Jockeys targeted in high-value fraud

Darlington and Stockton Times: MONEY RECOVERED: Andrew Thornton after winning on Kingscliff, at Cheltenham, in December 2003 Picture: PA

2:17pm Saturday 25th October 2014

A NORTH-EAST jockey has told how he lost almost £10,000 in a fraud targeting high-profile riders.

Quakers target return to Darlington in time for start of next season

Darlington and Stockton Times: COMING HOME: Darlington FC hopes to be playing at Blackwell Meadows in time for the start of next season.

6:03am Saturday 25th October 2014

A TARGET for Darlington FC to be back playing in its home town ready for the start of the 2015/16 season has been set.

RNLI heroes to star in new TV show

Darlington and Stockton Times:

4:17pm Saturday 25th October 2014

THE heroic efforts of the region's RNLI volunteers are to be broadcast to the nation.

Vision for new centre supporting people with brain injuries and their families

Darlington and Stockton Times: TRAUMA SURVIVOR: Abbie Thornton, 15, from Coulby Newham, who was run over by a car and suffered long-term head injuries. Abbie is pictured with her mum Debra.

3:48pm Saturday 25th October 2014

A PASSIONATE mother whose child survived against the odds after being run over by a car, has a vision to open a new centre for other brain injury victims and their families in the Tees Valley.

Teesdale School earns international award

Darlington and Stockton Times: GLOBAL AMBASSADORS:  Teesdale School's Tina Masterman and Cassie Flint accept award

1:49pm Saturday 25th October 2014

TEESDALE School has been awarded the British Council’s prestigious International School Award for 2014-2017, in recognition of its work to bring the world into the classroom.

Influence Church set to open second Barnard Castle foodbank

Darlington and Stockton Times: STOCKING UP: Influence Church intern Lesley Allison and StoreHouse coordinator Paige Rutherford with foodbank supplies Picture: KATIE RICHARDSON

1:45pm Saturday 25th October 2014

BARNARD Castle is set to open its second foodbank after growing concerns that people in the area are falling on hard times.

Builder's response to residents' criticism

Darlington and Stockton Times: TROUBLE BUILDING: The Esh building work at the former site of Eastbourne School, Darlington as seen from street The Fairway.  Residents in existing properties have had problems with the contractors.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

11:37am Saturday 25th October 2014

A CONSTRUCTION company criticised over a £7million housing development on the site of a former school has reaffirmed its commitment to community consultation.

ACDC singer backs charity after guitarist diagnosed with dementia

6:36am Saturday 25th October 2014

ONE of the world's biggest rock stars has stunned a tiny dementia charity with an offer of support.

Not guilty: Scout leader from Darlington cleared of sexually assaulting boys

Darlington and Stockton Times:

3:18pm Friday 24th October 2014

A SCOUT leader has been found not guilty of sexual assaults against boys.

Police name woman killed in Middlesbrough collision

Darlington and Stockton Times:

8:00am Friday 24th October 2014

TRIBUTES have been left at the scene of a collision in which a woman was killed in Middlesbrough last night.

Child Sexual Exploitation is about power not race or religion, conference argues

Darlington and Stockton Times: Shahda Khan, Middlesbrough Council's principal community cohesion officer

5:59pm Friday 24th October 2014

ASIAN communities are being used as scapegoats following a spate of high profile child sexual abuse scandals, it was claimed at a conference held by a North-East Islamic group.

Officers reunite Darlington man with his father's stolen service medals

Darlington and Stockton Times: GOOD WORK: DC John Tyers (left) reunites Robin Bateman with his father's service medals

5:51pm Friday 24th October 2014

A MAN whose father’s service medals were stolen during a break-in had no idea they had been taken until a police officer knocked on his door to return them.

Calls to tackle energy divide as rural residents deal with fuel poverty

Darlington and Stockton Times: ENERGY COSTS: Many rural residents have no access to mains gas in North Yorkshire and are among those affected by  fuel poverty

5:43pm Friday 24th October 2014

A REPORT into the “energy divide” across Europe has revealed 26,229 homes in rural districts of North Yorkshire are living in fuel poverty.

