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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The five-year-old has started pioneering treatment, which it is hoped will shrink his tumours and give him more time with his family
Henry Baines wrote to Dutch midfielder Marten De Roon, who then surprised the youngster by turning up at his home
Rafa Benitez complimented the performances of three Newcastle United youngsters who made their debuts against Birmingham City in the FA Cup.