David Cameron with Sir Alan Beith (second left) Julie Porksen (second right) and Anne-Marie Trevelyan (right)

The Battle for Berwick: Tories and Lib Dems neck-and-neck in race for election

Regional Affairs Reporter Rachel Wearmouth takes a look at how things are shaping up in the North East's key marginal seat

Watch: Parents at Durham Free School on why they're fighting to keep their school open

Pupils, parents and staff at Durham Free School signed a giant 'Save our School' banner which was then hoisted up a crane in the school car park

Northumberland County Council members accused of 'undesirable' behaviour by peers

Conservatives protest at County Hall, Morpeth
Northumberland County Council members have been accused of 'undesirable' behaviour in a report compiled by representatives from other authorities

DeepOcean to shed North East jobs as oil industry crisis spreads

Equipment at DeepOcean
The subsea engineering specialists confirmed expected redundancies amidst falling oil prices and lack of renewables work

North East school leaders spark debate over making school day longer

Dr Bernard Trafford, headmaster of the Royal Grammar School, and Kieran McGrane, headteacher at Ponteland High School
A new online forum has shown headteachers have come out largely in favour of a longer school day, but some have their reservations

Plough Inn makeover to form part of major Punch Taverns investment

The Plough in Alnwick, Northumberland, which is reopening as a boutique inn
Punch Taverns are spending £45m on updating their portfolio of pubs - including the Plough Inn in Alnwick

Northumberland County Council's £2m for Sill Centre could be better spent, locals say

View from the north east showing first floor café with panoramic views
Northumberland County Council's £2m for the Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre could be better spent, people in the area say

Sports Direct increases Debenhams share option

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley
Mike Ashley's company now has the right to buy 16.6% of department store, but will remain a 'supportive stakeholder'

Holy Island shoe discovery's possible link to witches and demons

Holy Island Roger Andrews with the ladies boot he found at the bottom of his fireplace during renovations
An old shoe found on Holy Island could have been used to keep witches and demons at bay

Lottery cash plan to aid North East historic churches and take on new roles

St Thomas' Church, Haymarket, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Scheme aims to create new community uses for 18 churches in region

Otterburn Hall auction LIVE: Otterburn Hall Hotel goes under the hammer in Newcastle

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Bidders are expected to pay up to £300,000 at an auction for the former four-star hotel in Northumberland, which closed suddenly three years ago

Thieves steal Allen Banks camera set-up to capture antics of otters in Northumberland

An otter family captured on video by rangers at the National Trusts Allen Banks in the Tyne Valley
The National Trust camera, which just days ago captured the first video footage of a family of otters, was stolen from the banks of the River Allen

Glass House champagne bar: A first look at work on the Newcastle venue

A CGI of how the Glass House champagne bar in Newcastle will look when complete
Panoramic photos show how the luxury champagne bar on Dean Street is gradually taking shape

Malhotra Group buys Whitley Bay's Rex Hotel out of administration

The Rex Hotel in Whitley Bay
The landmark Rex Hotel on Whitley Bay's seafront had fallen into administration due to "spiralling" debts

Abolish fees to get more North East young people into universities, say education leaders

MP Pat Glass
Labour MP for North West Durham Pat Glass said fees of up to £9,000 a year are putting off many North youngsters from going to university

ScS private equity owners line up £35million stock market listing

ScS
The Sunderland-based furniture retailer ScS is set to float on the London Stock Exchange at the end of January

Lord Beecham: Thatcher's government cared more about local democracy than the Coalition

Lord Beecham
Lord Beecham says pressure on essential services is "palpable" and he has never seen councils in a more 'desperate plight'
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Otterburn Hall auction LIVE: Otterburn Hall Hotel goes under the hammer in Newcastle

Bidders are expected to pay up to £300,000 at an auction for the former four-star hotel in Northumberland, which closed suddenly three years ago

The Battle for Berwick: Tories and Lib Dems neck-and-neck in race for election

David Cameron with Sir Alan Beith (second left) Julie Porksen (second right) and Anne-Marie Trevelyan (right)
Regional Affairs Reporter Rachel Wearmouth takes a look at how things are shaping up in the North East's key marginal seat

Northumberland County Council members accused of 'undesirable' behaviour by peers

Conservatives protest at County Hall, Morpeth
Northumberland County Council members have been accused of 'undesirable' behaviour in a report compiled by representatives from other authorities

