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Two Newcastle MPs say they're angry that child heart surgery
NHS England says the Freeman Hospital needs
to bring all its specialist children's services together.
At the moment some are provided three miles away,
at the Great North Children's Hospital.
Our health reporter, Sharon Barbour, has the story.
Rachel in Middlesbrough knows how difficult it is to watch your own
Her son Theo has needed it three times.
We owe them everything, we really do, they are just outstanding.
And an outstanding team, and we still have contact with them, now.
On a three-yearly basis, now, which is fantastic.
We never, ever thought we would see that.
He's one of more than 2,000 heart and lung transplant patients that
have been saved by the Freeman Hospital.
But BBC Look North has revealed for the Freeman Hospital to be able
to continue its life-saving complex child heart surgery,
NHS England says it needs to be on the same site as other
And today Newcastle Hospitals confirmed it was drawing up
plans to move everything across to the Royal
NHS England have made it very clear that they really do wish us to move.
We would need to re-equip two operating theatres,
we would need what's called a cardiac catheterisation
laboratory, we would need a large dedicated children's intensive care
area, a high-dependency area, ward beds and an outpatient clinic.
The move will be a huge challenge and will cost many tens
NHS England say Newcastle Hospitals will have to find that money
The news has drawn strong criticism from Newcastle MPs.
Chi Onwurah is writing to the Health Secretary asking
"whether forcing it to move across the city is really
And Nick Brown was also shocked to hear the news.
The issue here is between rational argument, and the weight of evidence
is clearly on Newcastle's side, versus political decision-making,
and there of course we come down to the Secretary
of State Jeremy Hunt, so we'll both be putting pressure
on the Secretary of State to at least play fair.
NHS England says Newcastle will have extra time to draw up their plans.
The Hospital Trust says the actual move could mean building a whole
new heart and transplant unit on the RVI site and that the whole
process could take years, but they have no option.
Three men have appeared in court in connection with a shooting
A doorman was injured outside Tup Tup Palace in 2015.
Two men, both from the Walker area of the city, were remanded
in custody accused of conspiracy to murder.
A third man was released on bail charged with assisting an offender.
An internet troll from South Shields who made death threats to an MP has
been jailed for two years and three months.
Two related to emails he sent to the Merseyside Labour
He told her she would "get it like Jo Cox", the MP
The 28-year-old appeared before Newcastle Crown Court,
The judge said John Nimmo's need for notoriety grossly
outweighed his concern for others and that he terrified his victims
from his home, where he thought he could remain anonymous.
Today, the 28-year-old from South Shields was jailed
for nine charges relating to threatening and offensive
messages he'd sent to a number of victims via the internet.
In July last year, he sent death threats via email to Liverpool MP
Luciana Berger just weeks after her fellow MP Jo Cox
was stabbed and shot at her constituency office.
In one email to Miss Berger, Nimmo referred to the murder,
saying "she would get it like Jo Cox", accompanied
He was also sentenced today for sending offensive emails
to an anti-hate-crime organisation, in which he threatened
to blow up a mosque, saying "death will come
In a statement read out in court today from Miss Berger, she said...
In mitigation, Nimmo's barrister said he had Asperger's syndrome
He also said it was unlikely he wouldn't reoffend
without therapy, due to psychological problems.
It's not the first time Nimmo's been convicted for this type of offence -
in 2014 he was jailed for offensive tweets to a journalist and an MP.
Sentencing John Nimmo, Judge Robert Adams told him his
actions had been cowardly and caused fear, misery and paranoia
He also said it was of great concern that he had thought it was "fun"
to get reactions from people whilst abusing them anonymously,
and that his need for recognition had stopped any remorse.
Bradley Lowery, the five-year-old Sunderland football fan
who has terminal cancer, has had some special
The Black Cats' top scorer Jermain Defoe and goalkeeper
Vito Mannone popped in to see him, along with Seb Larsson
A photo of Bradley falling asleep cuddling Defoe has been liked
by tens of thousands of people on social media.
Finally, the Minster Police, who protect the grounds
of York Minster, are to get the same powers as regular police officers.
Thought to be the oldest police force in the country,
its officers have been looking after the cathedral
Although it's a private force, they've had specialist training,
Time now for the weekend weather forecast with Jen Bartram.
We start tonight's forecast with a yellow warning
for snow, falling as showers through the night tonight.
Not all of us will catch them but on higher ground
Those showers will be with us first thing tomorrow morning.
They'll gradually start to turn more to rain as we head through the day.
Parts of Cumbria staying largely dry but the showers will gradually start
to push over as we head into the afternoon,
Temperatures 4-6, but add on the strength of that brisk
north-easterly wind and it will be feeling much colder than that.
Into Sunday, many parts start off dry but there will be some further
showers to come in the forecast, again, falling as snow
Some brightness across western parts of Cumbria later on in the day
Temperatures up to four or five degrees.
Here's a reminder of the weather this weekend.
Now the national forecast with Louise Lear.
exception to that rule probably over the hills where again there could be
a bit of snow, but not accumulating. Another cold
However I paint this weekend's picture, I'll need a palette of
grey. Thereby a a lot of cloud around but I managed to find some
sunshine. I don't know how but there was a couple of hours towards the
south-west in Cornwall, a beautiful day. The south-west saw glimpses of
sunshine. Further east, cloudy, cold and grey with winds off the North
seep and a scattering of wintry showers. Yes, rain sleet and snow, a
dusting at lower levels through the day. It brought this beautiful
picture on the outskirts of Aberdeenshire. But enough of the
sun, let's get back to the nitty gritty and talk about the snow
showers that will continue across the eastern half of the UK
throughout the night. There will be some significant accumulations
higher ground. A dusting at lower levels, and it will 's be cold
further north and