David Clarke, Chief Executive of Energy Technology Institute, has told Tyne Tees he thinks offshorewind and automobiles are the two industries that can drive the North East economy, with more research.
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The Lions of Zululand, a traditional dance act from South Africa, are touring schools in the North East.
Drivers caught speeding excessively can now expect fines starting from 150% of their weekly income.
Newcastle City Councillors vote on Monday whether to approve new powers to tackle anti-social acts such as begging and street drinking.