The X Factor's celebrity judges were in town to see the best of the talent from open auditions in the North East.
New Xtra Factor presenter Sarah-Jane Crawford and regular host Dermot O'Leary were first celebrities to arrive at the North East auditions.
This time two years ago, we filmed James Arthur queuing for auditions... As the X Factor rolls into town again, could one of these be next?
Forty firefighters have been tackling a blaze at the disused Metz Public House on Ravensworth Road, Dunston, Gateshead.
No one was inside the building.
– Group Manager Mark Gerrard, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service
“The fire appears to have started in the roof space of the building. Due to the size, location and extent of the fire crews faced difficult conditions and acted quickly to get the fire under control and to prevent it from spreading.
"The fire was tackled from above using the Aerial Ladder Platform and on the ground using jets. Two teams of three firefighters wearing specialist breathing apparatus entered the building to stop the fire spreading.
"I would like to thank the emergency services and the local authority who worked well together in tackling the incident."
A fire broke out in the early hours of this morning at a pub in Dunston, Gateshead.
Fire crews were called to the former Cross Keys pub at Ravensworth Road. It is unclear how the fire started.
Renting property in the North East is cheaper than it was a year ago according to the latest figures, bucking the national trend.
Specialist insurer HomeLet's Rental Index suggests that renting in the North East is now 2.3% cheaper than it was this time last year.
Average rents across the country went up by 6.3% and now stand at £862 per month.
In the North East the figure is £507 per month on average.
Flowers have been left by a lake in Gateshead where a man died yesterday.
At about 3pm yesterday (Thursday 24th July) police received a call over concerns for a man who had waded into the lake at Watergate Park in Sunniside.
Emergency services carried out extensive searches. The 24-year-old local man was found and taken to the RVI hospital where he was pronounced dead.
A man has died after going into a lake at Gateshead.
At 3:26pm today (July 26) police received a report expressing concern for a man aged in his twentie who had waded into a lake at Watergate Park at Sunniside.
Emergency services attended the scene and extensive searches were carried out. He was brought out of the water and taken to the RVI where he was pronounced dead at 6pm.
He has been identified as a 24-year-old local man. There is not believed to be any third party involvement and a report will be prepared for the Coroner.
Northumbria Police Chief Superintendent Gordon Milward said: "This is a tragic incident and our thoughts are with the family and friends of this man at what must be an incredibly difficult time for them.
Police are warning people about the dangers of taking illegal drugs after a man died in Gateshead.
Officers were called to a house at Longhirst in Leam Lane Estate on July 21. A man was found dead. At this stage it is believed the man, aged in his 30s, had taken a drug suspected to be heroin.
– DI Sharon Chatterton, Gateshead CID
"We're carrying out extensive enquiries to establish whether there has been drug involvement, if there has been an overdose or if there is a bad batch of drugs in circulation.
"Taking any illegal drug is dangerous and potentially life threatening and I'd urge anyone who feels unwell to seek medical treatment immediately."
'Marry me, Liz?' was in lights across the Baltic last night.
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On the 18th September, people north of the border will decide if Scotland will become an an independent country, or remain part of the UK.
Ten years ago, the North East was preparing to vote in its own referendum, on whether we should establish our own form of regional government.
In the end, the people of our region gave a resounding 'no' to plans for an elected North East assembly.
A decade on, Helen Ford investigates whether there is any appetite for devolution now? Watch her report here:
Some bins in the region are overflowing because of strike action. In some areas bins will not be emptied for four weeks. Are you affected? Send your pictures to email@example.com or tweet us @itvtynetees