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.

New Conservative candidate for Richmond announced

Darlington and Stockton Times: NEW CANDIDATE: Rishi Sunak with outgoing MP William Hague at Tennants, Leyburn.

2:57pm Sunday 19th October 2014

THE Tory candidate chosen to follow in William Hague's footsteps "blew all the other contenders out of the water" ahead of the selection vote, according to party members.

Tick the box and become an organ donor, urges Darlington man awaiting double transplant

Darlington and Stockton Times: KIDNEY FAILURE AWARENESS: Michael Bainbridge at his Darlington home. Picture: STUART BOULTON. (11425891)

10:52am Sunday 19th October 2014

‘JUST tick the box’ is the message from a North-East man awaiting a double organ transplant.

Tattooist battles discrimination after being turned away by nightclub

Darlington and Stockton Times: NIGHTCLUB RULE: Miki Lane who was turned away from Club Amadeus, in Northallerton, because of her tattoos  Picture: RICHARD DOUGHTY

6:03am Saturday 18th October 2014

A TATTOO shop worker has launched a campaign to counter discrimination against people who display their tattoos after being refused entry to a nightclub.

Darlington park and ride service launched

7:36pm Sunday 19th October 2014

A NEW Saturday park-and-ride service has now launched in Darlington.

Car crash

7:05pm Sunday 19th October 2014

A MOTORIST was injured today (Sunday, October 19) in a crash on a country road in North Yorkshire. North Yorkshire Police said the single-vehicle accident happened on the B1363 Stillington to Helmsley road at 11.15am. A spokeswoman said the casualty suffered injuries which were not believed to be life-threatening. The road was closed temporarily after the accident but has since reopened.

£3.78m fund to improve the region's frontline emergency services

6:55pm Sunday 19th October 2014

TWO new emergency service stations will be built in County Durham thanks to a successful bid for a share of a £75m government fund.

Knitted poppy appeal gathers pace

Darlington and Stockton Times: NEEDLE AND THREAD: A group of knitters are taking up the challenge to produce 2,236 poppies made from wool to commemorate each of the North Eastern Railway workers who died in the First World War. Pictured in Crown Street Library, Darlington Picture: CHRI

4:50pm Sunday 19th October 2014

LINE dancers, pensioners and knitting groups are among the scores of people keeping the ball rolling as part of a regional knitted poppies appeal.

Schoolgirl who nearly died in car crash is flown to Florida

Darlington and Stockton Times: DISNEYLAND TRIP: 12-year-old Sharnice Watson. Picture: STUART BOULTON

3:19pm Sunday 19th October 2014

A SCHOOLGIRL left fighting for life after a car crash has had her bravery rewarded with a trip to Disneyland.

Royal Canadian Air Force squadron returns to RAF Leeming to take part in exercise for first time since it was based there in WWII

Darlington and Stockton Times: SQUADRON RETURNS: Maritime Patrol Sqn, Royal Canadian Air Force at RAF Leeming for the first time since 1943 with their aircraft , CP-140 Aurora.

3:14pm Sunday 19th October 2014

A ROYAL Canadian Air Force squadron has returned to RAF Leeming more than 70 years after using it as a base during World War Two.

Paul Daniels needs more than magic to find his way home

12:36pm Sunday 19th October 2014

PAUL Daniels needed more than a little magic to find his way home after getting lost after a performance.

Residents fears housing will ruin Saltburn's identity

11:37am Sunday 19th October 2014

AN MP has joined the fight to stop 130 homes being built amid fears it will result in a seaside town losing its identity.

Objection raised to proposed new Olympic standard velodrome in Middlesbrough

7:18pm Sunday 19th October 2014

THE future of a proposed £1m, Olympic-standard velodrome appears to be in doubt after an objection from Sport England.

First World War dead remembered at special service in Middlesbrough

Darlington and Stockton Times: WAR DEAD REMEMBERED: Ceremonial bugler Tony Longstaff entertains his great grandchildren Harry 4 and Martha 2 after the WWI commemorative service in Middlesbrough's Linthorpe cemetery. Picture: STUART BOULTON.

