A North East MP has used a debate in Parliament to highlight what she says is the severe impact of cuts on our most urban fire services.
The mother of murdered seven-year-old, Nikki Allan, continues her fight for justice twenty years after her daughter died.
A coroner has ruled that a young father who died while on holiday in Greece was unlawfully killed.
Five flamingos are preparing for adult life, just months after they were rescued as chicks.
The birds have been hand reared at the Wetlands Centre in Washington on Wearside.
Post mortem examinations on a couple found dead in a house Sunderland have confirmed that there was no third party involvement.
Police were called to Hylton Castle Road on Wednesday 1 May after a call from a concerned relative.
James and May Stokoe, both 79, found dead in a bedroom.
Police have named a man and a woman who were found dead in a house in Sunderland on Wednesday.
James and May Stokoe, were a married couple and both aged 79.
Their bodies were found in the bedroom of a house on Castle Hylton Road yesterday afternoon, after concerns were raised by a relative.
– DCI Christina Barrett, Northumbria Police
"This investigation is at an early stage, however we have nothing to suggest that there is any threat to the wider community.
"I would urge anyone with information about the deaths to contact police on 101."
Police in Sunderland have closed a street were two people were found dead in a house on Wednesday afternoon.
Local residents on Hylton Castle Road said they had seen forensic teams gathering evidence.
The discovery was made after the alarm was raised by a concerned relative.
Two bodies have been discovered by police at a house on Wearside.
Police were called to an address on Hylton Road in Sunderland at 4.20pm after a relative reported she was concerned for the welfare of the couple.
Police and paramedics attended the scene and found a man and a woman dead in the bedroom.
– Chief Superintendent Kay Blyth - Northumbria Police
"The deaths are being treated as suspicious and we have additional officers in the area to reassure the local community and help with the investigation."
Police investigating financial irregularities at a mortgage company on Wearside have made an arrest.
The 49-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of fraud.
Earlier this week officers carried out searches at a business and residential address linked to the Washington Mortgage Centre.
They say they'd received a number of allegations of financial irregularity relating to investments made through the company over a number of years.
A North East soldier shot dead by a member of the Afghan National Army has been flown home.
Sapper Richard Walker, from Washington, was described by his family as a "proud, patriotic man, who died doing the job he loved."
They were at his repatriation ceremony in Oxfordshire this afternoon. Earlier, veterans here gathered to pay their respects.
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Veterans have gathered to pay their respects to a North East soldier killed in Afghanistan, as he has flown home.
Sapper Richard Walker, from Washington, was shot dead by a member of the Afghan National Army last week.
His family is at a private repatriation ceremony at RAF Brize Norton.
As a tribute to Sapper Walker veterans fell silent in the village of Sedgefield where they gather to mark each loss of life.
Sapper Walker was killed and six others injured when the Afghan soldier opened fire on international and ANA troops.
He leaves behind a young daughter, Lilly-Faith, who he had only known for 18 months before he was deployed for his first tour of Afghanistan in September.
"Richard held two things close to his heart - his daughter and his colleagues
in the Army.
A proud, patriotic man, he died doing a job he loved, supporting his friends."
- Family of Sapper Walker
"Sapper Walker was the epitome of a true Sapper, one who would roll up his sleeves and get on with the task in hand no matter what, but importantly he would do it with great humour."
- Lieutenant Colonel Chas Story, Commanding Officer, 28 Engineer Regiment
At 11am, Sedgefield village green fell silent as veterans paid their respects once again.
It has become a local focal point for many as members of Sedgefield Village Veterans gather to mark each loss.
It was confirmed yesterday that another British soldier died in hospital from wounds suffered in combat in Afghanistan. He was from 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster's Regiment and was flown back to Britain for treatment.
The number of members of UK forces to have died since operations in Afghanistan began in October 2001 now stands at 440.