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North East firms call for Government reforms to help create more apprenticeships

Dianne Sharp, the regional director for the CBI

The demands coincide with the Journal's 'Proud to Back Apprenticeships' campaign

Sacked North East workers being 'priced out of justice', claim unions

Beth Farhat, regional secretary at the Northern TUC
The TUC says unfair dismissal claims lodged by North East workers have plummeted 64% since tribunal fees were introduced last July

The father of Liam Sweeney who died in the MH17 crash will meet with David Cameron

Barry Sweeney
Mr Sweeney of Westerhope in Newcastle has been invited to meet with the Prime Minister in London

Coalfield areas still feeling effects of pit closures, report says

Dave Anderson MP
Effects of the closure of the North East's mines are still being felt 25 years on, a report has found

Rodriguez signing close, but Sunderland must step up without him

Uruguay's Cristian Rodriguez in action
Sunderland step up their pre-season programme in Albufeira this evening with the bulk of their summer rebuilding still to be done

Rob Elliot feels New Zealand shutouts will put him in contention

Rob Elliot attempts to make a save during a Newcastle United training session
Londoner delighted with pre-season form after good shows in Wellington and Dunedin
Police cell

Mixed reaction from inspectors into state of Northumbria's police cells

Northumbria Police praised for treatment of those in police custody but warned to improve recording systems

Coalfield areas still feeling effects of pit closures, report says

Dave Anderson MP
Effects of the closure of the North East's mines are still being felt 25 years on, a report has found

Sacked North East workers being 'priced out of justice', claim unions

Beth Farhat, regional secretary at the Northern TUC
The TUC says unfair dismissal claims lodged by North East workers have plummeted 64% since tribunal fees were introduced last July

Lords of Lightning announced as part of Great North Run celebrations

The Lords of Lightning, will perform at the Great North Run Million Opening Ceremony
Event will celebrate millionth runner to finish the half marathon and more acts are being announced all the time
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Next brand sales rise 10.7% after new store openings

Retail giant Next has predicted a lift in profits after a strong start to 2014

Shortlist unveiled for Entrepreneurs Forum Awards 2014

Rob Mathieson (centre), winner of the 2013 Entrepreneurs Forums Emerging Talent award, with Steve Cram (left) and Richard Waterhouse, chief executive of award sponsor NBS
Business leaders from across the North East are in the running for two coveted awards

Gallilford Try secures £11.5m for hundreds of affordable homes

Galliford Try Partnerships North has secured an £11.5m Affordable Homes Programme grant
AHP grant will benefit communities throughout the region

Farmers advised to act soon on RPA scheme changes

David Quayle, director of H&H Land and Property
Claimants must enrol anew online for the Basic Payment Scheme by the Rural Payment Agency
Uruguay's Cristian Rodriguez in action

Rodriguez signing close, but Sunderland must step up without him

Sunderland step up their pre-season programme in Albufeira this evening with the bulk of their summer rebuilding still to be done

Rob Elliot feels New Zealand shutouts will put him in contention

Rob Elliot attempts to make a save during a Newcastle United training session
Londoner delighted with pre-season form after good shows in Wellington and Dunedin

Newcastle could be tempted to move for Loic Remy after last season's hero fails medical

Newcastle United's Loic Remy
Will Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew take a risk with a proven goalscorer with clear health issues?
Ben Stokes

Ben Stokes back to boost Durham - just don't ask how

Durham will have the unexpected bonus of their best player available today - they just have to work out where best to slot him in

Durham lose their opening One-Day Cup clash against Somerset

Durham cricketer Paul Collingwood
Paul Collingwood took heart from Durham’s performance after they suffered a losing start to their Royal London One-Day Cup campaign at Taunton

Sunderland Stroller Alyson Dixon has chance of a lifetime at the Commonwealth Games

Sunderland Strollers' Alyson Dixon
The Commonwealth Games athletics programme starts on Sunday and there is serious North East interest, as Mark Douglas reports
Alphabetti Spaghetti owner Ali Pritchard

Alphabetti Spaghetti founder on his big plans for the stage

Ali Pritchard honed his drama skills at Northumbria University and is now putting them into practice

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

Festival returns to Darlington with lots of thrifty delights

John Orchard, left, with Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway, co-founders of the Festival of Thrift
If it isn't the thriftiest festival in the country, it certainly should be. David Whetstone looks ahead to the second Festival of Thrift
Kingdom Buffet restaurant at Haymarket Metro Station

Kingdom buffet restaurant closes at Haymarket Metro Station

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

Offshore 44 becomes Hop & Cleaver on the Quayside

The Hop and Cleaver, on Newcastle Quayside.
Ladhar Leisure spending £700,000 on revamp and creating 30 jobs

North East pair out to tempt us with Peruvian street cuisine

The latest on the list of international street delicacies come from Peru and marmalade doesn't get a look-in

Videos & Photos

Newcastle International Airport

Newcastle Airport urges more support for North East in £1m Heathrow competition

Floriot Randrianarmangason who is over from Madagascar to learn how to look after the Madagascan Pochard duck at Washington Wildfowl Centre

North East experts help world's rarest duck

Michaela Strachan, opens the new Farmyard attraction at Adventure Valley in County Durham.

Springwatch star Michaela Strachan enjoys some animal magic in Durham

 
 
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Mother cautioned after police rescue six-month-old baby from boiling hot car

Police remove the baby from the hot car after breaking the window to gain entry
Officers were forced to smash a window of the vehicle to rescue the infant

Commonwealth Games quiz: test your knowledge of dancing delicacies and top teams

Commonwealth Games 2014: Test your knowledge of the Glasgow games with our Friday quiz

Watch: Tulisa speaks of "outrage" at V Festival assault conviction and says she plans to appeal

Tulisa Contostavlos makes a statement to the waiting media as she leaves Stratford Magistrates Court in London where she was found guilty of hitting Savvas Morgan during an altercation at V-Festival in Essex
26-year-old singer was found guilty of hitting celebrity blogger Savvas Morgan in the face at the V Festival last year

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