Darlington College and Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form students injured in head-on crash

Darlington and Stockton Times:

10:17am Thursday 18th September 2014

ALMOST a dozen students were injured in a head-on collision involving a college bus and a van.

Police warning as the use of legal highs increases

Darlington and Stockton Times: ON SALE: Some of the different types of legal highs that have been on sale, and banned, in the UK

6:32am Thursday 18th September 2014

THE increasing use of legal highs is the next big challenge facing the police and the NHS, a senior police officer has warned.

'They won't force me out' - Last remaining resident protests over care home closure

Darlington and Stockton Times: PEACEFUL PROTEST: Steve, Don and Michelle Robson

7:48pm Thursday 18th September 2014

AN 83-YEAR-OLD former headteacher has been joined by his family in making a last stand against the closure of a council-run care home.

Meet Cluff, the man behind The Northern Echo's daily cartoon

Darlington and Stockton Times: EXHIBITION: John Longstaff, aka Echo cartoonist Cluff, is exhibiting his work. Picture: TOM BANKS (10487645)

6:32am Thursday 18th September 2014

HIS cartoons will be instantly recognisable to readers of The Northern Echo but the man behind the pen has always kept a low profile.

Countdown to major theatrical festival Jabberwocky Market begins

Darlington and Stockton Times: JABBERWOCKY: Major theatrical festival Jabberwocky Market launches a ‘festival hub’ as countdown to the October festival begins, pictured Poet Nader Al Hussein (10523154)

4:27pm Thursday 18th September 2014

THE COUNTDOWN to the return of a major theatrical festival has begun.

Youngster needs help so she can receive specialist treatment

Darlington and Stockton Times: PLEA FOR HELP: Missy Russell, five, of Middlesbrough has to travel to Oxford for specialist treatment and is in need of support for this to continue.  Pictured near to Ayresome Primary School.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

6:34pm Thursday 18th September 2014

A YOUNG girl suffering a rare and incurable brain condition is desperately looking for help to enable her to receive some specialist medical treatment.

Charity cyclists celebrate 150 mile ride with ice cream

Darlington and Stockton Times: LONG RIDE OVER: A team of foster carers complete a 150 mile Coast to Coast cycle ride and finish with an ice cream from Pacitto's in Redcar.  They are David Pennock, Adrian Wakefield, Gary Chatterje and Brian Foulger.  Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

6:31pm Thursday 18th September 2014

FOUR free-wheeling foster carers completed their challenging coast to coast charity bike ride today (Thursday, September 18).

Female entrepreneurs celebrated at library event

Darlington and Stockton Times: WOMEN IN BUSINESS:Women into Business event at Crown Street Library, Darlington. Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT (10523026)

6:07pm Thursday 18th September 2014

FEMALE entrepreneurs were celebrated in Darlington today (Thursday, September 18).

Talented violinist hits a high note

Darlington and Stockton Times: TOP MUSICIAN: Violinist Ceara Sutton-Jones. Picture: TOM BANKS

6:05pm Thursday 18th September 2014

A TALENTED young violinist has hit a high note with her latest academic achievements.

Migraine sufferer gets new lease of life from new migraine technology

Darlington and Stockton Times: NEW TECHNOLOGY: Sue Anderson wearing Cefaly

6:00pm Thursday 18th September 2014

A WOMAN who suffered from debilitating migraines for 30 years has been thrown a lifeline after being put on a trial for a piece of equipment that creates a sedative effect.

Ukip candidate for Hartlepool criticises MPs for supporting foreign aid

Darlington and Stockton Times: Alex Cunningham, MP for Stockton North

5:59pm Thursday 18th September 2014

A PARLIAMENTARY candidate for Ukip has criticised MPs in the region for committing the country to foreign aid.

Bohemian scrapsody as children turn trash into tunes

Darlington and Stockton Times: METAL SOUNDS: Children at High Coniscliffe School make music from scrap metal in a workshop put on by musicians Brendan Murphy and Rob Kitchen from The Sage in Gateshead.              Picture: ANDY LAMB (10519758)

5:42pm Thursday 18th September 2014

ANY old iron can be used to make sweet music, as North-East schoolchildren learned today (Thursday, September 18).

