CHEWY the usually fearless alligator became all shy when she had to get ready to meet her new boyfriend last night.
A NORTH-EAST gynaecologist's excessive use of force during forceps deliveries left newborn babies with extensive bruising and their parents in trauma for weeks, an inquiry heard yesterday.
IAN CLARK last night eclipsed his old club as Hartlepool United enjoyed a 3-1 win over Doncaster Rovers in the LDV Vans Trophy at Victoria Park.
GATFLAX (2.05) looks the safest bet at Catterick this afternoon on a mammoth card guaranteed to warm the bookies' hearts rather than line the punters' pockets.
A MAN who needs a third kidney transplant is considering looking to China for an organ taken from a criminal executed by firing squad.
THE family of a pensioner who died after an ambulance crew arrived too late to save him want answers about the delay.
A MAN who dragged a teenager into his home and assaulted her while she was out collecting money walked free from court yesterday.
TWO men who ran a drugs operation from a pigeon loft were jailed yesterday.
A FOOTBALL club's learning centre is launching a new education scheme within its well-established study programme.
IRISH supergroup The Corrs burst on to stage last night and urged fans to help mark the memory of their mother.
A MAN has been charged with attempted murder and making threats to kill following a stabbing incident in the region.
Shay Given has rocked Bobby Robson by slapping in a written transfer request at Newcastle.
RESIDENTS are being warned to be on their guard against intruders posing as officials after an incident in Hartlepool.
Brougham Primary School, Hartlepool, has applied for permission to extend one of its classrooms.
AN investigation is to be launched into how easily children progress through a local education system.
A LUCKY north Durham couple have already holidayed in style this year after winning £2,000.
SUNDERLAND face a race against the clock to avoid a striker crisis in their tough Premiership game against West Ham United at Upton Park on Saturday.
A £16.5m deal to buy the freehold of a North-East shopping centre went ahead yesterday.
PLANS to build a hotel and leisure complex next to Newcastle Airport creating 90 new jobs have been unveiled
BRADFORD keeper Matt Clarke has issued a "come and get me'' plea to Newcastle.
Police are investigating an armed robbery at a North-East social club.
ACTION costing almost £200,000 is being proposed to improve exam results by children in care.
NUISANCE neighbours in an isolated north Durham village are making life a misery for residents.
HIGHLY-RATED Sunderland midfielder Gavin McCann is walking a disciplinary tightrope - and one mistake could rule him out of a head-to-head against the player he has been likened to, Manchester United star Roy Keane.
A KIND-HEARTED couple have shown true festive spirit by raising £1,000 for charity.
A MUSEUM will roar back into the 21st Century with a new clockwork version of a popular exhibit taking pride of place.
COMMANDING Hartlepool United defender Gary Strodder has been ruled out of action for six weeks.
AN ambitious scheme to improve access to work for young people in remote areas by providing them with mopeds or scooters is about to move a step closer.
LINDA Kramer is celebrating more than just losing weight after a 14-week slimming effort.
A-LEVEL theatre studies students at a Darlington college are performing in pantomime this week.
ACCIDENT investigators appealed last night for information from witnesses to three separate road accidents.
A BUS service is being restored following talks between its operator and a council.
Thames Ditton in Surrey is one of those places which the tabloids inevitably term "leafy" and which estate agents - or at least Stewart Estates, of Kingston - reckon "one of the most sought after locations in Europe."
PLANS have been unveiled for a massive £75m development to breathe new life into one of the last remaining legacies of Darlington's industrial past.
Football Association chief executive Adam Crozier insisted Sven-Goran Eriksson was not taking over as England coach this week as a ''failure'' as he appealed for the country to unite behind him.
TOP DOG Harsu Super returns to his old track, Sunderland, tonight looking to add the Regal Gold Cup to his sparkling Regal Puppy Derby success.
WHAT'S in a name, a logo, an image? Well, absolutely everything, which is why changing them costs so much. Get it right and re-inventing yourself can lead to new customers, new-found wealth and prosperity. Get it wrong and it can break you.
EVIL mother Donna Horrigan is facing jail after turning her three-year-old daughter into Britain's youngest ever drug dealer.
MULTI-millionaire George Reynolds revealed in court yesterday that he has no insurance on his homes around Europe - because he believed his reputation meant he could never claim.
A HOUSE at the centre of one of Britain's most baffling unsolved murders is likely to become an animal training centre and crematorium.
POLICE hunting quad bike thieves who targeted two dales farms found an injured man hiding in gorse bushes.
A TEENAGER carrying a replica handgun was wrestled to the ground by security guards after a dramatic attempted escape from court yesterday.
THOUSANDS of soldiers who may have been exposed to depleted uranium are finally to be offered health screening as fears grow about possible links with cancer.
A FIREFIGHTER yesterday accused fire chiefs of having conducted a witch-hunt for racists during a "politically correct" climate.
THERE has been a mixed response to proposals to increase council tax by more than £50 for most people in Darlington.
SEDGEFIELD Borough Council spent £9,086 dealing with the flood crisis last November.
A COUNCIL has rejected claims that a Darlington nursery school should to be closed because of the poor state of the building.
AN exercise class for those with limited movement has staged its first session of the new year.
POLICE in Newton Aycliffe have warned people to beware of bogus officials after a man forced his way into a pensioner's home.