George Osborne announces an expansion of the north east enterprise zone in Sunderland this morning.
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Plans to transform a Durham City shopping centre feature a multi-screen cinema, restaurants, cafes, student flats and a new parade of shops.
Tickets for a thrill-seeking waterslide being built for one day in Sunderland next April sold out within minutes of going on sale.
A shopping centre in Durham City could be transformed to feature a multi-screen cinema, restaurants, cafes, student flats and new shops.