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House builder Persimmon Homes North East sees sales jump 38% in 2014

Builders Persimmon say they are having to work around the clock to meet demand for new houses, as the North East property market recovery continues

Builder is "working around the clock" and recruiting more staff to keep up with demand, MD John Eynon claims

South Tyneside Council steps into save Hebburn pub

The Roadhouse pub in Hebburn, South Tyneside
South Tyneside Council has bought he Roadhouse in Victoria Road West to save it for the community

Blyth MP Ronnie Campbell defends Northumberland County Council roles

Blyth Valley MP Ronnie Campbell
Blyth MP Ronnie Campbell has hit out at critics of new roles at Northumberland County Council

Police identify man who died in River Wear as Durham pensioner

The River Wear at Fatfield, Washington, where a man has drowned
The man who died after being dragged from the River Wear was a 72-year-old from Durham

Alan Pardew admits most Newcastle fans want him sacked

He describes his relationship with the Newcastle United supporters as 'precarious'

Gus Poyet says Connor Wickham can be a top Cat

Sunderland's Connor Wickham
Gus Poyet believes Connor Wickham has all the talent to make it at the top, but needs time
The Roadhouse pub in Hebburn, South Tyneside

South Tyneside Council steps into save Hebburn pub

South Tyneside Council has bought he Roadhouse in Victoria Road West to save it for the community

Newest arrivals welcomed to WWT Washington Wetland Centre

Hand-reared flamingos are released in >> to the main enclosure at Washington Wetlands Centre, with help from Owen Joiner and volunteers
24 Chilean flamingo chicks moved in with their new family after being hand reared by humans

Police identify man who died in River Wear as Durham pensioner

The River Wear at Fatfield, Washington, where a man has drowned
The man who died after being dragged from the River Wear was a 72-year-old from Durham

Blyth MP Ronnie Campbell defends Northumberland County Council roles

Blyth Valley MP Ronnie Campbell
Blyth MP Ronnie Campbell has hit out at critics of new roles at Northumberland County Council
JT Dove managing director Steve Robinson, left, at the Hetton branch with branch manager Paul Frost

Builders' merchants JT Dove see sales rise 18%

Directors at builders’ merchants JT Dove have announced a profit share payout to loyal staff after posting an 18% increase in sales

Oil NRG invests in new tankers for North East market

Jeremy Royle of Oil NRG Ltd, which has invested in two new tankers to meet growing demand in the North East
Stokesley's company has invested in two new road tankers and employed two additional drivers

Atom chairman to speak at conference

Anthony Thomson
Anthony Thomson among line-up for Together We Can Take on the World event

Dig into the facts before entering into opencast agreement

David Quayle of H&H Land and Property
Opencasting offers North East farmers and landowners the chance to make money, but they must ensure they protect their position

Alan Pardew admits most Newcastle fans want him sacked

He describes his relationship with the Newcastle United supporters as 'precarious'

Gus hoping for another great time with the Special One

Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet
Gus Poyet says Sunderland can go to Chelsea today with hope

Alan Pardew reveals even a small boy he met wanted him to lose his job

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew
The Newcastle United boss knows he is under pressure from all sections of the support
Matthew Spriegel of Northamptonshire scores four runs during the third day of the LV County Championship Division One match between Northamptonshire and Durham at the County Ground null

Northamptonshire CCC v Durham CCC REPLAY: Day Four wickets, action and analysis from Wantage Road

Relive all the build-up, action and reaction to Durham's LV County Championship clash with Northants at Wantage Road

Newcastle Falcons' pride on the line, says Richard Mayhew

Richard Mayhew has recovered from a frustrating injury
Newcastle flanker determined to atone for London Irish calamity as Saracens lie in wait tomorrow.

Changes aplenty as Newcastle Falcons host leaders Saracens

Newcastle Falcons centre Adam Powell
Both sides freshen things up ahead of Kingston Park clash, Newcastle making seven changes and Saracens 13.
Director Rachel Chavkin with the cast of Catch-22 in rehearsals

American directs American classic Catch-22 in Newcastle

New York theatre director Rachel Chavkin has been preparing an American classic for North East eyes

WATCH: Kathryn Williams incredible Dancing in the Dark cover at Journal Culture Awards

Kathryn Williams left everyone spellbound with her amazing cover of Bruce Springsteen’s classic

Culture Awards 2013: Find out who the richly deserving winners are

Kate Fox at The Journal Culture Awards 2013 updated
The Journal Culture Awards took place in style at the Sage Gateshead on last night, recognising the region's artistic community
Raspberry Creme Brulee from Purnell's Bistro, Birmingham

Learn how to make a classic creme brule

Special recipe from Michelin-starred chef Glyn Purnell

Former NHS chief becomes gin maker at Durham Distillery

John Chadwick, left, and David Wilkinson, at Durham Gin, in Langley Park
Jon Chadwick has gone from spreading the NHS's alcohol awereness message to launching his own gin distillery

Secret Diner Review: The Herb Garden, Westgate Road, Newcastle

The herb garden on Westgate Road in Newcastle
The Secret Diner found style over substance at The Herb Garden, a place with dramatic decor, but underwhelming pizzas

Videos & Photos

Region's arts celebrated at BBC's Great North Passion event in South Shields

WATCH: Kathryn Williams incredible Dancing in the Dark cover at Journal Culture Awards

Kate Fox at The Journal Culture Awards 2013 updated

Culture Awards 2013: Find out who the richly deserving winners are

 
 
Oscar Pistorius arrives at the high court in Pretoria

Pistorius trial to take a further break until early May

Judge Thokozile Masipa approves request from chief prosecutor, which was supported by the defence

Oscar Pistorius takes stand to give evidence in murder trial

Oscar Pistorius weeps as he listens to evidence by a pathologist in court in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday, April 7, 2014.
Olympic athlete apologises to family of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

Web tv: Book break 3 - three new debut talented authors share their experiences

Clare Donoghue, Liz de Jager and Matt Cain
Log on during your lunch hour for the third of ten monthly shows where author Alexandra Heminsley is joined by Clare Donoghue, Liz de Jager and Matt Cain who will be sharing their debut novel experiences

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