The Superstar winner Ben Forster said his return home to the North East will be "special". The performer from Sunderland plays the lead in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar, which arrives at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle on Friday.
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Ant McPartlin was charged with drink driving after he was involved in a crash at the weekend.
The victim is said to have got into a row with two other men near a church in Sunderland.
The Government has refused to allow planning permission for an opencast coal mine at Druridge Bay in Northumberland.