Wheelie bin fire spreads

A fire in a wheelie bin spread to the guttering of a house early hours yesterday.

Toon and country

Darts and dominoes, pies and peas: we know how to do things in style up here in Paradiso on Tweed.

InBiz wins IIP status again

STOCKTON-BASED InBiz is celebrating achieving Investor in People status once again.

Backs inspire Thunder victory

Backs Kevin Till and Mark Christensen, both scored two tries as Gateshead Thunder won their bottom four Co-op National League Two clash against Keighley Cougars by 20 points at the Thunderdome yesterday.

New life as holiday park

The main components of Haggerston Castle which survive are the water tower and the rotunda, which is now a lounge for holiday home owners.

Firm rewards its 'fantastic first 11' for dedication

Watson Burton has announced its largest set of promotions with 11 of its solicitors taking on new roles at the Newcastle firm.

Co-op report warns on heavy investment in biofuels

Companies in the UK have been warned that heavy investment in biofuels could be jeopardising future performance and profits.

Lifeline for pit town?

Traders in a former Northumberland pit town will get a major business boost from a proposed £60m investment aimed at transforming its shopping centre, it was claimed yesterday.

Roger's keeping hold of the reins

He's been hands-on with horses since he was knee-high, but at 73 there's no sign of Roger Buglass giving up the reins.

At 85, Ann still puts out The Journal

The Journal has been rolling off the presses for 175 years, and for 40 of them dedicated Ann Donohoe has been at the sharp end of the daily operation to get the paper out to our loyal readers.

The official unfurling

A new pit banner for Greenside, near Gateshead, has been unveiled.

Cut in fire attacks

An appeal aimed at curbing arson attacks has been heralded a success.

Prominent city centre office block close to being fully let

A prominent office building in the centre of Newcastle is close to being fully let for the first time this decade, after the completion of a string of significant lettings this year.

Thunder crash to defeat again

Gateshead Thunder's troubles continued when they slumped to a third consecutive heavy Co-op National League Two defeat yesterday.

Sainsbury opens a store for students

Sainsbury's is to open its 21st store in the North-East and its first in Newcastle city centre before the end of the summer.

How green is your trolley?

Our supermarket shopping choices affect more than just the content of our dinner plates.

Dairy set to close at Whitby

A dairy in Whitby is to close with the loss of 95 jobs, it emerged today.

Chance to put your stamp on business

A long established post office is available for sale.

Shopping centre changes hands

Property investor Helmsley Group has bought Felling Neighbourhood Shopping Centre in Gateshead.

Trade gap widens

The UK's trade deficit returned to a downward trend yesterday as it emerged the UK imported £4.3bn more than it exported during February.

Workington Town 68, Gateshead Thunder 0

Gateshead Thunder coach Dave Woods angrily confronted his players at half time as they left the field at Derwent Park yesterday.

More details emerge on Co-op raid knifeman

Police yesterday released further details of a raid on a village store in a bid to track down the knife-wielding robber.

Good Knights work

Thunder will travel across country to Workington Town tomorrow buoyed by their opening-day win over York City Knights.

Town set for boost from new M&S store

Marks & Spencer is in pole position to buy the Co-op supermarket site in Hexham.

Chlamydia questions

  • NHS

There is no evidence the NHS's national chlamydia screening programme is beneficial, researchers say today.

Knifeman in robbery bid at store

A hooded knifeman was being hunted by police last night after an attempted armed robbery at a village store in Northumberland.

Easter eggs worth poaching

Eggs aren't just for Easter. For Christine Jackson and her sister Catherine, they're on the menu 365 days a year, as Jane Hall reveals.

Italy – passion grows

"i never realised what an incredible number of Italian wines there are!"

Wine extras

Anakena's Chardonnay/Viognier 2006, like my wine of the week, is another great buy (£4.99 at the Co-op).

Wine of the week

Anakena Shiraz 2005, Co-op, £4.99.

Unite to develop prime city site

Student housing developer and investor Unite has won the race for a prime Newcastle city centre site which could accommodate a large development with room for up to 350 student beds.

Retail's star is still bright

Retail property's star has waned in the past 18 months, but as GVA Lamb & Edge's Ian Pearson explains, the first three months of 2007 auger well for some parts of the retail market.

No small change

Behind the scenes the retail sector in central Newcastle is facing change, not just to its fabric through development but through the changing fortunes of retailing.

Car hits woman, 90

A woman aged 90 was hit by a car and her leg injured in a supermarket car park.

The grass is greener at new site

One of the region's leading dealers in high quality grass machinery is moving to bespoke new premises in Cramlington, Northumberland after 36 years in Choppington.

Crews launch blitz on fires hotspot village

Firefighters are carrying out a blitz this month on a village dubbed an arson hotspot.

Help make a difference

I had no idea there are so many Fairtrade wines available locally.

6 of the best

There are so many good Fairtrade wines to choose from. Here's six of the best buys:

On-farm event on animal feeds

Local beef and sheep farmers can find out more about sheep and cattle nutrition at an on-farm meeting at Boulmer Hall, Boulmer, Alnwick, on Friday.

African connection

Slaley wines are remarkably good. You'll not be too surprised, however, to learn that the grapes were grown not on the damp green hills of Northumberland, but in the sun-gorged vineyards of another Slaley, at Stellenbosch in South Africa.

Journalists

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