Work has started on a new Rolls Royce plant which will be at the forefront of aerospace technology.
The plant is being built in Washington, safeguarding hundreds of jobs at the firm's existing Wearside base.
Business Secretary Vince Cable marked the start of construction.
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Actor Rodney Bewes has died aged 79. The star is best known for his role as Bob Ferris in Geordie sitcom The Likely Lads.
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Ellie Knowles, 18, died last November after being at a Shindig event in Newcastle.