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New data from four regions in the North East has revealed that over two thousand properties have remained vacant over the past three years. These areas are Gateshead, Sunderland, South Tyneside, and North Tyneside. A freedom of information investigation by Spark can reveal that from each of the councils, Gateshead had the highest number of […]

A woman from South Shields has started to unite women who are struggling with mental health. According to the NHS, one in every four adults has at least one diagnosable mental health problem at any given year. Angela Reay, the creator of the group, said: “I thought I was fine. “All of a sudden I […]

Over the last few years, first-time house buyers have been clearly affected by the rising prices of houses in the North East.   One of the main problems that people are facing these days is an inability to successfully raise enough money to put down as a deposit. We spoke to former estate agent Andrew Jacques […]

A Newcastle supporter has said there’s “room for improvement” in regards to ticket sales at Newcastle United. Ticketing demand for club matches has  grown substantially since the takeover of the club in 2021. It’s well known that St James’ Park seats around 52’000 supporters and  the idea of expanding the stadium has been discussed by […]

The Covid pandemic had a huge impact on the travel and holiday industry as according to the Office For National Statistics there was only 23,827 visits abroad by UK residents in the Covid heavy year of 2020 compared to a much larger 53,816 across only three quarters of 2022. However the Travel industry was still […]

Sunderland RCA have released an update on their bid to secure new grassroots pitches with Covid, anti-social behaviour and local elections now hindering their progress. The Northern League football side have a youth section that homes hundreds of children from Under 7s up – All of which proudly represent the RCA badge.  Sunderland RCA’s ever […]

Sunderland dog walkers could face on-the-spot fines of £100 if they are caught walking their dogs on prohibited sections of Roker and Seaburn beaches, after annual bans came into force earlier in the month. The bans, which see dogs prohibited from parts of the two beaches, will run until the end of September and are […]

  With no agreement reached between the government and striking junior doctors, the strikes look set to continue across England and Wales, including the North East.  Despite strikes taking place in both March and April, the government has refused to meet with the BMA, the union representing junior doctors, over a 35% pay increase demand described […]

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