Culture Awards Writer of the Year nominations

Culture Awards Writer of the Year finalists: Alison Carr, David Almond and Peter Mortimer

The writing talents of the finalists were on show respectively in The Soaking of Vera Shrimp, The GNR Million Opening Ceremony and Death at Dawn

A Royal Air Force Chinook and an Apache helicopter fly over central London

Security and surveillance firm Petards wins £0.6m contract with defence systems company

Gateshead business Petards will design, manufacture and supply equipment for Ministry of Defence programme

Petards eyeTrain systems are used on Electrostar trains, like this one in use at the Stansted Express

Petards pleased to end year with strong contract wins

The Team Valley technology business said its pre-tax profits for the full year will be in line with expectations, on lower than anticipated revenues.

Amyas Morse

Government prompt payment practice called into question

National Audit Office says SMEs may not be receiving significant benefits from a commitment to pay suppliers within five days

A&P Group's site on the Tyne

Ship business A&P Group announce 'pleasing' results

Profit and turnover rose last year for Ship repair and marine engineering business, A&P Group Limited, despite challenging economic climate

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

Dave Anderson MP

IS is "fascist" terror organisation which must be defeated, says Tyneside MP

Commons votes to back air strikes against terror group in Iraq following six-hour debate

A video posted on YouTube reputedly showing the beheading of kidnapped American journalist James Foley.
Islamic State militia (IS) today claimed they had killed Foley, after he was held captive for more than 600 days in Syria.

Do Journal readers support action in Iraq? Our poll asks for your opinions

After the murder of journalist James Foley, we ask what you think the UK's stance should be on Iraq and extremism in the UK

Former council leader Lord Beecham at Newcastle Civic Centre

North peer hits out over delays to injured veterans' compensation claims

Labour's Jeremy Beecham has called the situation "shameful" and criticisms come as Rory Stewart MP stands down from Veterans Review

Corporal Richard Jobson

Alnwick soldier tells how colleague saved his life in Afghanistan

Corporal Richard Jobson was injured in Afghanistan in 2013 when a rebel opened fire in his Army base

The UK's largest ever warship, HMS Queen Elizabeth

The UK's largest ever warship HMS Queen Elizabeth tests the waters

North East workers were among a huge team to work on HMS Queen Elizabeth...and it officially floats

Petards

Petards secures £4.5m MOD contract

The Gateshead-based Petards Joyce-Loebl has been appointed to modify countermeasures equipment on aircraft

Private Dean Hutchinson, 23, of the Royal Logistic Corps

MoD criticised over death of County Durham soldier Dean Hutchinson

A coroner has criticised the Ministry of Defence for a series of failures over the deaths of two soldiers in Afghanistan

Private Robert Wood (left) and Private Dean Hutchinson who died in a fire that engulfed their tent as they slept at Camp Bastion

MoD criticised over Durham soldier's death

A coroner has criticised the Ministry of Defence for a series of failures over the deaths of two soldiers in Afghanistan.

Private Dean Hutchinson, 23, of the Royal Logistic Corps (RLC), who was killed along with Private Robert Wood in a fire at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, on February 14

Coroner to rule on death of County Durham soldier

A coroner has retired to consider his conclusions for the deaths of two British soldiers who died in a fire as they served in Afghanistan.

The graves at the cemetery at Lidzbark Warminski, in Northern Poland

Polish war grave turned into fitting last resting place for five North East soldiers

A moving re-dedication ceremony did North East WWI soldiers proud at a cemetery in Lidzbark Warminski

Private Robert Wood (left) and Private Dean Hutchinson who died in a fire that engulfed their tent as they slept at Camp Bastion

Inquest into North East soldier who died in Afghanistan fire

Two British soldiers died in a fire that engulfed their tent as they slept at Camp Bastion, an inquest has heard

Billy Meijer, managing director of Darchem Engineering

Darchem profits take off amid aerospace contract success

The burgeoning aerospace market has bolstered profits by 11% at Teesside's Darchem Engineering

Soldier Geoff Gray who died at Deepcut Barracks

Deepcut Barracks death: Family of Geoff Gray hopeful of the truth at last

The family of a North East soldier shot dead at the notorious Deepcut barracks say they know his killer

Johnson Beharry, who was awarded the Victoria Cross, back the project which was due to be built at Ebchester

Charity plans for injured soldiers' village in Northumberland fail to materialise

A veteran's charity set up to build a £27 million retreat in Northumberland for severely injured soldiers has ended in fiasco

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