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APPRENTICE: Katie Bulmer-Cooke at Lord Lawson of Beamish School in Birtley. Picture: STUART BOULTON.

Back to school for Apprentice star Katie

FINAL: (l-r) Hermitage team members Sarah Taylor, teacher Caroline West, Michaela Crawley, Thomas Goulding and Ryan Bell

Teenagers finish third in prestigious national debating competition

OPEN: Pupil Leah Debrick and members of the school council with guests outside the new shop

Young entrepreneurs open Fairtrade tuck shop

ANNIVERSARY: University and military experts to discuss events of 1915 at conference

Experts mark anniversary of First World War at conference

FUNDRAISERS: Cyclists who pedalled 150 miles over two days for Ali Puckering

Crash victim mum 'humbled' by fundraising

ALMOST THERE: Chris Wright on one of his daily runs for year-long challenge

Year-long running challenge reaches halfway point

SHE SAID YES: Mark Goddard and Jane Shannon following his proposal to her at the Glastonbury Festival

Wedding bands - Chester-le-Street man proposes to fiance with Glastonbury banner

COUNTDOWN: Primary school children hope to launch their own rocket next week

Kids crack computer codes to launch their own rocket

EXPERTS: Connor Minto, on the left, and brother Callum Minto, nine, meet PC Mark Outhwaite at Durham Police armoury

Schoolboy shot in face invited to meet police gun experts

TALENTED: Ballet dancer Ella Boyd as she rehearses at the Hermitage School, Chester le Street. Picture: TOM BANKS (29892401)

She's an Ell' of a dancer

Prosecution offer "no evidence" in case at Durham Crown Court of former club steward charged with theft of cash from premises.

Prosecution drop case against former steward accused of stealing from club safe

FUNDRAISING: Leanne Jefferson with daughter Leonie, 7, and sons Luke, 19 months  and Liam, three.

Campaign launched to buy severely disabled three-year-old Liam a specialist car seat

CEREMONY: l-r former Lawson Court warden Jean Laws, Cestria Development and Regeneration Manager Stephen Riding, Cestria Managing Director Martin Warhurst, Isos Assistant Director of Development and Property Zoe Hawthorne.

Topping out ceremony held at £6.5m housing development

HONOUR: Sea cadet Lewis Oliver is presented with his trophy by Cllr John Robinson, chairman of Durham County Council

Teenager honoured for tireless community work

ASHES: Bill Stephenson, of Wesley Terrace, Chester le Street, has unearthed the ashes of Thomas Lawson Cox, in his back garden. Picture: TOM BANKS (29284591)

Man’s ashes found buried in garden

Sport

Stay or go? Newcastle's Sammy Ameobi is set to become a free agent. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

Could Sammy stay and then go to Cardiff?

Sunderland stay over for young midfielder after Addicks move

Sunderland stay over for young midfielder after Addicks move

Could Downing be back at Boro by next week?

Could Downing be back at Boro by next week?

TOON MAN: New Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren has been charged with the task of trying to win a trophy after finally giving the club the answer they wanted.

McClaren expects transfer progress update at Newcastle

Good job: Dick Advocaat

Defoe certain Advocaat will bring brighter times to Sunderland as search goes on for new faces

Prediction: Julio Arca curls in a free-kick at Durham FA in Chester-le-Street. Picture: TOM BANKS

Boro step up Downing chase and Arca thinks Sunderland could lose out

TARGET: Ron Vlaar, right.

Phillips and Vlaar are latest in frame for Sunderland

NEW MAN: Ian Cathro

Magpies bring in coach Cathro

SUNDERLAND TARGET: Georginio Wijnaldum

Sunderland targeting Wijnaldum - but are yet to table a bid

COMMITTED: Papiss Cisse claims he does not want to leave Newcastle United this summer

Cisse outlines commitment to Newcastle as Dost is urged to reject Magpies move

IN DEMAND: England international Andros Townsend is interesting both Sunderland and Newcastle United

Sunderland hoping to outflank Newcastle in race for wing duo

BIG REPUTATION: Ian Cathro was appointed as Valencia's assistant manager at the age of just 27

Newcastle lining up former Valencia assistant for backroom role

LONDON CALLING: Charlie Austin is reluctant to leave London, and would prefer a move to West Ham over Newcastle

Newcastle suffer triple transfer blow - and backroom team setback

GOING NOWHERE: Sunderland target Virgil van Dijk will not be leaving Celtic until the Scottish champions have tackled the Champions League qualifiers

Sunderland suffer double defensive disappointment

National Sport

Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge has urged the club to cash in on Raheem Sterling.

Aldridge: Reds should sell Sterling

Kauto Star won the King George VI Chase at Kempton five times and became the first horse to regain the Cheltenham Gold Cup

Star put down after paddock fall

Petr Cech has joined Arsenal

Seaman hails Cech signing

Peter Moores has the chance to rebuild his reputation at Nottinghamshire

Moores takes role with Notts

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