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Siemens' jobs boost is the start of a 'rail renaissance', manufacturers claim

Siemens Lead Craftsman Brian Shotton, at the Hebburn Plant, talks to Baroness Kramer during her visit.

A 'rail renaissance' is underway in the North East as parts for the new London Thameslink trains go into production today

Warning to North East police forces over increased use of Tasers

Police officer demonstrating the use of a Taser
Police in the North East have been warned to avoid using Tasers unless they have no other choice

Under the surface of County Durham's 'Pompeii of the North'

New excavations at Binchester Fort near Bishop Auckland. Pictured volunteer Michelle Arthy
The Journal was given a guided tour of the ancient Roman site, unearthed by archaeologists near Bishop Auckland

North families hope for closure as more bodies from MH17 tragedy returned

Barry and Marc Sweeney arriving back at Newcastle Airport
Two more military aircraft carrying remains of victims from the Malaysian plane disaster have arrived in the Netherlands

Marveaux reveals he HAD to leave Newcastle - and other out of favour stars will follow

Sylvain Marveaux of Newcastle United
Flying winger opens up after being loaned out by Alan Pardew, despite his popularity with the majority of the Newcastle United faithful

Sunderland to leave outcast Danny Graham behind as they head to Portugal for pre-season

Sunderland's Danny Graham
Gus Poyet has confirmed there will be no place for Danny Graham in the squad he is taking to Portugal

Great North Run sign on Tyne Bridge is now complete - with a little something extra

This year a giant 'M' has been added to the Great North Run sign on the Tyne Bridge to mark the millionth runner taking part

Your World War One Heroes: See the third gallery and send your family's story

James Andrew Smithson (pictured with his family), of Benwell, was awarded the military medal for bravery
2014 marks the anniversary of the start of WW1 and we are marking the occasion by assembling galleries of memories and mementoes which have been passed on through generations of North East families

Your World War One Heroes: See the second gallery and send your family's story

Alma Grant nee McNay, of Bearpark, fell in love with the soldier she nursed
2014 marks the anniversary of the start of WW1 and we are marking the occasion by assembling galleries of memories and mementoes which have been passed on through generations of North East families

North families hope for closure as more bodies from MH17 tragedy returned

Barry and Marc Sweeney arriving back at Newcastle Airport
Two more military aircraft carrying remains of victims from the Malaysian plane disaster have arrived in the Netherlands
GoodBrews owners Anthony Dickson and Samantha Smallwood and Nexus Operations Manager John Souter

Good Brews! Young bus driver turned coffee shop entrepreneur starts up in Gateshead

A former bus driver and his girlfriend have launched a coffee shop at Gateshead Interchange

Construction companies Carillion and Balfour Beatty confirm merger talks

Carillion Energy Services
The two major construction companies with bases across the region are discussing a potential merger

Manifesto launched to support rural areas

The new CLA President Henry Robinson on the farm near Cirencester
The CLA has launched its manifesto – Unlock the Countryside’s Potential – in the run-up to next year’s general election

Wigton Auction Mart

Hopes Auction Compay at Wigton held primestock, store cattle and OTM sales
Fabio Borini in action for Sunderland

Mark Douglas: Fabio Borini at £14million? It's good business for Sunderland

Italian striker is not worth the amount that Black Cats will pay for him, but that doesn't mean they shouldn't pay that much

Marveaux reveals he HAD to leave Newcastle - and other out of favour stars will follow

Sylvain Marveaux of Newcastle United
Flying winger opens up after being loaned out by Alan Pardew, despite his popularity with the majority of the Newcastle United faithful

Sunderland to leave outcast Danny Graham behind as they head to Portugal for pre-season

Sunderland's Danny Graham
Gus Poyet has confirmed there will be no place for Danny Graham in the squad he is taking to Portugal
John Wells

John Wells: Newcastle Falcons players control their own destiny

John Wells knows coaches can talk all they want - it is ultimately down to Newcastle Falcons' players where they finish this season

Mark Douglas: As recruitment efforts falter, is it time for Sunderland to panic?

Stadium of Light, home of Sunderland AFC
Lee Congerton has a difficult job, straddling long-term issues while also trying to solve short-term problems at Sunderland

Gary Mills says Gateshead can take inspiration from Leicester City

Gateshead FC boss Gary Mills
Gary Mills says Gateshead can take inspiration from last season's promotion near-miss, and from Leicester City
Chase and Status

Metro Radio Arena to host two-day outdoor dance music festival

A festival of dance music will become the first outdoor event of its kind presented at the Metro Radio Arena

North East student artists shortlisted for valuable art prizes

Inaugural Woon Art Prize winner Holly Hendry with Mr Wee Teng Woon
The student artists in contention for the second Woon Art Prize have their work on display in Newcastle

Art group dreams up a new nation with a new anthem

A Natural Anthem is a specially commissioned, poignant and humorous anthem led performance and multi-art form installation from Skimstone Arts
Newcastle-based Skimstone Arts has been considering the First World War and its links with the modern world
First floor of the new Central Station pub

Welcome to Newcastle: Central Station pub plans receive go-ahead from council

New £600,000 pub and restaurant to be created by Breeze Ventures who own Newcastle's Pacific House

Salsa Cafe in Newcastle city centre closes its doors

Salsa has been closed since July 8
Westgate Road restaurant closed without warning after 18 years of trading

Music expert Chris Phipps launches menu with a difference in former bank vault

Monthly Eat It! nights in new Newcastle city centre bar and restaurant will combine music and themed food

Videos & Photos

James Andrew Smithson (pictured with his family), of Benwell, was awarded the military medal for bravery

Your World War One Heroes: See the third gallery and send your family's story

Alma Grant nee McNay, of Bearpark, fell in love with the soldier she nursed

Your World War One Heroes: See the second gallery and send your family's story

Siemens Lead Craftsman Brian Shotton, at the Hebburn Plant, talks to Baroness Kramer during her visit.

Siemens' jobs boost is the start of a 'rail renaissance', manufacturers claim

 
 
Commonwealth Games 2014 Opening ceremony at Celtic park. Team Scotland.

Morning news headlines: New MH17 investigation, Commonwealth games begins, NHS cash worries

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Peaches Geldof inquest: Baby alone for 15 hours with mum's body after tragic heroin death

Peaches Geldof and baby Phaedra
Journalist, model and television presenter had started using heroin in again in February this year

Morning news headlines: Day of mourning in the Netherlands, BA continues Israel flights, Peaches Geldof inquest

A man lights candles before a special prayer for the victims of the crashed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17
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