Acting experts shine spotlight on Teesside to find next Billy Elliot

6:08pm Thursday 31st July 2014

THE SEARCH for the next Billy Elliot will be on when a local film actor and a major casting agent hold their first workshop on Teesside to find a new child star.

Sealed with success - seal population hits 100 thanks to river clean-up

6:06pm Thursday 31st July 2014

THE seal population at an industrial centre has grown to 100.

Sedgefield Residents' Federation wages war on rogue landlords

Darlington and Stockton Times: LANDLORD CONCERNS :Ken Robson and Christine Hall from Sedgefield Residents' Federation are lobbying for the compulsory registration of private landlords. Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

6:06pm Thursday 31st July 2014

COMMUNITY groups are demanding the compulsory registration of private landlords following complaints about noise, mess, drug misuse and anti social behaviour from some tenants.

County Durham farm shop named as one of the best in the UK

Darlington and Stockton Times: TOP TEN:Cross Lanes Organic Farm shop has been included in the BBC Good Food's top ten farm shops in the UK, pictured owners Peter and Sue Coverdale.Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

6:06pm Thursday 31st July 2014

A COUNTY Durham farm shop has been named as one of the top ten destination farm shops in the UK by the BBC’s Good Food magazine.

Former airfield given all-clear from contamination

6:04pm Thursday 31st July 2014

A FORMER wartime airfield once used by British and Canadian bombers has been given the all-clear after finally being checked for potential land contamination.

Four hurt in Dales smash

6:02pm Thursday 31st July 2014

FOUR people were taken to hospital, three with serious injuries, after a two-vehicle smash on the A684 in the Yorkshire Dales.

Five appear in court following Darlington drugs raids

5:43pm Thursday 31st July 2014

FIVE people arrested during a series of drugs raids have appeared in court.

Womens' RAF relay reaches region to mark anniversary triple

Darlington and Stockton Times: RAF RIDE: Retired RAF Air Vice-Marshal Phil Roser, with cyclist Karen Dunn, tour regional co-ordinator Liz King, cyclist Vicki Gatenby and DTVA manager Shaun Woods (Picture by Dave Alderson)

5:32pm Thursday 31st July 2014

A NATIONAL relay to mark a trio of military anniversaries and raise money for charity has reached the region.

Fire brigade urges farmers to help prevent fires across County Durham

Darlington and Stockton Times: FARM FIRES: The fire brigade is asking farmers to help stop grass and hay blazes

5:28pm Thursday 31st July 2014

FARMERS are being urged to help prevent fires after several blazes in recent weeks.

Antifungal cream costs Darlington shoplifter more than £280 in court

Darlington and Stockton Times: CHOCOLATE THIEF: Ian Mulholland, 42, from Darlington stole chocolate to survive, court hears

5:16pm Thursday 31st July 2014

STEALING tubes of antifungal cream has left a Darlington shoplifter more than £280 out of pocket.

Police aim to shame petrol stations into doing more to tackle fuel theft

Darlington and Stockton Times: Police park a van near Morrisons petrol station to raise awareness of bilking. Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT (8821698)

5:12pm Thursday 31st July 2014

A HIGHLY visible scheme to shame petrol retailers into doing more to tackle the growing problem of fuel theft across the region has been launched at a major supermarket.

Teenager shaves her head for charity in memory of big brother

Darlington and Stockton Times: HEADS UP: Barber Darrel Johnson (right) and Paige Harker have had their heads shaved to riase money for cancer research.  Pictured at Darrel's barber shop Dapper on North Road, Darlington.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH (8827355)

5:08pm Thursday 31st July 2014

A DARLINGTON woman is hoping to raise thousands for charity by shaving her head in memory of her big brother.

Father jailed for assaulting baby son

4:53pm Thursday 31st July 2014

A MAN who broke the arm and ribs of his young baby – the first injury occurring when the child was just two weeks old – has been jailed for 15 months.

Unpaid work for Darlington teenager whose smoke bomb prank went wrong

Darlington and Stockton Times: SUSPENDED SENTENCE: Alan Davies, 28, of Selbourne Terrace, Darlington was given a suspended sentence after admitting affray

4:35pm Thursday 31st July 2014

A TEENAGER who started a fire at a family home by posting a homemade smoke bomb through the letterbox has been ordered to complete 160 hours of unpaid work.

Golden tribute to Stockton's stolen generation

3:16pm Thursday 31st July 2014

A COMMUNITY-led tribute of music, song and lights will conclude Stockton’s 1,245 Sunflowers Project next week to commemorate the outbreak of the First World War.

Candlelit vigil and lantern procession to mark First World War anniversary

3:06pm Thursday 31st July 2014

A MUSEUM is holding a candlelit vigil and lantern procession to commemorate the outbreak of the First World War.

