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Love them or hate them, there is no way of escaping those Christmas songs that follow us round from shop to pub to radio station.
This year, two of the most famous songs turn 40 years old, and one of them has special significance this Christmas.
ITV News correspondent Andy Bevan has been chatting to the men behind the music.
It is the busiest shopping times of the year, and a group of primary school children from Newcastle are trying to cash in.
Pupils from several primary schools in the city have opened a shop, part of a scheme introducing children to the world of business. Phil Roscoe reports.
Women in the North East who had faulty breast implants say they're pleased that justice has been served to the man behind them.
Jean Claude Mas was today jailed for four years - the Frenchman was responsible for the sale of PIP implants - which ruptured in some patients.
300,000 women around the globe were affected and the implants were used in some operations here in the North East.
Watch Frances Read's report
Police investigating an assault in Catterick, which left two men injured, have released an image of a suspect they need to trace.
The assault happened around 3am on Friday November 8 in the Louis Bar nightclub in Kitchener Road.
A 27-year-old man from Catterick was knocked unconscious. He was taken by ambulance for treatment at the Friarage Hospital, Northallerton.
A 21-year-old friend of the victim, from Darlington, was also hit in the face when he intervened. He was treated by paramedics.
The suspect is described as a white man, aged in his late teens or early twenties with a slim build and short hair. When he left the bar he was with a number of other people.
Police are appealing for witnesses.
In what is thought to be the first scheme of its kind in the country, police in the North East have joined forces to try to stop violence against women and girls.
It is a crime that often goes unreported. But this new plan is trying to change the culture around the abuse that some women face. Julie Harrison reports.
Professor Peter Higgs has been presented with the Nobel Prize in Physics 2013 from King Carl Gustaf of Sweden during the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony in the Concert Hall of Stockholm.
The Newcastle born physicist was given the award for his work which led to the discovery of the Higgs Boson.
One of the 47,000 British women who received faulty PIP breast implants recalls the terrifying experience of finding her implant had ruptured.
Emma Lonsdale, 31, says she was '"absolutely petrified" when she found a lump in one of her breasts.
At the weekend Newcastle United players were thrilling their fans down in Manchester.
Today (Decembeer 10) they were bringing a smile to the faces of children at a Tyneside hospital
Five of the players gave out presents on the children's ward of North Tyneside hospital.
Derek proud reports.
The nightlife in Newcastle draws tourists from all over the country to its bars and clubs.
Keeping people safe while they're here is the main priority of a huge policing operation.
And it's what's going on behind the scenes, before the bars have even opened, that is making a difference.
As the city gears up for the Christmas party rush, Katie Oakes joined officers on patrol.