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Miners' union raises a toast to anniversary on the spot its founders first met

The Durham Miners’ Association marked the 148th anniversary of the union’s founding by returning to where it all began.
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The former Medomsley Detention Centre.

Seven men due in court over Medomsley abuse inquiry

Seven men have been summonsed to court in relation to allegations into abuse of young men at a detention centre.
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Tracy Buck, who has been appointed as the new director of Age UK Sunderland.

New boss rises through the ranks to lead Sunderland's Age UK

The Wearside branch of Age UK has appointed a new boss to lead its staff and volunteers.
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Those who deal in heroin to feed their own habit could avoid going before a court if they agree to take a four-month course under the scheme backed by Durham Constabulary.

Your views on controversial plan to divert drug addicts who deal from prosecution into treatment

People are divided over a police chief's scheme which will see drug addicts who sell heroin to others get the chance to avoid prosecution by taking a course.
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A photo tweeted by @NECATraffic showing a build up on the A690 towards Sunderland.

Two vehicle collision causes queues on A19

A crash closed both lanes of the A19 causing a long tailback.
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Residents from Seaburn expressed concerns over plans for the field.

Sunderland planning officers defended after claims of bullying over Seaburn development

A leading Sunderland councillor has defended planning officers after claiming they came under attack from “bullies” over a controversial application.

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Neel Chawla is director of Ailantus Hotels, which owns the George Washington Hotel Golf and Spa.

See how this popular hotel could look after expansion work

Here’s how a popular Wearside hotel could soon look after a major redevelopment.

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James Langthorne, better known as Rocky.

Seaham's 'Rocky' found after appeal from his friends and police

A homeless man who fled from hospital has been found safe - after he called into his regular pub.

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Pallbearers pitch in to help Sunderland church get annual fair on

A team of pallbearers used their lifting skills in a different way when they answered a church’s call for help.

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Funeral of Sunderland City leader Coun Paul Watson.

Region’s leaders turn out to pay respects to late Sunderland City Council leader

Political figures from across the North East joined mourners to pay their last respects to a city leader who had Sunderland “in his heart”.

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Families taking part in a previous Bliss walk held in Barnes Park. This year it take place in Silksworth.

Families walk together in show of support for prem babies

Families who have lost premature babies or helped their tiny one battle through to survive will take to the streets in a walk to support others in the same position.

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School’s devastation after new wildlife haven is attacked by intruders

A school has slammed vandals after its new wildlife garden was trashed just days after it opened.

Seaham
A photo of a horse wearing one of the rugs which was stolen in the raid.

Horse owners left upset after £7,000 of equipment is snatched from garage

Police investigating the theft of thousands of pounds worth of horse tack and equipment believe a vehicle was involved in taking away the haul.

Houghton and Hetton
Reverend Canon David Glover has been honoured by being appointed as a Chaplain to the Queen (QHC).

Clergyman is called up to become Queen's chaplain

A reverend has been appointed as the Chaplain to the Queen.

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Sunderland teenage yobs warned they could lose their family home after campaign of disorder

Parents have been warned they could lose their homes as police launch a crackdown on a 20-strong bunch of teenage terrors who have brought misery to a Sunderland neighbourhood.

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Hutchinson's Buildings, High Street West

New restaurant plan for Sunderland city centre landmark building

New life is to be breathed into a city centre landmark building after it was bought by a new owner, having stood abandoned for years.

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Puffing Billy gets set to tour the streets in run up to Christmas

Puffing Billy is getting ready to bring Christmas cheer to towns and villages as the engine goes out on tour.

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The LGA has said councils could stop carrying out a host of services - such as filling potholes, maintaining open spaces and running leisure centres and libraries - and still not have saved enough to plug the cash gap in two years.

Calls to change funding welcomed by city leaders as they warn of tougher times under austerity

Sunderland's leaders have welcomed calls for fairer Government funding.

Sunderland
The new recruits with Durham Constabulary's Chief Constable Mike Barton, centre.

Police force welcomes latest recruits with 20 new community support officers

Training is under way to prepare 20 new police community support officer for their time on the beat.

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