Fifteen hundred people have signed a petition calling for an end to twenty five years of privatised bus services in Tyne and Wear.
Next week, councillors will decide whether to strip private bus companies of control over routes, timetables and fares. It would be the first area outside London to do so.
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Hartlepool United have announced former midfielder Paul Murray as the new first-team manager.
Stockton MPs James Wharton and Alex Cunningham have clashed in opinions on the decision to pause work on the new hospital on Teesside.
Mild but rather cloudy, with a rain for a time to end the week. Friday should improve to brighter, cooler conditions. A windy weekend.