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A petition for making suicide prevention a compulsory part of the school curriculum has reached over 100,000 signatures in the UK – with 531 from Middlesbrough.  In 2021, Samaritans recorded 5,219 suicides in the UK, with 74% of them being men. According to Samaritans statistics, males are 2.9 times more likely to die by suicide […]

Lecturers at the University of Sunderland are promising more strike action in the new year if employers don’t give them a better offer for pay and pensions.  The statement was made just days after a series of strikes took place last month and vowed that if employers don’t respond to the UCU’s concerns over pay, pensions and […]

North East journalist Craig Hope says he believes England’s World Cup squad is ‘fair’ – but doesn’t believe the side will progress past the last eight. With England securing a place in the round of 16 topping group B, followed by a 3-0 victory against Senegal securing them a place in the quarter finals, many […]

England are through to the next round of the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar. Gareth Southgate’s men have just beaten Senegal in their last fixture of the group stages. It was a slow start to England’s round of 16 fixture where they took on Senegal. Jordan Henderson opened the scoring 38 minutes into the […]

The Met Office has revealed their Christmas forecast for this year and the question on everyone’s minds is – will we finally get a white Christmas? So what actually classes as a “white Christmas”? According the Met Office a white Christmas calls for “one snowflake to be observed falling in the 24 hours of 25 December […]

40% of the North East say they have no religion, new census data shows. New data from the 2021 Census reveals that whilst 40% of the North East is not religious, an average of 50.6% of the region identifies as Christian, and 2.9% as Muslim. Whilst demographics do seem to be changing, a large amount […]

Christine McVie, writer of some of Fleetwood Mac’s greatest hits including Don’t Stop and Little Lies, has died at the age of 79. The musician passed away peacefully in hospital, surrounded by family. She joined the band in 1970 after marrying bassist John McVie, before Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks later joined in 1974. She went […]

Schools across the country have had their outstanding ranking removed following revised inspections. The schools watchdog removed the highest ranking from a staggering 83% of outstanding schools after legal exemptions meant some schools had not been visited in more than 10 years. In the findings, Ofsted said: “Whilst we did inspect schools where we had […]


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