Bedlington is a town in Northumberland famous for giving its name to a breed of dog - the Bedlington Terrier - also the name of its football team. The town played a major role in the Industrial Revolution as its iron works housed the only eighteenth century blast furnace in the area. It later created parts for George Stephenson's first locomotive.

New community fund set to launch to help health charities in the North East

Medics invited to give financial help to community led health groups across North East

Tesco store in Bedlington

Tesco store closures put 123 North East jobs at risk

Usdaw union to enter 'full and 'meaningful consultations', seeking redeployment opportunities for staff

Britain's Got Talent judging panel

Britain's Got Talent is visiting a Northumberland charity to find contestants for its new series

Producers of the hit TV show are looking for the next big star at Bedlington's Leading Link - home to the Northumberland's Got Talent contest

A development by Persimmon Homes

Revenues rise 23% at Persimmon Homes

John Eynon, deputy managing director of the firm's North East division said the strong performance in 2014 was a real team effort.

Kittens in cages that have been neutered

Animal rescuer tackles feral cat population in North East

Vicki Withers of Helping Pets North East charity takes reporter Adam Luke on rescue mission

UKIP candidate Jonathan Arnott

Jonathan Arnott: Too many MPs don't know what it's like to live on the minimum wage

Ukip North East MEP Jonathan Arnott says his party is making progress at the expense of Labour because they can better connect with real people

Exterior of County Hall in Morpeth Northumberland

Northumberland County Council unveils multi-million pound spending plans

Northumberland County Council has announced multi-million pound spending plans, including new leisure centres and schools

Malcolm Humble and Mike Jobson

Manufacturing entrepreneur turns his hand to providing business advice

Malcolm Humble, the founder of Cramlington-based Opsol UK hasbecome a coach on the Business Northumberland High Growth programme

A statue of Pavarotti sings outside Sage Gateshead before it opened in 2004

Free tickets to Sage Gateshead anniversary celebrations

A free concert is to take place 10 years to the day after Sage Gateshead opened for the first time

Hilton Dawson

Hilton Dawson: There is no logic in wearing a poppy and not voting

Northumbrian and former MP Hilton Dawson on the responsibility we all face in a democracy that many lost their lives to protect

Layla Welsh pictured with Autenticos paint range

Bedlington shop French Grey Tales expands to new premises in Morpeth

What started as a hobby has grown to become an inspiring business in Morpeth for Layla Welsh

Richard Warneford, Northumbrian Waters Wastewater Director with Den Lilley (right), the first Water Rangers volunteer

Northumbrian Water launch initiative to check waterways that could save you money

Northumbria Water has launched an innovative scheme to help them check the region's waterways for pollution

A red squirrel, with a nut in it's mouth at Kielder Forest

Survey gives hope as red squirrels hold their own

North East's red squirrels hang on to their territory in face of grey advance, a new study suggests

Dennis Fancett chairperson of SENRUG

Government under fire from transport campaigners over rail investment

The government has come under fire for failing to accept the case for investment in the region's rail network

Guide Post Middle School

No hot dinners for children at closing Guidepost school

Parents of children at soon-to-close Guidepost Middle School have voiced anger after learning their children will not be served hot meals

Record numbers turned out to The Big Event in Bedlington

Record numbers turn out for Bedlington's The Big Event

Some 2,500 enjoyed fun in the sun in South East Northumberland this weekend at Bedlington's Big Event

Duchess's Community High School

Berwick MP to meet education minister over relocation of Alnwick school

Sir Alan Beith is to meet education minister David Laws to push for additional funding for the relocation of Alnwick's Duchess's Community High School

Kitty the baby squirrel, which is being hand-reared at Kirkley Hall Zoo

Kitty the red squirrel being cared for at Kirkley Hall zoo

Kitty the squirrel is being hand-reared at Kirkley Hall zoological gardens, which is home to more than 130 species of animals

One of the wartime keepsakes of George Rowell

Wartime items sold at Newcastle auction

Keepsakes of North East men who served in both world wars have been sold at auction in Newcastle

Row over use of Bedlington working men's club as a polling station

Conservatives in Northumberland are demanding a review of the use of a site with apparent links to the Labour party as a polling station


David Whetstone
Culture Editor
Graeme Whitfield
Business Editor
Mark Douglas
Newcastle United Editor
Stuart Rayner
Sports Writer