Police have launched a burglary crackdown on part of Wearside.
Operation Echo follows a rise in break-ins in Houghton-le-Spring in a four week period between April and early May.
27 thefts from cars were reported to police during that time along with more than a dozen house burglaries.
Extra police patrols are underway, and one senior officer has issued advice to local people.
With summer just around the corner it is important to remember to keep your homes secure as people will spend more time outdoors.
I would also like to remind motorists that they should always lock their vehicles, even if leaving it for a few moments, and never leave anything valuable on display.
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A 'welcome home' street party has been thrown for a boy who has just returned following a life changing operation in America.
Derek Russell, 3, has cerebral palsy and needed surgery to help him walk. He has been away with his mum for five weeks and received a warm welcome from his community on Wearside.
Two firefighters have been hurt after a ceiling collapsed while tackling a blaze at a children's home on Wearside late on Tuesday night, October 14.
The pair have both treated for whiplash injuries and burns at the Sunderland Royal Hospital and fire chiefs say it could have been far worse.
Police believe the fire was started deliberately and have launched an investigation.
A housing provider on Wearside is leading a campaign to get workmen to help spot the signs of domestic violence.
Workers from Gentoo already look out for broken windows and bust locks and can inform support workers if they have concerns. But now housing companies across the country may follow their example.
Mark Robson, who works as a Joiner, has spoken of the signs they look out for:
Police investigating the murder of Sunderland grandfather Robert Hutchinson are continuing to appeal for information - two months after he was last seen.
The 57-year-old was last seen in Hendon on June 23. He left his home in Corporation Road at 6.20pm in a blue Nissan Micra. His car was left in Stewart Street June 23-24. It was found on July 13 after police were contacted by a member of the public.
The independent charity Crimestoppers is offering a £3,000 reward for information that leads to the conviction of those responsible.
"We still need people to come forward with information, it doesn't matter if the information may seem minor and insignificant, this is an active murder investigation and it is vital people come forward and speak to us.
"We need to know how Robert's car got to be in Stewart Street and would ask local residents to think back and remember whether or not they saw it - did Robert drive the car there himself or was it someone else? If Robert drove it where did he go afterwards? If it was someone else who were they?
"Robert has a partner, daughter, son and grandson and is part of a large family who are all absolutely devastated. They need answers and need to know what has happened to him."
Anyone with information should contact Northumbria Police on 101.
A £3,000 reward is now being offered for help in solving a murder investigation.
Crimestoppers is offering a reward for information in connection with the disappearance of Sunderland grandfather Robert Hutchinson.
The 57 year old was last seen more than six weeks ago at 6.20pm on Monday, June 23, leaving his home in Corporation Road, Hendon, in a blue Nissan Micra.
On July 16, the missing person enquiry became a murder enquiry when two men were arrested on suspicion of murder. They have since been released on police bail.
Hundreds of gunners will march through Sunderland city centre today as the 4th Regiment Royal Artillery exercises its Freedom of Sunderland.
The regiment, historically known as the North East Gunners, was first given its Freedom in 1974 and is marking this 40th anniversary with a parade.
As part of the ceremonies, eight of its 105mm 'light guns' will fire a round each from the terrace in Mowbray Park.
Led by the Band of the King's Division, the regiment will march from the Civic Centre at 1pm.
The parade will head for the Burdon Road War Memorial where it will be inspected by the Mayor of Sunderland, Councillor Stuart Porthouse, and the Lord Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear Sir Nigel Sherlock.
The city centre parade is due to begin at approximately 1.30pm and the guns fired at its conclusion at 2.05pm.
"I hope people will cheer them on and applaud the regiment as it marks its 40th with this parade and firing of guns."
"There is a significant representation of ex-members of the North East Gunners in the Sunderland area. I hope both they and the local community will come to see their regiment marking this wholly important anniversary."
Road closures: Burdon and Park Road are closed from 11am to 8pm. A rolling road closure is in place for the city centre parade when it 'steps off'.
Two fishermen are said to be lucky to be alive tonight after they spent nine hours adrift on a lifeboat after their own boat sank 12 miles off the coast of Sunderland.
The men, who haven't been identified, were picked up by a passing Dutch yacht on its way to Whitby and taken to Hartlepool Marina.
Joshua Shrimpton Dean reports.
“The fishing vessel’s liferaft was a life saver today and this incident highlights how important it is to ensure that liferafts are properly maintained and able to float free of the boat should the worst happen. Fishermen should wear personal flotation devices at all times whilst on deck. Even if the liferaft floats free, getting into one is no mean feat, especially if the weather is more volatile than today’s relatively calm seas.
Although the liferaft had been drifting for nine hours, we are still hopeful that we will be able to find the wreckage of the boat using our search and rescue information system (SARIS) which is a computer programme that allows us to plot the drift of vessels. The MCA’s counter pollution branch and the Marine Accident Investigation Branch have been informed.