Easington Labour MP Grahame Morris and transport unions have reacted with fury to reports that the UK's only Government-run rail line is to be taken over by a consortium largely owned by the French state.
A 28-year-old man has been charged with manslaughter following an alleged incident in which 32-year-old Mark Dixon suffered serious head injuries.
Mr Dixon later died in hospital.
The alleged incident took place at around 4am on Sunday October 5 on Victoria Road in Hartlepool.
The man will appear at Hartlepool Magistrates Court on Wednesday 31st December.
A 40-year-old man has been charged in connection with an incident in Boosbeck on Saturday, October 25.
The man was charged in the early hours of this morning with attempted murder, theft of a motor vehicle and drugs offences.
He appeared at Teesside Magistrates Court this morning.
A 66-year-old man who was found in an address on Brookside with serious head injuries remains in hospital in a poorly but stable condition.
A 37-year-old man who was also arrested on suspicion of attempted murder remains on bail pending further enquiries.
Former Newcastle United star Paul Gascoigne surprised budding footballers at the famous Wallsend Boys Club.
Gazza, whose nephew plays for the under 13s, turned up to a game on Sunday November 23 to the delight of the club.
The Dunston-born midfielder started his career with Newcastle United before playing for Tottenham Hotspur, Lazio, Rangers, Everton and Middlesbrough.
Wallsend Boys Club has a host of successful alumni including Alan Shearer and Peter Beardsley.
A shortage of lorry drivers could affect deliveries this Christmas, the Freight Transport Association has warned.
Areas up and down the country are said to be badly affected with 94% of operators saying it was a real cause for concern.
Shoppers are expected to spend £1.7 billion on online shopping in the run up to Christmas and all items have to be delivered before Christmas 25.
But the FTA said the shortage was a long-term issue that would spread beyond the festive period.
FTA skills policy manager Sally Gilson said: "With just a month to go until Christmas Day it is clear that the festive season is at the forefront of our minds. But driver shortage is not just a seasonal issue but a long-term problem.
"We have long voiced our worries regarding driver shortage and are calling on the Government to support the freight industry with funding in order to encourage new drivers to enrol in the logistics industry."
A 44-year-old man from Harrogate has been charged with manslaughter after a man died in hospital almost three weeks after an incident in a pub beer garden.
Paul Colin Morrison, 51, from Burton Leonard, Harrogate, passed away at Harrogate District Hospital last week. He had been in a critical condition since the incident at Wetherspoons Royal Baths pub on Parliament Street on November 1.
The man charged has been bailed with conditions to appear at Harrogate Magistrates' Court in December.
Police are appealing for information after £8,400 worth of equipment was taken from hospital grounds in Morpeth.
It happened between November 18 and 19, when someone broke into a locked workshop at Northgate Hospital. They stole items including Husqvarna chainsaws, Stihl and Lawnflite strimmers and Efco and Stihl leaf blowers.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.
Police are investigating after a woman was stabbed in Washington. Officers were called to Avon Terrace, Columbia on November 26. A woman had been stabbed. She was taken to the RVI with serious injuries.
A 34-year-old man has been arrested. Police believe the victim and the offender know each other.