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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.


Sunderland street pastors help party-goers

Street pastors checking on party go-ers on Sunderland Credit: ITV

Sunderland's Street pastors are volunteers who patrol the busiest areas in the city, trying to make sure everyone gets home safely. The hand out bottled water and organise taxis when people are struggling to get home.

The Sunderland street team Credit: ITV

The facility, run by St John's Ambulance and Sunderland City Council, is the first point of call for medical treatment, taking the pressure off paramedics and A&Es.

A treatment centre is also there to help those in need Credit: ITV

Here's to you, Merry Christmas

Love them or hate them, there is no way of escaping those Christmas songs that follow us round from shop to pub to radio station.

This year, two of the most famous songs turn 40 years old, and one of them has special significance this Christmas.

ITV News correspondent Andy Bevan has been chatting to the men behind the music.

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