Minister reveals £4million plan to boost electric car numbers in bid to calm Nissan's Brexit fears

Business Secretary Greg Clark has set out a £4million plan to boost the number of electric vehicles on the UK's roads as he met Japanese automotive chiefs in an effort to reassure them about Brexit.

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Sunderland former BHS

Old BHS to reopen as Sports Direct store

Sunderland’s retail offer is to receive a boost – thanks to Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley/

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Ramside Hall's spa

Wearside business on North East England Tourism Awards shortlist

Two hotels and a university are among the pick of the region’s tourism businesses going head-to-head.

Carlos Ghosn at the launch of the Sunderland-built mark two Qasqai

Nissan set to decide whether Sunderland plant will build new Qashqai

Nissan will decide next month whether its Wearside plant will build a third generation of the best-selling Qashqai, Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn has revealed.
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Why leaves on the line might delay your train journey

'Leaves on the line' might sound like an old British Rail excuse for poor punctuality, but it's a very real problem for rail operators at this time of year.
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens.

It’s time for Sunderland ‘to aim big and be unafraid’

Nil Desperandum – or never despair – are words that sit proudly on Sunderland’s coat of arms; a statement of hope when times get tough and a constant reminder that things will get better. Now, as Sunderland gets behind a bid to become the UK City of Culture 2021, Louise Bradford explores how scooping this cultural title will inject a new wave of hope into a city that still faces significant challenges when it comes to the health and wellbeing of its people.

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Grand Central has increased the number of 'dry' services this weekend

Extra police on duty as Sunderland and Middlesbrough fans travel to London

Black Cats fans are being warned drunken behaviour on trains will not be tolerated as both Sunderland and Middlesbrough head for the Capital tomorrow.

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Sunderland RNLI are appealing for volunteers.

Royal National Lifeboat Institution launches appeal for volunteers

Sunderland RNLI has launched an appeal for volunteers to help them respond to emergency call outs.
The Great North Air Ambulance was in attendance.

Police appeal after 'serious' crash in South Tyneside sees cyclist taken to hospital

Police are appealing for information after a man was taken to hospital following a serious collision in South Tyneside.
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Mr Men and Little Miss to feature on new set of stamps - are you happy or grumpy about it?

Stamp collectors of a certain age will be very happy, or even grumpy, after news that the Royal Mail is issuing a special set to celebrate the Mr Men and Little Miss set of books.

Lidl has launched its latest store.

Lidl boost to town as supermarket creates 40 new jobs

A town has bagged itself a new supermarket and 40 more jobs with the launch of its Lidl store.

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Post Office. Pic: PA.

Thousands of Post Office staff to stage walk-out over jobs, pensions and branch closure dispute

Thousands of Post Office workers are to stage a fresh strike in a dispute over jobs, pensions and branch closures.

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Costa Coffee starts serving alcohol - ciderccino anyone?

Coffee lovers who fancy something more than a caffeine kick may be in luck - as a Costa Coffee branch is set to add booze to its menu.

The A19 at Sunderland. Pic: Google.

One lane reopens after overturned vehicle closes A19 southbound at Sunderland

A vehicle has overturned on the A19 causing heavy delays southbound between Sunderland and Doxford Park.
The A1 off-slip for A167 Chester-le-Street. Pic: Google.

Lane reopens after two-vehicle smash south-bound on the A1

A two-vehicle smash which caused severe delays southbound on the A1 between Washington and Chester-le-Street junctions has been cleared.
Asda North East Clothing depot

‘Isis landmine’ package sent to Asda depot - investigation launched after worker shook and opened the hoax box

A supermarket giant has launched an investigation after a worker sparked a security scare by shaking and opening a box with a message claiming it was a land mine from Islamic State.

Five hundred roles in Royal Mail are available this Christmas.

Royal Mail taking on 500 Christmas staff in the North East

Job-seekers have been given a boost after Royal Mail announced 500 new Christmas posts in the North East.

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Children's lunchboxes at top attractions 'loaded with sugar' - but North East destination is among the best

The UK's top visitor attractions are selling pre-prepared children's lunchboxes "loaded" with sugar and processed food as the norm, a charity has claimed.

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Sunderland claimant count rises by more than 300 year-on-year

The number of people looking for work in Sunderland has risen by more than 300 in the last year.

Network Rail apprentices.

Network Rail offers chance to 'earn while you learn' with North East apprenticeships

Network Rail has announced plans to recruit 12 new apprentices in the North East as part of an award-winning scheme.

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