Joanne Butcher

Joanne Butcher

Joanne Butcher is a reporter who writes about a range of issues and campaigns. She has been with us since 2009.

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Ofgem has warned gas and electricity suppliers

Gas could help UK to a low carbon economy, say Durham University experts

Report co-authored by Durham University academics says gas could be a 'bridging fuel' - but will soon become a part of the problem, not the solution

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

CIC student Cameron Gough

Hundreds expected to turn out to see DLI memorial unveiled in Durham

Dedication ceremony for the statue in Durham’s Market Place will take place on Sunday during a weeked of WWI commemorations

A person drinking a bottle of beer

Would you give your under-18 alcohol?

Poll showed almost a quarter of parents admitted supplying their children with alcohol, but the experts have warned against underage drinking

Online map for Scottish Independence poll

North East more pro-independence that the Scottish, online map shows

Poll by our sister website Us vs Th3m suggests folk living in the region are more keen on a yes vote than those north of the border

Obesity rates are high in the North East

Pharmacies 'should be allowed to help tackle obesity'

Durham academics said community pharmacies could be a vital recource in tackling the obesity crisis

Scotch, a miniature Shetland pony, and Barley, a donkey will take their owners, Tiggy Bays-Griffiths and Chelsey Bailey, on a charity walk for the RSPCA's Felledge Equine Centre, County Durham.

Horse and donkey take on walk for County Durham RSPCA centre

Scotch, a miniature Shetland pony, and Barley, a donkey, will take their owners on a trek for the RSPCA's Felledge Equine Centre, County Durham

Sarah Withers of Church High School and Walbottle FC

Newcastle footballer Sarah Withers heads to US on scholarship

Sarah Withers of Church High School and Walbottle FC is joining University of South Carolina Beaufort on footballing scholarship

The Herd Groyne lighthouse in South Shields

South Shields' Herd Groyne lighthouse is shipshape after facelift

Herd Groyne lighthouse in South Shields, which dates back 150 years, has been repainted

William Morris (far right) with dad Chris, brother Henry and mum Janet after fracturing his skull in 2010

William Morris' family thanks Air Ambulance crew who saved his life as he turns seven

William was rushed to hospital by the Great North Air Ambulance aged just three after a fall from a slide which fractured his skull


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