3:33pm Sunday 19th October 2014

A POIGNANT ceremony has been held at the graves of 161 soldiers who died in the First World War.

External work complete on £8m Darlington development

Darlington and Stockton Times: NEW OFFICES: Work on the Department for Education offices in Darlington began in December last yearPictured in February is: centre Councillor Bill Dixon, Leader of Darlington Borough Council with Left Andrew McCully Director General of the Department for

6:46pm Sunday 19th October 2014

EXTERNAL work on a multi-million pound office development in Darlington is now complete.

War games and Spanish football among the lessons learnt at Darlington school

Darlington and Stockton Times: WAR GAMES: Education Village pupils play war games; Lucy Snowden Owen Carter Callum Bruce Kiar Kirby and Noah Sykes

7:08pm Sunday 19th October 2014

SCHOOLCHILDREN in Darlington have risen to the challenge tackling everything from war games to Spanish football in a unique initiative to equip them with skills for life.

Veteran riders at Scott Trial raise more than £4,000 for local charities

Darlington and Stockton Times: VETERAN RIDERS: Cameron Mackenzie, Mark Willis, Glen Scholey, Joe Buckworth, Nigel Mackenzie, Yrjo Vesterinen and Trevor Willans. Photo: Neil Sturgeon Photography .

6:51pm Sunday 19th October 2014

A POPULAR motorsport event has celebrated its centenary year by raising more than £4,000 for local charities.

Redcar pensioner John 'Husky' Petch still refusing to leave property 13 days after eviction attempt

Darlington and Stockton Times: John Petch, known as Husky

6:45pm Sunday 19th October 2014

A PENSIONER who has held out for 13 days against a council's attempt to evict him from an industrial compound has insisted it was the authority who put him there in the first place.

Fire in York property after e-cigarette charger set alight

6:43pm Sunday 19th October 2014

THREE people have suffered smoke inhalation after two e-cigarettes caught fire while charging.

Moody Bakers scoop silver in national bread awards

Darlington and Stockton Times: BREAD WINNERS: The Bread team at the Moody Bakers in Barnard Castle. From left to right:  Sarah Sawyer (Director) Amberley Elliot, and Owain Davies

6:09pm Sunday 19th October 2014

A NORTH-EAST baker has scooped silver in the World Bread Awards.

Young train spotters encouraged to visit National Railway Museum, York

Darlington and Stockton Times: YOUNG SPOTTER: Elizabeth Stockton, three, at the National Railway Museum

6:06pm Sunday 19th October 2014

YOUNGSTERS are being encouraged to join in a trainspotting adventure at the National Railway Museum to dispel misconceptions about the pastime.

'Eats from the street' goes down a treat at Teesside Park event

Darlington and Stockton Times: ON THE BUSES: Ian Snowball from Ferryhill samples street food with his children Hannah 5 and Nathan 10 at Teesside Park. Picture: STUART BOULTON

1:00pm Sunday 19th October 2014

FOOD from the street went on the bus at an event to celebrate the growing 'street food' culinary trend.

Malton Jobcentre reporting nearly 500 fewer people claiming benefits since 2010

Darlington and Stockton Times: JOBCENTRE VISIT: Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith.

5:58pm Sunday 19th October 2014

A JOBCENTRE has been visited by a Government minister after figures revealed that nearly 500 fewer people in the area are claiming Jobseeker's Allowance than in 2010.

Celebrating Cleasby's most famous son

Darlington and Stockton Times: PAINTING DONATED: John Robinson descendent Simon Robinson unveils the portrait of the former Bishop of London at St. Peter's church, Cleasby. Picture: STUART BOULTON

5:49pm Sunday 19th October 2014

AN exhibition celebrating the life of a former Bishop of London with roots in a small Darlington village drew the crowds to St Peter’s Church, Cleasby.

