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Deliveries resume for Berwick mothers-to-be

Deliveries are re-starting at Berwick Infirmary Credit: ITV News Border

Women will once again be to give birth at Berwick maternity unit from Monday 1st July.

The service was suspended last August over safety concerns. It was feared that midwives were not receiving enough regular experience because so few deliveries had been taking place there.

Now, women whose births are considered low-risk will be able to have their babies in Berwick. However, the unit will not be staffed 24 hour a day. It will instead use on-call midwives in the evening, overnight and after 2.30pm at weekends.

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust describes the new arrangements as 'safe and sustainable'. It says Berwick midwives will continue to work at Wansbeck Hospital in Ashington on rotation, to ensure they are able to regularly practice their full range of skills.

The Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith says he is pleased with the development, but will be studying the details of the on-call service. He wants to know where midwives will be based when they are on call, and how the service can continue during bad weather.

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Full report: Comedian donates Berwick takings to local couple

A couple from Berwick whose son has an incurable disease have been left stunned after the comedian Jason Manford visited their home, and donated the takings from his shows in the town to the family.

10-month-old Roman Greenlees has recently been diagnosed with a rare genetic condition called Asper's Disease.

Watch Jenny Longden's report here:

Comedian gives cash to Berwick family

Comedian Jason Manford has donated the takings of 5 shows in Berwick to a local couple, whose son Roman has an incurable, terminal disease.

The Bolton comedian turned up at the Berwick home of Stuart Greenlees and Rachael Laidlaw before one of his shows at The Maltings.

He met their 10 month old son Roman, who has recently been diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called Alpers disease.

The couple want to make Roman's life as comfortable as possible, and are raising money to buy him specialist sensory equipment.

His parents have set up a website in his name to collect donations.

Since the comedian posted a link to it on his Facebook page, more than £6000 has been donated.

Donations can be given here.

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Berwick arrange Newcastle United friendly

Berwick Rangers will host Newcastle United at Shielfield Park on Friday 7 September Credit: ITV

Berwick Rangers have announced the club will host Newcastle United in a friendly match on Friday 7 September.

The Scottish Third Division side have organised the clash with the Magpies as there are no domestic games this weekend due to international fixtures.

The match at Shielfield Park kicks off at 7:45pm.

Police praise fans after Berwick match

Northumbria Police have praised fans who attended Berwick's home match against Glasgow Rangers.

More than 4,000 spectators packed into Shielfield Park yesterday afternoon to see the 1-1 draw. Three people were arrested for minor offences, but police have praised the behaviour of most fans.

Superintendent Derek Scott said:

"I would like to praise the majority of fans who were mainly good natured and only interested in the action on the pitch.

"Public safety is always out number one priority, and given the rural location and number attending the ground, we had a policing plan in place.

"We have received reports that some sectarian chanting did occur and these reports will be fully investigated and reported to the relevant Scottish authorities."

– Superintendent Derek Scott, Northumbria Police
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