Durham pony appeal reaches its target in just a week

An appeal to buy a herd of ponies to aid wildlife conservation has exceeded its total in just a week.

Exmoor ponies could return to a South Tyneside local nature reserve next month.

Ponies to be the mane event once more in return to Cleadon Hills

Exmoor ponies look set make a return to Cleadon Hills after their munching mission proved a success.

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Flytippers count the cost after ditching black bags lands them in court

Householders have been left with fines and bills running into hundreds of pounds after they were caught dumping their rubbish.

Burst water main in Dean Terrace, Southwick.

Water officials are dealing with a burst water main in Sunderland

Dean Terrace in Southwick has been closed due to a burst pipe.

Rubbished dumped at the back lane of Eden Vale

Shameful state of Sunderland back lane as flytipper uses it as a dumping ground

This was the scene created by a flytipper who dumped a heap of waste, blocking a back lane.

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Green waste collections will take place every fornight instead of every week starting in April, if council plans become a reality.

Have your say on move to scrap weekly green bin collections

Householders can have their say over controversial plans to switch their weekly bin collection to a fortnightly service.

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Fuel spillage at Silksworth Sports Complex lake

Find out what caused diesel spillage in popular Sunderland lake

An investigation has been launched after red diesel ended up in a Wearside lake.


Is the North East set to be hit by more flooding?

The North East was drenched last night as driving rain swept across the region.


Is the North East set to be hit by more flooding?

The North East was drenched last night as driving rain swept across the region.
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Rain has caused problems across the North East

Flooding: River Wear and Tees warnings still in place

There are dozens of flood warnings still in place across the North East after yesterday's torrential rain.

Julie Elliott litter picking in Southwick.

Sunderland MP urges war on flytippers and firestarters

A Wearside MP is urging Wearside to declare war on vandals, fire-bugs and fly-tippers.

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Melbray Chemicals at Eaglescliffe, which was at the centre of a major chemical incident. Pic: Google Maps.

Chemical firm boss gets suspended jail sentence after sparking £1million blaze

A businessman has been given a suspended prison sentence for causing a waste fire which became a major environmental incident for emergency crews.

The EU Blue Flag is awarded to beaches which meet stringent standards.

Could cleaning up our beaches generate thousands of new jobs?

Clean beach rules should be strengthened after Brexit as part of a drive to generate 160,000 jobs in Britain's coastal areas, a think tank has said.

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Icy mornings may be on the cards this weekend.

A wintry weekend: Your North East forecast from the Met Office

Frosty mornings and heavy showers are forecast for the North East this weekend.
At the site of the New Wear Crossing, from left: Peter Nailon, Gareth Andrews and Paul Atkinson, of the Wear River Trust.

Bridge project gets wildlife approval

Conservation experts have given the thumbs up to Sunderland’s new bridge.

David Fletcher caught the moon as it slipped behind the clouds.

Readers' pictures capture supermoon over Sunderland

Roker was the best place to catch sight of tonight's supermoon, if the pictures you have sent us are anything to go by.

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The Polar Vortex may cause temperatures to plummet

Why the North East could be set for its coldest winter in years

Last week the North East had an early taste of winter as snow fell on higher ground - and forecasters are warning it could just be the start of a very cold winter.

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Things have warmed up again this year.

It may not feel it, but 2016 is set to be the hottest year on record

This year is set to be the hottest year ever recorded globally, beating 2015's record temperatures, the World Meteorological Organisation has said.

Compton Court, in Oxclose, Washington. Picture by Google Maps.

Police inquiries ongoing into ‘bomb’ drama after suspicious device explodes under car

An investigation is continuing after a car, parked in a Wearside street, was targeted with an explosive.

Rain is on the way

Brolly bad show: Frost and snow to be replaced by thundery showers and weekend downpour.

Frost and snow from the last 24 hours are likely to be replaced later today by thundery showers and then weekend downpours.

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