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

Floods swamp Scotland and the North-east

Flooding brought parts of Scotland to a standstill yesterday while householders in the North-east of England were spared as heavy rains abated.

Woman dies in Northumberland cliff fall

A woman has died after falling from a cliff, police said today.

North braced for floods

The north of England was braced for serious damage last night as heavy and intense rain caused localised flooding, blocked drains and prompted hundreds of calls to emergency services.

Northern England put on flood alert

A large swathe of northern England was put on flood alert today as a heavy band of rain threatened to cause disruption.

Tony, the last pit pony, dies aged 40

England's last pit pony has died of old age, the animal shelter caring for him said.

Clarke plans to close two jails and privatise eight more

Eight jails will be transferred from the public sector under plans to privatise wide sections of the prison system.

Dulux maker moves plant in North-east

The maker of Dulux paints and Polycell fillers is to build a new £100m production plant in Northumberland.

Cycling: Golden moment for Armitstead

Lizzie Armitstead claimed her first British National Championships road race title yesterday, sprinting to victory over 10-time champion Nicole Cooke in Northumberland.

Make hay with English Summer in the Northumberland Plate

With this sport's financial shortcomings currently under debate and scrutiny, it is not entirely inappropriate that the Northumberland Plate was founded in a year significant in Britain's fiscal development.

Climate change puts the heat on Darwin's Chillingham cattle

The blast furnaces that powered the Industrial Revolution had only just begun belching clouds of carbon into the sky when, in 1860, Charles Darwin encouraged a Victorian nobleman to maintain accurate data on an intriguing herd of cattle living feral in the grounds of his medieval castle.

Drought 'may hit at-risk wildlife'

Threatened wildlife such as water voles could be hit by the continuing dry weather across parts of the country, the Wildlife Trusts warned today.

Rockspring looks to sell off eight of its caravan parks

Rockspring, the property investor which manages €7.5bn of assets, has put eight caravan parks in central and northern England up for sale.

Sir Patrick Moore lends his voice to cosmic-folk single 'Glittering Sky'

The Sky at Night presenter Sir Patrick Moore, aged 88, has collaborated on a new cosmic-folk single, "Glittering Sky". He contributes a voiceover to the Northumbrian musician Carl Cape's song, about why stars twinkle.

Get Back: Where to fly a kite

A monthly series following Rob Cowen and Leo Critchley as they reconnect with the simpler things in life

Brenda Blethyn turns TV detective in Vera

Brenda Blethyn, everybody's favourite on-screen mother, hits the TV detective beat next month. But first, she's got one or two surprising confessions of her own.
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