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A Canadian company has discovered that Nenthead may be sitting on one of Europe's biggest deposits

NHS accused of wasting £27m on uneaten hospital food

147,000 meals left unserved in 2011-12 by one NHS trust

Building tycoon Lawrie Barratt dies age 85

Tributes have been paid to building tycoon Sir Lawrie Barratt after died at the age of 85.

Neil Black: The mentor who knew how to find winning line

Jim Alder was the man who got Neil Black into athletics and who guided him, as his coach, to victories over Steve Cram and Sebastian Coe. The 72-year-old has long been an inspirational figure in the North-east, the trailblazer who paved the way for Brendan Foster, Mike McLeod, Charlie Spedding and Cram – all Olympic medal winners.

Closure of two search-and-rescue helicopter bases 'could cost lives'

Moves to shut two search-and-rescue helicopter bases could cost lives, a senior MP warned Patrick McLoughlin, the Transport Secretary.

G4S won a contract in June to house asylum-seekers in the north of England, but is believed to have run into problems with sub-contractors

Bungling Olympic security firm G4S loses contract to run Wolds prison and fails to win any additional prison contracts

G4S paid the price for the fiasco over security for the London Olympics today when it was stripped of a contract to run a prison and missed out on other jail contracts.

Deadly ash tree 'dieback' disease now found in 115 sites and a further six counties

The spread of the deadly fungus threatening all 80m British ash trees cannot be stopped, a leading Government scientist has said, and Britain’s woods and forests will have to undergo major change as a result.

This year ’s British Matchplay Scrabble Championships were played out over the three days of the Bank Holiday weekend

Quaazy, zowpig and splawder: Scrabble plans to include English regional terms in dictionary

Scrabble lovers could soon be racking up double-digit scores with words like quaazy, zowpig and splawder.

McDermid says: 'My five-year plan is to stay alive and write more books'

My Secret Life: Val McDermid, 57, author

'I wanted to be Joni Mitchell'

There are 250,000 adult badgers in the UK

Will badger cull stop spread of TB in cattle?

It's the great countryside controversy of the day. NFU president Peter Kendall and TV naturalist Chris Packham argue for and against the cull

A block of flats in Newburn, Newcastle had to be evacuated after floods washed away its foundations

Flooded communities counting costs of storms

Communities in flooded parts of the UK are counting the cost of the most intense September storm for 30 years as swollen river levels start to recede.

Designer and architectural historian Charles Jencks

1,300ft sculpture of reclining woman sculpted into Northumbria landscape

A 1,300ft-long reclining woman which is the world's largest human form sculpted into the landscape is to open to the public next month.

As They Really Were: The Citizens of Alnwick 1831, by Keith Middlemas

What’s so special about Alnwick? The Northumbrian dormitory town about 30 miles outside Newcastle is home to a medieval castle, a Morrisons and a population of around 8,000. It also happens to be the home town of University of Sussex History professor Keith Middlemas and local artist Percy Forster.

Come to Northumberland for cheap alcohol, Scots urged

Council set to capitalise on 'golden opportunity' presented by price rise over border
Sid Waddell at the microphone: a graduate of Cambridge University, he peppered his commentaries with historical references

Sid Waddell: Voice of darts who raised the sport to an epic plane

Sid Waddell was a broadcaster who popularised and almost single-handed propelled darts into the modern sporting era. With his death at the age of 72 from bowel cancer, the sporting world has lost one of its most colourful and beloved commentators.

Heavy rain causes landslide and leaves homes flooded

Heavy rain over the weekend caused a landslip, and left homes knee-deep in floodwater.

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