Cabinet to debate parking charge changes

Darlington and Stockton Times: PARKING TALKS: Proposed new parking charges displayed in Abbots Yard, Darlington Picture: ANDY LAMB

5:38pm Thursday 18th September 2014

COUNCILLORS will next week discuss plans for a raft of changes to parking arrangements in a North-East town.

Researchers to reveal secrets of ancient artefacts

Darlington and Stockton Times: ANCIENT FIND: Sarah King, of Yorkshire Museums Trust, with an ichthyosaur Picture: Anthony Chappel-Ross

5:34pm Thursday 18th September 2014

PREDATORY marine reptiles that swam the world's oceans 200 million years ago, huge Yorkshire hyaenas and the secrets of Roman burials will be among the subjects experts reveal details about at an event to highlight their research.

Little ball of fur named Bungle has leg amputated after being abandoned

Darlington and Stockton Times: Cocker Spaniel, Bungle, was found in a hedge in The Larun Beat, Yarm

5:32pm Thursday 18th September 2014

A CUTE puppy found cold and abandoned in a hedge has had one of its badly injured legs amputated.

Will this plump pumpkin steal the show at Hurworth Country Fair?

Darlington and Stockton Times: IT'S A BIG ONE: Rachel Dent of Low Dinsdale with a giant pumpkin she is hoping to enter into the Hurworth Country Fair, but only if someone is able to lift it Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

5:04pm Thursday 18th September 2014

A PARTICULARLY plump pumpkin has been cultivated by a North-East gardener.

Plans for cycle route linking up Ryedale market towns to be discussed

4:47pm Thursday 18th September 2014

AMBITIOUS plans for a cycle route between five Ryedale market towns are to be discussed at a public meeting.

Apologetic offenders grilled by victims to tackle crime

Darlington and Stockton Times: Reformed criminal, Ian Birdsall, (left) who has had a positive experience after meeting victims, was taking a workshop at a Restorative Justice conference in Middlesbrough with Brian Neale (right) from Safe in Tees Valley

4:37pm Thursday 18th September 2014

A REFORMED criminal who met his victims to say “sorry” joined parents who confronted a killer of their teenage son at a Teesside conference to share their positive experiences of Restorative Justice.

Former trainer and jump jockey to battle corruption charges

4:07pm Thursday 18th September 2014

A FORMER racehorse trainer and a top jockey have pledged to battle corruption charges relating to 57 races.

Plans for Yarm to leave Stockton council come to an end

Darlington and Stockton Times: Yarm Town Hall on the High Street

3:57pm Thursday 18th September 2014

A TOWN'S plan to leave it's local authority for a neighbouring county has failed, but campaigners have vowed to continue.

Visitors go behind the scenes at organic dairy

Darlington and Stockton Times: ECO VISIT: Darlington mayor and mayoress Gerald and Ruth Lee present prizes to mini beast hunters, runner up Rosie Burgess and winner Bethany Lloyd, both seven

3:45pm Thursday 18th September 2014

ECO visitors proved they had a lot of bottle when they went in search of mini beasts at a North-East organic dairy.

Escapologist to attempt jailbreak feat that Houdini refused

Darlington and Stockton Times: JAIL BREAK: Weasel Dandaw, who will attempt to escape from a York Castle Prison cell

3:41pm Thursday 18th September 2014

A WORLD record holding escapologist is set to attempt to escape from Dick Turpin's jail cell - a feat Houdini is said to have refused to attempt.

Cleveland Police Commissioner's 200th meeting

Darlington and Stockton Times: Cleveland police and crime commissioner Barry Coppinger

3:15pm Thursday 18th September 2014

CLEVELAND'S Police Commissioner claims to carrying out the biggest public engagement exercise in the history of the force.

School reunion for class of 1960

Darlington and Stockton Times: OLD BOYS: Members of Darlington Boys' Grammar School's class of 1960

2:04pm Thursday 18th September 2014

A GROUP of former students of what is now a sixth-form college reminisced about old times during an emotional reunion in Darlington.

New-look for airport's departure lounge

Darlington and Stockton Times: NEW FACILITIES: The upgraded lounge at Durham Tees Valley Airport

1:54pm Thursday 18th September 2014

PLANS to upgrade passenger facilities at Durham Tees Valley Airport have taken a step forward with the opening of new catering services.

