The recession has partly been brought on by a 3% fall in the construction sector, which has fallen further from -0.2% in the last quarter of 2011.
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An investigation by Northumbria Police has resulted in the discovery of a massive cannabis farm in North Shields.
Temporary overnight closures at urgent care centres in Northumberland and North Tyneside will remain in place for a further three months.
After some thundery showers the better news is that things will calm down tonight.