Children's services trust spends £7.7m on agency staff
The organisation defends its spending as part of its efforts to turn around services in Sunderland.
Face of Battle of Dunbar soldier revealed after centuries
The Scottish soldier's skeleton, dating from 1650, was found in a mass grave near Durham Cathedral.
Illegal schools: Ofsted reveals up to 20 across the north
The education watchdog says inspectors found literature in some which is misogynistic and homophobic.
Newcastle takeover: Mike Ashley meets Amanda Staveley over £300m bid
Newcastle's owner Mike Ashley and British businesswoman Amanda Staveley have met for the first time to discuss the sale of the Premier League club.
Driver admits Eid festival crash
Six people were injured when Marian Kabah's car mounted the pavement and ploughed into a crowd.
Blyth dog attack: Claire Neal jailed after children attacked
The Staffordshire bull terrier attacked the children after it escaped from the defendant's house.