A body has been found and named by rescue teams searching for a man who ran into the sea after his dog. A woman was rescued and taken to hospital. The man has been named as Alex Hardy, 32, from the Stockton area. A report will be prepared for the coroner.
Roy 'Chubby' Brown had to see the funny side when he was given a parking ticket at a Middlesbrough hospital, where he was handing over a £5,000 charity donation to help cancer patients.
The good karma was obviously delayed in coming back round to him, because the blue comic had just presented a giant cheque to staff at the James Cook University Hospital when he returned to his car and found a £50 ticket plastered on the windscreen.
That was despite Brown, whose real name is Royston Vasey, having permission from hospital bosses to park there.
The ticket had been written out in error by the private company which operates the car parks and has now been rescinded.
A South Tees Hospital Trust spokesman said: "Mr Vasey had permission to park where he did for the duration of the cheque presentation. We have apologised to Mr Vasey for the oversight, which he found highly amusing, and we are very grateful to him for the very generous donation he made."
Brown, who lives near Northallerton, North Yorkshire, received treatment at the hospital when he was battling throat cancer 10 years ago.
A retired Billingham couple are celebrating after winning a £4.5m lotto jackpot.
Former welder Denis Graham and wife Mary, a retired health care assistant, landed the £4,570,887 Lotto quadruple rollover draw.
The couple have played The National Lottery for almost 20 years, using the same numbers throughout.
Their winning Lotto numbers were 9, 19, 22, 34, 41, 46 and the bonus ball was 6.
The pair can now start planning a life of luxury, after winning on last Wednesday's draw.
Health-conscious consumers in the North East may be increasing their calorie consumption by choosing to buy low-sugar or low-fat products.
Over half (57%) of consumers polled in the region said they believed reformulation - the process of replacing, reducing or removing an ingredient such as sugar - would lead to a reduction in calories in a product.
And nearly two in three (65%) of those who favoured low-fat or low-sugar food and drink products viewed them as the healthier option, the research from AB Sugar found.
However, many consumers are unaware that when removing sugar from a product, the proportion of fat can increase - which may result in an increase in total calories.
The OnePoll national survey of 2,000 people also revealed that once consumers in the North East realised that reformulation could increase calories, 47% said they were against the process.
Dr Julian Cooper, head of food sciences at AB Sugar, said:
AB Sugar has recently launched a Making Sense of Sugar campaign to help educate people about sugar, the role it can play as part of a healthy balanced diet, and to help people to make better informed choices about what they consume.
A body has been found on the beach in Grangetown after a man went into the sea in Sunderland.
Police are appealing for information after £2,000 worth of fire damage was caused to the replica Endeavour Bark ship.
Four mooring ropes attached to the ship, which is berthed on the River Tees in Castlegate Quay in Stockton, were set alight on September 19.
It may have a pool, gym and physiotherapist, but a new 'hotel' on the banks of the River Tyne has been designed to provide anything but a relaxing stay.
Instead, the three-storey facility in North Shields is meant to simulate life on North Sea oil rigs, and what to do in case of an emergency. 'Guests' will learn how to escape from a submerged helicopter and evacuate a smoke-filled room.
The training is provided by Advanced Industrial Solutions, who have teamed up with Newcastle Airport to provide realistic fire training. Delegates are taught how to extinguish a mock Super Puma helicopter at the airport's leading facility, which replicates an oil rig helipad.
The search for a missing man has resumed in Sunderland. He went missing yesterday when he went into the sea after his dog ran in. A woman was rescued from the water and taken to hospital.