Community support workers in East Durham say the poverty gap is becoming wider in the BBC Tees region.
Figures out today from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation suggest that poverty among children, families and pensioners has increased.
The board of the government's social mobility commission, including the former Darlington MP Alan Milburn, resigned over the weekend because of the increasing gap between the rich and poor.
Police are appealing for witnesses following the theft of 10 boxes of nails from a building site in Blyth.
It happened at the Persimmon Building Site on Links Road between 12:30 on Saturday and this morning.
The thieves forced entry to the compound before making off.
Four people have been injured in a collision between two cars in County Durham.
It happened at around 13:30 yesterday afternoon on Chilton Lane in Ferryhill.
One driver suffered minor injuries and left the scene before later attending the University Hospital of North Durham.
The other driver and one passenger were treated for minor injuries at James Cook University Hospital.
A second passenger was flown by air ambulance to James Cook, while a third was taken to Darlington Memorial Hospital.
This evening Tyne and Wear Metro is reducing the number of trains it usually runs during peak times from Monument to South Hylton and South Shields.
It comes after 80 metres of cable was stolen this morning which caused huge problems for commuters.
A warning has been issued to anglers not to take unnecessary risks following a competition at the weekend.
At least 20 of the 260 people fishing between South Shields and Sunderland were on the wrong side of safety barriers above Marsden Grotto yesterday afternoon.
The cliffs are at least 100ft high and there are warning signs telling people not to go near the edge.Copyright: Martin Emmerson, BBCCopyright: Martin Emmerson, BBC
Northumbria Police told BBC Newcastle people should not cross the barriers "under any circumstances".
One angler even had a tent pitched on the cliff edge where the car park has been closed at Souter Point due to erosion.
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The medals and mementos of Tyneside's first Olympian are to go under the hammer.
Alex Burns was born the son of a Scotswood Road shipyard worker in Newcastle's West End and became one of the greatest athletes the North East has produced.
He represented Britain at many major international events including two Olympics, Los Angeles in 1932 then Berlin in 1936, the notorious Hitler games.Copyright: British Pathé
We've enjoyed spectacular views of this month's "supermoon" - when it appears larger and brighter in the sky.
Malcolm Bawn took this image last night.Copyright: Malcolm Bawn
This mornings commuter misery for Metro users was caused by thieves stealing 80 metres of cable.
The problem has now been fixed.
Tyne and Wear Metro are warning people about the dangers of messing about with live cable.
It follows tweets by three Conservative Party MPs over the weekend claiming that they had provided their staff with access to their login details.
Sharing passwords is not a breach of the UK's Data Protection Act.
But the law says that "appropriate" security measures concerning personal data must be in place and that those with access must be properly vetted.
Newcastle Central Labour MP Chi Onwurah says she doesn't share her log in:
Paul Gascoigne has pulled out of an evening with fans due to "ill health".
He was due to appear alongside fellow former Newcastle midfielder Peter Beardsley in Duston in Gateshead on Wednesday.
Promoter Steve Wraith wrote on Twitter:
More than half of people in the North East don't know where their nearest defibrillator is according to research by St John Ambulance.
It says 7 out of 10 people treated with one of the machines in the first five minutes of a cardiac arrest could survive, and is urging people to learn life-saving techniques.
Meanwhile the family of a Teesside man who died after suffering a cardiac arrest while playing in a charity football match say they've been overwhelmed by how many sport and community groups want a defibrillator.
Lisa Clayton's brother in law John wasn't near one when he had collapsed.
She now raises money to install them in the community.Copyright: BBC
The youngest patient on the UK transplant waiting list, an eight-week-old baby, has a new heart.
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TV adverts for a North East comedy legend's stand-up DVD have been banned by the advertising standards agency.
Although Bobby Thompson, known as the Little Waster, died in 1988, his DVDs are still a best seller.
He always had a cigarette in his hand on stage.
This was digitally removed for the adverts but the ASA ruled that smoke could still be seen in the air and that they contained material that could offend women, upset the recently bereaved and encourage heavy drinking.Copyright: BBC
The body of Neil Stewart, who went missing after falling from an Amsterdam canal boat, has now been found.
The 30-year-old was part of a group from Newcastle when he fell into the Noordzeekanaal at Westzaan, near Amsterdam, at about midnight on Saturday 18 November.
Dutch police say his family has been notified and there is no indication of a crime.Copyright: Glynn Ferris