09/02/2017 Look North (North East and Cumbria)


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Hello, welcome to Thursday's Look North.

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Tonight, a new crisis for children's heart surgery in the North East.

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NHS bosses have told doctors here that, if they want to continue

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to operate, they may have to move the unit across the city.

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Most of this will be down to local hospitals to work out and local

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hospital trusts to work out how this might be achieved and,

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if it can't be achieved, then we will have to take

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Also tonight, a man's died after being found with serious

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The North doctors working on a rapid test to diagnoses lift-threatening

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And back on display in a new location -

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the statue honouring a footballing legend.

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Staying with sport, there's a new challenge for one

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And for the next three days - Wearside is the place to spot some

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of the best young tennis players in the world!

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First tonight, BBC Look North has learned of a major crisis facing

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The flagship Child and Adult Heart Surgery Unit may have to be moved

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to the Royal Victoria Infirmary, if Newcastle is to continue

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to provide children's heart surgery, including heart transplants.

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NHS England says, in future, any hospital undertaking complex

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children's heart surgery must be based on the same site of other

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In Newcastle, they're at different sites.

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Sharon Barbour has this exclusive report.

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Undertaking complex heart surgery on a child -

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sometimes on a tiny baby - is one of the most difficult

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It's operating on a heart that can be as little as a walnut.

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Making sure every surgeon has enough expertise and experience to do it

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safely has been at the centre of a raging battle across

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the country for the last 16 years, since the scandal of high death

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The question being which hospitals can continue

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Newcastle's Freeman Hospital has been at the centre of that debate,

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but its battle for survival has been boosted by the fact

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that it's one of the few in the country that undertakes

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The most specialist skill of all, a skill that has seen them make

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And nearly four years ago, after a huge

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review of all units, it had right to continue.

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But legal battles and campaigning by Leeds Hospital

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supporters saw that decision scrapped.

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So, more than ?6 million later, NHS England has today launched

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a public consultation on the standards hospitals

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have to reach to be able to continue complex surgery.

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But for Newcastle, one of the standards is a major concern.

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And that has major implications, because, for the whole

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of the North East and Cumbria, heart surgery is at the Freeman

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and specialist children's services is based on the other side

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of the city, at the Royal Victoria Infirmary.

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The challenge of moving the entire children's and adult heart

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surgery across to another hospital is enormous.

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This will be down to local hospitals to work out and local hospital

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trusts to work out how this might be achieved and, if it can't be

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achieved, NHS England will need to know it can be achieved and we will

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have to take the appropriate action accordingly. In terms of money there

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is no additional money, so that has to be stated upfront. Newcastle

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hospital staff are coming to terms with the enormity of the news and,

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in a statement, told us... NHS England say they will give

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Newcastle more time than anywhere That are significant questions

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tonight. I possible will it be to move all of children's and adult's

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surgery and transplanted to the RVI, or move all of the children's

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specialist services from the RVI to the Freeman Hospital so they can all

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be on the same site. It would take a huge amount of planning and time and

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have a massive impact on both hospitals and will cost millions of

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pounds. NHS England say they will give

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Newcastle more time than anywhere else, but refused to be drawn on how

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much they would be willing A public consultation has been

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launched today and we'll ask -- will ask for months with no announcement

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expected until next year. Mystery still surrounds

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the discovery of a fatally-injured man in a Sunderland cemetery

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early this morning. The victim, who hasn't yet been

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named, died despite treatment by paramedics at the scene

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and it's not known The police are appealing

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for anyone who might have Bishopwearmouth cemetery

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is Sunderland's biggest. And here, among its 80

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acres of gravestones, a man lay dying in the freezing

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hour before dawn. At 6.30, the police were called

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by paramedics, who treated the badly-injured victim

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at the scene, without success. Despite this being so close to the

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city centre, and between two major roads, this can be a very solitary

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even remote place. And with almost no lighting in that, it would have

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been very dark early this morning. One local woman is especially

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familiar with the 70s. And the bodies. I always look over my

