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Up to a staggering 80% of people in Sunderland have no interest in voting in today’s local council elections, a SparkSunderland survey has shown. With the current cost of living crisis biting hard across the country, and the Government under more scrutiny than ever before amid the Covid “Partygate” revelations, voters are set to deliver […]

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 […]

Blyth Spartans are set to face Newcastle United Under 23s in the Northumberland Senior Cup Final on Thursday, 5 May 2022 at St James Park. The Spartans reached to final after beating Bedlington Terriers 1-0 in the semi-final, while Newcastle saw a penalty shootout victory against North Shields after the game originally finished 1-1. Both […]

To some, the North East of England is a land beyond the horizon that offers little appeal for making a visit. But to those of us who call the area home, we know that beyond the often miserable weather – and often equally miserable sports teams – the North East is a wonderful place to […]

Read all about a historic night for Ryhope CW as they secured the Durham Challenge Cup for the first time since 1978.

Sunderland’s local community radio station sparks great success at the Student Radio Association Amplify Awards with the team winning ‘Hero of the Moment’ and ‘Student Media Collaboration of the Year’.

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 […]

Sir Keir Starmer has accused government ministers of ‘hypocrisy’ amidst a political scandal over minister’s personal tax affairs. Government ministers such as Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Health Secretary Sajid Javid have come under scrutiny over their tax arrangements. On a visit to Sunderland, Starmer said: “It’s hypocrisy to say, to so many people in Sunderland […]


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