25/01/2017 Look North (North East and Cumbria)


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Northumbria University has been fined ?400,000

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after two students nearly died taking part in an experiment.

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Alex Rossetto and Luke Parkin, who were both sports science

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students, were mistakenly given enough caffeine for 300

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Our News Correspondent Mark Denten reports.

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This was an experiment that had been done many times before,

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The volunteer students were given caffeine,

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they then exercised and the effect on the body was measured.

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On the 23rd of March, 2015, something went badly wrong

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We were told in court they should have had 0.32 grams

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of caffeine but were actually given 100 times that, 30.7

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grams of caffeine which is equal to 300 cups.

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On the left-hand side of the screen, you can see the spoon, this is how

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And on the right-hand side that pile is the amount

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The court was told it had an immediate physical effect,

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it was highly toxic, they had palpitations,

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blurred vision, they also vomited and went to hospital.

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One of the students ended up in intensive care and also

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on dialysis to remove all of the caffeine from their system.

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Fining Northumbria University ?400,000, the judge said

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the university had inadequate training and supervision in this

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case and outside court, the Health and Safety Executive

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who brought this case gave their reaction...

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University completely failed to control the risks during these

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experiments and two young students fell seriously ill and in

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intensive care in hospital for a number of nights.

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In other reported cases, persons have died after taking doses

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which were far less than those administered to the two students.

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All organisations engaging experiments where people are given

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chemical substances should ensure the risks fully identified

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and strict procedures are followed to ensure that the experiments can

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The court heard only their youth and their fitness saved the lives

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Northumbria University s Vice Chancellor was not in court today

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but left without speaking to the press.

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The university has issued a statement tonight saying

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it is genuinely sorry for what happened to the two

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students and this was an isolated incident and the welfare of staff

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One footnote to all this, the two students both graduated

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and are both back to full fitness and one of them took a Masters

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Police have released CCTV footage of the moments an arson attack

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caused a fire to rip through a pub in Newcastle, while the landlord

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A window was smashed at The Jubilee in Fawdon in the early

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hours of Sunday morning, and accelerant was poured inside,

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Officers say it's fortunate nobody was killed.

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The real worrying thing is that the family of the licensee

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were in bed above the pub, in the accommodation above the pub.

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Obviously, they're really quite shaken by what has gone on.

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Had one of them not woken up as a result of the sound

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of the breaking glass, this could have been a real tragedy

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and I think it has really shaken the family up quite badly

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and they are thinking about what could have been,

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A Hartlepool man accused of the brutal murder of a pensioner

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has been giving evidence in his defence today.

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The body of Norma Bell was found in her burned out home last April.

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Garreth Dack told Teesside Crown Court she was a "wonderful woman"

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and denied having anything to do with her death.

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caring for over 50 children during her lifetime.

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Norma Bell was found dead at her home in Westbourne Road

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is accused of using little cables to strangle her inside the home.

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He is accused of setting several fires inside the property

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and turning on the gas hob, hoping an explosion

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Gareth Dack denied calling a soft porn TV station from her landline

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The jury heard he sold drugs and was an occasional cocaine user.

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Today he spoke in his defence and said he had known the women

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for a number of years and lived just down the road from work

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and described her as a wonderful woman and in the past had

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He had borrowed money from her and had fixed

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He spoke at the shock of being arrested and said

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he did not expect for one moment to be charged with murder.

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The prosecution asked them why he responded, no comment,

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Why should I make their job easier, he replied.

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Norma Bell's injuries were read out by the prosecution.

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Northumbria Police say 25 victims have come forward since they started

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investigating allegations of sexual abuse in sport.

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The force says it relates to eight suspects across nine different

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sporting clubs including Newcastle United and Sunderland's

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The police are urging anyone who hasn't come

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Most visits to patients at the Cumberland Infirmary

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in Carlisle have been suspended as staff try to tackle a continuing

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The Trust which runs the hospital says the virus

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which causes it is dangerous for vulnerable patients.

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People are being asked not to visit until further notice -

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with the exception of maternity, children's, intensive care

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The Conservative Party has selected its candidate to fight

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the parliamentary by-election in Copeland in West Cumbria.