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shoulder. Someone is supposed to love those gates but they are always

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open so you don't know who is going to be in there. So you don't feel

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safe? Don't feel safe at all. Entrances to the cemetery

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were sealed off, but one funeral did go ahead,

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out of sight of the work This afternoon, a Home Office

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pathologist came and went, but any information about the man,

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or how he might have died, Police carried out house-to-house

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enquiries and asked for anyone who might have any useful

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information to come forward. Whoever he was, he died a violent

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death in what should be a place Gerry Jackson,

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BBC Look North, Sunderland. A Cumbrian police officer,

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who's in prison awaiting sentence after admitting three child sex

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offences, has been sacked and described as a disgrace

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to his profession. PC Nick Pool tried to encourage

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a 12-year-old girl to meet him for sex, not knowing the child

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was an undercover police officer. Today at a special hearing,

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Pool was instantly dismissed Cumbria's Ambulance Service has

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expressed support for plans to downgrade maternity services

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at the West Cumberland Hospital, despite raising serious

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clinical concerns In a letter written in December,

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the North West Ambulance Service Chief Executive said plans

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to transfer more pregnant women from Whitehaven to Carlisle

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were clinically unsafe Today, the Ambulance Trust confirmed

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those concerns had been addressed and it now supports plans

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for midwifery lead care. -- and it now supports plans

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for midwifery-led care. But union representatives

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say their members still have I was surprised and

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I'm still unclear to what The fact of the matter

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is there is an issue about high acute cases and the transfer

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of those high acute cases from Whitehaven to Carlisle,

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and these concerns, these matters, have still not been addressed

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to our members' satisfaction. Northumbria Policeis one the forces

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-- is one of the forces considered and satisfactory. More than 7000

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offences including a year and rape not been dealt with correctly.

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Northumbria is required to improve, although several other forces are

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named as worst performers for accurate recording.

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-- Northumbria Police has been named on a list of forces failing

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to record thousands of offences - some of them violent crimes.

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Workington MP Sue Hayman has been appointed as Labour's new shadow

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The move is part of a reshuffle announced in the last hour triggered

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by a dispute over the party's strategy on Brexit.

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Last night, Newcastle Central's Chi Onwurah joined her fellow Tyneside

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MP Catherine McKinnell and York's Rachael Maskell

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by opposing Article 50 legislation that paves the way for the UK's

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Their concern about Brexit is shared by EU nationals

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living in this region - who say they face

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Our political correspondent Luke Walton has more.

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It was a night when the UK moved closer to the EU exit.

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But though the bill to trigger Article 50 passed

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by a huge majority, more Labour MPs came out

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in opposition, in defiance of their party leader.

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Frontbencher and Tynesider chi Onwurah went from supporting

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the legislation on the second reading to voting

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responding to what she says is Government belligerence.

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They didn't except one amendment and it is absolutely clear from what

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they are saying that this isn't about the result of the referendum,

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this is about the Tory party's plan for Britain to become sort of, some

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sort of tax haven, which is bad for the North East.

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Another Labour rebel was Rachel Maskell, who resigned

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from the Shadow Cabinet to make her stand.

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She's represents York - a constituency that voted Remain -

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as, narrowly at least, did Newcastle, and Newcastle North's

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Catherine McKinnell also opposed the Brexit bill,

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accusing ministers of failing to consult.

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I believe that the only way the government can secure the best

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possible deal for all regions, but particularly I speak for the North

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these, which have so much to lose from a bad deal, is by properly

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engaging with those on the ground about what we need.

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But with the most of the region and the country voting Brexit,

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a leading Teesside leave campaigner says his Government's approach

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We've had that referendum, the British people have voted,

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Parliament must respect that result and delivered on the instructions

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they been given from that referendum.

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and anti-Brexit campaigner, recent events are less welcome.