Holy Island shoe discovery's possible link to witches and demons

Holy Island Roger Andrews with the ladies boot he found at the bottom of his fireplace during renovations
An old shoe found on Holy Island could have been used to keep witches and demons at bay
Kieron Brady pictured playing for Sunderland AFC in the 1990s

Former Sunderland AFC footballer tackles prejudice and discrimination across workplaces

Kieron Brady's consultancy business has recently launched an e-learning product aimed at employers

UK first as Career College launches in South Tyneside

South Tyneside College in South Shields
An innovative partnership in South Tyneside is set to lead the way on a new approach to skills training and further education

NBA welcomes Red Tractor meeting on proposed assurance changes

Chris Mallon, chief executive of the NBA
Northumberland-based members' organisation seeks clarity over impact of new rules

DeepOcean to shed North East jobs as oil industry crisis spreads

Equipment at DeepOcean
The subsea engineering specialists confirmed expected redundancies amidst falling oil prices and lack of renewables work
Rafeeq Atanda: Fears for five-year-old Gateshead boy deported thousands of miles from his home

Rafeeq Atanda: Fears for five-year-old Gateshead boy deported thousands of miles from his home

Campaign to help Gateshead's little Rafeeq Atanda has collected almost 10,000 signatures

Otterburn Hall auction LIVE: Otterburn Hall Hotel goes under the hammer in Newcastle

Otterburn Hall auction LIVE: Otterburn Hall Hotel goes under the hammer in Newcastle
Bidders are expected to pay up to £300,000 at an auction for the former four-star hotel in Northumberland, which closed suddenly three years ago

Washington cage fighter kills man with his 'party piece' choke hold

Washington cage fighter kills man with his 'party piece' choke hold
Former cage fighter Thomas Gary Mawson has been jailed for the manslaughter of Bryan Knox during a fight in Washington
Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor backs the appointment of John Carver

Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor backs the appointment of John Carver

Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor feels that Carver can win over supporters after negative reception to news of appointment

Newcastle United right to appoint Carver until the end of the season

Newcastle United right to appoint Carver until the end of the season
John Carver the right choice to lead Newcastle United until at least the summer, insists former captain Bob Moncur

John Carver backed by bookies to achieve Newcastle United's top ten target

John Carver backed by bookies to achieve Newcastle United's top ten target
Newcastle United are now 28/1 to be relegated but a very lengthy 50/1 to hit the top six after John Carver was appointed
John McCusker, Michael McGoldrick and John Doyle

Folk trio Mike McGoldrick, John McCusker and John Doyle are bound for the North East

Mike McGoldrick, John McCusker and John Doyle are joining forces for a rare tour coming to County Durham

North East new music: Five gigs to keep you entertained in February

Coquin Migale
If you love live music here's a round-up of North East gigs taking place in February

Half term at Beamish Museum will be filled with fascinating North East tales from the First World War

Beamish Open Air Museum
From a Victoria Cross hero to a footballer-turned-soldier, visitors to Beamish will discover amazing stories from the region's WW1 history
Adam and Lucy Riley with their Fish Shack

Seafood couple seek backers for new Tyneside venture

The Tynemouth couple behind Riley's Fish Shack are seeking crowdfunding support for more substantial premises

The Raby Hunt recipe for Yorkshire rhubarb and vanilla panna cotta

Yorkshire rhubarb and vanilla panna cotta
Michelin-starred chef James Close of the Raby Hunt Restaurant on the merits of Yorkshire rhubarb

Gateshead's Six restaurant celebrates being ... six!

One of the chef team at Six, Baltic's top floor restaurant
Baltic's acclaimed top floor restaurant has announced a series of special dining experiences to mark its sixth birthday

Costa Concordia captain sentence plea

Francesco Schettino being tried for manslaughter, causing the shipwreck and abandoning ship

Greek singing star Demis Roussos dies aged 68

Demis Roussos
70s star's flamboyant style inspired satirists

Videos & Photos

Police Marine Unit recover a body from the river Wear in Durham

Journal opinion: A night out cannot end like this

A CGI of how the Glass House champagne bar in Newcastle will look when complete

Glass House champagne bar: A first look at work on the Newcastle venue

From left, Lee Hardy, Toby Marshall-Robertson and Centre Manager Richard Toynbe at the launch of the Durham Street Food Project

The Durham Street Food Project makes a welcome return

 
 

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