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A proposed film studio in Sunderland got one step closer to becoming reality after Chancellor Jeremy Hunt announced funding for the project in Wednesday’s budget.  Hunt announced that the Crown Work Studios project would receive up to £120m of Government funding.  The project is a joint venture between Fulwell 73 and Cain International, who have […]

North East mayoral candidate Kim McGuinness has called for “real, long-term investment” in the region following Chancellor Jeremy Hunt’s Budget announcement. In the Budget, announced on Wednesday, Hunt made a brief mention of the North East’s “trailblazer” devolution scheme. A 37-page document outlined that the region would see funding for a Sunderland-based TV and film […]

More than half of knife crime convictions are by first-time offenders. Charities have spoken out on what should be done to prevent it 58% of the 430 people found guilty of knife and offensive weapon offences in the area were first-time offenders. In light of the 5th anniversary of Sunderland boy Connor Brown’s death due […]

A new survey has found that 13-16 year olds across the UK prefer to pursue a career as a doctor. The NHS was the top-ranked organisation or business to work for and is one of the largest hiring employers in the country, ahead of other companies like Apple and Microsoft. More than 4,000 youths were […]

MORE than 100 people joined Ukrainian refugees for an anti-war rally in Newcastle at the weekend, to mark the second anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, in which 10,582 civilians have been killed. The crowd gathered at Grey’s Monument in the city centre on Sunday (Feb 25), with Ukrainians draped in their national flags, […]

A new era began at Blyth Spartans yesterday as Irfan Liaquat’s takeover of the club was announced, but who is the new owner?  The takeover comes following a tricky few years at Blyth, the Spartans currently sit 15th in the National League North, having narrowly avoided relegation in the last two seasons with consecutive 19th […]

Police have launched a fresh appeal in the search for a Newcastle man who went missing in South Shields over a month ago.  There have been no sightings of Ray Johnson since the 48-year-old was reported missing on January 20. He was last seen on CCTV in the Temple Park Road area of South Shields […]

International student enrollments saw a drop from last year, despite having 115,730 applicants from countries outside the UK this past academic year. A big deterrent for these students, who according to the government bring in massive economic support, are the ever-increasing tuition costs. Sir David Bell, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of the University of Sunderland, […]


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