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  1. Food challenge for 'fed up' families

    Durham County Council is inviting families that are fed up of throwing away food waste to take part in a challenge.

    Ten chosen families will be given £40 of shopping vouchers to buy kitchen products, such as storage devices and food blenders, to help them create and save meals from extra unused food.

    The aim is to help them make the most of their food by rethinking their planning, shopping, storing and cooking habits.

    During the four-week challenge, the council’s waste management team will be on hand to offer advice and support throughout the campaign and a free cookery workshop will also be available.

    Food waste challenge
    Quote Message: Every year households in the UK throw away 15 million tonnes of food and drink, nearly half of which could have been eaten. [This is] a great way to raise awareness of the issue and we would encourage everyone to visit our website for top tips on how to reduce waste and save themselves money." from Brian Stephens Durham County Council cabinet member for neighbourhoods and local partnerships
    Brian StephensDurham County Council cabinet member for neighbourhoods and local partnerships
  2. Your photos: Angel's 21st birthday

    It is the 21st anniversary of the Angel of the North being installed.

    Les PIgg sent us this striking image of the Gateshead sculpture in the sunlight.

    If you have any photos that you would look to share with us then please get in touch on Facebook, via Twitter or email.

    Angel of the North
  3. Rider shaken and horse injured in lorry collision

    A horse was injured after being hit by a HGV in County Durham.

    Durham Police believe the driver was trying to overtake the horse and rider on Durham Road, Lanchester, on Monday afternoon, when it clipped the animal's leg.

    The 12-year-old girl riding was not hurt but the horse suffered minor injuries and was checked by a vet.

    PC Dave Brawn, from the Roads Policing Unit, said: “The child was obviously shaken up by this incident.

    "The driver of the HGV stopped briefly however soon left without leaving any details, we are keen to trace this individual."

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    Video caption: Gateshead lollipop lady quits over safety concerns

    Jacqueline Carver says she loves her job but has suffered abuse from drivers.

  5. Hemingway hoping to turn heads with Berwick tourist plan

    Colin Briggs

    Look North

    Former fashion designer Wayne Hemingway has been recruited to run a project which aims to encourage people to visit Berwick.

    Perhaps most famous for starting the fashion brand Red or Dead, he now runs Hemingway Design which shaped the look of the Staiths South Bank housing estate in Gateshead.

    The firm was also involved in last year's Great Exhibition of the North.

    The Welcome Visitor Project has seen Berwick receive £304,000 from the Coastal Communities Fund.

    Wayne Hemingway
  6. Tilly Lockey: 'I can paint with my bionic arms'

    Victoria Derbyshire

    Tilly Lockey, 13, from Consett, has bionic arms that are so sophisticated she can now paint and apply make-up.

    She lost both of her hands after contracting meningitis as a baby and is now at the forefront of testing the technology.

    Her latest set, complete with pressure sensors and fine motor control, are not yet available on the NHS - but it is hoped they will be soon.

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    Video caption: Tilly Lockey: 'I can paint with my bionic arms'
  7. Lottery grant to bring archive photos online

    Thousands of images detailing the heritage of a former Thornaby industrial company are to be made accessible online.

    A £32,000 grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund will be used to recruit and train volunteers to conserve and digitise pictures of employees and social events at Head Wrightson.

    The collection, donated by the company’s photographer Alan Simpson in 2012, details the work carried out between 1958 and 1978.

    Norma Wilburn, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s cabinet member for arts, leisure and culture, said: "Volunteers will play an important role in providing a fascinating visual insight into the culture of the company.

    "I can’t wait to see this project develop and hope it brings back memories for those who lived and worked through these exciting years.”

    Head Wrightson archive image
    Head Wrightson archive image
  8. Three arrested over pensioner bungalow burglary

    BBC Tees

    Three people have been arrested in connection with a burglary at an elderly woman’s home in Billingham.

    Jewellery including matching sets of rings and bracelets were stolen from the woman's home on Blakeston Road sometime overnight on Wednesday.

    Cleveland Police said some of the items have been recovered but are appealing for anyone who may have been offered for sale any matching sets of jewellery to contact them.

    Two men aged 36 and 31 have been arrested on suspicion of burglary in connection with the incident, alongside a woman aged 36. All three have been bailed while investigations continue.

  9. Newcastle youngsters call for climate change action

    Students and schoolchildren are at a rally in Newcastle demonstrating against climate change.

    Youngsters in about 60 towns and cities in the UK are taking part in a mass protest, calling on the government to declare climate emergency and take active steps to tackle the problem.


    Sporting placards and banners, they demonstrated at the entrance to the university, calling for an end to climate change, and end to the use of fossil fuels.

    Protest in Newcastle
  10. Views wanted on bus station revamp

    People in Durham are being asked what changes they would like to see at the city's bus station.

    The county council says the current facility on North Road does not do the area justice and wants ideas on how to make it more modern and welcoming.

    Plans to redevelop the area had been looked at in 2016 but were met with a mixed response, according to the authority.

    Durham bus station
  11. Tony Pulis: Boro facing defensive problems

    BBC Look North

    North East and Cumbria

    Middlesbrough boss Tony Pulis is disappointed to lose defender Aiden Flint “for a few weeks” after injury at Sheffield United.

    With Dani Ayala suspended and Danny Batth no longer at the club, Pulis faces a defensive crisis at Blackburn on Sunday.

    Tony Pulis press conference
  12. Utilitywise workers 'may not get paid'

    BBC Look North

    North East and Cumbria

    As hundreds of workers caught up in the collapse of the energy company Utilitywise begin the search for new jobs, it is feared many of them will not be paid for work they have already done this month.

    The North Tyneside-based firm, which helps business clients to procure gas and electricity, said it had been unable to raise enough cash to cover its debts and yesterday the administrators confirmed 570 jobs are to go.

    Melissa is eight months pregnant but now will not be paid during her maternity leave. She says she does not have any idea how she is going to pay her bills.

    "It's a real struggle financially because we're relying on money we're not going to get and there's going to be a delay before we get anything from the government."

    Last month, it said it needed £10m to keep its business afloat after coming up against "unexpected challenges and legacy issues".

    Utilitywise's headquarters at the Cobalt Business Park
  13. Don't miss your chance for cup glory!


    Is your team in danger of crashing out of the FA Cup this weekend - or not even involved any more?

    Why not do it for them instead and get yourself involved in the 2019 FA People's Cup...

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    Video caption: Last chance to sign up for the 2019 FA People's Cup!

    You've not got long though - entries close at midnight on Monday, 18 February!

    Enter here.

  14. Durham climate protest: 'The most important thing I could be doing'

    Phil Connell

    Look North

    About 100 students demonstrated in Durham as part of a global campaign calling for action over climate change.

    Students around the country walked out of school to call on the government to declare a climate emergency and take active steps to tackle the problem.

    Students with banners gathered in Durham's market place this morning.

    Paul, 17, (below) said: “I think it’s the most important thing in the world I could be doing right now. I can’t think of a bigger threat to human civilisation, to our lives, than climate change right now.

    “I just wish the Government and the people who can change things were treating it as if their house was burning down right this moment."

    Paul at the Durham climate protest

    Oscar, 18, (below) said: “My message for the Government today is we are here, we reject extinction and we demand to be heard.

    “We need the Government to wake up and recognise that climate change is an issue that will affect all of us and to do something about it.”

    Oscar at Durham climate protest