Revealed: Which Sunderland beaches have won the coveted Blue Flag award

Sunderland’s glorious beaches have double reason to celebrate.

Ayton Allotment holders William Hall (left) and Mark Adcock are looking for a artist to re-paint the containers on the site

Could you be the next Banksy?

Allotment holders are appealing for Wearside’s next Banksy to brighten up their site.


Experts warn of 'bumper season' for insects over the summer

Hordes of pesky visitors could be invading homes this summer as freak weather conditions will mean a bumper season - for INSECTS, experts say.

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Members of Whitburn Neighbourhood Forum and kids who are campaigning to use the Charlie Hurley Centre.

Residents’ fears as Sunderland AFC ‘explore opportunities’ with housing developer over Charlie Hurley Centre

Residents have launched a campaign to stop houses being built on land named after one of Sunderland AFC’s greatest players.

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Some of the Sage volunteers at Jarrow Hall.

Volunteers will help repair vandalised education centre

A charity is set to receive a helping hand from one of the region’s largest employers following a spate of vandalism at a community facility.

Firefighters tackled a blaze at restaurant Bistro Romano in Cleadon.

Fire crews tackle blaze at popular Cleadon restaurant

Firefighters have tackled a blaze at well-known Cleadon restaurant Bistro Romano.
An unopened can of Fosters lager, found in the draisn in South Tyneside

Revealed - the weird and wonderful objects found in North East drains and sewers

An animal skull, a bra and a full can of lager are among the bizarre objects discovered in North East drains and sewers.
The waste dumped at Limekiln Gill in Horden.

Hunt is on for fly-tippers who dumped huge pile of rubbish at beauty spot

This is the shocking scene caused by a fly-tipper who has ditched a whole house worth of belongings at a coastal nature reserve.

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Seagulls are a common sight across South Tyneside.

No plans to fine seagull feeders in South Tyneside say council chiefs

Council bosses say they have no plans to fine people feeding seagulls in South Tyneside.

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Old bedding which has been dumped in Tyne Dock.

Anger over rubbish dumped in back lane on South Tyneside estate

This is the mess residents living on a South Tyneside estate have to live with.

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Herring gull

Fine people who feed seagulls on Sunderland sea front, say readers

People who encourage seagulls on our seafront should be fined, Echo readers have said in a poll.
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Holidaymakers could be fined for feeding gulls in seaside town - should it happen here?

Seaside residents and holidaymakers who feed seagulls could be fined under new council powers in an effort to stop the birds attacking people for food.
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At Wapping Burn are, from left, Wear Rivers Trust secretary Neil Ashforth, local volunteer William Wilkinson, Sandra Wardle from Novus Business Centre , Jim Wood from Caterpillar, and local volunteer Gary Smith helping out with the final day wetland planting task.

Bringing neglected wildlife habitat back to life

Major improvement work to a neglected wildlife habitat has been completed.

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Sunderland City Council's cabinet met at the Civic Centre earlier today.

School improvements, action on empty homes and road routes: Sunderland's city leaders make plans for the future

Sunderland City Council's cabinet met today to discuss a host of issues which will have an impact on its communities and businesses for years to come.

A sand martin, photographed by ranger Dougie Holden.

Sand martins will soon be setting up home along the coast

Some feathery friends will soon be able to settle into a new coastal home.

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Crimdon beach at the  North end of Crimdon Dene Holiday Park. Picture by FRANK REID

Volunteers urged to help clean up Durham Heritage Coast

Volunteers are being urged to come forward for a littler pick in the area tomorrow.

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Out with the old?

Friday could be the first day Britain functions without the benefit of any coal-powered electricity

Britain could see its first full day without generating any electricity from coal on Friday, National Grid has said.

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Emergency services on the riverside near Wearmouth Bridge after a man fell into the water.

Man who died after falling from Sunderland's Wearmouth Bridge is named

A man who fell from Sunderland's Wearmouth Bridge yesterday has died, police have confirmed.
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Watch Durham firefighters rescue trapped ducklings

Firefighters went above and beyond their call of duty when they came to the rescue of five trapped ducklings.

A19 re-opened after driver suffers serious injuries in crash

The A19 has re-opened after a two-vehicle crash which left a driver seriously injured and closed the southbound carriageway for four hours.
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