Former members of the Merchant Navy from across the North East have been awarded the Arctic Star in recognition of their contribution to the Arctic Convoy - taking supplies between Scotland and Russia during World War II.
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The country's first museum dedicated to coal miners' art showcases the pitmen's desire to tell the hidden story of their lives underground.
The announcement is part of a £500 million cost-cutting drive which will take place over three years.
The force wants to raise awareness of the scale of the problem which affects areas across the UK, including the north east.