10/02/2017 Look North (North East and Cumbria)

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Two Newcastle MPs say they're angry that child heart surgery


NHS England says the Freeman Hospital needs


to bring all its specialist children's services together.


At the moment some are provided three miles away,


at the Great North Children's Hospital.


Our health reporter, Sharon Barbour, has the story.


Rachel in Middlesbrough knows how difficult it is to watch your own


Her son Theo has needed it three times.


We owe them everything, we really do, they are just outstanding.


And an outstanding team, and we still have contact with them, now.


On a three-yearly basis, now, which is fantastic.


We never, ever thought we would see that.


He's one of more than 2,000 heart and lung transplant patients that


have been saved by the Freeman Hospital.


But BBC Look North has revealed for the Freeman Hospital to be able


to continue its life-saving complex child heart surgery,


NHS England says it needs to be on the same site as other


And today Newcastle Hospitals confirmed it was drawing up


plans to move everything across to the Royal


NHS England have made it very clear that they really do wish us to move.


We would need to re-equip two operating theatres,


we would need what's called a cardiac catheterisation


laboratory, we would need a large dedicated children's intensive care


area, a high-dependency area, ward beds and an outpatient clinic.


The move will be a huge challenge and will cost many tens


NHS England say Newcastle Hospitals will have to find that money


The news has drawn strong criticism from Newcastle MPs.


Chi Onwurah is writing to the Health Secretary asking


"whether forcing it to move across the city is really


And Nick Brown was also shocked to hear the news.


The issue here is between rational argument, and the weight of evidence


is clearly on Newcastle's side, versus political decision-making,


and there of course we come down to the Secretary


of State Jeremy Hunt, so we'll both be putting pressure


on the Secretary of State to at least play fair.


NHS England says Newcastle will have extra time to draw up their plans.


The Hospital Trust says the actual move could mean building a whole


new heart and transplant unit on the RVI site and that the whole


process could take years, but they have no option.


Three men have appeared in court in connection with a shooting


A doorman was injured outside Tup Tup Palace in 2015.


Two men, both from the Walker area of the city, were remanded


in custody accused of conspiracy to murder.


A third man was released on bail charged with assisting an offender.


An internet troll from South Shields who made death threats to an MP has


been jailed for two years and three months.


Two related to emails he sent to the Merseyside Labour


He told her she would "get it like Jo Cox", the MP


The 28-year-old appeared before Newcastle Crown Court,


The judge said John Nimmo's need for notoriety grossly


outweighed his concern for others and that he terrified his victims


from his home, where he thought he could remain anonymous.


Today, the 28-year-old from South Shields was jailed


for nine charges relating to threatening and offensive


messages he'd sent to a number of victims via the internet.


In July last year, he sent death threats via email to Liverpool MP


Luciana Berger just weeks after her fellow MP Jo Cox


was stabbed and shot at her constituency office.


In one email to Miss Berger, Nimmo referred to the murder,


saying "she would get it like Jo Cox", accompanied


He was also sentenced today for sending offensive emails


to an anti-hate-crime organisation, in which he threatened


to blow up a mosque, saying "death will come


In a statement read out in court today from Miss Berger, she said...


In mitigation, Nimmo's barrister said he had Asperger's syndrome


He also said it was unlikely he wouldn't reoffend


without therapy, due to psychological problems.


It's not the first time Nimmo's been convicted for this type of offence -


in 2014 he was jailed for offensive tweets to a journalist and an MP.


Sentencing John Nimmo, Judge Robert Adams told him his


actions had been cowardly and caused fear, misery and paranoia


He also said it was of great concern that he had thought it was "fun"


to get reactions from people whilst abusing them anonymously,


and that his need for recognition had stopped any remorse.


Bradley Lowery, the five-year-old Sunderland football fan


who has terminal cancer, has had some special


The Black Cats' top scorer Jermain Defoe and goalkeeper


Vito Mannone popped in to see him, along with Seb Larsson


A photo of Bradley falling asleep cuddling Defoe has been liked


by tens of thousands of people on social media.


Finally, the Minster Police, who protect the grounds


of York Minster, are to get the same powers as regular police officers.


Thought to be the oldest police force in the country,


its officers have been looking after the cathedral


Although it's a private force, they've had specialist training,


Time now for the weekend weather forecast with Jen Bartram.


We start tonight's forecast with a yellow warning


for snow, falling as showers through the night tonight.


Not all of us will catch them but on higher ground


Those showers will be with us first thing tomorrow morning.


They'll gradually start to turn more to rain as we head through the day.


Parts of Cumbria staying largely dry but the showers will gradually start


to push over as we head into the afternoon,


Temperatures 4-6, but add on the strength of that brisk


north-easterly wind and it will be feeling much colder than that.


Into Sunday, many parts start off dry but there will be some further


showers to come in the forecast, again, falling as snow


Some brightness across western parts of Cumbria later on in the day


Temperatures up to four or five degrees.


Here's a reminder of the weather this weekend.


Now the national forecast with Louise Lear.


exception to that rule probably over the hills where again there could be


a bit of snow, but not accumulating. Another cold


However I paint this weekend's picture, I'll need a palette of


grey. Thereby a a lot of cloud around but I managed to find some


sunshine. I don't know how but there was a couple of hours towards the


south-west in Cornwall, a beautiful day. The south-west saw glimpses of


sunshine. Further east, cloudy, cold and grey with winds off the North


seep and a scattering of wintry showers. Yes, rain sleet and snow, a


dusting at lower levels through the day. It brought this beautiful


picture on the outskirts of Aberdeenshire. But enough of the


sun, let's get back to the nitty gritty and talk about the snow


showers that will continue across the eastern half of the UK


throughout the night. There will be some significant accumulations


higher ground. A dusting at lower levels, and it will 's be cold


further north and