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77,000 cigarettes seized and man arrested in raids
Published December 15, 2017 4.53pm
More than 75,000 cigarettes worth almost £20,000 have been seized and a man arrested in raids in County Durham.
Farm fined for flouting cattle regulations
Published December 07, 2017 2.44pm
A County Durham farm has been ordered to pay £4,000 in fines after failing to comply with regulations regarding the transport and tagging of cattle.
Taxi driver prosecuted for refusing to take assistance dog
Published December 01, 2017 11.44am
A taxi driver from Birtley who refused to take a fare from a couple because they had an assistance dog has been left with a £300 legal bill.
Manager of Spennymoor restaurant fined for selling alcohol without a license
Published November 24, 2017 11.19am
The manager of a Spennymoor restaurant has been fined over £800 for selling alcohol without a license.
Fixed penalties issued to 30 dog owners through new order
Published November 23, 2017 2.26pm
More than two dozen people have been left out of pocket in the opening months of a new order on dog control.
Best Bar None awards celebrate ten years
Published November 22, 2017 10.07am
Pubs, clubs and bars in Durham City have been recognised for their excellence in promoting responsible drinking, at a landmark event.
Residents encouraged to report tenancy fraud
Published November 13, 2017 3.19pm
We are joining forces with partners across the region to warn people of the harm caused by 'tenancy fraud.'
Cameron Gosling's brother speaks on cold water shock
Published November 03, 2017 12.47pm
The brother of a County Durham teenager who lost his life to cold water shock has spoken about his death in order to make other young people aware of the condition.
Dog owner fined for out-of-date microchips
Published November 03, 2017 11.34am
A County Durham dog owner has been fined after he failed to update the address registered to his pet's microchips.
Loan sharks targeted at Bishop Auckland conference
Published October 30, 2017 12.28pm
Loan sharks and high-cost lenders have been targeted at a conference of anti-illegal money lending organisations from County Durham.
Overloaded vehicles land firms and drivers in court
Published October 27, 2017 12.23pm
Companies and drivers who overloaded vehicles with pizza boxes, cheese, resin bond and pigeon corn have been ordered to pay hundreds of pounds each.
Project to tackle violence against women and girls receives £310,000
Published October 25, 2017 9.51am
We have received £310,000 of Home Office funding to help us support county residents affected by domestic abuse.
Keeping safe for firework festivities
Published October 23, 2017 11.15am
Residents and retailers in County Durham are being advised to stay safe in the run up to this year's Bonfire Night festivities.
Two arrested in raid on suspected illicit tobacco
Published November 07, 2016 1.22pm
Two people have been arrested and money and suspected illicit tobacco seized in a raid in County Durham.
Man prosecuted for failing to give information to fly-tipping investigators
Published April 27, 2016 4.44pm
A North East man has been ordered to pay more than £800 after cardboard was dumped in a County Durham village.