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New apprentice driving towards bright future after being taken on by Stagecoach

A new apprentice is driving towards a bright future after being taken on by a bus company.

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South Tyneside theatre celebrates ‘takeover’ by young artists

South Tyneside theatre celebrates ‘takeover’ by young artists

Young people took to a South Tyneside theatre’s stage to celebrate them “taking over” the arts venue in 2016.

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Churchill Street, Newcastle. Picture: Google Maps.

One arrested after man raped in Newcastle

A 29-year-old man has been arrested following reports of a rape in Newcastle city centre.

Crime
The Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Alan Smith, and Mayoress Coun Moira Smith, join Santa in his grotto at Whitburn Village's Winter Festival, held at the Barnes Institute.

Families get into festive spirit as village’s Christmas celebrations begin

Families got into the festive spirit as a village’s Christmas celebrations were launched.

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More than 2,000 Sunderland car parking spaces become free in lead-up to Christmas

More than 2,000 car parking spaces in Sunderland are to become free after 3pm on weekdays in the run-up to Christmas.

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Chipper Club at the Odeon cinema 29 May 1974 old ref number 2162 Photographer John Forbes
Members of the Echo Chipper Club before a showing of the film Herbie Rides Again.  They won free tickets to the show in a recent painting competition held by the Chipper Club. see Thursday May 30 1974

Chipsters galore remember the Chipper Club

There’s 21,000 reasons why you loved the Chipper Club.

Retro
A collection tin has been stolen from the St Benedict's Hospice shop in Ryhope. Pictured are Shop Manager Ashley Davidson, left, with Retail Manager Marie Leighton. Picture: TOM BANKS

Thief steals collection box from Sunderland charity shop

Police are hunting a thief who stole a collection box from a Sunderland charity shop.

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L/Cpl Gary Lowthian looks at his and his grandfather's stone on the new Veteran's Walk pathway in Mowbray Park, Sunderland. Picture: TOM BANKS

Veterans’ Walk creates lasting tribute to armed forces in Sunderland

A poignant memorial has been unveiled in a walkway which honours all those who have put their lives on the line as they served their country.

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Alan Shearer

Alan Shearer to receive CBE from Prince William at Buckingham Palace

Former England and Newcastle striker Alan Shearer is to be honoured for his charity work.

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Fire crews tackle blaze at block of flats in Sunderland

Fire crews tackled a blaze in a high-rise block of flats in Sunderland during the night.

Sunderland
Former Mecca Bingo building

Housing, shops and cafe plans rejected for landmark Mecca bingo hall site

Shouts of “house” have been silenced after plans to change a landmark bingo hall in South Tyneside into apartments were rejected.

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Artist's impression of the new Bridges extension.

Next confirms opening date for giant new Sunderland store in The Bridges extension

A high street fasion retailer says it is hoping to open the doors to its new city centre store by next autumn.

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Stapleton House Care Home, Borough Road Jarrow

Hospital discharged terminally ill man at 11pm – inquest hears he died just days later from pneumonia

A grieving man has told an inquest how his terminally ill dad was discharged from hospital late at night – before going on to die just days later from pneumonia.

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An artist's impression of what the new Jarrow Hub will look like.

Shake-up to day services in South Tyneside for adult residents with learning difficulties

Day services for older people and adults with learning disabilities are set to be re-located to state-of-the-art sites across South Tyneside.

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The Galleries shopping centre in Washington

Brothers spared jail after fight left shopper needing surgery

A shopper suffered a broken leg and needed a hip replacement after being knocked over by two brothers fighting outside a retail complex.

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Dippers race to the sea at last year's Dip

Time running out to register for Sunderland’s Boxing Day Dip

Time is running out to stake your claim to a place in this year’s Boxing Day Dip.

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Mayor Coun Alan Emerson presents the annual Celia Parnell Award to ValerieBarzey.

Sunderland's dedicated foster carers honoured

Sunderland has honoured the foster carers who provide new hope for some of the city's most vulnerable youngsters.

Sunderland
Sleeping Beauty panto rehearsals
Faye Tozer as The Good Fairy

Sunderland Empire pantomime cast prepare for opening night

Yule love Sleeping Beauty - say the cast of this year’s Sunderland Empire pantomime.

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Truck driver spills building materials onto busy road

This is the moment police caught a driver whose van shed building materials onto a busy road.
Crime
Vesta Tilley's former manager Mark Hardy leaves court wearing a mask

Thieving Sunderland bar boss emerges from court wearing mask

A Sunderland bar boss who stole more than £10,000 from his employer is still to learn his punishment after his latest court appearance.

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