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Fishermen's 9-hour raft ordeal

Two fishermen have been rescued after spending nine hours aboard a life raft when their boat sank off the coast of Sunderland.

The pair had been fishing in the North Sea 12 miles east of Sunderland when their boat appeared to hit a submerged object, sinking so quickly they did not have time to make a distress call.

The pair were picked up by a Dutch yacht on Monday, Humber Coastguard said.

The crew contacted the coastguard which arranged for a lifeboat from Hartlepool to pick up the fishermen and bring them to shore.

"Both of the fishermen are now safe and well, although a little shaken by their ordeal. We'd like to thank the Dutch yacht Jager which rescued the men and went out of their way to ensure their safety."

– Mike Puplett, Humber Coastguard


Cost of rented accommodation falls in the North East

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.

North East devolution: back on the agenda?

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:


47 people from our region have been arrested for suspected paedophilia

Scout leaders, doctors and police officers are amongst those who have been arrested for suspected paedophilia in our region and beyond.

Northumbria Police have now confirmed that they have arrested 19 people in connection with a nationwide operation by the National Crime Agency. This is the force area with the largest number of arrests in our region.

Cleveland Police have arrested 12 people, North Yorkshire have arrested 11, five people have been arrested in Durham.

The operation targeted internet users who accessed child abuse images, but it has already led to charges for serious sexual assault.

More than four hundred children who were in the care, custody or control of the suspects have been safeguarded.

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