Flytippers count the cost after ditching black bags lands them in court

Householders have been left with fines and bills running into hundreds of pounds after they were caught dumping their rubbish.

An artist's impression of Church Street

Get the low-down on Hartlepool town centre plans

Hartlepool people and businesses will get the chance to find out more about plans to improve the historic Church Street area of the town this week.

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Flooding closes Hartlepool road.

Key water main burst causes havoc in Hartlepool

Scores of people faced problems this morning when one of the town's main water pipes burst.
Ryehill Gardens

New 20mph limits set to be introduced on Hartlepool roads

Road safety is set to be improved around hundreds of Hartlepool homes following support for a series of new 20mph speed limits.

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Is the North East set to be hit by more flooding?

The North East was drenched last night as driving rain swept across the region.


Is the North East set to be hit by more flooding?

The North East was drenched last night as driving rain swept across the region.
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Rain has caused problems across the North East

Flooding: River Wear and Tees warnings still in place

There are dozens of flood warnings still in place across the North East after yesterday's torrential rain.

Melbray Chemicals at Eaglescliffe, which was at the centre of a major chemical incident. Pic: Google Maps.

Chemical firm boss gets suspended jail sentence after sparking £1million blaze

A businessman has been given a suspended prison sentence for causing a waste fire which became a major environmental incident for emergency crews.

The EU Blue Flag is awarded to beaches which meet stringent standards.

Could cleaning up our beaches generate thousands of new jobs?

Clean beach rules should be strengthened after Brexit as part of a drive to generate 160,000 jobs in Britain's coastal areas, a think tank has said.

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Icy mornings may be on the cards this weekend.

A wintry weekend: Your North East forecast from the Met Office

Frosty mornings and heavy showers are forecast for the North East this weekend.
The Southerly Elwick junction with the A19 looking North.

A19 safety fears halt plans for 1,600 new homes in Hartlepool

National road chiefs have advised Hartlepool council not to allow any new development near Elwick village until A19 junction safety concerns have been solved.

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Welldeck Road, Hartlepool. Picture by FRANK REID

Anger over Hartlepool double yellow lines plan

Residents have hit out at plans to paint double yellow lines in a Hartlepool road to ease congestion around a primary school.

The Polar Vortex may cause temperatures to plummet

Why the North East could be set for its coldest winter in years

Last week the North East had an early taste of winter as snow fell on higher ground - and forecasters are warning it could just be the start of a very cold winter.

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Things have warmed up again this year.

It may not feel it, but 2016 is set to be the hottest year on record

This year is set to be the hottest year ever recorded globally, beating 2015's record temperatures, the World Meteorological Organisation has said.

Rain is on the way

Brolly bad show: Frost and snow to be replaced by thundery showers and weekend downpour.

Frost and snow from the last 24 hours are likely to be replaced later today by thundery showers and then weekend downpours.

North East roads are expected to be icy on Wednesday night

Ice warning for North East motorists with temperatures expected to drop below freezing

Motorists are urged to beware icy roads tonight with temperatures expected to drop below freezing.

Baby iguanas in a scene from BBC1's Planet Earth II. Copyright BBC

Meet the North East’s own Planet Earth II cast

Millions of television viewers have been enthralled by footage of killer snakes chasing a baby iguana on BBC’s new Planet Earth II series.

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Heavy snow showers have hit County Durham.

Severe weather alert issued as snow falls on parts of North East

A severe weather alert has been issued to drivers as the first significant snow of winter fell across a large swathe of northern England.

Seaton Carew beach,

Clean bill of health for Hartlepool’s bathing waters

Hartlepool’s beaches have been given the thumbs-up for the quality of their bathing water.

The Met Office is warning drivers to be careful if they're planning to take routes that go over higher ground in the coming days.

Snow warning: North East could see 'several centimetres'

The heavy rain is set to turn into snow in area of the North East over the coming days, according to the Met Office.
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