The family of Julie Davison, who was killed earlier this year, have given their reaction to James Allen being found guilty of murdering the 50-year-old.
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A series of special pop up performances in Newcastle will mark the start of the Battle of the Somme.
Sir Peter Bazalgette will be among leading industry figures to be honoured by Sunderland University
Over two thousand men from the North East were killed in the battle. St Nicholas’ Cathedral in Newcastle is hosting today's commemorations.