The Citizens Advice Bureau has offered the following hints and tips for dealing with debt problems.
North Yorkshire Police say that a u-turn on proposals to build new headquarters near Thirsk will save the tax-payer millions of pounds.
The Bishop of Durham is encouraging people to attend meetings about food banks at Churches across South Shields.
75,000 children in the North East are living in families struggling with debt, according to new research by two charities.
The Children's Society and Step Change Debt Charity found that 14% of the region's families are failing to keep up with bills and owe an average of £1,500 each.
A couple from Stockton say they're 'shocked and stunned' after winning more than £100,000 playing the National Lottery.
Emma Coulson and her partner Robert Silcox, were presented with their cheque after placing the bet whilst on holiday.
They won just days after an 80-year-old woman from Middlesbrough won £500,000, meaning there have been two winners from Teesside in the space of a week. Jonny Blair reports.
A couple from Teesside are celebrating after scooping more than £100,000 playing the National Lottery. Emma Coulson and her partner Robert Silcox bought the winning ticket during a holiday in Cumbria. They didn't realise they'd won until four days after the draw was made.
– Emma Coulson
We both let out an enormous scream and burst into tears of joy... We just didn't know what to do with ourselves at first, apart from sit there in a state of shock.
Emma, who's a hairdresser, and Robert, who's a self-employed builder, plan to spend some of the money improving their home.
– Cath Reed, NFU Mutual Agent, Hexham
"The cost of claims is increasing as a result of more high-value items being stolen. That's why it's important to stay vigilant and fight rural crime. Our experience with people who live and work in rural areas of the North East clearly shows that theft is more than just a setback - it can be devastating for businesses and families.
"One of the rural community's best assets is its people who can work together to safeguard the local neighbourhood. "
Rural crime in Northumberland and County Durham rose by 12 per cent last year and cost the regional economy £840,000. Among the items stolen were quad bikes, metal and horse equipment.
The figures are from NFU Mutual's annual Rural Crime Survey. Nationally the cost of rural crime totalled an estimated £44.5 million in 2013, a rise of 5.2% on the previous year.
These are the top 10 items targeted by thieves last year.
- Quad bikes
- Garden equipment
The NFU says many farmers are repeatedly targeted. Although high-value thefts may be highly planned the number of garden tools and ornaments being stolen indicates opportunist thieves continue to target gardens and outbuildings.
Rural crime in Northumberland and County Durham cost 840 thousand pounds last year - a rise of 13 per cent on the previous year.
Among the items stolen were quad bikes, metal and horse equipment. The figures have been compiled by NFU Mutual.
Detectives investigating a knifepoint robbery at a Harrogate bookmakers have released CCTV images of the suspect.
The robbery happened at Coral on Knaresborough Road at around 8pm on Thursday July 31.
The man used a knife to threaten a member of staff before leaving the premises with a quantity of money.
No one was injured as a result of the incident.
He is described as white and his face was covered by a dark garment and a dark hat. At the time, the man was wearing a dark jacket and carrying a dark hold-all bag.
– Detective Constable Fiona Ayre, Harrogate CID
"I am asking you to look at the images to see if you recognise the man captured on camera. If you can help to identify him, please contact the police immediately.
"Thankfully no-one was physically harmed as a result of the incident. However, the experience has naturally left the staff member very shaken.
"The area around Coral was quite busy at the time of the robbery. I ask anyone who may have seen anything suspicious, and has not yet already contacted the police, to do so straight away."
It has been announced that a new cancer drug, which was pioneered at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, will not be made available across England.
Trials found that the drug, called Kadcycla could extend the lives of some breast cancer patients by around six months.
The decision was made by the NHS's drugs advisory body NICE. They say the treatment is too expensive.
But Roche, the company that makes Kadcycla, insist it is affordable.
Here is the reaction from Sir Andrew Dillon, the Chief Executive of NICE and Jennifer Cozzone from the drug's manufacturers, Roche:
The manufacturer of a breast cancer drug which has been deemed "too expensive" to be offered by the NHS has hit back at the decision.
Dr Jayson Dallas, general manager of Roche Products Limited, declared it "an incredible injustice."
– Dr Jayson Dallas
Despite Roche offering a significant discount, we are once again disappointed that Nice has not shown any flexibility on access to Kadcyla.
Refusing patients access to this drug is an incredible injustice and tantamount to turning the clock back in cancer research and development. We plan to appeal this decision.
The manufacturer of a breast cancer drug that offers a last hope to patients could have been "more flexible" to help make the drug affordable for the NHS, a health service boss said.
Sir Andrew Dillon, chief executive of the NHS financial watchdog Nice, which has ruled Kadcyla is too expensive for NHS use, said:
– Sir Andrew Dillon
Although Roche proposed a discount to the full list price of Kadcyla, it made little difference to its value for money, leaving it well above the top of our specially extended range of cost effectiveness for cancer drugs.
We are really disappointed that Roche were not able to demonstrate more flexibility to help us make a positive recommendation. The company is well aware that we could not have recommend Kadcyla at the price it proposed.