Photos of marine mammals suffocating on plastic waste will do nothing to solve our enivronmental problems ... but a ‘bottle tax’ will

Distressing photographs of turtles tangled in discarded waste may tug at the heartstrings but if you really want to tackle environmental problems you have to aim lower.

Ministers are considering a crackdown on single-use plastic bottles.

Could plastic bottles crackdown follow 5p carrier bag charge?

Ministers are considering cracking down on throwaway plastic bottles after the success of the plastic bag charge.
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Rare duck makes a splash in South Tyneside

Rare duck makes a splash in South Tyneside

A rare bird has paid a visit to a South Tyneside pond.

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Woods Terrace in Murton.

£1million move to reduce flood risk

More than £1million is being invested by Northumbria Water to reduce flood risk in a County Durham village.

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Some of the damage left in Seaham after yesterday's tidal surge

Damage left behind in Seaham after high tides and stormy weather hits the coastline

Damage has been caused to fencing at Seaham Harbour as high tides and stormy weather hit the coastline.
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Dame Dorothy Primary School pupils released balloons to mark what would have been the 18th birthday of Kieran Anderson.

Balloon release to mark 18th birthday of ‘amazingly brave’ boy who lost fight with cancer

An ‘amazingly brave’ boy who lost his fight to cancer has been remembered with a balloon release on what would have been his 18th birthday.

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The new Coun Stephen O'Brien who has taken the Sandhill ward seat.

Lib Dems take seat in Sunderland's Sandhill ward by-election

The Liberal Democrats have won a Sunderland seat by a huge majority.

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Drivers urged to take extra care this morning.

Motorists reminded to take care as severe weather hits the region

As predicted heavy snowfall hit the region this morning and drivers are being advised to take extra care.

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A fox is snapped by one of the cameras.

Your help needed to catch wildlife on camera

Cameras are on offer to capture photos of wildlife living on our doorsteps.

Skywalker gibbon

New gibbon species named after Star Wars' Luke Skywalker

A new species of gibbon identified in remote forests in China has been named after Star Wars character Luke Skywalker.
A woolly kingfisher in position over the pond as part of the display.

Artistic knitters decorate nature reserve with amazing wildlife creations

A purl of an idea has been used to bring some colour to the winter scenes at a nature reserve.

Common Dolphin in the River Wear. Picture by Les Mann.

A new visitor to Sunderland is making a splash

Residents in the city have been surprised to see a dolphin swimming in the River Wear.

Birders spot 105 species in annual bird race

Birders spot 105 species in annual bird race

Twitchers did themselves proud in an annual bird race - clocking up more than 100 breeds.

East Boldon Metro  crossing

Salt and grit caused Metro to grind to halt

Metro passengers were caught up in delays yesterday when grit forced part of the line to close.

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East Durham Homes Peter Eldrett with Michael Welsh, Andrew Maddison and Elizabeth Welsh from Easington Colliery in Bloom.

Funding is blooming great news for Easington Colliery

A County Durham business has dug deep to help out a local community group.

National Trust ranger Dougie Holden.

It’s time to get in a flap for an annual bird race

Twitchers are being urged to get ready for an annual bird race this weekend.

Tomorrow is expected to start the busiest fly-tipping weekend of the year. Picture: Shutterstock.

Are you prepared for Fly-tipping Friday tomorrow?

Families have been warned to resist the temptation to dump unwanted rubbish as Britain prepares for the busiest fly-tipping weekend of the year.
Council chiefs consider on-the-spot fines for fly-tippers

Council chiefs consider on-the-spot fines for fly-tippers

Plans to introduced new fixed penalty notices against fly-tippers are to be examined by Sunderland City Council’s Cabinet next week.

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100 pigeons have died in a fire at a Sunderland cree.

100 pigeons killed in fire at Sunderland cree

One hundred birds have died in a blaze at a Wearside pigeon cree.
Southwick residents, from left  John Burnikell, Barry Rayne and  Grace Smart

Families plagued by rats in Sunderland neighbourhood

Residents in a Sunderland street say they are being inundated with rats.

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