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Originally from Spain, he says he and other EU nationals

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This is in order to protect the status of EU nationals, that

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amendment, was defeated and this, in suspense, confirms our status as

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bargaining chips. Beyond the legal uncertainty, it has produced a

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feeling of being unwanted, of being somehow is Beck Theatre in a show in

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which -- being a spectator in which you are the protagonists but do not

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have a say. It was hailed the referendum

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to end the EU argument, but as Brexit moves closer,

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passions on both sides of this The Business and Energy Secretary

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has reaffirmed the government's commitment to a new nuclear power

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station in West Cumbria, despite uncertainty about the future

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of the Moorside project. Greg Clark has been visiting

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a nuclear engineering firm near Egremont today,

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ahead of the Copeland by-election. He said he'd held talks with

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Toshiba, one of the companies behind Toshiba is part of a consortium,

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NuGen, as you know. We are very clear, very determined,

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that we want to see a new generation of nuclear new-build,

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including here in Moorside. I visited the site myself before

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Christmas and it's something Well, Labour says it's also

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committed to the nuclear And you can see a full list

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of candidates in the Copeland Now, meningitis and sepsis

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claim many young lives. But research has been ongoing

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for more than ten years to try to find a way of diagnosing

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the infections quickly A lot of progress has been made,

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but the next stage of that international research will involve

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testing samples from children who attend the emergency department

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at the Great North Children's Alison Freeman has

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been to find out more. A normal, happy family,

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but just months ago, though, when twins Nancy and Rita were only

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four days old, they started suffering from extremely high

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temperatures and were eventually admitted to hospital

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with suspected meningitis. Seeing our girls just stacked full

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of different troops and things -- Seeing our girls just stacked

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full of different tubes and things like that and it's really awful

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to think back to that. But we didn't actually know

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what was happening and they didn't In fact, they were remaining exactly

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the same and they were treating them with so many different types

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of antibiotics, cos they didn't They did know whether it was

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bacterial meningitis Tests to determine which type

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of meningitis patients have - bacterial or viral -

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currently take days. Whilst James and Rachel

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waited for the results, the twin baby girls were treated

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with a large amount of antibiotics, but it turned out they had

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the viral strain, Fortunately, though,

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they still made a full recovery. At the microbiology lab

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at the Freeman Hospital, they regularly test samples to work

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out which infections patients have. But research is ongoing to find

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a way to speed up that test We still have children dying

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from sepsis from meningitis, from other bacterial infections,

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despite vaccinations That means that we still need

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to carry on our work to try and recognise it earlier when we can

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treat it more easily and avoid people, you know,

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dying when they come in late. As part of the research, parents of

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children with early symptoms who go to the Greek not children's hospital

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I going to be asked for samples, something that Rachel and James hope

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people will agree to as early diagnosis would have helped them to

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understand what they're twins were going through. With them not

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responding to the antibiotics, we started to wonder what the problem

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was, how long this would go on for, how many weeks we would be

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potentially be in there, and whilst it would still have been

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frightening, there would be an element of control that I think we

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would have felt, knowing what they were dealing with.

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You're watching Thursday's Look North, plenty more coming up.

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Sport with Jeff, plus taking to the saddle for a very special cause.

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Why a mother of two is training to become a jockey despite having

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And we're hanging on to that chilly feel over the next couple of days,

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and there's even some snow in the forecast.

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Joanne Ford knows all about facing challenges.

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She's a mother of two from Bedale, who was diagnosed with

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cervical cancer 20 years ago, and more recently had major surgery

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to rebuild part of her spine after a riding accident.

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Despite all that, she's now training for a charity race day in York

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She's got five months to learn how to become a jockey before racing

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in front of thousands of people in June.

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Carla Fowler has been to find out how the training's going.

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Joanne Ford has been selected by national charity

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Macmillan Cancer Support to be one of 12 riders competing

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in their big charity race day on June the 17th in York.

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Between now and then, each rider faces gruelling daily training.

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They've had to find a racehorse, a professional trainer and pledged

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Until I came here for the first time, and I rode for my first two

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days, I had no idea how fit you really do need to be.

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I was in agony on the Saturday morning.

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Um, I struggled to walk down the stairs forwards!

