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Persistent thief jailed after falling for police lap-top trap

The Advertiser Series: STATLEY BEARING: Construction of Durham Crown Court was problematical to say the least, but the architecture of the completed building has stood the test of time.

5:38pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A PERSISTENT thief and burglar fell for a police ‘trap’ and broke into a vehicle to steal a lap-top computer.

Durham on show for Northumbria in Bloom judges

The Advertiser Series: Northumbria in Bloom judges visit the Botanic Garden in Durham City: Steve Ansdell, second from left, horticultural manager from Durham University shows around judges, Marian Foster, left, Mary Lou Downie, third from left and David Goodchild

5:22pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

DURHAM has been showing off its efforts to judges from the region’s biggest gardening contest.

Fram kids have the gift of the gab

The Advertiser Series: Sarah Kingston, Christian Thompson-Hails and Joshua Morgan from Framwellgate School Durham receive the Youth Speak shield from Phil Mars, of Durham Rotary Club

1:24pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

SCHOOL pupils have gone head-to-head in a debating competition.

Taylor's charity total

The Advertiser Series: Mamma Mia! writer Catherine Johnson to visit Wotton-under-Edge's Electric Picture House

11:55am Wednesday 23rd April 2014

A SCHOOLBOY has helped raise £708.14 for St Cuthbert’s Hospice, Durham City. Taylor Farrington, 11, from Chester-le-Street, raised £354.07 for the cause during Lent by donating pocket money, selling homemade scones and doing odd jobs. His total was matched by Indigo Software, where his mother Jacky Farrington works, and Taylor presented the money to the hospice last week.

Safe Sextet next up at monthly jazz session in empty shop premises

The Advertiser Series: More music entertainment provided by the Fringe Festival at Dinham Millennium Green. Picture Mark Bowen.

3:07pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

THE second in a series of monthly jazz nights takes place in a vacant city centre shop premises turned arts venue next week.

Rotarians present £2,000 to Macmillan

The Advertiser Series: Bill Sones, Michelle Muir and John Shaw

3:33pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A ROTARY club has collected £2,000 for a cancer charity.

£50,000 Lottery jackpot for sport in Coxhoe

The Advertiser Series: John Hepplewhite works out at the Active Life Centre, Coxhoe

11:12am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

A LEISURE centre saved from closure by dedicated volunteers is celebrating a major boost, after securing nearly £50,000 in Lottery funding.

Brenda Collins in Bowburn

The Advertiser Series: Mamma Mia! writer Catherine Johnson to visit Wotton-under-Edge's Electric Picture House

11:40am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

BRENDA Collins will give a concert in Bowburn Community Centre, Durham Road, Bowburn, on Friday (April 25). The show is for over 18s only. Tickets are ᆪ3. The bar opens at 6.30pm. Proceeds will go to Bowburn Community Association and the Bowburn Banner Group.

Villagers hope to 'Save West Rainton' from 150 new homes

The Advertiser Series: Michael Johnson (in white shirt, centre) with villagers who are opposed to building at West Rainton.

6:00am Saturday 19th April 2014

RESIDENTS say they are fighting to “Save West Rainton” from plans to build 150 homes in the village.

£10,000 boost for sports clubs in Durham and Chester-le-Street

The Advertiser Series: Local youth football

3:00pm Friday 18th April 2014

A GRANT of £10,500 will support sports clubs across Durham and Chester-le-Street.

£20m student digs plan would create 'totally unbalanced community'

The Advertiser Series: Neville House and Sheraton House

12:10am Friday 18th April 2014

RESIDENTS are gearing up for a County Hall showdown with developers who want to build ᆪ20m-worth of student digs on their doorstep.

Ramside dinner raises £5,000 for Durham hospice

The Advertiser Series: Fiona Vallis and Tim Boyd

11:30am Friday 18th April 2014

A DINNER to celebrate a hotel’s 50th anniversary has raised more than £5,000 for a hospice.

Extra class for photography enthusiasts

The Advertiser Series: Joanne Coates, who lives in Manor House, beat almost 100 other entrants to win the competition

1:46pm Thursday 17th April 2014

POPULAR digital photography classes held in Durham are increasing to three a week to meet demand.

Superhero costumes for supermarket workers

The Advertiser Series: A previous Dance for Diabetes event at another Tesco store

11:44am Thursday 17th April 2014

SUPERMARKET staff donned superhero costumes to raise money for charity today (Thursday, April 17).

Grundy wonders: what makes a good townscape?

The Advertiser Series: ‘SO MUCH WASTE’: local historian and TV presenter  John Grundy looks over Durham Market Place from the Town Hall balcony

2:38pm Thursday 17th April 2014

BROADCASTER and architectural historian John Grundy will give a lecture titled ‘What makes a good townscape?’ in room ER140 of Durham University’s Elvet Riverside 1 building, New Elvet, Durham, on Tuesday, April 29, at 5.30pm. The lecture is part of the Durham World Heritage Site Architecture and Conservation series. To book a free place, email:

Parkinson's awareness event

The Advertiser Series: FOR ALL TO SEE: Inside Durham Town Hall, which visitors will be able to see as part of Heritage Open Days

2:21pm Thursday 17th April 2014

THE North Durham branch of Parkinson’s UK held a coffee and information day at Durham Town Hall on Saturday, April 12, as part of Parkinson’s Awareness Week. Visitors included Durham City MP Roberta Blackman-Woods.

