A couple from Washington have become the fourth big lottery winners in the North East in recent weeks.
Ian and Kim McCarthy from Washington checked their numbers ten days after the Euromillions Christmas Day raffle draw and discovered that they had won big on the day.
More top news
£100,000 of vital maintenance work is being carried out on the Tees Barrage.
Alan Barnes, the Gateshead man given £330,135 by well-wishers after being mugged, plans to sell his home to move to the Shetland Islands.
Higher breakfast sales and a bigger range of healthier products helped it grow underlying profits by 51% in the first half of the year.