Northumberland's long history of aluminium smelting has come to an end with the closure of the Alcan smelter at Lynemouth.
More than 500 people will lose their jobs by the end of the year, in what the GMB Union described as a "catastrophic" day for the region.
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The six-year-old from Newcastle has thanked strangers who paid for his cancer treatment so he could be here to meet his younger sibling.
County Durham topped the list with the highest number of complaints investigated by the RSPCA last year, totalling over three thousand.