BORIS Johnson has been elected Mayor of London.
A WOMAN was found collapsed at the top of stairs after she was overcome by smoke from a bedroom fire.
A BURGLAR has been jailed for two years despite a courtroom plea for mercy from his victim.
JASON Plato will be the 'daddy' in more ways than one when the HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship rolls into Donington Park this weekend.
FIRE badly damaged the first floor of a house in Lonsdale Avenue, Trimdon Grange today.
A WOMAN who lived in the lap of luxury from the earnings of her boyfriend's gangland empire has been jailed for 18 months.
A MAN has died after apparently plunging from the top of a well-known landmark.
A THREE month Puffin count on the Farne Islands is under way in an effort to find how many breeding pairs live there.
YOUNGSTERS on bicycles are believed to be behind a fresh surge in the number of lead thefts.
PROPOSALS to reinstate a school play area will be put before a key council meeting next month.
ONE of the region's largest hospitals is having to ask consultants to work later because of an unprecedented surge in out-of-hours admissions.
A RURAL bus service under threat due to finance cutbacks is to keep running thanks to North Yorkshire County Council.
THREE schools have been given permission to erect cycling shelters on their grounds.
A MAN who lost his father in the September 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre will sing songs of forgiveness next week.
A WEBSITE which has helped promote a town for the past four years is back online with a new address.
CHRIS RIGGOTT is back on duty at Middlesbrough after manager Gareth Southgate made the most of a clause in the terms of his loan arrangement.
STEAM will be making way for diesel this month on a heritage railway devoted to the locomotives of the past.
MORE than 40 people took the plunge for charity in Richmond pool.
STUDENTS are being offered the chance to join a life-changing expedition to the highest mountain on earth.
CRIMEFIGHTERS are claiming success for their three-year scheme to reduce offences and disorder across the sprawling Richmondshire area.
Darlington supporters wishing to attend the match at Peterborough United tomorrow have until 5pm today to purchase their ticket.
A TEENAGER who brandished a meat cleaver at take-away staff because he feared his food had been spat on has been spared jail.
Matt Scott, from Washington, has big ambitions for his trainer design company Mes Footwork
Ahead of Monday's closing date for the If We Can, You Can challenge, Deborah Johnson looks at how statistics show the region is an ideal place to start a business, and meets two entrepreneurs who have done just that
MORE than 800 jobs will be created after an agreement was signed to bring a major new import centre to Teesside.
NEWCASTLE striker Mark Viduka will be available for Monday's clash with title-chasing Chelsea despite battling an Achilles injury.
JONNY Evans returns to the Sunderland squad for tomorrow's penultimate game of the season at Bolton.
MARK Schwarzer could return to Middlesbrough's starting line-up for tomorrows vital relegation clash with Portsmouth.
THOUSANDS of pounds of damage was caused to one of the region's oldest churches by thieves who attempted to make off with lead from the roof.
THE entire case against Suzanne Holdsworth hinged on the medical evidence given by experts during the trial.
Karen Westcott looks at the life of a bright and well-loved toddler whose life was tragically cut short
PARENTS are to launch a £50,000 campaign aimed at breathing new life into a rundown playground.
CHILDREN at a north Durham school were given a taste of Far Eastern culture during a visit from a Chinese musician.
A DEAF Dalmatian would dearly desire a dedicated dog-lover to adopt him. The two-year-old, pictured, is totally deaf, and staff at Deerness Kennels, in Durham City, have to communicate with him entirely by hand signals. Domino, who is being cared for by the RSPCA has been neutered, vaccinated and micro-chipped, but is very lively so would not suit a family with young children. Anyone wanting to give him a home is asked to contact Kath Myatt at the RSPCA on 0191-384-0269 or Deerness Kennels on 0191-378-0439.
If there's one book that's moved me, it has to be this one.
LANDMARK pub, The Bat Cave, is to be razed to the ground.
A TEENAGE performing arts student is preparing for an audition that could make her dreams come true.
A COUNCILLOR has accused his authority of deliberately running a swimming pool into the ground to justify selling it off for housing.
A COUPLE who met at a secret RAF radar station have celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary.
CONCERNS have been raised over the risk of flooding in a village, with residents worried that thousands of pounds of damage could be done to homes in the area.
GIRLS at Teesside High School raised their coffee cups in a bid to raise funds for two charities.
A £100,000 urban green space project to improve facilities for local people and wildlife, has been unveiled on Teesside.
OUTRAGED traders walked out of a council meeting after plans to move their stalls to make way for a £550,000 Christmas market were announced.
A VICAR who once rode a horse up Roseberry Topping is retiring from the ministry after 40 years.
DURHAM Sinfonia's Spring Concert in the glorious setting of Durham Cathedral on Saturday was an affair to remember.
THE 50-year-old folk rock singer-songwriter is under no illusions about how he is perceived for his forthright political views.
Derren Brown: Trick Or Treat (C4, 10pm); Sexcetera (Virgin 1, 11pm) WHAT exactly is Derren Brown?
Herbs for flavouring food are making a comeback and were more adventurous with them than ever before EIGHTY varieties of mint, 40 thymes, 26 rosemaries and more than 600 other herbs. If you want to add more interest to your cooking, Chris and Paul Turner quite possibly have the answer, or even 800 answers.
A trip to Harrogate in the spring can give you lots of ideas for the growing season C before our counterparts down South get a look in ITS official then spring has arrived.
Following the recent deaths of Heather Wardle and her disabled son James Hughes, reporter Lucy Richardson meets single mother Liz Knight, from Redcar, to see how she copes with the day to day care of her severely physically and mentally disabled son