University exams on

Newcastle University's summer examination period begins today and the first day will be uninterrupted by lecturers' strikes.

Newcastle University's summer examination period begins today and the first day will be uninterrupted by lecturers' strikes.

About 17,000 students have been told there will be no cancellations, despite the pay dispute between lecturers and employers. All 64 exams will go ahead as planned today.

Garden ruined

VANDALS have ruined a garden used by disabled children at a nursery school. They broke into the Dunston Activity Centre on Ellison Road, Dunston, Gateshead, last Monday [May 15], stole plant pots, tipped over tubs and tore up flowers.

Lords criticised

FORMER union official Jack Bedlington, 81, who has championed the cause of asbestosis victims for years has criticised a House of Lords ruling. The Law Lords upheld appeals by manufacturers that companies should only be responsible for part of the compensation owed to people who have worked at more than one firm. Mr Bedlington said this would make claiming full compensation more difficult for victims.

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