Fly-tipper fined hundreds after being caught on camera

A Wearside man has been hit in the pocket after being fined for fly-tipping.

Thousands of plastic pellets have been found washed up on the beach at Seaton Carew, Hartlepool.

Thousands of tiny plastic 'nurdles' washed up on Hartlepool beach

Thousands of tiny 'nurdles' used to make plastic products have been washed up on a Hartlepool beach.

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Burst main causes traffic chaos in Peterlee.

Burst water main causes massive disruption

A burst water main has been causing disruption to traffic throughout the day in Peterlee.

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More than 5,000 properties without power this morning.

Thousands of homes back online following a power cut

More than 5,000 premises in Sunderland and Seaham have had their power restored after this morning's power cut.
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Ruby and Denny

Canine photographer turns beach into catwalk for model dogs

Forget ‘ruff’ seas, a keen photographer is putting dogs in the frame by snapping them down on the beach.

Lyme disease is spread through ticks.

Calls for experts to wise up on lyme disease

A North East MP has joined a campaign for urgent action to tackle lyme disease.

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Sunderland RNLI

Warning issued over flood risk at Roker

Sunderland RNLI is urging people to take extra care at Roker seafront this afternoon.


Nine big decisions made by Sunderland's city leaders at today's cabinet meeting

Changes to bin and library services, cash to fund more nursery school hours and a 5% council tax rise were among issues discussed at Sunderland City Council's cabinet meeting today.
Closed Marsden Grotto pub is no longer a ‘grotty’ mess, say owners

Closed Marsden Grotto pub is no longer a ‘grotty’ mess, say owners

Pub bosses have declared that their seaside watering hole is no longer ‘grotty’.

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The rubbish at Marsden Grotto

Sadness over state of Marsden Grotto

Gazette readers say they have been left dismayed by the amount of rubbish which is spoiling a landmark seaside site.

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Council bosses have ordered for the rubbish to be removed from outside the Marsden Grotto.

Marsden Grotto owner ordered to clear up beach-front pub land

Council bosses have ordered a landlord to clean up a landmark seaside pub.

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A partridge

More than 60,000 birds to be culled as avian flu sweeps Britain

More than 60,000 farmed birds are to be culled in Lancashire in a bid to prevent the spread of avian flu, which has been found at two farms in the county.

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Sunderland Central MP Julie Elliott addresses the City of Culture 2021 bid event.

Sunderland's City of Culture bid wins national backing at Parliament event

Sunderland's campaign to become the UK's City of Culture in 2021 has won support in the House of Commons.
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Stock picture of a duck swimming amongst raw sewage

Water bosses fined £375,000 for pumping raw sewage into North East river - cash goes to wildlife and environment projects

More than £1.5million will go to projects that help wildlife and the environment as companies pay up for breaking green laws, the Environment Agency has said.

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Just 14% of Brits know the optimal room temperature.

6 ways to reduce your energy bills by hundreds of pounds a year

Households could be saving hundreds of pounds a year on energy bills, new research has revealed.

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Blue tits feeding in a garden. Pic: John Giles/PA Wire.

Count our feathered friends to help RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch

Householders in Sunderland are being urged to fill up their bird feeders this weekend in support of an annual event.

Some units at NEP Business Park were visited. Image by Google Maps.

Wearside businesses visited as part of clampdown on pollution

Businesses in Washington have been visited by the Environment Agency as part of a clampdown on pollution.
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Rubbish dumped on Frosterley Close, Easington Lane.

Scrap dealer could lose licence after ‘dreadful’ flytipping

A scrap dealer could lose his licence after he was caught dumping a large amount of rubbish at a well-known fly-tipping hot spot.

Josh Potter hands the petition to Coun Phil Tye

Thousands of Sunderland youngsters fight youth service funding axe

Around 3,000 young people have signed a petition urging council bosses not to axe youth service funding across Sunderland.
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The new express bus

Commuters give thumbs up to Sunderland to Newcastle express

Readers have given the thumbs up to a new express bus route which will run between Sunderland and Newcastle.

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