A North East construction company has been recognised for its commitment to being an armed forces-friendly operation.
Esh Group, based in Bowburn, Durham, recently signed a commitment to uphold the Armed Forces Covenant.
The Covenant is a promise to ensure those who are serving or have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly.
It sets out pledges ranging from helping former personnel into civilian work, to supporting reservists and offering help to cadet units.
And now the Ministry of Defence’s Employer Recognition Scheme has handed the company – which employs more than 1,200 people – a silver award for 2016.
As part of the Employer Recognition Scheme, Esh Group representatives were at a dinner for North East firms at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, attended by Prince Michael of Kent.
A woman has been punched in the face during an attempted robbery in Bowburn, County Durham.
The woman was walking between Mary and Bede Terrance at around 9.30pm on September 17 when she was approached by two men who tried to grab her car keys and mobile phone.
The men made off without the items.
Both men are described as being in their late teens and of slim build.
Police can be contacted on 101.
A fashion designer from County Durham who developed terminal cancer after making asbestos snow balls from dust in a local factory when she was a girl has won a settlement.
Caroline Wilcock, 51, grew up in Bowburn, next to an asbestos firm. Children collected the asbestos to make snow balls.
Miss Wilcock's case against Cape Intermediate Holdings PLC, previously known as The Cape Asbestos Company, was due to be held but the firm settled with her out of court.
She suffered asbestos poisoning between 1967 and 1983, and was diagnosed with mesothelioma three years ago.
The firm that operated the factory no longer exists so her team brought their case against the successor.
Police say a man has been left 'extremely shocked' after a large rock was thrown from a footbridge through his car windscreen, cutting his face. The 45 year old was driving on the A1M when a group of young people were throwing rocks from the bridge.
Incidents like this have happened near Bowburn and Coxhoe in County Durham on October 4-5. Durham Serious Crime Team wants to hear from anyone with information on 101.