21/01/2017 Look North (North East and Cumbria)


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Good Evening. for the news where you are.


Long shifts without breaks, faulty equipment and patients'


lives put at risk - just some of the claims made


by whistleblowers from the North West ambulance service.


The claims come days after the Care Quality Commission


People's lives are in danger, something needs to be done.


We need more staff, we just need help.


They work on the front line and their profession,


These ambulance staff have put their jobs


You've got paramedics and you've got emergency medical technicians, EMTs.


They aren't trained to do exactly what a paramedic can do.


If they are sent out paramedics are promised,


but nine times out of ten there's not enough staff.


EMTs are left with the families screaming at them to do things.


The CQC found that between December 2015 and made 2016 there were over


two and a half thousand incidents where front line


staff waited over one hour for paramedic back-up.


These whistle-blowers say its equipment as well as staffing


You're stealing things from other vehicles that are parked up.


Some doors don't even open from the outside.


So if there's an accident you wouldn't be able to get out.


These men say they've complained to managers


They say they and the public desperately need protection,


that speaking out is the last resort to make that happen.


In a statement the North West Ambulance Service blamed more


call outs and pressure on the NHS for delays.


It says equipment problems have been addressed and it's working hard


It's hoped a ?3million refurbishment of Middlesbrough's railway station


will help the town attract jobs and investment.


Improved transport links are central to the council's


Inside the station buckets are carefully positioned to catch


Now the roof is to be fixed and the crumbling


Network Rail's going to invest ?2.7 million over the next year,


year and a half to completely replace the roof.


A grade two listed building, so we need a specialist


But that's in place and we're looking forward to getting started


and restoring the station roof to give Middlesbrough


1.3 million passengers use Middlesbrough's Railway


And the improvments are seen as an essential part of the local


council's business plan to regenerate the town,


We've got officers coming to the centre of the town


The area around the station is vitally important as well.


Some of it is already refurbished, and some of it is in the process


We have offered grants to people to try and kick start


Stuart Whincup, BBC Look North, Middlesborough.


Celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall


was in Newcastle today to launch his campaign to beat


He wants the city to commit to losing 100,000lb


I think it will give me the extra momentum to lose weight and get


Newcastle certainly has an advantage in that we've still got the same


problems as other areas of the country, but we've got


People can encourage each other to make a difference


I felt like getting fit again, really.


It might help give me a bit of a push.


Onto football now and in the Premier League Middlesbrough


lost 1-nil to visitors West Ham and Sunderland also


Newcastle are back at the top of the championship after beating rather


for e-mail at St James's Park. Carlisle drew one and all with


Accrington and Hartlepool last two to Stevenage.


Time to take a look at the weather now with Owain Wyn Evans.


Lovely spells of sunshine across Cumbria today.


Overnight it's cloudy, drizzle drifting up to the north.


Maybe turning to a bit of sleet or snow on high ground.


You can see my map is turning blue, temperatures below freezing around


We could see some mist and fog tomorrow morning as well as frost.


A dry, settled day to come, gaps being punched into those clouds,


some sunny spells overhead with highs of four or five Celsius,


high-pressure sticks around over the next few


That's it from us. You can catch all the political news tomorrow at 11am.


Goodbye. Good evening. It does not get


warmer. If you check the UK as a whole, it has been one of the


coldest days so far. The hard frost to come in areas where it stays


clear, parts of East Anglia, the south-east, fog across Scotland, at


West, a change, showers and parts of Wales and England, some snow on high


ground as well. Meanwhile, down under through the early hours, Andy


Murray will be getting ready for his next match in the Australian


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