A North East volunteer police officer is among a select few from around the country to be honoured for their work.
Darlington FC's former stadium could become a new rugby ground
A stop smoking campaign is being launched to help make hospitals in the region cleaner and cut down on the cost of smoking related diseases.
Darlington has the most outstanding or good primary schools in the whole of England, according to new figures.
The report, by education watchdog Ofsted, has found that the County Durham town tops the national league for the percentage of primaries being awarded the highest ranking.
Rachel Bullock reports.
Dragons' Den entrepreneur Duncan Bannatyne was taken to hospital following a dizzy spell today.
The successful businessman who runs a chain of gyms and hotels tweeted a picture of himself at North Tees General Hospital in Stockton, Teesside, wearing a woolly hat.
After receiving treatment he said on Twitter: "Many thanks to North Tees Hospital for looking after me today."
Mr Bannatyne, the tough-talking business angel on the BBC show, was allowed home after he underwent tests.
A spokeswoman for the TV personality said: "He was taken to hospital following a dizzy spell and they have checked him over.
"He praised the hospital staff and he expects to be at his desk in the morning."
Last year Mr Bannatyne, 64, was rushed to hospital following a heart scare.
After an acrimonious divorce, he is selling his home on the exclusive Wynyard estate, in the countryside north west of Middlesbrough.
Some of the stitching that was placed around Darlington by 'yarn bombers' has gone missing. The secret group of knitters suspect it has been stolen. People awoke on saturday to find much of the town had been wrapped in wooly knitwear. Bollards, statues and fences had been crocheted and stitched.
Darlington has found itself all wrapped up for winter, courtesy of a secret group of knitters.
The team, known as 'The Darlington Stitch Bombers,' draped hats, scarves and rugs all over the town centre.
Jonny Blair went to see if he could unravel the yarn.
A man who admitted beating his landlady to death in Darlington has been jailed for life. 80 year old Sybil Sibthorpe was found dead back in May.
Lee Grainger, 41, admitted manslaughter on grounds of diminished responsibility.
He will serve a minimum of 12 and a half years.
Lee Grainger will serve at least 12 and a half years of a life sentence for the manslaughter of Darlington grandmother Sybil Sibthorpe.
He had previously admitted to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility after psychiatric experts found he lost his self-control due to a head injury.
"Our cheerful home is now cold, soulless, empty and silent without her. No one will ever understand the pain that has been inflicted on our family when she was taken away from us in the most cruel, evil and scary way. She was a peaceful, hardworking and very talented lady who we all miss very much."
Lee Grainger has been jailed for life after admitting the manslaughter of Darlington grandmother Sybil Sibthorpe.
Grainger previously admitted the offence on the grounds of diminished responsibility after psychiatric experts found that he lost his self-control due to a head injury.
Lee Edward Grainger had previously admitted the manslaughter of Sybil Sibthorpe on the grounds of diminished responsibility after psychiatric experts found that he lost his self-control due to a head injury he suffered in a motorbike crash.
Mrs Sibthorpe, from Darlington, was found dead in the garden of her flat in Haughton Road, Darlington, on May 8 this year.
He was sentenced to serve at least 12 and a half years at Teesside Crown Court.
The funeral of a toddler killed in a hit and run in Darlington has been held this lunchtime.
Hundreds of people from the town turned out to attend the service in memory of three-year-old Danny Wake. The family gave ITV Tyne Tees permission to attend.
Danny died two weeks ago after being struck by a vehicle on Neasham Road in the town.
Police still haven't been able to trace the driver.