Former Brown Owl Joyce, 97, joins Brownies 100th anniversary celebrations

Darlington and Stockton Times: BROWNIES BIRTHDAY:Elm Ridge Brownies celebrate their 100th birthday with a church service and party. The oldest Brown Owl Joyce Williams, 97, pictured with the Brownies and leaders. Picture:SARAH CALDECOTT

5:47pm Sunday 19th October 2014

A FORMER Brown Owl aged 97 joined current Brownies in celebrating the organisation’s 100th birthday in Darlington.

Controversial plan for Eaglescliffe car park will be reconsidered

Darlington and Stockton Times: The Blue Bell in Eaglecliffe, on the north bank of the River Tees

11:47am Sunday 19th October 2014

A CONTROVERSIAL plan to create a car park behind a pub has been resubmitted, despite objections from one of South Stockton's leading business families.

Meccano exhibition coming to Darlington

Darlington and Stockton Times: NUTS AND BOLTS: The North Eastern Meccano Society exhibition at St Cuthbert's in 2012.

6:06pm Sunday 19th October 2014

AN exhibition by the North Eastern Meccano Society is being held on Saturday (October 25).

I read up on contenders says Darlington gambler who beat bookies at Booker bets

Darlington and Stockton Times: GOOD BET: Australian author Richard Flanagan, who won this year's Man Booker Prize for his novel The Narrow Road To The Deep North.

6:04am Saturday 18th October 2014

A GAMBLER has revealed how he beat the bookmakers to make a profit from the Man Booker Prize.

Tory candidate for William Hague's Richmond seat named

Darlington and Stockton Times:

5:52pm Saturday 18th October 2014

THE Conservative candidate for Richmond has been selected following a majority result in the first round of the voting process.

Family feud led to man being wrongly being arrested, court hears

Darlington and Stockton Times: SUSPENDED SENTENCE: Stuart Blythman leaves Teesside Crown Court after being sentenced for perverting the course of justice. (10483430)

6:03am Saturday 18th October 2014

A FEUDING farmer has been spared jail after he and a friend framed a man for crimes he did not commit.

Thousands sign petition after horse shot and dumped in North Yorkshire garden

Darlington and Stockton Times: SHOT DEAD: Former racehorse Kit

12:53pm Saturday 18th October 2014

MORE than 3,000 people have signed a petition to have a North Yorkshire equestrian centre closed down, after a horse was killed and dumped in a garden.

Four in running to be successor to William Hague

Darlington and Stockton Times:

10:31am Saturday 18th October 2014

RICHMOND Conservatives will this weekend choose their candidate to fight the seat vacated by their MP William Hague.

Hundreds attend fundraising ball in Darlington

Darlington and Stockton Times: CHARITY BALL: The Mayor of Darlington coun. Gerald Lee makes a speech at his charity ball. (11633826)

1:47am Saturday 18th October 2014

HUNDREDS of people attended a fundraising ball hosted by a North-East mayor.

Spate of animal deaths in Darlington blamed on lurcher owners

Darlington and Stockton Times: TRAGIC END: Jodie is among the pets that have been savaged to death in Darlington

6:03am Friday 17th October 2014

POLICE believe a man and his dog may be responsible for a spate of animal deaths in an area of Darlington.

Chancellor urges super rich to bankroll campaign in vital North-East constituency

Darlington and Stockton Times: STOCKTON MP: Tory MP James Wharton must defend majority of just 332

4:19pm Friday 17th October 2014

GEORGE Osborne urged super-rich Tory backers at a lavish black-tie gala to fund a campaign in a vital North-East constituency.

German band dedicates song to Teesdale holiday park

Darlington and Stockton Times: MAKING MUSIC: fellerband at Hillcrest Park Picture: STUART BOULTON

6:54am Friday 17th October 2014

GERMAN indie-folk band fellerband have written an ode to their favourite English holiday park - after falling in love with it.

Children are being 'trafficked' across the region for sex

Darlington and Stockton Times: TACKLING ISSUES: Acklam Grange School.

