The CPS is appealing for longer jail sentences for three people convicted over the murder of a man with learning difficulties
North East Salaries See Biggest Drop In UK
Average advertised salaries have decreased faster in the North East than any other part of the country.
The UK Job Market Report from Adzuna UK shows the average advertised job here now pays £29,093, which was a drop of 5.3% year-on-year.
Salaries decreased in all UK regions, at an average fall of 3.5%.
Doug Monro, co-founder of Adzuna, concludes:
"It's been a difficult year for the North East's job market. For an area dependent on industry, tough times in the manufacturing sector have had a knock-on effect. And other sector areas haven't picked up the slack in order to cover job losses."
"The region appears to have been overshadowed by the North West when it comes to initiatives aimed at improving employment and skills."
"The area remains amongst the worst in the UK for unemployment and there aren't many signs of this changing."
"Many young people in the area are undoubtedly moving south in order to find better opportunities and this is depriving the area of some of its best talent and skills."
Scotland and London followed closely behind, with average advertised salaries falling 5.2% to stand at £31,283 and £39,988 respectively.
A report by the End Child Poverty Coalition suggests small growth in benefits could push families deeper into poverty.
An 18-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering Leonne Weeks, 16, who was found dead on a path in Rotherham.
Two men have been arrested after a gun was fired in the Hylton Road Post Office on Monday
Most Viewed Pictures On Heart
Recently Played Tracks
To listen live, choose your preferred location:
Deposit £10 to get a £40 Welcome Bonus - That's £50 to play bingo, slots and more!*
Over 50 tracks to make you feel-good. New album out now...
Find your local four day weather report here.
Make Heart the soundtrack to your day and you could be a winner with great prizes up for grabs throughout the day.