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Beth Farhat: Conservative strike legislation is a blow for democracy

Regional secretary of the TUC says Tory plans to legislate on strike ballots is taking away a democratic right

Barnardo's children's charity is launching a fund-raising campaign to help it tackle the surge in sex exploitation cases. Pictures posed by model

Barnardo's emergency appeal as North East sex exploitation cases rocket

Children's charity Barnardo's struggles to tackle surge in referrals in wake of high-profile child abuse scandals in North East

Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith

More than 40 years in the front line: Sir Alan Beith's life in politics

Liberal Democrat MP Sir Alan Beith has represented Berwick-upon-Tweed since 1973 but is set to stand down in May.

Bring Back Borstal

Denise Robertson: Never mind a TV series about Borstal - let's see its ideas implemented for real

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Journal columnist and TV agony aunt Denise Robertson on the Northumberland-set TV series about Borstal and the lessons it has for us

MP Chi Onwurah

Homelessness, isolation, drug use: Government must form one plan to help North East people

Three council areas in the North East sit in top 25 for people facing severe and multiple disadvantages like mental health problems and poverty

Photo taken on 18/06/1984 of ranks of police face the picketing line outside Orgreave coking plant near Rotherham

Will the miners who faced life imprisonment on false evidence after the Battle of Orgreave ever get justice?

Police watchdog slammed for delay in probe into officers who fabricated evidence against striking miners

Yemeni policemen investigators stand next to wreckage at the scene of a car bombing outside a police academy in Sanaa, Yemen

Kate Thick: All religions attract the saintly and the fanatic

The Journal's new Monday columnist, Kate Thick, on the deaths in Paris - and the other lives claimed by terrorism around the world

A person using a laptop keyboard

Reporter Adam Luke finds out more about the dangers and possibilities of the 'dark web'

'Don't go looking for the dark web' warning by National Crime Agency as we investigate the existence of the hidden internet

Economist Vicky Pryce who spent nine weeks in jail for accepting her former husband Chris Huhne's speeding points

Prison is no longer working for female offenders, says economist Vicky Pryce

The economist, who was jailed for nine weeks in 2012, tells us why she feels the justice system needs to change to help women

Vicky Pryce

The Journal Opinion: Prison reform issue has found a new voice

The Journal's opinion column for Friday, December 19, in which we focus on the subject of prison reform

Frankland Prison in Durham

Students to learn alongside some of Britain's most dangerous criminals at Durham prisons

Durham will be the first university in Europe to deliver ground-breaking criminology classes to both students and prisoners

A general picture to illustrate child poverty

Hilton Dawson: We can't just lock up paedophiles and throw away the key

Journal columnist and former MP says if we are not sufficiently aware of sexual abuse then that’s when clever, wicked people can do great damage

Vera Baird, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Northumbria

Vera Baird: The Human Rights Act is badly needed - and we have ample proof

Northumbria Police & Crime Commissioner Vera Baird says human rights laws do not favour bad people over good - they help ordinary people

Nick Brown MP, a former Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food

Labour MP Nick Brown urges party not to axe police and crime commissioners

Former Cabinet Minister Nick Brown urged his party to rethink plans to axe police commissioners, saying they were successful in the North East

Andy Swinburne in silhouette to conceal his identity due to his work undercover looking for illegal fox hunters

Former Northumbria Police officer claims illegal fox hunts are widespread in the region

Undercover wildlife crime investigator at centre of Northumberland fox hunting case appeals for public's health in securing more court successes

A photo to illustrate mental health problems

Stephen Lambert: Mental ill health is a problem that we cannot afford to ignore

Newcastle city councillor Stephen Lambert says awareness of mental health issues is rising - but there is still a long way to go

Retired British murder squad detective Trevor Marriott

Serial killers to top the bill at Playhouse Whitley Bay

Former murder squad detective Trevor Marriott is to talk about 20 notorious serial killers in an event in Whitley Bay

Former Chief Constable of Cleveland Police at Newcastle Crown Court

Sacked Cleveland Police chief in legal fight over 'golden handcuffs' deal

Sean Price, former Chief Constable of Cleveland Police, is being sued by the force's Police and Crime Commissioner over £500,000 payments he received

Dr Maggie Atkinson The children's commissioner and Ruth Thompson High Sheriff of Tyne and Wear

Listening, and acting on what we hear, can tackle sex abuse says Dr Maggie Atkinson

The Children’s Commissioner, Dr Maggie Atkinson, says the region has a clear message on stamping out abuse

Children’s Commissioner, Dr Maggie Atkinson, and Ruth Thompson, High Sheriff of Tyne and Wear, at the conference

Scale of sex crimes against young women in North East 'bigger than anybody had ever thought'

Sex crimes investigated by Northumbria Police's Operation Sanctuary have been 'shocking', Children's Commissioner Dr Maggie Atkinson has said


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