Generic photo of a pregnant woman with a glass of wine

North East expectant mums should be warned against drinking any alcohol during pregnancy

Health bosses say inconsistent messages are leaving expectant North East mums-to-be confused

Petition handed in as boss says Berwick ambulance service 'worst in almost a decade'

North East Ambulance Service ambulance
4,000 signatures have been handed in calling for better ambulance cover at Berwick, following a recent death

North East LEP vice chair says its time to celebrate the region's successes

Andrew Hodgson
Vice chair of the North East LEP Andrew Hodgson believes now is the time to be celebrating the region's successes not its failings

North East scientist plays part in challenge to feed a growing world

James Garratt runs an environmental crops company combining science and nature. Here he is pictured in his allotment within Moorside Allotments
Newcastle company chief sets up foundation fund to help region's researchers boost food production

SBV Fabrication and Sire Services Ltd administration caused by dispute with Tata Steel

Teesside engineering firm SBV Fabrications on Dormor Way, South Bank, Middlesbrough
A report from administrators at KPMG showed the dispute had caused cashflow issues for the Teesside firm

'Northern Powerhouse' will be meaningless without a 'critical mass' warns Alistair Darling

Alistair Darling, speaks at the North East Economic Forum, held at the Sage in Gateshead
The former Chancellor of the Exchequer has warned that Newcastle must be the regions' centre of gravity to make a case for devolution

Oil price drop leads to job losses at North East firm

Chief executive of Oil Consultants, Helen Smith
Effect of low oil prices leads to job losses at Washington firm Oil Consultants, and is also noted by manufacturers' group EEF

Newcastle constituency one of the worst places in the UK for voters falling off the electoral register

Ballot Box
The constituency of Newcastle East sees a 13.8% fall in registered voters causing concern before the May general election

More than 40 years in the front line: Sir Alan Beith's life in politics

Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith
Liberal Democrat MP Sir Alan Beith has represented Berwick-upon-Tweed since 1973 but is set to stand down in May.

Anger as Berwick county councillors absent from budget debate

Isabel Hunter of Berwick
Anger has been voiced in Berwick after its three county councillors were absent for the setting of Northumberland's budget

George Osborne is to sit down and discuss 'unrealistic' County Durham plan

Chancellor George Osborne
The Chancellor pledged to sit down and discuss the 'ridiculed' plan has been keenly received by councillors and business leaders

'You can't turn the whole of Durham into Beamish Museum,' says Simon Henig

Simon Henig, leader of Durham County Council
Leaders hit out as anger rises over the dismissal by a Bristol-based planning inspector of "too ambitious" County Durham plan

Outdated Pacer trains WILL be scrapped - but civil servants objected to £250 million cost

A Northern Rail pacer trains
Ministers have finally confirmed that the North is to get new trains as they launch franchise battles for Northern Rail and TransPennine Express

Labour North East manifesto: Devolution, a regional minister and fairer funding to the agenda

Leader of the Labour Party Ed Miliband
Ed Miliband's North East troops gather in Stockton to launch Labour's manifesto for the North East

North East Business Awards Tyneside and Northumberland Heat Live: Updates from The Marriott Hotel, Gosforth

The North East Business Awards null
Live updates from the Tyneside and Northumberland heat of the North East Business Awards.

Newcastle University student utilities firm goes national after first month in business

Left to right is: John Crow, Chris Dawson, David Fraser, Asen Dobrev and Christina Ong
Student firm One Utility Bill aims to give students access to cheaper utilities and broadband and avoid arguments about bills

Deputy mayor Bruce Pickard defends North Tyneside Council's 24% allowances rise

The council would have struggled to recruit members in the future if it hadn't implemented wage hike, it is claimed today
The newsroom at the Chronicle and Journal in Newcastle

Darren Thwaites: Why our digital revolution is good news

Darren Thwaites, Editor-in-Chief for Trinity Mirror North East, publishers of the Journal, Chronicle and Sunday Sun, on the newspapers' fightback

North East scientist plays part in challenge to feed a growing world

James Garratt runs an environmental crops company combining science and nature. Here he is pictured in his allotment within Moorside Allotments
Newcastle company chief sets up foundation fund to help region's researchers boost food production

Petition handed in as boss says Berwick ambulance service 'worst in almost a decade'

North East Ambulance Service ambulance
4,000 signatures have been handed in calling for better ambulance cover at Berwick, following a recent death

North East LEP vice chair says its time to celebrate the region's successes

Andrew Hodgson
Vice chair of the North East LEP Andrew Hodgson believes now is the time to be celebrating the region's successes not its failings
Dianne Sharp