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And now, two or three weeks in, it's really sunk in

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how fit these people are, how fit you need to be.

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I need the experience, I need to learn, it's very different

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from any riding I've ever done before.

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Some of these horses are worth six figures and Jo has

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to pass a jockey test in May to make her insurable to race.

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She's fought cancer twice and, seven years ago, had major back

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surgery when she was told she'd never ride again.

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In just five months, Jo will take part in the oldest

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and biggest charity race day in the world.

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Last year, just short of half a million pounds

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She's got to learn how to race a thoroughbred at York in front

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She's got to be jockey fit, she has to pass the assessment

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at Doncaster that jockeys have to pass.

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She's got to source her own racehorse to race and we're also

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challenging her to raise as much money as possible

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And this North Yorkshire racing yard has the right form to put Jo

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in the lead on race day, having trained the Macmillan

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We've done the same thing for the last few years.

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I think it's a really good cause and, if there's anything we can do

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to help with it all, I'm happy to go along with it.

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Obviously, she could ride when she'd come to start with,

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which is a big help, but changing from riding

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normally to riding short and like a jockey is, um...

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It's a big difference, though, but she's definitely

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improving every day, which is good.

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It takes nerves of steel to ride a racehorse as an amateur,

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but Jo's battles with cancer and surgery have given hope them.

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but Jo's battles with cancer and surgery have given her them.

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She's getting ready to make the ride of her life.

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Carla Fowler, BBC Look North, Richmond.

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Anyone on a horse is brave, but that's incredible, isn't it?

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Now, he was Ashington's favourite son.

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Working down the pit in the morning and, after quick bath,

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would head to St James' Park to score goals for Newcastle United.

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And today, the bronze statue of footballing legend Jackie Milburn

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was officially unveiled at a new location in his home town,

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Two generations down the line, Jackie's granddaughter,

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and his great-grandchildren were on hand to help

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Proud moments, of course, but it seems, when you're

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still at primary school, being related to a footballing

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legend isn't as easy as it might seem.

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What do the other kids say at school, then?

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They say, "Is he really?" And they don't believe us!

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I know! They don't believe us!

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I asked them and they say, "Is he really?"

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And then they just don't believe her!

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Yeah. Yeah.

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His goals helped Newcastle lift the FA Cup three times in the '50s.

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He left his indelible mark on Ashington, Newcastle United

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and the whole of the footballing world, as much for his humility

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and grace as for his undoubted prowess on the pitch.

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He worked at the pit on a Saturday morning.

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He'd come out of the pit, had a cigarette, got the bus to

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Newcastle and played for Newcastle, knocked a few goals in, came home,

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went to bed for a shift on Sunday night.

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That's the type of character we're talking about -

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I know everybody says that about

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their grandparents, but he was just amazing.

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Even going to the video shop, that was on the bridge there,

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Without fail, it had to be the same movie every week,

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and apple pies and ice cream and little songs he used to sing

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Are you proud of him? BOTH: Yeah!

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Why are you proud of him? Because, um...

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Well, he played very well at football.

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He scored lots of goals and he did very, very well.

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And so, after a brief spell out the limelight,

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"Wor Jackie" is back where he rightfully belongs -

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at the heart of his home town - where his memory is

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Jim Knight, BBC Look North, Ashington.

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Well said, girls. Great granddaughter is there, telling it

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like it is. Absolutely! And you've got sport? Yes, and going back to St

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James' Park. We'll kick-off with news

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of the departure of one of Newcastle Ivory Coast international,

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Chieck Tiote, has left The 30-year-old has joined Chinese

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second-tier side Beijing Enterprises But he'll always be remembered,

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though, for his dramatic equaliser in the 4-4 draw at home to Arsenal,

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completing the Magpies' Not a bad way to score your

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only goal for the club! Now, in the months

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following an Olympic Games, you always tend to find a steady

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stream of GB boxers leaving the amateur ranks

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and turning professional. The latest to follow that path

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is Sunderland's Josh Kelly, who's signed a contract