Out of hours service moved from Catterick to Northallerton

5:37pm Friday 24th October 2014

A HOSPITAL GP out of hours service has today (Friday) been forced to close due to safety fears following a fire assessment found emergency lighting to be substandard.

Rent hikes are a 'kick in the teeth' for the army

Darlington and Stockton Times: KICK IN THE TEETH: Michael Fallon

4:57pm Friday 24th October 2014

MILITARY personnel at Catterick Garrison and elsewhere face big rent hikes because they are paying far less than civilians, ministers have warned.

Strike a light! Matchstick mystery baffles civic leaders

Darlington and Stockton Times: MODEL TOWN: The matchstick model of Darlington Town Hall housed at Darlington Town Hall Picture: ANDY LAMB

4:45pm Friday 24th October 2014

IF folklore is anything to go by, this impressive matchstick model of three enduring Darlington town centre landmarks was created by a German prisoner of war.

North-East headteacher backs government call for parenting classes

Darlington and Stockton Times: PARENTING CLASSES: Headteacher Chris Metcalfe backs government call for parenting classes

3:27pm Friday 24th October 2014

A DARLINGTON headteacher has backed Government calls for parenting classes after seeing a rise in children who are not ‘school ready’.

Appeal as teenager goes missing

Darlington and Stockton Times:

1:36pm Friday 24th October 2014

POLICE are asking members of the public to look out for a teenage girl who has gone missing from her home.

Concerns raised over winter bridge repaint

Darlington and Stockton Times: MAJOR REPAIRS: Work is underway on a major facelift for Newport Bridge

12:26pm Friday 24th October 2014

COUNCILLORS have been told a decision to spend an additional £2.6m on essential repairs to Newport Bridge was taken using urgency powers.

Dismay after deal for 'blot on the landscape' farm falls through

Darlington and Stockton Times: LEGAL WRANGLE: West Musgrave Farm

6:04am Friday 24th October 2014

A MULTI-MILLION pound stand-off over the valuation of a family farm is threatening to scupper local residents’ hopes of a clean-up at the site.

Scout leader tells court sexual assault allegations have left him "sickened"

Darlington and Stockton Times: COURT APPEARANCE: Christopher Blakeborough arrives at Teesside Crown Court. (11704407)

6:04am Friday 24th October 2014

A SCOUT leader has told a jury how allegations of sexual assault against boys which led to his suspension had left him "sickened".

Pensioners treated to an afternoon of poetry and music

Darlington and Stockton Times: POETRY FUN: Singer and performer Wendy Holmes treated residents at Mandale House, Thornaby to an afternoon of story-telling and music-making.

6:27pm Friday 24th October 2014

RESIDENTS and staff at a care home enjoyed an afternoon of top tapping rhythm and rhyming when they were treated to a story-telling and music-making performance by a top-class entertainer.

North Yorkshire veteran takes part in historic vigil

Darlington and Stockton Times: VIGIL: Felix Agbotsu took part in a series of 30 minute vigils to commemorate fallen soldiers of WW1 during a ceremony at The Cenotaph in London to launch the annual Poppy Appeal. Photo: Alison Baskerville

6:23pm Friday 24th October 2014

A NORTH Yorkshire veteran paralysed from the neck down was among those chosen to take part in an historic watch at The Cenotaph in Central London.

Hague backs £2m scanner appeal

Darlington and Stockton Times: HALF WAY THERE: The Friends of the Friarage Hospital group have reached the £1m mark in the money raised for their MRI Scanner Appeal,  William Hague MP attends the hospital to offer his support to the group.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

6:07pm Friday 24th October 2014

FORMER Foreign Secretary William Hague has added his support to an ambitious bid to raise £2m to provide a MRI scanner to a North Yorkshire hospital.

