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"Biggles" Andrew Wright

Pilot named "Biggles" jailed for smuggling £33.5 million of cocaine into North Yorkshire

Ronald Thexton, one of the six men who pleaded guilty at Newcastle Crown Court to conspiracy to commit burglary

Gang of six, including three men from County Durham, admit planning burglary on supermarket

School children have a go on the new 'Air Trail' at the Tees Barrage in Stockton. Picture by Stuart Boulton.

Europe's biggest air 'rope way' prepares to open this Saturday in Stockton

The order of service for Robin Crowther

Tributes at funeral of "inspirational" Darlington journalism lecturer Robin Crowther

BUSY: Darlington Memorial Hospital

Hospital staff urge patients to consider if they really need to go to A&E

David James Venis

Trio jailed for four years each over robbery terror ride

David Lutz Ward

Paedophile caught with 12,300 indecent images of children was released early after being jailed for trying to film himself raping baby

Darlington council leader Bill Dixon accused the Government of finding "magic money" for southern councils

Government criticised for finding "magic money" for southern councils while Darlington gets even less cash

An artist's impression of the Prince of Wales engine

Cab trial fitted to Darlington-built steam locomotive Prince of Wales

DEVELPMENT: A for sale sign is back up on the former Rutson Hospital in Northallerton

JD Wetherspoon pulls out of Northallerton's former Rutson Hospital development

Naked women used to blackmail men across the North-East in explicit internet scam

Naked women used to blackmail men across the North-East in explicit internet scam

The annual Sedgefield Ball Game on the village green. Picture: STUART BOULTON

Blood, sweat but no tears at annual Sedgefield Ball Game

Adam Johnson, centre, leaves Bradford Crown Court after a pre-trial hearing in October

Child sex trial of Sunderland and England footballer Adam Johnson due to start

Former Northumbria Police chief Sue Sim (55374913)

Investigation into force following complaints by former top cop

Inspector Steve Kappell with the machetes and cash seized during a raid in Hartlepool

Machetes, drugs and cash seized in police raid

Ten colleges take part in annual North East Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy competition at the Federation Brewery on Gateshead. Picture: TOM BANKS (55253544)

Pictures: Students take part in hair and beauty contest


Hartlepool United v Stevenage

LIVE: Hartlepool United v Stevenage

David Nugent retains his place in Middlesbrough's starting line-up after scoring his side's equaliser in Saturday's draw with Blackburn

TEAM NEWS: Four changes for Boro - but Jordan Rhodes still doesn't start

In tandem: Newcastle United's Aleksandar Mitrovic celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game after being played in by Jonjo Shelvey (right)

Jonjo Shelvey is finally the man to replace Yohan Cabaye at Newcastle claims midfielder

Hopeful: Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka thinks he knows why his team have gone three games without a win. Picture: CHRIS BOOTH

'Players wanted to leave and we lost focus' as Boro boss targets top spot

Sunderland's Jermain Defoe (right) celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game with team-mate Lamine Kone during the Barclays Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool. Picture: PA

Sam Allardyce can smell team spirit in Sunderland's push to stay up

Praise: Newcastle United Under-21s boss Peter Beardsley has hailed Seydou Doumbia

Newcastle new-boy compared to Asprilla by Beardsley

Gary Anderson will return to the Premier League stage in Newcastle on Thursday night

Gary Anderson to return to action in Newcastle

MATCH ON: Darlington manager Martin Gray

MATCH ON: Darlington v Matlock Town

Former Middlesbrough boss Bryan Robson returned to the Riverside Stadium to celebrate 20 years of playing at the ground. Picture: Martin Walker

Middlesbrough celebrates 'Captain Marvel' 20 years on

Billy Paynter works around Christian Ribeiro as Hartlepool take on Exeter City. Picture: TOM BANKS

Three games in seven days - vital week to shape Hartlepool United's season

Product: Middlesbrough's Stewart Downing (right) is the most successful graduate of the Boro academy

Riverside ready for night of European cup football with Boro young guns

LAST TIME OUT: Nathan Cartman heads in Darlington's second goal last Tuesday against Buxton. Picture: TIM HICKMAN

Darlington v Matlock Town preview

Sidelined: Daniel Ayala has an ankle problem

Aitor Karanka plans a "few changes" and one will be replacing Boro defender Daniel Ayala at MK

Six wins: Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce is banking on a run of wins after heartening displays against Liverpool and Manchester City

Sam Allardyce targets the six wins to keep Sunderland up after Liverpool point


National Sport

Europe's most successful clubs compete each season for the Champions League trophy

European giants push for Champions League facelift

Sergio Busquets has made over 300 appearances for Barcelona

Sergio Busquets 'would be honoured' to work with Pep Guardiola again

Jamie Vardy has helped fire Leicester to the top of the table

Jamie Vardy insists top-of-the-table Leicester are just 'enjoying the ride'

Paul O'Connell was suffering from a hamstring injury sustained at the World Cup

Former Ireland captain Paul O'Connell heads for retirement

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