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 New book coming soon

 

Private eye's rotten borough's book of the year 2003. A book by The Durham Cobbler containing massive exposure of fraud and corruption in Durham City. Ordering information will appear here within the next 5 weeks.

Click here to read chapter 2 online

Introduction


Established in Durham since 1854, Tony's Cobbler business is a family affair providing a traditional high standard of service to the local community.  Long before shopping centres and "out of town" shopping they were there, destined never to be millionaires but reliable and trustworthy taking pride in what they did. Based at the bottom of Claypath, the hill used to be the main entrance to the City Centre and led to Claypath Gate which was positioned just outside the current market place.

Their repairs have been carried out for the last 100 years using traditional methods handed down from generation to generation. Indeed many of our current customers are from many generations of the same family.  A traditional cobbler is as unique as Durham is itself, the cobbled streets, riverside walks, hills and valleys.. all routes requiring sturdy footwear.

The business provides an exceptional high standard of service and always good value for money.  Theypride themselves on their workmanship and many close links with the community. The shop had never had any problems in almost one hundred and fifty years..... until February 1999 when returning from a weekend break a traffic regulation order had been placed in Claypath banning ALL parking, including Disabled Parking - a very high percentage of the shops custom. On investigation they learnt that the 'Prince Bishops' shopping centre had paid for the yellow lines forcing traffic in the Claypath area of Durham into their 'Pay to Use' car park.

 Further investigations with the City and County Councils revealed that the City Council was set to make 3 Million profit and Boots PLC would make in the region of 4 Million when the development was sold to Grosvenor.  A meeting then took place with Mr Colin Shearsmith, Chief Executive of Durham City Council and on putting forward his objections, Tony was told his options were limited to relocation!

Based on the historical interest and the family pride in the business, as well as the obvious links with the above deal, Tony swore to uncover any local dignitaries who were happy to abuse their elected and trusted positions.  What was to follow was a tide of revelation which resulted in the arrest of Mr. Shearsmith.  Tony Martin started a petition on the 'Prince Bishops Shopping Centre' which to date has in excess of 2000 signatures.

After being offered a shop in 'Prince Bishops' from Mr Webster (the Managing Director) rent free as a 'compromise', Tony intensified the petition and campaign against the Council which has lead to an explosion of corruption, nepotism, racism, ageism and not to mention the odd sex scandal - watch this space!!

We urge you, if you visit Durham City to boycott 'Prince Bishops' or register your objections with Durham City Council. You can leave any comments by signing Tony's guest book... alternatively you can call into the shop in person and sign his petition.  

Check back regularly to follow Tony in his war against oppression and corruption, see the result of local politicians gone rotten.   It appears that just as in Wealden and Flintshire county councils and Dame Shirley Porter, they have it all in Durham!

The Cobblers 2 the Council website has now had over 95,000 visitors. On Tony's website, you will find an extensive collection of articles relevant to current issues in progress in Durham City. Also you will find local photography, an MP3 download of Tony Martin's latest single, poems, petitions and of course, the guest book. Take your time and enjoy.

