Morrisons launches in-store pumpkin carving lessons for parents

It’s the time of year when pumpkins are transformed into something ghoulish for Halloween.

Emmett George Hodgson, 12 weeks. Picture: Paul Hodgson.

Halloween 2016 is almost here - send us your Spooky Snaps

October has officially arrived - and that means it's time for Halloween, and Spooky Snaps!
Celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary on the 19th October, Jim and Hilary Lindsay of Stitchell House Nursing Home, Greatham.

Seven decades of adventure for platinum couple

A couple are celebrating after motoring their way to 70 years of wedded bliss.

What will you get up to this half term?

19 things to do in the North East this half term

We are well and truly into the swing of the autumn season, so it's just about time for a little break.
Judie Stephens.

Australian woman hopes to find more about long-lost family after emotional Hartlepool visit

An Australian woman with family history steeped in Hartlepool made an emotional visit to the town to learn more about her roots.

'Pet roadkill' is among the costumes on sale this Halloween.

From pet roadkill to killer clowns: Are children's Halloween costumes becoming 'too frightening'?

Worried parents have slammed retailers including the Duchess of Cambridge's parents for selling sickening Halloween costumes for young children.
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Let's go fly a kite...

From flying kites to building a tent... have you mastered the 50 dad skills?

The top 50 'dad skills' have been revealed - but less than half of fathers reckon they have mastered them all.
More than half of mums feel their kids prefer their grandmother to them, as they spend more time doing things with them.

10 reasons why kids think their grandma is cooler than their mum

More than half of British kids prefer their granny to their own mother, according to a new report.
Families enjoyed the Peterlee Show across the weekend.

Families enjoy entertainment-packed Peterlee Show as thousands attend over weekend

Families enjoyed an entertainment-packed weekend show as the weather failed to dampen a popular event.

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The top 100 baby names for boys and girls have been revealed by the Office for National Statistics.

Oliver and Amelia remain the most popular baby names - but Jaxon and Aria are on the rise

Oliver and Amelia remain the most popular baby names in England and Wales for the third year running, according to official figures.
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Funeral of Kelly Duncan at Hartlepool Crematorium.

Emotional final farewell to Hartlepool mum-of-two as family and friends turn out in their droves

Family and friends turned out in their droves to pay an emotional final farewell to a much-loved Hartlepool mum.

Can you cross everything off our North East summer bucket list?

21 things to cross off your North East bucket list this summer - how many can you do?

It's hard to believe that the summer holidays have rolled around already. Don't worry though - there's plenty to keep you busy.
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Kitting out the kids with new school uniforms is an annual headache for parents.

Good news for parents as Lidl set to sell full school uniform for just £3.65

School's out for summer in many places - but there's good news for parents worried about the annual uniform headache.

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IKEA has recalled the Patrull children's stair gate after several safety scares.

IKEA recalls child stairgate after series of safety scares

Furniture retailer IKEA has issued an urgent statement urging customers to stop using its child safety gates after a series of failures were reported.

What type of parent are you?

Tiger, free-range... What kind of parent are you?

What’s the best way to raise your child? It’s a question that has provoked the publication of numerous books, and seen authors race to coin the next quirky name for a new style of parenting.
Leanne Harris and 13-month-old son Joshua have been left devastated by the death of their cat, Toby.

Hartlepool family left devastated as cat died after being poisoned

A family has been left devastated after their cat was poisoned in the second attack of its kind in the same street.

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Family pet Willow is the fourth cat to have died in similar circumstances. Mother Amanda Brown, partner Gareth Heslington, children Chloe Brown, 10, and Reece Heslington, 3.

Is someone poisoning cats in Hartlepool?

A family fear someone is targeting cats in Hartlepool after losing a FOURTH pet in three years to anti-freeze poisoning

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The new trailer was released today. Picture: The Ellen Show on YouTube.

New Finding Dory trailer shows fans old and new characters

It's going to be a huge summer for film, and the anticipation for one of the season's biggest releases is definitely hotting up.

TV and Film
Justin Newby got down on one knee to propose to Karen Henderson after they each completed a skydive at Peterlee Parachute Drop Zone.

Head over heels! Justin pops the question after pair’s skydive

A loved-up couple got their engagement off to a flying start as they proved they were head over heels for each other.

Ray Trench with his brother Pauls Christmas list, which was written in 1966 and uncovered last year.

Dream Madrid football trip for Hartlepool man as family story touches UEFA’s heart

A Hartlepool man is set for a dream football trip to Madrid after his family story touched the hearts of some of the sport’s power brokers.

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