The Brown family from Washington had just finished decorating the tree when they saw smoke coming from the living room.Read the full story ›
Kielder Winter Wonderland has been shut due to flooding of the surrounding area. The road between Bellingham and Kielder was judged impassable leaving access to the site limited.
Today would have been the last day the site was open. Organisers say they have emailed and texted those due to attend and are contacting customers about refunds.
At around 6am we became aware that the rainfall was very heavy. Between 6 and 7am the water river rose by around a metre.
Its our last day so we are hugely disappointed but health and safety is our priority."
Stefan Hughes was due to spend Christmas in Cockermouth but the hotel has been damaged by the floods.Read the full story ›
The West End Foodbank in Newcastle has reopened after a break-in on Monday. More than 700 toys have been donated in the past 48 hours.Read the full story ›
Local children’s Charity, Children North East, is warning other charities and businesses to be on their guard after phone lines at their head office in Newcastle were hacked at the weekend.
Fraudsters clocked up a bill of £680 calling premium numbers abroad.
The Charity, currently in the middle of its Christmas Appeal, learned of the intrusion when their telecoms provider, O2, contacted them on Monday morning.
We provide support to children, young people and families who are in desperate need of our help. It’s dreadful to think someone would steal from a charity especially at this time of year. Every Christmas we collect thousands of gifts, food, practical items and money for families in need. The £680 we are having to now pay for stolen phone calls should have provided support for children and families.
As an organisation we take security very seriously and we would like to thank O2 for looking out for us and bringing this to our attention before any more damage could be done.
Players from Middlesbrough Football Club spread a little festive cheer today as they visited patients on the children's ward at the James Cook University Hospital.
Manager Aitor Karanka and members of the squad came bearing gifts for sick children who may have to spend Christmas on the ward.
Thieves smashed their way into the West End food bank in Newcastle and stole wrapped Christmas presents destined for needy children.Read the full story ›
Sunderland’s Christmas lights switch on event has been rescheduled for later in November after being cancelled tonight.Read the full story ›
Here's a list of all the Christmas light switch-on events across the North East.Read the full story ›
The North East has been praised in a poll of the best 'Christmas themed streets!' The survey, by Royal Mail, said the region scored highly in a national study, citing names like Holly street, Angel street, Bell street and Garland street as good examples.