Adam McLoughlin, who killed the passenger of his car, was so intoxicated that he drove on the wrong side of the road, went the wrong way around a roundabout and did not stop when flagged down by police in Consett.
Later today ITV Tyne Tees will be talking to X Factor hopeful Lola Saunders ahead of tomorrow's Halloween show (November 1).
Lola, who's from East Boldon, has recieved the backing of previous X Factor finalist Olly Murs who has some advice for her:
A County Durham man has been sentenced to 8 years in prison after admitting causing a fatal crash while being chased by police.
Adam McLoughlin was so drunk that he drove on the wrong side of the road, went the wrong way around a roundabout and did not stop when flagged down by police.
He then crashed into a lamp-post near Consett at more than 60 miles per hour while being more than two and a half times over the limit.
Adam Wilkinson, who was a passenger in the car, was killed.
Today Mr Wilkinson's family said McLoughlin had caused them more pain than he could ever imagine.
The Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service has released some safety tips ahead of the latest strike by firefighters, starting at 6pm tonight (October 31) and continuing until 6pm on Tuesday, November 4.
- Never leave cooking unattended. Extra care should always be taken whilst cooking, especially if using hot oil, including chip pans. Be careful they don’t overheat as hot oil can catch fire easily.
- Ensure the cooker is off and don’t leave anything on a hot hob.
- Do not use a chip pan – choose safer methods of cooking chips, such as a thermostat-controlled deep-fat fryer. Otherwise, go to the takeaway.
- Don’t cook after drinking alcohol.
- Have working smoke alarms on every level of your home and check they work.
- Have an escape route in place.
- Don’t try to tackle a fire yourself. Get out, stay out and call 999.
The biggest carved pumpkin in the North East on display at York Maze for Halloween this year.
A pumpkin carved to look like York Maze owner Tom Pearcy has scooped the top prize and a cheque for £300 in the York Maze pumpkin carving competition at the weekend.
Simon McMinnis travelled from his home near Blackpool to enter the competition.
Unlike the traditional Jack-o-Lanterns, Simon creates intricate 3D sculptures in the pumpkin flesh in a similar way to the way a sculptor models clay.
Hundreds of service men and women from the North East region, who lost their lives fighting for our country, are being remembered with a display of wooden crosses in Gateshead.
The Field of Remembrance at Saltwell Park features crosses with names of the fallen.
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Here are some pumpkins carved by our presenters Ian Payne and Rachel Sweeney.