Graham Kennedy of the Offshore Group Newcastle says the offshore market for wind turbines is buoyant and 6,000 will be needed in the next few years in the UK sector.
OGN in Wallsend has received a government grant to build a prototype of a new foundation for offshore wind turbines. It wants to build a new factory to mass produce them by 2014, bringing up to 1,000 new jobs.
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Changes don't affect houses, flats and other residential premises but during office hours automatic alarms will not be attended to.
Northumbria Police say two men have been charged with murder following the discovery of a woman's body in a burned out car on Tuesday.
It is 'allotment week'. Never one to miss an opportunity - Ross has dodged the showers and headed off to his for this weekend's forecast.