Animal shelter tackles black cats' selfie-image

Darlington and Stockton Times: BLACK CAT SELFIES: Alyson Jones from the Blue Cross rehoming centre with Millie

2:46pm Thursday 31st July 2014

AN ANIMAL charity is proving black cats do have photogenic qualities, following reports dark felines are being abandoned because they do not look good in selfies.

From Darlington to Glasgow to cheer on Commonwealth athletes

Darlington and Stockton Times: GAMES FUN: Corporation Road Primary School deputy head Ann Pringleton enjoys a Commonwealth Games netball match with pupils

2:40pm Thursday 31st July 2014

SCHOOLCHILDREN from Darlington cheered on England’s hopes in the Commonwealth Games with a special trip to Glasgow.

Council apology over Labour children's centres briefings

Darlington and Stockton Times: Rachael Shimmin, Durham County Council's corporate director of children and adults services

1:48pm Thursday 31st July 2014

COUNCIL chiefs have apologised after only Labour councillors were briefed on controversial plans to axe children’s centres before they were made public.

Region's first pro-cannabis rally to take place in Redcar on Saturday

Darlington and Stockton Times: WEED SEED: Plastic packs of cannabis seeds.    Picture: ANDY LAMB (8790772)

6:04am Thursday 31st July 2014

CANNABIS users from all over the country will gather en-masse in the region on Saturday.

Police appeal for help in tracing missing Thornaby man Steven Lightfoot

Darlington and Stockton Times:

1:31am Thursday 31st July 2014

POLICE are urgently appealing to trace a missing Thornaby man.

Schoolgirl witnesses driver's "sex act" in car outside Darlington shops

Darlington and Stockton Times: Durham Constabulary

4:52pm Tuesday 29th July 2014

A MAN in a car performed an obscene act in front of a schoolgirl at the weekend.

Darlington squirrel is nuts for carving in his own image

Darlington and Stockton Times:

9:57pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

WOOD you believe it? This grey squirrel in South Park, Darlington is clearly a fan of this carving in his own image.

Schoolboy pleads with world leaders to stop the Israel/Palestine conflict

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7:24pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

A NORTH-EAST schoolboy has begged world leaders to intervene in the Israeli and Palestinian conflict.

Man charged

6:38pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

POLICE investigating two incidents of indecent exposure in Ormesby and Coulby Newham, Middlesbrough have charged a 39-year-old man. He has been charged with exposure, two counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and two counts of breach of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) and had been due to appear at Teesside Magistrates Court today (Wednesday).

Borrowby Show a hit with animal lovers

Darlington and Stockton Times: BORROWBY SHOW: Robyn Watson with her dog Jarvis, who came first in the sporting dog category. Picture: STUART BOULTON.

5:57pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

A SHOW with increasingly popular dog and gymkhana events has proved a success.

Additions allowed to the Asda site at Whinbush Way in Darlington

Darlington and Stockton Times: ASDA

5:53pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

ASDA has been granted permission to make additions to its Whinbush Way supermarket site in Darlington.

Councillor backs residents in fight against development proposals

5:45pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

A COUNCILLOR has given his backing to a campaign by local residents to prevent housing development on a green field site.

Former Richmond care home with panoramic views to be developed after finally convincing a planning committee

Darlington and Stockton Times: PLANNING APPROVAL: Richmondshire District Council

5:43pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

A HOUSING development at a prime Richmond location has finally been approved after two failed attempts to impress a planning committee.

Jail term for man who threatened taxi driver at knife point

Darlington and Stockton Times: JAILED: Nicholas Mannion

5:43pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

A MAN who threatened a taxi driver with a knife after he dropped him off at home has been jailed for two years, eight months.

Increased sightings of elusive red squirrels in Teesdale

Darlington and Stockton Times: RED SQUIRREL: The red squirrel spotted in amateur photographer Martin Rogers' garden at Middleton-in-Teesdale.

5:37pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

RURAL communities and landowners are being urged to look out for red squirrels following several recent sightings of the rare mammal in the region.

Churches childrens' club rocks

Darlington and Stockton Times: SEASIDE ROCK: Children having fun at Seaside Rock holiday club at Bondgate Methodist Church. Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

5:30pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

CHILDREN from churches across Darlington are making sure that the start of their summer holiday truly rocks.

How the wounded were helped in the First World War

Darlington and Stockton Times: BLIGHTY WOUNDS: Wounded soldiers and volunteer nurses at the Auxiliary Hospital at County Hall, Northallerton.

5:27pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

MEMORIES of the way people – particularly women – came to the aid of injured soldiers in the First World War are being pulled together for a major local history project.

