TALES of sadness, laughter and triumph are among our top ten most viewed stories from the last seven days:
1) Sunderland mum found daughter hanging from window blind cord
This incredibly sad story of Sophie Allen is every parent’s nightmare.
Tens of thousands of you read her story, leaving tributes and sharing it on Twitter and Facebook as a warning to others.
We hope your kind comments and concern will be of some comfort to Sophie’s family.
2) Ceiling collapse at hair salon
Thankfully no one was badly hurt when the ceiling fell in on staff and customers at Hair Philosophy in Pallion. Not what you expect when you pop in for a cut and colour.
3) Police concerned over man outside Sunderland primary school
Thousands of you helped spread the message after a man approached children at school.
4) Pensioner fighting for her life after gas explosion in Sunderland
An 80-year-old woman was left in a critical condition after a gas explosion off Hylton Road. Our thoughts are with her family and we hope she makes a full recovery.
5) Sunderland confirm departures
Sunderland announced four young players were leaving the club after the quartet were variously linked with other clubs.
6) ‘Magic’ Sunderland fan’s Newcastle shirt prank
Aspiring magician Richard Parker used his skills of illusion to trick Newcastle fans with a shirt prank on the Great Wall of China.
7) Ki Sung-Yueng set to miss Sunderland’s survival finale
Ki Sung-Yueng looks like he may have kicked his final ball for Sunderland as the on-loan Swansea player’s injury problem continues.
8) Sunderland out of relegation zone after Cardiff victory
Another great day for Sunderland fans as a 4-0 win saw them rise out of the drop zone – and hopefully they’ll stay out.
9) Son’s fight to keep his home after mother’s death
The story of Patrick Monaghan, told he must leave his home of 40 years after his mother’s death, sparked a lot of debate online.
10) Sunderland star Wickham: Now let’s seal our safety!
Connor Wickham said he was hoping to make an impression when he returned from loan – and he has certainly done that.
The young striker said the whole team must now set their sets on securing safety.