Primary school prepares for WWI centenary by making hundreds of poppies inspired by Tower of London

Darlington and Stockton Times: INSPIRATIONAL PROJECT: Pupils from Arkengarthdale Primary School in Langthwaite have constructed around 500 paper and clay poppies around the front entrance of the school building to raise money for the Phoenix House recovery centre in Catterick Garrison.

5:37pm Friday 24th October 2014

A PRIMARY school inspired by a sea of ceramic poppies adorning the walls and grounds at the Tower of London has recreated the scene to raise cash for injured soldiers and veterans.

Dentist nominated for industry award

5:17pm Friday 24th October 2014

A DENTIST has made it to the final round of a prestigious industry awards.

Hambleton sport heroes honoured in award ceremony

Darlington and Stockton Times: SPORT STARS: Some of the winners with Councillor John Prest

5:11pm Friday 24th October 2014

LOCAL sporting heroes have been recognised for their commitment and passion.

Labour retains Evenwood seat

5:05pm Friday 24th October 2014

EVENWOOD has chosen its new county councillor.

Military test out cross country course based on famous comic-strip hero

Darlington and Stockton Times: CROSS COUNTRY: The Queen’s Royal Lancers take part in the Alf Tupper 10k run

5:02pm Friday 24th October 2014

MORE than 130 runners have taken part in a run inspired by a famous comic-strip running hero.

Pounds from property firm will help cancer charity

Darlington and Stockton Times: CASH STASH: Staff  fundraise for Macmillan Cancer Support

5:02pm Friday 24th October 2014

A PROPERTY agent that has supported Macmillan for the last six years is donating £10 to the charity from each sale it makes.

Think like a burglar, advice from police

Darlington and Stockton Times: BURGLARY WARNING: Cleveland Police issue dark nights warning

4:16pm Friday 24th October 2014

AN INCREASE in the number of burglaries has prompted a police force to urge people to ‘Think like a burglar’ this winter.

Patchwork pays tribute to Sedgefield's war heroes

Darlington and Stockton Times: REMEMBRANCE QUILT: Members of  Sedgefield Family History Group are taking part in a national project to create a First World War memorial patchwork quilt. Pictured are; Sue Wade, Sylvia Hall, Ann Oliver, Nancy Smart and Trish Harrison. Picture: TOM BANKS

3:56pm Friday 24th October 2014

A FAMILY history society has commemorated the centenary of the First World War by honouring the fallen in fabric and thread.

Students' chance to talk politics

Darlington and Stockton Times: TALKING POLITICS: Josh Newton with QE students

3:24pm Friday 24th October 2014

AS part of a campaign to increase youth engagement with politics, a Darlington sixth form is hosting workshops where two students will win the chance to share their ideas at a national event in Parliament.

Darlington chosen for pilot parks project

Darlington and Stockton Times: PARK LIFE: Darlington Cares volunteers during an earlier project

3:14pm Friday 24th October 2014

A VOLUNTEERISM organisation is supporting a project aimed at developing new ways of sustaining and developing parks.

Sedgefield MP takes diabetes challenge

Darlington and Stockton Times: RAISING AWARENESS: Sedgefield MP Phil Wilson with Hugh Quarshie, who plays Dr Ric Griffin in the BBC series Holby City, at Silver Star Diabetes Health Challenge

3:02pm Friday 24th October 2014

AN MP has joined forces with the star of a popular television medical drama to encourage people to take a quick and easy diabetes test.

On-line tribute to the dead

2:00pm Friday 24th October 2014

A UNIQUE memorial to the fallen of a whole community which became the first online tribute in Britain is being updated and improved to mark the centenary of the First World War.

Arrest made in Trimdon Village attempted robbery investigation

Darlington and Stockton Times: Motorist banned for two years for drink driving

1:32pm Friday 24th October 2014

A MAN has been arrested in connection to an attempted robbery in which a homeowner was threatened with violence.

