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Organiser, Oracle, Elephant, Maverick, or Steady Eddie ... which friend are you?

The average adult has 40 friends - and they fall into one of eight categories, according to new research.
Offbeat
Laurence Cooke cuts the ribbon on the new toilets at Roker. Picture: TOM BANKS

New wheelchair accessible toilet opened on Sunderland seafront

A new toilet which has wheelchair access and a changing bench has been opened at Sunderland seafront.

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Former police officer Gary Christie.

Disgraced Sunderland police officer jailed for helping drug dealer pal is kicked off force

A Wearside police officer who was jailed for two years for helping a drugs gang has been dismissed after more than 20 years' service.

News
An event last July in Keel Square to celebrate the beginning of Sunderland's City of Culture bid

Sunderland to submit City of Culture bid in hope of attracting millions to North East economy

Sunderland is pushing the button this morning on a bid leaders say could worth millions to the region and put the eyes of the world on our city.

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The SCS staff at Hadrian's Wall on their walking challenge.

Sunderland furniture store staff walk 100 miles to raise £10,000 for cancer charity

Staff at a Wearside furniture store have gone the extra mile - 100 in fact - to help out a vital cancer charity by completing a walking challenge.

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Are you heading away this weekend? Picture: PA.

Drivers warned to expect delays as holidaymakers take to the roads

More than 10 million leisure journeys are expected on Britain's roads between Friday and Monday as motorists embark on a getaway for the May Day bank holiday.
Transport
Have you got any paper fivers left?

There is just a week left to spend or bank your old paper fivers

People have just a week left to spend or bank the 155 million paper Bank of England fivers still in circulation before they lose their legal tender status.

Business

Winners celebrate Sunderland and South Tyneside Health Awards

A health stalwart and a man who fought back from a stroke have been recognised as two of our worthy health heroes at a glittering ceremony last night.

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Former Sunderland striker Kevin Phillips alongside SAFC Fans Museum founder Michael Ganley.

Football legend Kevin Phillips to return to Sunderland for talk-in events

Black Cats striking legend Kevin Phillips is set for a return to Wearside for a series of talk-ins in the area.

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Heworth Road, Concord, Washington.

Nissan apprentice caught drink-driving may have been caught out by diabetes effects, claims solicitor

A Nissan apprentice blamed his diabetes on being over the limit the morning after a drunken bender.

Washington
The changing of the Nishan Sahib at Sunderland's Sikh Community Centre

Sunderland Sikh Centre welcomes the world to mark festival of Vaisakhi

Sunderland’s Sikh community is welcoming the world this weekend.

News
The passenger sitting close to the window was left injured by the stone attack.

Stone attack on train window 'could have been fatal' warn transport police

The police officer leading an investigation into an attack on a train which left a man injured believes the thugs behind it could have cost the victim his life.
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Police, Crime and Victims Commissioner Ron Hogg says improving road safety is a priority.

Speeding clampdown sees 80 drivers a day caught out

Speeding drivers have been caught out after a week-long crackdown.

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Steven Thompson leaving Sunderland Magistrates Court at an earlier hearing

Man jailed for nearly 12 years for shooting Sunderland teenager in the head

A man has been jailed for nearly 12 years for condemning a teenage boy to a "living nightmare" after shooting him in the head.

Crime
Friday's strike in numbers.

Rail reminder: How Sunderland and Hartlepool services are affected by Friday's train strike

Around half a rail company's usual number of trains will operate later this week when travellers are hit by another one-day strike.
News
Lewis Knapp's funeral procession arrives at South Shields Crematorium.

Hundreds turn out to pay their last respects to ‘lovely lad’ Lewis Knapp

Hundreds of heartbroken family members and friends gathered to say an emotional final farewell and celebrate the life of Lewis Knapp.

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Anthony Maratty, manager of The Point, Paula Lister, Julie Dransfield, Andrew Golding, managing director of The Point, Deana Pearn and Adele Pallas.

Superheroes and singing stars lined up for night for Bradley Lowery

A group of women who forged their friendship in their school days are teaming up to give their backing to Bradley.
Sunderland
The UK voted to leave the EU on June 23 last year.

How much money does the UK pay to the EU?

The UK makes a net contribution to the EU of around £199 million a week, according to the latest official estimates.
Business 7
One vehicle was overturned in the incident. Image: Durham RPU on Twitter.

Three taken to hospital after vehicle overturns on A690

Three people have been taken to hospital after a three-vehicle collision on the A690.
Transport
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.

East Durham
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