11 stories from the region you might have missed this week

Artists Stephanie Smith and Lesley Cooper-Waite in Sunderland Minster's Yurt which they are hoping to cover with 1000 origami cranes.

Artists Stephanie Smith and Lesley Cooper-Waite in Sunderland Minster's Yurt which they are hoping to cover with 1000 origami cranes.

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Thankfully the weekend has arrived - and it’s time to catch up on what you’ve missed.

For many, the week’s much-needed days of rest have finally arrived.

But if work got the best of you from Monday to Friday (and you’re feeling a little bit out of the loop) we are here to look after you.

It’s been a busy week in the North East Press newsroom – and there’s been a lot going on – so take a look at our guide to what you might have missed this week.

We’ve picked 11 stories from our region to share with you and help you catch up before Monday rolls around again.

11 places you just had to visit during a 1990s Macken pub crawl ...

All roads may have led to Ku, Chambers or Annabels after a night out in Sunderland in the 1990s, but there were pubs aplenty to sup at along the way.

Grab your pint of Labbatts, make sure your handbag is ready to dance round - and raise a glass to the pubs of the nineties...

To read the full report (and take a trip down memory lane) click here.

Man caught urinating in South Shields street ‘wishes he could stop drinking’

A man who spent a penny but ended up paying £85 told magistrates he ‘wishes he could stop drinking’ – after being caught short by police urinating outside a South Tyneside pub.

Jeffrey Khan was caught in the act by patrolling police outside the Queen Vic pub in Victoria Road, South Shields.

Read more here.

Hartlepool police car caught parking illegally on Google Maps

Police officers have been given advice about parking properly after a patrol car was spotted on Google Maps partially parked on yellow lines.

Messages on appropriate parking have been issued to officers at Hartlepool Police after the website captured the image of a marked car parked on yellow lines

Find out more about this story on our website here.

Drunk dad bashed five-year-old and left him to fend for himself after passing out on Metro

A five-year-old boy with a gashed forehead was left to fend for himself after his drunken father passed out on a Metro train.

Horrified passengers raised the alarm after seeing the boy’s plight as his father, Gary Lisle, from South Shields, slept off a booze binge.

Read our court report by clicking here.

Plans for new marina restaurant sunk as Hartlepool Sea Cadets object

Plans for a new marina eatery which would have had a major impact on Hartlepool Sea Cadets have been sunk.

Councillors rejected permission for the building of a new restaurant/cafe on a car park next to the cadets’ headquarters at Middleton House.

To find out more about the plans, click here.

Cat needed leg amputated after being mauled by dog

A woman has told of her devastation after her beloved cat was mauled by a dog.

Nine-year-old cat Lily was savaged outside her home in Fenwick Close, Penshaw, on Sunday, while her owner Val Corkin was out.

Click here to read about Lily’s recovery.

Great North Dog Walk founder hunts new sponsor for record-breaking event

Great North Dog Walk boss Tony Carlisle is appealing to businesses in the borough to take on a pet project – as he starts a hunt for a new lead sponsor.

The annual charity extravaganza marked its milestone 25th anniversary in record-breaking 
style in June, with a best-ever field of 26,423 four-legged friends putting their paws on the start line at The Leas in South Shields.

Can you help? Read our story here.

Sunderland railway station’s £10m revamp is finally set to go ahead

Council bosses say plans for a £10m revamp of Sunderland Central Station are in their final stages after criticism of the time the project is taking.

Sunderland City Council, Nexus and Network Rail are in the final stages to create a new-look exterior design for the 49-year-old station and are looking for extra funding to finally make the project happen after plans were unveiled three years ago.

Read the full report on our website here.

South Shields school pupils help elderly man stuck when mobility scooter breaks down

Two school friends have been hailed as good Samaritans after helping an elderly man who was unable to complete his journey home.

Mortimer Community College Year 11 pupils Fayeq Chowdhury and Ajmal Hussain were on their way into the town after school when they spotted the man having difficulties with his mobility scooter.

Hear more about what the boys did and click here.

Whale washed up on Hartlepool beach is too heavy to move with JCB

The whale washed up on Hartlepool’s Steetley Beach is still there this morning after a JCB truck was unable to lifts its weight.

Named Wally by residents, the whale was due to be moved around 8am on Friday by council officials along with the H M Coastguard using a JCB truck and plastic sheeting but the five tonne creature was too much for the truck.

Read about Wally’s plight here.

Japanese legend unfolds at Sunderland church

A Japanese legend is unfolding at a Sunderland church.

More than 500 brightly-coloured origami cranes have been sent to Sunderland Minster from across the city and far-flung corners of the globe.

Can you help? Find out more here.