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Spark has been named Best Student Radio Station at the 2022 Student Radio Awards in London. 

The World Cup is just over a week away, and one man on the plane to Qatar is Sunderland’s Jewison Bennette. Bennette, 18, joined Sunderland in the summer from his native Costa Rica. The young, dynamic winger is a fresh talent on Wearside and he has started positively in a Sunderland shirt. Bennette scored his […]

Following calls from the Government to cut down on immigration after a supposed ‘invasion’ of the South East, is the North East also experiencing a similar influx? Home Secretary Suella Braverman has come under fire for suggesting there is an “invasion on our southern coast” in regard to a large increase of migrants arriving in […]

We asked the people of Sunderland their opinion on the former Health Secretary’s  decision to sign up for the hit reality show I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! Brad, 42 accountant, said: ” He shouldn’t be going, he’s laughing in our faces doing it and it’s one big joke to him.” This appeared […]

Reports from The Guardian and Telegraph suggest that the Government may U-turn on its commitment for a smoke-free UK by 2035.  The initial smoking action plan, proposed in the Conservative 2019 manifesto may have been called into question by the current health secretary Thérèse Coffey, according to Whitehall insiders. Those same sources have suggested that […]

In just 44 days after taking office, Liz Truss has resigned as Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party. In an address outside Downing Street, Ms Truss said she could not deliver the mandate on which she was elected. Liz Truss is the shortest-serving Prime Minister in the UK. In a statement read outside […]

A University of Sunderland expert has called for tougher policies from tech giants to increase online safety.  Dr Derek Watson’s call comes as pressure mounts for an Online Safety Bill which is currently making its way through the House of Commons after the tragic death of London teenager Molly Russell.  Molly’s death sent shock waves […]

Spark gauges Sunderland’s reaction after petition hits half a million mark in just over two months. The petition, created by a member of the public in July 2022, asks for an election citing the ‘chaos of the current Government.’  While the UK is not due to hold another election until 2024, the organiser says in […]


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