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Fury as 'relentless' vandals strike yet again at Big Waters nature reserve

Steve Lowe, conservation manager for the Northumberland Wildlife Trust

Trust conservation manager Steve Lowe: 'These mindless acts ruin it for everybody. Vandalism on our reserves feels relentless'

Late council payments 'costing my firm jobs' says Tyneside construction boss

Gary Davis of Teambuild Construction
Gary Davis has told how his Team Build firm is being forced to let staff go because of long delays on council payments

WATCH: Kathryn Williams incredible Dancing in the Dark cover at Journal Culture Awards

Kathryn Williams left everyone spellbound with her amazing cover of Bruce Springsteen’s classic

Families slam government for reluctance to back safety ruling

From left: Local community guardian Sue Hare, Peter Gibson, Anne Kearney, Vincent Walsh of Greater Manchester Cycling Campaign, resident and Greater Manchester Cycling Campaign member Helena Kettleborough and Residents Association secretary Kay Fletcher at the scene of bike crash which killed 21-year-old Joshua Jarvis
Two families, who lost loved ones while out cycling, have spoken out about new EU rules for safer lorry designs

Alan Pardew admits most Newcastle fans want him sacked

He describes his relationship with the Newcastle United supporters as 'precarious'

Gus Poyet says Connor Wickham can be a top Cat

Sunderland's Connor Wickham
Gus Poyet believes Connor Wickham has all the talent to make it at the top, but needs time
Steve Lowe, conservation manager for the Northumberland Wildlife Trust

Fury as 'relentless' vandals strike yet again at Big Waters nature reserve

Trust conservation manager Steve Lowe: 'These mindless acts ruin it for everybody. Vandalism on our reserves feels relentless'

Families slam government for reluctance to back safety ruling

From left: Local community guardian Sue Hare, Peter Gibson, Anne Kearney, Vincent Walsh of Greater Manchester Cycling Campaign, resident and Greater Manchester Cycling Campaign member Helena Kettleborough and Residents Association secretary Kay Fletcher at the scene of bike crash which killed 21-year-old Joshua Jarvis
Two families, who lost loved ones while out cycling, have spoken out about new EU rules for safer lorry designs

Bowling club forced to close down to make way for more profitable gym space

Colin Davidson of Newcastle Indoor Bowls Club hands over a cheque to Liz Luff of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation
Bowlers at Newcastle's Eldon Leisure Centre have donated the last £600 in their account to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation

Hotel may be the next step forward for Derwent Valley

The former railway viaducts of the Derwent Valley remain a spectacular sight
Gateshead Council on the look out for prospective hotel operators who would be interested in opening what it describes as a 'destination' hotel
JT Dove managing director Steve Robinson, left, at the Hetton branch with branch manager Paul Frost

Builders' merchants JT Dove see sales rise 18%

Directors at builders’ merchants JT Dove have announced a profit share payout to loyal staff after posting an 18% increase in sales

Oil NRG invests in new tankers for North East market

Jeremy Royle of Oil NRG Ltd, which has invested in two new tankers to meet growing demand in the North East
Stokesley's company has invested in two new road tankers and employed two additional drivers

Atom chairman to speak at conference

Anthony Thomson
Anthony Thomson among line-up for Together We Can Take on the World event

Dig into the facts before entering into opencast agreement

David Quayle of H&H Land and Property
Opencasting offers North East farmers and landowners the chance to make money, but they must ensure they protect their position

Alan Pardew admits most Newcastle fans want him sacked

He describes his relationship with the Newcastle United supporters as 'precarious'

Gus hoping for another great time with the Special One

Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet
Gus Poyet says Sunderland can go to Chelsea today with hope

Alan Pardew reveals even a small boy he met wanted him to lose his job

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew
The Newcastle United boss knows he is under pressure from all sections of the support
Graham Kavanagh

Carlisle boss Graham Kavanagh warns of relegation implications

Walsall next up as Carlisle fight to maintain League One status.

Newcastle Diamonds hoping to sting Scunthorpe Scorpions

Speedway action
Newcastle Diamonds complete their League Cup group fixtures with a Good Friday trip to Scunthorpe Scorpions

Gateshead eyeing one last push for the play-offs

Gateshead FC manager Gary Mills
Gary Mills says the Tynesiders face a big week in their promotion charge
Director Rachel Chavkin with the cast of Catch-22 in rehearsals

American directs American classic Catch-22 in Newcastle

New York theatre director Rachel Chavkin has been preparing an American classic for North East eyes

WATCH: Kathryn Williams incredible Dancing in the Dark cover at Journal Culture Awards

Kathryn Williams left everyone spellbound with her amazing cover of Bruce Springsteen’s classic

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

Kate Fox at The Journal Culture Awards 2013 updated
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

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WATCH: Kathryn Williams incredible Dancing in the Dark cover at Journal Culture Awards

Kate Fox at The Journal Culture Awards 2013 updated

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

Being lifted by the Fit factor team is Linda Goulbourne. Linda weighs the same as the collective weight lost by the team

Fit Factor team are stones lighter after just four weeks

 
 
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

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