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 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.
Police in South Tyneside are asking for the public's help in solving outstanding crimes.
– Chief Inspector Sarah Pitt, of South Tyneside Area Command
"We are currently running Operation Soundwave aimed at tackling crimes such as theft and are releasing these images to help make sure those responsible for stealing are arrested and appropriate action take to stop their offending.
"Officers meticulously view CCTV footage to establish if there is anything or anyone that can help in their enquiries to potentially solve the crime.
"We want to speak to the people in these images and we are asking the public to help us. If anyone recognises any of these people I'd urge them to get in touch with us."
A major refurbishment of a South Tyneside beach is now complete.
A new promenade and sea defences have been created at Littlehaven Beach.
It is part of a wider redevelopment of South Shields to encourage more visitors to the town.
The charity Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to £5,000 for information about the murder of Kevin Nightingale.
The doorman was killed 18 years ago when he was shot outside his home on his return from work.
“The murder of Kevin Nightingale is one that has hung over the people of South Shields for far too long now and it is about time that his friends and family received closure by finding out who was responsible for gunning him down 18 years ago.
“Somebody will know who carried out this callous act, and I would urge you to do the right thing and contact Crimestoppers anonymously, safe in the knowledge that nobody, including the person responsible for Kevin’s murder, will ever know that you contacted us.
"We don’t want to know who you are, only the person who committed this crime.”
The family of a man who was shot dead on his doorstep eighteen years ago, have appealed for new help to find his killer.
Kevin Nightingale was a doorman in South Shields - police are now reviewing the case.
Frances Read reports.
The man was attacked with what is believed to be a hammer while riding his bike along the street.
He was left with injuries to his face and is being treated at South Tyneside hospital.
A 20-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent.
Police have arrested three people following an assault in South Tyneside that happened just before 1.30am this morning.
Officers were called to the West Park Road area of South Shields following reports that a 20-year-old man had been attacked.
A 20-year-old woman and 19-year-old man have also been arrested on suspicion of affray.
All three are currently in police custody.
Officers are keen to speak to any witnesses to the attack and anyone who saw the assault or has information is being asked to contact police on 101.