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Good evening. and Emily Thornberry of Labour.

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Seventeen years ago, a group of patients with a rare form

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of blood cancer were given just a few years or months to live.

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But they took part in a clinical trial in Newcastle and now many have

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lived to have their own children and grandchildren.

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The long-term results of the trial have just been accepted

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for publication and the patients have been speaking

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Time with family is something Jean Boyd never takes for granted.

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Diagnosed with chronic myloid leukaemia 21 years ago,

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she was told she had just a few years to live.

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She was offered a place on a clinical trial in the year 2000.

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I was properly going to die anyway. I think I just thought there wasn't

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really another option. 17 years later it never occurred to me that I

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would still be alive. It never occurred to me I would see my family

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grow up. I thought by 50 I would be dead. So I'm thrilled.

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The long-term results of the study, which Newcastle doctors helped

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lead, have just been accepted for publication.

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This trial has really led to a complete change. This class of drug

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called TKIs, there are probably now about 30 or 40 that are being used

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to treat anything from lung cancer to breaststroke cancer do leukaemia.

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When the trial got under way in the year 2000,

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doctors were hopeful they'd be able to extend patients' lives,

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but what they didn't forsee was that some could potentially be cured.

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Like Margaret, the very first patient on the trial.

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I had a brother, he had died and even if he had been alive and been a

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match, I would have been too old to have a bone marrow transplant. So

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this was the only hope. It's given me a life, I've seen seven

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grandchildren being born. I can't believe I would have lasted for 17

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years and that the disease would have gone.

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Now the Freeman Hospital is involved in a follow-up study,

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where so far more than 90% of the patients have shown no

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evidence of relapsing, a year after reducing their dosage.

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I've do half of the patients don't need to remain on the drug, so we

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are stopping the drug for many of the patients and reducing their

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side-effects. So it is win-win for the patients and the hospitals.

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Look North has learned health managers who are closing

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Hartlepool Hospital's licensed fertility unit rejected a bid

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from a company that's already run fertility services there.

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Earlier this month, the local Clinical Commissioning Group

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announced the service would end, meaning patients will have to travel

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Managers said they couldn't find a new organisation to run the unit.

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Health managers wanted to close Hartlepool's

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fertility unit last year - a judge stopped them.

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Then, at an emotional meeting last summer, it was saved.

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Now those same managers say licensed fertility treatment here must end.

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This video is from the Care Quality Group.

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They have 15 fertility clinics up and down Britain.

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They were already supporting services in Hartlepool,

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but the local Clinical Commissioning Group decided they didn't pass

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And that means people like Jodie, waiting for licensed

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fertility treatment for six years, can't have it in Hartlepool.

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The top and bottom of it is, I have to have the ability to have

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children. And as the years go on about the months on, all that is

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happening with me is that my body clock is slowing down.

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The service aren't exactly mincing their words.

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It must be disappointing for everybody who is waiting to undergo

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fertility treatment, but it is as though they have already made their

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minds up. There has been no comment yet from the clinical commissioning

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group for Hartlepool and Stockton but in the past, managers have said

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that procurement rules are very strict and due process was followed

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in this case. I understand that Hartlepool Council's scrutiny

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committee will discuss this issue next month.

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Three men from Carlisle have been banned from all football grounds

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for their part in a brawl with stewards at a match

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between Carlisle and Hartlepool last October.

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Magistrates heard that trouble flared when Carlisle scored and fans

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Luke Hodgson, who's 18, Stephen Neaves, who's 25,

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and Carl Swan, who's 24, were banned from football

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A North Yorkshire farmers mart, that's been in existence for over

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100 years, says it doesn't know if it can survive a big hike

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From April, Hawes Mart will see its rates bill leap

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from ?7,500 a year to ?47,000, as part of a new government

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Sheep have been sold at this action mart in Hawes for 103 years,

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It has seen its busines rates shoot up.

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We have been paying business rates of about ?7,000, ?7,500,

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It means that the mart is not going to be viable.