Butcher and farmer duo scoop prestigious title

Darlington and Stockton Times: TOP HONOURS: Butcher John Fawcett and farmer Barrie Alcock, with their Countryside Live supreme poultry champion Old English Game off-colour blue bantam

1:24pm Friday 24th October 2014

A BUTCHER and a farmer who have been showing poultry for more than two decades are celebrating after landing a coveted supreme champion title.

Department store boss voices concerns over designer outlet plans

1:16pm Friday 24th October 2014

A DEPARTMENT store boss has voiced serious concerns over a proposed designer outlet village – which he says would be detrimental to the fragile economies of local market towns.

Councillors urged to reject proposal for motorcyclists' den

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

1:04pm Friday 24th October 2014

PLANS to turn a storage unit into a meeting place for bikers look set to be rejected amid fears over noise.

Butchers shop celebrating 60 years in business

Darlington and Stockton Times: 60 YEARS: Shop assistant Lindsay Sutheran at Blackwell's Butchers on Norton High Street. Picture: STUART BOULTON.

12:51pm Friday 24th October 2014

A BUTCHERS shop has been rolling back the years to celebrate 60 years in business.

Community bus service offers help to residents in Darlington

Darlington and Stockton Times: BUS SERVICE: The Tees Valley Transport Brokerage project is offering transport to community groups and individuals in isolated parts of Darlington

11:37am Friday 24th October 2014

THE organisers of a minibus service that provides vital transport for people living in isolated areas are calling on Darlington residents to get involved in the scheme.

Darlington boutique owner launches new beauty clinic

Darlington and Stockton Times: GRAND OPENING: The White Room at Thomas Watson House in Darlington with owner Pat Copeland. Picture: DAVID WOOD (11882850)

10:19am Friday 24th October 2014

THE owner of a designer boutique has given her career a makeover and opened a beauty clinic.

MPs clash over suspended 'super-hospital'

6:04am Friday 24th October 2014

A FIERCE political row broke out last night after plans to build a £300m new hospital in the region were put on hold until after the General Election.

Give every child a Christmas by supporting charity toy appeal

Darlington and Stockton Times: CHRISTMAS APPEAL: Major Colin Bradshaw and Katie Blundell from Darlington Cares who are launching the Darlington Christmas Toy Appeal.      Picture: ANDY LAMB (11762569)

6:03am Friday 24th October 2014

“GIVE every child in Darlington a Christmas”, is the plea behind a charity toy appeal being launched today.

Volunteers plant thousands of trees

Darlington and Stockton Times: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: The team that helped plant 3,000 trees.

6:05pm Friday 24th October 2014

VOLUNTEERS have been digging deep in their efforts to preserve the environment.

Funeral service commemorates soldiers who died in conflict

Darlington and Stockton Times: PAYING RESPECTS: Manager of Speckmans Funeral Service, Amanda Conway, at  the remembrance area in their premises in Wingate Picture: TOM BANKS

4:48pm Friday 24th October 2014

A FUNERAL director is helping people to remember those who have lost their lives during conflict by offering free poppy crosses to customers.

Sex-accused scout leader 'never alone' with alleged victim

Darlington and Stockton Times: COURT APPEARANCE: Christopher Blakeborough arrives at Teesside Crown Court. (11704407)

7:12am Thursday 23rd October 2014

A CUB scout leader yesterday (Wednesday October 22) denied he had ever been alone with a young boy he is accused of sexually assaulting in a church hall cupboard.

Minister demands answers after airport drops safety-related objections to wind turbines after striking £10,000 deal with developer

Darlington and Stockton Times:

6:39am Thursday 23rd October 2014

A GOVERNMENT minister is demanding answers from a North-East airport that agreed to drop safety-related objections to renewable energy schemes after striking a £10,000 deal with the developer.

Suggestion cop killer Harry Roberts carried out bank raid in Darlington in 1960s

Darlington and Stockton Times: Harry Roberts

9:33pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

IT has been suggested that notorious police killer Harry Roberts may have been responsible for a bank raid in Darlington in the mid-60s.


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