10/02/2017 Look North (North East and Cumbria)


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Two Newcastle MPs say they're angry that child heart surgery

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NHS England says the Freeman Hospital needs

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to bring all its specialist children's services together.

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At the moment some are provided three miles away,

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at the Great North Children's Hospital.

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Our health reporter, Sharon Barbour, has the story.

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Rachel in Middlesbrough knows how difficult it is to watch your own

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Her son Theo has needed it three times.

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We owe them everything, we really do, they are just outstanding.

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And an outstanding team, and we still have contact with them, now.

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On a three-yearly basis, now, which is fantastic.

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We never, ever thought we would see that.

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He's one of more than 2,000 heart and lung transplant patients that

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have been saved by the Freeman Hospital.

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But BBC Look North has revealed for the Freeman Hospital to be able

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to continue its life-saving complex child heart surgery,

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NHS England says it needs to be on the same site as other

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And today Newcastle Hospitals confirmed it was drawing up

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plans to move everything across to the Royal

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NHS England have made it very clear that they really do wish us to move.

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We would need to re-equip two operating theatres,

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we would need what's called a cardiac catheterisation

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laboratory, we would need a large dedicated children's intensive care

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area, a high-dependency area, ward beds and an outpatient clinic.

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The move will be a huge challenge and will cost many tens

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NHS England say Newcastle Hospitals will have to find that money

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The news has drawn strong criticism from Newcastle MPs.

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Chi Onwurah is writing to the Health Secretary asking

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"whether forcing it to move across the city is really

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And Nick Brown was also shocked to hear the news.

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The issue here is between rational argument, and the weight of evidence

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is clearly on Newcastle's side, versus political decision-making,

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and there of course we come down to the Secretary

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of State Jeremy Hunt, so we'll both be putting pressure

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on the Secretary of State to at least play fair.

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NHS England says Newcastle will have extra time to draw up their plans.

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The Hospital Trust says the actual move could mean building a whole

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new heart and transplant unit on the RVI site and that the whole

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process could take years, but they have no option.

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Three men have appeared in court in connection with a shooting

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A doorman was injured outside Tup Tup Palace in 2015.

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Two men, both from the Walker area of the city, were remanded

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in custody accused of conspiracy to murder.

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A third man was released on bail charged with assisting an offender.

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An internet troll from South Shields who made death threats to an MP has

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been jailed for two years and three months.

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Two related to emails he sent to the Merseyside Labour

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He told her she would "get it like Jo Cox", the MP

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The 28-year-old appeared before Newcastle Crown Court,

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The judge said John Nimmo's need for notoriety grossly

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outweighed his concern for others and that he terrified his victims

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from his home, where he thought he could remain anonymous.

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Today, the 28-year-old from South Shields was jailed

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for nine charges relating to threatening and offensive

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messages he'd sent to a number of victims via the internet.

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In July last year, he sent death threats via email to Liverpool MP

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Luciana Berger just weeks after her fellow MP Jo Cox

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was stabbed and shot at her constituency office.

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In one email to Miss Berger, Nimmo referred to the murder,

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saying "she would get it like Jo Cox", accompanied

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He was also sentenced today for sending offensive emails

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to an anti-hate-crime organisation, in which he threatened

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to blow up a mosque, saying "death will come

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In a statement read out in court today from Miss Berger, she said...

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In mitigation, Nimmo's barrister said he had Asperger's syndrome

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He also said it was unlikely he wouldn't reoffend

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without therapy, due to psychological problems.

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It's not the first time Nimmo's been convicted for this type of offence -

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in 2014 he was jailed for offensive tweets to a journalist and an MP.

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Sentencing John Nimmo, Judge Robert Adams told him his

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actions had been cowardly and caused fear, misery and paranoia

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He also said it was of great concern that he had thought it was "fun"

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to get reactions from people whilst abusing them anonymously,

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and that his need for recognition had stopped any remorse.

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Bradley Lowery, the five-year-old Sunderland football fan

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who has terminal cancer, has had some special

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The Black Cats' top scorer Jermain Defoe and goalkeeper

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Vito Mannone popped in to see him, along with Seb Larsson

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A photo of Bradley falling asleep cuddling Defoe has been liked

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by tens of thousands of people on social media.

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Finally, the Minster Police, who protect the grounds

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of York Minster, are to get the same powers as regular police officers.

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Thought to be the oldest police force in the country,

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its officers have been looking after the cathedral

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Although it's a private force, they've had specialist training,

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Time now for the weekend weather forecast with Jen Bartram.

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We start tonight's forecast with a yellow warning

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for snow, falling as showers through the night tonight.

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Not all of us will catch them but on higher ground

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Those showers will be with us first thing tomorrow morning.

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They'll gradually start to turn more to rain as we head through the day.

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Parts of Cumbria staying largely dry but the showers will gradually start

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to push over as we head into the afternoon,

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Temperatures 4-6, but add on the strength of that brisk

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north-easterly wind and it will be feeling much colder than that.

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Into Sunday, many parts start off dry but there will be some further

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showers to come in the forecast, again, falling as snow

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Some brightness across western parts of Cumbria later on in the day

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Temperatures up to four or five degrees.

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Here's a reminder of the weather this weekend.

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Now the national forecast with Louise Lear.

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exception to that rule probably over the hills where again there could be

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a bit of snow, but not accumulating. Another cold

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However I paint this weekend's picture, I'll need a palette of

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grey. Thereby a a lot of cloud around but I managed to find some

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sunshine. I don't know how but there was a couple of hours towards the

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south-west in Cornwall, a beautiful day. The south-west saw glimpses of

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sunshine. Further east, cloudy, cold and grey with winds off the North

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seep and a scattering of wintry showers. Yes, rain sleet and snow, a

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dusting at lower levels through the day. It brought this beautiful

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picture on the outskirts of Aberdeenshire. But enough of the

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sun, let's get back to the nitty gritty and talk about the snow

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showers that will continue across the eastern half of the UK

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throughout the night. There will be some significant accumulations

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higher ground. A dusting at lower levels, and it will 's be cold

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further north and

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