All stories for 25 Jul 2013

The day's news in pictures: July 25, 2013

The day’s biggest stories from the UK and around the world in pictures

Souvenir hunters go "ballistic" for Prince George

Within minutes of the announcement of the name Prince George, production on special commemorative mugs began with sales soaring

World in Pictures, July 25, 2013: Curious Science, Swimming Ponies and Summer Holidays

Eye catching pictures from events at home and around the world

North East Regeneration

Read more from The Journal's commercial supplement focusing on North East Regeneration and the Built Environment

North East Family Law Report

For many people going through family breakdown, seeing a lawyer is their first port of call

Embroidery display has Woodhorn Museum in stitches

Embroiderers have brought a new and feminine touch to old buildings once part of the male-dominated world of coal mining

Chance to vote for top of the shops in awards

A North East shopping centre is staging an awards ceremony which recognises good retail practice and great service

Funding for elderly housing project in Alnwick

A scheme to provide extra care housing for the elderly in a Northumberland town has received government funding

Police warning after spate of Alnwick car crimes

A spate of thefts in Northumberland have prompted police to issue a warning to car owners

Eglingham wind turbine test mast refusal is overturned on appeal

Residents in North Northumberland are worried another wind farm could be on the way as an appeal for a test mast has been overturned

SAS sniper receives suspended sentence for pistol possession

Sergeant Danny Nightingale, 38, had a 9mm Glock and 338 rounds of ammunition in his bedroom

Preview: Shani Rhys James exhibition comes to Newcastle

Welsh artist Shani Rhys James brings her exhibition of unsettling images to the University of Northumbria Gallery

Bernard Trafford: Life is for living, so let’s raise a glass

Anniversaries ought to be celebrated, such as the 800th anniversary of Dunstanburgh Castle

Andrew Campbell: Splendid Sasso lives up to its ‘Super Tuscan’ billing

"With Sasso al Poggio Piccini have excelled themselves, producing a wine that is complex, intense, interesting  and seriously enjoyable"

Science Festival aims to inspire North's youngsters

Young people in the North East are to be given the chance to learn about science when the British Science Festival comes to Newcastle

Kevan Carrick: Partnership is welcome news

The announcement last week that the 12 local councils in the North East and Teesside have established a partnership with the culture sector comes as good news and is a significant step

Lee Westwood: Filly can stay the course at Close House

Professional golfer Lee Westwood takes over from Tim Taylor today to talk about his stay at Close House this week

UK economy grows by 0.6%

Prime Minister David Cameron said the latest figures were "encouraging" and proved the UK was on the "right track" towards recovery

Dedicated team completes Coast to Coast for Children’s Heart Unit Fund

Charity champion Ivan Hollingsworth has led a weary group on an epic Coast to Coast challenge to raise funds for the Children's Heart Unit Fund

Heat drives anglers away, but valiant few do well

The heatwave saw a dramatic drop in anglers at Witton Castle Lakes this week with a temperature of 28C making conditions difficult for fish and anglers

Signings stall but Newcastle United spirit soars

Assessing Newcastle United’s progress in Portugal, Neil Cameron finds cause for optimism although acquisitions are still required

Keeping line-up is tribute to stand-in Stoneman

Paul Collingwood is staying out of the Durham side as he is still not fully fit which means Mark Stoneman remains captain for the time being

Newcastle Diamonds shake up mix for Teesside

Newcastle Diamonds travel to South Tees Motor Park tonight, hoping to continue their good run of away Premier League performances

Blyth Spartans 0 Gateshead 2

Gateshead eased past Blyth Spartans with two second-half goals in last night’s friendly at Croft Park

The Easy Care Sheep Society holds annual meeting and field day

The Easy Care Sheep Society has held its 11th annual meeting and field day

Briton among injured in Spain train crash

Dozens have died and hundreds injured as a train derails outside Santiago de Compostela in north-west Spain

Northumberland farming couple launch Norse burger to celebrate event

A Northumberland farming couple have launched a burger "fit for a Viking" to mark the Norse Challenge 10k, which takes place this weekend

Space for start-ups at vibrant digital hub

New office space has been created for digital start-up companies at DigitalCity's flagship building, Middlesbrough's Boho One

Blyth woman loses 'mummy tummy' with exercise

Health Reporter Helen Rae speaks to a woman who has lost her "mummy tummy" by following a successful exercise regime

£200m fuel poverty green plan launched for North East

A multi-million pound energy efficiency makeover is planned for homes in the North East to tackle fuel poverty

Carole White: Grab this right Royal opportunity

The eyes of the world are on the UK at the moment following the news of the birth of our future king, the Prince of Cambridge

Compound Photonics acquires Newton Aycliffe factory

Durham County Council's business gateway, Business Durham, predicts the firm's investment could see the workforce double at the site

Tenants from hell targeted in North Tyneside raids

Problem households in North Tyneside have been told to mend their ways or be kicked out after early-morning knocks took place

Sembcorp apprenticeship scheme gets started at Middlesbrough College

Middlesbrough College has been chosen to deliver the pre-apprenticeship element of the Sembcorp Skills Development Programme

North East insolvencies fall again

The North East has seen a more dramatic drop in the number of businesses hit by insolvency than anywhere else in the UK

Reward offered on theft of rare eggs

The RSPB and Teesmouth Bird Club are offering a reward for information following the theft of little tern eggs from Crimdon Beach in County Durham

Home Group doubles house funds to £64.5m

A Newcastle provider of affordable housing that is one of the UK’s largest has more than doubled its funds to invest in new homes and current stock

JD Wetherspoon's good news

Increasing optimism about the economy helped pub chain JD Wetherspoon to better-than-expected revenues

Ponteland garden to open in publican’s memory

A family's garden in Ponteland is to be opened to the public to raise cash for a cancer charity which helped look after Peter Harding

Budget airline easyJet set for bumper profits

The Luton-based carrier defied concerns the recent heatwave will hit last-minute getaways by saying almost three-quarters of its summer seats are booked

TAG Energy Solutions hosts visit from the Chief Secretary

TAG Energy Solutions, of Teesside, gave the MP a tour of its 6,920 square metre automated tubular production facility

Drew Lasker returns as Newcastle Eagles learn lesson

Newcastle Eagles have made their second signing of the summer by bringing back Drew Lasker to Sport Central

Morning news headlines for July 25, 2013

A British person has been injured in a train crash in Spain and the UK economy shows signs of improvement

Sunderland 3 Tottenham Hotspur 1

After well over a year out of action due to injury, Wes Brown marked his return to Sunderland with a goal against Spurs

So far, so good for Paolo Di Canio’s plan of action

Sunderland’s defeat of Tottenham has added to the momentum building around Paolo Di Canio’s side. Chief sports writer Mark Douglas reports

Hiatco doubling size of its facilities in Annfield Plain

Work has begun on more than doubling the size of Hiatco's facilities in Annfield Plain, making room for a new canteen and changing area for its 20-strong workforce

EE on track to beat 4G targets

Mobile phone group EE says it is set to beat its target for one million 4G customers by the end of the year

Sunderland focusing attention on signing full-backs

Sunderland have been forced to go back to the drawing board on defensive recruits after deciding against a deal with Gino Peruzzi

£250m Blyth biomass power station gets green light

The Government has given the green light to a £250m biomass power station to be built at Battleship Wharf on the River Blyth in Northumberland

Newcastle Airport plans to create 2,000 jobs

Ambitious plans for an extensive development around Newcastle Airport are revealed today by airport bosses