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Full report: Military families this Christmas

For many, this Christmas will be a time of celebration with their families. However, hundreds of North East servicemen and women will be spending Christmas day away from home, in places like Afghanistan.

It means their children, partners and parents are here without them at what can be a very difficult time. We have met one family in Morpeth who share what it is like to be an army family at Christmas. Frances Read Reports.

Teesside's eye catching Christmas tree

A man from Teesside has brought a bit of festive cheer to his neighbourhood by putting up a 28ft Christmas tree in his front garden. With a bit of help, it took Nigel Gregory from Billingham two days to decorate the evergreen and he needed scaffolding to help lift it into place.

The contractor said the eye-catching addition, complete with 3,500 light bulbs, is getting a 'tree-mendous' reaction. He hopes to do something similar again next year to raise money for charity.


Christmas geese stolen from North Yorkshire farm

Police are investigating after a gaggle of Christmas geese was stolen in North Yorkshire.

More than 100 birds were taken from the farm in the Flawith area overnight between Saturday 7 December and Sunday 8 December.

The total value of the stolen geese is £17,600.

Officers are appealing to anyone who has been offered a large number of geese for sale recently to contact them with information.

They are also urging any witnesses to the theft to contact them.

Full report: Street pastors help revellers in Sunderland

The run-up to Christmas is one of the busiest times of year for bars and pubs in the North East, as well as for those looking out for the people who drink in them.

Last night, we reported on the work police are doing in Newcastle. Tonight we follow a group of volunteers in Sunderland who patrol the city's streets until 4am: handing out water, blankets and even flips flops.

The street pastors work with a mobile treatment unit, taking the pressure off the ambulances and A&Es.

Katie Oakes reports.

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