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Sunderland AFC boss Chris Coleman and players spread Christmas cheer to young fans on hospital visits

Chris Coleman thanked families and staff for an ‘amazing welcome’ as he and his Sunderland squad visited children’s wards across the north east.

New performance tables for Sunderland primary schools have been published today.

New Sunderland primary school league tables published: How do they rank?

New tables showing the number of primary school pupils in Sunderland reaching the expected standard in reading, writing and maths have been published today.

Our MP is angry at planned Tory cuts to free school meals.

Sharon Hodgson: Tory Government has no consideration for children’s futures

Supporting children in their formative years has always been a passion of mine and an area which I have helped push during my time as an MP.

Nick Jones, chief executive of Newcastle International Airport.

Newcastle Airport named as one of the happiest in the world

The North East’s largest airport, Newcastle International, was today placed fifth in a list of the world’s happiest airports.
Miles McBurnie who was saved from a house fire earlier this week.

Fire crews praised for saving life of toddler in Sunderland house blaze

A fire chief today praised colleagues who saved a toddler after he was caught up in a Sunderland house blaze.

Katie Brannen.

Transgender South Shields woman cleared of raping a man

A transgender woman accused of raping a man has been cleared over the alleged attack after the charges against her were dropped.

Here's what prisoners will be tucking into this Christmas Day.

What inmates in our prisons will be tucking into on Christmas Day

Prison bosses have revealed the menu inmates in English prisons can expect this Christmas.
Alex Hopkins, former chief executive of Together for Children.

Sunderland children's services spend £7.7million on agency staff as top boss resigns

Sunderland's struggling children's services organisation spent £7.7m on temps in a year it has emerged.

Steve Harper and Alan Shearer support launch of world's first 'check yourself' app by cancer charity

Sportsmen and celebrities have backed the launch of the world's first "check yourself" app for testicular cancer.
Liberal Democrat Campaigner Martin Haswell

Councillors call for more trains to help cope with 'Metro failures'

Liberal Democrats on Wearside are calling for an increase in the number of Northern Rail services between Sunderland and Newcastle in the morning and evening rush hours to cope with repeated failures on the Tyne and Wear Metro.

Mike Ashley.

Profits plunge at Mike Ashley's Sports Direct

Mike Ashley's Sports Direct has seen half year profits dented as the retailer flagged that sales in the UK fell following store closures, reduced online promotions and as a result of Brexit hit pound.

Christina Votter and dog Bonnie were rescued after falling into a frozen pond at James Steel Park.

Woman hails 999 hero after she and dog fall into freezing pond

A woman is hoping to be reunited with a Good Samaritan who helped saved the lives of her and her dog after she dived into freezing water when her beloved pet fell in a lake.


Look inside the Royal Mail’s North East hub as it handles 4.1million items ahead of Christmas

An army of Royal Mail staff are entering the crunch period of the year as the Christmas rush sets in.

Headteacher Elizabeth Hayes outside Boldon School.

School fails to reach good standard for more than a decade

A local school is one of 130 in the country which has failed to be rated as ‘good’ by education watchdogs for more than ten years.

Sunderland's household waste recycling site at Beach Street

Cabinet approves plans for new Sunderland recycling centre as part of £60million extra spending

Sunderland council bosses are ploughing millions of pounds into keeping the city’s streets clean.

Jonathan Finn was charged with operating an illegal waste site

Man who ran illegal tip in Sunderland ordered to pay more than £1,700

A man who ran an illegal tip has been ordered to pay £1,730.

Detective Chief Inspector Lee Gosling

Police still targeting burglars in South Tyneside and Sunderland ahead of Christmas

Police who have put the skids under scores of burglars say they still plan to spoil Christmas for criminals.

William Roney and his brother Miles McBurnie.

Family thank hero firefighters after Sunderland toddler brought back to life after house blaze

The family of a toddler rescued from his burning home have hailed the heroes who saved his life.

The westbound A195 at Washington. Picture from Google Images

Serious accident partially closes A195 in Washington

A busy Wearside road is partially blocked after a three-vehicle collision.

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