Brenda Longstaff and Nurse Paul Smith both of Rake Lane Hospital

North East set to establish itself at forefront of NHS international volunteering

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust secures £25,000 to expand its award-winning international volunteering work

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

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

Felling workers face uncertain New Year as Akzo Nobel lines up redundancies

Lisa Mood with some of the AkzoNobel team
The North East site's Dutch owners, Akzo Nobel plan to make 50 redundancies as part of a global cost cutting exercise

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

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
Brenda Longstaff and Nurse Paul Smith both of Rake Lane Hospital

North East set to establish itself at forefront of NHS international volunteering

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust secures £25,000 to expand its award-winning international volunteering work

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

A 20mph speed limit sign
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
The New Results Training directors, from left: Mike Lever, Nicola Tynemouth and Nevil Tynemouth

County Durham training firm backs Journal Pay Fair campaign

Training company boss says a cultural shift is needed so businesses recognise the importance of ethical behaviour

Wearside-based Grundfos plays key role in battle against ebola

Grundfos' operations manager Mark Lister (left) and Michael Ward
Staff at Grundfos worked around the clock to complete the order for water boosters in record time.

Profits slow down for Bulkahul Limited but bosses remain confident

Steve Gibson
The Middlesbrough-based tank container operators made a pre-tax profit of £31.5m

Felling workers face uncertain New Year as Akzo Nobel lines up redundancies

Lisa Mood with some of the AkzoNobel team
The North East site's Dutch owners, Akzo Nobel plan to make 50 redundancies as part of a global cost cutting exercise
Newcastle 0-1 Sunderland fan ratings: How you rated the Magpies' players after derby loss

Newcastle 0-1 Sunderland fan ratings: How you rated the Magpies' players after derby loss

How you and chief sports writer Lee Ryder rated the Newcastle United players after they lost a fourth consecutive Tyne-Wear derby

Newcastle 0-1 Sunderland fan ratings: How you rated the Black Cats heroes after derby win

Newcastle 0-1 Sunderland fan ratings: How you rated the Black Cats heroes after derby win
See how you rated the Sunderland players compared to our SAFC writer James Hunter following the Tyne-Wear derby win

Newcastle Falcons' Dean Richards says Premiership rugby salary cap should stay

Newcastle Falcons' Dean Richards says Premiership rugby salary cap should stay
Saracens' CEO Ed Griffiths wants it removed, but Newcastle Falcons' director of rugby Dean Richards has backed rugby's salary cap system
Martin Stephenson in action

Daintees give Christmas a rousing welcome at The Cluny

Martin Stephenson and his band are back in Newcastle for what has become a traditional festive gig

Review: Eliza Carthy and others gather for a folk celebration

Eliza Carthy
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
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
The scene in Glasgow's George Square after it is understood a bin lorry crashed into a group of pedestrians

Live: Several people confirmed dead after bin lorry crashes into Christmas shoppers in Glasgow

Bin lorry mounted the pavement and crashed into the side of the Millennium Hotel in George Square this afternoon as a crowd waited to cross the road outside Queen Street Station

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

Billie Whitelaw who has died aged 82
Actress was best known for her role in The Omen and her work with Irish playwright Samuel Beckett

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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