Sodexo to shed 131 probation jobs as workers replaced with machines

Probation Service members picket at Grey's Monument in Newcastle
Offenders monitored by Northumbria Community Rehabilitation Company can soon log-in to ATM-style kiosks using fingerprint technology

Newcastle man with Robert Stephenson link snaps up railway pioneer's writing case

Walter Brydon, who has bought at auction, Robert Stephenson's writing case
The estimate at the Anderson & Garland sale for the leather case, embossed with Robert's name and featuring his 1844 cut glass inkwell, was £400-£600

Newcastle recruitment firm NRG launch drive for technical team at Durham-based Atom bank

Atom bank
Around 450 jobs will be filled at Durham-headquartered Atom Bank - the UK's first truly digital bank - over the next five years

Were you fooled? Richard Branson to buy Farne Islands is an April Fool

Were you pulled into our April Fool? Our thanks to the National Trust for being a good sport

General Election 2015: Lord Shipley says get ready for a second election

Lord Shipley
Parties focus on the economy and help for dads as election campaign continues

April fool: plans for pub wrapped around Grey's Monument are not true

Artists impression of Club Monument updated
Our story on plans for an Earl Grey-themed pub in the centre of Newcastle appear to have amused many (but fooled no-one)

Tim Evans speaks of pride as he retires as head of Knight Frank's Newcastle office

Tim Evans of Knight Frank
"There is true vitality here with all working as one for the good of all. It is very special," says Tim Evans

Backworth teacher Graham Dawson elected union leader of NASUWT

Graham Dawson, new president of the NASUWT
Graham Dawson, from North Tyneside, has been named national president of teachers' union NASUWT

North East Manifesto: Devolution of power emerges as a top priority for North East people

The North East Manifesto - six key demands
Just 12% of people think Westminster does a good job for the North East while 88% want more locally-held control

Regent Centre office scheme in Newcastle could be turned into 400 homes

Regent Centre in Gosforth
Developers Omnia said they are "exploring options" and that no plans have been set in stone

Save Druridge campaigners star in anti-mining music video

Supporters of the Save Druridge Campaign take part in Brian English's new music video
The protesters, who oppose a new open-cast scheme near Druridge Bay, are extras in the music video for Brian English's track, Druridge

Letters by former Chronicle reporter tell of life in the North East in the forties

Olga Franklin, former reporter at The Chronicle, who wrote of her experiences in a collection of letters to family members which are now being printed in a new book A Letter from Oggi
Book to be published in April compiles colourful accounts of life by late Newcastle journalist Olga Franklin

Sage boss says 'Northern Powerhouse' is right here in the North East

Stephen Kelly, the new CEO of Sage
Stephen Kelly called on North East small businessess to 'knock on his door' to develop collaborative working

Pilgrim Street picture provides echoes from the days when the street was hive of Victorian activity

The 19th Century photograph of Pilgrim Street in Newcastle by local photographer Edward Lyddell Sawyer
The image of the hard life in the area of lower Pilgrim Street was sold last week for £200 by Newcastle auctioneers Anderson & Garland

Grainger chief executive Andrew Cunningham announces retirement plans

Andrew Cunningham, chief executive of Grainger Plc
Andrew Cunningham, who has been with Grainger for almost 20 years, plans to step down as CEO at the next AGM in 2016

New uses identified for up to 90 sites in Northumberland

Northumberland County Council, County Hall, Morpeth
New uses have been identified for up to 90 sites in Northumberland as part of a council asset review
Ex soldier Adam Adamson from Ashington who suffers from combat stress

Ashington soldier Adam Adamson reveals his struggle back on civvy street

Read one Ashington man's fight to come to terms with life outside of the Army - and how smallest thing can make him reach for the 'red button'

Bernard Trafford: I'm excited about democracy - but not about the dismal, negative politicking

Prime Minister David Cameron is interview by Jeremy Paxman (right)
Journal columnist and Newcastle headteacher Bernard Trafford on why he wants to enjoy the election campaign, but just can't

Sodexo to shed 131 probation jobs as workers replaced with machines

Probation Service members picket at Grey's Monument in Newcastle
Offenders monitored by Northumbria Community Rehabilitation Company can soon log-in to ATM-style kiosks using fingerprint technology

Were you fooled? Richard Branson to buy Farne Islands is an April Fool

Were you pulled into our April Fool? Our thanks to the National Trust for being a good sport
Steve Lanaghan, executive director of Gentoo Group and (Right) John Wood, chair of Tolent Ltd