Article Title | Cobbler's making a comeback
Article Author |
Publisher | The Durham Advertiser
Date Published | 2001-08-09 00:00:00
Link to Article | +Cobbler's making a comeback+
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Article Title | Cobbler's making a comeback
Article Author |
Publisher | The Northern Echo
Date Published | 2001-08-09 00:00:00
Link to Article | +Cobbler's making a comeback+
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Article Title | Police step up probe into website indecency plot
Article Author | Neil McKay
Publisher | The Journal
Date Published | 2001-07-06 00:00:00
Link to Article | +Police step up probe+
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Article Title | Top school embroiled in website abuse probe
Article Author | Neil McKay (Chief Reporter)
Publisher | The Journal
Date Published | 2001-05-18 00:00:00
Link to Article | +Top School embroiled in website abuse probe+
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Article Title | Candidate threatens legal action
Article Author | Mark Summers
Publisher | The Northern Echo
Date Published | 2001-05-18 00:00:00
Link to Article | +Candidate threatens legal action+
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Article Title | Cobbler may have to close
Article Author | Mark Summers
Publisher | The Northern Echo
Date Published | 2001-04-28 00:00:00
Link to Article | +Cobbler may have to close+
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Article Title | Homes plan approved - Waterhouses
Article Author | Mark Summers
Publisher | The Northern Echo
Date Published | 2001-04-14 00:00:00
Link to Article | +Homes plan approved+
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Article Title | Cobbler to stand in council elections
Article Author |
Publisher | The Northern Echo
Date Published | 2001-04-06 00:00:00
Link to Article | +council elections+
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Article Title | Cobbler speaks out in court
Article Author |
Publisher | The Northern Echo
Date Published | 2001-03-24 00:00:00
Link to Article | +cobbler speaks out+
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Article Title | Probe into why man remained free to kill
Article Author | Peter Taylor
Publisher | The Evening Chronicle
Date Published | 2001-03-08 00:00:00
Link to Article | +probe+
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Article Title | Death On The Tyne
Article Author |
Publisher | PRIVATE EYE
Date Published | 2001-02-28 00:00:00
Link to Article | +death on the tyne+
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Article Title | Possible Inquiry into mental treatment of killer
Article Author |
Publisher | Northern Echo
Date Published | 2001-02-28 00:00:00
Link to Article | +possible inquiry+
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Article Title | Alerts over psycho killer were ignored
Article Author | Peter Taylor
Publisher | The Evening Chronicle
Date Published | 2001-02-28 00:00:00
Link to Article | +psycho killer+
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Article Title | MORE dirty tricks in Durham
Article Author |
Publisher | PRIVATE EYE
Date Published | 2001-02-23 00:00:00
Link to Article | +hackers+
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Article Title | Hacker Story follow up
Article Author |
Publisher | PRIVATE EYE
Date Published | 2001-02-23 00:00:00
Link to Article | +hacker - it was you!+
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Article Title | Black ex-council man defies gag order
Article Author | Mark Summers
Publisher | The Northern Echo
Date Published | 2001-02-16 00:00:00
Link to Article | +Black ex-council man defies gag order+
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Article Title | Wrangle cobbler's website 'is sabotaged'
Article Author | Mark Summers
Publisher | The Northern Echo
Date Published | 2001-02-15 00:00:00
Link to Article | +sabotaged+
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Article Title | A published letter in the Advertiser
Article Author | I M White
Publisher | The Durham Advertiser
Date Published | 2001-02-10 00:00:00
Link to Article | +Missing point+
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Article Title | Shops Vow to take down cycle frames
Article Author |
Publisher | The Northern Echo
Date Published | 2001-02-10 00:00:00
Link to Article | +bicycle frames+
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Article Title | Labour set to eject race row councillor
Article Author |
Publisher | The Journal
Date Published | 2000-12-21 00:00:00
Link to Article | +race row councillor+
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Article Title | A cobbler takes on the city council
Article Author | Peter Dunn
Publisher | NEW STATESMAN
Date Published | 2000-11-06 00:00:00
Link to Article | +Taking on the city council+
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Article Title | Investigation into Durham City Council
Article Author | Tim Minogue
Publisher | Red Pepper
Date Published | 2000-11-01 00:00:00
Link to Article | +Dodgy Deals In Durham+
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Article Title | Council workers were the St. Giles Vandals
Article Author | Mark Summers
Publisher | The Northern Echo
Date Published | 2000-10-28 00:00:00
Link to Article | +Council Vandals+
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Article Title | Cobbler's CD hits hitch on copyright
Article Author | Iain Laing
Publisher | The Journal
Date Published | 2000-10-13 00:00:00
Link to Article | +Cobbler's CD+
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Article Title | Corruption claim rejected
Article Author | Mark Summers
Publisher | The Northern Echo
Date Published | 2000-09-23 00:00:00
Link to Article | +Corruption claim rejected+
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Article Title | Brown sauce
Article Author |
Publisher | Private Eye
Date Published | 2000-08-25 00:00:00
Link to Article | +Brown Sauce+
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Article Title | Cobbler not on TV.
Article Author |
Publisher | Private Eye
Date Published | 2000-08-25 00:00:00
Link to Article | +Cobbler NOT on TV+
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Article Title | Deputy council leader barred
Article Author | Ian Laing, Nick Woods
Publisher | The Journal
Date Published | 2000-06-13 00:00:00
Link to Article | +Councillor Suspended+
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Article Title | Race row councillor in Labour inquiry
Article Author | Mark Summers
Publisher | The Northern Echo
Date Published | 2000-06-13 00:00:00
Link to Article | +Race Row Inquiry+
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Article Title | Cobbler nails council in yellow line revenge
Article Author | Nigel Green
Publisher | Independent
Date Published | 2000-06-11 00:00:00
Link to Article | +Yellow Line Revenge+
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Article Title | Staff face pay cuts as councillors get more
Article Author | Peter McCusker
Publisher | The Journal
Date Published | 2000-06-08 00:00:00
Link to Article | +Let them eat cake+
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Article Title | Browned off
Article Author |
Publisher | Private Eye
Date Published | 2000-05-05 00:00:00
Link to Article | +Browned Off+
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Article Title | The two-edged sward of secrecy
Article Author |
