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Are libraries under threat in the North East?

More libraries across the region could be under threat as local authorities try to make cost savings.

Campaigners trying to save them say Government cuts mean less money is being spent on them.

A spokesperson for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport has said: "We know libraries remain important to people - that's why councils will have almost £200 billion to spend on local services, including libraries, over the lifetime of this parliament".

Writer Ann Cleeves has said, the hit-TV series Vera would never have been created without libraries.

Watch Helen Pearson's special report for National Libraries Day:

Plans revealed for new 1,200 pupil school in Newcastle

Plans for a new school for 1,200 9 to 16-year-olds in Newcastle have been revealed by by the Government.

The academy trust Gosforth Federated Academies Ltd is to open the Gosforth Great Park Academy in Gosforth, Newcastle, once full plans have been drawn up.

Building on their successes within their two existing academies, both judged ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, the new school will aim to provide academic excellence centred around the core skills of English, mathematics, science, and PE.

Students will be able to access a varied vocational programme, as well as a highly successful languages programme supported by the University of Newcastle.

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