Plans could mean end for town’s blue barrier bother

Decade-long calls to remove a barrier between two shopping spots could finally be answered under a masterplan to bring investment and improvements to Seaham.


Battling heart op girl Chanel defies odds to celebrate third birthday

Today marks the day Chanel Murrish’s family were told they would never see - as she celebrates her third birthday against all odds.

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Megan Bell, 17, who died at T in the Park in July 2016.

Police report due over Megan Bell’s T in the Park death

A police report into the investigation sparked by the death of a teenage girl at the T in the Park music festival is due to be completed.

Jennifer Bell and Julia Errington with vases donated by The National Glass Centre.

First fundraiser for Megan Bell tops £1,600 within an hour

A charity set up in the name of teenager Megan Bell who died at a music festival has held its first official fundraiser.

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Princes Street in Ipswich. Image copyright Google Maps.

Seaham boy arrested in investigation into gunpoint robbery

A 14-year-old from Seaham has been arrested after two robberies in Ipswich, one involving a firearm.

Cancer-stricken dog on the mend thanks to almost £10,000 in donations

Big-hearted dog-lovers raised almost £10,000 to save the life of a pooch struck down with mouth cancer.
James Burgon has gained his private pilot licence.

Shop worker’s journey to becoming an airline pilot takes off

A man who started saving his Christmas cash and wages up from the age of 16 to cover the cost of flying lessons has passed his private pilot licence.

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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Megan Bell pictured on holiday.

Charity set up in memory of tragic teenager Megan Bell steps up its work

A charity launched in the name of a teenager who died in a music festival is looking to raise funds to help other families hit by tragedy.

Flamingo Land.

Facebook fraudster who conned families in fake holiday scam gets chance to pay victims back

A woman who conned families into putting down deposits for caravan holidays which didn’t exist is being given a chance to pay the money back to her victims.

Matthew Bell Burdess was well known in the community.

Tributes to the ‘colourful’ pitman councillor who was a driving force for sport

The family of a well-respected councillor have paid tribute to a man who had time for everyone.

Emergency services at the scene of the crash. Pic: Katherine Cartwright.

Woman dies after coach and car crash on A19 slip road

A woman has died after a collision on an A19 slip road near Seaham, police have revealed.
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Woman has emergency op at roadside after coach crash on A19 slip road

A woman has undergone open heart surgery at the scene of a coach crash on an A19 slip road near Seaham.
Megan Bell pictured on holiday.

Charity launched in memory of tragic T in the Park teenager Megan Bell

The family of a popular teenager who died at a music festival are launching a charity after discovering first hand the heartache of losing their much-loved girl.

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Maurice McShane

Am dram stalwart who sexually abused two girls is struck off from working as chiropodist

A stalwart of the amateur dramatics scene in the North East who was jailed for more than six years for the sexual abuse of two girls has been struck off from working as a chiropodist.

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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Julie Nicholson with Ken Loach

Seaham mum features in Bafta-nominated I, Daniel Blake

A Seaham mum says she had the ‘experience of a lifetime’ starring in a Bafta-nominated Ken Loach film.

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Picture by Joseph Dunn

Your pictures of waves battering Sunderland and Seaham

Waves pounded our coastline - but we escaped severe flooding and damaged from the predicted tidal surge.

Police helicopter is out over Seaham.

Police helicopter is out over Seaham

The police helicopter is flying above a school in Seaham.

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Young artists beaming to join in light show celebration

Young artists beaming to join in light show celebration

Young artists have experienced their own light bulb moment as they learned how to create their own designs with some expert help.

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