6:33am Friday 17th October 2014

A TEACHER'S claims that children are being ‘trafficked’ from North-East towns for sexual exploitation have been supported by Barnardo’s.

Wind of change for bean-swamped food bank

Darlington and Stockton Times: BEAN UNINDATED: Volunteer Geoff Batterbee with some of the baked beans at the Hambleton Food Share.  Picture:RICHARD DOUGHTY

6:31am Friday 17th October 2014

THEY are full of protein, fibre and iron, and even have a playground song dedicated to their health benefits and effects on bodily function.

Devastated owners' tribute to tragic Grand National horse

Darlington and Stockton Times: CLASS ACT: According To Pete on his way to winning a race at Sedgefield

6:02am Friday 17th October 2014

A RACEHORSE whose death in the Grand National sparked an outpouring of grief has been immortalised in a portrait.

Six fire crews deal with farm blaze near Guisborough

Darlington and Stockton Times:

10:24pm Friday 17th October 2014

Six fire crews are currently dealing with a blaze in a farm building believed to contain farm machinery and acetylene cylinders.

Stars tune-in for community radiothon fundraiser

Darlington and Stockton Times: RADIOTHON: Actors Shobna Gulati and Joe McGann are guests on Mike Patterson's show on Radio Teesdale, part of the station's radiothon Picture: TOM BANKS

8:25pm Friday 17th October 2014

CELEBRITIES descended on the Radio Teesdale studios today (Friday October 17), to help with their fundraising community radiothon.

Householder attacked after apparent burglary attempt

7:56pm Friday 17th October 2014

A HOUSEHOLDER was attacked and knocked unconscious following an attempted burglary at his home.

Police appeal over suspicious Middlesbrough shop incident

Darlington and Stockton Times: The man pictured in One Stop in Berwick Hills

7:41pm Friday 17th October 2014

Police have reissued an appeal for information over a suspicious incident on October 10 at the One Stop shop in Norfolk Place, Berwick Hills, Middlesbrough, when an unknown man tried to confuse staff when giving him his change.

Police appeal after man found unconscious in Stockton street in serious condition

7:17pm Friday 17th October 2014

POLICE are appealing for information after a man was found unconscious in a Stockton street

Youths attack 16 cars at traffic lights in Middlesbrough in single night

6:49pm Friday 17th October 2014

VANDALS have attacked 16 cars, mainly taxis, by throwing missiles as they were stopped at traffic lights.

Senior councillor faces police probe over fracas with neighbour

5:47pm Friday 17th October 2014

A SENIOR long-serving councillor at loggerheads with her neighbour is being investigated over a fracas in the street outside their homes, it has emerged.

Fraudster claimed he was a bailiff

Darlington and Stockton Times: Teesside Crown Court

5:43pm Friday 17th October 2014

A FRAUDSTER who claimed he was a bailiff to try to recover money he believed he was owed has been given a suspended jail term.

Iconic Yorkshire tea room to feature on Downton Abbey

Darlington and Stockton Times: SNAP SHOT: A screen grab of the Bettys appearance in Downton Abbey. Photographer: Nick Briggs

5:33pm Friday 17th October 2014

A YORKSHIRE tea room is to make a cameo appearance in the next episode of the hugely-popular period drama Downton Abbey.

Service children commemorate the First World War

Darlington and Stockton Times: WE REMEMBER THEM: Children attend the special WW1 service at Ripon Cathedral.  Picture:RICHARD DOUGHTY

5:19pm Friday 17th October 2014

HUNDREDS of North Yorkshire Armed Forces’ children gathered for a special First World War commemoration.

Schoolchildren in Question Time event

Darlington and Stockton Times: SCHOOL DEBATE: Longfield Academy students ready for their 'Question Time' event with, from left police commissioner Ron Hogg, Cllr Cyndi Hughes, Calvin Kipling, headteacher of Darlington School of Maths and Science, youth parliament member Danny B

4:58pm Friday 17th October 2014

AN MP, a councillor and a police and crime commissioner shared the stage with a young parliamentarian at a Question Time-style event at a North-East school.







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