A report by the End Child Poverty Coalition suggests small growth in benefits could push families deeper into poverty.
Three North East Beaches Get Blue Flag
Three beaches in North Tyneside are among the best in Europe.
Tynemouth Longsands, King Edward's Bay and Whitley Bay south have all been given the prestigious Blue Flag Award.
It's the 20th year in a row they've been recognised for clean water, being litter free and 'top-notch' facilities.
Keep Britain Tidy says England can now boast more clean beaches than Cyprus or Mexico, and is ranked inside the global top 10.
An 18-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering Leonne Weeks, 16, who was found dead on a path in Rotherham.
Two men have been arrested after a gun was fired in the Hylton Road Post Office on Monday
A family home's been broken into and badly vandalised in County Durham
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