Ford offers thousands of pounds off new vehicles in bid to get dirtiest cars off our roads

Car-maker Ford has announced a scheme to enable drivers to scrap the most polluting vehicles and receive thousands of pounds towards the purchase of new, cleaner models.
A partially eclipsed sun, photographed using a special solar filter, where the moon appears to take a 'bite' out of the sun.

Partial solar eclipse will be visible tonight as moon 'takes a bite' out of sun

A partial solar eclipse will be visible across the UK just before sunset this evening as the moon appears to take a "bite" out of the sun.

Hart Parish Councillor Keith Park, concerned over proposed plans for gas powered electric sub station

Outcry over plans to build gas-powered electricity sub station in Hartlepool

Village councillors say plans for an electricity sub station on their doorstep will industrialize a beautiful part of the countryside.

Eyes to the skies on Monday!

There will be a solar eclipse on Monday: what are your chances of seeing it?

This coming Monday, a solar eclipse is expected, with some parts of the world seeing a total eclipse as the moon passes in between the Earth and the sun.
Members of the Coastguard team were called out after concerns were raised.

Tombstoning warning after youngsters caught jumping from Hartlepool pier

Reckless youngsters been warned they have been putting themselves in potentially severe danger after being caught tombstoning off a pier.

Hartlepool lifeboat. Photo by Malcolm Cook.

Hartlepool lifeboat launched to stranded vessel

The Hartlepool lifeboat was launched this evening to assist a yacht with mechanical problems.
Seal Sands Beach Clean operation.

Volunteers remove tons of rubbish from Hartlepool beaches

A group of volunteers are cleaning up - making the beaches of Hartlepool better for wildlife.

The humane milk myth cow poster

Vegan victory as 'milk myth' advert featuring cow behind barbed wire is cleared by watchdog

An ad stating that "Humane milk is a myth" has been cleared by the regulator following complaints from members of the dairy industry that it was inaccurate and misleading.
Hartlepool fire fighters were called to a three vehicle crash on A19.

Hartlepool firefighters called to three-vehicle crash on A19

Firefighters were called to tackle a three-vehicle crash on the A19 last night.
Horden Welfare Park has won a Green Flag Award for the 11th year in a row.

Village chiefs tell of pride at double Green Flag award for parks

A tiny County Durham council is celebrating after two of its public parks were recognised as among the best in the world.
The waste warship constructed by Surfers Against Sewage. Picture from PA

Waste warship highlights havoc caused by plastic rubbish on our beaches

Campaigners have built a 30ft warship from single-use plastic rubbish collected from UK beaches to highlight the threat it poses to the oceans.

Land at Claxton intended to form part of the South West Extension

Developers of new Hartlepool estate will make £9million contribution, says councillor

Cash contributions to Hartlepool services from developers of a massive housing scheme will be forthcoming, a councillor has said.

Land at Claxton intended to form part of the South West Extension

New school, sports facilities and bus service in £9million agreement by developers of 1,200-home estate Hartlepool

A major new housing plan for Hartlepool would see developers pay more than £9million towards education, sports facilities and highway improvements.

The Lake District in Cumbria joins sites including the Grand Canyon and Stonehenge on the World Heritage Site list. Pic: PA.

Lake District succeeds in bid to be named as a World Heritage Site

The Lake District has been named as a World Heritage Site, Unesco has announced.
Top picking team Brooke Brown, Cara Tanser, Harvey Fulcher, Summer Fearon, Vanessa Ludlam, Ragesh Kantharuban and Sam Hann.

Pupils have village clear-up operation in the bag

A pint-size police team cleared the streets of clutter as they played their part in a community clear up.

Paul While from Northumbrian Water gets to grips with the new water facility

Water company’s £40,000 boost to nature reserve

Visitors to RSPB Saltholme can enjoy a new interactive water play facility thanks to a £40,000 investment by Northumbrian Water.

Dress for wet weather if you're heading out today.

Pack a brolly! Yellow weather warning for North East as rain hammers region

So much for the summer sun - all the North East will be getting today is a healthy dose of rain.
The former floating restaurant 'MV Ella' pictured under tow from Hartlepool Marina.
Picture by Tom Collins.

‘Eyesore’ floating restaurant bids farewell to Hartlepool with voyage down south

A former floating restaurant - once owned by Benidorm star Chrissy Rock - has finally left Hartlepool Marina.

Discarded mattresses at a recycling centre, as unwanted mattresses create an environmental menace across the UK.

Mattress 'mountains' springing up as firms find recycling too costly

Unwanted mattresses are creating an environmental menace across the UK, with millions ending up in landfill or simply being dumped, it is claimed.

Jessica Stones with dad Kevin Stones on the day of the Seaton Beach Clean.

Hartlepool youngster launches Facebook campaign to help clean-up Seaton Beach

A community-minded little girl has made her town proud by making it her mission to clean up the beach.

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