Sunderland takeaway boss 'used alcoholics and drug addicts as slaves' and 'fed them on leftovers'

An "unscrupulous" Sunderland takeaway boss kept vulnerable men as slaves and gave them leftover food in return for hard work, jurors have heard.

Happy Mondays

Happy Mondays to headline Northumberland’s Lindisfarne Festival

It’s been announced that Happy Mondays will headline this year’s Lindisfarne Festival in Northumberland.

Sir Tom Jones will appear at Alnwick Castle this summer.

Sir Tom Jones to play North East castle concert

Sir Tom Jones has been revealed as the next big name lined up to play Alnwick Castle.
Nile Rodgers

Disco legend Nile Rodgers and Chic announce outdoor North East gig

Disco legend Nile Rodgers and his band Chic have announced they’ll be bringing the ultimate dance party to the North East.

The Lindisfarne Inn at Beal

Win a two night break for two in Northumberland worth £400

The Sunderland Echo is giving you the chance to win a fantastic Northumberland break at The Lindisfarne Inn – the nearest mainland inn to Holy Island.

The Hog's Head Inn in Alnwick, Northumberland

Win a two-night break for two at Hog’s Head Inn, Alnwick, Northumberland

When the temperature dips, it’s time to head to the hottest place to visit in the UK – Northumberland and a cosy inn stay away.

Newcastle Crown Court

Workman crushed into boiling-hot tarmac when lorry shed load on top of him

A workman suffered life-changing injuries after being crushed into boiling hot tarmac when a lorry shed a heavy load on top of him.

The Levellers

The Levellers and Sunderland’s Tom Smith announced for North East festival

Following a successful crowdfunding campaign, which raised £75,000 in six weeks, organisers of Lindisfarne Festival have announced The Levellers as the first confirmed headliner for the three-day summer music festival in 2018.

Photos by Sean Elliott Photography

North East castle offers Game of Thrones experience for couples

Fancy romancing your partner in Westeros this Valentine’s?

Brenda Blenthyn, who stars as Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope in ITV's Vera

Vera fans complain about 'awful' North East accents as detective series returns to TV

Detective drama Vera has been criticised by viewers who claim the North East accents on the programme are not accurate and can be "tough to hear".

The huge fire in a Liverpool car park on New Year's Eve destroyed 1,400 vehicles after the blaze broke out in an old Land Rover and spread rapidly.

Northumbria Police officer apologises for Tweet after Liverpool car park fire

A Northumbria Police officer has apologised for a tweet about the Liverpool car park fire which has been construed as a reference to the Hillsborough disaster.

The family of Nick Dunn, from Ashington, Northumberland, one of the Chennai Six (from right to left) sister Lisa Dunn, dad Jim Dunn, mum Margaret Dunn and brother Paul Dunn, after the group have been found not guilty, according to supporters on a social networking page

North East ex-soldier to be released after Chennai Six found not guilty, say supporters

The so-called Chennai Six have been found not guilty, according to supporters on a social networking page.

Spectacular meteor shower could be visible in North East skies this weekend.

A meteor shower could be visible from the UK this weekend with dozens of shooting stars streaking across the sky.

Pictures from the counter-terrorism exercise

North East emergency services stage counter-terrorism exercise

A three-day counter-terrorism exercise testing the response of emergency services in England and Scotland to a cross-border incident has begun.

A northern bottlenose whale. Pic: S.Hooker/Sea Watch Foundation.

Watch footage of rare whale spotted off North East coast

A deep-water whale species, which is rarely found in the North Sea, has been filmed by a local fisherman.

Picture issued by Historic England of the Roman Town of Corbridge. Illegal treasure hunters have caused damage to the important site in Hadrian's Wall country.

Illegal treasure hunters damage North East Roman site

Illegal treasure hunters have caused damage at an important site in Hadrian's Wall country.


Skinny dippers bare all at sunrise to raise money for mental health charity Mind

Hundreds of skinny dippers bared all on a North East beach today to raise money for a mental health charity.
Photo issued by the National Trust of a red squirrel in the grounds of Wallington in Northumberland, as they have made a remarkable comeback on the estate after nearly being wiped out

Red squirrels return to North East visitor attraction after near-extinction through deadly virus

Red squirrels have made a remarkable comeback on an estate after nearly being wiped out by their grey cousins.

A genuine Norman Cornish painting

'Pitmen Painters' conman who made £30,000 selling Norman Cornish forgeries must pay back only £1

A jailed conman who pocketed over £30,000 by selling forgeries and fakes of renowned painter Norman Cornish's work has been ordered to pay back just £1.

Sunderland man was found badly injured in shallow grave: South Shields murder accused appear in court

Two people have appeared in court after the death of a man who was found badly injured in a shallow grave.
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