his brain.

Missing Redcar teenager found

Darlington and Stockton Times:

1:52pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A 16-YEAR-old girl from Redcar, missing from home, has turned up safe and well.

Work inspired by filmmaker's struggle to flee Iran

Darlington and Stockton Times: SCREEN TEST: Work begins on Kurosh Asemani's short film, My Name is Ashti

1:48pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A FILMMAKER who fled his homeland after criticising the regime is producing a film inspired by his struggle.

Teenager missing from Redcar

Darlington and Stockton Times:

1:42pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A SEARCH is underway for a missing 16-year-old girl from Redcar.

Surprise for golden wedding couple

Darlington and Stockton Times: Hilda and Malcolm Woolley who celebrate their golden wedding at Kirkbymoorside.Nigel Holland. (9052095)

12:08pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

A COUPLE had an extra special present for their golden wedding anniversary when one of their daughters made a surprise visit from the US.

Police and Samaritans condemn members of public who goaded and filmed man who took to fourth-storey window ledge in Darlington

Darlington and Stockton Times:

12:27pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

POLICE and charity bosses have criticised people who goaded and filmed a vulnerable man after he climbed onto a fourth-storey hotel window ledge.

Global interest in sight-saving sleep mask

Darlington and Stockton Times: MAN WITH THE MASK: Richard Kirk of PolyPhotonix in Sedgefield. Picture: STUART BOULTON. (9458346)

6:38am Wednesday 20th August 2014

A PIONEERING North-East company which has developed an innovative way of preventing blindness in diabetics has been inundated with inquiries from all over the world.

Police investing North-East telecom scam make arrests

Darlington and Stockton Times: PHONE TROUBLE: Owner of the Devonport Country House Hotel in Middleton One Row Kathleen Tillbrook who has  signed up for a phone deal that she thinks is a con. Picture: ANDY LAMB.

6:36am Wednesday 20th August 2014

POLICE are investigating allegations of a telecommunications fraud which has targeted North-East small businesses.

Darlington care home worker stole thousands from vulnerable residents

8:33pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

A THIEVING care home worker who stole more than £3,000 from vulnerable adults insisted to a court she hadn't done it as residents "do not have much of a life as it is".

Children rescued after getting stuck on funfair ride 15 feet up

Darlington and Stockton Times: Overhual of services for North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue

9:16pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

FIREFIGHTERS have rescued three youngsters from a funfair ride in North Yorkshire.

Leeming airmen take on tough challenge to help babies

Darlington and Stockton Times: TOTAL WARRIOR: The team are all smiles efore the gruelling event.

7:27pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

A TEAM of dedicated airmen battled against the elements to raise cash for a local hospice.

Increase rail fares prompt protests

Darlington and Stockton Times: RAIL PROTEST: Action for Rail protesters protest increase in fares at Thornaby Station. Pictured Louise Baldock Labour candidate,  Mark Edmundson Unison northern area organiser, Pete Widlinski and Cllr Tracey Stott . Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

7:18pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

ABOVE inflation increases in train fares prompted protests at the region's rail stations.

Tennis sessions for the blind and visually impaired people begin in Stockton

Darlington and Stockton Times: TENNIS SESSIONS: Rosie Pybus has setup a tennis session for blind and partially sighted people at Splash, Stockton. Picture: TOM BANKS

6:07pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

A VISUALLY impaired sports fan has set up tennis sessions for other blind and partially sighted people.

Veterans prepare for charity pro-am golf tournament

Darlington and Stockton Times: GOLF DAY: Paul Nichol, Ges Almond and Jason Wilkes veterans from Phoenix House have their final training session with professional Martyn Stubbings (front)  at Rockliffe Hall  ahead of a charity pro-am golf tournament on Thursday.

6:03pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

VETERANS from a Help for Heroes recovery centre in Catterick Garrison have had their final training session ahead of a pro-am golf tournament as part of the English Senior Open.

Northallerton traders' delight as council offers free car parking

5:47pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

A DISTRICT council is set to lose almost £100,000 of its income in a bid to bolster a town's economy, following High Street parking charges being introduced by its county counterpart.

Girlfriend of drowned man killed herself, inquest finds

Darlington and Stockton Times: John Paul Conley and his girlfriend Kate Downey

5:24pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

THE broken-hearted girlfriend of a man who drowned in Laos took her own life months later, an inquest heard.

Middlesbrough mother's tribute to her son, found dead aged 31

Darlington and Stockton Times: MUCH LOVED: Darren Simpson

4:59pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

TRIBUTE has been paid to a heartbroken 31-year-old father who died suddenly last year.

Thirsk archery club offers primary pupils taster sessions

Darlington and Stockton Times: AIMING HIGH: Flynn Cole, a Year Three pupil at Mill Hill Primary School, Northallerton, with Denise Brockbank and Danny Cameron, of Thirsk Bowmen and Councillor Bridget Fortune, right

4:41pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

AN ARCHERY group will offer primary schoolchildren the chance to try the sport after landing a council grant.