Understanding First World War impact on rural area

Darlington and Stockton Times: HERITAGE: A farmhouse in Wath, Nidderdale. People are being given the chance to research the impact of the First World War on Nidderdale

1:50pm Thursday 18th September 2014

THE EFFECT of the First World War on the landscape and communities of a picturesque rural area will take place next month.

RAF communications worker rises to musical challenge

Darlington and Stockton Times: AIMING HIGH: Former Northallerton College student Jon Sibley

1:46pm Thursday 18th September 2014

AN RAF communications worker is hoping his music career will take off after securing a place in the regional finals of a national contest for unsigned singer-songwriters.

Cold-callers under scrutiny in Darlington

Darlington and Stockton Times: REFORM PLANS: Darlington town hall

1:44pm Thursday 18th September 2014

DARLINGTON trading standards officers are investigating the alleged mis-selling of home energy efficiency assessments.

Hospital redevelopment should be welcomed

1:42pm Thursday 18th September 2014

PLANS to develop the former Rutson hospital site in Northallerton by Marks and Spencer will be a major boost for the town, councillors have been told. But the town council was told there are also concerns over traffic at the site which will have 38 car parking spaces and three loading bays. Cllr John Coulson said they had to be aware that Quaker Lane would become a rat run and suggested they move the pelican crossing further up Friarage Street. Cllr Tony Hall said :”I can’t think of a better scenario, it is a real fillip for the town, I think it should be welcomed, the site has been unused for quite sometime.” Comments about the plans, which also include a family pub, are to be sent to Hambleton District Council planning. Listed areas of the building which include the frontage are to be retained.

Yarm School reveal plans for £2.5m rowing boathouse

Darlington and Stockton Times: NEW BOATHOUSE:  Artist's impression of Yarm School's new boathouse.

1:36pm Thursday 18th September 2014

THE school where an Olympic rowing gold medallist started her career is planning a £2.5m investment in new sporting facilities.

Stargazing event opens this weekend in Teesdale

Darlington and Stockton Times: DARK SKIES: Stargazer Richard Darn gets ready for the Hamsterley Village Hall astronomy event on Saturday, September 20.

1:34pm Thursday 18th September 2014

STARGAZING events will take locals on a tour of the distant night sky from Saturday (September 20).

Sponsorship continues for Vibe Awards in Darlington

Darlington and Stockton Times: YOUTH AWARDS: Darlington Building Society chief executive Colin Fyfe with Vibe Awards supporters Bayleigh Firth and Danny Brown Picture: TOM BANKS

1:34pm Thursday 18th September 2014

A DARLINGTON business leader has confirmed that his organisation will continue to sponsor an awards programme that recognises outstanding young people in the borough.

The Chilihound celebrates anniversary with a sparkle

Darlington and Stockton Times: MARKET PARTY: Graham Ford, right, is surprised by fellow stallholders Steve Oxby and Liz Ramshaw at Saltburn Farmers’ Market.

11:51am Thursday 18th September 2014

FOOD lovers had their tastebuds tickled when Saltburn Farmers’ Market enjoyed another busy day on Saturday.

Recovering drug addicts and those affected by substance misuse stage play to raise money for soup kitchen

Darlington and Stockton Times: Ben McGill and Clare, volunteers working on Drac and the Rat

12:02am Thursday 18th September 2014

RECOVERING drug addicts and those affected by substance misuse will take centre stage in a quirky production this autumn.

Chemical alert as eight fire crews called to blaze at Teesport

Darlington and Stockton Times:

7:12pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A MACHINERY fire led to a full scale chemical alert at a North-East port tonight after fears were raised that hazardous materials could be involved.

Car parking charges to be slashed in Darlington

Darlington and Stockton Times:

6:00am Wednesday 17th September 2014

CAR parking charges are set to be slashed and a park and ride scheme introduced in Darlington as its council leader vows to “get shoppers in, get them parked and get them to stay”.

Top jockey Andrew Thornton shocks christening guests - by getting married

Darlington and Stockton Times: NEWLY WEDS: Andrew Thornton, Yvonne Dennis and baby Harry in the church

6:51pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A LEADING jump jockey and a wedding florist sprang a surprise on guests assembled for the christening of their son – by announcing they were interrupting the baptism to get married.

