A city council is sharply raising its fines for littering and dog fouling in a crackdown on environmental crime.
Newcastle will increase the fixed pentality from fifty pounds to seventy five after residents demanded a more robust approach to anti social behaviour.
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Penny the Pointer from North Yorkshire and Suki the Schnauzer from Sunderland have been selected as finalists in the pet survivor awards.
Northumberland has won Silver in the Best UK Holiday Destination/County in the prestigious 2015 British Travel awards last night.
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