County Durham

New train carries passengers across Devon and Cornwall for first time today

Today's run is a sneak preview ahead of the trains entering service

Trains

Who are the winners and losers in UK property since the referendum?

The latest UK HPI release of property price data for June provided the first concrete look how the UK market has performed on the two-year …

Property (UK)

Opening date for Aldi in Stanley revealed - but McDonald's remains tight-lipped

A budget German supermarket is expected to open its new store in Stanley before Christmas.<p>Aldi is currently building a new shop on derelict land in …

McDonald's

Courtney Hadwin tipped to win America's Got Talent as she reaches semi final

A County Durham schoolgirl is one step away from the the America's Got Talent Final which the show's judges are tipping her to win.<p>Singing sensation …

Tyneside

Soul of The Blues with Jeremy Rees #256 - 15th August 2018

Catch up with Soul of The Blues, the weekly show on Radio Cardiff (10pm on Wednesdays, repeated 6am on Sundays). This edition features tracks …

Tyneside

'America's Got Talent' Fans Are Taking Issue With Courtney Hadwin After Discovering Her Past

Is the Janis Joplin-esque singer breaking some AGT rules?<p>If there's one person who brought down the house Tuesday night during the first round of</i> …

Lifestyle

Ben Stokes gives England a selection conundrum they could do without ahead of Third Test against India

Few have been the moments throughout the long-running Ben Stokes saga that England have been left wondering how to get him back into the team. He is …

Adil Rashid

A handy guide to Louis Theroux’s favourite documentaries – all available to watch now

The intrepid filmmaker has shed light on "the documentaries that made me" for a new collection on the BBC iPlayer<p>Equipped with an unquenchable …

Death Row

Weather warning issued as thunderstorms set to crash down on England

<b>Thunderstorms will crash down on parts of England on Monday triggering a weather warning from the Met Office.</b><p>The yellow warning is in place between …

Weather

Buyers need to find £33,000 deposit for first home

Buyers are having to put down record deposits, averaging at £33,127 nationally, on their first home, as property prices for first-time buyers hit …

Housing

10 things you need to know about Strictly contestant Faye Tozer

The Steps singer will be in the new series of the BBC dance competition.<p>Ahead of her debut on the dancefloor, here are 10 things you need to know …

Dancing

Mark Gatiss explains why he paid to make his own documentary on an obscure artist

Broadcasters said John Minton was too unknown to make a documentary on – so the Sherlock star funded the film on his teenage obsession<p>Mark Gatiss was …

Mark Gatiss

The hardest handover

Death may not be a favourite for dinner party conversations, but it is a discussion that winemakers need to start having with their peers and loved …

Family Business

Who will replace Ant McPartlin to present I'm A Celebrity with Declan Donnelly?

Following Ant McPartlin's statement announcing that he won't be presenting this year's series of I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here , the rumour …

Ant McPartlin

The ten best plumbers in Birmingham - according to Checkatrade

Midlands Heating & Plumbing Ltd is the best plumbing service in the West Midlands<p>That’s according to data from trades website Checkatrade, set up to …

Home Improvement

Binchester Roman Fort excavation unearths Roman road

<b>A well-preserved Roman road and hundreds of fragments of Roman pottery have been unearthed in County Durham.</b><p>About 60 archaeologists and volunteers spent six weeks excavating the largely undisturbed northern end of Binchester Roman Fort, near Bishop Auckland.<p>Evidence of small industrial buildings …

Archaeology

The Top 10: places with more famous places named after them

This list was suggested by Beth Desmond, who mentioned the first three.<p>1. <b>York</b>. New York was named after the Duke of York, later James II and VII, but …

Opinion (UK)

Vegan army on the march - why more and more are cutting out animal products

He changed the way he did everything – including cutting out animal products from his diet – declaring afterwards, “I think that I’m now fitter than …

Tyneside

How old is Rowan Atkinson, is he friends with Boris Johnson, what were the dead rumours, who's his ex-wife and what's his net worth?

ROWAN Atkinson is one of the most recognised faces on TV having starred in Johnny English, Blackadder and Love Actually.<p>Here's all you need to know …

Boris Johnson

Escaped ponies killed in road accident

Two Shetland ponies who are thought to have <b>escaped from their field</b> in the Norton area of County Durham died as a result of a collision with a …

Horses

Courtney Hadwin, 14, wows America's Got Talent

Fourteen-year-old Courtney Hadwin from County Durham has told BBC Radio 5 Live that she now gets stopped in Primark, after wowing the judges on America's Got Talent.<p>Courtney told Chris Warburton that she just wants to have fun, rather than winning the competition.<p>The video of her routine has …

Entertainment (UK)

Conservative councillor keeps job after tweet calling non-binary people mentally ill

A Conservative councillor who “characterised transgender people as mentally ill” with a retweet will keep his position despite breaching his …

LGBTQI

River Rhine dries up during European heat wave

It’s so hot in Germany and Switzerland that an entire swath of the River Rhine has dried up completely, according to a new report.<p>The water levels in …

Heat Waves

Firefighters had to break into a bank to rescue a worker who was trapped while refilling an ATM

Firefighters had the unusual task of breaking into a bank after a security worker became trapped inside after hours.<p>The employee from G4S had been …

Tyneside

Train builders start on London and North Eastern Railways’ Azumas

This milestone follows Azuma trains built in Japan being testing on the route.

Trains

Yorkshire crowned Northern champions to win place in English championship

YORKSHIRE will head to the English Men’s County Finals in Suffolk next month after securing the Northern Counties six-man title at The …

Great Britain

Watford 2-0 Brighton LIVE: Premier League 2018-19 football as it happened - Roberto Pereyra stars with two goals at Vicarage Road

Watford 2-0 Brighton<br>Premier League 2018/19<br>Vicarage Road<p>Roberto Pereyra began the season in spectacular style with two goals as Watford sank sorry …

Soccer

Bradley Lowery's mum: 'I believe he was here for a reason'

Bradley Lowery's mother has told BBC Radio 5 Live that her son’s legacy is improving the lives of other children with cancer.<p>The six-year-old Sunderland fan, from Blackhall Colliery in County Durham, died in July 2017.<p>Speaking to Chloe Tilley, Gemma Lowery said she believes Bradley's reason for …

Tyneside

Adam Johnson is hoping to be out by Christmas - after being jailed for sex act with teen fan

SOCCER pervert Adam Johnson is hopeful of an early release from jail after offering to coach budding stars.<p>The paedo believes he could be home by …

Crime

Inside the hunt for career criminal behind burglary crime wave

Police in County Durham have had their work cut out hunting career burglar Michael Dodsworth, who has a string of convictions.<p>Michael Dodsworth was …

Crime