Leader of Newcastle City Council, Nick Forbes.

North East councils brace themselves for 'worst case scenario' of more crippling cuts

Newcastle City Council expects it will have to save £50m more than expected over the next two years

Olympic legacy: Is the North East really feeling the benefit of London 2012?

The Tyne Bridge, Newcastle with the 5 Olympic rings
With more cuts expected to local authority budgets, we look at whether the Olympic pledge to improve access to sport for a generation collapsed

Great Run Company looking to take City Games athletics competition around the world

The Great North City Games in Gateshead, Andy Turner competes in his last ever race
Newcastle company Great Run has re-branded and appointed a new chief executive as it looks to grow

Tyne and Wear Metro businesses: From tattoo artists to yoga studios

Monkseaton, Metro Station
The Metro station provides a home for more than 40 businesses from a range of sectors

North East MPs lobby Prime Minister David Cameron over fracking decisions

David Cameron
Campaigners want Mr Cameron to ensure that decisions are made locally and that they are not overturned by national Government

London creates jobs four times faster than the North East - but businesses report huge 2015 boost

Northern Region TUC Secretary Beth Farhat
TUC analysis of 2010-2014 sees region lag behind capital, but a 2015 NECC survey sees firms report fastest workforce growth in two decades

Jamie Oliver helps North East parents learn how to cook - and beat obesity timebomb

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver
Radical new approach to making parents realise the importance of a balanced diet introduced at schools in the North East

Durham University astronomers discover 'supermassive' black holes

A Hubble Space Telescope colour image of one of the nine galaxies targeted by NuSTAR
Durham University led the research which discovered five huge black holes that had previously been hidden by dust and gas

Northumberland student is riding the waves as Tall Ships ambassador for Blyth 2016

Emily Runciman on the Black Diamond of Durham
Ashington's Emily Runciman sailed to Belfast onboard the Black Diamond of Durham after winning a county bursary

Northumberland arts projects receive £250,000 cash windfall

Hadrian's Wall
A Roman 'mansio' will tour Hadrian's Wall next year following a successful bid by Hexham organisations to the Arts Council England

Housebuilder Persimmon plc grows revenues by 12% during strong first-half trading

Persimmon Homes development at Angel Way, Birtley
An increasingly competitive mortgage market, growing customer confidence and a rise in employment contributed to significant growth

Brave men of a Tyneside battalion get fitting memorial in France

Dozens of North East families, veterans and dignitaries travel to the site of the Battle of the Somme to remember World War One soldiers

Redundancies at Hargreaves after 'challenging' times in coal sector

Hargreaves Services
Durham's largest private sector employer sees revenues suffer in struggling coal market

Sales up 7% at Close House Golf Club owned by multi-millionaire Graham Wylie

Lee Westwood during the official opening of his Filly course at Close House in Northumberland with owner Graham Wylie
The Northumberland firm has been growing its membership steadily since 2011 and now has 400 members, helping to grow sales to £2.53m

Star Pubs and Bars to invest a further £2.5m in North East pub refurbishment schemes

From left, lessees David Smith, Claire Hall and David Hall at The Spread Eagle in Preston Village, North Shields
11 pubs in the region will receive a get a new lease of life as Heineken's pub company moves towards a more food-focused vision

Wind farm projects in North East cancelled after Government subsidy removal

A wind farm
Developments in Northumberland will go ahead during 'grace period' allowed by Government

North Sea is the oyster for under water North East artist Chris Rose

Chris Rose during his diving training
Chris Rose has won an award will will see him plunge to the bottom of the North Sea to tell the story of the marine world through art
The Tyne Bridge, Newcastle with the 5 Olympic rings

Olympic legacy: Is the North East really feeling the benefit of London 2012?

