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Workers reject changes to shifts and terms and conditions

Threat of industrial action in North Sea oil and gas industry as workers reject shift changes

LAUNCH: The Northern Sinfonia play at the launch of the North-East ‘Case for Culture’ manifesto for next 15 years. Picture: TOM BANKS (33592407)

Ambitious shared vision for cultural development in North-East unveiled

SINGAPORE: The Prime Minister has urged investment in the North of England.

Cameron urges Asian investors to pump cash into the North

HOUSE PRICES: Prices are on the rise in the region

Three per cent - North-East sees largest monthly house price rise

SPEED LIMIT: Speed cameras at roadworks on the A1M at Scotch Corner. Picture: STUART BOULTON.

Have you been caught? Thousands of drivers nabbed for speeding through A1 roadworks

Cllr John Shuttleworth

Councillor's "fat cats" blast for combined authority

Stockton has high neet figures

Stockton has highest number of Neets in country

WILDLIFE: Pheasant at Wooler by Jonathan Gaunt.

Waxwings, bees and pheasants take centre stage in photography competition

Bottlenose dolphin Picture PETER EVANS/ SEA WATCH FOUNDATION (33173989)

North-East nature lovers urged to join annual whale and dolphin watch

CHAIR: Graham Robb, North-East chairman of the Institute of Directors

Business leaders call on local government to seize devolution opportunity

Plane sailing

Plane sailing

OUTBREAK: One of the butcher's which may be the source of an E.coli outbreak

Three more cases of E.coli food poisoning outbreak - six now in hospital including four children

PROPOSALS: Northumbrian Water

Water firm facing pensions ballot

PLANS: Yorkshire Dales National Park

North-East planning policy set to be written in Whitehall

PRO-LEGALISATION: John Holiday of the Teesside Cannabis Club Picture: STUART BOULTON

Small-scale cannabis users and growers to escape prosecution in County Durham and Darlington

SEARCH:  Phil K Matthews and Gemma Nichols who want to cast a female lead for their new film ‘Meet Me At The Marsden Grotto’

Film producers look for 'Geordie lass' to play starring role in new film

LUCKY: Pets in the North-East receive more presents that anywhere else in the country

North-East pet owners top the list for treating their animal companions

DONATED: Generous Tesco customers donated about 30,000 meals in three days

Generous Tesco customers donate 30,000 meals in three days in County Durham

ORDER: Npower has been ordered to give free energy and clear debts over unresolved complaints

Npower ordered to give free energy and clear debts over unresolved complaints

FOSTERING: More foster carers are required in the region

Campaign begins to recruit more foster carers

HAPPY TOTS: Winners, from left, Kobe Maughan, Imogen Martin and Lukas Exelby-Townsend. Picture: STUART BOULTON

Winning smiles from Happy Tots winners

TALKS: North East Combined Authority chair Simon Henig. Picture: DOUG JACKSON

Public must decide on North-East mayor - Henig

Karen Hall spent 11 years fighting her victimisation case

Teacher who had arm twisted by head awarded £1.5m bullying compensation

DISQUALIFIED: The cans of lager found in the tanker's cab. Photograph by North Yorkshire's Roads Policing Group Sgt Paul Cording, which was used as evidence in court

Disqualification for tanker driver seen swigging lager at the wheel

All four defendants left Durham Crown Court with suspended prison sentences after disturbance inside and outside terraced house

Women's 'ugly' disturbance in terraced street leads to court

Middlesbrough father of ISIS recruiter tells of family's "shame and embarrassment"

Father of ISIS recruiter tells of family's 'shame and embarrassment'

MISSED: Paul Long

Mother thwarted in latest bid for fresh inquiry into soldier son's murder by mob

TRAIN: Rishi Sunak MP on the new locomotive named after the Wensleydale Railway at Leeming Bar Station. Picture: STUART BOULTON. (32417198)

Locomotive named in honour of Wensleydale Railway Association

Mirth at media appeal to find missing towel

Crime wave - police appeal for help to find missing beach towel

FUNDRAISING: (l-r) Graham Leggatt-Chidgey, chief executive of Butterwick Hospice Care and his wife, Julie Leggatt-Chidgey, with the owners of Rudby Hall, Martin and Sandra Johnson at the Butterwick Hospice dinner at the venue

Former royal residence opens its doors to charities

HOLIDAYS: Rachael and Tim Elliott of County Durham off to Tenerife with Ryan, six, and Abigail, five. (32413277)

Passengers take off for summer getaway from Newcastle International Airport

TRIBUTES: The memorial garden at St James' Park

Two North-East superfans remembered at service

APPEAL: Northumbria force appealing for information following sexual assault on 11-year-old, in Springwell Village, Washington, on Tuesday evening.

Police appeal after sex assault on 11-year-old girl

HUG: Leah Hodgson, 12, meets charity mascot Pawsum the Panda for the first time

Hugs and smiles all round at autism charity's birthday bash

REFUSAL: The Government has refused to limit 'crack cocaine' gambling machine bets to £2.

Government refuses to limit 'crack cocaine' gambling machine bets to £2

Leaders from across the Tees Valley have been to London to plead for greater powers from Government

PARLIAMENT: MPs will be entitled to an automatic ten per cent pay rise

Region's MPs set for ten per cent pay rise - but will they keep it?

CONCERN: Helen Goodman

Bishop Auckland MP defies interim Labour leader over Welfare Reform Bill

Jockey Connor Beasley at Michael Dods' stables in Denton near Darlington.

Donation page set up to support injured North-East jockey Connor Beasley

FILMING: The making of the Downton Abbey Christmas special at Alnwick Castle.

Downton Abbey Christmas special filmed at North-East tourist attractions

TAX: Cuts to tax credits imposed by George Osborne will cost North-East families a minimum of £23.72, a union claims.

Tax credit cut to cost North-East families £32 a week

CARE: The summer holidays can be stressful for working parents needing to find affordable childcare

Parents likely to struggle to find holiday childcare, report finds

Cornwall handed devolution package - without need for a mayor

ATTRACTION: The Lumiere light festival was one of County Durham's biggest tourist attractions of 2013

PM's plan to drive tourists North

Police block off section of A174 on Teesside

Police block off section of A174 on Teesside

WORK: A new report revealed North-East workers put in the most overtime of all the regions in the country

North-East workers put in the most overtime, survey shows

ADVICE: Allan Kelly

'Breathing space' demand to help debtors

JAILED: David Heslop

Police praise public after smashing multi-million pound cocaine plot

Andy Burnham

Andy Burnham says North-East is too big for single "metro mayor"

Treasury source says 'risk averse' North-East councils are jeopardising devolution

Treasury source says 'risk averse' North-East councils are jeopardising devolution

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