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with Eddie Hearn's Matchroom Boxing. Kelly, who's 22, reached the last 16

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in the welterweight division at Rio last summer before losing

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to the eventual gold He'll make his pro debut in Glasgow

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on the 15th of April. Some of the best young tennis

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players in the world began From tomorrow until Sunday,

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the Sunderland Tennis Centre in Silksworth will be hosting

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the finals of the European It's a girls' tournament and you can

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expect to see one or two of them And you think you could beat

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any 12 year-old girl? This tournament has already been

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a stepping stone for some of the top The likes of former world number one

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Caroline Wozniacki and Wimbledon champions Petra Kivitova

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and Maria Sharapova. Maybe, one day soon,

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we'll see this young I want to be a professional

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tennis player, This event is regarded

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as the biggest and best junior tennis team event in the world,

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so the eight teams we have playing for the next three days are

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the best eight teams These players, some of these

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will certainly become household names and we'll see them on TV

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in the future for definite. Sadly, the Brits didn't

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make it to Silksworth. With no seeding at this age level,

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they drew the highly-fancied Swiss in the semifinals

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and lost on a tie-break. So who'll be the favourites

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to lift the trophy on Sunday? It's going to be tough and anyone

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can win it this year, I would say. Russia is probably always

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the big favourite, so... The opening ceremony

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is at 9.30 tomorrow morning. Catch the rising

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stars while you can. And sadly, no matter how much we

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practice, we will never be as good as that.

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Speak for yourself! LAUGHTER No, I am a long way off.

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Time for the weather Web Owain. Loving the hair!

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Will you have to read a hat later? It does not do well under a hat.

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Changes over the next couple of days. It was cold today, a couple of

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wintry showers, we needed to wrap up. Those showers in the story

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overnight, cold, cloudy, some brightness today but looking at the

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satellite image, you could never say that, Best practice across Cumbria,

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elsewhere like someone has just cover the whole of the UK with a

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sheet. Being levels of cloud. Looking ahead towards tonight, going

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back to the map, wintry showers continuing, mainly across the East,

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Cumbria still catching a breather, largely dry, you can see it is all

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looking very blue. Temperatures falling close to, if not below

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freezing, pretty much across the board. Those showers, mainly as

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sleet or snow on higher levels, falling to lower levels as rain.

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First thing tomorrow morning, it is going to be chilly, yes, fairly

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cloudy, I gained Cumbria the best deal here, as far as bright spells

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are concerned. A few showers, falling as sleet or snow on the

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hills, and in towards Cumbria, this brightness does tend to stick

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around, throughout the morning and into the afternoon, but all we have

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to do is drag further east and it is cloudy, still some showers, but that

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said, al lot of dry weather around. Looking at the temperatures,

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anywhere from zero to about three or four Celsius. If you are heading out

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and about, you will need the hat and the scarf. Tomorrow night, we hang

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onto that easterly breeze, very cold wind, starting to strengthen and, on

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that, some jeans, dusting of snow on high ground but likely to fall to

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low levels. -- one that, some change. Looking at the pressure

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chart, it is actually quite quiet, high pressure in charge, mostly

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settled, this weather front spoiling the party a little, bringing those

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showers, it is quite weak, so wintry showers, as I've said, mainly on

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High Ground but not exclusively, possibly on local levels and towards

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the Cumbrian Fells by Saturday afternoon. Clearly cloudy, breezy,

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cold, I think we could wake up with a dusting of snow potentially to

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lower levels at times and temperatures in Saturday down to 45

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Celsius but with that added wind chill, you will really feel the cold

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if you are heading out. --. To four or five Celsius. This weekend, less

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cold, rain at times, some one error just getting to us towards Sunday,

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-- some warm air. Until then, we will need to wrap up.

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You will need a new jumper. That is it from us. Good night.

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OK, everyone, have you got your bamboo sticks?

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If you just paint what you want to paint,

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I've turned around, my painting washes away.

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..and take on The Big Painting Challenge.

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Remember, you're not painting a pond.

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Before I met you, I was a civilised woman.

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