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Ushaw Moor Community Site — NEW DESIGN

February 28, 2010 Leave a comment

Ushaw Moor Community Website is being re-designed.

The NEW site will be launched soon.  For now continue to visit the UMCW www.ushawmoor.org.uk

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ChronicleLive – News – Today’s Chronicle – Suspected dealers targeted in Durham drug raids

February 28, 2010 Leave a comment

Suspected dealers targeted in Durham drug raids

Feb 27 2010 by Katie Davies, Evening Chronicle

Police raid premises near Durham as part of a drugs raid

DRUGS and more than £24,000 in cash were seized after suspected dealers were targeted in a series of raids.

The alleged pushers were arrested as part of a crackdown of the supply chain of Class A and B drugs in and around the Durham area.

A team of officers swooped on the properties with the aim of smashing the supply of cocaine and cannabis.

Dressed in riot gear, they smashed their way into two properties and entered a car garage, targeting individuals believed to be involved.

More than £14,000 was seized from under the mattress of a home in Holly Park, Brandon, as well as a small quantity of cannabis bush and resin.

A safe was also detained after officers found it hidden in the loft.

And another £10,000 was then found in Oakridge Road, Ushaw Moor.

Three people were led from the properties in handcuffs, before being taken away for questioning.

At Littleburn Industrial Estate police entered MVM car garage, where workers were carrying out repairs on vehicles.

Meanwhile, members of the public looked on from other units in the industrial estate, as the police searched the property.

One man was led from the garage as police officers put him into the back of a van for questioning.

Another two men were also led away in handcuffs from their homes in Holly Park, Brandon, and Oakridge Road, Ushaw Moor, and were all being questioned on suspicion of drug offences.

The raids were organised after the success of Operation Calabria, a campaign aiming to take drug dealers off the streets of Durham.

After eight simultaneous raids last month, members of the public have stepped forward to identify more individuals allegedly involved in the drugs market.

Chief Inspector Paul Anderson, of Durham Constabulary, said: “People are getting more and more confident in reporting incidents to the police and we are now able to crack down on various drug markets.

“We take every bit of information we get very seriously. Sometimes it may take a bit of time to act but we have to build up a full picture of the distribution of drugs in the area.

“Things like today demonstrate that we act upon people’s information.”

via ChronicleLive – News – Today’s Chronicle – Suspected dealers targeted in Durham drug raids.

£500,000 training centre opens (From The Northern Echo)

February 25, 2010 Leave a comment

£500,000 training centre opens

3:59pm Wednesday 24th February 2010

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A NEW £500,000 vocational training centre has opened at a north Durham school.

Students, parents, teachers, staff and governors at Durham Community Business College (DCBC) attended the official opening on the school site, in Ushaw Moor, near Durham, on Wednesday.

The centre was created out of a redundant gym. It provides facilities for training of bricklaying, plastering, painting, decorating and plumbing.

There is also an ICT suite with 30 computers suitable for digital animation and Internet access.

The centre will cater for youngsters from five secondary schools during the day and offer adult courses on evenings.

The facility was paid for by DCBC, the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DSCF) and regional development agency One North East. The refurbishment was carried out by the Esh Group.

DCBC chief executive Anne Lakey said: “Esh Group has done a tremendous job, working to a bespoke design brief to create a multi-use resource that enhances the training available to all young people in the area and for adults from the community.”

Centre manager Ted Hogkiss said: “Having such a magnificent centre right in the middle of Ushaw Moor is fantastic.

“Learners are very keen to study here. They recognise what a great place it is and how good the facilities are.”

Esh Group director Michael Hogan, who attended Wednesday’s ceremony with colleague Jack Lumsden, said: “Jack and I are delighted to have been invited here today to mark this important occasion.

“We’re both very proud to see the result of our company’s work and we thank the college for having the vision to have set out to create this superb facility.

“We are local and we are passionate about supporting people in the area and their communities.

“We urge everyone to come and make the very best use of the centre. Our wish is that you buckle down, work hard and become the very best you can be.”

DCBC, formerly Deerness Comprehensive School, is now part of the Durham Federation, with Fyndoune Community College, in Sacriston.

It recently received almost £1.5m from the Big Lottery Fund for a new four-court sports hall. Last year, its students won the annual Future Business Magnates contest.

For more information on the college, call 0191-373-0336.

via £500,000 training centre opens (From The Northern Echo).