Business secretary Vince Cable says Hitachi moving its global headquarters from Japan to London is great news for the North East, where the company's train building factory will be based.
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Organisers say Newcastle Pride, which launches on Friday night at Nunsmoor, is expected to be the 'biggest ever'.
Northumbria Police is appealing for information after a woman's mobility scooter was stolen and set alight.
The pair were both aged 14 when they plotted to murder fellow students and teachers at a school in Northallerton.