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Hello, welcome to Thursday's Look North.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


And back on display in a new location -


the statue honouring a footballing legend.


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


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


of the best young tennis players in the world!


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


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


to the Royal Victoria Infirmary, if Newcastle is to continue


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


NHS England says, in future, any hospital undertaking complex


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


In Newcastle, they're at different sites.


Sharon Barbour has this exclusive report.


Undertaking complex heart surgery on a child -


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


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


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


safely has been at the centre of a raging battle across


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


The question being which hospitals can continue


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


but its battle for survival has been boosted by the fact


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


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


And nearly four years ago, after a huge


review of all units, it had right to continue.


But legal battles and campaigning by Leeds Hospital


supporters saw that decision scrapped.


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


a public consultation on the standards hospitals


have to reach to be able to continue complex surgery.


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


And that has major implications, because, for the whole


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


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


of the city, at the Royal Victoria Infirmary.


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


surgery across to another hospital is enormous.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Newcastle more time than anywhere That are significant questions


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


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


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


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


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


pounds. NHS England say they will give


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


much they would be willing A public consultation has been


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


expected until next year. Mystery still surrounds


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


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


named, died despite treatment by paramedics at the scene


and it's not known The police are appealing


for anyone who might have Bishopwearmouth cemetery


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


acres of gravestones, a man lay dying in the freezing


hour before dawn. At 6.30, the police were called


by paramedics, who treated the badly-injured victim


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


were sealed off, but one funeral did go ahead,


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


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


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


enquiries and asked for anyone who might have any useful


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


death in what should be a place Gerry Jackson,


BBC Look North, Sunderland. A Cumbrian police officer,


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


offences, has been sacked and described as a disgrace


to his profession. PC Nick Pool tried to encourage


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


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


Pool was instantly dismissed Cumbria's Ambulance Service has


expressed support for plans to downgrade maternity services


at the West Cumberland Hospital, despite raising serious


clinical concerns In a letter written in December,


the North West Ambulance Service Chief Executive said plans


to transfer more pregnant women from Whitehaven to Carlisle


were clinically unsafe Today, the Ambulance Trust confirmed


those concerns had been addressed and it now supports plans


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


for midwifery-led care. But union representatives


say their members still have I was surprised and


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


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


of those high acute cases from Whitehaven to Carlisle,


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


to our members' satisfaction. Northumbria Policeis one the forces


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


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


Northumbria is required to improve, although several other forces are


named as worst performers for accurate recording.


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


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


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


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


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


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


MP Catherine McKinnell and York's Rachael Maskell


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


Their concern about Brexit is shared by EU nationals


living in this region - who say they face


Our political correspondent Luke Walton has more.


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


But though the bill to trigger Article 50 passed


by a huge majority, more Labour MPs came out


in opposition, in defiance of their party leader.


Frontbencher and Tynesider chi Onwurah went from supporting


the legislation on the second reading to voting


responding to what she says is Government belligerence.


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


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


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


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


Another Labour rebel was Rachel Maskell, who resigned


from the Shadow Cabinet to make her stand.


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


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


Catherine McKinnell also opposed the Brexit bill,


accusing ministers of failing to consult.


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


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


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


engaging with those on the ground about what we need.


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


a leading Teesside leave campaigner says his Government's approach


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


Parliament must respect that result and delivered on the instructions


they been given from that referendum.


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


Originally from Spain, he says he and other EU nationals


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


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


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


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


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


have a say. It was hailed the referendum


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


passions on both sides of this The Business and Energy Secretary


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


station in West Cumbria, despite uncertainty about the future


of the Moorside project. Greg Clark has been visiting


a nuclear engineering firm near Egremont today,


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


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


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


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


including here in Moorside. I visited the site myself before


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


committed to the nuclear And you can see a full list


of candidates in the Copeland Now, meningitis and sepsis


claim many young lives. But research has been ongoing


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


the infections quickly A lot of progress has been made,


but the next stage of that international research will involve


testing samples from children who attend the emergency department


at the Great North Children's Alison Freeman has


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


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


four days old, they started suffering from extremely high


temperatures and were eventually admitted to hospital


with suspected meningitis. Seeing our girls just stacked full


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


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


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


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


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


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


bacterial meningitis Tests to determine which type


of meningitis patients have - bacterial or viral -


currently take days. Whilst James and Rachel


waited for the results, the twin baby girls were treated


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


the viral strain, Fortunately, though,


they still made a full recovery. At the microbiology lab


at the Freeman Hospital, they regularly test samples to work


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


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


from sepsis from meningitis, from other bacterial infections,


despite vaccinations That means that we still need


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


treat it more easily and avoid people, you know,


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


would have felt, knowing what they were dealing with.


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


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


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


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


and there's even some snow in the forecast.


Joanne Ford knows all about facing challenges.


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


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


to rebuild part of her spine after a riding accident.


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


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


in front of thousands of people in June.


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


Joanne Ford has been selected by national charity


Macmillan Cancer Support to be one of 12 riders competing


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


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


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


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


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


I was in agony on the Saturday morning.


Um, I struggled to walk down the stairs forwards!


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


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


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


from any riding I've ever done before.


Some of these horses are worth six figures and Jo has


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


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


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


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


and biggest charity race day in the world.


Last year, just short of half a million pounds


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


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


at Doncaster that jockeys have to pass.


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


challenging her to raise as much money as possible


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


in the lead on race day, having trained the Macmillan


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


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


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


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


which is a big help, but changing from riding


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


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


improving every day, which is good.


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


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


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


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


Carla Fowler, BBC Look North, Richmond.


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


Now, he was Ashington's favourite son.


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


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


And today, the bronze statue of footballing legend Jackie Milburn


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


Two generations down the line, Jackie's granddaughter,


and his great-grandchildren were on hand to help


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


still at primary school, being related to a footballing


legend isn't as easy as it might seem.


What do the other kids say at school, then?


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


I know! They don't believe us!


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


And then they just don't believe her!


Yeah. Yeah.


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


He left his indelible mark on Ashington, Newcastle United


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


and grace as for his undoubted prowess on the pitch.


He worked at the pit on a Saturday morning.


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


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


went to bed for a shift on Sunday night.


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


I know everybody says that about


their grandparents, but he was just amazing.


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


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


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


Are you proud of him? BOTH: Yeah!


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


Well, he played very well at football.


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


And so, after a brief spell out the limelight,


"Wor Jackie" is back where he rightfully belongs -


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


Jim Knight, BBC Look North, Ashington.


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


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


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


of the departure of one of Newcastle Ivory Coast international,


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


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


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


completing the Magpies' Not a bad way to score your


only goal for the club! Now, in the months


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


stream of GB boxers leaving the amateur ranks


and turning professional. The latest to follow that path


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


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


in the welterweight division at Rio last summer before losing


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


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


players in the world began From tomorrow until Sunday,


the Sunderland Tennis Centre in Silksworth will be hosting


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


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


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


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


Caroline Wozniacki and Wimbledon champions Petra Kivitova


and Maria Sharapova. Maybe, one day soon,


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


tennis player, This event is regarded


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


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


the best eight teams These players, some of these


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


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


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


they drew the highly-fancied Swiss in the semifinals


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


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


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


the big favourite, so... The opening ceremony


is at 9.30 tomorrow morning. Catch the rising


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


practice, we will never be as good as that.


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


Time for the weather Web Owain. Loving the hair!


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


lower levels at times and temperatures in Saturday down to 45


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


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


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


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


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


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