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A violent paedophile who made a "hidey hole" in his home to conceal a girl he was abusing has been jailed for 27 years for a string of serious sex offences. Michael Dunn, 57, from Redcar, knocked through the wall behind his fridge to create a cavity which he used…
Detectives investigating hundreds of allegations of sexual and physical abuse at a young offenders' centre have identified 32 suspects who may be charged. Since August 2013, Durham Police have run Operation Seabrook into claims from 1,396 ex-inmates of Medomsley Detention Centre, near Consett. The force has put forward cases to…
A man is facing a life sentence after being found guilty of murdering a disabled adult who was beaten for days, drugged and dumped by the side of a footpath. Lee Irving, 24, was living with people he thought were his friends but they took advantage of his profound learning…
The family of a couple who have been together for 70 years were "incredibly relieved" after a council said they could stay in the same home following a social media campaign that went around the world. Relatives of Ray and Jessie Lorrison (pictured) from South Shields took up their case…
A partnership that is leading the way to a better future for children in care in Sunderland has been praised by a leading national voice on adoption. Sunderland City Council is working with the University of Sunderland on a wide ranging Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP), to ensure young people in…
A new electronic device the size of a mobile phone could transform aftercare for stroke patients and help them regain movement and control of their hands. The small bit of kit, which is being tested in medical trials, delivers a series of weak electrical shocks followed by an audible click…
The Duchess of Northumberland is offering tattoos and speed dating for the elderly after opening a cafe to help combat loneliness. Situated at The Alnwick Garden, which the Duchess redeveloped and opened 15 years ago, the centre will offer a range of activities from toe nail clipping to getting a…
Five children are to be taken from the care of a woman after a family court judge concluded that she had caused them emotional harm. Judge Simon Wood said the woman was the mother of some of the children and the stepmother of others. The judge said the woman had…
One of Sunderland’s most inspirational adult learners has been recognised by the University of Sunderland for her achievements. A graduate of both the University’s Childhood Studies degree course, and Sunderland City Council’s ‘Next Steps’ care leavers support programme which helped fund her studies, Emma Dougherty, 23, was awarded this year’s…
The first group of students on a new paramedic course have started the next step in their careers. In a bid to help address the national paramedic shortage and to invest in its staff, North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) has worked with the University of Sunderland to develop a new…
A teacher who described herself as a "snob" and said a member of her ex-husband's family spoke "Geordie" and lived on a "grotty" estate has lost a court fight over the care of her two children. Judge Rachel Hudson has decided that the youngsters, who are eight and nine, should…
Staff at Newcastle Youth Offending Team were doing some good work to turn children away from crime, but senior leaders needed to work better together to drive performance, said Dame Glenys Stacey, Chief Inspector of Probation as she published her report of the work of Newcastle Youth Offending Team (YOT).…
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Resigning with class!

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Are you preparing to resign from your current job? Some job seekers have a hard time doing so, either because they love the job and their colleagues or because they can't stand the job and can't wait to leave. 

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Founder of Just Fight On, Jo-Anne Brown, spoke exclusively to us about bullying and harassment in the workplace. Bullying only happens to weak people. It only happens in school playgrounds.

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