Darlington primary school students go for gold in end of year show

Darlington and Stockton Times: GOING FOR GOLD: Primary school children get a taste of life at DSMS

5:23pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

HUNDREDS of students prepared for life at the big school in spectacular fashion as they went for gold in an extravaganza of song, dance and drama.

Councillors clash at Darlington planning meeting which approves log cabin scheme for vulnerable people

Darlington and Stockton Times: CABINET MEETING: Darlington Town Hall

5:21pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

TENSIONS rose at a planning meeting in which a councillor described a proposed accommodation development for vulnerable youngsters as being like an “open prison”.

21st-century protection for 15th-century treasure

Darlington and Stockton Times: Protective glass returns to the Great East Window of York Minster six years after it was removed with Tony Cattle , Master Glazier   Picture Frank Dwyer (8788853)

4:44pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

AFTER six years of meticulous work on one of the most iconic stained glass windows in the country a significant milestone has now been reached.

Drink driver crashed into a lamppost

Darlington and Stockton Times: LOST CONTROL: Driver crashed into a lamppost on the approach toTees Newport Bridge in Middlesbrough.

4:29pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

A DRINK driver who crashed his car into a lamppost as he attempted to evade police has been given a suspended jail sentence.

Acclaimed band choose classic record shop to launch album

Darlington and Stockton Times: Phil Smith (right) and Chris Tarn (left) of Weekend Sun

4:17pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

A FUNK, soul and jazz act who are earning a national reputation have chosen to launch their new album at Stockton's famous Sound It Out Records.

Strategy to improve nature and the environment

3:50pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

PLANS to help improve nature and the environment in North Yorkshire have been released to the public.

North-East history buff gives talk at movie exhibition

Darlington and Stockton Times: FILM HISTORY: Kirkleatham Museum, Redcar, hosted the Invasion Science Fiction exhibition last year. Pictured are items from the Alien film series.

3:20pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

A FILM historian will be talking about the film industry during an exhibition of show business memorabilia.

Competitors sought for Teesdale photography contest

Darlington and Stockton Times: PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST: Amateur photographers are invited to capture the spirit of Teesdale.

3:06pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

AMATEUR photographers are invited to capture the essence of some of County Durham’s most picturesque countryside.

Darlington FC launches first fans' survey

3:06pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

DARLINGTON FC has launched its first official fans’ survey to collect independent views on how the club is being run.

Top local food producers take centre stage at Saltburn Food Festival

Darlington and Stockton Times: LOCAL FOODIES: Ed Trewhitt, Andrea Havard and Mike Gosnay gearing up for the Saltburn Food Festival

2:51pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

A TRIO of local food lovers will be passing on the tips of their trades with a series of tasty workshops at Saltburn Food Festival.

Dales cheese expert takes national honour

Darlington and Stockton Times: CHEESE EXPERT: Norman McCallum with his award.

2:45pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

A CHEESE expert who has worked in the industry for more than 30 years has been honoured with a national award.

Consultant Munawar Mecci from James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough will spend a day each week at The Gateway, a multi-million pound facility which opened in the town in January.

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2:10pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

AN internationally renowned consultant will be using his expertise to help people with spinal injuries at a North-East rehabilitation centre.

Yarm's £500,000 High Street improvements completed

Darlington and Stockton Times: Chairman of Yarm Town Council, Cllr Peter Monck and Mayor of Stockton, Cllr Barbara Inman at Yarm Town Hall. DAVE CHARNLEY

2:01pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

IMPROVEMENTS around Yarm’s Town Hall and war memorial have been completed in time for the town’s First World War centenary commemorations.

New figures show 33 per cent increase in accident house fires across Cleveland

1:56pm Wednesday 30th July 2014

FIREFIGHTERS have issued a warning to householders across Teesside after latest figures show a 33 per cent rise in accidental house fires.

Cleveland Police responds to criticism of its handling of investigation into institutional racism

Darlington and Stockton Times: Cleveland police deputy chief constable Iain Spittal.

6:05am Wednesday 30th July 2014

A POLICE force has responded to criticism of its handling of an investigation into claims of institutional racism.

Free school campaigners still confident about partners

6:04am Wednesday 30th July 2014

CAMPAIGNERS for a new free school have expressed confidence in the academy chain which is backing the project, despite heavy criticism from Ofsted.

Gerald Lee Pocket Park opens to fanfare - but is it Britain's smallest?

Darlington and Stockton Times: A local youngster helps the mayor as he opens the park named in his honour

6:04am Wednesday 30th July 2014

SERENADED in the sunshine by a brass band playing ‘It’s a Small World After All’, a colourful crowd in resplendent headgear gathered to celebrate the long-awaited opening of The Gerald Lee Pocket Park.










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