Officers from the west end of Newcastle have been speaking to Syrian families about local policing.Read the full story ›
Unfair school funding puts children in schools in the North at a disadvantage compared with London youngsters, a report has claimed.Read the full story ›
The number of people seeking work in the North East has come down, according to the latest quarterly figures, although this region still has the highest unemployment rate in England.
Between January and March 103,000 were looking for work in the region - 4000 fewer than the previous three months.
The North East unemployment rate is 7.9 per cent.
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The North East Combined Authority has voted to accept an historic multi-million pound devolution deal for part of the region.
The move, which took place at Durham Civic Centre, will see the authority receive £30m a year over the next 30 years and given control over other investment.
The North East would also get a directly elected mayor.
A book of condolence has opened in Newcastle at the Civic Hall.
People are being invited to sign it in memory of the lives lost in the Brussels terror attacks.
Penshaw monument in Sunderland has been lit up tonight in the Belgian colours following the attacks in Brussels.
Sunderland's Penshaw Monument is being lit in Belgium's colours tonight as a mark of solidarity following the attacks in the city.
The flag on Sunderland Civic Centre has been flying at half-mast.
"It has been truly shocking to watch the events unfolding in Brussels today.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by the explosions and with the emergency services who worked so tirelessly to rescue them.
"As part of the International community it is important that Sunderland shows its sympathy and continuing support to all those in Belgium and across the world affected by these terrible attacks.
"We hope that lighting up one of our most iconic landmarks the Penshaw Monument will help symbolise that support, and provide a focal point for people’s tributes to those in Brussels."
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Paul Brannen is an MEP for the North East.
He was in the European Parliament when the explosion at Maalbeek Metro station happened: