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The brothers, known for their catchphrase “To me, to you”, will sit it on lunchtime news conferences at Northern Echo

Figures given to the BBC by exam boards show that about one in 14 who took the exam earlier this year will resit

'Not good enough - must do better': Chief schools inspector says secondary education quality is 'a postcode lottery'

In his first state of the nation report since taking office, chief schools inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw delivered a damning verdict

Five men arrested on suspicion of killing cats and wildlife with hunting dogs

Five men were arrested on suspicion of killing wildlife and cats with hunting dogs in a major operation between the police and RSPCA today.

Stockton-on-Tees is the home of Air Fuel Synthesis

Teesside: a powerhouse of industrial innovation

The banks of the river Tees have been no stranger to innovations that have shaken the world.

Student Liam Byrne 'fortunate' to survive parachute failure

A student who ended up stuck in a tree after falling 3,000ft (914m) when his canopy failed to open on his very first parachute jump was “very fortunate”, firefighters have said.

Lots of bite: Duncan Bannatyne presented a probing documentary

Tests confirm Dragons' Den star Duncan Bannatyne didn't suffer heart attack

Tests have confirmed that TV entrepreneur Duncan Bannatyne did not suffer a heart attack in a health scare which saw him rushed to hospital, a company spokesman said today.

Fulham's David Stockdale enters the England squad as third-choice keeper

Fulham may loan out goalkeeper David Stockdale

Fulham are planning to send David Stockdale out on loan in order for him to gain more first-team experience, according to goalkeeping coach Hans Segers.

Father drove engine that crushed boy

A seven-year-old boy who died at an open-air museum was crushed to death by a steam engine driven by his father.

Almost 50 theatres on the brink of closure

Almost 50 theatres in Britain teeter on the brink of closure, and a leading preservation group has urged developers and local councils to step in and save them

Ecstasy users 'take lethal gamble

A coroner said ecstasy users were taking a “lethal gamble” today after hearing how a 19-year-old woman died after taking three potent tablets with her boyfriend.

Recall over flawed smear tests

About 1,000 women have been called back to a North East surgery amid concerns that smear tests taken over the past 24 years were botched, health officials said today.

North-south gap divides in home repossessions

A stark north-south divide has emerged in home repossessions, with northern regions seeing a far higher number than their southern counterparts.

North-south gap widens in home repossessions

A stark north-south divide has emerged in housing repossessions, with northern regions of the UK seeing a far higher number of homes being seized than their southern counterparts.

Still no sign of eight-year-old boy after river plunge, hopes 'fading'

Police scouring a swollen river for a missing eight-year-old boy said hopes of finding him alive were "fading" as the operation stretched into a fourth day.

Tories win latest by-elections after swing from Labour

Tories gained from Labour in the latest local by-elections just a day after a massive slump in a London contest.

Paedophile jailed for terrifying attacks on young girls

A paedophile who snatched four girls from the street in the 1980s and 1990s, sexually abused them and then dumped them was jailed for 16 years today.

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