Academies and free schools blamed for rise in teenage pregnancies

Darlington and Stockton Times: True cost of teenage pregnancy problem more than £4m per year

6:58am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

TEENAGE pregnancies are on the rise in a North-East town because schools are dropping sex education, MPs have been told.

Boy tells Darlington scout leader trial of 'disgust' at being spanked

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

6:46am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

A BOY told a jury he felt "disgusted" after being spanked by a scout group leader during a camping trip.

Cabbie's fare is banned driver who smashed into his taxi and gave false details

Darlington and Stockton Times: METER ISSUES: Two taxi drivers have faced magistrates for driving without their meters switched on.

1:47pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A BANNED driver couldn't believe his bad luck when a taxi driver he had duped months earlier turned up on his doorstep for a fare.

Building gifted to Barnard Castle community remains empty after county council rejects community hub plan

Darlington and Stockton Times: COMMUNITY BUILDING: Barnard Castle Town Council hopes to lease Woodleigh to keep the building for community use.

7:04pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A BUILDING gifted to a town is set to remain empty after Durham County Council rejected plans to turn it into a community hub.

Thousands raised to support Charlie and raise money for Cystic Fibrosis research

Darlington and Stockton Times: FUNDRAISERS: Charlie York, in the checked shirt, with friends from Aysgarth School

5:51pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A TEN-YEAR-OLD boy managed to complete part of a sponsored walk held to support him, despite just undergoing a double lung transplant.

Demonstrators in Darlington protest against blacklisting

Darlington and Stockton Times: CROCODILE TEARS: Trade unionists highlight the construction industry blacklists outside the gates of Cleveland Bridge in Darlington. Picture: STUART BOULTON

5:15pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

UNION members held a protest demonstration outside a Darlington business it says was responsible for blacklisting construction workers.

Flamingo Land behind plans for major coastal visitor attraction

Darlington and Stockton Times: THE FUTURE: The former Futurist Theatre in Scarborough. Flamingo Land has put in a bid to turn the site into a major visitor attraction

5:15pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

FLAMINGO Land has lodged a bid to create a botanic garden and roller coaster on the site of the former Futurist theatre.

Woman dragged to the ground and robbed by youths in Northallerton

Darlington and Stockton Times: Call council hotline to report ASB

4:36pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A WOMAN was dragged to the ground and robbed as she walked home through a town park, police have revealed.

Girl beats broken back for marathon swim to help those who saved her

Darlington and Stockton Times: BIG THANK-YOU: Natasha Sedgwick with Yorkshire Air Ambulance paramedic Graham Pemberton.

2:33pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A TEENAGER has fought her way back to health after breaking her back – and four of her ribs - in a head-on road smash.

Army medics' Africa mission to battle Ebola outbreak

Darlington and Stockton Times: HEALTH MISSION: Members of Catterick Garrison-based 5 Medical regiment are set to help battle the Ebola outbreak, in Sierra Leone

7:02am Tuesday 21st October 2014

EIGHTY FOUR Army medics have been deployed to west Africa to help in the battle against the deadly Ebola virus.

Woman struck by bus in Stockton

Darlington and Stockton Times:

8:41pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

POLICE are appealing for information after a woman was seriously injured by a bus this evening.

Inquest into the death of naked Stockton man in police custody continues

Darlington and Stockton Times: Kirk Williams

6:50pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A CUSTODY sergeant told an inquest that, contrary to earlier reports, he had not been made aware that a fellow police officer urgently wanted a prisoner to go to hospital instead of a police cell.

Hat-trick of football writers give pre-match talk

6:09pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A TRIO of Teesside football writers are holding a discussion on the beautiful game ahead of this Saturday's Boro match.

Major redevelopment plan takes big step closer

6:05pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A LANDMARK deal has been signed to start the redevelopment of a 35-hectare site in the centre of York.

Teesside vet gives advice to calm pets on Bonfire Night

Darlington and Stockton Times: Lenny the dog who was frightened at last year's Bonfire Night in the Leeds area

5:51pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A TEESSIDE vet has issued advice on how to keep pets calm in the Bonfire Night period.

Work set to start on A66 resurfacing project

Darlington and Stockton Times: RESURFACING PLANNED: Work is due to start on resurfacing work on the A66 near Stockton.

5:35pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A £2.3m scheme to resurface a stretch of the A66 on Teesside will begin next week.

Fly killer caused historic hall blaze

Darlington and Stockton Times: ON FIRE: Firefighters tackle the blaze at Crathorne Hall.  Picture:RICHARD DOUGHTY

5:20pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A FLY zapper is believed to have started the fire which devastated Crathorne Hall Hotel earlier this month.

