Preparations are underway for one of the biggest stars on the planet to visit our region.
Thousands of fans are expected to turn out to see singer Rihanna play at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland tonight.
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A section of Hadrian's wall and four other conservation areas have been added to Historic England's 'Heritage at Risk Register'