Campaigners and councillors against greenbelt homes plan near Penshaw Monument

Campaigners fighting plans that could see hundreds of homes built near Penshaw Monument used a council information event to share their concerns with families in the area.

Only five fines were given out in the city last year.

'They are breaking the law so deserve a fine' - 13 things you said about dog fouling in Sunderland

Echo readers are calling on Sunderland City Council to issue more fines for not cleaning up after your dog.


Shocking sun damage exposed by UV photo technology as drivers warned of 'white van tan'

Motorists are being urged to cover up before jumping behind the wheel as the UK continues to bask in the hot weather.
Conservatives are demanding tougher punishments who fail to pick up after their pets.

Call for tougher action after only five fines issued for dog fouling in Sunderland last year

Sunderland’s Conservative party has called for a “tougher approach” towards dog fouling after figures revealed only five fines were given out in the last year.

Lovely weather we've been having!

2018 could be among 10 warmest, driest and sunniest summers

This summer could be a record breaker if temperatures stay above average, the Met Office has said.

Darcy the dog shelters from the sun at the Sunderland Armed Forces Weekend dog show recently.

Will the rain stay away ahead of an exciting weekend in Sunderland?

For the first time in a month, the North East might finally be about to witness some sustained rain. However, there is good news...

Some of the waste dumped in Limekiln Gill.

Fly-tipper fined £1,000 after dumping waste at nature reserve

A fly-tipper has got into a fine mess after illegally dumping rubbish in a nature reserve.

Sunderland and South Shields houses hardest to sell.

Property in Sunderland and South Shields among the hardest to sell

Homeowners in Sunderland and South Shields are finding it the hardest to sell their properties.
Professor Benjamin Horton and colleagues soil core sampling in a lake in Scotland. Scientists have warned that marshlands in the south east of England could start to disappear in a little over 20 years due to rapid rises in sea levels. Pic: Ian Shennan/Durham University/PA Wire.

Salt marshes could start to disappear in UK in 20 years, say Durham scientists

Marshlands in the south east of England could start to disappear in a little over 20 years due to rapid rises in sea levels, scientists have warned.

Sunderland Magistrates' Court

Throwing plastic spoon out of window costs Sunderland van driver more than £600

Throwing a plastic spoon out of his van window cost a Sunderland man more than £600 after he failed to show up to court.

Northumbrian Water are warning of the risks of open water swimming.

Northumbrian Water warn lives are being put at risk during UK heatwave

The public are being reminded of the dangers of open water swimming as hot weather continues to sweep the country.
Staff and pupils from Seaham High School all set for a litter pick at the beach.

Pupils stunned by amount of litter found on beach clean-up day

Pupils from an East Durham school enjoyed a day at the beach - but strictly for educational purposes.

Hosepipe bans have been introduced in Northern Ireland.

Is the North East set for water restrictions like other parts of the country?

Water companies are starting to ask customers to conserve supplies by not using hosepipes or water sprinklers during the ongoing heatwave.


Sunderland set to bask in warm weekend as Met Office predicts sunny weather

As soon as we get a taste of some sunshine, the question is always the same.

Wearmouth Bridge.

Sunderland bridge lane closure

A lane will be closed on a Sunderland bridge this evening.

Coun Amy Wilson

Council crack-down on illegal roadside ads in Sunderland

A crack-down on illegal roadside advertising is under way in Sunderland.

Sea fret

What is sea fret? How coastal fog clouds our warm summer days in the North East

You can be less than a mile from the coast and enjoying clear skies and sunshine - only to be faced with a wall of thick, cooling fog when you head towards the beach.


How long will the hot weather last in Sunderland?

July is just around the corner - and we've certainly been feeling it with a dose of summer sunshine over the weekend.

The brown paper bags issued by Morrisons for greengrocer areas, which have been introduced into 493 stores, and will be rolled out to the rest by the end of the summer. Picture by Mikael Buck/Morrisons

Supermarket brings back paper bags for fruit and veg in drive to cut down on plastic

Paper bags for fruit and vegetables have made a come back in Morrisons, as the supermarket tries to cut the use plastic.
New figures have been revealed regarding how much councils make from garden waste collections.

Councils rake in millions from garden waste collections

Councils rake in almost £74 million a year from charging to collect garden waste, new figures reveal
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