Dianne Sharp column: profit is not a dirty word

Companies should be open and transparent about their dealings to counter the feeling that profits are bad

North Tyneside industrial estate takes step forward with major grant

Business, Artists impression of a development at Indigo Park NE3 5HE
Potential tenants are in talks with agents marketing the site on behalf of Highbridge Properties, the owners of Cobalt Park

Osbit Power targets southern North Sea work with Lowestoft outpost

The mutli-million pound MaXccess gangway that OSBIT Power worked on for offshore services contractor Subsea 7
The North East offshore engineering specialists will use a space in Lowestoft's OrbisEnergy hub to target new work

Durham mum launches online baby boutique after premature birth of her daughter

Michelle Jones with baby Freya
Business lecturer Michelle Jones says setting up Freya-Lillie has been fun and challenging in equal amounts
Durham chief constable calls for online bans for people abusing social media

Durham chief constable calls for online bans for people abusing social media

Police are increasingly being called to incidents of online bullying and a Durham investigation revealed around 230 incidents a month

North East parents struggling to pay for overpriced school uniforms, research shows

North East parents struggling to pay for overpriced school uniforms, research shows
A survey of 1,000 parents found 95% believe the amount they are expected to pay is "unreasonable"

Gateshead's inspirational Jo Milne set for milestone experience at Glastonbury Festival

Gateshead's inspirational Jo Milne set for milestone experience at Glastonbury Festival
The Gateshead woman who heard for first time at 39 says hearing live music at the world-renowned festival will be a dream come true
Daryl Janmaat warns Newcastle United to be wary of his former Holland boss Louis van Gaal

Daryl Janmaat warns Newcastle United to be wary of his former Holland boss Louis van Gaal

Newcastle United looking to continue their momentum with a win over Manchester United - but Daryl Janmaat is wary

Papiss Cisse says Newcastle United players do not fear visit of Manchester United

Papiss Cisse says Newcastle United players do not fear visit of Manchester United
Newcastle United's players are focused on recording back to back wins at St James' Park, says 11-goal striker Papiss Cisse

Newcastle United's Jonas Gutierrez says cancer put his life in perspective

Newcastle United's Jonas Gutierrez says cancer put his life in perspective
Flying Newcastle United winger Jonas Gutierrez says Magpies fans give him "power" to succeed and win back first team place
Sharon Race who has been hosting Laughter for Lasses comedy workshops

Comedy has a part to play in mental health issues

A series of comedy workshops has been staged by a mental health awareness group in the North East

Secret Diner Review: Newcastle's historic Grainger Market food stalls

The Grainger Market in Newcastle
Amid the greengrocers, butchers and purveyors of a wide range of goods, Secret Diner finds the Grainger Market caters for a refined palate

Royal Northern Sinfonia musician Louisa Tuck on her life with a cello

Louisa Tuck, cello section leader with Royal Northern Sinfonia
Royal Northern Sinfonia cellist Louisa Tuck talks about her musical education and her work with the orchestra and Kathryn Tickell
The Grainger Market in Newcastle

Secret Diner Review: Newcastle's historic Grainger Market food stalls

Amid the greengrocers, butchers and purveyors of a wide range of goods, Secret Diner finds the Grainger Market caters for a refined palate

Northumbrian Smokehouse is smoking out fantastic flavours beside the Tyne

Steve Peart from Wallsend who runs Northumberland smoke house from his garage
Former social worker Steve Peart has made a successful business out of smoking and Price Charles would probably approve

Guest chefs step into the Ouseburn Cook House

The Cook House in Ouseburn Valley
Tom Anglesea and Shaun Hurrell are taking over an unconventional Tyneside eaterie for two special nights

Celebrity Big Brother receives nearly three thousands complaints but Ofcom not investigating

Channel 5 show will not be investigated even though it had 2,736 complaints including 715 about Perez Hilton's behaviour

Family said they were "prepared for the worst" as searches resume for the missing 16-year-old

16-year-old Rebecca Watts, known as Becky, was last seen at her house in Crown Hill in St George, Bristol, on the morning of February 19

Videos & Photos

Amanda Vigar, of V&A Vigar & Co (Darlington) LLP and Mohammed Bashir and Christine Bell, of Boro Taxis. Picture: Keith Taylor

Stewart McNicholl is named as North East young director of the year

Durham Cathedral gives up its secrets as Open Treasures attraction takes shape

The home of Hylton Smith, from Rowlands Gill, which is for sale

Property gallery: Derwent Valley views and versatility in split-level property

 
 

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