Former Liberty X star Michelle Heaton has praised Angelina Jolie's decision to have a double mastectomy to reduce her risk of developing breast cancer.
The pop star from Gateshead had the same surgery last year.
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Police investigating an attempted dog theft in Dalton near Thirsk have issued an e-fit of one of the suspects.
People are setting their festive spending budgets higher in the NE than anywhere else in the country.
After a wet start to the Christmas week things will slowly improve.