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The American surgeon who pioneered a treatment to destroy brain tumours

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has told a Teesside family the operation could change

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Five-year-old Finley Ingles travelled to Houston

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after his family raised ?200,000 from well-wishers to fund the trip.

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Stuart Whincup sent this report from Texas.

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It's home to America's biggest Children's Hospital.

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Ground-breaking brain surgery is performed here,

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and this is why Finley desperately needs it.

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He's laughing, but feels discomfort and is left confused.

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The seizure happened as Finley's family were meeting the man

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who pioneered the surgery that he'll undergo.

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The treatment is called laser ablation surgery.

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A tiny hole is made in the skull, the size of the tip of a pen.

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And using MRI for guidence, a laser is directed where the tumour is,

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When we are considering our skill at treating this type of haematoma,

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even in open operations that would incur lots of side effects,

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it's only about 50%, that were getting better.

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Even away from the hospital in Houston, Finley's keen to show

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I'm not allowed to get in here because I'm a doctor.

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For Finley's family, today's appointment did offer reassurance.

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It filled us with positivity, really.

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It filled us with a lot of confidence, knowing that he feels

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the operation will be such a success.

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Nothing can quite prepare you for your child to have surgery.

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And with the best will in the world, for all the googling

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and everything that we've done, actually meeting the man himself has

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After the years of hospital appointments, tests and scans,

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Finley is now just 24 hours away from the operation that

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He'll be admitted to Texas Children's Hospital in the early

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His family say this is Finley's last hope.

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His last chance for a happy childhood, free from

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The 15 year-old girl accused of the murder of seven-year-old

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Katie Rough in York in January has today pleaded not guilty.

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John Cundy was at Leeds Crown Court, and sent us this report.

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Katie Rough's family arriving at Leeds Crown Court today. They sat in

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the jury area of a court to follow the legal proceedings. Katie was

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attacked on playing fields and the Woodfield area of York in January.

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She died soon afterwards as an arrest was made in the community.

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Earlier this week crowds gathered outside York Minster where the

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funeral was held. A 15-year-old girl accused of the murder of Katie Rough

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made a 20 minute appearance by video link here at Leeds Crown Court. She

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can't be named for legal reasons. Her solicitor sitting beside her

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said the girl was pleading not guilty to the murder of Katie on

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January nine. The judge explained the proceedings of the court to the

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girl and told she would stand trial in July. The community was united in

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grief at the death of Katie Rough. The trial of the girl accused of her

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killing is expected to last between two and three weeks.

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A wealthy Tyneside businessman, accused of sexually abusing boys,

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has told a court he's the victim of a "police witch hunt."

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75 year-old Colin Gregg, from Newcastle, was giving evidence

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in his defence against nine counts of indecent assault.

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Here's our correspondent, Peter Harris.

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Colin Gregg, the court has heard, has said

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Today, he spoke directly to the jury.

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Under cross-examination, he was asked, is it

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of these components is either mistaken or lying?

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He said that those making false allegations are doing

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He accepted that while he's a wealthy man, none

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of the complainant has made a claim of compensation,

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give any reason why any of them would choose to lie.

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The jury has been told of Colin Gregg's background.

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That he'd helped develop the family's bakery business,

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is a former head teacher, and had driven forward the Yellow

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He denies nine counts of indecent assault on four boys.

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He was asked by his own barrister, it did yet any stage

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Now, for many smokers, kicking the habit can be

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But it's one of the best things you can do for your health -

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and if you're pregnant, it's vital for the

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Now, Newcastle University researchers have

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are almost twice as likely to quit smoking if they're tested

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with a carbon monoxide monitor at their first midwife appointment.

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Here's our health reporter, Sharon Barbour.

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When Melanie fell pregnant with her little girl, Faith,

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she had been a heavy smoker for years.

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I started smoking when I was about 16, so yes, a school you smoke, try

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to impress the boys, and it was the fashion in them days. Then I smoked

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until I was 40. She'd smoked through all four

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previous pregnancies - I never ever thought, it was just

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like, I'll carry on like I did, and people have healthy babies and smoke

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before, my parents both smoked. But something different happened

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with this pregnancy - that changed her: The amount

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of carbon monoxide in a non-smoker They checked the amount of carbon

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monoxide in my breath. Event light came on and she demonstrated what it

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does to your baby once you smoke. It is basically just strangling you,

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and you actually trying to reach for breath, and I'm thinking that is

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kind of frightening, and that is the first time I actually literally, in

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my head, visualised what it must be for a little person inside,

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basically you are just constantly strangling that child.

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It's this test and the chat from a midwife - that

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Newcastle University have found does hugely help pregnant mums to quit

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What we found is that this test, and then put in touch to stop smoking,

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nearly doubled quit rates in pregnancy. There is very clear

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evidence that smoking in pregnancy can lead to a lighter birth weight,

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which can lead to a lot of problems also on in their lives. The

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The team studied 40,000 mothers-to-be at maternity units

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across the North East, including 10,500 who smoked.

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The programme's called "BabyClear" - and for mums like Melanie,

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it clearly works, and there are now calls for the approach to be used

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On to football, and the Premier League's leading referee

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is quitting his job to take up a post in Saudi Arabia.

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Mark Clattenburg from County Durham was unveiled on the Saudi

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FA's live Twitter page as their new head of referees.

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The 41 year old - who's widely considered to be one

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of the world's top officials - could even leave the UK

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before the next round of Premier League fixtures.

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Last year, he officiated the finals of Euro 2016,

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Clattenburg was in charge at the Emirates on Saturday,

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in Arsenal's 2-0 win Premier League over Hull City.

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I know it's been mild, but I'm not sure we can quite

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ever the optimist, it is mild but not quite that mild. It stays with

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us over the next few days, western areas generally cloudy and misty,

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mostly dry. East of the Pennines tend to have clearer skies and with

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light winds we could set the temperature is maybe outlying parts

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from Northumberland as low as two or three Celsius, perhaps just called

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in a fight ground frost, elsewhere between five and 7 degrees

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overnight. The East-West split continues, eastern Area C the best

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of the sunshine, always a bit more clout in the West, some low cloud as

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well, so poor visibility over the higher ground but most places dry

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through the day. The temperatures will reach about 10 Celsius at best

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and the wins will be pretty light tomorrow. A little ridge of high

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pressure over us tomorrow, it gets shunted away as we head to the

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weekend. Weather fronts coming in from the west. But the weather

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fronts have been fairly weak affairs, some patchy rain on them

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although little lines on the chart, so fairly breezy at times through

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the weekend. Saturday, fairly cloudy skies, thick enough just rain at

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times, especially in the West. The temperatures again into double

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figures, ten or 11 at best, although it will be fairly breezy with it in

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the south-westerly wind. Some rain for many of us on Saturday night,

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and then Sunday again, a fair amount of cloud around. The best of any

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you with a summary for tomorrow. you with a summary for tomorrow.

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forthcoming weekend. Here is Nick Miller with a resume of the National

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weather picture. Hello, rain for some of us today

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although it won't make much of a dent in the dry winter so far across

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much of the UK. A few threatening clouds in Cumbria but more than a

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threat of rain across the pond for Friday. The wettest weather system

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of the season is over heading into California, and there have been a

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few, with copious amounts of rain and lots of mountain snow.

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Record-breaking wet winter so far in parts of California. In Los Angeles

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