RSPCA chiefs welcome plans for tougher animal cruelty sentences

Animal welfare chiefs have hailed plans to toughen the law in cruelty cases.
Don't forget to leave extra time to defrost the car this morning

Warning to commuters after coldest night of the year

Commuters are again being urged to leave extra time to travel today after Britain shivered through its coldest night of the year.
Snow falling at Jackson's Wharf in Hartlepool. Photo by Ashley Foster,

Sub-zero temperatures hit region as winter bites

Freezing weather continues hit the North East with temperatures set plummet to as low as -4C, according to the Met Office.
Windy conditions are expected.

Temperatures set to plummet and strong gusts expected as Storm Caroline affects North East

Temperatures set to plummet in the North East as the tail end of Storm Caroline hits the region.

Gemma Lowery and Jermain Defoe on ITV's Loose Women.

Bradley Lowery’s mum opens up on Loose Women about family’s first Christmas without him

Gemma Lowery appeared on national TV to talk about how the family are coming to terms with life without their brave little boy.

Highways bosses have released details of roadworks across the region this week

Roadworks to watch out for across the North East this week

Highways chiefs have unveiled details of roadworks for drivers to look out for across the region this week.


£1million worth of suspected cocaine seized in North East police operation

A haul of suspected cocaine estimated to be worth more than £1million has been seized by police.

John Darwin after he returned to the UK and claimed he had amnesia.

Timeline of how the John Darwin conman saga unfolded

March 21, 2002. John Darwin is reportedly seen paddling into the sea in his red canoe opposite his home at The Cliff, in Seaton Carew.

John Darwin.

Prosecutors continue to chase John and Anne Darwin a decade after fraud uncovered

Prosecutors say they are continually monitoring canoe couple John and Anne Darwin as today marks 10 years since their world renowned fraud first came to light.

How the new Keel Square hotel will look.

Work set to start on new £16million four-star hotel in Sunderland’s Keel Square

Work on Sunderland’s new four-star hotel in the city’s Keel Square is to start in the new year and looks set to create 130 jobs.

Cold weather is set to hit the region this weekend.

What will the weather be like in the North East this weekend?

Temperatures are set to plummet this weekend as frosty weather hits the region.


North East to host advanced screenings of momentous Doctor Who Christmas special

The Time Lord will land at a series of special locations next month as Doctor Who fans are treated to advanced screenings of the next episode.
County Durham
A police van and security van in a taped off area in Asda car park Marina Way.

Masked raider jailed for £50,000 cashbox robbery at Hartlepool Asda

A masked raider who robbed a security guard of a cashbox has been jailed for four years.

The A19 at Billingham. Copyright Google Maps.

Man arrested after crash on A19 causes five-mile tailbacks

Police have arrested a man following a crash on the A19 this morning which saw five-mile tailbacks.
Firefighters on the scene in Eden Street, Horden  Picture from Nicky Middleton

Arsonists who risked couple’s lives face jail

Two men are facing jail for starting a potentially deadly fire that caused a couple to flee their flat in the early hours of the morning.

Image sent in by Mail reader of man appearing to throw dog into the sea.

Shocking images show dog thrown into sea at Hartlepool

This is the moment a dog was thrown into the freezing sea off the coast of Hartlepool, which has sparked an RSPCA probe.

Riverside Stadium

Teenager arrested as Sunderland take on Middlesbrough

A teenager is one of two people arrested during the Wear-Tees derby today.

Snake in a drain! Halloween fright for teacher as slippery friend joins him in shower

A computing teacher found himself studying hiss-tory - as a slithery customer joined him for a shower.
No paying spectators were at the game, which was held at the Hetton Centre. Picture by Connor Lamb.

Sunderland AFC explain why cup tie against Hartlepool non-league team was behind closed doors

Sunderland AFC have explained their decision to play a cup match against a Hartlepool non-league team behind closed doors.

TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady says too many people in Britain have been left behind. Pic: PA.

North East left behind in regional jobs divide, says TUC

Power should be devolved to workers and local communities to help bridge a "great regional divide" on jobs, a new report urges.

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