Construction is beginning on an £82 million factory in County Durham. The Hitachi plant will create hundreds of permanent jobs -and hundreds more in contract work.
Once the site in Newton Aycliffe is ready, Hitachi says it will bid for the contract to build trains for the HS2 scheme - if it goes ahead. The high speed railway would link London to the north of England.
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Newcastle United winger Rolando Aarons and his mother have been spared jail after admitting affray over a brawl in a Newcastle bar
The 20 year old was described as a promising young footballer. He died on Sunday morning during a holiday with his friends in the city.
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