Some quite interesting bits of knowledge about wind power generation.
The UK has a new offshore wind farm operating off the Teesside coast about a mile from Redcar.
Food banks surveyed for ITV News said they had more users last year than ever before. One, in Northumberland, saw demand rise by 800%.
Andrew, who asked us not to use his surname, is a former heroin addict and a regular at the Tickle Your Tastebuds lunch club in Middlesbrough.
The group may now have to be wound up because the building where it is held, the Christian Centre in Thorntree, is being sold.
A lunch club, which is a refuge for homeless and elderly people on Teesside, is under threat because the church hall where it meets is up for sale.
The founder of Tickle Your Tastebuds, Wendy Brading, won ITV's Local Hero award in 2012 for her work with the group, which provides hot meals for vulnerable people in Middlesbrough, including recovering drug users, prostitutes and lonely older people. Wendy said to close now would be devastating.
The number of homes being repossessed in the North East of England has fallen over the last two years, according to research carried out by a firm of chartered surveyors. However, the region still has one of the highest rates in the UK.
The offshore wind farm operating off the Teesside coast has 27 turbines making it by far the biggest such site in the North East.
But it is dwarfed by the London Array with 175 turbines.
There are more than 20 such sites of varying sizes along the UK coast line.
An offshore wind farm has officially begun operating a mile from the coast at Redcar.
The Minister for Energy and Enterprise, the Rt Hon Michael Fallon, and President of EDF Group, Henri Proglio, will carried out the opening.
Rail workers' union RMT have announced that staff at the Northern Rail maintenance depot at Heaton in Newcastle are to take a full week of strike action starting on Thursday. The claim is that management has left 'no option' other than to strike.
– RMT Acting General Secretary Mick Cash
“Despite a rock solid 48 hour strike in February, and total support for the overtime ban, management refuse to take our members concerns seriously and have left us with no option other than to ratchet up the action with a week-long strike starting this Thursday.“This dispute has been forced on us by the management’s continuing and stubborn refusal to take the real nature of these jobs into account through the re-grading process and it is now down to them to rectify the situation. RMT remains available for talks.”
Rail workers' union RMT have announced that staff at the Northern Rail maintenance depot at Heaton in Newcastle are to take a full week of strike action starting on Thursday.
It is the latest step in a continuing dispute over overtime and the grading of roles which staff say do not recognised the "complex and demanding role of this key group of staff".
There was a 48 hour strike in February but, according to RMT the issues remain unresolved and staff will now strike between Thursday April 10 and Wednesday April 16.