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Court orders £5,000 payments over conditions in takeaway
Published April 15, 2021 12.22pm
A 2019 visit to an Indian takeaway which uncovered mouse droppings and dirty conditions has resulted in a court ordering payments of more than £5,000.
Closure order served on holiday lodges after allowing guests during lockdown
Published March 31, 2021 11.11am
The owner of holiday lets in County Durham has been fined and ordered to close their business after it was found to be operating during coronavirus restrictions.
Iconic County Durham landmark suffers thousands of pounds of damage in suspected arson attack
Published March 26, 2021 11.55am
An iconic County Durham landmark has suffered thousands of pounds worth of damage after a suspected arson attack.
Court orders County Durham gym to close after breaking lockdown rules
Published February 24, 2021 5.50pm
We have successfully obtained a closure order against a County Durham gym for breaching health protection regulations by operating during lockdown.
Warning to be watchful of scams and fraud during national lockdown
Published November 17, 2020 11.35am
A North East council is reminding its residents to be watchful for scams and fraud designed to target people during the coronavirus pandemic.
Man sentenced for money laundering following sale of fake signed sports shirts
Published November 12, 2020 4.51pm
A County Durham man who was part of a wider scheme to sell fake sports memorabilia to unwitting fans has been sentenced in court.
North East fish fraudster sentenced to four years behind bars
Published November 03, 2020 4.35pm
An Chester-le-Street mobile fish seller who defrauded vulnerable households out of £100,000 has been sentenced today at Teesside Crown Court to 60 months in prison, reduced to 40 months for an early guilty plea.
Tenants encouraged to know their rights after changes in legislation
Published November 03, 2020 11.25am
Tenants in County Durham are being reminded to check their landlords are complying with property and rental standards following new and updated housing legislation.
Failing to complete joinery work lands former company director in court
Published October 23, 2020 10.59am
The former director of a fitted furniture company has been fined £370 and ordered to pay back the £1,500 deposit he received for joinery work he failed to complete.
Working with housing provider to tackle anti-social behaviour
Published September 23, 2020 11.45am
We have partnered with a housing provider to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in areas of the county.
Pair fined after counterfeit cigarettes found in home
Published August 14, 2020 12.53pm
A County Durham couple has been fined after they were caught possessing counterfeit and illegal cigarettes and tobacco.
Guidance issued as hospitality businesses prepare to open in County Durham
Published July 02, 2020 1.10pm
A North East council has offered guidance to businesses and residents as lockdown restrictions begin to ease this week.
Scrap metal dealer prosecuted
Published February 14, 2020 2.40pm
A Bishop Auckland man who operated as a scrap metal dealer for two years without a licence has been fined by magistrates.