Lawyer Chris McCurley

Newcastle Lawyer of the year takes Government to task over legal aid at UN in Geneva

Newcastle family law expert Cris McCurley finds the Government is breaching international law on human rights over legal aid cut-backs

Memorial fund launched for North Shields artist buried in a pauper's grave

David Young and pupils Mauro Domingos, left, and McKenzie Giles with a Victor Noble Rainbird painting
An art lover is bidding to raise £5,000 to remember North Shields First World War painter Victor Noble Rainbird, who sketched from the trenchs

Northumberland County Council claims no 'detrimental impact' from transport charges

Parents and students protest outside County Hall Morpeth against future transport cuts for schools in Northumberland
But Northumberland County Council admits there has been a fall in student numbers after bringing in transport charges

Sage Gateshead has contributed £283m to regional economy

Lord Falconer
An independent survey shows that Sage Gateshead has contributed more to the region than it has cost to build or run

North Durham MP Kevan Jones leads review call on Post Office 'frauds'

Shadow Minister for the Armed Forces, Kevan Jones
MP Kevan Jones said people's lives have been "wrecked" by the system, for which the Post Office must take responsibility

Glowing 'totem sign' in Hexham rejected as 'ugly, outlandish, intrusive, and garish'

Hexham signs
A planning bid for the sign within Hexham Conservation Area, near the railway station, has been refused amid opposition

Newcastle City Council hit by huge government cut - leaving it even poorer than expected

Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes
Newcastle City Council must now made a further £800,000 of cuts as Central Government gives less than expected funding settlement

Newcastle Tourism chiefs concerned that Newcastle City Council cuts could impact on work

Tourist Information Centre, Central Arcade, Newcastle
Tourism chiefs are disappointed that Newcastle City Council cuts will see the city centre visitor information centre closed

Public invited to share views on future of Hadrian's Wall

Students from Excelsior Academy prepare for their Himalayan trek
Members of the public are urged to share their views on plans for the future of Hadrian's Wall

Government issues councils with warning over council tax hike

Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes
Councils like Newcastle must go to public referendum if they rise council tax to a full 2%, Communities and Local Government minister has said

Northumberland County Council's 'woeful' delay blamed for approval of 400 homes

Residents Alison Byard and Phil Ashmore who are opposed to plans to build 400 houses on land near their homes in Hepscott, Northumberland
Northumberland County Council's "woefully inexplicable" delay in producing planning guidance has been blamed for 400 homes being allowed at Morpeth

Prison is no longer working for female offenders, says economist Vicky Pryce

Economist Vicky Pryce who spent nine weeks in jail for accepting her former husband Chris Huhne's speeding points
The economist, who was jailed for nine weeks in 2012, tells us why she feels the justice system needs to change to help women

New homes to be built on the site of a former care facility in Haltwhistle

Professor Simon Hogg and research postgraduate Dr Alison Auld with a model of turbine blades developed at Durham University
The former Greenholme care facility at Haltwhistle, which had become a target for vandals, is to be demolished to make way for homes

First woman Bishop Revd Libby Lane studied for the clergy in Durham

Rev Libby Lane delivers a speech inside Stockport town hall after the announcement by the Church of England that she will be appointed as the first female bishop
Revd Libby Lane trained for the clergy in Durham and has been backed in her new job by the former and current Bishop of Durham

Senior BP man among speaker lineup for major Tyneside energy conference

Paul Appleby, Head of Energy Economics at BP
The first speakers for March 2015's Energy: A Balanced Future conference have been announced

Change in law for pioneering IVF technique developed at Newcastle University is one step closer

Alison Murdoch, professor of reproductive medicine at Newcastle University and consultant at Newcastle Fertility Centre at Life
Newcastle scientists welcome news that an IVF-based technique they are developing is one step closer to being available
Jonathan Barlow’s image of the limestone stack at Seaham

Legacy of the North East desert from 290 million years ago captured by fossils

Talk reveals North East world of sand dunes and flooding by a vast inland sea

The Journal Opinion: The Sage Gateshead was a gamble that has paid off

The Sage on its tenth birthday
The Journal's opinion column for Saturday, December 20, in which we mark the 10th birthday of a jewel in the North East's crown

