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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People have been urged to think before heading to hospital after cold weather led to an increase of patients in the North East's wards.
A dog owner has been jailed for four years after her pet mauled 12 terrified children in a "horror" play park attack.
The rate of Consumer Prices Index inflation rose to 3.1 per cent in November, from 3 per cent in October.