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Managing director of Dicksons, Michael Dickson, with new director Elena Dickson

Dicksons boss attends wartime history gathering of North East's German butchers

Tyneside businessman Michael Dickson flies to Germany the week for a wartime history gathering

Wendy Fail who is doing a PhD on re-introducing the harvest mouse to Northumberland at Newcastle University.

Rare harvest mouse found in County Durham

Harvest mouse's discovery is one of the most northerly for its species, says Durham Wildlife Trust

Head birdkeeper Owen Joiner checks out a flamingo egg at Washington Wetlands Centre

Washington Wetlands Centre awaits first flamingo eggs to hatch in seven years

Celebrations as 17 flamingo eggs are laid at Washington Wetlands Centre after a seven year break

In front of the Surveyors House in Cramlington are from left cllrs Barry Flux, John Collins and Wayne Daley

Cramlington Town Council leaders accuse rivals of 'playing politics with disability'

Labour leaders on Cramlington Town Council have accused Conservative rivals of "playing politics with disability" over a house purchase

Northern Rail

Government backtracks on plans to dump Northern Rail 'Pacer' trains

Hated vehicles slammed as 'cattle trucks' could now just be 'modernised' by the bidder for the Northern franchise

Michelle Barthram has been diagnosed with cancer

Man's best friend helps Gateshead mum battle lung cancer

Michelle Barthram, from Birtley, Gateshead, has spoken of the help of her dog Max in battling lung cancer

Michael Weatheritt from Alnwick, who confronted an intruder in his kitchen

Alnwick builder speaks out after finding armed intruder in his kitchen

Michael Weatheritt has spoken out after coming face-to-face with an armed stranger in his Northumberland home

Young people enrolled in The Prince's Trust programme

Skills shortage among young people in the North East is more worrying than ever

Impending 'skills crunch' will stall economic recovery unless the Government and private sector work together, according to The Prince's Trust

The field in Killingworth where test digging is underway

Decision is due on homes plan for Killingworth ex-military site

North Tyneside councillors will today decide on an application by Bellway for the former Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers site at Killingworth village

Flowers which have been ripped out of the bed at Alnwick

Anger as vandals target Alnwick flower bed and rip plants up

Anger has been voiced in Alnwick after vandals targeted a flower bed described as a "focal point" of the town

Durham School headteacher, Kieran McLaughlin

Durham School headmaster says education can change lives of young people

The new headmaster at Durham School, in Durham, says education can 'transform' young people's lives across the region

The scene of the collision on the B6309 near Stocksfield

Shock as motorcyclist dies on country road near Stocksfield

Calls have been made to improve safety on the B6309 near Stocksfield, where flowers have been left for the 31-year-old victim

Bumper crowd enjoys taste of country life in the sunshine at annual Glendale Show

A bumper crowd made the most of sunshine to sample country pursuits at the annual Glendale Show near Wooler in Northumberland

A RNLI crew at Seahouses

Lifeboat crews' warning after second incident of people being caught out by rip tides in Seahouses

Lifeboat crews have issued a safety warning after a second incident in a matter of days where people have been caught out by rip currents

Alnwick councillor Gordon Castle

Alnwick councillor's wife says he will be back on his bike in no time after crash

The wife of Alnwick councillor Gordon Castle has assured wellwishers she expects him to resume motorcycling following a collision

Cannabis plants

Pilot cannabis course for offenders is having big impact in Newcastle

New cannabis course in the North East has already helped one of its first course members to kick his drug habit

Alnwick councillor Gordon Castle

Northumberland councillor is injured after road traffic collision

Gordon Castle, who represents Alnwick for the county council is in hospital after the crash which happened on Friday

Gill Johnston- Fundraising Manager for the Bubble Foundation UK at the Great North Childrens Hospital

The Journal's campaign helps to safeguard the future of the region's Bubble Foundation

The Bubble Foundation has been safeguarded thanks to more than £188,000 donated by kind-hearted people in the region

Lambs feeding on hay at a feeder

Farmers feel 'targeted' by thieves as rural crime bites across the North East

The cost of rural crime in the region shot up last year, new figures reveal, as farmers say they believe thieves are targeting their farms

John Orchard, left, with Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway, co-founders of the Festival of Thrift

Scrooges of the world can celebrate - Thrift Festival set to return to the North East

The annual Thrift Festival event returns on September 27 and 28 at Lingfield Point in Darlington

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