Consultant to run 66k to support NHS marchers

4:38pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

A NORTH-EAST hospital consultant and campaigner is to run 66 kilometres to show his support for The People’s March for the NHS which is making its way to London from Jarrow.

County Durham council tenants vote for homes transfer

Darlington and Stockton Times: Green light for transfer ballot (8309917)

3:52pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

THOUSANDS of tenants have voted for their homes to be transferred out of council ownership.

Marks and Spencer seek permission for food store on historic site

Darlington and Stockton Times: CONVERSION PLAN: The former Rutson Hospital, in Northallerton, which developers want to convert into a supermarket and a pub

3:24pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

DEVELOPERS behind a plan to create a Marks & Spencer supermarket and a pub on a former NHS hospital have applied for planning permission to transform the site.

Popular Dales tradition celebrates reaching 100

Darlington and Stockton Times: SHOW GUEST: Farmer and Welcome to Yorkshire chief executive Gary Verity with one of the woolly stars of the show.

3:21pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

THOUSANDS are expected to descend on the Yorkshire Dales this weekend as one of the region’s much loved-loved countryside traditions celebrates a major milestone.

Family fun in Stockton

Darlington and Stockton Times: Castlegate Community Carnival was held in the Parish gardens in Stockton on Saturday. Organised by the Castlegate Centre's charitable arm, Hampers from the Heart, it was a free event for the community. The Mayor of Stockton Cllr Barbara Inman hands ou

2:31pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

MORE than 150 families gathered together for a day of family fun in Stockton.

'Coathanger' bank robber escaped with thousands - but turned himself in minutes later

Darlington and Stockton Times: ACCOUNT CLOSED: Llandeilo town council has said it plans to sever its ties with HSBC after the bank announced it would close its town branch.

2:27pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

A RAIDER escaped with thousands of pounds from a bank - after holding up a cashier with a wooden coat-hanger.

Big surprise at teddy bear picnic

Darlington and Stockton Times: TEDDY BEAR: Two-year-old Rowan Coombes from Marske during the teddy bears picnic at Gisborough Priory Picture: STUART BOULTON

1:49pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

THERE was a big surprise in the woods this weekend as teddy bears whizzed around a picnic.

Support the people of Gaza, urges Darlington charity shop

1:25pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

OXFAM in Darlington is accepting donations for the national Gaza Crisis Appeal, which supports those affected by the on-going conflict in Gaza.

Wooden bikes are a Tour de France triumph

Darlington and Stockton Times: TOUR LEGACY: Neil McNair and his wife Jane with one of the wooden bikes which have raised £5,250 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

1:21pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

THE triumphant Grand Depart of the Tour de France has had an unexpected legacy – thanks to hundreds of wooden yellow bikes.

Drivers warned of A19 closure

1:19pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

THE A19 in North Yorkshire will be closed southbound overnight between Osmotherley and South Kilvington for essential resurfacing work between August 31 and September 5. Diversions will be in place during the 8pm to 6am closures. Highways Agency project manager Kyle Maylard said: “This resurfacing work has been planned overnight to minimise disruption and to take place when traffic flows are at their lowest."

Darlington nursery celebrates tenth birthday

Darlington and Stockton Times: Staff and children at the Big Kids Little Kids nursery in Darlington celebrate its tenth birthday

12:40pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

THE tenth birthday of a popular nursery was celebrated with a family fun day recently.

Mental health in the workplace focus of new scheme in Darlington

12:29pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

MENTAL wellbeing in the workplace will be tackled as part of an initiative being launched in Darlington.

Rugby club gets pre-season makeover

Darlington and Stockton Times: TRY HARD: Volunteers get their hands dirty at Darlington Rugby Club Picture: DAVID BRIDGEN/CLIQUE IMAGES

12:25pm Tuesday 19th August 2014

VOLUNTEERS helped give a Darlington rugby ground a spruce-up as it prepares for the start of the new season and gets ready to welcome new tenants.

'Tour factor' credited with helping inspire rise in cycling in Darlington

Darlington and Stockton Times: FLASH BACK: Former Bishop of Durham Justin Welby talks bikes with trainee Tony Riding, at the opening of Bike Stop, in Darlington, in January last year Picture: KEITH BLUNDY

11:29am Tuesday 19th August 2014

THE Tour de France has been credited with helping inspire a large increase in the number of people getting on their bikes in Darlington.

Police appeal after man tries to get 16-year-old girl into car

Darlington and Stockton Times: Cleveland Police are investigating the case of a man stabbed in the street

9:50am Tuesday 19th August 2014

A 16-year-old girl was approached by a middle-aged male driver who tried to get her into his car.

Armed robber called Hardman turned and fled, court told

Darlington and Stockton Times: JAILED: Callum Hardman

6:41am Tuesday 19th August 2014

A COWARDLY armed robber fled empty-handed from a shop - when a worker shouted at him.

Darlington flat on fire

Darlington and Stockton Times: County Durham and Darlington Fire Service freed the woman from her car.

7:32pm Monday 18th August 2014

FIREFIGHTERS are dealing with a flat blaze in Darlington.










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