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Photos of marine mammals suffocating on plastic waste will do nothing to solve our enivronmental problems ... but a ‘bottle tax’ will

Distressing photographs of turtles tangled in discarded waste may tug at the heartstrings but if you really want to tackle environmental problems you have to aim lower.

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The apple tree in June 2016, with the desired open goblet shape but yet more work need to be done in the next month or two on remaining water shoots.

GARDENING: Avoid over-pruning fruit trees in winter

Following on from last week’s guide to winter pruning apple and pear trees, here’s how to fix a major problem of over-pruning – water shoots.

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ON THE WATERFRONT: Pounding the River Wear beat

ON THE WATERFRONT: Pounding the River Wear beat

Established on September 1, 1840, the River Wear Watch undertook marine policing and fire fighting duties on the Port of Sunderland waterfront until it was disbanded in 1961.

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Top tip on getting a decent kip: Dont drink a gallon of coffee at bedtime

RICHARD ORD: Goodbye Heroin Chic, hello Cocoa Chic

My 16-year-old son looked me up and down. “Dad, you look like such a ... a ...” he struggled for the right word. Then it came to him. “You look such a dad.”

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Teresa May

IAIN WRIGHT: Uncertainty and risk remain after PM’s speech

Seven months after the country voted to leave the European Union, the Prime Minister Theresa May has set out her position in terms of the principles and the goals for the negotiations as she leads discussions for Brexit.

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FEELING GREAT: Sticking to healthier choices

FEELING GREAT: Sticking to healthier choices

Christmas and New Year’s Eve now seem far behind us. And if like many people you’ve made a New Year resolution to shift a few pounds, or just choose healthier choices in general – eating can be a challenge.

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Binge-drinkers are causing problems for the NHS.

Is safety or money at the heart of ambulance meal break controversy?

The more we’re told something’s not about the money, the more we can’t help but think it’s all about the money.

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Theresa May reveals Brexit plan

PM urges Leavers and Remainers to unite for a Brexit success ... and pigs might fly

Sometimes it feels that the more we’re told, the less we know.

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LEGAL EAGLE: Why you must comply with a domestic violence protection notice

LEGAL EAGLE: Why you must comply with a domestic violence protection notice

Q. At Christmas my girlfriend called the police when she was drunk and said I had assaulted her.

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Weight training.

SHAPING UP: Five habits for rapid weight loss

The best kind of fat loss is steady fat loss. And while a slow-and-steady approach to weight loss will ensure that you keep the weight off for good, I have a few tricks to help you burn fat as fast as possible.

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My laden Red Falstaff apple tree in October.

GARDENING: Don’t prune your fruit trees in the wind or snow

Last season was a great year for apples – make sure this year is by winter pruning your apple and pear trees – but only if it’s not windy or snowing!

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Never too late to get back on track

FEELING GREAT: Don’t beat yourself up this year

It’s that time of year again. Everyone is talking about New Year resolutions. The internet is covered with posts on New Year goals, and friends and family are asking everyone about what they want to stick to for 2017.

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Health secretary Jeremy Hunt.

IAIN WRIGHT: Government must spend more on NHS

Our NHS is one again facing a winter crisis. A&E departments turned patients away more than 143 times between 1 December 2016 and 1 January 2017. In one day last month 15 hospitals ran out of beds with elderly patients languishing on trolleys in corridors, sometimes for over 24 hours. One third of hospitals have declared they need urgent help to deal with the number of patients coming through their doors.

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A giant metal soldier towering just under six metres, made from scrap metal by blacksmith Martin Galbavy, for a private client to commemorate the First World War. Picture PA Wire

RICHARD ORD: How to get around the litter of the law

I’ve had less grief for missing a wedding anniversary than I have for missing bin collection day.

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LEGAL EAGLE: The housing matters still covered by legal aid funding

LEGAL EAGLE: The housing matters still covered by legal aid funding

In 2012 a new law meant there were changes to the types of housing matters that legal advisors could assist clients with while being funded under legal aid.

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Get fit in 2017.

SHAPING UP: Five tips on how to get a flat stomach in 2017

The Christmas and New Year celebrations are over now and a lot of people have set themselves fitness targets for 2017.

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Gym equipment.

SHAPING UP: Five easily fixed workout mistakes

Stroll through any gym and you’ll notice many mistakes. Mistakes that waste time. Mistakes that put people in danger. And mistakes that are just plain crazy.

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President-elect Donald Trump

IAIN WRIGHT: World anxiously watching Donald Trump

Happy New Year! I wish everybody in Hartlepool a very peaceful, healthy and prosperous 2017. I hope that everybody was able to enjoy Christmas. 2016 was a monumental year that will be remembered for a long time- the decisions made in the past 12 months will reverberate in our own country and across the world.

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Knee pain.

FEELING GREAT: Ease you knee pain during the cold weather

As we head into winter, there’s a chance that the same thing will happen to you as it does most people ... that being, your knee pain increases.

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One lump or 22? War is declared on sugar lumps in 2017.

RICHARD ORD: No sweet start to New Year - official

Reviews of 2016 have been banned. Apparently nothing good happened.

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