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Olympic legacy wanes in region as figures reveal a drop in participation in sport

Sir Chris Hoy carries the Union Flag during the London 2012 Opening Ceremony

MPs say the decision to scrap School Sports Partnerships in the wake of the Games was an own goal

Thousands sign petition after death of family pet on board ferry

Merlin the pug
Over 7,600 people have backed calls for ferry companies to improve animal welfare following the death of a Northumberland family pet

Signatures opposing Morpeth County Hall sale are to be handed in

Exterior of County Hall in Morpeth Northumberland
Six hundred signatures opposing the sale of County Hall in Morpeth are to be handed to Northumberland County Council next week

New flights, facilities and larger aircraft boost passenger numbers at Newcastle Airport

Newcastle International Airport
New facilities, new services and the frequency of those services, as well as the introduction of larger aircraft at Newcastle International Airport, helped to drive up the number of passengers by 1.4% in 2013

Gosforth Post Office move could damage high street, MP warns

Post Office
The Gosforth Post Office branch could be moved from its current location inside the shopping centre to a new base at nearby Salters Road

'Pompeii of the North' is found at County Durham excavation site

The bath house excavated at the site of Binchester Roman Fort, near Bishop Auckland, County Durham
Archaeologists have unearthed the “Pompeii of the north" at a County Durham excavation site
Exterior of County Hall in Morpeth Northumberland

Signatures opposing Morpeth County Hall sale are to be handed in

Six hundred signatures opposing the sale of County Hall in Morpeth are to be handed to Northumberland County Council next week

Commons inquiry backs North East councils in row with bus operators

New bus franchises bitterly opposed by transport companies have been backed by the Commons Transport Committee

Police cope well with massive funding cuts - but will struggle to do more, say inspectors

Police outside Newcastle University
North East police forces have been praised in reports from the official police inspectors

Thousands sign petition after death of family pet on board ferry

Merlin the pug
Over 7,600 people have backed calls for ferry companies to improve animal welfare following the death of a Northumberland family pet
Top price at the Borderway sale of young stock from the Lismulligan herd at 3900gns was heifer Lismulligan Priscilla 48

Cattle go under the hammer at Carlisle's Borderway Mart: July 16

Store cattle, weanlings and calves joined the fourth annual young stock sale from the Lismulligan herd at Carlisle's Borderway Mart

New flights, facilities and larger aircraft boost passenger numbers at Newcastle Airport

Newcastle International Airport
New facilities, new services and the frequency of those services, as well as the introduction of larger aircraft at Newcastle International Airport, helped to drive up the number of passengers by 1.4% in 2013

Wind power gives North East fabricator CFS a 300% sales boost

Complete Fabrication Services (CFS) in South Shields
The rapidly expanding wind market has seen sales rocket at South Shields-based CFS

British Wool Marketing Board launches new website for kids

The British Wool Marketing Board website
The British Wool Marketing Board has launched a new website for schools to teach children about where wool comes from
Andy Carroll scores for West Ham United against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light

Neil Cameron: Why Andy Carroll and Newcastle United shouldn't get back together

The former local hero is a good guy and a great player - but his old club has moved on and he no longer fits the bill for what they need up front

James Hunter: Sunderland must find a balance between quality AND quantity in their recruitment programme

Gus Poyet manager of Sunderland
Gus Poyet is concentrating on improving the quality of his squad, but James Hunter argues the numbers must also stack up

No talks between West Ham and Newcastle United for striker Andy Carroll

Andy Carroll during a West Ham United training session at North Harbour Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand
Former Newcastle United striker Andy Carroll is happy in London - and not looking for a move back to Tyneside
Durham and England cricketer Paul Collingwood visiting Acomb First School.Howszat!!! Durham and England cricketer Paul Collingwood visiting Acomb First School.

Ashes winner Paul Collingwood inspires schoolchildren on Hexham visit

Durham captain gives lesson in fair sportsmanship to Northumberland school pupils

Calum MacLeod has chance to make his mark for Durham Jets

Calum MacLeod of Durham Jets in action
Tonight's Twenty20 game against Northamptonshire marks the start of the most important part of Calum MacLeod's Durham career

Newcastle Falcons strengthen their side as they announce Kane Thompson signing

Kane Thompson
Newcastle Falcons boost their forward ranks with the signing of Kane Thompson
The Happy Mondays

The Stockton Weekender promises a wealth of musical talent

Happy Mondays, Public Enemy and Martha Reeves are among a host of stars bound for Stockton this weekend

Susan Penhaligon on her part in new North East play

A new play by North East playwright Philip Meeks is bound for the North East en route to Edinburgh

Fun in the sun as Monument Movies returns to Newcastle

Crowds turned out to watch Frozen, part of Monument Movies
Crowds kicked-back in deck chairs to enjoy Disney's Frozen on the big screen in Newcastle City Centre
Salsa has been closed since July 8

Salsa Cafe in Newcastle city centre closes its doors

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

Artisan run ice cream parlours offer luxury ice cream in the North East

Ice cream at Spurelli in Amble, Northumberland
Summer’s here. Time then to indulge in an artisan ice cream – something the North East excels in. Jane Hall has the scoop

Videos & Photos

Stills taken from Newcastle In Motion by Jack Fisher

How Newcastle University graduate is making a business from hyperlapse film technology

Crowds turned out to watch Frozen, part of Monument Movies

Fun in the sun as Monument Movies returns to Newcastle

Artists impression of the Hitachi Newton Aycliffe facility

Watch how Newcastle firm use drone technology to showcase Hitachi construction

 
 
Michael Schumacher with wife Corinne

Michael Schumacher now able to communicate with his family 'by fluttering his eye-lashes'

Formula One legend making such good progress he might be allowed home by the end of next month

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A toy is placed at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17
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Live: Updates following the Malaysia Airlines crash as anger grows over "disrespectful" treatment of bodies by rebels

President Putin offers investigators secure access to wreckage, while the US claims to have damning evidence of Russian involvement in downing of flight

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