With more cuts expected to local authority budgets, we look at whether the Olympic pledge to improve access to sport for a generation collapsed

North East MPs lobby Prime Minister David Cameron over fracking decisions

David Cameron
Campaigners want Mr Cameron to ensure that decisions are made locally and that they are not overturned by national Government

North Sea is the oyster for under water North East artist Chris Rose

Chris Rose during his diving training
Chris Rose has won an award will will see him plunge to the bottom of the North Sea to tell the story of the marine world through art

Brave men of a Tyneside battalion get fitting memorial in France

Dozens of North East families, veterans and dignitaries travel to the site of the Battle of the Somme to remember World War One soldiers
The Big Chip awards winners with their trophies at the Midland Hotel event in Manchester

Gateshead-based Climb Creative triumph at The Big Chip Awards

The Northern Design Centre firm aims to raise clients' profiles - and now it's hoped the award win will boost its own profile

Great Run Company looking to take City Games athletics competition around the world

The Great North City Games in Gateshead, Andy Turner competes in his last ever race
Newcastle company Great Run has re-branded and appointed a new chief executive as it looks to grow

Non-traditional EU markets essential to developing sheep meat exports, says AHDB Beef and Lamb

Jean-Pierre Garnier, export manager AHDB Beef and Lamb
Organisation formerly known as EBLEX organises conference in Warsaw to put Quality Standard Mark Lamb in the spotlight

Tyne and Wear Metro businesses: From tattoo artists to yoga studios

Monkseaton, Metro Station
The Metro station provides a home for more than 40 businesses from a range of sectors
Tyne Bridge protester hands himself in to police and four other things to know from today

Tyne Bridge protester hands himself in to police and four other things to know from today

Five North East stories including North East councils facing more cuts and England's women footballers hoping to inspire more girls to play

Giorgos Stathakis the radical Greek economics minister is a Newcastle University graduate

Giorgos Stathakis the radical Greek economics minister is a Newcastle University graduate
Giorgos Stathakis studied for his Phd at Newcastle University and now serves in the Syriza Government which has rejected bail-out terms

Summer Budget: Where could more council cuts fall if budgets are slashed again?

Summer Budget: Where could more council cuts fall if budgets are slashed again?
County Durham Council will review its back office and services and Newcastle City Council will set an emergency budget to decide on fresh cuts
Newcastle United fans less satisfied than Sunderland fans last season despite higher finish

Newcastle United fans less satisfied than Sunderland fans last season despite higher finish

In part one of our end of season survey camparison, we look back at Newcastle and Sunderland fans' reaction to last season

Sunderland target Nicolas Lombaerts has agreed to sign, according to reports in Russia

Sunderland target Nicolas Lombaerts has agreed to sign, according to reports in Russia
Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat has apparently convinced Zenit St Petersburg defender Nicolas Lombaerts to move to Wearside

Bunny's First XI podcast: Graham Onions on his Durham return after a stress fracture of the back

Bunny's First XI podcast: Graham Onions on his Durham return after a stress fracture of the back
Part five of our Bunny's First XI podcast looks back on a game Graham Onions thought he might never play in - against Yorkshire in 2011
Bamburgh Castle by Bill Stephens was judged the overall winner

New Cramlington Emergency Hospital photo competition - the winners

A competition to find photographs for a new Northumberland hospital attracted nearly 1,000 entries

National Trust invites people to its Big Beach Picnic

A family having a picnic on the beach
If the sun is shining and you love al fresco dining, there are two stretches of North East coastline you should head for

Two North East restaurants among country's best

Michelin rated chef James Close
Newcastle's House of Tides and the Michelin-starred Raby Hunt are on a list of the Top 100 UK restaurants
A family having a picnic on the beach

National Trust invites people to its Big Beach Picnic

If the sun is shining and you love al fresco dining, there are two stretches of North East coastline you should head for

Two North East restaurants among country's best

Michelin rated chef James Close
Newcastle's House of Tides and the Michelin-starred Raby Hunt are on a list of the Top 100 UK restaurants

Food a vital ingredient of Ouseburn Festival

Ouseburn festival
More than 20 food and drink producers will be at Newcastle's Malmo Quay during the weekend Ouseburn Festival

Greece finance minister resigns as banks run out of cash

With Greek banks running out of cash and facing the danger of collapse within days without new aid, the government in Athens is racing against the clock.

Five people seriously injured in bus crash in Brighton

The crash involved two vehicles belonging to Brighton & Hove Buses and the firm's managing director, Martin Harris, said there would be a "full investigation".

Videos & Photos

Richard Dawson performs at the Culture Awards 2014 at Sunderland Minster

Culture Awards: Richard Dawson blows audience away with walkabout a cappella performance

Culture Awards: Things we learned at Sunderland Minster

Culture Awards at Sunderland Minster. Pictured is David Almond reading from his Opera Miracle

Culture Awards: David Almond reads an exclusive extract from his opera for Sunderland

 
 

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