Friday, Nov 30


Controversial plans to build 28 homes near village approved

CONTROVERSIAL plans to build 28 homes on the edge of a village have been approved by a planning inspector.


Peter Pan swoops onto stage for Billingham Forum pantomime

THE cast and crew for this year's festive pantomime in Billingham have been putting the finishing touches to Peter Pan.


Pools ready to wait for the best man for the job

HARTLEPOOL UNITED are willing to pay to get their next manager if they feel they have to for the right man.

Boy, 12, hit by bus critical

A BOY has been left with critical injuries after being hit by a bus.

Friday's best bets by Tanya Stevenson of betvictor

WE have a super six lining up in the BetVictor Fighting Fifth Hurdle at Newcastle tomorrow, and I can’t wait - a race for the ages!

Think big, shop small!



Middlesbrough boss delivers a transfer window warning

TONY PULIS will once again be looking to make attacking additions when the transfer window reopens at the turn of the year, but the Middlesbrough manager is adamant he will not be spending money just for the sake of it.

Scott Wilson: Why tomorrow's Fighting Fifth Hurdle is the best sporting event held in the North-East this year

THERE have been some superb sporting events in the North-East this year.

Newcastle are on the rise - but a familiar face could be waiting for them tomorrow

WHAT a difference a month makes. At the end of October, Newcastle United still had the feel of a club in crisis. Rooted in the relegation zone, still searching for a first win of the season, things were as bad on the pitch as they were off…

Jack Ross: 'The way we're playing makes it more likely Maja, Gooch and Hume will sign'

JACK ROSS claims Sunderland’s fine run of form has increased the likelihood of the club’s out-of-contract players committing their long-term future to the Stadium of Light.


Five-star hotel to hold first food fair in the New Year

A FIVE-star hotel is holding an artisan food fair in February.

Hundreds of youngsters face risk of being homeless at Christmas

HUNDREDS of vulnerable young people in the North-East could find themselves in "life threatening" situations in the run up to Christmas due to being homeless, a charity has warned.

Truckers motoring in 20 new vehicles after Aycliffe logistics firm's £1.7m investment

A COUNTY Durham logistics firm has invested £1.7million in a fleet of 20 new vehicles to keep their truckers motoring millions of miles around the country.

One man crimewave behind bars and traders and police are delighted

A ONE-MAN crimewave is behind bars to the relief of a town’s traders and police.

James Ramsbotham: Delighted to hear trade official echo my views on exports

James Ramsbotham is chief executive of the North East England Chamber of Commerce

Astronaut training and stargazing sleepover for children

ASTRONAUT training, rocket making and a night under the stars was all in a day’s work for pupils at the North-East’s first dedicated school ‘space hub’.

This company has been ranked as the fastest growing in the North-East

A BUSINESS has been acknowledged as the region's fastest-growing company.

Sedgefield park voted 'best' for free family day out

AN historic park has been named the best destination for a free family day out in the North-East after securing the most public votes.

Teenager Andrew is one of the UK's best builders

A NORTH Yorkshire teenager is celebrating after success in a nationwide competition to find the UK’s best young builders.

'Face of angling' Marina joins new Fishing Show event

ANGLING experts are the faces of new The Fishing Show which has been launched at the Great Yorkshire Showground.

Business confidence in the North-East has risen in the last month

BUSINESS confidence in the North-East rose 18 points during November to 30 per cent, according to the latest Business Barometer from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking.


Darlington arrange a game for December 15th

DARLINGTON will be away on three of the four Saturdays before Christmas after a game was arranged for what was going to be a blank weekend.

Darlington supporters raise money for injured Chester striker

AHEAD of Saturday’s game at Chester, Darlington supporters are raising funds for an opposition player who has been facing a difficult time financially after suffering a major injury in a match.

Thursday, Nov 29


Robocop: Mike Veale 'best thing' to happen to Cleveland Police

THE ex-policeman formerly known as Robocop, Ray Mallon, has broken his media silence to wade into the row over Cleveland Police funding.


Digging in for movie success

BY day, Mike Tweddle is a mild-mannered quarry inspector with Durham County Council, but by night, he transforms into something remarkable, something fabulous, something utterly unexpected…

Herriot 'delivering powerful injection to local economy'

COLOURFUL tales of the lives and times of vets in a North Yorkshire market town are continuing to underpin the local economy, councillors have heard.

Restaurants of the Year: Curry houses pick up prestigious awards

CURRY houses in the region picked up prestigious accolades at a glitzy awards ceremony this week.


Surrounded - Plea to parents after police come under attack from 100 youths

PARENTS are being asked to "step up to the plate" by police who say their children are causing trouble on the streets of a County Durham town.

RMT offers to suspend strikes in rail guards dispute

A RAIL union has offered to suspend a long-running programme of strikes which has crippled services across the North of England if “crucial guarantees” on a second person on trains are given.


RSPCA addresses 'neglected horses' concerns after death of owner

CONCERNS about the welfare of horses in a field outside a County Durham village have been met by reassurance from an animal charity.