Thousands of manufacturing jobs are coming to Sunderland and South Tyneside after the government announced a mult-million pound investment in manufacturing connected with the Nissan car plant. £80million will also be spent on a new bridge over the River Wear.
Police have found a man's body in the River Wear. At 7:35 on Saturday November 2nd police received a report that a man's body had been found on the banks of the River Wear at Sunderland's Fish Quay, near Low Street.
Officers and the RNLI attended and the body was recovered and taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital. Northumbria Police say enquiries are now taking place to establish the identity of the man and the cause of death.
The discovery comes as police continue to search the River Wear in Durham for missing student Sope Peters.
A national campaign will be launched next year to warn young people about the dangers of swimming in open water.
Emergency services and local authorities will spread the message in schools and on social media.
It comes after Tonibeth Purvis and Chloe Fowler drowned in the River Wear in June.
A coroner has recorded a verdict of accidental death at an inquest for 2 teenage girls who drowned in the River Wear.
14-year-old Chloe Fowler was playing in the water near Washington when she got into difficulties.
Her 15-year-old friend Tonibeth Purvis tried to save her.
Jonny Blair reports.
Sunderland Area Command Superintendent Alan Veitch said: "What happened on Tuesday, July 23, was a tragic accident and our thoughts and sympathies are with the family and friends of Chloe Fowler and Toni-Beth Purvis.
"The loss of any life is horrendous but the tragic deaths of these two young girls was particularly devastating for everyone involved.
"The circumstances emergency services faced at the scene that evening were extremely dangerous and challenging, with that particular section of the River Wear being fast flowing and filled with hidden hazards.
"Those who helped in the search for the two girls did everything they could to try and save them and I'd like to thank everyone who assisted in the search operation for their brave efforts.
"The role of an emergency service worker - be it police, fire or ambulance - is filled with difficult situations and challenges however the loss of a young person's life is, and will always be, particularly distressing."
An inquest into the drowning of two teenage girls in the River Wear has recorded a verdict of accidental death.
Chloe Fowler (14) and Tonibeth Purvis (15) drowned after getting into problems in the river in July.
Chloe experienced problems while swimming, Tonibeth died trying to save her.
The Coroner said "These events were traumatic at the time and remain so today. They touched the families and the communities... Both were overwhelmed by the river and died despite thedetermined efforts of family, friends, and emergency services."
The coroner has recorded a verdict of accidental death caused by drowning in the inquest of two girls who died after falling into the River Wear in Washington.
The inquest into the deaths of two girls who died in the River Wear is due to take place.
Tonibeth Purvis, 15, was reportedly trying to save her friend Chloe Fowler, 14, after she got into difficulty in the river at Washington in July.
Both girls were swept away and their bodies were found by emergency crews.
Police at the time described the incident as "an absolute tragedy".
The inquest into the deaths of two teenagers, who died in the River Wear, is set to continue. 15-year-old Tonibeth Purvis, from Barmston in Washington, and 14-year-old Chloe Fowler, from Shiney Row, died in July.
Police say they are seriously concerned after several children were spotted swimming in the River Wear just a short distance from where two teenagers drowned.
Chloe Fowler and Tonibeth Purvis died almost two weeks ago.
Today, police issued another warning, urging people to stay away from open waters.
It comes as new figures reveal a surge in calls to emergency services for people in trouble in the water.