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Woman who ran party businesses jailed after not paying back £87,000 she stole in VAT fraud

A businesswoman who forged invoices to fraudulently pocket £87,000 in VAT refunds has been jailed for not repaying the money she stole.

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Sunderland Tory election candidate suspended by Conservatives after row over ‘vile and abysmal’ tweets

A candidate in next month’s local elections has been suspended by his party after it was unveiled he had posted “vile” messages on social media.

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Animal cruelty cases on the rise in area, says RSPCA

The number of complaints of cruelty against animals in our area has increased over the last year, new figures show.

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Rubbish left in the Downhill area of Sunderland.

Anger over dumped rubbish which is ‘attracting rats’ in Sunderland neighbourhood

A furious resident has hit out at litterbugs and fly-tippers who he says are ruining the lives of others for dumping rubbish in his area.

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Sunderland owner Ellis Short.

Sunderland fans call on owner Ellis Short to clarify his position on club following relegation

Despondent Sunderland fans have called on owner Ellis Short to front up and speak to supporters about his future plans for their club after the Black Cats fell into the third tier of English football.

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Youngster wheelchair fencer Joshua Waddell

Sunderland teenage fencing ace needs your help to fulfil Paralympics dream

A funding page has been set up to help a Wearside teenager realise his dream of competing in the next Paralympic Games.

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Royal birth at Sunderland Royal Hospital. Baby Frederick Edward Henry

Little Frederick born the same day as new Royal baby

Ecstatic couple Ashleigh and Richard Henry welcomed baby son Frederick Edward Henry at Sunderland Royal Hospital shortly after 9am on Monday - just hours before the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to her third child.

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HM Coastguard.

Three people rescued from cliffs by coastguard rescue teams

Three people had to be rescued after getting into difficulties on a coastal cliff.
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Marco Gabbiadini and Gary Bennett will be hoping for the same again come May 2019 as they celebrate with team-mates promotion to the second tier of English football in 1987-88.

‘Relegation is devastating’ - Sunderland legends speak as club heads to League One

Sunderland legends have spoken of their heartache at seeing the Black Cats slip into the third tier of English football for just the second time in the club’s history.

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Steven Atkinson.

Devastated family of Sunderland boy killed in road tragedy open their hearts as part of anti-speeding campaign

The devastated family of a Sunderland boy who was killed after being hit by a speeding driver have spoken of their heartache.

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Sunderland in action against Burton Albion.

‘Pick ourselves up. Dust ourselves down’ - 11 things you said on Twitter after Sunderland’s relegation

Devastated fans took to Twitter to vent their frustration as Sunderland’s demotion to the third tier was confirmed.

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Former Sunderland players Bobby Kerry, Jimmy Montgomery, Gary Bennett and Jimmy Shoulder visit the new Lickety Split ice cream parlour at Infinite Durham.

Former Sunderland players get a scoop of the action at new ice cream parlour

Former Sunderland stars got a scoop of the action as a new ice cream parlour opened at an activity centre.

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Michael Roper.

Sunderland grandad with heart problems praises NHS for two decades of care

A grandad who has bravely battled heart problems for more than two decades said today he would “not be here now” if not for the life-saving work of the NHS.

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The One Show presenter Iwan Thomas is filmed walking around BGL Customer Services in Sunderland.

Award-winning Sunderland contact centre features on BBC’s The One Show

The work of staff at a Wearside contact centre was broadcast to millions of viewers on BBC topical programme The One Show after a film crew visited the business.

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The A19 northbound at Easington Colliery. Copyright Google Maps.

Delays after crash on A19

Drivers are facing delays after a crash on the A19 tonight.
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Jill Colbert, who is to take up the posts of Director of Children's Services at Sunderland City Council and Chief Executive of Together for Children.

New director appointed to run children's services in Sunderland

A new director has been appointed to oversee the running of children's services in Sunderland.

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Robert Soden with his artwork.

Artist captures construction of Sunderland's new Northern Spire bridge on canvas

A talented landscape artist renowned for capturing changes to the Sunderland skyline has captured the progress of the city's new bridge on canvas.

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Roadworks being carried out.

Council pledges £700,000 towards repairing potholes and improving roads

An extra £700,000 of council funding will be invested in improving the condition of roads around County Durham over the coming year, it has been revealed today.
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The Fizz.

Scouting For Girls, The Fizz and Roachford to play concert in South Shields

The sounds of three decades of pop are heading to South Shields this summer as Scouting for Girls, Roachford and The Fizz headline a free outdoor concert.
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Manor Park in Concord, Washington. Copyright Google Maps.

Police warning after 'bogus' window cleaners strike in street

Police are urging residents to be on their guard against bogus callers after men pretending to be window cleaners tried to get into a house.

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