In pictures: Tyne and Wear potholes
The winter weather in the North East of England has left some roads in bad condition with many potholes.BBC Tyne: In pictures: Tyne and Wear potholes
Councils in England spending millions on potholes
Councils in England are paying out millions of pounds to repair potholes and compensate affected road users.BBC News: Councils in England spending millions on potholes
Many councils have had to increase spending on road repairs and compensation over potholes - despite cuts to their budgets, BBC research has found.
The Local Government Association said roads had been under-funded for years and called for long-term investment.
The Department for Transport said it was investing £3bn in roads.
Under the BBC project, The Road Ahead, councils across England were asked how much they were spending on road repairs following spending cuts.
Hundreds of potholes fixed in North East a week
Hundreds of potholes are having to be repaired every week across the North East, BBC research has found.BBC News Tyne: Hundreds of potholes fixed in North East a week
Northumberland County Council is having to repair holes at a rate of 800 a week, and has more than 200 vehicle damage claims pending from motorists.
Newcastle Council has spent £200,000 fixing 2,500 potholes this winter.
And in North Tyneside, 1,700 holes have been repaired. However, councils in Northumberland and Tyneside said they were coping with the cost.
Blog: Royal Wedding rekindles interest in memorabilia
You would be hard pushed to find a bigger fan of the monarchy than Anita Atkinson.BBC Chris Jackson: Royal Wedding rekindles interest in memorabilia
The Weardale journalist has a home bursting with royal memorabilia - her collection tops 5,000 different items.
Her royal memorabilia collection is so big that she was in the Guinness Book of World Records until she was pipped for the title in December 2010.
- Chris Jackson