An energy company said it had discovered new gas supplies in the North Sea, 130km off the coast of Teesside.
Centrica Energy said tests at the exploratory area known as 'Pegasus West' had led to very positive results. The area is close to an existing gas development called Cygnus.
The firm said the discovery showed there were many more years left in the North Sea oil and gas industry.
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The European court of justice has ruled that the UK urgently needs to clean up dangerous air pollution levels across the country.
The Government warned that parts of the UK, including some the North East, would not meet their legal toxic limits by 2030.
Ian Holt at Durham County Council talks about the cost of fly-tipping.
'Operation Stop' is a Durham County Council’s biggest ever crackdown on the illegal dumping of waste.Read the full story ›
Around six thousand ducks are due to be culled today after an outbreak of birdflu.
A six mile exclusion zone has been placed around the breeding farm in Nafferton near Driffield.
The government says there is a very low risk to human health.
Rixton stopped by the North East on their radio tour to promote Let The Road. They spoke to Rachel Sweeney about their music-scene takeover.Read the full story ›
The celebrity botanist David Bellamy, who lives in County Durham is selling his collection of microscopes, thought to be worth up to £30,000Read the full story ›
Twenty historic sites across the North East have been added to an 'at risk' register due to their condition.
English Heritage publishes an annual report which identifies listed buildings and historic sites most at risk of loss or decay.
Since last year, 27 sites have been removed from the list after investments of £768,000 in the region.
In the North East:
- 8 buildings or structures have been taken off the Register and 5 have been added.
- 4 churches and places of worship have been taken off the Register and 9 have been added.
- 14 archaeological sites have been removed from the Register and 3 have been added.
- 1 conservation area, Spittal in Berwick upon Tweed, has been removed from the Register this year, 3 conservation areas including Alnwick, Northumberland and Chester-le-Street, County Durham have been added.
- The 13th century Church of St Andrew Winston on the banks of the River Tees has been added to the list this year. There are several structural issues in the building and the roof needs repairing. The congregation has agreed a repair project. The work is underway with financial help from English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund, and is due to be completed by 2015.
- Hamsterley Hall has suffered from decades of decline leaving the property with an estimated repair bill of £4m. The hall was already on the Heritage At Risk register but is now classified at the highest level of risk.
- Coquet Island is one of a number of remote islands off the Northumberland coast. The remains of a monastic cell and a medieval tower have been removed from the Heritage at Risk register this year after a repair project and grant of £93,000 from English Heritage.
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Bird spotters in Sunderland are to trying to get a sighting of a rare Olive-backed Pipit.
The bird, which has been blown of course whilst on migration to Asia, is only the fourth of its kind to have been spotted in County Durham or Tyne and Wear.