Edith Punton with neighbours who are opposed to the plans to build houses on a field next to Netherton Lane, Bedlington

Bedlington protestors battling planning permission get result they hoped for

Residents who have campaigned for five months against plans to build next to their homes are celebrating after the proposals were refused

Education chiefs set to gather in Durham to debate the future of North schools

MP Pat Glass
Experts have been brought together in the region following a year of unrest for those in education

Almost 60,000 North East public sector jobs disappeared under the Coalition claim Northern TUC

A woman in a job centre
Union says the public sector is "under attack" from the Government, but Tories and Lib Dems say job losses are offset by growth in the private sector

North East creative talent not given opportunity to thrive, believes Newcastle businesswoman

Janet Stansfield
The region's creative start ups need to be given more opportunities to thrive believes businesswoman Janet Stansfield

Corbridge teenager Josie Groves would be 'so proud' of her legacy, mum says

Josie Grove
Josie Grove would be "so proud" of her legacy with her charity having helped 600 children, her mum Jacqui has said

Science teacher set to deliver Newcastle lectures on creative pioneers

Tom Mulholland of Raspberry Pi Days technology company
Tom Mulholland will discuss how the North East became a hotbed of innovation thanks to the "Famous Five"

North East garden birdwatch results show wrens were the most seen garden birds

One of the little egret chicks is ringed
Winners and losers in the region's gardens in 2014 are revealed in a report by the British Trust for Ornithology

North East business leaders call for closer ties between schools and industry as survey finds teens not ready for work

NECC director of policy Ross Smith
More than a third of companies in the North East rated school leavers as poor or very poor in a new survey

Northumberland hunt supporters turn out for Boxing Day meet

The Boxing Day Tynedale Hunt sets off from Corbridge
Northumberland hunts ride out for traditional Boxing Day meet despite hunting with dogs being banned for almost 10 years

Insure The Box sells majority stake to Japanese insurer in £105m deal

Insure The Box's customer service centre at Quorum Business Park
The telematics provider employs around 350 people at its Newcastle customer service centre

Newcastle businesswoman to launch new jewellery venture after revamping Jesmond hotel

Janet Stansfield, hotelier and interior design expert
Janet Stansfield is to launch a bespoke jewellery making venture online despite no experience in the industry

Fantastic e-edition offer for The Journal readers

The Journal Anytime app
Deal offers readers the chance to can buy their favourite paper at half price and access the e-edition of it for free

Central Newcastle High School headmistress calls for action on attainment gap

Hilary French, headmistress of Central High School in Jesmond, Newcastle
Hilary French, headmistress at Central Newcastle High School, has called for the North East Schools Challenge to be put into action

Eric Pickles urged to intervene in 'crisis' hit Berwick Town Council

Eric Pickles has been urged to intervene in the 'crisis' which is said to have embroiled Berwick Town Council over the 'Portas Pilot'

Bubble boy is only second in the world to be diagnosed with rare immune condition

Little London Green ,4 is a patient at the Bubble Unit in Newcastle
Youngster London Green, who has been in isolation for most of his life, was given a bone marrow transplant for the serious rare illness TRF8

Durham Free School headteacher leaves just weeks after academy's cash-flow problems were revealed

General view of the Durham Free School in Gilesgate, Durham
The Durham Free School, which came under fire from unions, has confirmed head teacher Peter Cantley has left the school and will not be returning
MP Pat Glass

Education chiefs set to gather in Durham to debate the future of North schools

Experts have been brought together in the region following a year of unrest for those in education

Bedlington protestors battling planning permission get result they hoped for

Edith Punton with neighbours who are opposed to the plans to build houses on a field next to Netherton Lane, Bedlington
Residents who have campaigned for five months against plans to build next to their homes are celebrating after the proposals were refused

North East politics 2014: Jonathan Walker looks back at the events of 2014

Jonathan Walker looks back on the events that shaped 2014 in the region

North East garden birdwatch results show wrens were the most seen garden birds

One of the little egret chicks is ringed
Winners and losers in the region's gardens in 2014 are revealed in a report by the British Trust for Ornithology
James Ramsbotham

