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County Durham

Michaela Strachan, opens the new Farmyard attraction at Adventure Valley in County Durham.

Springwatch star Michaela Strachan enjoys some animal magic in Durham

TV presenter unveils new attractions at Adventure World and meets its world record-breaking tortoise Bertie

Passport Office workers in Durham on strike today over staff shortages

Passport Office workers in Durham on strike today
Extra staff were drafted in earlier this year to help the agency deal with a 30,000 backlog in applications

Leighton and Home Group partnership creates jobs

Leighton Group
Up to ten new jobs are to be created as web designers Leighton secure work with housing provider Home Group

Work to start on bolstering Seaham's flood defences

Work on a £3.4m project at Seaham Harbours historic North Pier aimed at protecting the town from flooding and erosion is to get underway next week
Coastal town's North Pier will be restored as part of £3.4million scheme

Seaham sculpture 'Tommy' to remain a permanent fixture

Ray Lonsdale with his Sculpture Tommy in Seaham
Campaigners have won their fight to keep a sculpture reflecting the horrors of World War One in Seaham, County Durham
Harry Beamish, historic environment, research and interpretatioin archaeologist at Auckland Castle

Help archaeologists uncover eating habits of County Durham's Prince Bishops

Work in grounds of Auckland Castle reveal remains of hothouses where status-symbol pineapples were grown

400 Land Registry jobs in Durham are saved - for now

County Durham
Ministers have stopped plans to sell or part-privatise the Land Registry, including a Durham office which employs 400 people

Ministers admit missing air pollution targets as health chiefs warn of deaths

Traffic jam
Air pollution accounts for 1,199 deaths each year in the North East, says Public Health England
Leighton Group

Leighton and Home Group partnership creates jobs

Up to ten new jobs are to be created as web designers Leighton secure work with housing provider Home Group

Siemens' jobs boost is the start of a 'rail renaissance', manufacturers claim

Siemens Lead Craftsman Brian Shotton, at the Hebburn Plant, talks to Baroness Kramer during her visit.
A 'rail renaissance' is underway in the North East as parts for the new London Thameslink trains go into production today

Four big train related deals crucial to the North East's future

Siemens started work on the new Thameslink parts on Thursday
With the announcement of Siemens beginning to roll we look at four more train deals in the region
Paddy Beels who is retiring from Wingate Nursery School after 24 years service

Inspirational headteacher Paddy Beels looks back on 25 years in education

County Durham headteacher transformed the village where she worked

North East university applications flatline as national average grows

University students
The North East is falling behind the rest of the country in getting young people to university, new figures show

Glendene Arts Academy placed in special measures after damning Ofsted inspection

A picture of school children in a classroom
Inspectors found serious failings at Glendene Arts Academy, in Easington Colliery school
Brian Stephens, who credits a bowel screening kit with saving his life from bowel cancer

Elderly sports fanatic credits free bowel cancer screen testing with saving his life

Brian Stephens discovered he had the disease after a free test from the South of Tyne bowel screening centre

New figures reveal people in the North East enjoy good health for less time than those in the south

Easington MP Grahame Morris
The length of time people can expect to live free from a chronic illness or disability is lowest in the North East, new figures show

Financial boost for drug and alcohol recovery services in North East

Dr Roberta Marshall, Public Health England North East centre director
New government investment has been awarded to services for drug and alcohol recovery in the region

About County Durham

All the latest news and information about County Durham. The county has a rich history and heritage in coal and iron mining, farming and heavy railway industry. Durham City is known for its Norman cathedral and 11th-century motte and bailey castle, its university, which is the third oldest in England, and the annual Durham Miners' Gala.

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James Andrew Smithson (pictured with his family), of Benwell, was awarded the military medal for bravery

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