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Weather warning as heavy rain batters the North East

A weather warning is in place as heavy rain batters the North East this morning

Sunderland
Lumley Castle launches NOVELTEA afternoon tea. 
Brand owners from left Vincent Efferoth and Lukas Passia

Lumley Castle launches afternoon tea - with a twist

Two graduates have brewed up a drink which combines Britain’s love of alcohol and tea.

Eating Out

Watch: Moment pervert turns up to meet 13-year-old girl in Sunderland

This is the moment a pervert was confronted by paedophile hunters after he arranged to a meet a 13-year-old girl.

Crime
The 25th Sunderland (Castletown) scouts were delighted to receive their repaired mini-bus from Graeme Moan of Car & Bike Magic, Wear Street, Sunderland, who had heard that their mini-bus had been vandalised by yobs throwing bricks damaging windows and bodywork. Pictured with the scouts are l-r Katherine Lavender, Sean Connelly, Alan Palmer and Graeme Moan.

Kind firms help Sunderland Scout group after £33,000 minibus was vandalised

Kind-hearted businesses have stepped in to help out a Wearside Scout group after their minibus was damaged by mindless yobs.

News
Robson and Joan Dawson enjoyed a get together with family and friends in Washington to mark their 70th wedding anniversary.

Washington couple’s love as strong as ever as they celebrate 70th anniversary

Platinum couple Robson and Joan Dawson have spent a lifetime devoted to each other – and their love remains as strong as ever.

News
Floral tributes outside the Kirkwall Close home of Julie Parkin, 39,  who was stabbed to death.

Floral tributes to teacher Julie 'Jules' Parkin as police continue Sunderland murder probe

Floral tributes and poignant messages have been left outside the home of Sunderland teacher Julie 'Jules' Parkin as police continue their murder investigation.

Crime

Primary school gates turned into shrine to murdered teacher Julie Parkin

Floral tributes have been left at the school where Sunderland teacher Julie Parkin worked.
News
Bradley Lowery.

Bradley Lowery is 'deteriorating fast', his heartbroken mum reveals

The mum of battling Bradley Lowery today revealed that the cancer-stricken youngster is 'deteriorating fast'.

News 5
New figures show Sunderland has the fifth highest rate of smoking-related deaths in England

Sunderland has fifth highest rate of smoking-related deaths in England.

Sunderland has the fifth highest death rate due to smoking of 24 major towns and cites across England, according to new figures.

Sunderland
Usman Ali outside the shop.

Sunderland shop owner told to pay £1,700 after fire safety breaches

A Sunderland shop owner has been told to pay £1,700 after failing to comply with fire safety laws.

Sunderland 5
Toxic are the headliners at The Flat Tops' all-day punk festival.

Pub out to show that punk's not dead with all-day festival

A South Tyneside pub is celebrating some notable musical landmarks with an all-day festival of punk music.

Music
The changing cubicles at Newcastle Road baths.

Your memories of visits to Sunderland swimming baths

It’s the gift that keeps on giving!

Retro
Crowds at one of last year's Sunday concerts

Extra security in place for South Shields summer concerts

Extra security measures will be in place for this summer's South Shields seafront concerts.

News
Daniel Johnson is accused of the murder of David Wilson, pictured inset.

David Wilson murder trial: Accused acted like 'petulant child' on night of killing, court told

Jurors have been given an insight into an alleged killer's behaviour in the hours before he is claimed to have carried out a brutal murder.

Crime
Robby's Auto Dismantling has until July 31 to clear out the scrapyard. Pic: Environment Agency.

Scrapyard boss has licence revoked after breaking environmental laws

A County Durham man has had the permit for his vehicle scrapyard revoked after breaking environmental laws.

Environment
Brenda Blethyn.

Who are the famous faces getting honorary degrees from Sunderland University?

Some of the UK’s most well known faces – and voices – will be honoured by Sunderland University this summer, alongside distinguished figures on the regional, national and international stage.

News
A police officer.

Sunderland v Newcastle: Which club was responsible for most arrests on trains last year?

Figures have been released showing how many football-related arrests were made on trains last year.

News
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Lost at sea: Seafarers cut off due to lack of web access, says union

Seafarers are being cut off from their families for months on end due to a lack of internet connectivity while at sea, a survey by by maritime professionals’ trade union, Nautilus International has found.
Business 2
The investigation has been looking into the tens of thousands of reports of software service fraud made each year.

Two arrested in South Shields in computer software service fraud probe

Two people have been arrested in South Tyneside as part of an investigation into computer software service fraud.

Crime
Sarah Millican

Sarah Millican announces string of homecoming dates

Sarah Millican has announced a string of homecoming dates.

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