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Business rates have been reset across the country.

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Some properties will see a fall, but rural enterprises are the worst

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hit, in the first revaluation for seven years.

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The figures are compiled by Whitehall's Valuation Office Agency,

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a London body, then, threatening the existence

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and jobs of an obscure northern auction mart.

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We've done a survey of the marts in the North of England and most

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of the marts have received an increase of around

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But nobody has had a rise like ours of 600%.

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100,000 sheep are sold here every year, including

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I would sort of regard it as sheep insurance really for your auction.

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You send things into an abattoir and you're certainly not as safe,

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I wouldn't have thought, with the money.

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But if the mart goes, it won't only be farmers that

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September and October are the busy months anyway in Hawes,

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but the market adds something to it because you get farmers

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what from all over the country coming to buy, it's a big social

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event and then you get the visitors that find it

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So it's a big part of Hawes, is the market.

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In its defence, the Valuation Office Agency said it sets rateable

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values fairly and equally, and there is an appeal process,

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Time enough for the mart to no longer be at the heart

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A car dealer from Newcastle, who's 6 feet 7 inches tall,

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has been banned from driving for 12 months, after pleading guilty

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to dangerous driving, but he maintains it was all down

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26-year-old Adam Elliot was accused of standing up while he was driving

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a convertible Ford Ka on the Tyne Bridge a year ago,

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but he insists he was sitting down at the time.

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This incident took place in January last year.

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When car dealer Adam Elliot was on his way back from buying

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He had the roof down and he is accused of standing up

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in the car while he was driving over the Tyne Bridge.

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Although he insists that he was sitting down

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and it was just his 6-foot 7 inch stature that made it look

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like he was standing, he took the advice of his lawyer

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and pleaded guilty to dangerous driving at Newcastle Crown Court.

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I wasn't standing up in the car, that obviously didn't happen.

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But I was too tall for the car and obviously that has caused

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a distraction to other road users and it's wrong, isn't it?

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The judge said you were obviously showing off,

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Well, I was playing up to people that were waving along,

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but I would have said I was just being courteous.

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They were waving at me, I was waving back.

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Mr Elliot has 12 previous convictions of driving

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while disqualified and he now has to wait until next month

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I'm worried, but I've been honest and I've

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accepted what I have done is wrong, so...

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The judge gave Mr Elliot credit, saying he very sensibly pleaded

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guilty to the charge of dangerous driving.

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But then he went on to say, "It's pretty obvious that

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you were showing off, demonstrating your height

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and distracting other drivers, in a small, open top vehicle".

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Mr Elliot will be sentenced on the week commencing

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This is Damian O'Neill for BBC Look North at Newcastle Crown Court.

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That's it from me this evening, time now to look

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Paul, I've just about had enough of this cold weather now.

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It's January, it's going to get colder later in the week! Some

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drizzly rain over Cumbria and up to the Scottish Borders. Most places

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will stay frost free because of the mounds of cloud and southerly

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breeze, temperatures around three or four Celsius and. Bright spells in

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the morning and even through the afternoon it stays dry and if you

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bright intervals here and there, breaking the cloud. 9 degrees, 48

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Fahrenheit, but that southerly breeze will be quite brisk at times.

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That will take the edge of the numbers and make it feel cooler than

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those numbers suggest. The wind is certainly a feature of the weather

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in the next few days. For Thursday, that wind coming off the continent,

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dry and bitterly cold air, temperatures taking a bit of a dive

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before slowly recovering as we head towards the weekend. Thursday,

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generally dry but that cold air means that after a frosty night,

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eastern areas will be a degree or two above freezing. Slightly less

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cold in the West but still bitterly cold where you are exposed to that

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wind. The weekend For all of us, it'll get colder and

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then milder again come the weekend. This shot taken earlier by a weather

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watcher in East Anglia. The fog becoming extensive over the next few

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hours in many south-eastern parts of England.

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Much, much milder, further north

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