As 2012 draws to a close, it is time for a look back on the events which have made the North East news in the last 12 months.
Richard Wilson has the first of our reviews of the year.
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They took a vehicle from Newcastle before driving to North Shields, where they collided with a 72-year-old and left him for dead.
Roger Burrell from Chester-le-Street broke the European record in the 84-89 years category in the 100m in May.
GSK said the cash boost would help build a new sterile facility at Barnard Castle and will create jobs