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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It's been confirmed that the Marks and Spencer stores in both Stockton and Darlington will close in August.
It's part of the investigation into the disappearance of Donna Keogh from Middlesbrough in 1998 when she was just 17 years old.
The move is likely to lead to the loss of more than 1,500 jobs.