A lawyer inspired by the feisty females of Newcastle's West End, celebrates a 25 year career

Lawyer Chris McCurley
Kate Proctor speaks to Newcastle lawyer Cris McCurley as she celebrates a 25 year career

Newcastle Lawyer of the year takes Government to task over legal aid at UN in Geneva

Lawyer Chris McCurley
Newcastle family law expert Cris McCurley finds the Government is breaching international law on human rights over legal aid cut-backs
Film-maker Magali Pettier

Film documents year in the life of tenant hill-farming family

New documentary focuses on the Hutchinsons, of Forest-in-Teesdale, as they attempt to breed the perfect flock of Swaledale sheep

Regional oil industry players respond to North Sea 'crisis' claims

An oil rig in the North Sea
NOF Energy boss calls for 'sense of perspective' amid worries that oil price collapse will batter the North Sea

Appointments: New senior posts for land-based colleges

Nick Barnes and Wes Johnson
Askham Bryan College is increasing its student numbers and development with two new senior posts

Appointments: Durham BID welcomes new business engagement manager

Adam Deathe has been appointed business engagement manager for the Durham Business Improvement District
Adam Deathe has been appointed business engagement manager for the Durham Business Improvement District (BID)
Hartlepool United confirm interest in convicted rapist Ched Evans

Hartlepool United confirm interest in convicted rapist Ched Evans

Hartlepool boss Ronnie Moore says he is interested in Evans despite Ched Evans being found guilty of rape in 2011

Detectives launch murder inquiry after death of a Gateshead woman

Detectives launch murder inquiry after death of a Gateshead woman
This is the man police want to speak to after a 42-year-old woman was found dead in Gateshead on Friday night

Woman airlifted to hospital after a crash in County Durham

Woman airlifted to hospital after a crash in County Durham
The Great North Air Ambulance was called after an 82-year-old woman was involved in a crash near Crook in County Durham
Newcastle Eagles 115-76 Manchester Giants: Seventeenth win in a row for Fab Flournoy's men

Newcastle Eagles 115-76 Manchester Giants: Seventeenth win in a row for Fab Flournoy's men

Newcastle Eagles recorded an amazing 17th straight victory when they defeated Manchester Giants at Sport Central

Sunderland's Gus Poyet aiming to maintain his reputation as the 'scourge' of Newcastle

Sunderland's Gus Poyet aiming to maintain his reputation as the 'scourge' of Newcastle
Gus Poyet has a remarkable record against Newcastle both as player and manager, and he intends to enhance it in today's Tyne-Wear derby

Newcastle United players will have to go 'into hiding' if they lose, warns Nobby Solano

Newcastle United players will have to go 'into hiding' if they lose, warns Nobby Solano
Peruvian Newcastle United legend Nobby Solano has sampled both sides of the coin in the Tyne-Wear tussle - and has a warning
Jesmond Dean House head chef Michael Penaluna

Four top chefs offer their Christmas dinner tips

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

Return of the 1920s-era cocktail hour to Newcastle

Cocktail hour at Tiger Hornsby
A Newcastle Quayside bar has sought inspiration from the jazz age to give its customers a tasty tipple
Jesmond Dean House head chef Michael Penaluna

Four top chefs offer their Christmas dinner tips

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

Return of the 1920s-era cocktail hour to Newcastle

Cocktail hour at Tiger Hornsby
A Newcastle Quayside bar has sought inspiration from the jazz age to give its customers a tasty tipple

World Pie Eating Championships end in controversy

All results declared null and void after batch of rogue pies is eaten

Nine found dead in Cairns house

Police block the road outside a house where eight children have been found dead
Children and woman were stabbed, say reports

Videos & Photos

Brunswick House in Whalton

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Crowds enjoyed the Tenth Birthday celebrations of the Sage

Review: Now We Are Ten at Sage Gateshead

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Benton fitness centre helping clients to not pile on the Christmas pounds

 
 

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