The 12-year-old local boy was pronounced dead at the scene in Sunderland.
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.
Police say they are concerned for a man who's gone missing, leaving his family mystified.
Carl Rowe, 42, of Eglington Street North in Roker, Sunderland, was last seen by family members around 6.45pm on Sunday night, March 30.
He was reported missing by family members on Monday afternoon, March 31.
Police are concerned for Mr Rowe's welfare and are appealing for the public's help to trace him. He lives alone at his Roker home and anyone who saw him between Sunday night and Monday afternoon, or who has seen him since, is asked to get in touch with police.
Two men have been convicted of killing John "Jonty" Hall at a house in County Durham.
Mr Hall was beaten to death last September.
His battered body was then dumped in a ditch.
Newcastle Crown Court heard the 46 year old had sustained such severe injuries that his face was left “flat and without structure”.The dad of two also had his throat cut, was stabbed with a fork and had multiple wounds inflicted to his body, hands, penis and testicles.
Nicholas Rought, 45, of Princess Street, Shiney Row, denied he played any part in the killing. He was convicted of murder after five hours deliberation by a jury.
Stuart Smith, 42, of no fixed address, also denied murder during a two week trial at Newcastle Crown Court.Jurors found him guilty of manslaughter. He was cleared of the murder charge.
Both men will be sentenced tomorrow.
Mystery still surrounds exactly what happened in the dining room where the 46-year-old dad was killed while surrounded by friends.Jurors were told various versions of events by witnesses who were there during the murder.
Paul Tate, of Cambridge Road, Silksworth, was also charged with Mr Hall’s murder but committed suicide while on remand in Holme House Prison, Stockton, on September 27.
A man has been jailed for five years after police found disguised firearms a his home.Neil Robinson, 42, had one stun-gun, which looked like a mobile phone, in his house and two more in the shed.Possession of such weapons result in a mandatory minimum sentence of five years behind bars.
Robinson, of Ramillies Road, Sunderland, admitted possession of three disguised firearms.
Trevor Mann, Nissan's Executive Vice President, has been awarded Honorary Freedom of the City of Sunderland at a ceremony at the city's civic centre.
Council leader, Cllr Paul Watson: "The city and the region owe a lot to this man who has been instrumental in the creation of thousands of jobs."
Trevor Mann CBE, Nissan's Executive Vice President, spoke about being given the Freedom of the City of Sunderland at a ceremony today.
– Trevor Mann CBE
"I am deeply proud to be conferred with the Honorary Freedom of the City of Sunderland, where I enjoyed living and working for many happy and fulfilling years.
The honour is a reflection of the many achievements of our UK plant and a mutually supportive partnership spanning three decades between Nissan and Sunderland City Council.
Of course none of Nissan Sunderland plant's success would have been possible without the dedication and contribution of my colleagues at the plant, so I would like to thank them all for their hard work and outstanding performance over many years."
Trevor Mann CBE, one of Nissan's top executives, is being given the Freedom of Sunderland at a ceremony today.
He is Nissan's Executive Vice President, having risen through the ranks since joining the company in 1985.
He is being granted Honorary Freedom of the City of Sunderland in recognition of the example he sets to the city's young people, and his personal contribution to the economic well-being of the city and people of Sunderland, according to the city council.
A Wearside businessman, who is believed to have conned more than 50 victims out of more than three million pounds is behind bars tonight.
Around 30 former customers of the Washington Mortgage Centre in The Galleries gathered at Newcastle Crown Court today.
Many had considered themselves to be friends of 49-year-old David Reid from Burnhope in County Durham.
He admitted 23 charges, spanning a ten-year period, but detectives say the true extent of the scam was much greater. Reid will be sentenced on 17 March.
Police are appealing for information after a man was found with head injuries in Sunderland.
He was discovered on Carlisle Terrace on Tuesday morning.
The 33-year-old remains in Newcastle's RVI in a critical but stable condition.
Two men have spoken voluntarily to police. Enquiries are continuing.
Police are investigating after an elderly lady was tricked into giving money to a bogus charity collector in Houghton.
A man knocked on the door of the 84-year-old woman on two separate occasions in early December asking for cash to help a sick child.
In total the lady handed over £60.
Hundreds of people turned out for the funeral of Matthew Hayes. See Kenny Toal's full report here.