Phoenix House celebrates first anniversary

Darlington and Stockton Times:

4:36pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A CENTRE that specialises in the mental, physical and emotional recovery of service personnel and veterans has today (Wednesday) celebrated its first anniversary.

Renewed appeal for volunteers as Festival of Thrift approaches

6:31am Wednesday 17th September 2014

ORGANISERS of the award-winning Festival of Thrift have made a renewed appeal for volunteers as they get set to welcome about 30,000 people.

Three-year ban for Darlington man who kicked his dog in the ribs

Darlington and Stockton Times:

6:31am Wednesday 17th September 2014

A MAN who was filmed kicking his pet dog in the ribs has been banned from keeping animals for three years.

Tiny village punches above its weight as hundreds are honoured at Northumbria in Bloom awards

Darlington and Stockton Times: BLOOM WINNERS: Kevin and Valerie Porter with flowers in Middleton St. George. The village is one of the winners of Northumbria in Bloom. Picture: TOM BANKS (10445273)

6:04am Wednesday 17th September 2014

THE efforts of community gardeners from across the North-East have been recognised at the annual Northumbria in Bloom awards.

Robber steals schoolgirl's shoes and socks

Darlington and Stockton Times: WITNESS PLEA: North Yorkshire Police are appealing to anyone who saw a blue Vauxhall Astra crashed near Ferrensby on Sunday night to call them

6:10pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A TEENAGE girl is recovering after being knocked down by a robber who stole her shoes and socks.

Hotel plans set for approval, despite objections

Darlington and Stockton Times: ARENA ADDITION: A shot of The Northern Echo Arena, from the approximate site of the planned hotel

4:27pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

PROPOSALS for a five-storey, 68-bedroom hotel in the shadow of a North-East stadium will go before planners next week.

Arthur Wharton statue to be built at St George's Park after long-running campaign

Darlington and Stockton Times: ON SIDE: Shaun Campbell hands a smaller version of the Arthur Wharton statue to UEFA President Michel Platini

1:08pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A LONG-RUNNING campaign to immortalise the first black professional footballer has achieved its aim with announcement that a statue will be erected at the new home of English football.

Man convicted of unlawful wounding after dog attack

Darlington and Stockton Times: COURT DATE: Teesside Crown Court

6:14pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A MAN has been convicted of unlawful wounding after he allowed his dog to attack a man over a £7 debt.

Pets go barking mad for dog holidays

Darlington and Stockton Times: DREAM TEAM: (L-R) Tracy Johnston, Sue Seward, Tina Young and Carrie Jarvis from Barking Mad

6:06pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

TWO North-East women have swapped their day jobs for a new career offering home-from-home holidays for dogs.

Flying the flag for the Union

Darlington and Stockton Times: FLYING THE FLAG: Tom Reay and Mark Chatburn with the Scottish flag at Yarm town hall. Picture: STUART BOULTON.

5:50pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

A SMALL fluttering show of support for the Union will be raised in Yarm as Scots go to the polls to vote in the independence referendum.

Pair charged with murdering man who died two years after attack

Darlington and Stockton Times: FATAL INJURIES: Stephen Eastwood

5:21pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

TWO people have appeared in court accused of murdering a man who died more than two years after being attacked.

Can you help collect tonnes of clothes for air ambulance charity

Darlington and Stockton Times: TONNES OF CLOTHES: Sherwoods in Darlington are helping out with the Great North Air Ambulance's clothing appeal. Pictured are Claire Herworth from GNAAS, Jane Longstaff and Simon MacConachie from Sherwoods and Lian Martin from GNAAS Picture: TOM BANKS

5:01pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

AN air ambulance charity hopes to collect tonnes of unwanted clothing to keep its helicopters flying.

Heroes celebrate Invictus Games success

Darlington and Stockton Times: ON TARGET: Invictus Games medal winners Mikey Hall and David Hubber celebrating their success in archery  Picture:RICHARD DOUGHTY

4:52pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

HEROES who took part in Prince Harry’s Invictus Games have returned to Phoenix House to proudly show off their medals.







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