Exercise classes for older people

The Advertiser Series: Age UK is starting a new meeting for men in Stanley

2:17pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Light exercise sessions to build up stamina and confidence are being held in the Parish Centre on Church Chare in Chester-le-Street.

Woman jailed for six months for £32,000 benefit fraud

The Advertiser Series: STATLEY BEARING: Construction of Durham Crown Court was problematical to say the least, but the architecture of the completed building has stood the test of time.

6:29pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

A WOMAN filled in benefits claims forms making no reference to living with her husband of only a few weeks.

Witton Gilbert solicitor gears up for cycle ride in aid of cancer charity

The Advertiser Series: Ailsa Wilkie

11:49am Tuesday 15th April 2014

A SOLICITOR is gearing up for a bicycle challenge in aid of a cancer charity that provided care for a colleague before he died.

Store in company top ten for charity fundraising

The Advertiser Series: Helped by store's efforts

10:57am Tuesday 15th April 2014

STAFF and customers at a Durham store are among the best fund-raisers in the country.

Durham BHS staff go green for NSPCC

The Advertiser Series: BHS in Warrington raising money for NSPCC

12:12pm Monday 14th April 2014

SHOP staff are turning their workplace green in aid of charity.

Cadet James wins flying scholarship

The Advertiser Series: Meeting twice a week are cadets from the Air Training Corps of the 2478 (Abergavenny) Squadron.  Pictured are badges on the arm of a cadet. (4670790)

11:16am Monday 14th April 2014

AN AIR cadet has secured a prestigious flying scholarship.

Official reopening for former Sherburn leisure centre

The Advertiser Series: Paul Eddy and Steve Gilling

5:53pm Monday 14th April 2014

A NEWLY reopened community venue will be officially launched with an open day and gala evening later this month (Saturday, April 26).

New forum to improve student-resident relations

The Advertiser Series: People are asked to meet in Durham Market Place

11:50am Monday 14th April 2014

A NEW forum aimed at improving community relations has been launched.

Russell Kane in Durham

The Advertiser Series: Russell Kane_lower res.jpg

1:32pm Monday 14th April 2014

Comedian Russell Kane will bring his Smallness tour to the Gala Theatre, Durham City, on Sunday (April 20) at 8pm. Tickets, priced £17.50, can be booked at the Gala box office, by calling 03000-266-600 or online at

Quarrington Hill litter pick

The Advertiser Series: Litter pick in on Saturday

11:35am Monday 14th April 2014

MEMBERS of Quarrington Hill ‘2 Cool 4 School’ junior youth club took part in a litter pick round the village on Saturday (April 12), joined by Village Partnership members, parish councillors, community centre members and others. Organisers said it was very successful.

Ramblers' coastal walk

The Advertiser Series: Southampton Ramblers on a previous trek

11:08am Sunday 13th April 2014

Durham Rambling Club will do two walks on the Northumberland coast – nine miles from Craster to Seahouses and from Boulmer to Seahouses – on Sunday (April 20). Travel by coach with pick-ups around Durham costs £12. New members are welcome. For further details and to book a seat, phone/text 07706 871812.

Son jailed after drunken street attack on father

The Advertiser Series: STATLEY BEARING: Construction of Durham Crown Court was problematical to say the least, but the architecture of the completed building has stood the test of time.

9:00pm Friday 11th April 2014

A MAN who is said to have “gone off the rails” in recent years was today jailed for a drunken street attack on his own father.

It's a double celebration for Eric - birthday and his Golden Wedding

7:50pm Friday 11th April 2014

PENSIONER Eric Blackburn has two reasons to celebrate today (Friday, April 11).

Scientist opens new Durham charity shop

The Advertiser Series: Cancer scientist, Dr Elaine Willmore, officially opens the new Cancer Research UK shop in Durham. Left to right: shop volunteer Polly Warren, manager Lynn Bushby, Dr Willmore, relief manager Amanda Mann and shop volunteer Rachel Barker

2:33pm Friday 11th April 2014

A NEW charity shop has opened in Durham city centre.

New forum to improve student-resident relations

The Advertiser Series: PROPOSED RISE: Ron Hogg

2:14pm Friday 11th April 2014

A NEW forum aimed at improving community relations has been launched.

Little Legs Big Fun Family Walk

The Advertiser Series: The Neptune statue, in Durham Market Place

11:53am Friday 11th April 2014

A LITTLE Legs Big Fun Family Walk around Durham will be held on Thursday, April 17. There will be walking, games, trails and quizzes for children aged six and up, accompanied by an adult. The cost is £3 for children, free for adults. The walk is 4.5 miles long and will last about three hours. Participants should meet at the Neptune statue in Durham Market Place at 11am.

