A man from Blyth claims police told him "that's just how thing's were in those days" when he made a string of complaints about physical and sexual abuse while at North East care homes in the early 1970s.
Terry Priestner is calling for his case to be urgently reinvestigated. Northumbria Police says it treats all allegations of this kind seriously and sensitively but that there is no new evidence upon which charges could be brought.
Two mothers from the North East are campaigning for clever children to be classified as having special educational needs.
The mothers, from Sunderland and from Cambois near Blyth, say that their own three-year-olds are both gifted - and they are worried they will be bored when they start school unless they are given extra support.
An operation by police to crack down the supplying of illegal drugs in Northumberland has been welcomed by Northumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird.
"The use and supply of illegal drugs can ruin lives and blight our neighbourhoods.
"I am committed to ensuring that police will focus relentlessly on the people causing harm in our communities – in particular those involved in the supply of illegal drugs.
"I welcome this operation which was carried out in response to concerns raised by local people, and I hope this successful police activity will reassure residents that work is being done to tackle the issues that affect them.
"It is well known that the use of illegal drugs can also lead to associated crimes such as theft and burglary.
"As a result of this police operation, and with the help of the public, officers have taken harmful drugs off the streets of Blyth and targeted those people involved in drug related crime."
– Vera Baird, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner