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Hello and welcome to Tuesday's Look North.
In tonight's headlines: Medical marvels - the cancer survivors
who are living proof of a remarkable clinical trial.
Think I think I just thought there isn't another option. 17 years
later, it never occurred to me I would still be alive.
Tall story - he was banned for standing up while driving,
but this 6ft 7 driver claimed he was sitting down.
How a steep hike in rural business rates could force this
And, Toon on film - a special report on the North East's
In football, a new signing for Sunderland, but the top striker
from their ladies team is on the move.
And, we look at plans for a major new sports ground
17 years ago, a group of patients with a rare form of blood cancer
They decided to take part in a clinical trial in Newcastle
and now many have lived to see children grow up and
Remarkably, some are now thought to be cured -
something doctors never thought possible.
The long term results of the trial have just been accepted
for publication and the patients have been speaking
Time with family is something Jean Boyd never takes for granted.
Diagnosed with chronic myloid leukaemia 21 years ago,
she was told she had just a few years to live.
She was offered a place on a clinical trial in the year 2000.
I think I just thought there isn't another option, really.
I think, 17 years later, it never occurred to me
It never occurred to me I would see my family grow up.
I thought by 50 I would be dead, so I am thrilled.
It makes you realise that every single day you have almost been
You know, we could have grown up very differently.
He could have grown up without seeing his grandmother.
The long term results of the study, which Newcastle doctors helped
lead, have just been accepted for publication.
This trial has really led to a complete change
This class of drugs, which are TKIs, there are now about 30 or 40
being used to treat anything from lung cancer to
When the trial got underway in the year 2000, doctors
were hopeful they'd be able to extend patients' lives,
but what they didn't foresee was that some
Like Margaret, the very first patient on the trial.
I had a brother who had died, and even if he had been alive
and been a match, I would have been too old to have a bone
I would have danced with the devil to have extra time.
I have seen seven grandchildren being born.
I can't believe I would have lasted for 17 years,
and that the disease would have gone.
Now the Freeman Hospital is involved in a follow-up study where, so far,
more than 90% of the patients have shown no evidence of relapsing
a year after reducing their dosage, with some coming off
Up to half of the patients don't need to remain on the drug,
and therefore we are stopping the drug for patients
The patient loses the side effects, the NHS loses the drug bill.
Since the year 2000, Newcastle hospitals have been
involved in more than 400 cancer treatment trials, featuring more
than 11,000 of their patients - something doctors here
Without research, half the patients with this disease would have
died after five years, but now they have a normal life span.
So it is painful and expensive to do research, it takes a lot of time,
I feel lucky, very blessed to have been in Newcastle at a time
For the most part, on the drugs I've been on, within a few months
Three men from Carlisle have been banned from all football grounds
for their part in a brawl with stewards at a match
between Carlisle and Hartlepool last October.
Magistrates heard that trouble flared when Carlisle scored and fans
Luke Hodgson, who's 18, Stephen Neaves, who's 25
and Carl Swan who's 24, were banned from football
A 56-year-old grandfather escaped a ban, despite throwing a punch.
Look North has learned health managers who are closing
Hartlepool Hospital's licensed fertility unit rejected a bid
from a company that's already run fertility services there.
Earlier this month, the local Clinical Commissioning Group
announced that licensed fertility treatment will end, meaning
patients will have to travel as far as Newcastle.
Managers said they couldn't find a new organisation to run
the service, but they'd already rejected a bid from a firm running
Health managers wanted to close car people's fertility unit last year.
At an emotional meeting last summer it was saved. Now those same
managers say licensed fertility treatment here must end. With all
those twists and turns it must be hard for local patients to keep up
with what is happening. But the local clinical commissioning group
said they had a limited response from organisations that actually
wanted to run the fertility services here. Quality standards were not met
either. But we have learned that one organisation that was bidding to run
services here has actually been running some fertility services at
this hospital for several months. It was what the council had to say
about their concerns earlier this month. I am extremely angry. Right
back in October, we were contacted by some interested parties who were
finding it extremely difficult to get the information that they
required to put the bits together. We now know who that interested
party was. This video is from the care fertility group. They have 15
clinics up and down Britain, and were already supporting services in
Hartlepool. The local clinical commissioning group decided they did
not pass muster in the bidding process, which means people like
Jodie, waiting for licensed fertility treatment for six years,
cannot have it in Hartlepool. The top and bottom of it is I have to
have fertility treatment to have children, and as the years go on and
the months pass on, my body clock is slowing down. The care fertility
group are not mincing their words either. They say:
It must be disappointing for everyone who was waiting to undergo
fertility treatment. But it is as though they have
already made their minds up. Well, Mark joins me
now from Hartlepool. So, another twist at
the town's fertility unit. What are the managers
saying tonight? The sign behind me, K outside the
hospital, says no emergency department, and no licensed
fertility services either, much to the consternation of people like
Jodie. The local clinical commissioning group, no comment from
them so far tonight, but in the past they have said the rules for
procurement are strict, and due process was followed in this case.
One little footnote, I understand this whole affair will be discussed
at a scrutiny panel next month. Perhaps more to come.
Thank you. A 6ft 7 inch car dealer
from Newcastle has been banned from driving for 12 months
after pleading guilty to dangerous driving,
but he maintains it was all down 26-year-old Adam Elliott was accused
of standing up while he was driving a convertible Ford Ka
on the Tyne Bridge a year ago, but he insists he was
sitting down at the time. This incident took place
in January last year, when car dealer Adam Elliot
was on his way back from buying He had the roof down,
and he's accused of standing up in the car while he was driving over
the Tyne Bridge. Although he insists
that he was sitting down and it was just his 6'7 stature that
made him look like he was standing, he took the advice of his lawyer
and pleaded guilty to dangerous But I was too tall for the car,
and that has caused a distraction Well, I was playing up to people
that were waving, but I would say They were waving
at me, I waved back. Mr Elliot has 12 previous
convictions of driving while disqualified, and he now has
to wait until next month I am worried, but I have been
honest and I have accepted what I have done is wrong,
so I can only hope for the best and hope they realise
it was a bit of foolishness. The judge gave Mr Elliott credit,
saying he sensibly pleaded guilty But he went on to say,
"It was obvious that you were showing off,
demonstrating your height, and distracting other drivers
in a small open topped vehicle." Mr Elliott will be sentenced
the week commencing 27th February. A North Yorkshire farmers' mart
that's been in existence for over 100 years says it doesn't know
if it can survive a big hike Hawes Mart sells 100,000 sheep
a year, but will see its rates bill leap from ?7,500 a year
to ?47,000 from April. It's just one rural enterprise that
will be disproportionately hit by a new government revaluation
of premises - something that's Our Business Correspondent
Ian Reeve reports. Sheep have been sold at this auction
mart in Hawes for 103 years. It has seen its business
rates shoot up. The revaluation means a big
bill is coming in April. We have been paying business rates
of about ?7,000, ?7,500, It means that the mart
is not going to be viable. The profits that we make
are not substantial. It is going to be touch and go
whether we can survive. Business rates have been
reset across the country. Some properties will see a fall,
but rural enterprises are the worst hit in the first revaluation
for seven years. The figures are compiled by
Whitehall's Valuation Office Agency, a London body threatening
the existence and jobs of an obscure Have done a survey of the marts
in the North of England, and most of them have received
an increase of around 100%, and some 200%, but nobody has had
a rise like ours of 600%. 100,000 sheep are sold
here every year, including The mart is an essential
part of the process I almost regard it as
insurance, the auction. You send things into an abattoir
and you are certainly not as safe, But, if the mart goes,
it won't only be farmers Stuart's guesthouse offers a stay
for mart buyers and sellers. September and October are busy
months anyway in Hawes, but the mart adds something to it
because you get farmers from all And then you get the visitors
who find it a huge attraction as well, so it is a big part
of Hawes, the market. In its defence, the Valuation Office
Agency says it sets rateable values fairly and equally,
but there is an appeal process. Time enough for the mart to no
longer be at the heart A new type of recruitment drive
is taking place in Cumbria to help avoid future staff shortages
in the NHS and emergency services. 600 schoolchildren are taking part
in sessions which give a taste of what it's like to work
for the county's most A school time lesson in saving a
life, which could start a passion for a future career. Cumbria's
Ambulance Service needs new recruits. Current staff are helping
find them. We want to encourage young people to join us in the
ambience service and all the emergency services, and we want to
encourage people who live in Umbria to stay and work in Cumbria. We have
some trouble keeping them here sometimes, but we encourage people
who live and work here and understand the area to join us.
Rural geography and career opportunities can make recruitment
difficult in Cumbria. Finding ways to ease those problems now and in
the future are crucial. Everyone always says we have got a crisis
right now, what will we do? Maybe if we had done something like this five
years ago we would be in a better situation. The ultimate aim is to
encourage some of our students into our health care professions. From
health care options to policing and social work, the feedback from
students so far is positive. I want to work in the police when I am
older, and I have learned more information about what it is like to
be in the police force. Very useful because I did not think about
paramedics until I came. Now I am debating about what I want to do
with my future. Quite useful, to be fair. I have got to learn quite a
bit of stuff that I didn't know and that will be useful in the future. I
want to be a midwife, and be University of Cumbria has got the
best course to do it in the local area. For Maddie, today has helped
confirm her career choice as a paramedic. I think it will be a
rewarding job, going home and thinking I have done something
worthwhile. Next week, the recruitment event heads to Carlisle,
with the hope of finding more pupils like Maddie to staff our services in
the future. A Tyneside entrepreneur
who launched her business empire on a ?90 budget while juggling three
jobs has been singled out by Forbes magazine as being one of the names
to watch after making the 30 under 28-year-old Alice Hall set up
the online fashion retailer The company now turns over
?9 million annually, shipping out over 4,000 products
a day from its Newcastle factory with plans to expand
to America and Australia. I just got an e-mail saying I had
been nominated for this 30 under 30 for Europe in retail, so I sent over
some figures and I was in the list. It is just absolutely overwhelming.
An amazing surprise. I just can't believe it.
With Ken Loach's "I Daniel Blake" gearing up for the final lap
of the awards season, Tyneside can once again pride itself
And its popularity with film and TV crews is being celebrated
in a new book written by a former producer of "The Tube."
Our arts reporter, Sharuna Sagar, has been taking a closer look
at what makes Newcastle a lead location.
It is an incredibly gritty and authentic film,
Get Carter, one of the all-time gangster greats.
The feature film was shot on location in and around Newcastle.
Released in 1971, it put the city on the cinematic map.
This is where, literally, Michael Caine's ghost walks straight
This is where Sting and Tommy Lee Jones walk
And the Tyne Bridge, that is where Mr James Bond himself,
Daniel Craig, makes that last walk with oasis playing
in the background, in the epic Our Friends in the North.
It's a moment, the location manager will never forget.
I was able, with police permission, to stop the traffic
for about two minutes on the Tyne Bridge completely.
You must have some somewhere stashed away.
That pig hasn't had a penny up its backside in about ten years.
But it was Bob and Terry who first brought a North East sensibility
into the nations living rooms back in 1964.
You have to remember that the north-east was not
acknowledged on the screen until The Likely Lads.
And then When the Boat Comes in, which also feature James Brolin.
Over the five decades since, the region has been used to great
I have worked on so many productions going back years.
Our Friends in the North, Billy Elliot, Catherine Cookson
Each one has got a different set of demands, from modern to period.
Newcastle and the north-east offer everything they could ever want,
Most recently, the city's streets were used in the new Transformers
movie that was also filmed in Alnwick and Bamburgh.
From science fiction to social realism, it was also the backdrop
for arguably the biggest British film to come out of
I am just down from the Central library.
And, for those of you familiar with the film, you might
The story of a man struggling to survive in a welfare system
could have been set anywhere, but director Ken Loach
Jesus Christ, who is first in this queue?
Do you mind if this young lass signs on first?
The landscape and the architecture are spectacular.
Newcastle has got some of the finest city buildings,
and also I have to say some of the worst.
What drew us was the character and the language, and this sense
With no film fund currently in place, the health of the region's
TV and film industry is down to the allure of its natural assets.
In 2015, the region's film and TV industry generated about ?30 million
Just imagine what we could do if we had those funds again.
The future lies firmly in the lap of the film gods.
And maybe a Geordie soap or a romcom will be the answer to local
You mentioned last night about reports of an overseas bid
to buy a major stake in Middlesbrough football club.
Well, no official reaction from the club, but we do believe
it s been rejected by the chairman, Steve Gibson, who, of course,
has been in sole charge of the club since 1994.
It's thought the offer is from a combined
The group is headed by a businessman called Chien Lee, who owns Nice
He previously tried, and failed, to buy Hull City.
It's understood the consortium has also had talks with both
Newcastle and Sunderland, but they made an offer to buy a 50%
But that deal has been turned down by Steve Gibson.
It's thought he is keen to attract overseas investment,
Joleon Lescott has become Sunderland's first signing
The defender has joined the Black Cats on a short-term contract.
The 34-year-old, who spent three years with David Moyes at Everton,
has been training on Wearside for the last couple of weeks.
He's signed a deal until the end of the season, after being
And it's not just the men's team which is struggling.
Sunderland ladies star, Beth Mead, has signed for Arsenal.
The England U23 striker was the top scorer in
She's the first high profile player to leave the club
since the announcement that the Lady Black Cats
England's northernmost town is hoping to build
The idea is it would serve both the local community and possibly
the town's football team, Berwick Rangers.
The Berwick Stadium Trust has found last near East Ord
which it wants to develop, to inspire a future generation
Dawn Thewlis has been for a look around.
If you build it, they will come. The famous line from the Kevin Costner
film, field of dreams. This is Berwick's field of dreams, where
they want to create the best sporting facility for miles around.
In real life it is never quite as simple as that, and it is still very
much just a dream. We have got an option on this site, a fantastic
location state of the bypass, and we are working from an idea on a piece
of paper to make it reality. It is taking quite a long time to get to
this stage, so I would not be deluded enough to think it will
happen immediately, but already there has been a groundswell of
support, and all it takes is the right people to speak to each other
desire getting things done on the ground. The semiprofessional
football part of it would be that stadium there with a grassed pitch.
Triple facilities are a big heart of the plan. The home of Berwick
Rangers has seen Berwick Billy Macri better days. The project is not
dependent on the Scottish League 2 side moving there. John is also a
director of the club, so how has the idea been received so far? I think a
cautious welcome to the idea. At the minute it is an idea. It is my job
as the person who is pushing this forward to put it into an idea that
is well thought out and costed. All we are concerned about at the moment
is making it a realistic option. It is about much more than football. As
well as artificial pitches, indoor and outdoor, that would be a
gymnastics hall, multisports court and a full-sized running track. We
spoke to guide early on in the process and he travels thousands of
miles each year to get a good track to train on. Everyone who will come
after him in the world of athletics would welcome a new track here. Now
the hard work begins finding financial backing and support from
the town county council to turn Eric's Field of dreams into reality.
We have got another piece on Berwick club later in the week. There is a
big anniversary coming up. I will say no more.
Man of mystery! Now, the weather. It feels like it
is turning colder. It is, and it will continue to turn
colder over the next few days. Today, weather-wise, in Cumbria
things are fairly cloudy and damp, but the snowdrops are thriving on
it. Further east, the cloud is more broken which has led to some nice
sunset again. The next few days, you will notice things turning colder.
Generally dry, but the breeze will make things feel colder still as we
head towards the end of the working week. Overnight tonight, a lot of
cloud around. It will produce some patchy rain and drizzle, mostly in
the West. Eastern areas tending to stay dry, but enough cloud and
breeze to keep most cases frost free. The late-night roundabout to
or three Celsius, but most places will escape a frost. Any cloud
breaks could allow a localised touch of frost, but many of us will remain
frost free overnight. A cloudy start to tomorrow, but it should break up.
Most places will stay dry and we should see some decent bright spells
on and off through the day. It will never be unbroken blue sky, but a
bright picture for most of us. A top ten at of eight or nine Celsius, but
the wind is quite strong at times coming up from the south, and that
will take the edge of the numbers, making it feel colder than those
figures suggest. The wind will feature in the weather as we head
through tomorrow and into Thursday and the weekend. Lots of isobars on
the chart. Things start to turn a bit milder as we head towards the
weekend. But it is complicated by thickening cloud and patchy rain
towards the weekend. Thursday, a raw feel to things. That south-easterly
wind really peddling the chapters back. A lot of cloud around at
times. In the East, Tebbutt is only just above freezing. Less cold in
the West, but still cold if you are exposed to the breeze. Friday will
be a dry, bright day, Tebbutt is slightly up. Dash-macro
temperatures. The wind eases the weekend, and daytime temperatures
recover. But there will also be patchy rain. We will keep you
updated. Friday looks like a day for a
bracing walk along the coast. That's it from us tonight. Goodbye.
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