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Families graduate from Foundation of Light learning programme at home of Sunderland AFC

Families from across Sunderland have enjoyed a day of celebration at the home of Sunderland AFC after graduating from an education programme. Parents and youngsters from 20 of the city's primary schools were at the Stadium of Light this morning after com

Wednesday, 12:08 in Regional North East

How puzzles can improve your brain health

People who do daily crosswords or puzzles have sharper brains in later life, a study suggests. Experts analysed data from more than 17,000 healthy people aged 50 and over submitted in an online trial. The team at the University of Exeter Medical School a

Wednesday, 11:41 in Regional North East

Football fans pay fitting tribute to Bradley Lowery

Hartlepool and Sunderland football fans proved cancer has no colours when they united to pay tribute to youngster Bradley Lowery. Supporters from both Sunderland AFC and Hartlepool United put their sporting differences aside when they came together to ho

Wednesday, 09:45 in Regional North East

10 things you need to know about the new Jane Austen tenner

A new £10 note celebrating Jane Austen has been unveiled by the Bank of England on the 200th anniversary of the author's death. The new tenner, which will be issued on September 14, is the first Bank of England banknote with a tactile feature to help bli

Wednesday, 06:16 in Regional North East

Star of North East detective drama gets honorary degree from Sunderland University

The star of detective drama Vera has been presented with an honorary degree from Sunderland University in recognition of her illustrious career. Brenda Blethyn is a BAFTA-winning, Oscar-nominated actress, known for her roles in films such as Secrets and

Tuesday, 17:57 in Regional North East

Sunderland Empire and the Fire Station to benefit from National Theatre project

The acclaimed National Theatre has chosen Sunderland as one of only six areas to benefit from a new national arts engagement project. Sunderland Empire and The Fire Station will both be part of a three-year programme, supported by Arts Council England’s

Tuesday, 17:39 in Regional North East

Primark recalls flip-flops containing chemical linked to cancer

Discount clothes retail giant Primark has recalled pairs of flip-flop over fears they contain a chemical linked to cancer. Three pairs of flip flops sold in the store for almost six months this year have been recalled by the clothes store. A Primark spok

Tuesday, 17:13 in Regional North East

Police will target underage drinkers at Sunderland Airshow

Police are planning a crackdown on underage drinkers at the Sunderland International Airshow this weekend. Northumbria Police says it officers will be using alcohol testing strips at the event, which begins on Friday night, and any underage drinkers will

Tuesday, 16:15 in Regional North East

Police defend undercover female cop after dealer claimed he was kissed and cuddled during Sunderland drugs...

A police force has defended an undercover female cop after a dealer claimed he was kissed and cuddled during a sting to combat drug suppliers in Sunderland. Peter Stead said he thought he was "getting into a relationship" with the plain...

Tuesday, 16:09 in Regional North East

'Dramatic increase' in motor insurance premiums

Drivers are paying record amounts for their car insurance, with average premiums up 11% in the last year, the Association of British Insurers (ABI) has said. The average price paid for comprehensive motor insurance rose to £484 for the second quarter of

Tuesday, 13:52 in Regional North East

Five Sunderland parks given prestigious Green Flag awards

A quintet of parks on Wearside are among the very best in the UK, according to an environmental charity. Barnes Park, Herrington Country Park, Hetton Lyons Country Park, Mowbray Park and Roker Park are among a record-breaking 1,797 UK parks and green spa

Tuesday, 13:39 in Regional North East

Couple left covered in petrol after terrifying home attack

A couple were covered in petrol and feared they would be set alight by attackers who turned up at their door over their son's alleged £50 debt. The parents were confronted on their doorstep in Washington over claims their son owed £50, which had risen to

Tuesday, 10:26 in Regional North East

Teen arrested after calf shot in head on farmland

A calf had to be put to sleep after being shot in the head in East Durham. Durham Police said the animal was one of several cows which were injured with what is believed to be an air weapon on a farm in Wingate. Officers were called to the Station Town f

Tuesday, 09:56 in Regional North East

'He truly deserves it' - your views on Jermain Defoe and Sports Personality of the Year

Hundreds of messages have been pouring in for former SAFC striker Jermain Defoe, who is a bookies' favourite to win BBC Sports Personality of the Year. The England international, who now plays for Bournemouth, captured the hearts of the nation through hi

Tuesday, 09:42 in Regional North East

Opening date announced for Sunderland’s Old Fire Station development

The multi-million pound Old Fire Station development will open its doors on November 23, the Echo can reveal. After months of building work and £3.6million pounds of investment, the flagship building in the city’s emerging cultural quarter will open with

Tuesday, 09:31 in Regional North East

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