The region is celebrating its first World Boxing Champion in a generation.
Darlington's Stuart Hall thrashed South Africa's Vusi Malinga, claiming the IBF Bantamweight title in Leeds last night.
Until now, Glenn McCrory was the only North East Boxer to win a world title 24 years ago. But Stuart has joined him in the region's sporting hall of fame.
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Mark Shaw was bound, beaten, bitten, gagged, attacked with weapons and stabbed to death in Grange Villa, County Durham, last December.
Following criticism from MPs and campaigners, the work and pensions secretary said the helpline would be free by the end of the year.
Mary Reid has been recognised for tending to German war graves in Castletown cemetery for more than 60 years.