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Police and law chief welcome increased jail term for paedophile Sunderland spray painter

The increased sentence for paedophile Sunderland spray painter Paul Leighton has been welcomed by police and the solicitor who led the case.
Crime
A photo publicising the new Doctor Who Christmas special with Mark Gatiss, left, current doctor Peter Capaldi, centre, and David Bradley as the original doctor.

Hartlepool to be the first place in the world to watch new Doctor Who Christmas special

Hartlepool will screen an historic episode of hit television series Doctor Who more than a week before it is broadcast globally.

Offbeat
England cricketer Joe Root with the Ashes trophy before heading to Australia for the new series.

When do the Ashes start, how can I watch them and who is going to win?

England's defence of cricket's Ashes begins overnight with the start of the first test in Australia.
Cricket
The late Rodney Bewes, left, and James Bolam.

Sunderland Likely Lad James Bolam denies rift with late co-star Rodney Bewes

Sunderland-born television star James Bolam has denied there was ever a feud with late co-star Rodney Bewes.
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Snow patrol leader singer Gary Lightbody.

November 22, 2003: Fourteen years since little-known Snow Patrol played Sunderland bar

They have played at some of the world's largest arenas and festivals and even made a brief appearance in television hit Game of Thrones.

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Rodney Bewes, centre, in a Likely Lads scene.

Likely Lads sitcom star Rodney Bewes dies at the age of 79

The Likely Lads star Rodney Bewes has died at the age of 79
News

Stolen car embedded in side of Sunderland house after crash

Police are hunting a runaway driver after a stolen car was left embedded in the side of a house.

Crime

Sunderland create unwanted record for longest run without home win

Sunderland today bagged an unwanted place in the record books by claiming the longest run in English football without a home win.
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Incoming Sunderland boss Chris Coleman.

Poll: Where will Sunderland finish this season with Chris Coleman as manager?

They are three points from safety, 16 from the play-offs and 25 from an automatic promotion spot.
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Can you help Clean the Dene around Hylton Castle next week?

Sunderland residents urged to help Clean the Dene

Wearsiders are being urged to help Clean the Dene next week.

News

When is the football World Cup draw and who could England play?

Attention turns to next month's football World Cup draw now that the play-offs for the final places are over.
News
The logo for the joint police operation.

Buying new wheels for Christmas? Check the laws here first

People thinking of buying vehicles such as motorcycles, mini motos and quad bikes as Christmas presents are urged to check the laws first.
News

Watch all the latest football action from the Russell Foster Junior Leagues

Young footballers are continuing to parade their skills in the ever-popular Russell Foster Junior Leagues.

Football
The Killers.

Review: The Killers at the Newcastle Metro Radio Arena

Not many men could get away with wearing a gold suit at the end of a Friday night on the Toon.
Whats on
A photo of Captain Robert Nairac taken around 1974-75.

'Sensationalist fantasy' to link Sunderland soldier to notorious IRA massacre

A senior army intelligence officer at the time of a notorious massacre believes it is a "sensationalist fantasy" to link a murdered Sunderland soldier to the killings.
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Westminster Magistrates' Court.

Sunderland man faces string of terrorism charges

A 40-year-old man from Sunderland has been remanded in custody after he was charged with a string of terrorism offences
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Watch the latest football action from the Russell Foster Junior Leagues

Young football stars are again dazzling spectators with their skills in the Russell Foster Junior Leagues.
Sport
More rail strikes take place on Wednesday.

What North-East train services are affected by Wednesday's rail strike?

Rail passengers face further disruption on Wednesday during the latest in a series of strikes by train staff.
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Insulating properties can ultimately reduce bills.

Five tips to make your home more energy efficient now that winter is coming

The clocks have changed, it is getting dark earlier and even last year's de-icer was dusted down unexpectedly this morning.
Lifestyle
Land earmarked for 150 homes in West Rainton.

Safety fears over bid to alter housing scheme near busy A690

Protesters fear drivers and residents will be put at risk by proposed changes to a controversial housing estate.
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