A training board for the construction sector has warned that there is still much work to be done to return the North East's construction industry back to growth.
Television presenter Lorraine Kelly is calling on people in the North East to support a 1,000-mile cycle tour celebrating the extension of walking and cycling routes.
A heartless conman who lived in Darlington and fleeced more than £170,000 out of a string of women he met on a website for "sugar daddies" has been jailed for seven years.
A man from Washington, Tyne and Wear, is facing jail after he was caught playing rugby whilst making a £923,000 claim for wrist injuries.
The couple who died following a motorcycle collision on the A1 Western Bypass near Swalwell, Tyne and Wear, last Friday have been named by police.
Two groups which support disabled people in Tyneside are sharing more than £800,000 from the Big Lottery Fund.
A 15-year-old from Middlesbrough who knocked down and killed a pedestrian while driving a stolen Range Rover at 70mph in a 30mph zone then ran off from police has been detained for five years.
An inquiry into the hunt for a convicted killer dubbed the Black Dog Strangler who escaped from a secure hospital in Newcastle has found the police did not adequately assess the risk he posed to the public.
A pensioner died in a house fire in County Durham when firefighters were unable to save her because of the belongings she had hoarded in her home.
Three leading judges have expressed "great sympathy" for a grandmother, originally from Teesside, who is facing the death penalty in Indonesia as they announced their reasons for rejecting her appeal against a refusal by the UK Government to pay for her legal representation.
A Newcastle school has won the Pearson Teaching Award for Outstanding School Team of the Year in the North of England.
Unemployment in the North East increased by 1,000 in the three months to March, official figures have revealed.
A council cleaner kicked a live Second World War hand grenade he found on a beach in Hartlepool, then picked it up and put it in his loader before continuing his litter pick, he said.
Boy band One Direction have announced plans for a stadium world tour in 2014, which will include a gig in Sunderland.
A 27-year-old is to cycle from Newcastle to France on a penny farthing to raise money for a charity which supported his family.
The Police and Crime Commissioner for scandal-hit Cleveland Police has admitted it must apologise when mistakes are made.
Police have charged more than 30 Sunderland and West Ham fans who are alleged to have been involved in a fight before a Premier League game.
A coroner has said there was a failure in care by the North East Ambulance Service for a man who died from a heart attack after a paramedic refused to administer drugs.
A recruitment consultant from Newcastle upon Tyne who suffered "catastrophic injuries" when he was hit by a car driven by a priest is to get more than £3 million compensation, a High Court judge was told.
A teenager from North Shields has been charged with the murder of a Lithuanian man.
A Northumberland father who handed an American child with cancer a new lease of life has flown out to meet him for the first time.
A North East fire service considered for an employee-ownership scheme must not eventually be privatised, a Labour MP has warned.
A scandal-hit police force which paid £550,000 damages to a defence solicitor from Middlesbrough for wrongful arrest is facing more related compensation claims which could see the final bill soar, it emerged.
A top university in the North East has been criticised for spending £1.4 million on art including works by Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol while it charges students £9,000-a-year and pays hundreds of staff less than the Living Wage.
A mallard's nest with six eggs in it has caused runners and riders to duck out of a fence at a racecourse in County Durham.
Eleven advice services in the North East will benefit from a £3 million share of a support package which aims to provide help to projects during challenging times.
An ex-Cleveland Police officer wept as he appeared in court charged with rape and other sexual offences.
Police have arrested six people after a woman suffered critical injuries in an assault in Newcastle.
Police are appealing for help in tracing a missing woman from Washington.
More than 700 speeding motorists face police action after a week-long operation across the roads of Cleveland and County Durham.
A Middlesbrough defence solicitor who secured more than £500,000 in damages from a police force after he was wrongly arrested says officers mounted a "vendetta" against him.
A brother and sister from Sunderland plan to move into the same street after winning £1m on the EuroMillions Millionaire Raffle draw.
Labour have won the North Tyneside mayoral election after defeating the incumbent Conservative candidate.
A grandmother originally from Teesside who is facing the death penalty for drug smuggling in Bali has lodged an appeal at Indonesia's Supreme Court, human rights campaigners said.
A controversial councillor from the North East has died at the age of 30, just two months after saying he feared alcoholism would kill him.
A former Cleveland Police officer has been charged with nine counts of rape and other sex offences, the force has said.
A man suffered a head injury when he was assaulted in Gateshead.
A teenager has been arrested over the theft at knifepoint of a man's cash, mobile phone and car in Newcastle.
The Queen was in good spirits on Tuesday evening as she attended the rededication of the Temple Church organ, which was repaired in Durham.
Labour's newest MP Emma Lewell-Buck, representing South Shields, visited the House of Commons for the first time as she arrived to take her seat.
A man from Gateshead who murdered a two-month-old baby after a series of attacks spread over previous weeks has been jailed for life.
The Duchess of Cornwall came face to face with a lion in Middlesbrough as she celebrated reading and literacy with hundreds of schoolchildren.
Police investigating after a couple were found dead at their Sunderland home said they are not looking for anyone else.
A Northumberland father is set to fly to America to meet a little boy who was dying from cancer, until he handed him a new lease of life.
Labour's Emma Lewell-Buck has won the South Shields parliamentary by-election, with the UK Independence Party (Ukip) coming second.
The husband of a woman from Newcastle who was found stabbed to death has been charged with murder.
Some main line train stations, including one in the North East, are operating with fewer than 30 passengers - not just in an hour or a day but in a whole year.
A grandmother originally from Redcar, Teesside who is facing the death penalty in Bali after being convicted of drug smuggling said she feels let down by the British government.
Votes are to be cast in South Shields to return an MP in a parliamentary by-election triggered by former Foreign Secretary David Miliband's decision to step down.
Buster the Staffordshire bull terrier puppy needed emergency surgery after swallowing a two-foot long metal lead, his Middlesbrough owners have said.
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