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Probation workers fear visiting HMP Northumberland after officer was hospitalised

HMP Northumberland

NAPO Northumbria branch chairman Mike Quinn said staff cuts at the jail, run by private firm Sodexo, have led to a "violent culture"

Northumberland parents left with two weeks to arrange transport for secondary school children

Parents and students protest outside County Hall, Morpeth against future transport cuts for schools in Northumberland
Northumberland County Council has told parents concessionary bus places for under-16s will not be guaranteed until the end of September

Newcastle City Council given green light to spend £1.4m on new designs for roads over-haul

Barras Bridge in Newcastle city centre
Despite concerns over £1.4m spend on plans for new city road layout, the council will press ahead with biggest transport shake-up in 30 years

Calls to ban Chinese lanterns at events in Northumberland because of risk to livestock

Sky lanterns are often referred to as "Chinese lanterns"
Campaigners have called for Chinese lanterns to be banned at events in Northumberland due to the risk to property and livestock

North East ready for top GCSE results despite overhaul in education system

Dr Bernard Trafford Headmaster of the Royal Grammar School, Jesmond
Schools across the North East are today preparing for their best GCSE results to date

New body is set up to help look after the interests of Hadrian's Wall

Amanda Earnshaw, from Acomb, who is part of a group giving a voice to those living along Hadrians Wall.
WallTogether has brought together a number of groups in the community who want to look after the wall
Parents and students protest outside County Hall, Morpeth against future transport cuts for schools in Northumberland

Northumberland parents left with two weeks to arrange transport for secondary school children

Northumberland County Council has told parents concessionary bus places for under-16s will not be guaranteed until the end of September

Calls to ban Chinese lanterns at events in Northumberland because of risk to livestock

Sky lanterns are often referred to as "Chinese lanterns"
Campaigners have called for Chinese lanterns to be banned at events in Northumberland due to the risk to property and livestock

North East businesses urged to enter North East Tourism Awards 2014

St Cuthbert's House win a North East England Tourism Award 2013 at St James Park.
Entries close on September 5, with the winners going on to represent the North East nationally

Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer helps old teammate launch a run to help beat cancer

Alan Shearer
Magpie legend aims to help old friend raise cash for cancer by launching a run that will take in all Premiership stadiums
A view over the Port of Tyne

North East economic growth hotspots providing good news says top economist

Results of the RBS Growth Tracker show the engines of growth across Tyneside, Hartlepool, Stockton and Northumberland

Tanfield Group upbeat on Snorkel investment as its own losses widen

Tanfield Group upbeat on Snorkel investment as its own losses widen
Newcastle-registered investment company Tanfield Group says Snorkel is moving towards meaningful profitability

Spartan UK Limited positive as revenues increase to £92.1million

Spartan rolling presses
The Gateshead-based manufacturer of steel products Spartan UK Limited has narrowed losses

Calls to ban Chinese lanterns at events in Northumberland because of risk to livestock

Sky lanterns are often referred to as "Chinese lanterns"
Campaigners have called for Chinese lanterns to be banned at events in Northumberland due to the risk to property and livestock
Cheick Tiote of Newcastle United

Newcastle United alert as suitors swarm for midfielder Cheick Tiote

For the second August running the future of Newcastle United's key midfielder is in doubt

Patrick van Aanholt: Defeated Manchester United will still be on a high at Sunderland

Patrick Van Aanholt of Sunderland
Patrick van Aanholt has warned one defeat will not destroy Manchester United's confidence ahead of their trip to the Stadium of Light

Sunderland continue striker search with Eduardo Vargas set to join Queens Park Rangers

Eduardo Vargas celebrates scoring for Chile
Sunderland have missed out on another attacking target with Chile forward Eduardo Vargas on the verge of moving to Queens Park Rangers
Newcastle Eagles' Darius Defoe

Darius Defoe's key role in completing Newcastle Eagles jigsaw

Darius Defoe's first job after rejoining Newcastle Eagles will be helping the new recruits to learn Fabulous Flournoy's philosophy

Durham County Cricket Club reach Royal London Cup quarter-finals

Paul Collingwood of Durham
Durham County Cricket Club have reached the Royal London Cup quarter finals

How Gareth Breese fell in love with Durham County Cricket Club

Durham cricketer Gareth Breese, who is retiring at the end of the season after ten years at the club
A trip to see an old friend inspired Gareth Breese to start a relationship which has transformed Durham County Cricket Club
The Hartlepool lifeboat heads for a stricken yacht

Lifeboat paintings prove a hit for Northumberland artist Charles Evans

Northumberland artist Charles Evans has touched a national nerve with his paintings of east coast lifeboats

Bringing the funny to Barnard Castle

Lee Nelson
A cluster of comics including Lee Nelson, Susan Calman and Romesh Ranganathan help make up the autumn season at The Witham

Jane Austen favourite Pride and Prejudice comes to South Tyneside

A scene from Pride and Prejudice by Heartbreak Productions
A production of Pride and Prejudice by Heartbreak Productions is to be performed in the South Shields amphitheatre
Tim Wilks, who launched Lane7 in central Newcastle last year, is to partner chef Ellie Richmond and bar manager Jack Bowles with the opening of The Fox Hole

Lane7 founder to strike new ground with pub in County Durham

Tim Wilks has teamed up with celebrated chef Ellie Richmond to open a new pub in Piercebridge

Community Food Grant serves up cash to promote healthy food to Tynesiders

Jamie Sadler of Food Nation
Byker-based Food Nation has split a £10k grant between eight cooking and growing projects across the city, which promote healthy eating

The North East has great taste in food... and great people making it

Vicky and Peter Moffitt
The Great Taste Awards have dished out 108 stars to producers all over the North East and Cumbria

Videos & Photos

L-R: Tony Gates Chief Executive of Northumberland National Park Authority, Lord de Mauley and Andrew Miller, Head of Programmes and Conservation

Environment Minister welcomes vision for the next 20 years of Northumberland

A model of the hydroplane at Chillingham Castle

Chillingham Castle owner hoping to recreate historic flight and build full size replica of 1911 plane

Sir Mortimer Wheeler

Stories behind Hadrian's Wall pioneers are honoured in new exhibition

 
 
A frame from a video released by Islamic State militants that purports to show the killing of journalist James Foley

Morning news headlines: Hunt on for man who beheaded US journalist, GCSE results expected to change, 12% rise in children in care

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North East ready for top GCSE results despite overhaul in education system

Dr Bernard Trafford Headmaster of the Royal Grammar School, Jesmond
Schools across the North East are today preparing for their best GCSE results to date

James Foley: Latest updates and reaction after US journalist is 'beheaded' by Islamic State militants

James Foley
IS have released a shocking video showing a man they claim to be Foley being killed

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