• Poker ace set for final showdown

    AN amateur poker ace is hoping to play his cards right when he takes on some of the biggest names in the game at the grand final of a national tournament. Father-of-three Colin Pearson, from Stockton, qualified for the Great British Poker Tour grand

  • Prestigious awards for school's old boys

    TWO former North-East pupils have received prestigious Institute of Physics awards for 2008 and were back at their old school to celebrate. Professor Edward Hinds, who once attended Dame Allan's Boy's School, in Newcastle, was awarded the Thomson Medal

  • Man rescued from river

    A MAN was rescued by lifeboat after been spotted floating in the river by a member of the public. Sunderland's RNLI inshore lifeboat and MCA Coastguard Rescue Team, together with an RAF Rescue Helicopter, were alerted after the man was spotted floating

  • Major accident training exercise

    FIREFIGHTERS and paramedics had to deal with a major road accident involving six vehicles and a coach during a training exercise today. Crews from Cleveland Fire Brigade were put through their paces at the event, which included the simulated accident

  • Newcastle women are vain, says survey

    WOMEN in Newcastle are amongst the vainest in the country, a new survey has revealed. London and Newcastle were the second and third most vain cities for women - topped only by Liverpool, the female vanity capital of Britain. London came out as the

  • Arts quarter idea for North-East town

    A NEW arts quarter should be developed to boost a town's economy, according to regeneration chiefs. And plans are being considered which could lead to an Edinburgh-style cultural festival being held in Darlington on a regular basis. Members of the Darlington

  • Police patrol vehicles in road crash

    POLICE are investigating a crash between two of their own vehicles which left two officers needing hospital treatment. The officers were hurt when their patrol vehicles, a Land Rover and a police dog van, collided on the A1 at Seaton Burn, North Tyneside