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Aldi sees sales jump - while price cuts and new stores hit profits

Aldi has seen sales jump to record heights despite profits slipping by nearly a fifth as the supermarket drove investment into cutting prices and expanding its reach.

A new report shows that the number of distilleries in the UK has increased by a fifth in the last year amid a sudden popularity in artisan gin. Picture by Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Artisan gin now worth £1billion as sales rise by 20% in a year

The number of distilleries in the UK has increased by a fifth in the last year amid a sudden popularity in artisan gin, a new report shows.


Amazing meteor showers to light up North East skies

Stargazers are in for a treat next month as two meteor showers are set to light up the night sky this October, with the first due next week.
Bloodhound Project driver Andy Green inside the cockpit of the vehicle.

Hartlepool’s Andy Green eyes land speed record as Bloodhound supercar makes first public appearance

A Poolie will be in pole position as a car makes its first public appearance ahead of a land speed record breaking attempt.

The case is being heard at Teesside Crown Court.

Man, 80, denies saying girl ‘dreamed’ sex attack allegation

An 80-year-old man accused of child abuse denied saying the girl must have dreamed the allegation against him.

It will take over 40 years to end the "epidemic" of zero hours contracts if the current trend continues, says the GMB. Pic: PA.

Zero-hours contract 'epidemic' will take 40 years to resolve

It will take over 40 years to end the "epidemic" of zero-hours contracts if the current trend continues, according to a new study.

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell. Pic: PA.

Labour vows to put cap on credit card interest to tackle debt crisis

A Labour government would cap credit card interest so no one pays back more than twice the amount of their original borrowing, Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has announced.

Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Debbie Abrahams. Pic: PA.

Labour makes pledges on women's retirement and universal credit

Labour would allow hundreds of thousands of women born in the 1950s to retire at 64 on a reduced state pension, rather than having to wait until 66, the party has announced.

The rescue operation under way. Picture: Sunderland and Hartlepool Coastguard Rescue

Coastguard teams rescue dog from cliffs

Coastguard rescue teams from Hartlepool and Sunderland joined forces to rescue a dog from cliffs.

The 2016 Performer of the Year winner Courtney Hadwin, then aged 11.

A real chance for talent to shine through

Just take a look at this fantastic level of talent - because you could be next to join the illustrious list.

The new Alice House Hospice shop at Middleton Grange shopping centre in Hartlepool.

Hartlepool hospice appeals for help as it prepares to open latest shop

Hartlepool’s Alice House Hospice is set to open a new charity shop - but help is needed in running the site.

Area in Brenda Road in Hartlepool subject to a previous planning application.

Land earmarked for wind turbines despite previous plan being rejected

Council proposals to earmark land in Hartlepool for up to four wind turbines will come under scrutiny as part of the Local Plan process.

Shaine Tench (centre) with his back up crew arrive at The Stadium of Light after walking from Crewe in aid of The Bradley Lowery Foundation. Picture by FRANK REID

Walkers make charity trek to Sunderland’s Stadium of Light for Bradley Lowery Foundation

A squad of charity supporters walked their way to Wearside as they added their support to the Bradley Lowery Foundation.

Rogue greyhound trainer banned indefinitely by industry body

Rogue greyhound trainer banned indefinitely by industry body

A rogue greyhound trainer has been banned indefinitely from the sport on animal welfare grounds.

The aftermath of the collision on Oxford Road. Photo by Tom Collins.

Teenage scooter rider remains in hospital after collision with car

A 19-year-old is still in hospital after coming off his bike near to a junction.

Can students continue to claim other benefits?

Can students continue to claim other benefits?

Q. I have been thinking about going back to full-time education, but I am worried about claiming student finance and not being able to support myself financially.

Avocado is among the superfoods you should eat as part of a healthy diet.

Shaping Up: Five ‘superfoods’ you should eat regularly

‘Superfood’ is the latest buzzword in the world of health. You’ve probably seen or heard it a lot recently.

Acai powder.

Recipe of the week: Raspberry acai smoothie bowl

This is my favourite breakfast at the minute.

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