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NPower is to close it's site in Peterlee affecting 500 workers. Jobs are being transferred to Sunderland.

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Cramlington firm among minimum wage dodgers

A construction company in Northumberland has been 'named and shamed' in a list of companies not paying minimum wage to employees.

A2ZEE Construction Ltd in Cramlington neglected to pay £3,375.51 to 14 workers.

It's one of 25 firms, the largest number publicly named since the government launched the crackdown last year.

MORE: List of 25 employers 'named and shamed' for dodging minimum wage

Clegg and Cable open new aerospace plant

Clegg and Cable at aerospace plant on Wearside
Nick Clegg and Vince Cable open aerospace plant on Wearside Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

The Deputy Prime Minister and Business Secretary are on Wearside to open a £100 million aerospace factory.

Nick Clegg and Vince Cable met with engineers at Rolls-Royce in Washington, which will make engine parts for aircraft.

It is hoped the new plant will safeguard hundreds of manufacturing jobs.

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Average North East house price rises to £99,000

The average house in the North East is worth £99,001, according to Land Registry figures, with prices up 2.9% in the 12 months to April 2014.

Prices have risen in all regions, but in the North East they were slower than elsewhere Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire

However, the rise is much slower than elsewhere in the country: the UK average rose by 6.7% over the same period, and the average house price in London is now more than four times higher than the North East at £435,034.

Two Northumberland businesses win tourism awards

Award-winners: the owners of St Cuthbert's House and Seafield Caravan Park, both in Seahouses. Credit: VisitEngland
Two Seahouses businesses won Gold Awards. Credit: VisitEngland

Two businesses from Seahouses, on the Northumberland Coast, have won VisitEngland tourism awards.

St Cuthbert’s House B&B, a renovated former church, won Gold in the Guest Accommodation category. Meanwhile, Seafield Caravan Park won Gold in the Holiday Park category.

Jeff Sutheran, owner of St Cuthbert’s House, described the Northumberland coast as a "fabulous visitor destination". Ken Britton, who owns Seafield Caravan Park said: “Tourism is the main industry supporting the village, and this success can only bode well for the future.”

James Beresford, form VisitEngland, said: “It is… a tremendous achievement for these two businesses from the same village to win Gold Awards… I warmly congratulate them on their exemplary contribution to tourism in this country, and especially on the Northumberland Coast.”

Route to Russia: Largest container ship to be handled at Port of Tyne

Port of Tyne Commercial Manager Richard Newton right presents Seago Line's Captain of the Calisto with a Port plaque

A new container service linking the Russian port of St Petersburg with the Port of Tyne in South Shields is underway, with the arrival of the largest container vessel ever handled at the Port of Tyne.

Largest container ship marks new route for the Port of Tyne and Seago Line

At 168m long, the ‘Calisto’ made the record books for being the largest container vessel ever operated at the Port of Tyne’s Container Terminal.

Largest container ship to visit Port of Tyne

Managed by Seago Line, one of the world’s largest short-sea container operators and part of the Maersk Group, the route will operate an 8-day service.

Port of Tyne handles record-breaking ship

A new container service linking the Russian port of St Petersburg with the Port of Tyne in South Shields is underway, with the arrival of the largest container vessel ever handled at the Port of Tyne.

At 168m long, the ‘Calisto’ made the record books for being the largest container vessel ever operated at the Port of Tyne’s Container Terminal.

"The Port’s recent £6m investment in a second gantry crane has enabled this increase in business."

“The Calisto is almost 60 per cent longer than most container vessels visiting the Port, and its capacity of 1,578 twenty feet equivalent size containers confirms the real potential to further grow the Port’s container volumes.”

– Richard Newton, Port of Tyne Commercial Manager Logistics

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PM welcomes national unemployment drop - not the case for NE jobseekers

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There's more to do, but it's welcome unemployment is down again. More jobs means more financial security for people #LongTermEconomicPlan.

Nationally unemployment has dropped. The North East is the only region to see a rise.

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@itvtynetees I've being unemployed for 1 Year and I also apply for about 10 jobs a week and still no luck, but I will not give up.

Gateshead Council did not approve Angel bread advert

One of two images released by the supermarket Credit: Imagewise

Gateshead Council did not approve a light projection onto the Angel of the North, which a supermarket said took place on Friday night.

Morrisons said the image of a baguette and the words "I'm cheaper" appeared on the artwork.

A spokesperson said it was not approached and did not give permission for the advert, and does not approve any lighting of the structure, even floodlights. A Gateshead Council spokesman said:

"The Angel has become a much-loved and iconic symbol of Gateshead and the wider North East.

"Many goods and services have and want to be profiled alongside it, and there is a filming process in place to work with organisations to do this, although this does not include lighting the Angel in any way.

"It is disappointing this process does not appear to have been followed."

Read more: Was the Angel of the North bread advert real?

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