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Patients in Northumberland facing 'tartan curtain' over healthcare

Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith

A "tartan curtain" is blocking access to healthcare services in Scotland, Sir Alan Beith has claimed

Judge slams Northumberland County Council over wind farm 'technicality'

Northumberland wind farm protestor Andrew Joicey
A high court judge has criticised a council for trying to derail a legal challenge because it received a photocopy of a document

Council workers punched, kicked, bitten and sworn at by angry members of the public

Newcastle Civic Centre in Newcastle Upon Tyne
Report reveals more than 1,500 North East council workers have been attacked while doing their job in the past two years

Appeal to put plaques on the homes of North Tyneside's First World War fallen

Blue plaques at the former home in Kitchener Terrace in North Shields for Edgar Schuberth, who was killed , aged 24, in 1914 and his brother Harold, who lost his life at the age of 19 in 1918
Plaques to be fixed to hundreds of homes where First World War soldiers lived in North Tyneside

Threat of closure for GP service at Blaydon Health Centre

Blaydon health centre
Review being carried out of GP service at Blaydon Health Centre as it faces closure threats

Newcastle joins 'City for Business' partnership to help create jobs and new businesses

Newcastle has joined a new initiative which aims to stimulate investment and work closer with the Government
Newcastle University have aquired tapestries belonging to renowned writer and traveller Gertrude Bell to add to it’s archive

Boost for Newcastle University's Gertrude Bell archive

A collection devoted to one of the North East’s most celebrated women has been boosted by a new aquisition

Threat of closure for GP service at Blaydon Health Centre

Blaydon health centre
Review being carried out of GP service at Blaydon Health Centre as it faces closure threats

North East youngsters take on a Maori haka dance

Newcastle museum celebrates its Maori collection with dance session as part of a busy summer of events

Newcastle joins 'City for Business' partnership to help create jobs and new businesses

Newcastle has joined a new initiative which aims to stimulate investment and work closer with the Government
Tom Lee, left, and Kevin Lee of Kevin Lee Accountants

Appointments: Kevin Lee Accountants take on Tom Lee to help with increasing workload

Consett-based Kevin Lee Accountants is looking to grow its client base significantly so have taken on a new member of staff

Longbenton-based rubber specialists Aquaseal secure wind farm deal

From left, Jason Armstrong and Eddie Armstrong, with Robert Bowles of Barrier Group, from Aquaseal, which has delivered the Humber Gateway project
Rubber specialists Aquaseal, based in Longbenton, North Tyneside, are now involved in the North's major wind farm project

Xsite aid funding for Newcastle's AmberSide Collection

A cutaway of the re-imagined Side Gallery spaces by xsite architecture
Designers at Xsite Architecture are driving forward plans to create The AmberSide Collection

North East to Rotterdam: the enormous IHC pipe-lay tower leaves

The 45m high pipe-lay tower which has left the Port of Tyne destined for Rotterdam
45m structure will be used on a pipe lay vessel designed and constructed by IHC group
Loic Remy of Newcastle United

Alan Pardew claims any deal for Loic Remy could be 'straightforward'

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew drops biggest hint yet that he will go back in for last season's top scorer

Poyet warns Connor Wickham he must sign a new SAFC contract or move on

Connor Wickham of Sunderland
Connor Wickham is in the final year of his deal at Sunderland, and Gus Poyet says the Black Cats cannot afford to let him run down his contract

Sheffield Wednesday 0 Newcastle United 1: Neil Cameron's match analysis

Ayoze Perez of Newcastle celebrates his goal with team mate Haris Vuckic
Ayoze Perez scores against Sheffield Wednesday as Newcastle United's second team hint at a stronger squad for this season
Sean Brown of Newcastle Falcons

Sean Brown says Newcastle Falcons can storm Premiership Rugby 7s

Workmanlike Newcastle Falcons can graft their way to Premiership Rugby 7s glory, says Sean Brown.

Gonzalo Tiesi backs Juan Pablo Socino to star at Newcastle Falcons

Juan Pablo Socino
Fellow Argentinian Gonzalo Tiesi believes Championship golden boot Juan Pablo Socino can make the step up with Newcastle Falcons

Keaton Jennings handed key role for Durham's match against Warwickshire

Keaton Jennings
Youngster Keaton Jennings has been handed a key role in Durham's Royal London Cup plans
Neil Morrissey

Neil Morrissey and Charlie Brooks join cast of Newcastle-made show

The stars are joining the cast of the CBBC show The Dumping Ground, which is filmed in Newcastle

Lights to go out in commemoration of the outbreak of war

Inside a WW1 trench with British and captured German soldiers, who have been disarmed although the picture from Annan's Frederick Gibbs shows they have still retained their ration tins and even a pipe.
Businesses, institutions and individuals are being asked to switch lights off as people reflect on a fateful moment in history

World premiere commemorates war dead of Upper Coquetdale

John Casken at the desk where he does much of his composing
Composer John Casken and his choir are to honour the First World War fallen of north Northumberland
Ox cheek with local beer, pickled radish, peas and mushrooms

James Close: Cook up a celebration with some of our finest local beers

The chef of the Michelin-starred Raby Hunt Restaurant explains how to cook ox cheek with local beer

Sachins launches new ready meal range in partnership with Fenwick

Sachins restaurant in Newcastle
Popular Newcastle restaurant expands its offering after the success of its event catering business

Kingdom buffet restaurant closes at Haymarket Metro Station

Kingdom Buffet restaurant at Haymarket Metro Station
The Kingdom buffet restaurant had operated on the first floor of the £20m Haymarket Metro Station building since 2012

Videos & Photos

Twilight at a rig in the Cooper Basin, Australia. Sent in by Robert Elliott

Oil rig selfies: Behind the scenes of oil rig worker life

North East youngsters take on a Maori haka dance

Engineers add the Great North Run sign to the Tyne Bridge overnight

Great North Run 'selfies' sought after sign placed on Tyne Bridge

View from the police control box towards the Leppings Lane terrace at Hillsborough (picture from Hillsborough Inquests)

Former police officer accused at inquests of witnessing 'the whole Hillsborough lie'

Retired PC Michael Ryan urged to tell the truth

Live: Eastbourne Pier fire - updates as blaze rips through landmark building

Eastbourne Pier fire
Pictures show onlookers watching thick black smoke rising up from the pier and its building

Morning news headlines: Russia sanctions in place, five-a-day facts, tax row, Ebola fears

Russian President Vladimir Putin, second right, looks on as Crimean leaders, Speaker of Crimean legislature Vladimir Konstantinov, second left, Crimean Premier Sergei Aksyonov, left, and Sevastopol mayor Alexei Chalyi, right, sign a treaty for Crimea to join Russia in the Kremlin in Moscow. President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday signed a treaty to incorporate Crimea into Russia, describing the move as the restoration of historic injustice and a necessary response to what he called the Western encroachment on Russia?s vital interests.
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Guests using loo at posh hotel can be seen from street after epic window design blunder

Not-so-private facilities: A young woman is snapped using the toilet at the hotel
Architects missed the fact that passers-by can see patrons using the toilets at the newly opened 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin


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