11 stories from the region you might have missed this week

Take a break and catch up on what you've missed this week.

Take a break and catch up on what you've missed this week.

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Thankfully the weekend has arrived - and it’s time to catch up on what you’ve missed.

For many, the week’s much-needed days of rest have finally arrived.

But if work got the best of you from Monday to Friday (and you’re feeling a little bit out of the loop) we are here to look after you.

It’s been a busy week in the North East Press newsroom – and there’s been a lot going on – so take a look at our guide to what you might have missed this week.

We’ve picked 11 stories from our region to share with you and help you catch up before Monday rolls around again.

Hartlepool gran, 36, has criminal record of 240 offences

A 36-year-old grandmother who has 240 offences on her record stole clothes to give to her children and grandchildren.

Joanne McKie, who has more than 100 previous convictions for theft, told police she wanted the items from Next and Mama and Papas stores to use as presents, Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court heard.

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Eight musicians you didn't know were Mackems

It’s well known that Dave Stewart, The Futureheads and Frankie & the Heartstrings fly the flag for Sunderland sounds. But today we look at some of the artists you may not have known had roots in Wearside.

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Sunderland school shows its support for Syrian refugees as lantern parade draws in huge crowds

Hundreds of families showed their solidarity with others across the world as they joined in a community celebration.

Southwick Primary school launched its annual parade 13 years ago as its leaders aimed to bring people together during a time when the area was going through several big changes.

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South Tyneside Summer Festival pulls record crowds

More than 120,000 people attended events at this year’s South Tyneside Summer Festival, councillors will be told.

The figures will be presented to next week’s meeting of South Tyneside Council’s Riverside Community Area Forum during a presentation about the highlights of this year’s entertainment and activity along South Shields seafront.

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New bar plan aims to bring Manchester's Northern Quarter

A slice of Manchester’s Northern Quarter might be on its way to Wearside as plans are put in to transform two shop units into a city centre bar.

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Hartlepool shoplifter who stole clothes from a mannequin is sent to jail

A serial shoplifter with more than 180 convictions on her record has been jailed.

Sharon Mincher, 44, who stole clothes from a Hartlepool Art Gallery mannequin has been jailed for eight months at Teesside Crown Court.

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Wheel away bins plea as police aim to cut the number of fires in the run to Bonfire Night

Residents have been urged to keep their wheelie bins out of the way of vandals as November 5 approaches.

Police are reminding residents across Sunderland and South Tyneside to put away the containers in the run up to bonfire night.

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Biker received 'catastrophic injuries' when hit by woman who failed to stop

A motorcyclist was left with catastrophic injuries after he was knocked from his bike by a careless driver who failed to give way at a junction.

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Sunderland's Seb Larsson: I was frozen out under Dick Advocaat

Derby lucky charm Seb Larsson says his Sunderland future was destined to be bleak under Dick Advocaat after being frozen out by the ex-Black Cats boss.

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New Hartlepool United Supporters Trust launch membership drive

Football fans are being urged to become members of the newly formed Hartlepool United Supporters Trust.

The Trust is now fully registered and fans of the League Two side are being urged to sign up and add their support, with 70 already registering their support.

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Hundreds of South Tyneside parents fined over kids' school absence

More than 600 parents in South Tyneside have been fined for taking their children out of school during term time last year.

South Tyneside Council has confirmed that 626 parents were charged during the 2014/15 academic year because of absenteeism and truancy – compared with 197 in 2013/14.

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