Sunderland and South Tyneside have been awarded City Deal status, unlocking millions of pounds of Government money
The Government has awarded Sunderland more than £80m to help build the New Wear Crossing.
Port of Tyne plans major expansion
The former World Champion 1500m runner Steve Cram is to become a key advisor to the British Athletics team.
Cram, once known as the "Jarrow Arrow", joins marathon runner Paula Radcliffe and Mo Farah's coach Alberto Salazar as an advisor to the British Athletics endurance programme.
He will mentor athletes and coaches and offer technical expertise to those on the programme, which aims to make athletics the most successful British team at the Rio 2014 Olympics.
Tony Phoenix-Morrison, the fundraiser who carries a 42kg fridge, has been forced to abandon his latest challenge - which he had said would be his last - because of sickness.
Tony, known as 'The Fridge', was trying to run four marathons within 24 hours, starting with the London Marathon.
However, he has suffered sunstroke and sickness overnight, including fainting. He called the race off after his second marathon.
– Tony 'The Fridge' Phoenix-Morrison
I don't care about records of challenges. I started this to raise thousands of pounds for charity, which I have. I had a magnificent reception from the Londoners and that is what counts. What will be, will be.
The Mayor of South Tyneside, Councillor Ernest Gibson, jumped overboard near South Shields this weekend as part of a lifeboat demonstration.
The crew of the Spirit of Northumberland lifeboat then managed to successfully retrieve him in yesterday’s exercise.
Adrian Don, a spokesman for the Tynemouth RNLI, said: “Councillor Gibson appeared to enjoy every minute of the experience and even volunteered to jump in to the sea for a second time, to be recovered by the crew of our inshore lifeboat, before being returned to dry land.”
Police in South Shields are appealing for the owner of a necklace, which was handed to an officer on patrol in King Street on Saturday, 15th March.
The necklace is a gold link chain with an engraved pendant containing a man's picture.
South Tyneside cyclists are being urged to keep their bikes secure and avoid 'being taken for a ride' by thieves. 26 bike thefts have taken place in the Riverside and West Shields areas this year.
– Nick Gjorven, Acting Neighbourhood Inspector
"We would urge people to make sure their bikes are secured at all times. Bikes left insecure in the garden or in the street present a perfect opportunity for thieves who can make off on them in seconds.
"The lock should also be good quality. A poor quality wire or small chain lock can be too easily cut through by thieves, and often in broad daylight.
"By working together, we can make life difficult for thieves operating in the area."
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The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has visited Sunderland to announce a new City Deal investment, which he said would bring thousand of jobs to the North East. It includes plans for a new industrial park on Wearside, next to the existing Nissan factory.
He spoke to ITV News Tyne Tees correspondent Helen Ford, who asked him how he could be so sure that the jobs would come.
The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has promised to bring thousands of jobs to the North East and build a new bridge over the River Wear, as part of the new City Deal for Sunderland and South Tyneside.
The deal also includes plans for a new business park to be built on land next to Nissan on Wearside, which could bring up to 5,000 jobs.
The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced a multi-million pound investment, to help create thousands of manufacturing jobs and improve transport links on Wearside.
The Sunderland City Deal includes the development of a new International Advanced Manufacturing Park next to the Nissan site.
There will be £80m of government funding to build the long-awaited new bridge over the River Wear.
A Central Business District will also be developed on the site of the former Vaux Brewery in the city centre.