Gentoo and Tolent team up in joint venture to tackle construction industry

Two North East businesses form Gentoo Tolent Limited and aim to use complementary skills to expand order books

South Tyneside butcher Dicksons forges ahead with expansion after growing sales by 8%

Michael Dickson (front), Christopher Welch (left) and Tom Wills (right) from Sintons outside one of Dicksons most recently opened shops in Cramlington
The firm which started in one small shop in South Shields now has 24 outlets, and is keen to expand itsretail side

North East SMEs with top HR&D stories to vie for top award

CIMA regional director Europe, Dave Rowsby
Entries are arriving for this year's CIPD North East of England HR&D Awards

NFU calls for EU act 'responsibly and collectively' as milk quotas come to an end

Rob Harrison, NFU dairy board chairman
Northumberland vice chairman Hugh Richardson says changes unlikely to impact operations or sector as a whole in the UK
Wear-Tyne derby: Double trouble when Washington Derby Day twins go head to head

Wear-Tyne derby: Double trouble when Washington Derby Day twins go head to head

Toddlers Oskar and Halle Klein, of Washington, are only 23 months old but are already football rivals

Northumberland school climbing frame opened as bake and water stall returns for cyclist event

Northumberland school climbing frame opened as bake and water stall returns for cyclist event
Whalton First School pupils got to grip with their new playground equipment ahead of the 2015 Virgin Money Cyclone Challenge

Tyneside victims of crime will turn to new service as Victims First Northumbria is launched

Tyneside victims of crime will turn to new service as Victims First Northumbria is launched
Victim Support offices on Tyneside could close as a new 'Victims First' service for the region opens
MMA: Thomas Denham learns a lot from defeat to Mark Godbeer at BAMMA as Monarch wins again

MMA: Thomas Denham learns a lot from defeat to Mark Godbeer at BAMMA as Monarch wins again

Darlington heavyweight Thomas Denham may have been TKO'd but he insists he will take a lot from defeat and come back a better fighter

Sunderland's Dick Advocaat can make as big an impact on the derby as Paolo Di Canio

Sunderland's Dick Advocaat can make as big an impact on the derby as Paolo Di Canio
New Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat can be a derby hit just as his predecessor Paolo Di Canio was two years ago, says ex-Black Cats skipper Gary Bennett

Sunderland's Wes Brown ruled out for at least a month through injury

Sunderland's Wes Brown ruled out for at least a month through injury
Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat says Wes Brown will be missing for four to five weeks with a knee injury, ruling him out of Sunday's Wear-Tyne derby
Saxophonist David Sanborn

Enticing line-up for Gateshead International Jazz Festival

Sage Gateshead's annual celebration of jazz continues to broaden the popular perception of the genre

Communities in a 'Rush' to put on Easter dance spectacular

Rush is a Cultural Spring project which will culminate in a dance spectacular in South Shields on Easter Sunday Novak have produced the video projections for the event
Groups south of the Wear are preparing to dazzle us with a performance to match last year's Great North Passion

Cultural Spring project will have people rushing to South Shields on Easter Sunday

Robby Graham shows the way for Rush volunteers
150 dancers, a water cannon and large scale video projections will all feature in Rush, a dance spectacular rooted in real people
Artists impression of Club Monument updated

April fool: plans for pub wrapped around Grey's Monument are not true

Our story on plans for an Earl Grey-themed pub in the centre of Newcastle appear to have amused many (but fooled no-one)

Café Bowes has a special way with a Teesdale lamb steak

Davey Babooram of Cafe Bowes, Barnard Castle
Chef Davey Babooram shares his very special recipe for a mouth-watering lamb dish served at the Bowes Museum

Top chef Daryl Chadwick furnishes Barker and Stonehouse shoppers with food

James Barker, Daryl Chadwick and Nathan Baker
A new Chadwick & Co Coffee House and Kitchen is opening at a North East branch of Barker and Stonehouse

Tributes paid to Cynthia Lennon after wife of Beatles legend John dies aged 75

Beatles star's first wife died after short battle with cancer at home in Mallorca

Videos & Photos

Zoe Birkett is playing Rachel Marron in The Bodyguard when it comes to Newcastle Theatre Royal

Zoe Birkett emotional at her success playing Whitney Houston's role in The Bodyguard Musical

Aileen Brewis and her property, 4 The Granaries in Offerton Village near the Penshaw Monument

Property gallery: Penshaw barn conversion offers the best of both worlds

The Maker Faire UK 2015 takes place at the Life Science Centre on April 25 and 26

Maker Faire UK will celebrate inventions at the Centre for Life in Newcastle

 
 

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