11 stories from the region you might have missed this week

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Thankfully the weekend has arrived - and it’s time to catch up on what you’ve missed.

For many, the week’s much-needed days of rest have finally arrived.

But if work got the best of you from Monday to Friday (and you’re feeling a little bit out of the loop) we are here to look after you.

It’s been a busy week in the North East Press newsroom – and there’s been a lot going on – so take a look at our guide to what you might have missed this week.

We’ve picked 11 stories from our region to share with you and help you catch up before Monday rolls around again.

Drunk woman arrested in Sunderland Hospital after lighting cigarette

A woman who became abusive in front of shocked patients at Sunderland Royal Hospital has been told to pay £250 in fines and costs.

Drunk Helen Watson, aka Carr, was shouting and swearing and refused to leave on September 6, Sunderland magistrates heard.

To read the full story, click here.

Wearside clothing workers have reunion plans all sewn up

Former staff from an East Durham clothing factory have the bonds of friendship all sewn up.

Dozens of ex-Beau Brummel workers attended a reunion The Knack Club, Seaham, on Friday - ten years after many were made redundant.

To see some nostalgia pictures, click here.

Hartlepool pensioner, 80, conned out of £55,000 after receiving hundreds of scam letters

An 80-year-old in need of a life-changing operation has been conned out of more than £55,000 after becoming the victim of cruel foreign lottery scammers.

The pensioner has been receiving up to 60 scam letters a day from companies all over the world promising a prize in exchange for a sum of money or the purchase of one of their products.

Click here to read the report.

What’s the mystery ship on South Shields beach?

South Tyneside beach-goers were treated to a fleeting sight of maritime history - as a mystery ship wreck came into view.

Visitors to Sandhaven beach enjoyed a blast from the past as low tides put a wreck believed to be more than a century old on display.

Take a look at some beautiful reader photographs here.

Greggs to provide free breakfasts at Sunderland school

Businesses are stepping up to the plate to give youngsters a better start to their school day.

Social enterprise Gentoo Group has teamed up with Greggs Foundation to set up a breakfast club at Academy 360 in Pennywell.

Find out more about the project and click here.

Review: Arabesque, High Street West, Sunderland

It’s been a couple of years since I last visited the city’s only Egyptian restaurant, and it’s still as shiny as its sarcophagus.

Though the venue is a little out of the way, on the far end of High Street West, it’s managed to carve a niche for itself with its authentic offering of North African dishes.

Read our reviewers full take on the restaurant here.

Binmen ‘sacked twice’ after drinking investigation to fight their case in court

Two council binmen sacked, apparently ‘reinstated’, then sacked again as part of a drinking-on-the-job probe are taking their fight to court.

The men – the driver of a bin wagon and a bin operative – were both dismissed in February, according to their union.

What do you think? Click here to read the story.

How a South Shields girl became Devon town’s longest-serving landlady

Tributes have been paid to a former South Tynesider who became Torbay’s longest-serving landlady.

Heather Wheeler, who grew up in South Shields, has died at the age of 76.

After leaving the borough with her parents as a teen, the family relocated to Wandsworth, in London.

Find out about Heather’s journey here.

Charity shop volunteer brutally beaten and stamped on by drunken teenagers in Hartlepool

A charity shop volunteer was viciously attacked by a gang of drunken teenagers who stamped on him as he 
lay defenceless on the ground.

The victim, who does not wish to be named, was repeatedly kicked and punched by the young thugs when he tried to deliver stock to Hartlepool & District Hospice’s shop on Owton Manor Lane.

Read the shocking story here.

Sunderland convenience store scoops Newsagent of the Year award

A business has been billed as the best in the trade after scooping a national award for delivering the news.

Wilson’s Convenience Store, in Queen Alexandra Road, Ashbrooke, won Newsagent of the Year at the Retail Industry Awards.

Read the full report and click here.

Hartlepool lifeboat gets royal seal of approval

A wartime visitor to Hartlepool received a right Royal welcome in July 1941.

Hundreds of people gathered to watch as Princess Alice officially named the town’s newest lifeboat - the Watson class Royal Princess - after herself.

Check out our nostalgia pictures here.