Appeal to find missing woman

Darlington and Stockton Times: POLICE APPEAL: Roksana Baran, who is missing from her home in Harrogate

5:20pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

POLICE are appealing for help in tracing a woman missing since the weekend.

Church calls on community to share their views

4:55pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

COMMUNITIES across the Ripon area are being invited to join in a consultation day about the future direction of the cathedral

Fisburn's own Repunzel donates hair to cancer charity

Darlington and Stockton Times: LOCKS AWAY: Phoebe Wright, seven, gets her hair cut for the Little Princess Trust at Sedgefield Hardwick Primary School. Picture: ANDY LAMB

4:55pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

REPUNZEL may be the heroine of the fairytale but it was little Phoebe Wright who stole the show when she donated her golden locks to charity.

Spooky goings on in the park

Darlington and Stockton Times: SPOOKY FUN: Weird and wonderful characters inhabit Preston Park and visitors gather for the Halloween spooky walk.

4:46pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

HARDY souls are in for a shocking night when they venture out on a spooky walk next week.

Tribute to talented Darlington musician John Morton

Darlington and Stockton Times: HAPPY MEMORIES: John Morton

4:41pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A TALENTED musician who played his unusual instrument in productions featuring stars of the stage an screen has died at the age of 83.

Campaigners for a learning disability village to light Danby Beacon

Darlington and Stockton Times: test

4:25pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

SUPPORTERS of a North Yorkshire community for people with learning disabilities are gathering on Sunday to light a beacon as a sign of hope for the future.

Tree group celebrates 10th anniversary

4:20pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

AN award-winning tree group celebrated its tenth anniversary this weekend, welcoming back its oldest member.

Good Samaritan has phone stolen trying to help homeless man

Darlington and Stockton Times: *PLEASE PUT IN TELEVISUAL*
Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court G.V.
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4:10pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A GOOD Samaritan had his phone stolen while trying to help a homeless man.

School prepares the way for possible major changes

Darlington and Stockton Times: SCHOOL TOUR: Isabella Bowland, 13, shows off work carried out in design technology.

2:53pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

PARENTS and pupils were given a glimpse of life at a school which is on the brink of a new era in education.

Huge party marks Brownies' 100th birthday

Darlington and Stockton Times: BIRTHDAY BASH: More than 100 Brownies descend on Adventure Point, in Darlington, to celebrate 100 years of the organisation Picture: SARAH CALDECOTT

2:45pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

DOZENS of youngsters have enjoyed a big Brownie party to celebrate the organisation’s 100th birthday.

Work on new-look Thirsk market square to begin following furore

Darlington and Stockton Times: NEW LOOK: How the plan for Thirsk Market Place looked before Hambleton District Council revisions

2:18pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A SCHEME to reinvigorate an historic market square after the controversial felling of mature trees is set to be introduced.

Operatic society launches search for new talent

Darlington and Stockton Times: INTO THE HABIT: Samantha Morrison in rehearsal mode as Mother Superior in Sister Act Picture: STUDIO SMILE PHOTOGRAPHY

2:15pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A COMMUNITY theatre group will be swapping nuns' habits for cans of hairspray and is looking for specific performers to help make the transition.

New director appointed at mima

Darlington and Stockton Times: mima's new director Alistair Hudson

2:04pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A FORMER curator of the Government Art Collection has been appointed as the new director of mima.

Volunteers create historical online resource of North Eastern Railway staff

Darlington and Stockton Times: ONLINE RESOURCE: Volunteers working at The Head of Steam in Darlington have complied hundreds of records of former railway workers (file pic)

2:01pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

AN online resource for family and railway historians has gone live thanks to the hard work of volunteers.

Christmas shoebox appeal to provide gifts for needy children is launched

Darlington and Stockton Times: FESTIVE JOY: A Christmas shoebox brings a smile to a girl in Montenegro thanks to last year's campaign

1:41pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

A CAMPAIGN to collect shoeboxes of small toys and gifts for needy children around the world has been launched for the second year.

Shorts help boys raise money for research

1:07pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

SCHOOLBOYS Fred Cooper and Isaac Wood, who wore shorts for a year, have raised £160 for research into Parkinson's disease.

Choirs unite to raise funds for community charity

Darlington and Stockton Times: CHARITABLE AIM: Northallerton Male Voice Choir with members of the Military Wives, Affiliates, Girlfriends and Servicewomen's Choir, from Catterick Garrison

12:54pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

THE Military Wives, Affiliates, Girlfriends and Servicewomen's Choir from Catterick Garrison are set to join forces with Northallerton Male Voice Choir to raise funds for a charity.

