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Falling North East unemployment figures are welcomed by minister

Figures have revealed that employment in the region is increasing

Employment minister Esther McVey believes there is no need for a regional advocate after it was revealed unemployment is down in the region

Culture Awards 2013: Find out who the richly deserving winners are

Kate Fox at The Journal Culture Awards 2013
The Journal Culture Awards took place in style at the Sage Gateshead on last night, recognising the region's artistic community

Durham Council votes to close last remaining local authority-run care homes

Protestors against the closure of care homes in County Durham, make their point at Crook Civic Centre
News is met with anger from residents during a meeting at Crook Civic Centre

Newcastle financial advisor Alok Dhanda denies £600,000 fraud

Alok Dhanda at North Tyneside Magistrates
53-year-old Alok Dhanda is facing 13 charges of fraud over claims he operated a Ponzi scheme worth thousands

Newcastle United face competition in race to sign Remy Cabella

Remy Cabella of Montpellier Herault SC in action
Newcastle United are facing competition from Olympic Marseille in their pursuit of Frenchman Remy Cabella

Connor Wickham to the rescue but Sunderland robbed

Connor Wickham of Sunderland
Connor Wickham came to the rescue last night as The Black Cats walked away from the Etihad with a well-earned point
Jade Thirlwall of Little Mix at the X Factor auditions at the Customs House in South Shields

Little Mix star surprises X Factor hopefuls at South Shields auditions

Bosses of ITV1 talent show, The X Factor, spent the day in South Shields in search of the next big singing star

Police question housemate over man's death in fire at Gateshead home

The scene of the fire on Redemarsh in Felling
Police have been questioning a man on suspicion of murder after his housemate died after suffering severe burns in a fire at their Gateshead home

Northumberland grandad's killer jailed for attack outside city centre pub

Ronald Hayes died after an incident outside a Chester pub
Kevin Gardner of Ellesmere Port has been sentenced to five years for the manslaughter of Morpeth man Ronald Hayes in Chester

Daughter of Thomas Diggle thanks public for support during search

Dee Napier, daughter of Thomas Diggle
The daughter of missing grandfather Thomas Diggle, whose body was found yesterday, has thanked the public in a moving tribute to her father
Dr. Martens

PR company wins contract with Dr. Martens

Firm will be responsible for promoting Northern and Scottish stores

Durham University awards honorary degrees to business leaders

Prof. Chris Higgins, Vice chancellor of Durham University
Bob Young and Tony and Barbara Laithwaite have been recognised for their contribution to Durham University

C&A Pumps go global with latest pump contracts

Alan Roberts, managing director of C & A Pumps and Engineering
C&A Pumps and Engineering has been appointed to supply and maintain products for the German firm Vogelsang

MACAW invests in aerial technology

Quorum Business Park
Consulting engineers have invested in aerial technology to help it provide inspection and surveys at challenging locations
Connor Wickham of Sunderland celebrates scoring against Manchester City

Manchester City 2 Sunderland 2: Neil Cameron's match analysis

Sunderland pulled out all the stops last night in their clash with Manchester City and despite playing a blinder, had to settle for a draw

Connor Wickham to the rescue but Sunderland robbed

Connor Wickham of Sunderland
Connor Wickham came to the rescue last night as The Black Cats walked away from the Etihad with a well-earned point

Newcastle United face competition in race to sign Remy Cabella

Remy Cabella of Montpellier Herault SC in action
Newcastle United are facing competition from Olympic Marseille in their pursuit of Frenchman Remy Cabella
Keaton Jennings (L) of Durham celebrates after catching David Murphy off the bowling of Scott Borthwick (R)

Durham CCC miss an opportunity they ought never really to have had

Durham had to settle for a draw in their first County Championship match of 2014 but to have even been thinking about victory was an achievement

USA Eagles prop Eric Fry wings in for Newcastle Falcons

Eric Fry of the USA Eagles
USA international Eric Fry joins up with Newcastle Falcons for next season as they continue to build

Northamptonshire CCC v Durham CCC REPLAY: Day Four wickets, action and analysis from Wantage Road

Matthew Spriegel of Northamptonshire scores four runs during the third day of the LV County Championship Division One match between Northamptonshire and Durham at the County Ground null
Relive all the build-up, action and reaction to Durham's LV County Championship clash with Northants at Wantage Road
Jade Thirlwall of Little Mix at the X Factor auditions at the Customs House in South Shields

Little Mix star surprises X Factor hopefuls at South Shields auditions

Bosses of ITV1 talent show, The X Factor, spent the day in South Shields in search of the next big singing star

Culture Awards 2013: Kate Fox's poem plus photos from the event

Performance poet and Journal columnist Kate Fox wrote a bespoke poem featuring all 36 Culture Awards finalists. Read the poem below

Culture Awards 2013: Find out who the richly deserving winners are

Kate Fox at The Journal Culture Awards 2013
The Journal Culture Awards took place in style at the Sage Gateshead on last night, recognising the region's artistic community
Raspberry Creme Brulee from Purnell's Bistro, Birmingham

Learn how to make a classic creme brule

Special recipe from Michelin-starred chef Glyn Purnell

Former NHS chief becomes gin maker at Durham Distillery

John Chadwick, left, and David Wilkinson, at Durham Gin, in Langley Park
Jon Chadwick has gone from spreading the NHS's alcohol awereness message to launching his own gin distillery

Secret Diner Review: The Herb Garden, Westgate Road, Newcastle

The herb garden on Westgate Road in Newcastle
The Secret Diner found style over substance at The Herb Garden, a place with dramatic decor, but underwhelming pizzas

Videos & Photos

Jade Thirlwall of Little Mix at the X Factor auditions at the Customs House in South Shields

Little Mix star surprises X Factor hopefuls at South Shields auditions

Connor Wickham of Sunderland celebrates scoring against Manchester City

Manchester City 2 Sunderland 2: Neil Cameron's match analysis

Kate Fox at The Journal Culture Awards 2013

Culture Awards 2013: Find out who the richly deserving winners are

 
 
Oscar Pistorius arrives at the high court in Pretoria

Pistorius trial to take a further break until early May

Judge Thokozile Masipa approves request from chief prosecutor, which was supported by the defence

Oscar Pistorius takes stand to give evidence in murder trial

Oscar Pistorius weeps as he listens to evidence by a pathologist in court in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, April 7, 2014.
Olympic athlete apologises to family of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

Web tv: Book break 3 - three new debut talented authors share their experiences

Clare Donoghue, Liz de Jager and Matt Cain
Log on during your lunch hour for the third of ten monthly shows where author Alexandra Heminsley is joined by Clare Donoghue, Liz de Jager and Matt Cain who will be sharing their debut novel experiences

Morning news headlines for April 2, 2014

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