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It's Trudy Harrison, who's a married mum of four from Bootle.

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The by-election will take place on February the 23rd.

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Fifteen months on from the closure of the Thai company SSI's blast

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furnace and steel works on Teesside, the task force set up to deal

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with the aftermath of the closure has revealed new figures showing

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The majority of former workers are no longer claiming benefits,

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and over three hundred new businesses have either been set

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up by former steelworkers or are in the planning.

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Our Business Correspondent Ian Reeve reports.

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It was an event - more than a year ago -

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After 170 years of iron and steel-making, the end,

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as SSI's Redcar blast furnace was shut down.

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But the unemployment fall-out has been less than expected.

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So, today, of the 2,150 people who claimed benefits in the wake

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of the 2015 closure, 2,107 no longer are.

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And also revealed today, a staggering 248 businesses have

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80 more are in the pipeline, thanks to help from the task force

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Businesses like Matthew's Middlesbrough-based truck training

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and haulage company, built up to a fleet of 26

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We cannot believe how well it is gone.

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By the middle of February we will have ten people working

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for us who used to be working in the steelworks.

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Many love it, they are earning more than they did at the steelworks.

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So tonight, in Redcar, there's another task force event

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offering advice for former steelworkers who might

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want to emulate Matthew and work for themselves.

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Or for those now in work but who want something better.

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About 60% of people are taking a significant drop in their wages

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and they ask us to help them to really step up to a better job,

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and what we want to do now is to work with people

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so that they can make that step up and get a better job

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This event then for those planning a life after steel...

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But there is, it appears, still life in steel.

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British Steel, which sprang out of Tata's unloved

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long products division, including here at Lackenby

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on Teesside, said today that after seven months of independence,

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Maybe steel is starting to take centre stage on Teesside once more.

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It's a priceless piece of silver which for 125 years has taken

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pride of place at one of our best known museums.

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Now though, the famous silver swan at the Bowes Museum

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in Barnard Castle is taking flight and heading to the Science Museum

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The swan will feature in a new exhibition there -

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The swan will be back though, in time for Easter.

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Time for the weather now with Paul Mooney.

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Lovely sunshine today, but it's turning bitterly cold...

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Yes, cold is a word you will hear several times, temperatures dipping

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to freezing under clear spies dashed clear spells. A widespread frost,

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cloud thickening through the night, it may bring wintry flurry dashed

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flurries and one or two snow drifts running the risk of icy patches.

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Temperatures down to minus two Celsius. Tomorrow, cold and cloudy

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from many places, a a few breaks in the cloud, we will see afternoon

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temperatures reaching three Celsius at best. Elsewhere, the number is

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struggling to get much above freezing and with the brisk south

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easterly wind, it really will feel bitterly cold tomorrow. A cold

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nights to Roy Knight as well, we are heading towards the weekend before

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any significant change, a cold day on Friday and the weekends he's more

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cloud and the winds tending south-westerly with temperatures

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slightly recovering. Friday, cold and cloudy, a south-easterly wind,

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temperatures slightly up on Thursday, highs of four or five

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Celsius. The weekend sees a slight improvement in temperatures, some

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showers, but mostly dry and bright on Sunday. A chilly summary.

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take a look at the Outlook towards the weekend.

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Good evening. If you think it was cold today, for many it will be

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colder still tomorrow. Cold even when we have the sunshine today.

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This was one of the wonderful weather watcher pictures we had sent

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in from Cornwall. It contrasts with a cloudy and foggy eastern half of

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the country, and a bank of cloud. Still foggy, but it is starting to

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lift. It is being pushed north and west, this bank of cloud. That will

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continue through the night. We will still have some fog sitting on the

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hills. Even with the cloud, it will be a cold night, with temperatures

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away from the far north and west falling to freezing. In the

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countryside, well below freezing. And on the wind and it will feel

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better, it already feels better. Giving us some freezing drizzle and

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snow as well. Although the fog will not be as extensive as recent

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nights, it will still be heading on the hills and ice will become a

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player in places. Some drizzle and snow grains falling

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