North East Chamber of Commerce to celebrate 200th anniversary

Greggs to bake giant cake for bicentenary of one of the country's oldest business organisations

Appointments: Sunderland Creo Communications recruits former North East Chamber of Commerce PR manager

Bryn Littleton and Louise Robinson, back, with Jess Ramsey
Creo Communications has recruited former North East Chamber of Commerce PR manager Bryn Littleton

Rise in developments cements strong year in North East construction

The sun sets over a crane working on the Science Central in the Centre of Newcastle
Cranes are back on the skyline but concerns still persist in the building industry. Coreena Ford looks back on the year in construction

Business Interviews 2014: The best answers to our questionnaire

Michael Dunn of Gospelware in Gateshead
Company bosses often surprise us with the answers they give to our questions: here are some of the best
Cramlington art project aimed at brightening up the town's underpasses hit by vandals

Cramlington art project aimed at brightening up the town's underpasses hit by vandals

Future displays are now under threat due to £4k of damage caused to schoolchildren's artworks near Cramlington Learning Village

Curb on foreign students could devastate Science City in Newcastle, MP warns

Curb on foreign students could devastate Science City in Newcastle, MP warns
Theresa May's suggestion to send foreign students back to their home countries after graduation has caused anger among the region's leading scientists

Happy couple shun wedding list to support Northumberland's RNLI

Happy couple shun wedding list to support Northumberland's RNLI
Generous newlyweds from Northumberland decided against a wedding list - instead opting to support their local RNLI appeal
Alan Pardew to Crystal Palace? Live updates as speculation on NUFC manager rages

Alan Pardew to Crystal Palace? Live updates as speculation on NUFC manager rages

Live updates from our sports writers as speculation rages over an approach for Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew from Crystal Palace          

Alan Pardew to Crystal Palace: What the fans are saying on social media

Alan Pardew to Crystal Palace: What the fans are saying on social media
We round-up the social media reaction to the Alan Pardew to Crystal Palace rumours and there's also some Sunderland fans having their say

Alan Pardew's power play is unlikely to have gone down well with Mike Ashley

Alan Pardew's power play is unlikely to have gone down well with Mike Ashley
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew felt as safe as houses back in the autumn, but the Crystal Palace link has changed everything
Slipknot

Slipknot are promising to make their Metro Radio Arena gig a memorable one

One of the biggest metal bands on the planet are en route to Tyneside. Simon Rushworth caught up with Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue comes to the Sunderland Empire in January

I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue comes to the Sunderland Empire on January 8
Sandy Toksvig takes the helm for the touring incarnation of BBC Radio 4's multi-award-winning antidote to panel games

Our list of lucky foods for the New Year

John Calton from the Staith House, North Shields
Everyone hopes 2015 will be better than 2014 and here are some tasty food items that could make that more likely
John Calton from the Staith House, North Shields

Our list of lucky foods for the New Year

Everyone hopes 2015 will be better than 2014 and here are some tasty food items that could make that more likely

Four top chefs offer their Christmas dinner tips

Jesmond Dean House head chef Michael Penaluna
Christmas is a busy time in the restaurant kitchen for our top chefs but how do they like their own Christmas dinner served?

January sees the return of Newcastle Restaurant Week

Restauranteur Terry Laybourne
Restaurants across Newcastle will be luring diners with special deals as part of NE1's Newcastle Restaurant Week from January 19-25
Nicholas Channing-Williams, covered in soot, smiles after being rescued from the burning ferry Norman Atlantic in the Adriatic

Italian ferry fire: British showjumper Nick Channing-Williams relieved after dramatic sea rescue

Brit was covered in soot after he was rescued from the ferry Norman Atlantic, which caught fire in the Adriatic

Missing AirAsia flight QZ8501: Latest updates as plane disappears with 162 people on board, including British national

Flight from the Indonesian city of Surabaya to Singapore lost contact with air traffic control on Saturday

Videos & Photos

The Boxing Day Tynedale Hunt sets off from Corbridge

Northumberland hunt supporters turn out for Boxing Day meet

Little London Green ,4 is a patient at the Bubble Unit in Newcastle

Bubble boy is only second in the world to be diagnosed with rare immune condition

Oil rig selfies... at Christmas

 
 

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