Breezy 24 hours, but not a bad Sunday in prospectRead the full story ›
Potential bell ringers are being shown the ropes at Durham Cathedral today (Saturday 25th October). Enthusiasts from the local bell ringing guild have been on hand to offer guidance.
The NE sees the brightest of any sunny spells in the north of England on Saturday, but still an odd patch of light rain possible anywhereRead the full story ›
Durham Cathedral will open its doors for potential bell ringers later today (Saturday 25th October).
Members of the public are being invited to try their hand at bell ringing between 11am and 4pm. Enthusiasts from the local bell ringing guild will be on hand to show them the ropes.
The bells in Durham Cathedral date from as early as 1693.
A teenage boy who tried to light a firework in his bedroom says he's lucky to be alive.
Dylan Cosgrove broke seven bones in his hand and had to have surgery.
He has been told he'll never be able to use his hand properly.
Dylan and his family are now helping firefighters to campaign for safety this Bonfire Night.
Kevin Gardner from the Tyne & Wear Fire and Rescue Service says Dylan's story is a valuable warning to other youngsters tempted to misuse fireworks.
Ahead on Bonfire celebrations Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue's are launching a bonfire safety campaign.
Their plans include a schools education programme, an inspection of outlets storing fireworks, a social media and public relations campaign, as well as a dedicated website.
Officers from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service will be visiting secondary schools across the area to talk to children and young people about the dangers relating to the misuse of bonfires and fireworks, and to highlight the consequences of anti-social behaviour.
Here are their tips for staying safe at bonfires this year:
- Attend an organised display rather than having your own bonfire,
- Report illegal bonfires that are being built to your local council,
- Call 999 to report any illegal bonfires that have been lit,
- Remember: alcohol and fireworks don't mix,
- Always supervise children around fireworks,
- Never give sparklers to children under five,
- Keep pets indoors and
- Bring your wheelie bin when it is empty it, or it is an arson target.
The MP for North Durham Kevan Jones is leading a debate in the House of Commons later today, Friday 24th October, about the case of Christopher Rochester.
Christopher, from Chester-le-Street, bled to death on a hospital trolley on the Greek Island of Rhodes in the year 2000.
His body was returned to Britain with his kidney missing. The Greek authorities later sent a kidney which was not his.
This the fourth debate surrounding the case, in a fourteen year struggle for the family.
Our political programme Around The House returns tonight. Paul Brand and guests discuss regional powers for the North, in the light of the Scottish referendum.
There is also a lively studio debate on the impact UKIP could have in the North East, when the country goes to the polls next May.
Around The House is at 11.40pm tonight (Thursday 23 Oct) on ITV.
The 'bloggersphere' was buzzing last night as the region hosted its first ever North East Blogger of the Year Awards.Read the full story ›
A filmmaker, who has been collecting footage of grizzlies for years, got quite the shock when his camera was snatched by a curious bear.Read the full story ›