First published in News The Northern Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter (Derwentside & Tyneside)

Newcastle City Council has revealed it is going to face £10m more in cuts to spending over the next three years.
In November, Newcastle City Council announced cuts of £90m and more than 1,300 job losses spread over three years.
But, having inspected the latest Government grant announcement, it says savings for 2014-15 will need to be greater than expected.

Police in Sunderland have dismantled a cannabis farm as part of an operation to tackle drug cultivation in the area.
The farm was discovered at 10am on Friday in the attic and a bedroom of an upstairs flat at Otto Terrace, Thornhill.
Around 400 plants were recovered along with cultivation equipment including hydroponic equipment, lighting and heating sheets.
Two men aged 40 and 43 have been arrested on suspicion of producing a controlled drug.

Police are appealing for information after a wedding dress was stolen in North Tyneside.
Between 2pm and 3pm on Saturday, December 8, a wedding dress was stolen from the Emily Jane Bridal Wear store at the Royal Quays outlet.
The dress is ivory coloured and worth £1,350.

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