A 20mph speed limit sign

Speed limits outside more than 30 schools in County Durham due to be cut to 20mph

Durham County Council has launched a consultation on introducing 20mph zones outside 34 schools across the county

Newcastle experts set to deliver world-leading project in fight against cancer and rare diseases

Sir Leonard Fenwick
Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is chosen as one of 11 centres in country to lead breakthrough genomics project

Thermopak acquired by Yorkshire firm who plan new investment for the plant

PFF Packaging Limited
The Tyneside-based manufacturer of moulded trays has been bought by Keighley's PFF Packaging

Revelopment of Gateshead and Newcastle proves the case for devolution, report says

Grainger Town
Grainger Town, Hadrian's Wall and Gateshead Quays are used as examples of why more power should be given to councils

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

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

North East Party fights for first ever council seat ... and wins

Councillor Mary Cartwright has won the Eden Hill seat on Peterlee Town Council for the North East Party
Councillor Mary Cartwright has been voted to represent the Eden Hill ward of Peterlee Town Council for the new pro-devolution political party

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
A 20mph speed limit sign

Speed limits outside more than 30 schools in County Durham due to be cut to 20mph

Durham County Council has launched a consultation on introducing 20mph zones outside 34 schools across the county

Newcastle experts set to deliver world-leading project in fight against cancer and rare diseases

Sir Leonard Fenwick
Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is chosen as one of 11 centres in country to lead breakthrough genomics project

North East Party fights for first ever council seat ... and wins

Councillor Mary Cartwright has won the Eden Hill seat on Peterlee Town Council for the North East Party
Councillor Mary Cartwright has been voted to represent the Eden Hill ward of Peterlee Town Council for the new pro-devolution political party

Revelopment of Gateshead and Newcastle proves the case for devolution, report says

Grainger Town
Grainger Town, Hadrian's Wall and Gateshead Quays are used as examples of why more power should be given to councils
The site of the new hotel, which is being built on High Bridge Street, Newcastle

The Journal Annual North East Business Review 2014: June

We look back at the North East business news from June 2014

Thermopak acquired by Yorkshire firm who plan new investment for the plant

PFF Packaging Limited
The Tyneside-based manufacturer of moulded trays has been bought by Keighley's PFF Packaging

The Journal Annual North East Business Review 2014: May

Greggs Coffee cup
We look back at the North East business news from May 2014

The Journal Annual North East Business Review 2014: April

Nigel Smith of Ringtons Tea
We look back at the North East business news from April 2014
Tyne Wear derby: Six more arrests in connection with disorder

Tyne Wear derby: Six more arrests in connection with disorder

The total number of people held following Newcastle United's clash with Sunderland now stands at 23, with two men due in court next year

Donations to charity Age UK Newcastle are being doubled this Christmas

Donations to charity Age UK Newcastle are being doubled this Christmas
Online donations made to Age UK Newcastle are being doubled by the Garfield Weston Foundation to help older people who will be alone

Bensham murder probe victim named as Michelle Jane Grey

Bensham murder probe victim named as Michelle Jane Grey
The 42-year-old was found dead at 8.30pm on Friday night, sparking a murder investigation and the arrest of a 41-year-old Gateshead man
Newcastle United LIVE: All the latest news including Jonas Gutierrez's under-21 return

Newcastle United LIVE: All the latest news including Jonas Gutierrez's under-21 return

Keep up to date with everything Newcastle United in our live blog, featuring news, views and opinions from around the world, for December 22, 2014

Newcastle United feedback - Is it time for Alan Pardew to go? Do NUFC have the ambition?

Newcastle United feedback - Is it time for Alan Pardew to go? Do NUFC have the ambition?
Newcastle United Editor Mark Douglas answers the readers' questions about Alan Pardew's future and the lack of ambition at St James' Park

Sunderland AFC v Hull City: Who is the referee?

Sunderland AFC v Hull City: Who is the referee?
Andre Marriner will be in charge of Sunderland's Boxing Day game against Hull City
Eliza Carthy

Review: Eliza Carthy and others gather for a folk celebration

Some of the graduates of the region's pioneering folk degree course served up an anniversary treat for Christmas

Review: Inspiration Choir at Sage Gateshead

Rob Barnes caught the Inspiration Choir at the Sage Gateshead as the venue celebrated its 10th birthday

Cross-cultural production of Macbeth to premiere in Hexham

Macbeth as envisaged by Tara Arts
A new touring production of Shakespeare's Macbeth will feature Bollywood queens as the three witches
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
Billie Whitelaw who has died aged 82

Billie Whitelaw dead: Acclaimed actress who starred in Hot Fuzz and The Omen dies aged 82

Actress was best known for her role in The Omen and her work with Irish playwright Samuel Beckett

Government does not 'want to get to the truth' about historic child abuse says Labour MP

Home Secretary Theresa May.
Home Secretary Theresa May has indicated that the troubled inquiry panel could be disbanded and replaced

Videos & Photos

Oil rig selfies... at Christmas

Brunswick House in Whalton

Property gallery: Whalton house was home from the first view

Crowds enjoyed the Tenth Birthday celebrations of the Sage

Review: Now We Are Ten at Sage Gateshead

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