Dog of the Month: Florence the Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Darlington and Stockton Times: (11727554)

12:39pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

EACH month The Northern Echo highlights one of the many dogs looking for a home at the Dogs Trust Darlington, in Sadberge, near Darlington.

Scout leader accused of sexual assaults on two young boys

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

6:53am Tuesday 21st October 2014

A SCOUT group leader sexually assaulted a young boy after luring him away from his home to choose a new jumper, a court heard.

Former Cleveland police officer tells inquest: "we let down dying man"

Darlington and Stockton Times: Kirk Williams

9:05pm Monday 20th October 2014

A FORMER policeman told an inquest he and other officers had let a drug crazed man "down big style" by not taking him straight to hospital after he was found naked and acting strangely in a field.

Police tackle 'large group of youths' in park

Darlington and Stockton Times: IDYLLIC SCENE: But visitors to Darlington's South Park would have been greeted by a more sinister sight on Saturday evening

5:22pm Monday 20th October 2014

POLICE are investigating an attempted bag-snatch in a North-East park - following reports of a gathering of a large group of youths.

Prayers said for Darlington charity worker on frontline of fight against Ebola

Darlington and Stockton Times: (11646855)

6:02am Monday 20th October 2014

PRAYERS were said yesterday for the safe return of a North-east charity worker on the frontline of the battle against Ebola.

Concerns raised at 36 per cent drop in number of prison officers in North-East jails

Darlington and Stockton Times: H.M Durham Prison.

12:02am Monday 20th October 2014

PRISON officers are being sent from the North-East to the south of the country to cover shortfalls despite significant drops in staffing levels at the region's jails, according to research by a prison reform charity.

MP's anger at "profiteering" over hospital car park

Darlington and Stockton Times: PARKING CHARGE: The car park at North Tees Hospital in Stockton. Picture: STUART BOULTON.

6:17pm Monday 20th October 2014

AN MP has condemned a new hospital parking regime after patients were hit with fines of up to £70.

Veteran who lived life of crime turns life round with help of North-East charity

Darlington and Stockton Times: VITAL SUPPORT: Keith Cooper, left, with Garreth Murrell

1:10pm Monday 20th October 2014

A TRAUMATISED veteran who lived a life of crime has turned his fortunes around thanks to a North-East charity.

Police appeal over missing York man Clive Nicholson

Darlington and Stockton Times:

10:27pm Monday 20th October 2014

POLICE have issued an urgent appeal to help find a man who is missing from his home in Dunnington, York. Clive Nicholson, 57, went missing on Sunday, October 19.

Hairathon will raise awareness of tragic disease

Darlington and Stockton Times: Valerie Sharp: Carrie Anne's aunt died from Huntington's disease this summer

8:44pm Monday 20th October 2014

A HAIRDRESSER is planning a 25 hour hairathon to raise money and awareness for the “dreadful and heart wrenching” disease which killed her beloved aunt.

Family 'patriarch' jailed for drunken assault on sister's ex-partner

Darlington and Stockton Times: Ex-finance manager given suspended prison sentence at Durham Crown Court for defrauding small Crook company

7:23pm Monday 20th October 2014

A MAN who considered himself the “patriarch” of his family carried out a drunken assault on his sister’s ex-partner, a court was told.

North-East rugby stars honoured at civic reception in Darlington

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:18pm Monday 20th October 2014

TWO North-East rugby players who lifted the women’s World Cup this summer have been honoured at a civic reception.

Vulnerable people helped through special fund

6:25pm Monday 20th October 2014

OVER 2,700 vulnerable young people have been helped in the past year through the North Yorkshire Local Assistance Fund with nearly £950,000 given out in emergency assistance .

Winter warmer scheme up and running for another year

Darlington and Stockton Times: WINTER WARMER: Stockton Borough Council’s cabinet member for adult services and health, Councillor Jim Beall, at the Warm Homes launch.

6:11pm Monday 20th October 2014

A SCHEME to help people stay warm throughout the winter has been extended for another year.

Renowned producer joins North-East film company to make story about the life of a disabled Darlington football fan

Darlington and Stockton Times: Tony Waddington

6:03pm Monday 20th October 2014

A RENOWNED producer and songwriter has joined forces with a North-East film company.

Emergency service station plans welcomed

5:55pm Monday 20th October 2014

PLANS for a unique emergency service station in Barnard Castle has been welcomed.







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