Two runners who have been in every Great North Run since it began share their top tips for anyone taking on the race for the first time.
Newcastle United and Sunderland embark on their new Premier League season. Simon O'Rourke looks at the season ahead.
The Ashes are coming to town for the first time in their history. But what are they and why do they matter?
When Jean Brown wanted a new headstone for her mother's grave she was amazed to learn there was an 800 pound council fee before it could be erected. Because of the age of the plot, there was no record of it ever being paid for. However, Durham County Council has agreed to reduce it.
More than four hundred posts at Northumbria Police will go as part of efforts to save money following budget cuts.
– Jim Devlin, Vice Chairman
I think it's very disappointing but expected. The public sector, as a whole, is suffering, but this will have a major impact on policing.
Northumbria Police says more than four hundred staff jobs will go - including two hundred police officers - and a number of stations are to close. It's part of a bid to save nearly fifty million pounds after cuts to its budget. The force insists public safety wont be affected. Dan Ashby reports.
County Durham & Darlington Fire Service is urging people to take extra care ahead of a Fire Brigade Union strike this evening. Resources will be reduced for five hours between 7pm to midnight on Christmas Eve.
It's part of the latest round of national strikes by the union in an ongoing dispute with the government about changes to pensions. The next strike is on New Year's Eve.
– Stuart Errington Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service
Householders are advised to check their smoke alarms, drivers are urged to stay safe by slowing down and leaving ample space behind the vehicle in front and those people spending time in the kitchen are reminded not to leave pans unattended and not to cook after drinking alcohol which can be extremely dangerous.
Newcastle United confirmed that Joe Kinnear has been given a three year contract as Director of Football. Manager Alan Pardew will report directly to him.
But the new man is unlikely to receive a warm welcome back after branding some Newcastle fans opposed to his appointment as lacking intelligence