Author: Daniel Hordon

A Sunderland boy’s joyous reaction to a new accessible swing has gone viral online. The uplifting video of nine-year-old Will Calvert from Sunderland riding the swing for the first time has received over 2.7million views on Instagram and 250,000 on Twitter. Will, who suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and has to use a wheelchair, has […]

The first Tyne and Wear Metro train is nearing completion ahead of its arrival later this year. Nexus, which operates Metro, has released a new image showing the nearly-finished train on the production line at the Stadler factory in Switzerland. Stadler, who will manufacture and maintain the new trains, are in the process of fitting […]

Just 2% of Ukrainian refugees who have arrived in the UK are calling the North East their home. The North East and Wales have the joint fewest Ukrainian refugees of any region of the UK, according to new figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Almost half have settled in London (31%) and […]

Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Kim McGuinness has requested £2m of extra government funding to help improve public safety and tackle anti-social behaviour. The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) has applied for funding from the Home Office Safer Streets fund to introduce more night-time police patrols and overtime for officers on the Metro. Since securing […]

A wave of zero-waste shops opened across the country in the years before the pandemic, but as Covid – 19 hit our lifestyles changed and many of these stores are facing closure. You’d be forgiven for thinking our problem with single-use plastics had disappeared.  Just a few years ago, it seemed the issue of plastic […]

A ‘must-have’ app designed to make public transport safer was downloaded only 1,000 times in its first month of being available. Police and Crime Commissioner Kim McGuinness’ Safer Transport Northumbria app has cost taxpayers nearly £8,000 so far and was downloaded just 1,028 times in its first month on app stores, according to exclusive new […]

Only 2.71% of UK police vehicles are electric, according to exclusive new figures.

The Leamside Line through Washington will not be reopened under the government’s Integrated Rail Plan.

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