Kenny Toal has a full round up of the reactions to the comments by Lord Howell that the North East has many desolate areas which would be ideal for fracking.
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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.