11 stories from the region you might have missed this week

Penshaw Monument... not a bad view from the apparent second worst place to live.
Penshaw Monument... not a bad view from the apparent second worst place to live.

Thankfully the weekend has arrived - and it’s time to catch up on what you’ve missed.

For many, the week’s much-needed days of rest have finally arrived.

But if work got the best of you from Monday to Friday (and you’re feeling a little bit out of the loop) we are here to look after you.

It’s been a busy week in the North East Press newsroom – and there’s been a lot going on – so take a look at our guide to what you might have missed this week.

We’ve picked 11 stories from our region to share with you and help you catch up before Monday rolls around again.

5 pubs you just had to visit on a night out in Hartlepool

Grab your pint and take a trip down Memory Lane to pubs of the 1980s.

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The 17 winners at Sunderland Echo Portfolio Business Awards

Champions all.

That’s the 17 winners of trophies at this year’s Sunderland Echo Portfolio Business Awards.

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Entries open for Sunderland’s Boxing Day Dip

It’s Boxing Day Dip time again.

The Lions Club of Sunderland is now hard at work, organising what will be the 41st annual Boxing Day Dip at Seaburn.

Read the full story here.

Revealed: The catalogue of horror in Hartlepool’s most violent street

Police say Hartlepool’s Church Street has been the scene of a catalogue of serious violence in the last year-and-a-half.

In the last 18 months, there have been 18 incidents in the area alone, of which eight were particularly serious, with injuries including a broken cheek bone, broken nose, fractured eye socket and a jaw broken so badly that it required surgery.

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Man ‘doused ex in petrol and crashed car at 85mph’ on Newcastle’s central motorway

A man has appeared in court charged with attempted murder after dousing himself and his ex-partner in petrol and crashing the car they were travelling in at 85 miles per hour.

Pervaiza Mirza, 36, picked up his ex from the David Lloyd leisure centre in Gosforth, Newcastle, on 22 December last year.

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Appeal to find grieving Sunderland widow’s missing necklace

A grieving Sunderland widow has been left devastated after losing a necklace with her late husband’s photo on it.

When Jean Bramham’s husband Jim lost his battle against pneumonia eight weeks ago, her friends wanted to do something special for her.

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Remembering Liam will give Hartlepool hospice a boost

Family and friends of a popular Hartlepool man will celebrate his life and raise money for the town’s hospice for an eighth year in a row.

Relatives and loved ones of much-missed Liam Gough are getting ready for another memorial night in aid of Hartlepool & District Hospice.

Read the full story here.

Council hits back at thinktank’s cultural slur on South Tyneside

A think tank which branded South Tyneside as culturally inadequate has been dubbed a ‘thicktank’ by a borough councillor.

Coun John McCabe hit out at the Royal Society of Arts’ (RSA) “deeply flawed” Heritage Index, during a meeting of South Tyneside Council at Jarrow Town Hall.

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IPCC launch investigation after man dies during police search

An investigation has been launched after a Wearside man died during a police search of his house.

At about 7.30pm on Monday police executed a search warrant at an address on High Street, in Easington Lane. During the search of the property a 43-year-old man, who lived at the address, became unwell.

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Price of football survey: Sunderland among cheapest top flight clubs

Black Cats bosses have pledged to keep football affordable for supporters after a survey revealed Sunderland fans enjoy among the cheapest matchday experiences in the Premier League.

The BBC Price of Football survey - the largest study of its type in Europe - has shown that Sunderland’s lowest single home ticket, £25, is the joint-fourth cheapest in the top flight

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Early Bonfire Night fireworks announced for South Shields seafront

Council bosses in South Tyneside are looking for people to celebrate Bonfire Night with a bang.

The annual fireworks display in South Shields is taking place on the seafront on Sunday, November 1 – at the double.

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