Charity collection

The Advertiser Series: Charity collection

4:30pm Thursday 10th April 2014

A STREET collection has raised £1,842.04 for Marie Curie. Twenty volunteers took part in the collection in Durham City on Saturday, March 22, supported by Pittington Brass Band. The money raised will pay for 92 hours of Marie Curie nursing care for people with terminal illnesses in their own home. Organisers thanked everyone who supported the event.

Bowling club jackets are just what the pharmacist ordered

2:17pm Thursday 10th April 2014

A BOWLS’ club is kitted out and ready to play, thanks to a local pharmacist.

Charity supporting people with learning disabilities across North Durham gets three years of funding

The Advertiser Series: PRIZE PACK: Sheila Harris with some of the prizes on offer at the charity night

11:55am Thursday 10th April 2014

A CHARITY that supports people with learning disabilities is celebrating a lottery windfall that will secure the future of its service in north Durham.

No Easter bin changes

3:07pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

DURHAM County Council has confirmed there will be no changes to rubbish or recycling collections in the county over Easter. Residents are advised to put their bins out by 7am on their normal collection day. For further details, visit

Easter hunt at Prince Bishops

The Advertiser Series: LIGHT WORK: The Consumerist Christmas Tree at the Prince Bishops Shopping Centre during the 2013 Lumiere Festival

1:05pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

A SHOPPING centre is staging its own children’s Easter egg hunt.

Easter egg trail at Durham Market Hall

The Advertiser Series: Colin Wilkes, from Durham Markets, with Fraser Harbron, from Bear Bottom, get ready for the Easter Egg Hunt

12:49pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

A CHILDREN’S Easter egg trail has been announced.

Easter fun at Crook Hall

The Advertiser Series: Owners Keith and Maggie Bell at Crook Hall and Gardens, Durham

11:16am Wednesday 9th April 2014

A TOURIST attraction is getting all egg-cited ahead of its Easter opening.

Multi-million pound plans to revive Durham's North Road

The Advertiser Series: ON THE MOVE? The unused bike lockers at Durham bus station

10:57am Wednesday 9th April 2014

COUNCIL chiefs have unveiled multi-million pound plans to regenerate Durham’s struggling North Road, including a new £6.2m bus station.

Gilesgate AGM

1:20pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

GILESGATE Residents’ Association will hold its annual general meeting in Durham City Baptist Church, off Sunderland Road, Gilesgate, Durham, on Tuesday, April 22, at 7.30pm.

Durham Tesco booze licence under threat, after teen sold wine

The Advertiser Series: Tesco Metro, Durham Market Place

4:38pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

A CITY centre Tesco store could lose its alcohol licence after staff twice sold booze to a 16-year-old in a police sting operation.

Council asked to merge Belmont infant and junior schools

The Advertiser Series: Pupils at Belmont Junior School in 2011

4:00pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

COUNCILLORS will be asked to create a new primary school next week (Wednesday, April 16).

Sherburn church undergoes £5,000 repair job

The Advertiser Series: A workman on the steeple of St Mary's Church, Sherburn Village

3:10pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

A CHURCH damaged by strong winds has undergone a £5,000 repair job.

Cyclist carrying screw driver arrested late at night on suspicion of going equipped for burglary

The Advertiser Series: Ronald Wotton has appeared at Durham crown Court

5:35pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

A CYCLIST, apparently repairing a tyre at a roadside late at night, was arrested as police suspected he had been “up to no good”, a court was told.

Folk double bill at Old Cinema Launderette

The Advertiser Series: The Hut People

4:50pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

TWO folk concerts will be staged at a Durham launderette this weekend (April 11-12).

Village advice session

11:33am Tuesday 8th April 2014

The Miners’ Institute at Langley Park will be the venue for an outreach advice session to be held by Greater Durham Citizens Advice Bureau tomorrow (Wednesday, April 9) between 10am and 11am. No appointment is needed.

Durham landlord calls time on his pub career again

The Advertiser Series: New hosts Bill Sanders and Jill Carey (left) toast the outgoing Mike and Audrey Leonard

5:30pm Monday 7th April 2014

LONG-serving landlord is retiring from his popular pub for the second time and has sold it to a regular.

Durham needs more student digs - Sheraton Park developers

The Advertiser Series: An artist's impression of how the new Sheraton Park development would look

2:48pm Monday 7th April 2014

DEVELOPERS behind a £20m plan to turn a former teaching college into privately-run digs for almost 400 students hope to get the go-ahead next month (May).

Durham free school undertakes first residential visit

The Advertiser Series: Ellie Dixon, 12, and Bridie Granaghan, 11, both of Bowburn, at Richmond Castle during Durham Free School's field trip to North Yorkshire

11:20am Monday 7th April 2014

A FREE school has undertaken its first residential study trip.

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