Northumberland has been named as home to the largest area of protected night sky in Europe.
The International Dark Skies Association (IDA), based in USA, has granted Gold Tier Dark Sky Park status to the combined areas of Northumberland National Park and Kielder Water & Forest Park.
The new zone - the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park (NDSP) - is the first of its kind in England. It joins Death Valley and Big Bend Dark Sky Park in achieving gold tier status.
More top news
McManus, who hid in a wardrobe after trying to steal items from his friend, pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary at Newcastle Crown Court.
An endangered baby giraffe has been born in Malton, North Yorkshire. Here are some of the name suggestions from ITV News Tyne Tees viewers:
A benefit cheat from Houghton-le-Spring who claimed over £80,000 which he was not entitled to has been spared jail.