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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Midfielder JJ O'Donnell is back home after undergoing a career-saving operation to try and cure a rare condition in both his feet
"The eyes of the world" were on the departing Northumbria Police chief Sue Sim during the Raoul Moat manhunt in 2010.
Hundreds of jobs are to be created after a Teesside manufacturer announced it is to expand.