Publisher | The Northern Echo
Date Published | 2000-04-14 00:00:00
Link to Article | +Secrecy+
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Article Title | Labour confirms probe of racist remarks claim
Article Author | Bruce Unwin
Publisher | The Northern Echo
Date Published | 2000-02-14 00:00:00
Link to Article | +Labour Party Probe+
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Article Title | Council pays 6,500 over racial remark allergations
Article Author | Mel Mason
Publisher | The Northern Echo
Date Published | 2000-01-18 00:00:00
Link to Article | +Payoff !!+
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Article Title | Police file report on councillor
Article Author |
Publisher | The Northern Echo
Date Published | 2000-01-01 00:00:00
Link to Article | +Report Filed with CPS+
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Article Title | Ex-mayor faces police inquiry over letter
Article Author | Mark Summers
Publisher | The Northern Echo
Date Published | 2000-01-01 00:00:00
Link to Article | +Something afoot+
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Article Title | Cobbler's chronicles of a city's woes
Article Author | Mark Summers
Publisher | The Northern Echo
Date Published | 2000-01-01 00:00:00
Link to Article | +Chronicle of Woes+
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Article Title | Sex tapes claim at council
Article Author | Charles Westberg
Publisher | Evening Chronicle
Date Published | 1999-12-02 00:00:00
Link to Article | +Tapes found in locker+
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Article Title | Sex romp videos shame of council's recreation boss
Article Author | Charles Westberg
Publisher | Evening Chronicle
Date Published | 1999-12-02 00:00:00
Link to Article | +Sex Shame+
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Article Title | Sex romp videos shame of council's recreation boss
Article Author |
Publisher | The Northern Echo
Date Published | 1999-12-02 00:00:00
Link to Article | +Sex Romp Videos+
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Article Title | Police quiz council chief
Article Author |
Publisher | The Journal
Date Published | 1999-11-13 00:00:00
Link to Article | +Police Quic Exec+
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Article Title | Council Chiefs Face Theft Quiz
Article Author | Peter McCusker
Publisher | The Journal
Date Published | 1999-11-01 00:00:00
Link to Article | +Council Cheifs Quizzed+
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Article Title | Minister lashed council 'secrecy'
Article Author | Brenda Carlin
Publisher | The Northern Echo
Date Published | 1999-07-17 00:00:00
Link to Article | +Local Gov Minister+
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Article Title | Gummer blasts city leisure scheme
Article Author | Mel Mason
Publisher | The Northern Echo
Date Published | 1999-06-14 00:00:00
Link to Article | +John Gummer quote+
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Article Title | Probe urged on council property deal in city
Article Author | Ken Smith
Publisher | The Journal
Date Published | 1999-06-09 00:00:00
Link to Article | +Probe Urged+
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Article Title | Property deal leaves shopkeepers worried
Article Author | Ken Smith
Publisher | The Journal
Date Published | 1999-05-13 00:00:00
Link to Article | +Shopkeepers Worried+
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Article Title | Angry traders hit out at deal
Article Author |
Publisher | Evening Chronicle
Date Published | 1999-05-13 00:00:00
Link to Article | +Angry Traders+
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Article Title | Angry traders hit out at deal
Article Author | Charles Westberg
Publisher | Evening Chronicle
Date Published | 1999-05-13 00:00:00
Link to Article | +Land Deal Problems+
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Article Title | Council denies chief is to quit
Article Author | Mark Summers
Publisher | The Northern Echo
Date Published | 1999-01-01 00:00:00
Link to Article | +Quit Rumour+
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Article Title | More questions in city land deal probe
Article Author |
Publisher |
Date Published | 1999-01-01 00:00:00
Link to Article | +More Questions+
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Article Title | Police asked to probe land deal
Article Author | Charles Westberg
Publisher | Evening Chronicle
Date Published | 1999-01-01 00:00:00
Link to Article | +Police Involved!!+
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Article Title | Auditors probe film deal involving council chief
Article Author | Peter McCusker
Publisher | The Journal
Date Published | 1999-01-01 00:00:00
Link to Article | +Auditors probe+
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Article Title | Cobbler's vow to battle on with campaign
Article Author |
Publisher | The Northern Echo
Date Published |
Link to Article | +Cobbler's Vow+
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Article Title | Cobbler fears traffic curbs will close shop after 145 years
Article Author | Charles Westberg
Publisher | Evening Chronicle
Date Published |
Link to Article | +Cobbler's Fears+
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Article Title | Cobblers to you
Article Author |
Publisher | Private Eye
Date Published |
Link to Article | +Rotten Boroughs+
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Article Title | Messed Opportunity
Article Author |
Publisher | Private Eye
Date Published |
Link to Article | +Messed Opportunity+
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Article Title | Bung Deal
Article Author |
Publisher | Private Eye
Date Published |
Link to Article | +Rotten Boroughs 2+
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Article Title | Dirty
Article Author |
Publisher | Private Eye
Date Published |
Link to Article | +Rotten Boroughs+
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Article Title | Thirst and foremost
Article Author |
Publisher | Private Eye
Date Published |
Link to Article | +Thirst & Foremost+
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Article Title | Tennis balls
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Publisher | Private Eye
Date Published |
Link to Article | +Tennis Balls+
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Article Title | White Bastards
Article Author |
Publisher | Private Eye
Date Published |
Link to Article | +Private Eye+
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Article Title | Quayle's nest egg
Article Author |
Publisher | Private Eye
Date Published |
Link to Article | +Quayle's Nest Egg+
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Article Title | Words for windows
Article Author |
Publisher | Private Eye
Date Published |
Link to Article | +Words For Windows+
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Article Title | Photos and Rumours!!
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Publisher | Private Eye
Date Published |
Link to Article | +Photos and Rumours!!+
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Article Title | Tender trap
Article Author |
Publisher | Private Eye
Date Published |
Link to Article | +Tender Trap+
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Article Title | Council contract 'favour' rejected
Article Author | Mark Summers
Publisher | The Northern Echo
Date Published |
Link to Article | +Film Contract+