2 DAY IN MINUTES: regional news.
IT could be years before miners made redundant at the region's last deep pit receive compensation payouts. About 340 have each been in line for a pounds 6,000 payment since April, when an employment tribunal ruled UK Coal shut Ellington Colliery without required consultation. But the NUM fears the company could appeal to Europe.
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Pupils banned from internet
PUPILS who ran rings around their school security system to access "inappropriate material" - including pornography -have now been banned from using the internet at St Thomas More RC High School in North Shields. Full story: Page 5
A BATTLE of the flesh could be set to break out in Newcastle after plans have emerged for a new lap-dancing club with full nudity. Leeds company Acrewell Ltd have submitted an application to a open a new club under the Lounge Bar on the town's Neville Street. One competitor claimed existing topless bars will have to bare all too.
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Tyne set to lose Brown Ale link
ONE of Newcastle's most famous exports is to set to lose all ties with the city. Newcastle Brown Ale has taken the city's name across the world, but now the famous brand could be moved thousands of miles from its Tyne home.
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