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A staggering total of more than 90,000 illegal cigarettes were seized in raids in County Durham during the 2017/18 financial year. 94,040 cigarettes were impounded in operations spearheaded by Durham County Council’s Consumer Protection Team,...
Wood wedding DCRO

County Durham’s residents will soon have the chance to learn how to trace their family histories. This spring will see the return of the popular Family History Course at Durham County Record Office. The course will...
Easter egg collection

Children from across County Durham will be enjoying chocolate eggs this Easter thanks to generous Durham County Council employees. Workers from the county’s Area Action Partnerships (AAPs) have been distributing hundreds of Easter eggs to...
Esh Winning Earth Hour

County Durham’s residents, companies and schools are being encouraged to switch their lights off for one hour as part of the Earth Hour 2018 project. Organised by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Earth...
Festival Makers - pic 1

A 600-strong group of volunteers who have made possible County Durham festivals like BRASS, Lumiere and the Bishop Auckland Food Festival have received the county’s highest honour. Big events such as these would not be...
Red Rose 2

With the heavy snows and extreme wintery weather finally slackening off, County Durham is rapidly getting back to normal.  Almost all the roads that were closed because of the snow have now reopened. At the...
snow durham

Durham County Council has been battling to keep roads open and services functioning in the face of what experts have described as “an historic episode of winter weather”. Heavy snows, winds of up to 45...
Footpath clearance

Durham County Council staff are working hard to ensure the county can keep moving, despite low temperatures and heavy overnight snowfalls. Since the early hours of this morning, gritters and salters have been out working...
Pest control

It’s never pleasant to face an invasion of pests – with the likes of cockroaches, wasps, bedbugs, ants, mice, rats, moles and other pesky creatures all able to cause havoc in our homes and...
photo courtesy of Thomas Heynie, from Flickr Creative Commons

Durham County Record Office - whose huge archives include five miles of documents dating back to medieval times - is going to have to move. As a result, local people are being invited to...

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